l. to r. – Julie Bauer, President, Alliant Energy Foundation, Dr. Steve Davis, Deborah J. Mahaffey, Senior V.P., Wisconsin Association of Independent College and Universities
(May 22, 2012) - Steven Davis, Ph.D., professor of Political Science and Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program, was recently honored with the 2012 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
A student wrote in the nomination materials, “Professor Davis presents topics in an enthusiastic and energized way that motivates students to be enthusiastic too. He welcomes clarification, questions or challenges to the information that has been presented. Several times he’s been willing to meet with me or talk as we are walking to our next classes to explain concepts that I did not understand or was curious about.”
Dr. Davis’ expertise includes environmental and public lands policy, and politics and media. He was named a Fulbright Scholar in 1999. He began teaching at Edgewood College in 1994.
The James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award honors a faculty member, chosen by a committee of faculty, students, and alumni of Edgewood College, who exemplifies the highest standards of teaching excellence. The awards are given in honor of James R. Underkofler, a long-time senior executive with Alliant Energy, who retired in 1990. The awards pay tribute to Underkofler’s enduring interest in encouraging and promoting undergraduate teaching excellence.