‘Teaching inspires me’

Greg Ormes, assistant professor of Communication Studies, is one of six to earn the Eagle Teaching Excellence Award.

Greg Ormes says connecting with students ‘brightens my days’

The best educators have a profound impact on students, in and out of the classroom. This year, UWL’s Provost Office received more than 500 nominations from students hoping to recognize their favorite professors and instructors.   

From these nominations, a university committee selected six educators to receive 2020 Eagle Teaching Excellence Awards. The winners will be highlighted on the university’s homepage in the coming weeks, along with being honored during Chancellor Joe Gow’s opening remarks for the fall semester.

They are:    

  • Lisa Kruse, Sociology & Criminal Justice   
  • Christa Kiersch, Management    
  • Greg Ormes, Communication Studies    
  • Barrett Klein, Biology   
  • Megan Strom, Global Cultures & Languages   
  • Tushar Das, Mathematics & Statistics   

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

Greg Ormes, Communication Studies 

Greg Ormes, assistant professor of Communication Studies.

Started at UWLFall 2015 

Courses: I teach classes including Communication in Teams, Public Relations, Professional Communication, Organizational Communication, as well as classes in Communication Theory and Research. I’ve also been pleased to participate in the First Year Seminar program.” 

Background: “Before teaching at UWL, I was a graduate student and teaching assistant at Texas A&M University and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.” 

Favorite part of teaching: “Teaching inspires me. It gives me strength, and it gives me a sense of who I am as a person. My favorite part of teaching is following our students’ journeys as they discover their passions and their paths. Building these meaningful relationships with students brightens my days, motivates me as a scholar and a person, and broadens my worldview. I can’t imagine being anything besides a teacher.” 

Previous articles in this series:  

‘Incredibly fortunate to be a teacher’: Lisa Kruse wins 2020 Eagle Teaching Excellence Award 

‘The human side of the business’: Relationships, challenges fuel Christa Kiersch’s love of teaching