Joel Muraco started August 25, 2014, as Assistant Professor, Human Development. Joel earned his PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where he also worked as a Research and Teaching Associate and Lecturer. He researches romantic relationships, the lived experiences of gay and lesbian individuals, and the intersection of the two, which is where most of his scholarly attention focuses. Joel also served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community center. In his spare time he enjoys bike riding, skiing, and a good book.
Kristine Coulter started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Democracy and Justice Studies. Her teaching and research interests include law, American politics, gender and race. She is from Rochester, Minnesota, and earned her bachelor’s at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and completed work toward her PhD in political science at the University of California, Irvine. She enjoys running, yoga, cooking, baking and gardening. Welcome Kristine!
Lisa Grubisha started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences. Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay she was a post-doctoral researcher and adjunct instructor at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She earned her PhD at the University of California-Berkley, her master’s from Oregon State University and her bachelor’s at UW-Milwaukee. She is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Welcome Lisa!
Jeremy Intemann started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences. Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay he was in Seattle for two years as a postdoc at the University of Washington, where he assisted in the development of new polymers for organic solar cells. He earned his PhD in organic chemistry at Iowa State University. His most recent research has involved the areas of organic photovoltaics and electrooptic materials. He is a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa. Welcome Jeremy!
Kristin Denslow started on August 25, 2014, as a Lecturer, Writing Center. Kristin is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Florida. She holds a master’s in English Literature from Western Michigan University. Her research interests include Shakespeare in film, television, and media, as well as early modern theater and performance studies. This summer she assisted with marketing for Door Shakespeare in Baileys Harbor. She is also the Project Coordinator of the Green Bay Garden Blitz. Welcome Kristin!
Mary Gichobi started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Education. Mary comes to UW-Green Bay from Ames, Iowa and the Iowa State University School of Education, where she worked as a lecturer and completed her PhD with an emphasis in mathematics education. She has been active with the National Association for Mathematics Teacher Educators. Her dissertation involved elementary pre-service teachers and their capacity to work with children in selecting and posing mathematical tasks. She earned a master’s from Iowa State and a bachelor’s for Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Welcome Mary!
Rebecca Nesvet started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Humanistic Studies. Rebecca earned her PhD in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She holds a MFA in dramatic writing from New York University and a master’s in English from the University of Wales, and a bachelor’s in English and Theatre from Bowdoin College. She taught courses in English composition, horror and fiction at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include Romanticism and the Victorian era including Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, working-class fiction, travel and exploration. She earned major awards for her playwriting and scholarship. Welcome Rebecca!
Megan Olson Hunt started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences. Olson Hunt obtained her PhD in biostatistics in April 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, she worked as a research and teaching assistant, earning various awards, co-authoring several publications and presenting her research at the International Biometric Society’s annual meeting. Her theoretical statistical research focuses largely on issues with missing data, and she’s worked with a variety of collaborators on applied projects spanning neuroscience, epidemiology and environmental science, among others. Prior to her PhD, she obtained two Bachelor’s degrees from Winona State University – a BST in mathematics and secondary mathematics education, and a BA in psychology with a statistics minor. As an undergraduate, Olson Hunt participated in a summer math research program that took her to Rutgers and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She also taught high school math for two years in New Zealand before returning to the States for graduate school. Olson Hunt keeps busy with her three dogs and three chickens, gardening, photography, cooking, rock climbing, conservation efforts, volunteering for animal rescues and snowboarding. Welcome Megan!
Michael Rector started on August 25, 2014, as an Assistant Professor, Music. He holds a doctorate in music from Manhattan School of Music, a master’s from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s from Oberlin College. An accomplished pianist, he competes frequently in international competitions, and was a prize winner of the Jacob Flier Competition in New York. He and his wife, pianist Sylvia Hong, perform as Duo Affannato and have toured extensively in the United States, Korea and, earlier this year, Eastern Europe. His dissertation investigated Chopin’s harmonic practice and musical influences. Welcome Michael!
Wendy Guerra started on July 7, 2014, as an Archives Assistant. Prior to starting at UW-Green Bay she worked at UW-Stout in their Archives and Area Research Center. She earned her BA from UW-Eau Claire in Public History and will be pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science next year. Her hometown is Birchwood, Wisconsin, and her family consists of her mom, dad, brother and two sisters. Wendy’s favorite pastime is to enjoy a good book with a great cup of coffee.