Instructional Research

The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences collaborates in research across many facets to advance agriculture and learning.

Faculty and Staff

Michel Wattiaux
Professor – Dairy Systems Management

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles


Erickson, M.G. and M. A. Wattiaux. 2021. Practices and perceptions at the COVID-19 transition in undergraduate animal science courses. Nat Sci Educ. 2021:50:e20039 (

Erickson, M.G., M. A. Wattiaux, D. Marks, and E. L. Karcher. 2021. Brief written reflection improve interest of introductory animal science students: a randomized controlled intervention study. CBE-Life Sci Educ 20:ar28, 1–11, Summer 2021 ( ).

J.F. Gille, M.G. Erickson, E. Ronk. TA Tip: Promoting student-student and student-instructor interactions virtually. (NACTA Journal: Teaching Tips/Notes, 2021)

K.L. Bartelt, M.G. Erickson, E. Ronk. TA Tip: Making the most out of the chat box. (NACTA Journal: Teaching Tips/Notes, 2021)

R.A. Fricke, M.G. Erickson, E. Ronk. Remote-teaching strategies that keep introductory animal sciences students engaged and actively learning(NACTA Journal: Teaching Tips/Notes, 2021)


Erickson, M.G., S. Ranathunga, and M. A. Wattiaux. 2020. Animal Sciences undergraduate education since the ASAS centennial: a national survey a scoping review. Transl. Anim. Sci 4:1-16 (

Erickson, M.G., M. A. Wattiaux and E. L. Karcher. 2020. Longitudinal measurement of invariance and stability of individual interest across a 16-week introductory animal sciences course. Nat. Sci. Edu. 49(1):e20031 (


Wattiaux, M. A. 2013. Change in students’ self-reported learning gains and worldviews in a Discussion-driven international livestock agriculture classroom. NACTA J. 57(3):83-90.


Wattiaux, M. A. 2010. Excellence in teaching for promotion and tenure in animal and dairy sciences at doctoral/research universities: A faculty perspective. J. Dairy Sci. 93:3365-3376.


Wattiaux, M. A. and P. Crump. 2005. Students’ perception of a discussion-driven classroom environment in an upper level ruminant nutrition course with small enrollment. J. Dairy Sci. 89:343-352.

Selected Book Chapters


Wattiaux, M. 2015. Decoding and Encoding the “DNA” of Teaching and Learning in Institutions of Higher Education, pp 1-8, Ch 1 in: Molecular and Quantitative Animal Genetic, Wiley Blackwell (ISBN: 978-1-118-67740-7). 


Wattiaux, M. 2012. Recognizing and Promoting Effective Teaching and Learning Practice Among Future and Current Instructors: Laying New Ground for the 21st Century pp 43-66 In Proceedings of a National Conference on Teaching and Learning in the Animal Sciences: Challenging Old Assumptions and Breaking New Ground for the 21st Century. University of Wisconsin System Boards of Regents (ISBN 978-1-59215-157-4) 

Wattiaux, M.A., J. Blazek, and J. J. Olmos Colmenero. 2012. An Overview of the Mexican Family Dairy Production System: Result of Research done in Altos, Jalisco, Mexico. Babcock Institute Discussion paper 2012-2 (51 pp).  The Babcock Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Van Eyck, M., L. Van Toll, and M. Wattiaux. 2012. Engaging Science Faculty in Internationalization: Teaching Innovation at UW-Madison. Institute of International Education Networker (IIEN), Spring 2012:28-31 Available at


Wattiaux, M. A. 2008. Chapter 11: Signature Pedagogy in Agriculture: Animal and Dairy Sciences, Pp 207-223, In: Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind. R. Gurung, N. Chick and H. Aeron (Eds). Stylus Publishing 

Selected Conference Proceedings


Wattiaux, M. A. 2020. Use of technology to increase interest in learning (in small enrollment, discussion-based courses); Invited presentation, June , 2020, Online National meetings of ADSA.


Wattiaux, M. A. 2019. Educación universitaria en el siglo XXI: un cambio de paradigma hacia la educación centrada en el estudiante. Keynote Invited Presentation Jornada de Reflexión y Capacitación en Nuevas Tendencias en Formación Docente, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Julio 22-23; Bogotá, Colombia.


Wattiaux, M. A. 2018. Taking College Education into the 21st Century: A Paradigm Shift Toward Student Centered Education. Keynote Invited Presentation Congreso Internacional de Innovaión Educativa en Tema Agrarios (CIIETA) 17-19 Octubre Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Perú. 

Wattiaux, M. A. 2018. College Classroom as active learning environment. Invited presentation, June 24, 2018, National meetings of ADSA, June 24, 2018, Knoxville, Tennessee.


Wattiaux, M. A. 2017. Challenging the Status Quo: Moving university teaching and learning into the 21st century. Invited presentation, August 18, 2017, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia.


Wattiaux, M. A. 2015. Scholarship of Teaching: What are the best methods of conducting research in teaching? Invited presentation, Joint Annual Meetings, July 12-16, Orlando Florida.


Wattiaux, M.A. 2013. Hacia el logro de la Excelencia y Erudicion en la enseñanza. Workshop Congreso Internacional: Innovación de la Enseñanza Universitaria en Agricultura Y Recursos Naturales, 15-17 Octubre Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Perú. 


Wattiaux, M. A. Recognizing and Promoting Effective Teaching and Learning Practice Among Future and Current Instructors: Laying New Ground for the 21st Century. 2012. Invited presentation, National Conference on Teaching and Learning in the Animal Sciences. UW-Madison, WI, Pyle Ctr. June 22, 2012.

Selected Popular Press Articles


Wattiaux, M. A. 2013. Are we graduating the right graduates? To ensure the dairy industry will thrive, we must focus on transferring vital knowledge, developing the proper skills and providing valuable experience. Hoard’s Dairyman April 25, 2013:275. 

Selected Research Posters


Wattiaux, M. A. 2019. Changing students’ worldviews on animal agriculture and global sustainable development. UW-Madison, CALS Global Symposium April 9, 2019.


Stefanos, S., M. A. Wattiaux, E. Silva, and A. Morales. Using debate preparation in and interdisciplinary, capstone-like college course to promote critical thinking about food systems, sustainability and climate change. UW-Madison Teaching and Learning Symposium.