The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor UW-Green Bay Frankenthal Professor of History and Humanistic Studies, Greg Aldrete, on April 10 for his outstanding achievements in teaching. Aldrete will receive the 2015 Regents Teaching Excellence Award, UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff.Aldrete started teaching at UW-Green Bay in 1995 and since has been awarded several distinguished titles for his contributions in teaching. In 2012, he was selected as Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE). Aldrete was selected for the Frankenthal Professorship at UW-Green Bay through 2017, he received the UW-Green Bay Founders Association Awards for Excellence in the categories of teaching (2003) and scholarship (2006), and in 2009, received a national award of merit from the American Philological Association as one of the nation’s top teachers of classics at the college level.
In addition to his role as professor, Aldrete has excelled in the field of research. His interest of all things ancient Rome makes its way to his classroom and beyond. He regularly teaches eight different courses of approximately 450 students per year, as well as numerous independent studies. His teaching methods include analyzing primary documents, holding debates, role-playing, and other hands-on activities.
Recently, he developed an innovative interdisciplinary course on military history in which students learn through “living history.” An example was the multi-year Linothorax Project, in which his students re-created and tested the linen armor that Alexander the Great wore during his conquests. Aldrete’s published results garnered international attention on Public Radio International, the Canadian network History Television and were featured in Ancient Warfare Magazine.
Aldrete recently was a guest on The Great Courses radio program featured on Sirius Satellite radio. He teaches “The Decisive Battles of World History,” a course that focuses on discovering the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of events and defining our world.
Aldrete has written and recorded dozens of video lectures for The Teaching Company, with the first series entitled, “The History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective.” Aldrete gives frequent public lectures, including local venues as well as Iowa State University, Boston University, and the University of Manitoba in Canada. His students frequently comment on his depth of knowledge and passion for the subject of history and for teaching.
Aldrete joins other esteemed UW-Green Bay faculty who have also received the UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award: Clifton Ganyard, Humanistic Studies (2014) and Regan A.R. Gurung, Human Development (2011). The UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education received the UW System department of the year honors in 2011.