UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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 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

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

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.