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May 11, 2016

McMahon honored with faculty fellowship in UW-Madison Teaching Academy

Written By: Sam Million-Weaver

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Katherine (Trina) McMahon

The College of Engineering not only performs cutting-edge research, but also trains future generations of engineers. Some faculty members affiliated with the college wholeheartedly embrace their roles as educators and constantly strive to promote student learning. In recognition of this excellence, the UW-Madison Teaching Academy recently bestowed high honors on Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in civil and environmental engineering and bacteriology Trina McMahon by electing her as a fellow.

Fellows in the Teaching Academy are nominated by their peers for having demonstrated exceptional teaching and substantial leadership in education at UW-Madison. McMahon has long incorporated evidence-based best teaching practices in her own instruction, and serves as faculty co-director for the UW-Madison Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning, which is an organization that advances exceptional teaching among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty members. She also assumed a leading role in developing a multi-institution massively open online course devoted to undergraduate STEM teaching, in order to introduce future and current faculty members at UW-Madison and across the nation to effective strategies to promote student learning.

A deep devotion to educate future generations of Badger Engineers motivates McMahon’s motivation to improve her own teaching and mentor other professors in their instruction. “The work that we do here impacts undergraduates here in a really positive way,” she says.

McMahon joined the distinguished cohort of more than 160 Teaching Academy fellows from across campus, including 16 current faculty members in the College of Engineering, at an official induction ceremony April 27, 2016.