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Seven from across School of Education receive prestigious Vilas awards

May 20, 2016

Extraordinary members of the UW-Madison faculty were honored earlier this month with awards supported by the estate of professor, Senator and Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908).

Twenty professors were named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, an award recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service.

And four faculty members with the School of Education are among those receiving this honor:

• Geoffrey Borman, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Department of Kinesiology

David Williamson Shaffer, Department of Educational Psychology

Jin-Wen Yu, Dance Department

The professorship provides flexible funding over five years — two-thirds of which is provided by the Office of the Provost through the generosity of the Vilas trustees, and one-third provided by the school or college whose dean nominated the winner.

Meanwhile, the School of Education’s Jim Escalante is among four professors from campus chosen for Vilas Research Investigator Awards, given to faculty members who serve as outstanding mentors for graduate students working as research assistants or project assistants. The award provides funding for a research or project assistant for one year. Escalante is an associate dean with the School of Education and a professor with the School’s Art Department.

Another 27 professors received Vilas Faculty Mid-Career Investigator Awards, recognizing research and teaching excellence. The award provides flexible research funding for one year, and the School of Education’s Lesley Bartlett, with the Department of Educational Policy Studies, was among those being granted this award.

Finally, 12 professors received Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Awards, recognizing research and teaching excellence in faculty who are relatively early in their careers. The award provides flexible research funding for one year. Li-Ching Ho, with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received this honor.

To learn more about all of this year’s Vilas award winners from across campus, check out this University Communications report.

2016 Vilas award winners from the School of Education

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