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Fall 2021/Spring 2022 

Heike Alberts (Geography)

Dr. Heike Alberts is a geographer who was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on highly skilled migrations, but she has also published on a wide range of other topics such as chocolate, sports, airports, world heritage sites, and teaching geography. She loves teaching and taking students to Germany on study abroad trips.

In 2012, Dr. Alberts received the Edward Penson Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Alberts’s Honors courses include HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Food), which she co-taught with Dean Carlin from 2014 through 2021, and Geography 104: Honors World Geography, which she is teaching in spring 2022.


Isabel Álvarez (Global Languages and Cultures)

Dr. Álvarez, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures, is teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection in fall 2021.

Michael Baltutis (Anthropology, Global Religions, and Cultures)

Dr. Michael Baltutis, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, teaches courses on the classical and contemporary Hindu and Buddhist traditions of India and Nepal. His research is connected to the years he spent living in and traveling through this region and includes articles on the use of political propaganda by the former king of Nepal during the 2006 People’s Movement (during which he was under house arrest for three weeks); the worship of the demonic deity Bhairav by the indigenous Newar people of Kathmandu; and the annual festival of the god Indra as it is celebrated in text and practice throughout South Asia.

Dr. Baltutis is teaching Global Religions 110: Honors World Religions in fall 2021 and spring 2022.

Courtney Bauder (Social Justice)

Courtney Bauder is the Director of the Social Justice Program in the College of Letters and Science, where he teaches classes in social justice, issues of diversity, and global studies. He has traveled all over the world, including Central America, East Africa, Asia, and throughout Europe, and he currently leads two study abroad programs—one to New Zealand and Australia in January and another to Greece and Croatia in May. He is passionate about helping students to experience the world through study abroad.

In 2014, Bauder received the College of Letters and Science Global Education Award, and he was the recipient of the 2016 Honors Outstanding Teaching Award.

This fall, Bauder is teaching HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (Global Issues) as well as HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Social Justice), a course he and Jeff Pickron from the Department of History have co-taught since 2016.

Laurence Carlin (The Honors College)

Dr. Laurence Carlin is Dean of The Honors College at UW Oshkosh. His research focuses on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European philosophy and science.

This fall, Dr. Carlin is teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Food, Drugs, and Money). In spring 2022, he is teaching PHIL 206: Ethical Issues in a Diverse Society. Thereafter, he will lead two groups of Honors students (one in May and the other in June) to Edinburgh, Scotland, and to London, England, where he will be teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection Abroad along with Philosophy 106: Honors Ethics.


Stewart Cole (English and Environmental Studies)

Dr. Stewart Cole is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Environmental Studies Program. His scholarly research focuses on representations of animals, human animality, and ecological ideas in modern and contemporary British and Irish literature. Recent publications have appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Studies in the Novel, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, and LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory and in the essay collection Literature and Meat since 1900 (Palgrave, 2019). He is also a poet; his second poetry collection, Soft Power, was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2019. For more about Dr. Cole, visit his website at

This fall, Dr. Cole is co-teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (“Nature and Culture”) with Dr. Pascale Manning. Drs. Cole and Manning will then lead a six-credit study abroad program, consisting of English 205: Literature from a Global Perspective and HNRS 275: Culture Connection in Paris, over the January 2022 interim.

Richard DCamp (Global Languages and Cultures)
Dr. Richard DCamp teaches courses in German language, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century German Literature, and Educational Methods. Dr. DCamp received his PhD in Germanic Languages and Culture (Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century German Literature, Opera, and Lieder) from the University of Iowa. He also holds degrees in Music; Graphic Art and Design; Foreign Languages (German, Spanish, and Latin); and Elementary and Secondary Education as well as teaching degrees from the State of Iowa and from the General Teaching Council for Scotland. He has published essays on Second Language Instructional Technology.
In fall 2021, Dr. DCamp is teaching GERMAN 251: Honors Seminar in Germanic Culture and Literature and HNRS 275: Culture Connection, which he is also teaching in spring 2022.
Don Dingledine (English)

Don Dingledine, Professor of English, teaches courses in American literature (including a capstone seminar on Moby-Dick) and a Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar on the American Civil War. He also teaches literature, composition, and interdisciplinary courses across the curriculum for The Honors College.

Dr. Dingledine received his PhD in American literature from Temple University, and he has published essays on Kate Chopin, Stephen Crane, Rebecca Harding Davis, John William De Forest, Paule Marshall, and Ann Petry, as well as on the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He is a four-time recipient of the Honors Outstanding Teaching Award.

This fall, Dr. Dingledine is teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection and HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“Leadership”). In spring 2022, he is teaching English 229: Honors African American Literature and WRT 110: Honors Composition (“The American Civil War”).

Bryan Engelhardt (Economics)

Dr. Bryan Engelhardt, Associate Professor of Economics, a recent recipient of the Penson Faculty Award, is teaching Economics 209: Honors Macroeconomics in spring 2022. He also represents the College of Business on the University Honors Council.


Robert Feldman (English)

Dr. Robert Feldman is a member of the English Department. In addition to English 228: Honors Modern American Literature, which he is teaching fall 2021, he teaches American Romanticism and Modern Drama, two upper-level courses for English majors. Feldman was the 2020 Honors Outstanding Teaching Award recipient for English 228, the same class for which he received the award in 2014.

Kevin Garstki (Anthropology, Global Religions, and Cultures)

Dr. Kevin Garstki is teaching the Honors-level lab for Anthropology 202: Intro to Biological Anthropology (A06L) in fall 2021 and in spring 2022.




Ben Hallett (Geology)

Dr. Ben Hallett (Department of Geology) is teaching Geology 110: Honors Intro (XL), a five-credit lab, in spring 2022.


Douglas Haynes (English)

Douglas Haynes, Professor in the Department of English, is teaching WRT 310: Honors Advanced Writing in spring 2022.


Cary Henson (English)

Cary Henson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, where he teaches courses in the first-year and advanced writing programs, Modern World Literature, and Literature and Film. Many of these courses focus on issues of remembering and representing mass atrocities, such as the Holocaust, in literary texts and films. He is teaching WRT 110: Honors Composition (“Remembering the Holocaust: Memoir, Fiction, and Film”) in fall 2021.



Larry Herzberg (Philosophy)

Dr. Larry A. Herzberg has taught at UW Oshkosh since 2003 and is Professor of Philosophy. His research interests include epistemology (the study of knowledge) and the philosophy of emotion. His research has been published by Philosophical Psychology, dialectica, Acta Analytica, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, and in the book Dynamicity in Emotion Concepts. In recent years, he has presented papers to both national and international audiences, including at American Philosophical Association conferences, the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, and the International Congress of Linguists (Workshop on Emotions).

Dr. Herzberg’s Honors courses have included HNRS 275: Culture Connection and HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“Time”). In fall 2021, he is teaching Philosophy 110: Honors Introduction to Philosophy.

Nadia Louar (Global Languages and Cultures)

Dr. Louar, Associate Professor of French in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures, is teaching HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“Pursuits of Happiness”) in fall 2021.


Roberta S. Maguire (English)

Dr. Roberta Maguire, Professor of English, is teaching English 229: Honors African American Literature as well as HNRS 275: Culture Connection in fall 2021—and then WRT 110: Honors Composition (“Jazz”) in spring 2022.



Pascale Manning (English)

Dr. Pascale Manning is a member of the Department of English and is Chair of the University Honors Council. Her research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century British literature and culture with an emphasis on the intersections of literature and science, as well as Native North American literatures from the nineteenth century to the present. Her work appears in a number of journals, including Victorian Literature and Culture, Literature Compass, Seachange Journal, and Studies in American Indian Literatures. She is the recipient of the 2015 Honors Outstanding Teaching Award.

This fall, Dr. Manning is co-teaching HNRS 175: Honors Senior (“Nature and Culture”) with Dr. Stewart Cole. Over the January 2022 interim, she and Dr. Cole will lead a study abroad program in which Honors students will earn six credits (English 205: Literature from a Global Perspective and HNRS 275: Culture Connection in Paris). In spring 2022, Dr. Manning is teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection.

Shelly Michalski (Biology)

Dr. Shelly Michalski is teaching Biology 108: Honors Concepts in Biology in fall 2021. She also serves on the University Honors Council and has a long history of mentoring Honors Thesis students and student assistants in her laboratory.



Sabrina Mueller-Spitz (Biology)

Dr. Sabrina Mueller Spitz (Department of Biology) is team-teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Science, Ecosophy, and Well-Being) this fall with Dr. Ron Rindo (Department of English).

Adam Ochonicky (English)

Dr. Adam Ochonicky (Department of English) is teaching WRT 310: Honors Advanced Writing this fall and in spring 2022, when he will be teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection as well.

Jeff Pickron (History)

In the fall, Jeff Pickron (Department of History) is teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Social Justice), which he and Courtney Bauder (Social Justice Program) have team-taught since 2016. He is then teaching History 216: Honors Topics in History (American Sports) in spring 2022.

Ron Rindo (English)

Dr. Ron Rindo, Professor in the Department of English, is teaching Environmental Studies 103 this fall as well as HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Science, Ecosophy, and Well-Being), which he is team-teaching with Dr. Sabrina Mueller-Spitz from the Department of Biology.

Sarinda Taengnoi Siemers (Economics)

Dr. Sarinda Taengnoi Siemers is a Professor in the Department of Economics. Her areas of expertise include economics of immigration, economics of gender, and economics of education. She received the 2016 Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2017 Honors Outstanding Teaching Award, and a Penson Faculty Award in 2020.

Dr. Taengnoi Siemers is teaching Economics 208: Honors Microeconomics in fall 2021.

Kyle P. Steele (Educational Leadership, Literacy, and Social Foundations)


Dr. Kyle P. Steele, Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Literacy, and Social Foundations, College of Education and Human Services, teaches courses in the history of education, multicultural education, and education for social justice. He is passionate about working with future educators, in particular helping them reflect on how their work in schools is intimately connected to the communities they serve.

His own research is primarily on the history of the American high school, as both an educational and cultural institution, and the ways that high school systems have struggled with inclusivity and equity since their beginnings. His first book, Making a Mass Institution: Indianapolis and the American High School (Rutgers University Press, 2020), describes how Indianapolis, Indiana, created a divided and unjust system of high schools over the course of the twentieth century, one that effectively sorted students geographically, economically, and racially. He is currently editing a book, New Perspectives on the History of the Twentieth-Century American High School (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan Press), a collection of original essays that reevaluate the importance of the high school curriculum, elevate the experiences of high school students and their youth culture, and give voice to communities of color (both students and families) in their efforts to achieve equity within inequitable systems.

Dr. Steele is teaching HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“The American High School”) this fall. He has also served as the COEHS representative on the University Honors Council since 2018.

Michael Van Esler (Radio-TV-Film)

Dr. Mike Van Esler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film. He regularly teaches courses about the media industries, podcasting, and streaming services. His research focuses on the connections we can make between past and present media norms. Rather than accept that the latest and greatest are always new, he prefers to look at media technology, culture, and industries in conversation with each other. He loves watching bad action movies, Unsolved Mysteries, and anime.

Dr. Van Esler is teaching HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar in spring 2022. He is also a member of the University Honors Council.

Lisa Volkening (Communication Studies)

Dr. Lisa Volkening teaches courses in argumentation, visual rhetoric, and public speaking in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research interests include environmental communication and the rhetoric of social change.

She is teaching Communication 112: Honors Introduction to Public Speaking in fall 2021, over the January interim, and in spring 2022.

Robbie Wagoner (Philosophy)

Dr. Wagoner, Department of Philosophy, is teaching HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar in the spring.