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Posted 8:45 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2021

Amy Nicodemus, an assistant professor in the Archaeology & Anthropology Department, is one of six UWL faculty to earn this year's Eagle Teaching Excellence Award.

Amy Nicodemus wins 2021 Eagle Teaching Excellence Award

During the 2020-21 academic year, UWL faculty were challenged like never before. From developing online courses to supporting students to dealing with the emotional weight of the pandemic, instructors in every department rose to the occasion. This year, UWL’s Provost Office received hundreds of nominations from students hoping to recognize their favorite instructors.

From these nominations, a university committee selected six faculty to receive 2021 Eagle Teaching Excellence Awards. The winners will be highlighted on UWL’s homepage in the coming weeks, along with being honored during Chancellor Joe Gow’s opening remarks for the fall semester.

They are:

  • Merideth Garcia, English/English Education
  • Brian Kumm-Schaley, Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation
  • Lisa Giddings, Economics
  • Amy Nicodemus, Archaeology & Anthropology
  • Anthony Chergosky, Political Science & Public Administration
  • Kathryn (Kat) Skemp Moran, Theatre Arts

This is the fourth in a series of stories highlighting the winners.

Amy Nicodemus, Archaeology & Anthropology

Started at UWL: 2016

Courses:  I specialize in European prehistory and osteology (human osteology and zooarchaeology).  I teach classes on these topics, along with Intro to the Archaeology Major, Intro to Physical Anthropology, World Archaeology, Archaeological Theory and Senior/Honors Thesis.

Background: Prior to joining UWL, I held a postdoctoral research fellowship in Archaeology at the University of Michigan.

Favorite part of teaching: I am fortunate to teach many laboratory classes and internships. I love being able to work directly with students through hands-on lab activities and research projects. These help to get students excited about, and more engaged with, the material and to learn practical skills along the way. It is especially rewarding when students transform these foundational experiences into theses their senior year.


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