Dr. Jamie Douglas receives teaching excellence award

By Laurie Krasin

Three people with award

UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt (right) and UW Oshkosh Assistant Chancellor for Access Campuses Martin Rudd (left) presented the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Faculty to Dr. Jamie Douglas (center) at the recent faculty and staff meeting which opened the fall semester at UW-Fox Valley.

Jamie Douglas, Ph.D., engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, a UW Oshkosh campus, has been awarded the 2018 UW Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Faculty. This award is presented annually to a faculty member serving one of University of Wisconsin’s 13 two-year campuses.

Douglas received the award in recognition of her excellence in teaching, attention to scholarship, innovation in the classroom and leadership connecting students to service-learning opportunities.

She teaches both face-to-face and online courses in engineering at UW-Fox Valley and strives to make her courses fully accessible to place-bound online students.

“Dr. Douglas developed one of the country’s first at-home lab kits that allowed her students to transform their kitchens into laboratories,” said Martin Rudd, UW Oshkosh assistant chancellor for access campuses. “She has been a true leader in designing the most innovative online courses in engineering education.”

A licensed professional engineer, she is committed to improving diversity in the engineering field, serving as one of the coordinators of the Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at the UW-Fox Valley campus. This program builds community among female students in STEM; offers them opportunities to get involved with undergraduate research and internships; and invites guest speakers working in STEM careers. “As an educator, she is tuned into students’ needs and struggles and points out the potential she sees in them, providing support and encouragement,” said Rudd.

Service-learning projects built into her classes provide benefits for both the community and the students. Recently, her Introduction to Engineering students worked with the Neenah Historical Society to build interactive displays on the flour milling process for the “Making a Hometown” exhibit. Her online students have held STEM education days, built websites or ran food or hygiene drives with their employers.

Douglas joined the UW-Fox Valley geology/geography department in 2006 as an instructor; later joining the engineering department in 2010 as a faculty member. Douglas earned her Ph.D. from UW-Madison and her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. She has received three Kaplan Awards for her innovations in teaching.


Laurie Krasin