Award-Winning Human Development

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What do we mean by award-winning? In one week, Professor Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges won the Founders Award for Teaching, Professor Denise Bartell won the Founders Award for Institutional Development, Professor Stacie Christian won the Dr. P. B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People, and Professor Illene Cupit received the Rosenberg Professorship.

And that’s just one week. Just think of spending 4 years with these fabulous folks.

Psi Chi Summer Research Grant Winner


Congratulations to Human Development major Natalia Hahnfeld who won a very competitive Psi Chi summer research grant! This grant will allow Natalia to travel to Japan with Human Development Professor Sawa Senzaki to conduct cross-cultural research on imaginary companions and cognitive development.

Sociology/Anthropology Course Options for Fall 2015

Registration is just around the corner! If you are on the 2013-14 catalog or earlier, here are your sociology/anthropology course options for next semester:

-DJS 303 Criminal Justice Processes
-DJS 348 Gender and the Law
-FNS 374 Wisconsin First Nations Ethnohistory: The Mohicans
-Hum Dev 346 Culture, Development, and Health (wouldn’t be able to doublecount as another Human Development course requirement)
-Sociol 307 Social Theory

You would register for the course and then send me a course substitution form to get the course to count. To do this, go to the Registrar’s website, then forms, then course substitution form. In the form, you would say that you would like to substitute [give name of course] for the socio/anthro requirement.

Adult Degree will also be teaching Anthro 304 and Anthro 320 online, but there is only 1 seat open for non-adult degree students in each section.

Please contact me ( if you have any questions about this.

Human Development Scholarships

We have 2 new scholarships available to Human Development majors, bringing the total to 4.

The Leanne and Michael Haddad Annual Scholarship is for students with financial need.

The KaNisha Flemming Memorial Scholarship is for students who have been affected by cancer (either their own experience or that of a loved one).

To read more about all of our scholarships and download the application forms, go to

Choose Your Own Advisor


We’ve decided to try out a new advising model based on feedback from our advising survey last semester.

If you’re a new declaree, you’ll be allowed to choose your own advisor when you declare your Human Development major or minor (instead of being assigned based on your last name). If you’re not sure who to choose, you can read over the faculty websites and pick based on area interests, classes they teach, etc*. If you’re still not sure, the online predeclaration form will randomly choose an advisor for you.

If you’ve already declared your Human Development major/minor, you can decide to switch your advisor. If you’re interested in switching, you should email the faculty member who you would like to have as your advisor* and tell them who your previously assigned advisor was.

Your advisor is a great resource about major/minor requirements, gen eds, classes, independent study options, grad school, careers, and more! We hope this new model will allow you to optimize your experiences here at UW-Green Bay.

*Note that only some faculty may be accepting new advisees.

Internship Interview

Ashley Schueller

Ashley Schueller (’14) answers some questions about her afterschool program internship sponsored by Dr. Jenell Holstead.

1. What internship are you doing?
I am interning at Eisenhower Elementary school through the YMCA.

2. What kinds of things do you get to do for your internship?

I work with third graders and we do a few different things. We first do a power zone that gets the kids moving. I personally like to get involved as much as I can during power zone because I have found that the kids are more active if I am involved. We then eat dinner, which is one of my favorite times of the day because I am able to talk to the children and ask them questions about their life and what’s new with them. I believe that building a relationship with them is crucial to seeing them succeed and I want that for all of them. We also work on homework, reading, and generally do a fun activity that involves learning, such as a craft or thinking activity. At the end of the night we have free choice where I sit with the kids and color, play games, jump rope, or play basketball while they wait for their parents to arrive.

3. How do you think your internship relates to what you have learned in your classes?
It relates to many things I have learned because I am working with children that come from many different backgrounds and walks of life. Each child is unique and different in their own way and each one presents you with the challenge to understand them for who they are. You can react to one child a certain way, but that doesn’t work for all of them. The classes prepare you for what you will see, but the internship gives you the situations in which you apply that knowledge.

4. What advice would you give to a student who’s never done an internship before?
I would recommend applying for an internship that is relatable to what you plan to do after graduation. If you are doing an internship where you are not getting valuable experience, find one that will allow you to get the experience you need. Internships can be overwhelming at times but you walk away knowing so much more than you thought you would. I have learned a lot about personalities working with this group of kids. They throw something new at you every day which only prepares you for your future. Sometimes it’s tough to get through the day, but as you walk away you realize, “hey, I just learned how to handle a situation like that if I ever encounter that again.” I love my internship because it gives me the hands on experience I need to succeed in my future career.
Are you interested in doing an internship? Click here for more information or ask your adviser.

Welcome Professor Muraco

Professor Joel Muraco is our newest faculty member in Human Development.  Here’s some information from him so you can get to know him better.

I was born in Tucson, Arizona, but spent my childhood in Morrisville, Pennsylvania which is directly across the Delaware River from Trenton, New Jersey. When I was 12 my family moved back to Tucson where I have resided since.

After high school I attended the University of Arizona where I earned my B.A. (2008) in English and Creative Writing and a B.S. (2008), M.S. (2012), and Ph.D. (2014) in Family Studies and Human Development. As a researcher I study romantic relationships, the lived experiences of gay and lesbian individuals, and the intersection of the two, which is where most of my scholarly attention focuses.

I am the middle child and one of three boys. My older brother has three beautiful daughters, ages 6, 8, and 9. My partner Eddie and I have been together over 5 years and have a dog and two cats together. He is still in Tucson finishing up pharmacy school at the University of Arizona.

In my spare time I like to take my dog, a Parson Russell Terrier named Kahlan (KK for short), for walks. I also enjoy bike riding, skiing, and good books, movies, and food.

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