Published: March 5, 2015

Roseanna Neupauer performs an original rap for her hydrology class.

Two recent awards leave little doubt that associate professor Roseanna Neupauer is an outstanding teacher. Neupauer has been named to the University of Colorado’s President’s Teaching Scholars Program, and has also received a Fulbright Fellowship to spend a summer in Ecuador.

For her Fulbright, Neupauer will spend summer 2015 at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Guayaquil, in the civil engineering program. Her appointment will include both education and research.

“The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has made it a priority to improve the higher education system in the country, and part of that process is to obtain accreditation for engineering programs at their universities,” she said. “For the education side of my appointment, I will work with the Civil Engineering program on curriculum development and educator training to help the program prepare to apply for ABET accreditation.”

For the research component, Neupauer will collaborate with Dr. Mijail Arias Hidalgo at ESPOL to investigate the interaction between groundwater and surface water in the Abras de Mantequilla wetland system in western Ecuador. She said the system is critical for water supply, biodiversity, food production and other ecosystem services.

Closer to home, Neupauer joins 79 other faculty members from all CU campuses -- including fellow CEAE faculty member Harihar Rajaram -- in the President’s Teaching Scholars Program, which honors faculty for their effective and exemplary teaching, creative work, scholarship and research.

According to a university website, the Teaching Scholars, “serving as ambassadors for teaching and research, establish and develop individual, departmental, and campus-wide projects in assessing classroom learning, cultivating teaching and engaged learning, integrating research into teaching, and mentoring.”