Dr. Dale Murray receives Kaplan Award honors

By Shawna Connor

University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County recently named Associate Professor of Philosophy  Dr. Dale Murray their Kaplan Fellow. Murray was nominated for this award by his peers and selected by the campus Steering Committee.  The Kaplan Award recognizes the outstanding contributions to students made by UW Colleges’ faculty and instructional or non-instructional academic staff.

Murray began his career at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County during the 2006/07 academic year.  The Baraboo campus is considered his “home” campus, while Murray has a split-appointment serving the University of Wisconsin-Richland in Richland Center as well.  He earned tenure with UW Colleges in 2013. 

His colleagues state, “Dale has served the campus in many tough service positions including his role as faculty senator for several years. He has served on many campus committees…and is highly respected and loved by students as a dedicated and excellent teacher.” 

“The Kaplan Award is a recognition of a track record over time – not like many awards for performance in a given year – and having a strong presence on a campus – for teaching, but service as well,” Murray recollects.  “This award is unexpected – I have so many talented colleagues – I am so proud to be named for this honor when considering them.  It is humbling to know that students and peers would think to nominate me, but I am surely grateful,” Murray concludes.

Murray’s current projects include a new book - The Global and the Local: An Environmental Ethics Case Book - released this March. Case studies for this semester’s Global Issues & Environmental Ethics course at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County originate from the book.  Murray explains that the book is a blend of research and teaching, with 51 distinct case studies in environmental ethics, both local and global in scope.  “Over time, I have learned to be comfortable in my own teaching skin; found my own style, my own voice.  I’m more patient with myself knowing that each class has its own personality.  I’m more in tune with what works for each class…fitting students with examples that affect their lives,” Murray explains.      

The Kaplan Award, established in 1993, honors Arthur M. Kaplan, a former provost of the UW Colleges.  Each UW Colleges campus awards between one and four Kaplan Awards annually depending upon the size of the institution.  The UW-Baraboo/Sauk County award winner is named Kaplan Fellow for the academic year.   To learn more about the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County campus visit baraboo.uwc.edu.




Shawna Connor