Michel Wattiaux, professor of dairy science, was recently selected to receive the Myron H. and Anna Atwood Faculty Fellow Award. The award recognizes faculty in CALS for excellence in teaching and provides support for continued efforts in the area of instruction. Nominees are selected on the basis of a demonstrated record of commitment to and excellence in teaching, and a project proposal that creatively applies educational innovation and helps forward the CALS teaching mission.
Wattiaux joined CALS in 1992 as a staff member in the Babcock Institute, a position that focused on international dairy extension work. In 2000, he joined the faculty in the dairy science department, in a position with instructional emphasis, and he became a full professor in 2011. Since March 2019, he has also served as interim director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Wattiaux has developed numerous courses for the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences over the years, including interdisciplinary courses that draw students from across CALS and the UW, and has been honored with many teaching awards. He has used the tools of educational science research to develop a scholarship in teaching and learning.