Kinwa-Muzinga earns Outstanding Agriculture Faculty Award

July 3, 2013

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Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga

Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, professor in the School of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was selected as the 2012-13 Outstanding Faculty Member in the School of Agriculture. This is the second time she has been selected for this award; she previously earned the award in 2005.

“I enjoy teaching, and I think it’s my calling,” said Kinwa-Muzinga. “I bring a global view of agriculture into my teaching. Bringing that perspective to students and connecting with them are the most important parts of my job.”

Kinwa-Muzinga is also the faculty advisor for the Pioneer chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association, where she helps students to develop marketing plans and compete with them on a national level.  The chapter recently placed in the top six in the 2013 national competition held in Kansas City, Mo.

She also leads short-term service learning programs in Ghana during winterim.

Kinwa-Muzinga – sometimes referred to by students as “Mama Annie” – explained that while she values challenging her students, it is just as important to provide them with support. “Students say to me that not only am I their teacher or advisor, but that I am really like a second mom,” she said. “That is a big reward for me.”

Kinwa-Muzinga has earned many accolades since her start at UW-Platteville in 2002, including the American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources Distinguished Educator award in 2011, Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Teaching Excellence Award in 2010, and both the Woman of the Year Award and Outstanding Woman of Color Award in 2008. She was also named a Teaching Fellow by the UW System in 2007.

Kinwa-Muzinga earned her Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She then received her Master of Business Administration in finance and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kinwa-Muzinga attributes her success partly to the influence of her colleagues — Dr. Susan Price, retired professor of animal science at UW-Platteville, and Dr. Michael Compton, director of the School of Agriculture at UW-Platteville — as well as her mentors, Dr. Eyamba Bokamba and Dr. Michael Mazzocco, both from the University of Illinois.

In addition to her professional influences, Kinwa-Muzinga said she owes her accomplishments to the support of her husband, as well as her three children – whom she hopes to influence with her hard work.

“I tell my children that intellectual knowledge is color and gender free and once I have it, as a public servant, it is my duty to transfer it,” she said.

Contact: Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga, professor, School of Agriculture, (608) 342-1007, kinwamua@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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