Teaching Excellence

The Concordia University Wisconsin Ronald L. Berg Faculty Laureate Award is an honor bestowed by the Concordia faculty on one of its own in recognition as the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. The recipient exemplifies Concordia as a way of life, is a model of Christian life, excels in teaching, engages in scholarship, and supports the community life of the campus. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipient, Dr. Nicole Muth, Ph.D. 

 Nicole MuthDr. Nicole Muth, Ph.D. serves as the chair of the Elementary Education Department and as a professor of Education and Mathematics. She teaches Core mathematics courses and math education courses for elementary and early childhood majors. An integral part of her role in the School of Education involves mentoring pre-service teachers in the field during their methods courses and student teaching. In addition, she is part of the development team for Concordia University Wisconsin’s new Compassion Care Concentration, a joint program in the School of Education and Athletic Training Department, which will utilize our new Comfort Dog beginning in the fall of 2021. Dr. Muth has at taught at Concordia for 14 years.

Dr. Muth is proud to be an alumna of Concordia University Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in Lutheran Secondary Education Mathematics. She has also earned a master's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in Mathematics Education; and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology Management from Northcentral University. Her research interests include mathematics teaching practices, mathematics teacher education and professional development, social and emotional learning, and the use of Comfort Dogs in educational settings. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences in the field of mathematics education and has worked on several joint research projects with colleagues in the School of Education. Dr. Muth also serves as a dissertation chair in the Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement (LICI) program.

In addition to her teaching and scholarly work, Dr. Muth has served on several committees and ad hoc groups for the university and for the School of Education, such as the Faculty Development Committee, Faculty Senate, the Online Continuing Distance Education Advisory Committee, and the Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Education Committee for the Women’s Leadership Institute.

Before joining the faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin, Dr. Muth taught mathematics at the middle school, high school, and technical college levels. She lives in Sheboygan, Wisconsin with her husband, Tim, a social studies teacher at Sheboygan Lutheran High School. They are both active in the home congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Sheboygan. They have three children and a daughter-in-law; Kalee, Erin, Jacob and Hanna.