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. Scott Van Ornum, Ph.D. 

 Nicole MuthDr. Scott Van Ornum, Ph.D., serves as the director of the Master of Product Development program and as an associate professor joining the faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin in 2010. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1992 with an American Chemical Society (ACS) approved major in chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1998 and majored in organic chemistry under the direction of Professor James M. Cook.

After graduating from UW-Milwaukee, Dr. Van Ornum was employed at Abbott Laboratories for four years as a Senior Scientist in the process development area working on new drug candidates. The experience allowed him to develop chemistry on the lab bench and transfer the process to large-scale plant facilities. In 2002, he joined Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Scientist performing similar process chemistry operations and migrated into a variety of functions within the company including business development. Prior to departing Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals, his role involved directing the manufacturing area to produce various active pharmaceutical ingredients for contract customers.

Dr. Van Ornum has taught Organic Chemistry I and II, Instrumental Analysis and Advanced Organic Chemistry courses and I. He is also teaches course related to process chemistry in the graduate master program. Dr. Van Ornum is very excited to be a member of the chemistry department and fostering the development of students to achieve their career goals. He is very interested in undergraduate research as a tool to assist students in the applications of research. Specific research interests include microwave cyclization reactions and organometallic chemistry. Dr. Van Ornum has served on numerous committees such as the Concordia Intramural Research Grant (CIRG) committee and Faculty Development Committee.

Dr. Van Ornum is a native of Wisconsin and currently lives in Jackson with his wife, Shari, of 28 years and their daughter Lauren. He enjoys reading science and religion topics, physical fitness, and spending time with this family. They attend Morning Star Lutheran church in Jackson. Dr. 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.