Roberts earns faculty award of excellence

August 6, 2013

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Dr. Matthew Roberts

PLATTEVILLE­­­ — By continually evaluating his teaching methods and his students’ learning styles, Dr. Matthew Roberts has developed a reputation as one of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s top educators, a fact that was proven when the civil engineering professor earned the university’s 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence.

He will be honored with the other UW-Platteville award winners Thursday, Aug. 29 at the annual all-campus convocation in Williams Fieldhouse.

“Matt is an extremely talented teacher and stands out in a department of talented teachers (the department won the 2007 Regents Teaching Excellence Award),” said Dr. Philip Parker, an environmental engineering professor who nominated Roberts for the award. “He has received ‘outstanding’ ratings, which are very well deserved. Matt is an exemplar in terms of continuously improving his teaching, and this improvement occurs intentionally and intelligently. His improvements are based on his extensive reading of engineering education literature and findings from engineering education conferences.”

As an assistant professor, Roberts began teaching civil engineering courses at UW-Platteville in 2002. He has served as faculty advisor to UW-Platteville’s chapters of Chi Epsilon for several years and to the American Society of Civil Engineers steel bridge team for the last 10 years.

“Initially what I liked best about teaching was that it’s a career where I was taking what I knew and imparting it to the students,” he said. “Lately, I’m enjoying the mentoring role, helping prepare our students for their career as engineers. Mentoring is a big part of what we do.”

He earned his Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in 1993, his Master of Science from Texas A&M in 1999 and his doctorate from Texas A&M in 2002. All his degrees are in civil engineering. From 1994-97, Roberts served in the U.S. Air Force, reaching the rank of captain, serving as an engineering flight chief, and dealing with construction budgets up to $25 million.

Roberts is taking a leave from teaching to serve as a special assistant to Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Robert Cramer. He began his new position July 1.

“There are a number of challenges in higher education, particularly financially, and I want to be part of the solution,” he said. “In my first month on the job, I’ve been really impressed with the people in the Administrative Services division and how much they do in providing resources that enhance our students’ learning.”

Contact: Matt Roberts, UW-Platteville Administrative Services, (608) 342-1535, robertmat@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Paul Erickson, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, ericksop@uwplatt.edu

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