University of Wisconsin-Richland’s Gail Hoffman has been promoted to professor, the highest rank for a faculty member. A member of the UW Colleges department of health and exercise science, Hoffman joined the faculty of the Richland Center UW campus in 2000.
Leadership has been the hallmark of Hoffman’s UW-Richland service. She currently serves as chair of the campus Steering committee, the top-level campus governance committee. Last year, Hoffman served on the UW Colleges Chancellor’s Search and Screen committee, helping to select the new leader of the UW Colleges and UW-Extension. She currently serves as co-chair of the UW-Richland Strategic Planning Committee. She’s served on and chaired search and screen committees for the UWRichland CEO/Dean position, campus Curriculum Committee, and Diversity Committee.
For a decade, until 2010, Hoffman served as director of athletics, overseeing four programs—men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer. During that time, two players earned Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Player of the Year honors. Until 2006, Hoffman was head coach of the UWRichland volleyball team, earning Coach of the Year honors in 2002 and seeing teams twice achieve the highest finish in campus history as runners-up in the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association.
An expert at the game of volleyball, Hoffman leads clinics and camps throughout the region during the summertime.
Providing active learning opportunities for her students is priority for Hoffman. She celebrates with them when they exceed expectations. “One time an international student who had never played softball caught a high fly ball from a very talented student. The entire class went wild with genuine happiness. That student’s confidence grew so much during the semester,” she said. “I’ve had students give presentations in area schools. Teachers and principals have contacted us and asked them to address more students. The students went beyond understanding the material and made a lasting impression. That’s satisfying.” She finds satisfaction, as well, as former students develop successful careers.
Hoffman teaches an array of courses related to athletics, fitness and health, including, this fall, Tennis, Volleyball, Fitness for Life, Theory of Coaching, Social Aspects of Sport, and a first-year seminar entitled Athletics and College.
“I like being part of the faculty and staff of UW-Richland. I’m proud to be one of them and I like being at work. I have so many intelligent, caring, and hard-working co-workers at UW-Richland. I find satisfaction in working with others who strive for their best and a have a deep desire to make UWRichland a great place.” A Richland County native, Hoffman and her husband live in rural Richland Center.
For more information, contact Hoffman by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (608) 647-6186, Extension 217.