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‘Remarkably rewarding’

Posted 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2024

Adam Driscoll, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, is one of seven UWL faculty to earn a 2024 Eagle Teaching Excellence Award.

Adam Driscoll 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 last of seven articles highlighting the winners. View previous installments by clicking the names above.

Adam Driscoll, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Started at UWL: 2014 

Courses: I teach a number of our general sociology courses (Introduction to Sociology and Foundations of Sociological Analysis), but my main area of expertise is environmental sociology. I teach two upper-level courses on this topic (Environmental Sociology and Environmental Justice) and tend to work related material into most of my other courses.

Background: This was my first job out of graduate school. However, prior to starting to study sociology at the graduate level, I taught biology at Drexel University and spent an “off year” working as an organic farmer in central Pennsylvania.

Favorite part of teaching: My favorite part of teaching is easily the students. When the students are interested and engaged, my job is both easy and remarkably rewarding. I love getting to help students understand their own lives and their place in the world better. When students show up curious and eager to learn, all I need to do is provide them with a little guidance and mentoring, and the rest of the learning just happens organically. It’s a magical thing to be a part of.


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