2019 top teachers

Mary Hamman, associate professor of economics, is one of six UWL faculty to earn the Eagle Teaching Excellence Award.

Mary Hamman, associate professor of economics, is one of six UWL faculty to earn the Eagle Teaching Excellence Award.

This is second in a series of profiles on this year’s Eagle Teaching Excellence Award winners

There is no doubt UWL faculty members make a major difference in the lives and academic experiences of students. This year UWL’s Provost Office received more than 600 nominations from UWL students to recognize excellent teachers.

From these nominations, a committee selected six faculty members as the 2019 Eagle Teaching Excellence Award winners. Their names were announced at the end of spring semester and as part of spring commencement. They will also be recognized among colleagues at the Chancellor’s All-University Address in fall.

The winners are:

Nilakshi Borah ~ Finance
Mary Hamman ~ Economics
Tom Jesse ~ English Education
Terry Smith ~ Communication Studies
Meredith Thomsen ~ Biology
Nathan Warnberg ~ Mathematics & Statistics

This is the second in a series of stories profiling the winners.

Mary Hamman challenges students to dig into tough questions, take ownership of projects

Mary Hamman, UWL associate professor of economics, loves working with students on messy data projects or tackling tough policy questions where she can push them to think critically.

“Students don’t always like going after problems that are abstract, complex, and require them to clearly acknowledge their assumptions. It can be intimidating,” she says. “I like to guide them past that initial inertia and watch them take ownership of their work.”

Hamman joined UWL in fall 2013 after teaching at Michigan State University as a visiting assistant professor. She also “full-time mom-ed it” for two years before starting at UWL.

Hamman teaches research methods and health economics.