Gibbs earns Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award

February 25, 2016

Holly Gibbs, an assistant professor of geography and environmental studies, is one of twelve UW-Madison faculty members that have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators.

Known as a rising star in the department, Gibbs' research, based in the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, focuses on assessing rates of tropical deforestation and the effectiveness of policies implemented to hinder it. Her work with policymakers is receiving widespread attention and has been featured in several news outlets, including NPR and the BBC.

As a teacher, she is committed to building students' professional credentials through experiential class design, and she motivates students to turn their ideas into action.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf will present the awards at a ceremony at 5 p.m. March 16 at the Fluno Center, 601 University Ave. The ceremony, sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association with support from the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, is free and open to the public. To attend, register here.

View the other 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients.

(Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)