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Timothy Paulsen

Timothy Paulsen, geology professor, was the recipient of the Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching award at the 2013 Opening Day ceremonies at UW Oshkosh.

Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are selected based on their teaching excellence, service, professional commitment and scholarly growth. A committee of faculty, students and staff determines who will receive the honor.

A true teaching gem, Timothy Paulsen has been teaching at the University since 1999. His passion and enthusiasm for geology serves to inspire students and makes him an outstanding educator. He believes in integrating materials from his research into the classroom to help students learn and discover. Since his arrival at UW Oshkosh in 1999, Paulsen has published 31 refereed scientific papers and has co-authored 46 abstracts at national and international conferences. He collaborates with scientists from an array of national and international institutions as well as with students at UW Oshkosh. Paulsen serves as the director of the capstone geology class, which is an intense, six-week field immersion course taught each summer in Utah, Wyoming and Nevada. Public outreach through lectures and media engagements is also important to Paulsen. He is the adviser for Sigma Gamma Epsilon and is involved with the geology department in his role as undergraduate student adviser.

Paulsen earned his bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from UW–Madison and his doctorate in geology from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

To read more about the Opening Day award recipients, visit UW Oshkosh Today.