Jack Kloppenburg, professor in Community and Environmental Sociology, is the 2013 recipient of the Arthur J. Maurer Extra Mile Award.
Over the years, Jack formally has mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students, but unofficially, he has mentored many more.
One of them, Trish O’Kane, nominated Jack in part because he took her under his wing and helped her discover her love for ornithology. Together, they developed a course called “Birding to Change the World” that includes an experimental learning unit called the “Nature Explorers After-School Club.”
The Nature Explorers Club pairs UW-Madison students with middle school students on Madison’s north side as mentors and “co-explorers.” This has become the most popular after-school club in Sherman Middle School’s history.
Jack is the founder and director of the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community. GreenHouse gives students an opportunity to do more than just live in a conventional dorm. Residents engage in sustainability efforts on campus and in the Madison area, providing valuable hands-on learning opportunities.
Jack regularly goes the extra mile for his colleagues as well. He has worked closely mentoring junior faculty through the tenure process.