Who’s teaching in Honors in the 2020-2021 academic year?
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.
Dr. Alberts’s Honors courses include HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Food), which she has co-taught each fall with Dean Carlin since 2014, and Geography 104: Honors World Geography, which she is teaching in spring 2021.
In 2012, Dr. Alberts received the Edward Penson Distinguished Teaching Award.
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 Religious Studies 110: Honors World Religions in fall 2020.
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 and Jeff Pickron from the History Department are once again co-teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Social Justice), and in spring 2021 Bauder is teaching HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (Global Issues).
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 will once again co-teach HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Food) with Dr. Heike Alberts with whom he has collaborated since 2014 as well as a new HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Social Forces).
In May 2021 over spring interim, he will lead a group of twenty Honors students to Edinburgh, Scotland, and 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 stewart-cole.com.
Dr. Cole is teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection this fall. In June 2021, he is team-teaching English 205: Literature from a Global Perspective and HNRS 275: Culture Connection in Paris, a six-credit study abroad program, with Dr. Pascale Manning.
Richard DCamp (Global Languages and Cultures)
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 English 229: Honors African American Literature, HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“A Year in the Life”), and WRT 110: Honors Composition (“The American Civil War”). In spring 2021, he is teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection and HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“Leadership”).
Bryan Engelhardt (Economics)
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 2020, he teaches American Romanticism and Modern Drama, two upper-level courses for English majors. He received the Honors Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014.
Elliott Fischer (Communication Studies)
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 2020 and in spring 2021.
Ben Hallett (Geology)
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 2020 and spring 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 2020, he is teaching Philosophy 110: Honors Introduction to Philosophy.
Alicia Johnson (Women's Center)
Dr. Alicia Johnson, Director of the Women’s Center, is teaching Gender and Sport, a new section of HNRS 175: Honors Seminar, this fall.
Roberta S. Maguire (English)
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 teaching HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“Plants and Plant Thinking”). In spring 2021, she is teaching WRT 310: Honors Advanced Composition and in June is team-teaching English 205: Literature from a Global Perspective and HNRS 275: Culture Connection in Paris, a six-credit study abroad program, with Dr. Stewart Cole.
Shelly Michalski (Biology)
Dr. Shelly Michalski is teaching Biology 108: Honors Concepts in Biology in fall 2020. She also serves on the University Honors Council and has a long history of mentoring Honors Thesis students and student assistants in her laboratory.
Michelle Mouton (History)
Dr. Michelle Mouton, Professor of History, is teaching History 216: World War II through the Eyes of Children in spring 2021.
Sabrina Mueller-Spitz (Biology)
Dr. Sabrina Mueller Spitz (Department of Biology) is teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Science, Ecosophy, and Well-Being), a new course she is team-teaching 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. In spring 2021, he is teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection as well as WRT 310: Honors Advanced Writing.
Jeff Pickron (History)
Jeff Pickron (Department of History) is teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Social Justice), a course he has team-taught with Courtney Bauder since 2016.
Ron Rindo (English)
Dr. Ron Rindo, Professor in the Department of English, is teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Science, Ecosophy, and Well-Being), a new course he is team-teaching with Dr. Sabrina Mueller Spitz.
Christine Roth (English)
Christine Roth is a professor in the Department of English, where she teaches nineteenth-century British literature, and is the Director of the English graduate program. Her recent publications include “The Zoocentric Ecology of Thomas Hardy’s Poetry” (in Victorian Writers and the Environment, Routledge, 2016) and “The Narrative Promise: Redesigning History in La Gazette du Vieux Paris.” (CEA Critic, 2016). She was the 2015 recipient of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, which recognizes members “who have contributed in extraordinary ways both to the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and to scholarship in interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies.”
In fall 2020, she is teaching WRT 310: Honors Advanced Writing.
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 the Penson Faculty Award in 2020.
Dr. Taengnoi Siemers is teaching Economics 208: Honors Microeconomics in fall 2020.
Kyle P. Steele (Educational Leadership and Policy)
Dr. Kyle P. Steele, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, 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 served as the COEHS representative on the University Honors Council since 2018.
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 2020 and over interim in January 2021.