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William Mode

William Mode, geology professor, was the recipient of the John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship at the 2013 Opening Day Ceremonies at UW Oshkosh.

The John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship recognizes UW Oshkosh faculty members for teaching, professional achievement and public service. Nominees are considered in a selection process by a panel representing all University governance groups.

Mode is an outstanding example of a faculty member who has established strong connections between teaching and research. He has completed 17 field expeditions to the Arctic to study the history of climate and glaciation as well as many field seasons studying these topics in Wisconsin and Colorado. He has collaborated with more than 50 students through independent studies, research projects and laboratory and field assistantships. Mode’s service to the University includes his role as department chair since 1999 and his participation in new student orientation; he also formerly served as an associate dean in the College of Letters and Science as well as serving on numerous committees. Currently, he is the chair of the Wisconsin Geology Examining Board and serves on the Wisconsin Mapping Advisory Board. Additionally, within the community, Mode frequently leads workshops and gives talks to school groups and organizations about topics such as the Arctic and glacial geology.

Mode earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from Augustana College, master’s degrees in geology and water resources management from UW–Madison and his doctorate in geology from the University of Colorado–Boulder.

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