Rosa Garner Earns Academic Staff Excellence Award
Rosa Garner, ombudsperson at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and School of Pharmacy, is one of 10 individuals to earn a 2013 Academic Staff Excellence Award from UW-Madison.
Garner was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service to the University.
“Behind the scenes, Rosa does highly collaborative work, but doesn’t take the star role,” says Dr. Pat Kokotailo, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for faculty development and faculty affairs in the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).
“Instead, she works to improve the climate and community within the SMPH and School of Pharmacy, and the entire campus, with her diligence, persistence and attention to all people’s needs.”
Kokotailo describes the ombuds role as somewhat paradoxical: serving as a confidential resource to individuals while investigating and analyzing problems, yet seeking connection among all members of the academic community.
With grace, humor and warmth, Garner goes beyond divisional responsibilities to serve the greater university.
“It's all about the one-on-one connection: learning individual experiences and aspirations as we explore possibilities for self-advocacy, resiliency and action,” says Garner. “I’m privileged to work directly with students, staff and faculty seeking creative, constructive strategies that address challenges to successful engagement.”
The Academic Staff Excellence Awards honor staff members representing a broad spectrum of fields and duties at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ten individuals have been selected to receive recognition for their achievements in leadership, public service, research, teaching and overall excellence.
View the complete list of award recipients.
Date Published: 04/11/2013