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Rittenburg Receives Faculty Excellence in Internationalization Award

April 18, 2011
UW Professor Terry Rittenburg led a 2009 study-abroad class in Venice, Italy. (UW Photo)

Terri Rittenburg, University of Wyoming Department of Management and Marketing associate professor, has been a tireless champion of providing opportunities for international study, scholarship and understanding since joining the UW faculty in 1989.

For her efforts, she is the recipient of the of the 2011 Faculty Excellence in Internationalization Award.

During her UW career, Rittenburg has visited six continents, including 39 countries outside the United States. She integrates her experiences, as well as photos and other artifacts, into her classes.

A colleague says Rittenburg's long history of supporting international outreach at UW and her tireless pursuit of excellence and greater achievement in this area make her an excellent choice for this year's award.

"The Faculty Contribution Award criteria focus on the planning and implementation of substantive initiatives that internationalize teaching, outreach, service and scholarship at the University of Wyoming, recognizing that attaining a global perspective is an important aspect of university education and not always easy at our university," says Jose Rosa, management and marketing professor. "The award should not be given lightly, but instead be presented to faculty and staff who have exhibited strong and consistent leadership in establishing and maintaining such activities at UW. Terri has exhibited such leadership."

Rittenburg has dedicated her unbounded enthusiasm, energy and talent to ensuring that students in the UW College of Business have valuable opportunities to study the global business environment.

She has developed such courses as international business, global business issues, international business management and MBA global market analysis. She also regularly supervises independent study projects for problems in international business.

As part of her global business issues course, Rittenburg has led UW students abroad to study numerous cultures and business environments, including the Netherlands, France, Norway, China, Italy, Chile and Argentina. Next summer, she will lead the ninth iteration of this course to study the business environment of Germany. She has co-written publications with colleagues from Australia, Kenya, India, Taiwan, Norway and Sweden.

"Terri has been active, effective, and entirely engaged in internationalizing the business school and UW," says Brent Hathaway, UW College of Business dean. "I am pleased that her efforts and successes are being recognized."

A visiting scholar in the College of Business worked with Rittenburg two years ago and came away impressed with her teaching skills that he now applies at his current position.

"I very much enjoyed her interesting contents and professional communication skills and have absorbed much more advanced teaching techniques from her lectures to apply into my present lectures," says Zhou Hong, Tianjin Normal University (China) associate professor. "On the other hand, I have learned much more academic knowledge from her and got several academic ideas from her so as to enlarge my academic world.

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