UW’s Pickett Receives Hollon Family Award

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Casper-based pillar of the University of Wyoming School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies (SPPAIS) who helped pioneer the use of the web-conference tool Zoom to deliver courses has been recognized for his contributions to UW.

Professor Brent Pickett, a longtime UW-Casper and SPPAIS faculty member, is the recipient of the 2019 Hollon Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Off-campus Programs. In 1986, C.E. “Jerry” Hollon, former UW trustee, established the award to recognize “contributions to the general extension outreach programs of the university.”

“Professor Pickett has been a crucial faculty member for our distance education program, teaching both purely online classes and via Zoom. Over the past two years, he has often demonstrated his versatility by teaching an online course, a Zoom-based course and a face-to-face course all at the same time,” wrote Professor Stephanie Anderson, SPPAIS head. “Moreover, he always adapts his instruction to the technology, which includes reshaping the syllabus and other fundamentals of course design. Working at UW-Casper, he has managed to close the gap between Laramie and the state to offer a first-class education to UW students everywhere.”

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