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Wiltbank Receives UW Short Course Teaching Award

Over the past eight years, Milo Wiltbank has helped hundreds of livestock producers improve reproductive management on their farms. His efforts have earned him the J. S. Donald Excellence in Teaching Award for Farm and Industry Short Course for 1999.

Wiltbank is a dairy scientist at UW-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He teaches “Reproduction in Farm Animals,” which provides short course students with the knowledge they”ll need to design, carry out, and evaluate a reproductive management plan in their livestock operations. The course now attracts one of the largest enrollments in the short course program.

Wiltbank has also coordinated an intensive one-week course, “Reproductive Management of Dairy Cattle,” for dairy farmers and short course students and alumni.

He also team-teaches several classes in reproductive physiology to undergraduates and grad students, and thousands of people have attended his extension lectures on improving reproduction in dairy cows.

According to a recent Short Course graduate, “Milo goes out of his way to help anyone that asks. The lectures were extremely interesting and easy to follow – yet we covered a lot of valuable material. I could not expect more out of a teacher.”

In FISC course evaluations, Wiltbank”s ratings have consistently ranked in the top 20 percent of all short courses. Dairy Science faculty also conduct a standardized evaluation of all departmental courses, and Wiltbank”s short course ranks among the highest in the department.

“Dr. Wiltbank”s easy-going personality makes him very approachable by students. He treats students with respect and answers their questions thoughtfully and patiently,” a colleague wrote. “He provides ample opportunities in class for discussion and he engages students in learning by asking frequent questions and seeking answers from the students. He is rigorous about using scientific evidence in teaching concepts. Also, he makes effective use of ”hands-on” activities in his teaching to make the learning experience for students more interesting, less abstract, and more memorable.”