Wisconsin in Scotland

Summer 2018

Experiencing Scotland in the summer allows you to design an experience that works best for you. The program is broken into two, 4-week modules. You'll enroll in one course each module and you can participate in one or both modules. Dates for each module can be found on our calendars page, and information about the courses offered during each module can be found below.

Session 1

Undergraduate Course Offering & Textbook Information Equivalent

Global Environmental Challenges/John Frye/UW-Whitewater/3 cr.

An introduction to environmental problems and their complexities. Attention is given to alternate solutions to such problems and implications these alternatives have for the total environment. The course emphasizes the evaluation of the interrelationships between the environmental resource demands of people and the actual resource base of the earth.

Textbook: An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes by W.G. Moseley, E. Perramond, H.M. Hake, and P. Laris, ISBN: 978-1-4051-8931-6

Lake Superior State University: GEOG 277

Murray State University: GSC unrestricted elective

UW-River Falls: ESM 105/Intro to Environmental Studies/3 cr. (EC)

UW-Superior: Geography Elective/3 cr. (Environmental Science)

UW-Whitewater: GEOGRPY 252/Global Environmental Challenges/3 cr. (non lab) (GS)

Troubles & Torments at Hogwarts/Monica Roth Day/UW-Superior/3 cr.

Growing up is never smooth, especially for adolescents. We will explore the strengths,challenges, and development of Harry Potter and his friends as they grow up at Hogwarts. We will use cognitive, psychological, moral and identify development models to understand the change from childhood to adulthood, and discuss the pivotal social justice issues and societal events that helped change the lives of Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

Textbook(s): The Psychology of Harry Potter: An unauthorized examination of the boy who lived. Neil Mulholland, ISBN 13: 9781932100884 (978-1-932100-88-4) ISBN: 1932100881 (1-932100-88-1)

Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays G Anatol ISBN 13: 9780313361975 ISBN-10: 0313361975

Students must have read entire Harry Potter series, including 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', or watched the movies. It will NOT be necessary to bring these books with you. 

Lake Superior State University: SOCY 177

Murray State University: lower division PSY elective credit

UW-River Falls: WIS 289/Special Topics-Wisconsin in Scotland/Experience Scotland/3 cr.

UW-Superior: IDS 104/Troubles & Torments at Hogwarts/3 cr. (Social Sciences)

UW-Whitewater: GENED 999/General Education Elective/3 cr.

 Graduate Course Offering & Textbook Information  Equivalent

Group Counseling/Mark Gillen/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course focuses on the study of techniques and theories of group counseling through supervised experience in small groups. The purpose is two-fold: (1) to acquaint the student with the theories and techniques of the major approaches to group counseling through didactic presentation and (2) to integrate content with practical application via student involvement in various types of group experiences. This course is designed to facilitate experiential learning.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Counseling course & admission to Counseling program OR consent of instructor

Textbook(s): TBD

UW-River Falls: COUNS 732/Group Counseling/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: COUNSED 721/Groups: Theory & Practice/3 cr.

Counseling and the Chemical Dependency Process//UW-Whitewater/3 cr.

This course is a study of alcohol and other drug abuse, the process of chemical dependency, its impact on the family and its importance in the area of counseling. This course will enable the counselor to identify and assess the substance abuser and examine the counselor's role in the prevention and intervention process. Students will develop knowledge of the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances and addictive disorders on the user and significant others. It will examine the history, philosophy and trends in addiction counseling. The student will learn to identify the various symptoms of progressive stages of chemical dependency and counseling modalities for treatment.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Counseling course & admission to Counseling program OR consent of instructor

Textbook(s): TBD

UW-River Falls: COUNS 789/Special Topics in Counseling/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: COUNSED 746/Counseling and the Chemical Dependency Process/3 cr.


Session 2

Undergraduate Course Offering & Textbook Information Equivalent

Introduction to Weather & Climate/John Frye/UW-Whitewater/4 cr.

This course introduces students to the processes controlling and distinguishing weather and climate. Particular emphasis is on data selection, interpretation, and analysis. The impacts of severe weather and climate change on humans is also emphasized. The labs expose students to a wide range of weather and climate information currently available on the internet.

Textbook: Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere, 4th edition by Ackerman and Knox ISBN: 1284030806

Lake Superior State University: GEOG 108/Physical Geography: Meteorology & Climatology

Murray State University: GSC 125

UW-River Falls: GEOG 212/Weather and Climate

UW-Superior: GEOL 189/Geology Elective/4 cr. (Lab Science)

UW-Whitewater: GEOGRPY 120/Introduction to Weather & Climate

Children's Literature/Jennifer Flatt/UW Colleges (Marinette)/3 cr.

Section Description: Our particular focus for this course will be on literature inspired by Scotland, set in Scotland, or written by authors of Scottish descent, including works by J. M. Barrie, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mairi Hedderwick, Matthew Fitt, James Robertson, J.K. Rowling, and more! Field trips to the Museum of Childhood, the National Library, a nearby castle, and other local places will help us learn about the history of children's literature and today's Scottish writers.

Textbook(s): Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction ISBN 13: 9780199560240 (978-0-199-56024-0) ISBN: 0199560240 (0-199-56024-0)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, JK Rowling (any edition) 

Additional readings will be supplied on-site

Lake Superior State University: ENGL 335/Children's Literature/ 3 cr.

UW Colleges: ENGL 271/Children's Literature/3 cr. HU

UW Parkside: ENGL 344/Children's Literature/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ENGL 250/Children's Literature/3 cr.

UW-Superior: ENGL 289/English Education elective/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: ELEMMID 362/Children's Literature/3 cr.

Language & Human Communication/Theresa Castor/UW-Parkside/3 cr.

Examination of the role of language in creating, maintaining, and transforming the social world from cultural, rhetorical, and/or philosophical perspectives. The ethical implications of language use in contemporary contexts will be addressed.Prereq: Core courses or consent of instructor.

Section description: Students will do field observations and interviews to analyze Scottish ways of speaking in order to understand how a common language (i.e., English) can differ across cultures in how it is spoken and utilized.

Textbook: Everyday Talk: Building and Reflecting Identities 2nd Ed. ISBN 978-1-4625-1147-1

Lake Superior State University: COMM 377

Murray State University: COM: Speak with advisor for approval for upper level elective

UW-Parkside: COMM 335/Language and Human Communication/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: COMS 289/Special Topics/3 cr.

UW-Superior: COMM 389/Language and Human Communication/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: COMM 999/Communication Elective/3 cr.


Digital Storytelling/Mitchell Ogden/UW-Stout/3 cr.

Create and critique visual and digital stories and the deployment of digital and visual media tools to tell a variety of stories from diverse social and cultural contexts.

Storytelling preserves memories, creates community, entertains audiences, generates interest, disseminates news, and interprets information. Digital storytelling is an emerging cultural practice that uses still and moving images, audio, and text to narrate human experiences. This course will introduce students to the theories and practices of storytelling and digital storytelling. Students will use a variety of digital tools to plan, compose and create their own digital stories. Students will also evaluate and critique the efficacy of the stories they create and consume.

Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community
ISBN-13: 978-0415627030
ISBN-10: 0415627036


Lake Superior State University: ENGL 377

UW Parkside: COMM 350/Digital Storytelling/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: SASA 289/Special Topics in Stage and Screen Arts/3 cr.

UW-Stout: ENGL 350/ Digital Storytelling/3 cr.

UW-Superior: ENGL 389/English elective/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: COMM 999/Communication Elective/3 cr.




Graduate Course Offering & Textbook Information  Equivalent

School Safety and Crisis Prevention, Preparedness, and Intervention: The PREPaRE Curriculum and Other Strategies for School-Based Mental Health Professionals/Todd Savage & Chris Peterson/UW-River Falls & UW-Stout/1-3 cr.

This course is designed to enhance the participant's knowledge, skills, and applications of content related to school crisis prevention, preparedness, and intervention. Foci of the course will include research findings, theoretical advances, and applications of research and theory as they affect the school safety and crisis efforts. The course is appropriate for graduate students in school psychology, school counseling, and other school-based mental healthy professions, as well as experienced practitioners in these fields who desire in-depth instruction in the content area. PREPaRE Workshops 1 and 2, the crisis prevention, preparedness, and intervention curriculum developed by school-based mental health professionals for school-based mental health professionals, serve as anchors for this course. Additional topics to be addressed include trauma-informed/trauma-sensitive schools; school climate matters; and diversity and social justice issues, amongst others. An international perspective will also be presented.

For those interested in this experience, there are two options:
Option 1: A week-long course focused on the PREPaRE 1 & 2 workshops (1 credit)
Option 2: A month-long (i.e. four weeks) course that includes PREPaRE 1 & 2 and expanded content as described above (3 credits)


Brock, S. E., Nickerson, A. N., Reeves, M. A., Connolly, C., Jimerson, S., Pesche, R. C., & Lazzaro, B. (2016). School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model (2nd ed.). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

PREPaRE Workshop 1 workbook and PREPaRE Workshop 2 workbook (provided on-site)

Fonseca, C. (2017). Transforming School Climate through Innovative Solutions. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

UW-River Falls: SPSY 785

Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling/ /UW-Whitewater/3 cr.

This course is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and competency base for effective counseling with diverse populations. It will examine multicultural and pluralistic trends, including characteristics and concerns among diverse groups nationally and internationally. Theories of multicultural counseling, identity development, worldviews, acculturation issues, conflict resolution, social justice, advocacy and multicultural competencies will be discussed. Individual, couple, family, group and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations will be examined. Counselors' roles in eliminating biases, prejudices, oppression and discrimination will be highlighted. Students will be involved in experiential activities aimed at fostering an understanding of themselves and culturally diverse individuals.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Counseling course & admission to Counseling program OR consent of instructor

Textbook(s): TBD

UW-River Falls: COUNS 615/Cultural and Ethical Foundations of Counseling/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: COUNSED 741/Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling/3 cr.


Meet the summer 2018 faculty

Jennifer Flatt

Jennifer Flatt 3Jennifer Flatt is a Professor of English and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette, one of the thirteen two-year campuses that make up the UW Colleges.

Each year Dr. Flatt teaches first-year seminars, writing/composition courses, writing studios, literature courses, and intermediate Spanish.  Since starting at UW-Marinette in 2000, she has had the opportunity to teach a variety of literature courses that draw on her educational background and interests, including science fiction, detective fiction, sports literature, and religion and literature.

Dr. Flatt has received several awards in her career.  She has been voted Professor of the Year by UW-Marinette students four times, was awarded by her peers the campus Kaplan Award for teaching innovation, and received the University of Wisconsin Colleges Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.  She was also selected to participate in the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program in 2016-2017.

While effective teaching is the primary focus of her professional development, she has also published and presented on a number of Victorian women writers, the focus of her doctoral work.

Jennifer Flatt has two young sons and her husband works in historic preservation.  She has a passionate interest in watching baseball and a strong desire to learn more about other cultures and languages.  She and her family live in a house built in 1881 (by American standards quite old) which they are working to restore to its former glory.  You can learn more about her here.  

Chris Peterson

Chris PetersonDr. Christine Peterson is an Associate Professor and Program Director for School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she has worked since 2009. She started her career at Omaha Public Schools, where she worked as a school psychologist for 7 years. She continued on to the University of Rochester in New York, where she worked in clinical and school settings, providing assessment, intervention and consultative services around students with Autism and developmental disabilities. Her research interests include social skills and transition for adolescents and young adults with Autism. Dr. Peterson was a part of the initial PREPaRE offering in Scotland along with Dr. Savage, and she is sincerely excited about the upcoming opportunity in 2018! 

Todd Savage

Todd SavageTodd A. Savage, Ph.D., NCSP, is an associate professor in the school psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF); he is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Savage's scholarly research interests include culturally-responsive practice; social justice; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in education; and school safety and crisis prevention, preparedness, and intervention. He has conducted numerous professional development workshops on gender diversity in schools for administrators, teachers, school-based mental health professionals, and staff members locally, regionally, and nationally throughout the past five years. He is thrilled to be able once again to co-teach the school safety and crisis course in Scotland with Dr. Peterson! 

Mark Gillen

Dr. Gillen has worked as a school counselor, wilderness leader, educator, and adventure therapist. He trained at the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, WI with Eve Lipchick, one of the co-founders of SFT from 1987 to 1997. One of his passions is use of group counseling and over the years he has published articles, and presented at state and national conferences on Solution Focused Counseling, group counseling and its connection to school counseling. Dr. Gillen is professor and Department chair for the counseling and school psychology department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

John Frye

John Frye -storm chasing in IowaDr. John Frye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science at UW-Whitewater. Dr. Frye's specialty is meteorology and climatology, in particular, the climatology and impacts of extreme weather events. His regular teaching rotation at Whitewater includes courses in Introductory Physical Geography, Meteorology, Human-Climate Interactions, and a field course in weather analysis and storm chasing. In addition, he regularly teaches the two courses he will be offering in Scotland, Global Environmental Challenges and Introduction the Weather and Climate. In these courses, we will use the local Scotland weather patterns and environmental challenges to illustrate the topics being discussed.

In the area of research, Dr. Frye focuses mainly on extreme weather events. He has published work on multi-scale analysis of particular weather events, analysis of long-term trends in extreme weather events, and impact studies on extreme weather events. He has also mentored numerous students on various research projects through the Undergraduate Research Program at Whitewater. His students have investigated topics such as climate change across North America, severe storm warning verification, impacts of weather patterns on crop yields, and seasonal projections of tornado events.

Outside of work Dr. Frye enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids at sporting events, camping, and traveling. The entire family is excited to spend the summer in Scotland and travelling to other parts of Europe as well.

Monica Roth Day

Monica Roth Day is a professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin – Superior, beginning in 2007.  She is also a community-based social worker actively engaged in organizing for change and volunteering with hospice and literacy programs. She is the current director of the UW – S Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and associate dean of academic affairs.

An avid traveler and reader, Monica loves the opportunities that teaching at WIS brings and the ability to engage with students in the amazing environment of Great Britain. When last in Scotland during Summer 2013, Monica taught Troubles and Torments at Hogwarts and used field trips (including to Alnwick Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Mary King’s Close, and many others) to truly engage in learning. Her classes explore topics related to identity, life-changing events such as death, and societal inequities including oppression.   She is excited to return and expand the class into new areas!

Cindy Anderton

Dr. Cindy Anderton is an Associate Professor and Clinical Director for the Counselor Education department at University of Wisconsin - WhiCindy Andertontewater. Cindy has worked in various mental health settings for over 14 years and has seven years teaching experience in counselor education programs. Cindy enjoys teaching clinical courses (practicum and internship), multicultural counseling, chemical dependency, and diagnosis using the DSM. She is passionate about helping students understand their role as counselors to become leaders and advocates for social justice. She has presented at many state and national conferences on various topics related to clinical mental health, multicultural counseling, group counseling, spirituality, and social justice. Most recently she co-authored a book chapter on "Counseling Lesbian Clients" in Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ people. Outside of work Cindy enjoys mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, road trips, and video games and encourages her students to engage in self-care opportunities. Cindy enjoys incorporating one of her passions - video games - into her work as a counselor educator and co-authored an article, "Promoting multicultural literacies through game based embodiment: A case study of counselor educators and the role-play game Oblivion."

Theresa Castor

Theresa Castor 2

 Dr. Theresa Castor is a Professor and Chair of the Communication Department at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, where she has taught for the past 17 years. Her areas of teaching and research are Organizational Communication, Discourse Analysis, Communication Theory, Communication Research, and Health Communication, among other areas. She is a past chair of the Language and Social Interaction Division of the International Communication Association. As a former Wisconsin Teaching Fellow, she is dedicated to excellence in teaching and strongly believes in using active-learning practices that have students apply what they are learning in the classroom to their own, lived experiences. As an active member of the International Communication Association and the International Association for Dialogue Analysis, she is an advocate of intercultural and international experiences for students. Outside of work, Theresa enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her husband and son.                                                            

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