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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
College of Letters and Science
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8660

Nursing Education Building
Room 101

Phone: (920) 424-1222

The Dean’s Symposium

The Dean’s Symposium provides a forum for faculty to share their research with colleagues, the university and local communities. Three times each semester, the symposium combines lunch with a presentation, providing a social setting for interaction and discussion among colleagues across campus.

Reservations for lunch, served at 11:30 am, are required and should be made about a week in advance by calling the Dean’s Office at (920) 424-1222. There is a minimal charge for lunch; however, all are welcome to bring a lunch or to come only for the presentation, which begins at 12:00 pm.

Fall 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Clow Conference 102 (next to COLS Dean’s office in N/E)


 Dr. Michelle Mouton, Department of History


Tuesday, March 19, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Clow Conference 102 (next to COLS Dean’s office in N/E)

“Running Injury Risk Factors”

Dr. Lace Luedke, Department of Kinesiology


Past Dean’s Symposia

Fall 2017

MICHAEL JASINSKI, “Examining Genocide: Means, Motive, and Opportunity”

SUSAN MAXWELL, ” Godless Painters, Reformed Artists, and Persecuted Images in the German Reformation”

ELIZABETH BARRON, “From Place to Emplacement: A New Approach to Sustainability”



JEREMIAH BOHR, “Exploring ‘Big Text’: Perspectives from Digital Social Science”
LAURA HARTMAN, “Climate Engineering and the Playing God Argument”
MARK BOWEN, “Evaluating the Effects of Environmental Change on Wetlands and Water Resources of the Central High Plains”

PAUL VAN AUKEN, “Applied Sociology: Refugee Resettlement and Other Examples”
PAUL KLEMP, “The Theatre of Death: Rituals of Justice During the English Civil Wars”
SHERI LENSE, “Bio-Inspired Catalysts for the Production of Sustainable Fuels”


JORDAN KARSTEN, “The Bioarchaeology of Verteba Cave, Ukraine: Osteological and Ancient DNA Approaches”
KIMBERLY RIVERS, “Scribe, Student, Teacher and Preacher: The Career of Friar Johannes Sintram, d. 1450”
NATHAN KRUEGER, “The Development of the Dramatic Baritone in the Nineteenth Century”

GREG KLEINHEINZ, “Social, Economic, and Environmental Benefits of Healthy Recreational Water”
JEFF BEHM, “Correcting the Record: Removing the Fritse Park Historical Marker”
SUSAN RENSING, “‘Wisconsin Ousts Cupid’: Wisconsin’s Eugenic Marriage Experiment”


MICHELLE MICHALSKI, “Neglected Tropical Disease Research at UW Oshkosh”
JENNIFER CONSIDINE, “Talking about Spirituality at Work: Communication Challenges in Healthcare and Community Organizations”
JIM FELDMAN, “Radioactive Waste, Environmental Justice, and the Discourse of Sustainability”

JERRY THOMAS, “On Sexual Citizenship: Queer Theory and the First Amendment”
STEPHANIE MAY DE MONTIGNY, “Empowering Women, Forging Kinship: Collaborative Ethnographic Research with the  Tribal Princess of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas”
BARTON PRITZL, “Exploring the Formation of the Milky Way through Ancient Stellar Populations”


GABRIEL LOIACONO, “One-Eyed Sarah: A Look at Race and Welfare in the Age of Jefferson”
JANE PURSE-WEIDENHOEFT, “Shakespeare’s Texts through the Lens of an Actor/Director: Dispensing with the Myth of Producing Shakespeare’s Plays in a Contemporary Context”
COURTNEY KURTZ, SABRINA MUELLER-SPITZ, KEVIN CRAWFORD, “Nanoparticles in the Body: Can Additives in Your  Diet Affect Your Health? Your Diet, Your Microbes and You”

ROBERT WAGONER, “The Therapeutic Promise of Theoretical Philosophy: Seneca and Stoic Therapy”
VICTORIA BECK, “Romeo and Juliet: Star-Crossed Lovers or Sex Offenders?”
JULIA CHYBOWSKI, “Singing as the ‘Black Swan’: Musical Performance of Race and Gender in Mid-Nineteenth Century  America”


DAVID DILKES, “More Than Just Bones: Interpreting Function and Behavior in Fossil Vertebrates”
JERRY THOMAS, “Judging Janet Jackson: Deference to Administrative Agencies in the U.S. Court of Appeals”
FREDI GIESLER, “Sources of Information that Influence Social Service Policy Decisions: A Context for Actively Engaging Students in Social Science Research”

DRUSCILLA SCRIBNER, “Constitutionalizing Gender Equality: Implication for Women’s Rights Advocacy in South America”
ED MARTIN and JERI-MAE ASTOLFI, “‘Swirling Sky’ for Piano and Fixed Media: Possibilities and Implications of Extending the Acoustic Piano Using Digital Audio Technology in the Creation of a Concert Work”
NADIA LOUAR, “‘The Queer Kind of English that My Queer French Deserves’: Samuel Beckett in Different Tongues”


JAMES KRUEGER, “Missing Voices: Understanding Group Identity and War Attitudes among Service-Connected Civilians”
CARMEN HEIDER, “From Campus to Prison: Teaching the Inside-Out Course at Taycheedah Correctional Institution”
ERIC HIATT, “Climate Change from a Geologic Perspective: A Story Written in Stone”

ANNA FILIPOVA, “Electronic Health Records Adoption and Use in Wisconsin Skilled Nursing Facilities”
M. ELSBETH MCPHEE, “Captive Breeding for Conservation: Salvation or Sabotage?”
DOUGLAS HAYNES, “The Lake at the Bottom of the Bottom and Storms without Names: Essays on Ecological Injustice in Central America”


NORLISHA CRAWFORD, “How Chester Himes and Detective Fiction Helped to Reshape Racial Uplift Traditions”
TERESA LIND and student artists, “Metal Casting in the UW System: Keeping the Fire Alive”
STEPHANIE SPEHAR, “Tough Times: How Do Primates Cope with Resource Scarcity and Human Disturbance in East Kalimantan, Indonesia?”

LAURENCE CARLIN, “From Immanent Design to Intelligent Design: Aristotle and the Scientific Revolution”
PAUL VAN AUKEN, “Oshkosh Neighborhood Project: Using Community-Based Action Research to Explore What Makes a Neighborhood and Why It Matters”
JENNIFER ZASPEL, “Investigating the Evolution of Adult Feeding Behaviors in Vampire and Tiger Moths (Insecta: Lepidoptera)”