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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

CLAS Welcomes New Faculty and Staff for 2013-2014

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences would like to welcome 10 new faculty and instructional staff to the university for the 2013-2014 academic year.  They are:


  • Bryan Carr -  (ICS/Communication) – Completing his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma
  • Laleah Fernandez  (ICS/Communication) – Completing her Ph.D. at Michigan State University
  • Ben Geisler (ISC/Computer Science) -  Received his M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Kim Reilley  (DJS/History/Women’s Studies) -  Received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago
  • Rachel Russell (PEA) – Received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California
  • Sawa Senzaki  (HUD) – Received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta
  • John Shelton (DJS/History) – Received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland
  • Aaron Weinschenk (PEA/Political Science) – Received his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Instructional Academic Staff (one year terms):

  • Hannah O’Brien  (ICS) – Received her M.A. from the University of Limerick
  • Abigail Mace (Music) – Received her  doctorate in Music from University of Texas



Four Win Founder’s Awards for Excellence

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized its top faculty and staff members with 2013 Founders Association Awards for Excellence. The award winners from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are:

Recipient for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching - Stefan Hall, associate professor of Humanistic Studies who teaches courses in ancient and medieval studies.

Recipient for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship – Michael Draney, professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, one of the nation’s foremost experts in the study of arachnids.

Recipient for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Community Outreach – Cristina Ortiz, Associate Professor of Humanistic Studies and Spanish, is founder and director of the community-oriented Spanish in the Professions program at UW-Green Bay, and has helped develop the Spanish Immersion Camp for high school students.

Recipient for the Founder’s Award for Excellence in Collaborative Achievement - Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI) connects campus and community by encouraging thoughtful analysis of environmental problems and solutions that are practical and cost-effective. Faculty and staff members from across campus contribute to the Institute’s success, led by individuals from key academic units including Natural and Applied Sciences, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Business Administration.  EMBI’s director is John Katers, Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Board of Regents approve collaborative engineering technology degrees

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a trio of new and collaborative engineering technology degrees designed to make a high-demand field more easily accessible to students in the New North region while also addressing manufacturers’ demands for new infusions of well-prepared engineering graduates.  The program, launching in the 2013-2014 academic year, offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Environmental Engineering Technology through collaboration between the NEW ERA institutions, colleges and an array of business partners

Students entering the program and pursuing any of its three degrees are able to begin their academic studies at any of 13 Northeastern Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) institutions and colleges, finishing the program and earning their degrees at either UW-Green Bay or UW-Oshkosh. The innovative program breaks new ground in providing easy access for Northeastern Wisconsin students to pursue and obtain engineering knowledge and skill regional manufacturers say they are ready to put to work.

Seven CLAS faculty selected as 2013-14 Teaching Scholars

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program are proud to announce the names of faculty members selected to be 2013-14 Teaching Scholars.  Those from CLAS are:

•  David Helpap, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)
•  Jenell Holstead, Human Development (Psychology)
•  Katia Levintova, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)
•  Christopher Martin, Humanistic Studies (Philosophy)
•  Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development (Psychology, Women’s/ Gender Studies)
•  Alison Staudinger, Democracy and Justice Studies (Political Science)
•  Elizabeth Wheat, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science)

Each scholar will investigate a teaching issue and present his or her findings to the campus.  The program invites participation by early- and mid-career faculty members and gives them opportunities to enhance teaching and learning through research, collaboration, and reflection.

Faculty awarded National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant

 UW-Green Bay, under the leadership of co-principal investigators Professor Bob Howe and Associate Professor Amy Wolf, will receive more than $126,000 through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant.  The grant will bolster research and preservation efforts at Point au Sable Nature Preserve.  This award is part of  $8.4 million in funding for 29 projects announced during the 2013 Sustain Our Great Lakes Grant Awards.

CLAS faculty earn promotions

Twelve faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences earned promotions.  New full professors are David Coury, Humanistic Studies; Michael Draney, Natural and Applied Sciences; Kevin Fermanich, Natural and Applied Sciences; Jennifer Ham, Humanistic Studies; Derek Jeffreys, Humanistic Studies; John Katers, Natural and Applied Sciences; and Sarah Meredith-Livingston, Music. New associate professors, with tenure, are Adolfo Garcia, Information and Computing Science;  Christopher Martin, Humanistic Studies; Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Music; Charles Rybak, Humanistic Studies; and David Severtson, Music.

Academic Excellence Symposium is April 10

The 12th Annual Academic Excellence Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Sixty-four students will exhibit 48 projects including five vocal performances.  Plan to attend.

Common Theme for 2013-2014 is “Global Citizenship in an Evolving World”

“Global Citizenship in an Evolving World” is the common theme selected for the 2013-2014 academic year.  As stated in the proposal, globalization has triggered a wide range of social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic changes throughout the world. Virtually all fields of study and industries are now impacted by global issues. The purpose of the theme is to involve students, faculty, staff, and our community in a focused dialogue about international issues and our roles as engaged citizens in the world community. The theme will enable concentrated exploration of our moral and ethical responsibilities to the world community. The theme was proposed by Kristy Aoki, Office of International Education, faculty in Global Studies, and the International Education Committee.

Professor Phillip G. Clampitt named The John P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication

Prof. Phillip G. Clampitt of Information and Computing Science was formally honored at convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, with the presentation of The John. P. Blair Endowed Chair in Communication. Clampitt succeeds retiring colleague Professor Timothy Meyer as the holder of the University’s first fully endowed chair.

Professor Angela Bauer named recipient of 2013 UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award

Professor Angela Bauer, Human Biology and Special Assistant to the Provost, has been named recipient of a 2013 UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award in the Individual Category.   Professor Bauer, who is being recognized for her commitment to enhancing the educational experiences for under-represented students of color,  implemented a TOSS Program (Targeted Opportunities for Success in the Sciences) in the Introduction to Human Biology course that has helped closed the achievement gap.