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.

Michael Weil, Resident Directors of Academics

Michael Weil

My undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan and both my Masters and Ph.D. were earned at St. Louis University. Following my formal education I began my career in the Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I served for 36 years before retiring 6 months ago. The first 26 years of my career were spent as a Professor in the Department of Biology including 6 years as department Chair. For the past 10 years I was the  Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Special Projects in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

I taught a variety of courses during my career including Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Herpetology, and Human Sexual Biology. My scholarly research and publications primarily revolved around the topic of  reproductive cycles in snakes and frogs. In addition to teaching at UW-Eau Claire I was fortunate to teach overseas on 5 different occasions - 2 summers in Jamaica, 2 semesters on around the world voyages for Semester at Sea and once before for Wisconsin in Scotland. My wife Mary and I are very excited about returning to Scotland as we loved both the program and the country when we were last here.


Ashley Bochman, Assistant Resident Director


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.

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.