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‘Encourage, engage, equip’

Posted 9 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2024

Diana Tempski, a teaching professor in the Finance Department, is one of seven UWL faculty to earn a 2024 Eagle Teaching Excellence Award.

Diana Tempski receives 2024 Eagle Teaching Excellence Award

UW-La Crosse is home to many outstanding instructors who make a difference in students’ lives inside and outside the classroom. This year, UWL’s Provost Office received hundreds of nominations from students hoping to recognize their favorite faculty. From these nominations, a university committee selected seven faculty to receive 2024 Eagle Teaching Excellence Awards.  

They are:  

This is the first of seven articles highlighting the winners. 


Diana Tempski, Finance 

Started at UWL: 2008 

Courses: My area of expertise is corporate finance. I typically teach principles of financial management (FIN 355), problems and cases in finance (FIN 485), as well as the Kwik Trip Integrated Core Program. 

Background: I spent 10 years working in the business world: three years at a national bank, five and a half years as a credit analyst and then senior credit analyst at Ashley Furniture, and finally, I owned and operated a lawn and sport business with my husband for two years. I taught part time for Western Technical College for a couple of years as well. Worth noting – I am a two-time UWL alumna, ’97 & ’03. 

Favorite part of teaching: My students are my favorite part of teaching! I am blessed to be able to get to know so many wonderful students every semester. My goal is to encourage, engage and equip my students. I encourage them to put forth their best efforts in my classes, which I hope carries over to their professional lives. I also believe being approachable, honest and encouraging is vital to my role in engaging them in an active learning environment in my classroom. I strive to relate course materials to the real business world, drawing on my own corporate finance experiences as I engage students. Finally, I hope to equip my students with practical and real tools to take with them into the workplace. Critical thinking skills will always be needed in the business world; equipping students with the ability to approach complex problems with possible solutions will help them in their future roles. 


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