Animal sciences professor John Parrish honored with UW Distinguished Teaching Award

Animal sciences professor John Parrish is among twelve faculty members chosen to receive UW-Madison 2015 Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf will present the awards at a ceremony April 29 at the Fluno Center, 601 University Ave., Madison. The awards presentation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and a chance to meet this year’s honorees. The ceremony, sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association with support from the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, is free and open to the public. People can register to attend by April 22 at

Here’s Parrish’s profile from last week’s award announcement:

John J. Parrish, professor of animal science, Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

_BMR7544For more than two decades — from PowerPoint to podcasts to Google Glass — John Parrish has been a leader in using technology to teach the reproductive physiology of livestock. His early innovations created one of the first “flipped classrooms,” allowing more students to have hands-on experiences with animals. Parrish emphasizes the importance of a global education, teaching his students the how and why of technology to develop the critical thinking, language, and literacy skills they’ll need as global leaders in agriculture and the economy. Parrish has also developed and taught a first-year interest group about biology, and led the development of a U.S. Department of Agriculture website that influenced how reproductive physiology is taught around the world.

“I can say that I have never truly learned until I took his course. …. He has a deep desire for students to learn in a way that will not only teach them book knowledge, but moreover, he desires for us to immerse ourselves in our future learning opportunities and to think one step above and beyond what we often perceive as maximal performance,” says 2012 graduate Miki Hirano.

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