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Robert Feldman

From teaching inside the classroom to power walking and saying “hi” to anyone on campus, Professor Robert Feldman has impacted the lives of many students at UW Oshkosh.

Feldman is a professor in the English department and currently teaches literature and writing classes. He said teaching is his passion in life.

“Interacting with the students and getting them to participate in class discussions is priceless to me,” Feldman said.

Now that he has found what’s meaningful in his life, Feldman said the students are what motivates him and keeps him going.

“What motivates me is trying to try to get my students to find out what’s meaningful in theirs,” Feldman said. “What I love most about the University is the students.”

While many students enter college as an undecided major, Feldman said he believes if students keep working hard and thinking critically, then something will come along eventually.

“I tell my students to keep asking questions—criticize and question everything,” Feldman said. “Ask yourself what you like, what feels good to you, what you want to talk about and what you would like to consider doing professionally.”

Feldman is known for remembering his students’ names even years after they have had class with him. He said this is important because a name represents that unique person.

“I want them to know that I care about their education, and that when they leave the course, they haven’t left my thoughts,” Feldman said. “I’m still interested in them and their future and they’re still important to me.”

During his free time, Feldman said he enjoys power walking as a hobby and also a way to stay healthy.

“My greatest professional passion in life is teaching in the classroom and my greatest personal pleasure in life is power walking,” Feldman said. “I just feel like I’m on top of the world when I’m doing it.”

After 28 years with UW Oshkosh, Feldman said he hopes to keep pursuing both of his passions in life.

“I’ve been doing it for so many years and I hope that I can continue teaching and continue walking: that’s my goal in the future.”

Written by Daniel Kobin, Integrated Marketing and Communications STEP student.