Rausch Honored by UWRF with Wurtz Teaching Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/13/2017
Beth Rausch has been named the recipient of the 2017 Keith Wurtz Award for Teaching Excellence for junior faculty at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. An assistant professor of animal science, Rausch joined the school in 2015 and is the lead person
for the animal science with companion animal emphasis courses and activities.
In their letters of nomination, her colleagues noted several initiatives Rausch pursued and implemented to develop a meaningful companion animal program. They say when Rausch took responsibility for the program in its second year of existence, she quickly
realized that the companion animal emphasis students were not getting the practical, hands-on animal management and care experience that animal science majors emphasizing in other species enjoyed. She revised two courses to include time for animal
interaction so students can apply concepts learned in the classroom.
The Keith Wurtz Award was established by Wurtz, a 1941 graduate of UWRF with a legacy of teaching and healing. The award is given to two faculty members each year, one junior status and one senior status, who demonstrate 'trailblazing' characteristics.