The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County has announced its 2012-2013 Arthur M. Kaplan Award winner.
Frances Auld, UW-BSC Assistant Professor of English, received the award honoring faculty or staff making innovative improvements in instruction or service to students.
Auld arrived at UW-BSC in 2009 and teaches writing and British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon era into the 21st Century. Perhaps the most notorious of her classes have been "Zombies R' Us: the Culture and Politics of the Undead" and "Vampires as a Reflection of Desire."
Outside of the classroom, Auld is serving her second year as Curriculum Chair, sponsors the Film Club, and is an avid supporter of the Summerset Festival of the Arts. She coordinates the campus ESFY (Engaging Students in the First Year) program and works with students in service learning projects, which connect students with community organizations. She is also guiding students who will present critical essays on horror to an international conference this month.
“Dr. Auld is an outstanding member of our faculty," said UW-BSC Dean and CEO Thomas Pleger. "Her students find her accessible, engaging, and passionate about her subject. She has done an excellent job in helping our campus develop a service learning program to connect first year seminar students to our community needs.”
Auld has a Ph.D. In British Literature with a focus on Medieval Literature and Monstrous Bodies from the University of South Florida, and writes about the ways in which cultural trauma irrupts as monstrous forms in fiction and film. She regularly presents at regional and international conferences and is well-published in her field.
Asked about her UW-BSC experience, Auld says she appreciates the way that faculty, community members, and students work together to make the Wisconsin Idea work. Her reaction to receiving this year's award? "I am so proud that the fine people I work with see the strength and commitment in my teaching," she said. "I am delighted in the success of our campus and my students and this award makes me feel like I am sharing that success. When our students succeed, everyone does!"
Kaplan Award fellows are nominated by their UW-BSC colleagues, and receive $250 to use for professional development or supplies and equipment. More information about the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County is available at www.baraboo.uwc.edu.