Katie Shumway wins 2014 Underkofler Teaching Award
Posted: April 3, 10:30 a.m.
Katie Shumway, an instructor of Spanish, is the 2014 winner of the annual Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Kate, who is in her 12th year as a member of Lakeland's faculty, is the college's 23rd winner of the Underkofler, which recognizes outstanding performance in undergraduate teaching.
The Underkofler Award was presented on April 2 at Lakeland's annual Honors Banquet, which recognizes outstanding academic accomplishments of students and faculty. The complete list of student winners is attached. Please join us in congratulating Katie and these students for these honors!
Katie's accomplishments include the development of valuable study abroad opportunities and supporting students learning the Spanish language and culture by creating an engaging and comfortable classroom setting.
She has led a number of study abroad experiences that allow Lakeland students to gain immersion into Spanish-speaking cultures. She has partnered with faculty in the hospitality management program to take students to Mexico and Costa Rica and has worked to expand the relationship between Lakeland and its sister school in Colombia, Universidad Reformada.
Katie has provided innovative opportunities for Lakeland students throughout her career. She has created an environment where upper-level Spanish students gain experience teaching within the introductory Spanish sequence and has coordinated language learning exchanges through Skype. She has also served as lead English instructor for Lakeland's English Language Institute summer program and engaged students through the interdisciplinary Core.
The Underkofler Award is presented through the Alliant Energy Foundation and the Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc. The Underkofler Endowment Fund was created in honor of past Wisconsin Power & Light president and chairman James R. Underkofler to recognize his 48 years of service to the utility industry.