UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Faculty/Staff Biographies

DALKEITH HOUSE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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 Director 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 !!

Ryan Ingalls, Assistant Resident Director

Ryan Ingalls 1After leaving my hometown of Center City MN, I decided to go to UW-River Falls where I attended for the last four and a half years. I graduated with a BA in Marketing Communications with a minor in Psychology. Through my time and experience at UWRF, I have developed a passion for traveling, culture, event-planning, and student engagement.

While I attended River Falls, I served for two years as a Resident Assistant for Residence Life; the social media and communications intern for New Student and Family Programs; and a Peer Advisor for Global Connections, the education abroad office. I have been able to go on service trips, travel much of the United States, and participate in leadership conferences.  I have loved my involvement at UWRF and I believe that it has prepared me for many things to come.

Ryan Ingalls 2During the summer of 2012, I was able to travel to Japan for 3 months, through the Guy Healy Program. I worked as an American camp counselor and got to spend my summer facilitating camp games, sharing and learning about culture, and helping Japanese students learn to speak English. I was also able to independently travel to different places in Japan. My favorite moment from my time abroad, besides hanging out with the kids, was the moment I got to the top of Mt. Fuji at sunrise. I had some remarkable experiences and encounters that I will take with me for the rest of my life.

 Right after graduation, I had to opportunity to serve as the Resident Community Advisor and Liaison with the Experience China program. We had an amazing semester and were able to travel around to the different sites in China. I worked to help the students adjust to Chinese culture, helped plan their extended trips, and helped maintain the program throughout the semester. My favorite part of the experience honestly was seeing everyone's confidence grow in China.

I am confident and excited for the fall 2014 Wisconsin in Scotland and I am thrilled to start a new adventure, by supporting students and faculty in any way I can. I truly believe that this program is going to be life changing for everyone involved!

SUMMER 2014 FACULTY

Cindy Anderton, UW-Whitewater, Counselor Education
Kathy Callahan, Murray State University (KY), History

Kathy Callahan has been teaching history at Murray State University in Murray, KY since fall 2009; previously she taught in UW-Stout's Social Science department and UW-Milwaukee's History department. She received her PhD in 2005 from Marquette University where her research focused on female criminality and resulting punishment in London in the 18th century. Her current research subjects include Anna Scott, the Duchess of Buccleuch. She teaches both European history and world history courses and has taught a number of British, Irish, and women's history courses. Dr. Callahan taught in the WIS program during Spring 2009 and also took students to Dalkeith during Winterim of 2006 through UW-Milwaukee's International Studies Program.

Tricia Davis, UW-River Falls, Sociology

Tricia Davis received her PhD in Sociology from North Carolina State University in 2000. She is originally from Wisconsin – grew up in Tomahawk, so was very excited to get the position teaching in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls when she got out of graduate school. She has been at River Falls all of her professional years – holding several positions. Dr. Davis has been the Director of the Film Studies program, the University Assessment Coordinator, an Assistant Dean and currently the Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, while continuing to teach in the department and serve in the department. She enjoys working with students and finding ways to help them succeed in their academic goals. 

Dr. Davis loves to travel. She had an amazing opportunity to engage in a Group Study Exchange with Rotary International where she traveled for a month through Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. She has been to Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Canada and Scotland. Her goal is to instill in her children the love of travel, and learning from others by being immersed in their culture – so she is excited to be bringing her two young children along to Scotland (Elsie will be 4, and Davis will turn 7 while in Scotland).

Brett Jones, UW-Superior, Music

A native of South Dakota, Dr. Brett Jones is Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  Jones earned a bachelors degree in music education from the University of Colorado and masters and doctorate degrees in percussion performance from Texas Tech University.  His primary instructors include Alan Shinn, Lisa Rogers, Doug Walter, Don N. Parker, John R. Beck, and Gene Holter.   

Jones has served on the music faculty of Blinn College, Northland College, and Texas Tech University.  He was the principal percussionist of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and has performed regularly with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra.  His publications include articles in Percussive Notes, The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra Magazine and The Percussive Arts Society's Online Research Journal, as well as compositions and arrangements published by C. Alan Publications, HoneyRock Publications, and HaMaR Percussion Publications. Jones endorses Encore mallets, Silverfox drumsticks, and Grover Pro Percussion products.

 

Ronald Lippi, UW-Marathon County, Anthropology & Sociology

Ron Lippi has a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology from UW--Madison and has taught at UW--Marathon County (in Wausau) since 1989. His primary research interests are South American archaeology and he runs a long-term excavation project in Ecuador, where he returns every summer to continue work on an Inca site in the cloud forest. He has published three books and many articles on Ecuadorian archaeology. Ron served several years as chair of the UW Colleges Dept. of Anthropology & Sociology and currently splits his duties as Professor of Anthropology and Associate Campus Dean at UW--Marathon County. Ron has many other interests in anthropology, most notably: human evolution, religion & magic, human physical variation, the agricultural revolution in prehistory, the rise of civilization, and historical linguistics. He has led study abroad tours of Ecuador and Egypt and at a previous job supervised several study abroad programs for a consortium of private colleges. He has limited travel experience in the British Isles, including a few days in Edinburgh a long time ago. He looks forward to spending more time in Scotland and expanding his "Religion, Magic & Witchcraft" course to include neo-paganism in Britain. Ron will be accompanied by his wife Elba for the first summer module in 2014; they have two adult children in Madison.

Julie Tharp, UW-Marshfield, English

Julie Tharp has been a professor of English on the UW-Marshfield/Wood County campus since 1992.  She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota with a concentration in writing by women of color.  Since then she has pursued everything interdisciplinary--team-teaching, learning clusters, film studies, American Indian Studies, Women's Studies, and first year themed programming.  She was a Fulbright scholar in Singapore in 2001 and led a Study Abroad class to Ireland in 2006.  She loves to travel, loves to create dinner and a movie experiences for people, loves to cook and likes biking.  She has  a spouse, Jack, a daughter, Ana, a son, Ian, two Newfoundlands, Bo and Tessa, and a Pitbull named Isabel.

David Van Doren, UW-Whitewater, Counselor Education

FALL 2014 FACULTY

Todd Coleman, Century College (MN), Science
Jim Frankenfeld, Normandale Community College (MN), Communication

Jim Frankenfeld has been teaching in the Communication Department as a full-time instructor at Normandale Community College since 2000. He has taught Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication, Intro to Human Communication, Broadcasting, and Introduction to Mass Communication. Jim has also taught at Century College and Dakota County Technical College.

Jim earned his B.A. degree in Mass Communication at the University of South Dakota. At the University of Colorado at Denver he earned his M.A. degree in Speech Communication. Prior to his teaching career, Jim spent time in advertising sales, community service work, television and radio broadcasting, and as a stay-at-home dad. Jim enjoys the outdoors, hiking, exercising, travelling, sports, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Rellen Hardtke, UW-River Falls, Physics

Rellen Hardtke earned a degree in Mathematics, as well as a concentration in Women's & Gender Studies from M.I.T.  She earned her PhD in particle astrophysics at UW-Madison.  Originally from Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, she worked on both coasts before returning to Wisconsin where she is a Full Professor of Physics at UW-River Falls.  Dr. Hardtke's diverse interests and expertise are reflected in the courses she teaches: physics, astronomy, engineering, math, and women's & gender studies.  She has traveled to many countries for her research, including three trips to Antarctica and the South Pole, which is a far cry from her grandparents' dairy farm. As a first-generation college student from a working class family, she understands the importance of intercultural experiences to personal and academic growth. Rellen has a passion for social justice work and student advising. She has been the faculty advisor to the UWRF Gender & Sexuality Alliance, elected to public office, and the recipient of teaching and advising awards. She looks forward to her semester at Dalkeith and is excited to be bringing her family with her.

Michael Nicolai, UW-Stout, Speech Communication

Michael Nicolai (UW-Stout, emeritus)

Mike Nicolai is a two time veteran of Wisconsin In Scotland; and he can't wait to return. During his 34 years at UW-Stout he created and taught courses in Listening, Interpersonal Communication and Intercultural Communication.  He also has extensive teaching experiences in small group communication, public speaking, advanced theories of communication and forensic competition and administration.  Mike was the department chair for five years and the director of forensics for 18 years.  Additionally Mike was the national chair of the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament, the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Forensic Association and served in several other state and national capacities. Perhaps the most important aspects of Mike's resume center on his two opportunities to be part of WIS.  Mike has taught the Listening course being offered both times he was at Dalkeith.  He can't wait to build on those experiences-both for the students and himself!  During the second WIS tour Mike also assisted his wife in her role as the Resident Director at Dalkeith.  In this capacity Mike coordinated field trips, organized House activities and facilitated the overall cultural experience of WIS. As for other interests; Mike and his wife Lucy are both retired from UW-Stout and are therefore free to do whatever they please! Lots of travel, golf, being with their children, pursuing a variety of hobbies and basically enjoying life to the fullest.  Returning to WIS and being part of the life changing experience that each student will have seems like one of the best things to do in retirement.

Debra Whited, Normandale Community College (MN), English

Debi Whited has been a full-time English instructor at Normandale Community College since 2007.  She enjoys teaching a variety of composition and literature courses, especially courses featuring literature for children and young adults, American literature, short stories, drama, and Shakespeare.  She has taught many of these courses at Normandale where she has also served as the campus Teaching & Learning Leader for the past four years. 

At the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Debi received a B. A. in English, a B. A. A. in Teaching English (with a secondary school Language Arts teaching license), and an M.A. in English/Literary Studies.  Before teaching at Normandale, Debi taught English and speech courses at various high schools, worked as a copywriter and copyeditor for the advertising department of Target Corporation, and owned and operated a freelance writing and editing business, Critical Copy, LLC.  She enjoys her work as an instructor, and her personal interests include countless outdoor activities, travelling, creative projects and, of course, reading and writing.      

Joan Navarre, PHD, UW-Stout, Department of English and Philosophy

JOAN NAVARRE, PHD, UW-STOUT, DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND PHILOSOPHY

Joan received her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Marquette University.  Her love of Great Britain began when she was an undergraduate:  She enrolled in the St. Cloud Centre for British Studies and lived in Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter's castle, near the Scottish/English border) for a full academic year.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She teaches writing, literature, and film studies.  Joan is looking forward to the Wisconsin in Scotland program (Summer 2013 and Fall Festival Fringe, 2014)!

FACULTY 2015 SPRING

Corrinne Bedecarre, Normandale Community College (MN), Philosophy
John McGuigan, UW-Whitewater, Language & Literature

John McGuigan (UW-Whitewater)

John McGuigan has taught British literature, film, and writing at UW-Whitewater since 2004. He has a Ph. D. from UW-Madison, and studies British and American modernism (1910s-1940), especially works by novelists involved in the radical art and radical politics of the day. John is also interested in film, screenwriting, soccer, woodworking, and just about anything related to the history and culture of the British Isles. He has led travel study programs to Ireland and was on faculty at Dalkeith House in the fall of 2011--he can't wait to return! Joining him will be his wife Mary and sons Eamon (15) and Thomas (13), who look forward to some "proper football" and reconnecting with friends. 

Mary Tichich, UW-River Falls, Accounting & Finance

Mary Tichich has been an Accounting Professor for many years, having received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware.  She has taught all areas of accounting, undergraduate, graduate, and online.  She currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the College of Business and Economics. Her research interests include podcasting and technology in education, and international issues regarding accounting.  She enjoys reading, movies, cooking, and travel.

FACULTY 2015 SUMMER

Elizabeth Blue, UW-Superior, Human Behavior, Justice & Diversity

Elizabeth Twining Blue (UW-Superior)

Elizabeth Blue, known as 'Ms. Liz' to her students, is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  In the fall of 2012, she and her partner, Dan, came to Dalkeith as part of the annual site team visit and fell in love with Scotland.  They are so thrilled and excited to get to go back, and they plan to cram in as many travel excursions as possible. The only downside they can see to taking advantage of this opportunity is having to leave their miniature dachshunds, Wini and Numpa, for 13 weeks. 

Ms. Liz received her BS in English and Education from Macalester College in Saint Paul in 1970 and her MSW from the School of Social Development at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1983  (and, yes, if you do the math, this makes her a very mature person).  She has taught in the Social Work Program for 25 years, after a first career in which she engaged in interesting, varied direct service social work practice with emotionally disturbed youth, status offenders, youth with chemical health issues, women recovering from chemical dependency issues, and Indian child welfare.  Since then she has kept active on the mezzo level conducting a weekly group at a local women's halfway house and as a macro level social worker conducting culturally specific program evaluations, research on teaching BSW research, and  current research on faculty mentorship throughout the college career.  She is in demand regionally as a trainer and consultant to non-profit programs.  She has been both Program Coordinator and Chair of the department in which the Program is housed (Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity).  Most recently, she has served as the Interim Dean of Faculties for UWS. 

In her teaching career, she has literally taught the entire social work curriculum --methods courses, human behavior courses, policy courses, research courses, and courses on addictions and crisis intervention.  During her career at UW-Superior, she has received three campus-wide teaching awards and an advising award as well.  She describes herself as vitally interested in teaching students transferable and practical knowledge and skills and tools to take into their careers and in teaching them how they can become engaged life-longer learners.  Her passion for teaching about social justice, ethics, and cultural competence was grounded in and encouraged by her own cross-cultural upbringing in a blended Dakota/non-Indian family. 

Ms. Liz will build lots of hands-on student application activities and field trips into all three of the courses she will be offering in summer 2015.  The courses she will teach offer relevant learning options to potential students from a wide variety of majors and minors, including social work, criminal justice, psychology, communicating arts, political science, and others.

Matthew Fencl, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, Exercise Science & Athletics

 Matt Fencl (UW-Baraboo/Sauk County)

Matt Fencl is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk Co., where he also serves as the school's athletic director.  He has received both his MS and BS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with majors in health education and physical education and a concentration in adventure education and outdoor pursuits. 

Professor Fencl currently teaches a variety of content in his field, including courses based on exercise science, general and specific health and wellness concepts, physical activity, physical education and coaching theory.  His research interests include exercise physiology, adventure education/outdoor pursuits, and physical education pedagogy.

In his spare time, Professor Fencl enjoys anything related to sports and physical activity.  You can often find him running, hiking, or biking outdoors or indoors watching his beloved Packers, Badgers, and Brewers. 

Lois Guderian, UW-Superior, Music

Lois Veenhoven Guderian, PhD in Music Education, Northwestern University, Evanston, Il; MM Western Michigan University; BM degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education, Major in Voice, Hope College, Holland, MI. Current: Full time Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Superior. Composer, Author, Clinician and Designer: educational programs.  

Teaching and Publications: Having taught choral, general and instrumental music in the schools levels pre-K through university, and private piano and voice for more than 30 years, Lois' teaching responsibilities at UWS include music education methods courses; supervision of student teachers and fieldwork; interdisciplinary/integrated methods courses for elementary education degree programs; and general and aesthetic experience music courses. Lois is the author of several books for music education, numerous journal articles and chapter contributions on various topics in arts and music education and has been/is featured as an author, researcher, composer, choral mentor and general music specialist in website and hard copy publications of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  Lois is currently Research Chair for the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and An Online Mentor and Adjudicator in Music Composition for the NAfME. She served as the North Central Division Chair in Music Composition from 2006 -2012. Awards and recognition for her work in music education include the Music Educators Fellowship (2000); Music Educators PhD Fellowship (2001-2004); and Emily Boettcher and J. Yule Bogue Scholarship for excellence in musical and academic work (2003) from Northwestern University; Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars SoTL Research Fellowship (2012-2013); UWS Academic Service Learning Award; and inclusion as one of five "very experienced" music educators interviewed from the US in an article on what successful teachers love about teaching music (Moore, P. (2011). Music from the Heart. Teaching Music: Journal of the National Association for Music Education, 2011, 18(4), 38-43. 

Clinician/Presenter Lois' work and research in music composition in the schools is often solicited and/or accepted for publications and workshop presentations. Presentations for organizations include The American Alliance for Theater in Education; The National Association for Music Education; The National Association for Gifted Children; Desire to Learn National Conference for Distance Learning; the Illinois State Music Teachers Association; the Wisconsin State Music Educators Association; University of Wisconsin System Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning conferences – Artists Training Artists and the President's Summit Conference; University of Wisconsin System OPID Spring Conference; Northwestern University's 25th anniversary conference for the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience; and a series of professional development workshops in music education for UW-Superior.  

Versatile Composer, Lois accepts commissioned projects for commercial, educational and concert uses. Her songs, piano pieces, instrumental and choral pieces and musicals span a variety of levels of complexity, style, and instrumentation: from children's songs and chamber pieces to works for full orchestra and double choirs. Her comprehensive recorder texts include 77 original and arranged ensemble pieces. Published with MENC- Rowman & Littlefield, Transcontinental Music Publications; Sage; Corwin Press; and NAC of N. America.

Lois continues to devote many hours weekly to community service in a number of ways: developing and teaching programs in the schools; as board of director, officer or administrator for various organizations; and as a church musician in numerous roles. Her love for people and music fuel her passion for music education and research.

Lisa Hager, UW-Waukesha, English & Women's Studies

 Lisa Hager (UW-Waukesha County)

Lisa Hager is Assistant Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Waukesha. Her current book project looks at the relationship between the New Woman and the Victorian family. Lisa is the managing editor for the Journal of Victorian Culture Online, and her work on steampunk and Firefly is featured in The Philosophy of Joss Whedon. She has published articles in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Women's Writing, and Children's Literature Association Quarterly. In addition to engaging with students in the classroom, Lisa also enjoys mentoring students through her roles as Co-Advisor to the UW-Waukesha Pride Alliance and Co-Director of the UW-Waukesha LGBTQIA Resource Center. A regular traveler to London for academic research purposes, she is very excited about her upcoming stay in Scotland and exploring local culture with her students!

Jeff Herriott, UW-Whitewater, Music/Communication

Originally from Miami, Florida, Jeff Herriott relocated to the Midwest in 2003 to join the faculty at UW-Whitewater as part of the Music and Communication Departments.  

Jeff teaches music composition and music technology and serves as the coordinator of the Media Arts and Game Development Program.  Jeff's area of research is music composition, and most of his works focus on the connection between acoustic and electronic sound.  His pieces focus on small, subtle sounds and minute variations in timbre, with slow-moving shapes that shift and bend.  Jeff performs frequently as a laptop musician, often in improvisational settings with a variety of performers.  At UWW, Jeff started the Sonict Ensemble, which brings together students, faculty, and guest artists in the performance of modern concert music.   

Jeff studied composition and computer music with Cort Lippe, David Felder, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Fredrick Kaufman, and Kristine H. Burns, and received degrees from the University at Buffalo (PhD), Florida International University (MM), and Middlebury College (BA). (http://jeffherriott.comlink)

Linda Reid, UW-Whitewater, Finance & Business Law

 Linda Reid (UW-Whitewater)

Linda Reid is the Director of the Institute for Water Business (IWB) and an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Her research interests include water law and policy, corporate social responsibility, and the role of courts in influencing private business transactions.  She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she served as the research editor of the Arkansas Law Review. Linda developed and leads the UW-Whitewater Water Business Program, created the College of Business & Economics' Water Business Minor, and is the faculty advisor to the University's Water Council student organization.  She leads a Global Water Business travel study course each year, traveling in recent years to Iceland, Norway, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Thailand. She is an active member of the Water Council, and facilitates the University's activities as a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).  Linda is currently pursuing a PhD in International Water Law, focusing on business and the human right to water. She has a son, Cale, who is a graduate student in California, and a Whippet named Tadhg O'Connell.

Ray Reinertsen, UW-Superior, Health & Human Performance

I have taught for UWS for the last 21 years and after retiring from teaching in a NYC inner city HS, I teach UW online courses in Wellness, Stress management and Change Theory. I live in what I call 'NewVineland' with my wife, who is a retired FBI Agent, and my dog Loki. I have coached for 40 years, mostly in Track & Field and Cross Country running, from kindergarteners to the Olympic Training Centers in Lake Placid and San Diego. I did coach at the Olympic Marathon Trials prior to attending the Atlanta Olympics {as a spectator}.

Yvonne Rutford, UW-Superior, Writing & Library Science

Yvonne Rutford is an Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, Vermont, and her BA in English at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, nature writing, travel writing, as well as introductory creative writing courses. Her own writing – primarily creative nonfiction and poetry – is inspired by nature and the landscape of northern Minnesota. She has published poems and essays in a number of anthologies; her poetry collection This Fragile Nest was published in 2009. She has studied the works of Scotland-born John Muir extensively and is excited to share, in the Nature Writing course, his important nature and conservation writing with students in the landscape of Muir's youth. Further, she looks forward to working with students in the Travel Writing course to create the stories of their own travels, in Scotland and beyond.

Ellie Schmenauer, UW-Whitewater, Women's Studies

Ellie Schemenauer is an Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Trained in International Relations, she earned her Ph.D. from Florida International University in Miami. In addition to teaching Introduction to Women's Studies, Women and Work, Women and Men in Cross-cultural Perspective and Women in International Relations, she regularly teaches the General Education course, Individual and Society. Her research focuses on gender, security and illicit drug trafficking. An article, entitled "Victims and Vamps, Madonnas and Whores: The Construction of Female Drug Couriers and the Practices of the U.S. Security State," recently was published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Jeff Vanevenhoven, UW-Whitewater, Management

Jeff Vanevenhoven, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in Management and the coordinator of the entrepreneurship major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He received his PhD in Organizations and Strategic Management, a M.S. in Management (eBusiness), and BS degree in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Jeff brings in real world entrepreneurship and has conceived, started, successfully run and then sold his own businesses.  Possibly more importantly, he has some spectacular failures to share while providing extensive entrepreneurial mentoring through his role as co-director of the LaunchPad in the Whitewater Incubation Program.

His primary teaching interests are Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, Organizational Theory, and currently teaches an annual travel-study course to Ireland.  Dr. Vanevenhoven has served as the faculty advisor for a number of student groups and was awarded the annual CoBE Hermsen Teaching Award in 2008-2009. He was also the 2011-2012 Management department nominee for the College research award.

His research includes organizational turnaround, entrepreneur bricolage, entrepreneurship education, microfinance, and environmental uncertainty. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as: Strategic Management Journal, International Journal of Management Technology, New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Journal of Women's Entrepreneurship and Education, Journal of American Business Research, and American Journal of Business Education.