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!

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. 

Jim Miller, University of Wisconsin- Stout, Speech Communication
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.

FALL 2015 FACULTY

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
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