Patty Blair Watters, Resident Director of Operations

Patty has been Resident Director of Operations of the Wisconsin in Scotland program since August 2007 and she loves Scotland. She came to WIS with several years of experience working in various areas of student affairs including International Studies, Residence Life, Career Services, Greek Life, and Human Resources. Most recently, Patty was a Resident Director at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Patty served two years as Assistant Coordinator of the St. Cloud State Centre for British Studies just south of the Scottish/English border in Alnwick, England. She earned her Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Patty loves working with students, especially in the unique living and learning environment created on programs like Wisconsin in Scotland. Patty married a Brit in January 2010, so she plans to stay in Scotland for a long time! Patty and her wife Natalie enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures, seeing films, cooking (and subsequently eating), and the WIS program.

John Minniear, Resident Directors of Academics

John Minniear retired after a long career at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he taught music history in the Music Department, served as Department Chair, Associate Dean of Fine and Performing Arts, Director of the Liberal Studies Program and Director of five European Odyssey semester study abroad programs.   A native of Louisiana and Texas, John earned his BA and MA from Baylor University and his PhD in musicology from University of North Texas.  As a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, he was on the Faculty of music and he later directed two semester study abroad programs at Hughes Hall (Cambridge University).  His study abroad experiences have taken him repeatedly to France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Georgia, Egypt, the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  

John has also participated in several archeological digs in both Scotland (East Lothian) and Greece (Mycenae) with teams from the University of Durham / Dickinson University.  John enjoys travelling abroad with students and hearing their "Wow!"  He and his wife, Deanie, are looking forward to another return visit to Scotland, where they hope to "…tak a cup o' kindness yet" with the students and staff of the WIS community while sharing in the Scottish life of Dalkeith House, the poetry of The Bard, the haunting bagpipe pibroch laments and Scotland's kaleidoscopic landscape.  Scots wha hae !!

Ashley Bochman, Assistant Resident Director


Ruth Fairchild, Ridgewater College (MN), Communication Studies

Ruth Fairchild teaches Communication Studies at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota, 100 miles from the small town where she grew up.  In the years since she left that town, she has earned degrees and traveled the world.  Her first experience abroad was as an undergraduate, spending a summer in the Philippines, Japan, and Hong Kong.  Later study-abroad experiences as a group leader sent her to Norway, Costa Rica, and Eastern Europe.  

Beginning as a high school teacher, Ruth worked primarily in alternative programs like an adventure-based treatment program.  Her love of teaching and adventure led her to Alaska where she taught for 6 years.  Eventually she migratruthed to the University of Vermont, teaching English while doing graduate work.  As a college instructor, her research interests have included regional literature, composition, assessment, public speaking, and intercultural communication.

Ruth's return to Minnesota allowed her children to grow up near their grandparents.  Now those children are both in college, so their mother is launching off, too.  Her travels in 2014 included watching whales in Mexico, getting drenched at Iguazu Falls in Argentina, and beachcombing on the Jersey shore; in 2015—Scotland!  Besides travel, Ruth likes to hike and paddle, ski and bike, cook and eat, knit and read.

Cathy Fank, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Theatre

Cathy A. Fank,  UW- Superior, Communicating Arts

Cathy received her B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Ia.) and her M.F.A. in Directing and Stage Management from Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio).  This begins Cathy's 15th year as a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  She teaches mainly theatre courses at UWS, however she also teaches the core course requirement in communication (COMM 110).  Prior to her arrival at UWS, Cathy also taught at the University of Connecticut and worked in the professional theatre as an Artistic Director, Director and Stage Manager for 20 years.  Cathy serves as Director of University Theatre at UWS and directs 1 show each season.  She cannot wait to return to Edinburgh and teach the Festival Fringe course with Stewart Platner again this year.


Jim McCoy, Murray State University (KY), Economics

Dr. Jim McCoy received his B.A. in Economics in 1978 from Xavier University and his Ph.D. in International Economics and Economic Development in 1986 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined Murray State's faculty in 1985 and has enjoyed being there ever since. Jim has presented and publisdr. Jim McCoyhed numerous papers involving economic impact statements, international firm location decisions, and economic education issues, in both national and international journals. He has also directed and worked on several state and federal grants. Jim has been a Murray State Presidential Research Fellow and twice a recipient of the Murray State Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence. Jim has served in many administrative roles at Murray State University. He most recently served as Associate Provost for Research, Innovation, and Global Affairs. He has also served as the Assistant Dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance. Jim's passion for international education has led him to pursue a variety of international experiences, including conducting research and teaching in countries across the globe. He has taught International Trade and Finance, International Business, Business Economics, Managerial Economics, Economic Development, and International Economic Relations, at the undergraduate as well as graduate level, in Belize, Finland, Jamaica (as a Fulbright Scholar), Austria, China, Australia, Poland, Cyprus, and Germany. While not abroad, he enjoys fishing and water skiing on Kentucky Lake with friends and family. His wife Donna will also participate in the Experience Scotland program in the Fall of 2015. 


Stewart Platner, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Theatre & Communication, emeritus

Stewart Platner received his BA from St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin) and his MFA in Design and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for 34 years in the Department of Communicating Arts where he taught in both the Theatre and Speech areas. During his time at UW-S, he served as Department Chair for over 9 years and spent two years as an Interim Dean of Students. He also served as their Chair of Faculty Senate and as Faculty Representative for UW-S to UW-System Administration. He was the Resident Scenic Designer/Technical Director for University Theatre, designing over 80 productions during his tenure. He has been to Scotland several times, serving as the Academic Director at Dalkeith for the 2012/13 academic year. He looks forward to returning to teach about theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August and early Western Theatre in the Fall Term.

Elaine Cullen, Normandale Community College (MN), English

elaine cElaine Cullen received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at El Paso and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She has been teaching composition—all levels—creative writing and literature courses for more than 25 years. She taught for many years at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and for a short time at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and at the University of St. Thomas.  For the past 13 years she has been teaching at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. 

Memoir writing is a particular interest of hers and because of this interest, she developed a memoir writing course for Normandale Community College during her last sabbatical. She also has a particular interest in gender and literature, and gender and writing. She has studied, written about and taught courses for, by and about women. Her Ph.D. dissertation, Women Coming to Voice through Writing, is a work of memoir, literary analysis, women's studies and composition studies.

Elaine has traveled abroad several times, though this will be her first trip to Scotland.





Linda Canzanella, Normandale Community College, Philosophy

Originally, I am from New York (Long Island) but I have been here in Minnesota for a good number of years. I moved here to get my Ph.D in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota.  I have been teaching philosophy for over 15 years now, and am currently a faculty member at Normandale Community College. I also have been the Chair of the Department of Philosophy for the last several years.  My specific interests in philosophy include environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, business ethics, philosophy of art, and political philosophy, although anything to do with puzzling over some challenging but interesting readings is what I love to do!

I have three cats now--an older cat (who is 18 years old!), and two younger cats who are almost 5 years old.  They are quite the little troublemakers, getting into plants, knocking down everything in sight, and that sort of thing.  Aside from spending time with my cats, I also like to be outdoors, although I must say that living in very cold Minnesota has soured my view of winter fun!  I also can be described as a 'foodie," someone who enjoys fine food--not necessarily cooking it, but going out and having others make it for me!  I also love gardening, although that presents a little bit of a challenge, since I live in an apartment.  My patio, however, is huge, and I have over 25 planters filled with flowers that I enjoy tending to.

My favorite TV show has to be the Walking Dead, although Game of Thrones is a close second.  My favorite movie (or movies, I should say) is the Lord of the Rings.  Of the three Lord of the Rings movies, I would have to say the first one tops that list.

I am extremely excited to teach in Scotland!  I have only heard good things about the program, and am honored to be a part of it.

Patrick Moran, UW Whitewater, Languages & Literatures

I am thrilled and down right tickled to be doing another semester in Dalkeith. From the Grand Hall to the Dining Hall, from the bridge to the double decker buses, from the Orangerie to the Grand Stables, it is all deeply entrenched in my mind and the mind of my wife and my three children. This time around I will be teaching Technical and Scientific Writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, and The Tradition of Scottish Poetry. The Tradition of Scottish Poetry is an especially exciting class to be teaching because of the poets, the landscape and the Scottish Poetry Library in the heart of Edinburgh. As the author of four collections of poetry myself, the Scottish Bards act as mentors and inspiration to the creative spirit. Anyone can take a picture or do a "selfie," but to be inspired to write poems at the top of Arthur's Seat or among the Calidonian Oaks is life changing and I wouldn't miss the opportunity to share it with students and faculty alike. Again, I will be accompanied by my wife, the Painter, Bethann Moran and my
three children, Walter, MaryEllen and Martha. We are all looking forward to "giving it a bash."

Susan Wildermuth, UW-Whitewater, Communications

Dr. Susan M. Wildermuth

I am an associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  I have a Master’s Degree and PhD from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis with an emphasis in intercultural communication and computer-mediated communication.  I have received the UWW College of Arts and Communications top awards for both teaching and research.  I teach courses in public speaking, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, research methods, communication theory, and computer-mediated communication. My research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, intercultural communication competency, computer-mediated relationships, and visual communication.  I have taught abroad in Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Norway, Ecuador, and England.  My current project is an analysis of the illustrations used in Cinderella picture books from the 1800s and 1900’s.  My email is


John Beaver, UW-Fox Valley, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, & Astronomy
Dave Beck, UW-Stout, Game Design & Development

Dave BeckDave Beck is a practicing 3D digital, game, and new media artist, living in Wisconsin.  He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin - Stout, in the School of Art and Design, with a focus on 3D art, game design, and new media.   He is also the chair of the Department of Design and the Program Director of the Game Design BFA. He is the recipient of the 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Award, given by the National Science Foundation.  Beck's artwork has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, National Geographic, the journal Science, and the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames.  
Dave is currently working on an art video game, titled Tombeaux. This interactive experience investigates the convergence between cultures and the environment across a few hundred years of midwestern American history. Follow the dev blog at:


Jennifer Betters-Bubon, UW-Whitewater, Counselor Education 

Jennifer Betters-BubonMy name is Jennifer Betters-Bubon, and I am an assistant professor who joined the UWW Counselor Education department in 2012. I received my masters in counseling from Boston University and my phD in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former elementary school counselor of 11 years, I am enthusiastic in my role as counselor educator and I teach courses in school counseling, practicum, social-cultural counseling and counseling across the lifespan.  

I am passionate about teaching students about the barriers that impact K-12 students' social/emotional, academic and career development, and this translates into my focus on the development of future school counselors. I maintain an active research agenda focused on the role of the school counselor within multi-tiered systems of support (e.g., PBIS, RTI) and I am active in the Wisconsin School Counseling Association, currently serving as assistant board director. As an adviser and teacher and in my relationships with my students, I believe that facilitating connection is essential. As students develop counseling skills, I help them acknowledge their unique experience and understanding to best help them develop personally and professionally as future clinical mental health and school counselors. Further, I interweave both a research and practitioner perspective to the courses I teach, ensuring students know the best practices in counseling.


Kelly Dwyer, Uw Colleges-Baraboo/Sauk County, English

Kelly Dwyer graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and is the author of two novels published by Penguin, two children's books, and plays that have been produced locally and nationally. As Senior Lecturer of English at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, Kelly enjoys teaching Creative Writing, Literary Magazine, and composition. She is the advisor of the Wisconsin in Scotland Club and PUBlications Club, and is co-advisor of the Musical Theatre Leadership Club. Kelly is passionate about literature and writing, loves to share her passion with her students, and is dedicated to making learning stimulating and fun. Kelly had the great pleasure of teaching in the Wisconsin in Scotland program in 2011, so she knows where all the good places to write are...and where the ghosts are.  :)  Kelly will be accompanied, at least part of the time, by her husband and fourteen year-old daughter.  Please visit

Hilary Fezzey, UW-Superior, English

 Hilary Fezzey is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  She teaches courses in British literature, world literature, and literary theory and serves as advisor for the English Club, Sigma Tau Delta (international English honor society), and co-advisor for the Nemadji Review student literary journal.  She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University.  She has published her scholarship on British literature and presented at national and international conferences.  Inspired by her travels in Scotland as part of her Wisconsin in Scotland (WIS) site visit, she has begun a new research project that is situated in the growing body of work on Scottish slavery and abolition.  She is delighted to teach in the WIS Program.  Scottish literature constitutes a rich part of British literature.  Edinburgh (the world's first UNESCO City of Literature) and the surrounding areas offer wonderful museums, including a poetry museum, libraries, literary tours, and literary pubs and cafes, such as the Elephant House, where J. K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter.  She looks forward to exploring these cultural landmarks with her students.  Her husband Aaron and daughter Claudia (who will be 11-years-old in 2016) are also excited to travel with her to Dalkeith.

Gary Keveles, UW-Superior, Criminal Justice

I have taught at the University of Wisconsin Superior since 1986 where I have been Director of its Criminal Justice Program and a Professor of Criminal Justice.  I also serve as a member of several organizations including the Douglas County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team, Douglas County Criminal Justice Community Committee; and the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee. 

My teaching also includes appointments at the University of Missouri St Louis (1980-1986); University of Maryland, European Division (1974 – 1979) and the State University of New York at Albany (1973-1974)

Previously, I served as President of three municipal and state organizations:  (1) City of Superior Police and Fire Commission; (2) Wisconsin Criminal Justice Education Association; and (3) Missouri Coalition for Alternatives to Imprisonment.  I was National Advisor and Board Member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma;an Advisory Committee Member of the Correctional Sciences Program, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; Cofounder of the Douglas County Restorative Justice Initiative; and member of Children First.  Finally I was a Confidential Assistant to the Codes Committee of the New York State Assembly and a Research Assistant in the Mental Health Research Unit, New York State Department of Mental Hygiene.

I have published or presented papers on academic service learning, restorative justice, the social construction of masculinity, violence prevention, plea bargaining, military justice, alternatives to incarceration, juvenile justice and the criminal insane.

I completed my formal education at the State University of New York at Albany, receiving a Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice (1981), a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice (1973); a Master’s Degree in Political Science (1971) and a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in History with a minor in Philosophy (1969).

Professionally, I see myself as engaged in the business of “harm reduction,” that is, working to lessen violence, injury or loss.  The focus includes not only diminishing harms to individuals, but also injuries to communities; not only targeting those persons who hurt others, but those organizations engaged in acts damaging to society. 

On a personal note, I was born in The Bronx, New York.  While in high school, I had a job delivering packages to businesses on a truck bicycle in midtown Manhattan; in college, I drove a yellow taxi throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx.  As a bike messenger or cabbie, I enjoyed navigating the streets, pedestrians, horses, buses, trucks, and motorcycles.  From 1974 – 1979, my wife and I lived in Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands as roving college lecturers for the European Division of the University of Maryland.  We also taught at the residential campus of the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany.  We have an adult son, a small dog and enjoy bike riding as well as international and domestic traveling.   I am an avid baseball and football fan.  I attended World Series games in 1958 and 1964.  Guess the name of my favorite baseball team?  In recent years, I have also become a Packer fan.  GO PACK GO!

Jess McCollough, UW-Barron County ACCESS program, History

Jess McCullough is an Associate Lecturer of History for the UW-Barron County ACCESS program (which is housed at UW-Superior).  Jess is currently in the final year of his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Leicester in England, where his research is on religious change in 11th century Greenland. 

In addition to instruction at UW-Barron County, Jess has also taught for UW-Superior, Northland College, and the College of St. Scholastica.  Since 2013 Jess has also been a staff member for the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project – an ongoing archaeological study of human habitation in Western Scotland.  Jess is particularly excited to share his enthusiasm for Scotland with students due to the outstanding levels of access to significant historical and archaeological resources there.  Jess’s courses will include regular excursions to historical and archaeological sites, museum collections, and collaboration in the field with archaeologists and heritage professionals.  Jess is also excited to be bringing his wife Harmony and their two daughters to Scotland for the first time!

Amelia Reigstad, UW-River Falls, Marketing Communications Program

Amelia ReigstadAmelia Reigstad is an Associate Lecturer in the Marketing Communications program at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and teaches public relations, advertising and writing for the mass media. Originally from Vancouver, BC Canada, she has a love for international travel and a passion for teaching. Having taught in Vancouver, Canada, Vienna, Austria and Dubrovnik,Croatia, she is excited to be a part of the Wisconsin in Scotland program.

Amelia is currently in her second year of her Ph. D. in Media and Communications from the University of Leicester in England and is studying gender differences in communication styles and how it influences the practice of public relations.

She is thrilled to be joining the Wisconsin in Scotland program and will be bringing her family with her to experience Scotland and Dalkeith Palace.

David Van Doren, UW- Whitewater, Counselor Education

David Van DorenMy name is David Van Doren, and I am an associate professor in the Counselor Education Department at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and joined the department approximately thirty-three years ago. I graduated with my Bachelors and Masters from Lehigh University and my doctorate from the University of Maine. I have developed a knowledge base and expertise in the area of trauma and addictions and have developed multiple courses and presented many workshops related to these important areas of counseling. I retired from private practice a few years ago after twenty-five plus years of clinical work. 

I believe all counselors need to become trauma-informed and trauma competent.  My passion is to increase the awareness of the extent of trauma in our world and help counseling professionals and others to explore behaviors in a trauma responsive manner. Processing trauma and enhancing post-traumatic growth can change lives and build safer, less traumatic future generations.

 All counseling and learning begins with positive caring relationships. As an advisor and educator I recognize students need to learn within a safe environment.  I believe that learning is an ongoing process and appreciate the mutual learning which takes place in the classroom. The UW Whitewater program provides a solid base of learning and an opportunity within the program to follow your passion to specialize within the counseling field.  I hope you will join the excitement of our counseling program. It provides a pathway to personal learning and professional growth which will dramatically enhance your ability to facilitate change.