Faculty receives Top Research Award

History Professor Karau Recognized
By UW-Sheboygan

Mark KarauDr. Mark Karau, Associate Professor of History at UW-Sheboygan, received the 2016-17 Barrington-Musolf Faculty Research Award. The prestigious award was presented at the UW Colleges’ Convocation ceremony held at UW Fox Valley, where faculty from across the state had gathered for the start of a new academic year.

Karau’s research was for his work titled, “Germany’s Defeat in the First World War: The Lost Battles and Reckless Gambles that Brought Down the Second Reich.” Presented annually, the UW Colleges Barrington-Musolf Faculty Research Award is for a research-based book or article that is judged by peers to be the best conducted and most significant research published by a UW Colleges faculty member during the previous two academic years. 

The Barrington-Musolf Award Selection committee was particularly struck by the richness and accessibility of Karau’s work, which wove together deep archival work into an engaging prose that was interesting and compelling. As one reviewer noted, “It is an important contribution to the scholarly studies of WWI.” Provost Karen Schmitt, who presented the award stated, “This is very high praise from your peers within the division of Social Sciences. You truly have earned my respect, as well as the respect of your colleagues. I appreciate your outstanding contributions.”

The faculty research award was established with an endowment from Professor Emeritus Byron Barrington, a member of the UW Colleges Psychology Department for 37 years, and Professor Emeritus Gene Musolf, a member of the UW Colleges Geography/Geology Department for 33 years.  Both taught at UW-Marathon County. 

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Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications