Academic unit annual summaries

CBA Students

College of Business Administration

College Summary



Building Bridges

The College of Business Administration broke yet another enrollment record this year reaching 2,172 students. The departments of Economics, Information Systems, and Marketing made sweeping curriculum changes of late to meet industry standards and expectations. Beginning Fall, 2020, the College will offer its new Business Analytics Minor.  The MBA Consortium is a top 3% US News & World Report online MBA.  The College of Business Administration continues to be an engaged College with the business community. We had another successful year of the First Friday Lecture Series, generously sponsored by Benson Management. For 2019-2020, we featured Todd Koss, ’87, CEO of Grande Cheese and Scott Swenson, ’85, Owner of Quest Engineering.  The Talent Connection Network, a college-industry partnership, is strong as are department-focused events like the Marketing Sales Competition.  Our 2019-2020 touchpoints between students, faculty, and the business community exceeded 7000 touchpoints for the 4th year in a row in spite of the pandemic.  We are delighted to announce the Menard Family Midwest Initiative for Economic Engagement and Research as well as the Swenson Baier Engaged Faculty Fellowship.  We broke donor records this year to support faculty and students.  We are very excited to continue our ascending trajectory as we move into the newly refurbished Wittich Hall, the new home of the CBA. 




The UWL Department of Accountancy had a highly successful year.  The Department is serving 365 accounting majors and enrollment is increasing. The Accountancy Career Fair held in September 2018 had over 45 companies attending and interviewed accounting majors on-campus to fill internship and full-time employment opportunities. A total of 40 firms supported 84 students as interns during the 2018-19 academic year.  UWL Accounting Majors are still sought after and doing well on the CPA exam.  Pass rates have modestly kept steady the past few years.


Scholarships Awarded: The 36th Annual Spring Accountancy Banquet was held April 24, 2019.  The Department continues to have strong connections with accounting firms and businesses that employ accountancy graduates from across the region.  Nineteen companies and individuals offered scholarships to students amounting to nearly $100,000.


Personnel: Department faculty turnover is slowing down. We have hired two Ph.D.’s who will start in the Fall 2019. Vacancies for Ph.D.’s continue to be a challenge for the department.  The department was able to fill 3 tenure track vacancies with AIS‘s during the 2018/2019 academic year.  Overloads and the need for adjunct faculty to cover classes are slowing down. 

The department also received a number of Eagle Teaching Excellence Award nominations in Spring 2019: Vivek Pande, Kimberly Lyons, Noel Wilbur, Justin Kilchenmann, Mark Huesmann, Elizabeth Brown, Julie Ancius, Linda Sherony and David Russell. None won the award, but it is exciting that many of our faculty members are being recognized for excellence in teaching.

Research: Department faculty published five refereed journal articles and have made nine presentation at refereed professional meetings during the academic year.


Curriculum: The Department reactivated the ACC 235 course for non-business majors which will be piloted Fall 2019.  Transition to this course will be ongoing.

Experiential Opportunities: UW-La Crosse’s Beta Alpha Psi had an active academic year.  They invited a diverse array of 11 employers from across the region, including accounting firms and other employers hiring accountancy graduates, to present during their biweekly meetings.  In August, 2018, at the annual conference held in Washington, D.C. one of our Beta Alpha Psi students was part of a team that competed in Project Run With It.  Project Run With It furthers the community service component of Beta Alpha Psi and provides members/candidates with an opportunity to engage in real-world consulting projects for not-for-profit organizations in the cities where Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meetings take place. Only 72 students out of approximately 1300 students are chosen to be part of the teams that compete in Project Run With It. Also, In March 2019, a team of Beta Alpha Psi members presented the chapter’s best practices at the Midwest Regional Meeting in Cincinnati.  They will also be presenting in August 2019 at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting, which is the 100th anniversary of the organization, in Chicago.  Also, UWL BAP members are very involved in volunteering and helping not-for–profit organizations such as the Salvation Army in La Crosse, WI.






As a primarily service department to the CBA, the Economics department continues to maintain a strong number of majors with 89 primary or secondary majors through the CBA. Additionally, the department has 62 minors through the CBA and another dozen primary majors through CASSH.In personnel news the department awarded Dr. Wahhab Khandker emeritus status. He joined UWL in the fall of 1983 and after an illustrious career he retired at the end of this academic year. He will be missed. On a happier note, Dr. James Murray was promoted to Full Professor. The department continued to review its curricular offerings, deleting some courses that it felt would no longer be taught and making some important changes to ECO 307 a core requirement for the major.There were many opportunities for students and community members to engage with department members in the fall and spring before COVID. The department hosted an open forum with the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari. It was attended by over 400 students and over 100 community members.During Global Initiatives week the department sponsored, and Dr. Dutta participated in a panel after the film </i><i>Living on one Dollar. The department also hosted several seminars including inviting Justin Ross from Indiana University.Like everyone else though, many of our spring plans ran headlong into pandemic induced quarantine. We did not have the conference we planned entitled Women in the Workplace: Where we are and How got Here. The featured speakers included Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, UW-La Crosse, Shannon Davis, George Mason University, and Carolyn Sloane, UC-Riverside, Department of Economics. We also did not have our annual student success banquet, though we were able to award over $17,000 in scholarships to 10 of our students.




In the spring the department took over the lead in the CBA for the largest number of primary majors with 488. The department also has an additional 92 second majors. Thankfully, the faculty continue to be supported by the Academic Advising center which advises incoming Freshman.

On the personnel front it was a year of mixed emotions. The department said goodbye to a long time Instructional Academic Staff member – Curt Brye. Curt supported our core classes and taught a class on Management of Financial Institutions. His prior career in banking made him an invaluable asset in the classroom.

The good personnel news was that Dr. Nilakshi Borah was promoted to Associate Professor. The department also successfully completed 7 reviews of untenured faculty members.

The department continued to review its curricular offerings, deleting some courses that it felt would no longer be taught.

The Spellman fund closed the year with a value of over $300,000 having ended above the 260,000 reported last year, despite the COVID plunge in the market.

The Spellman Fund also welcomed two new members, both UWL alumni. The new members are Brandon Hellenbrand, CFA® Senior Investment Analyst at Trust Point Adam Pugh, CFA® Alternative Investments at CUNA Mutual Group.

The department closed the fall semester by hosting the Spellman dinner. In the spring this event was unfortunately a victim of the pandemic.

Finally, the department participated in the Integrated Core Program again this year. It was made more impactful by the client’s – Reinhart Foodservice – generous donation of $5,000 in scholarships to the 10 winning team members.


Information Systems


The department of information systems (IS) has experienced and managed tremendous enrollment growth from Fall 2018 - 2019. The IS minor increased 64% from Fall 2018 - Fall 2019. Actions taken to promote the IS minor as a valuable complement to majors have been successful.

In an effort to keep the IS curriculum up to date and respond to industry changes, the IS department continued to expand the inclusion of SAP activities and content throughout the IS curriculum (IS-220, IS-320 and IS-360 all include modules on SAP). SAP is a leading enterprise system used by many fortune 500 organizations.

The IS department successfully developed and received university approval in April 2020 for a new minor in Business Analytics (BA). BA is the ability to use statistics, quantitative analysis and information modeling to shape and make business decisions. The new BA minor was developed in cooperation with CBA departments and the Math department. The BA minor will begin accepting applications in Fall 2020.

The department continued its participation in the UW consortium Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) program. The department hired Dr. Pat Devoy, who will serve as the program director and help lead accreditation efforts.

Dr. Haried, Dr. Han, Dr. Yang and Dr. Huang attended the SAP University Alliance Workshop in July 2019.

Dr. Yang attended the Informs conference in October 2019.

Dr. Haried and Dr. Han attended and presented at the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences conference in February 2020.

During Academic Year 2019-20 the department had 3 refereed articles published or accepted by high quality academic journals and made 2 refereed conference presentations.




The management department’s main efforts were, as always, serving our 387 majors, as well as the 35 Sustainable Business minors and 27 Healthcare Analytics Management minors, which are housed in the department. Additionally, the department served more than 2200 CBA students across the 4 core CBA courses it provided. Additionally, faculty in the department had 7 peer-review journal articles accepted for publication and presented their work at 8 different conferences.

The department focused its efforts on support and personnel-related activities. We successfully navigated the spring semester as a team, with many people supporting the department with needs from a mid-year faculty departure and an unexpected medical situation. We also spent much of the year working to hire new faculty and cover courses from the unexpected circumstances and general staffing shortages. We successfully hired two new colleagues: Randika Eramudugida will join the department in the Fall and Christine Ascencio who will be coming in the spring.
The department also saw a number of Eagle Teaching Excellence Award nominations in Spring 2019: Danny Franklin, Yeonka Kim, Christa Kiersch, Uzay Damali, Kelly Nowicki, Ana Iglesias, and Scott Reber. None won, but it is exciting that so many faculty from the department were nominated!

The department made a few curricular changes, to coincide with the changes to our major core courses made last year. The department plans to begin the 2019-2020 year with a comprehensive review of the major and develop a vision for the future of the program.

Programs supported by the department were quite active over the year as well. The Healthcare Analytics Management minor held an end-of-the-year networking event with employers, board members, students and faculty. The Sustainable Business minor offered one of its core courses as part of a study abroad program in New Zealand on sustainable business and tourism.




Awards – Nese Nasif earns inaugural Faculty Research Award for Extraordinary Service for her equity and diversity efforts.

Personnel –Dan Wallace joins Marketing Faculty. Steve Brokaw and Joe Chilsen retire in Summer 2020.

Marketing Major - Largest CBA first major, making up approximately 25% of declared CBA majors, with over 500 first & second majors. Ten full-time faculty. Faculty-to-student ratio - 50:1.

Advising – Piloted pre-CBA marketing major advising program for second year, resulting in more equitable advising loads.

Scholarships Awarded –In honor of CBA 50 Anniversary, department supplementing $9,214 Challenge raised by 100+ Marketing alums to award two $<b>50</b>00 scholarships, one in 2020-21 and 2021-22. Awarded third Laux Family full-year-tuition scholarship and three other scholarships established for marketing majors.

Curriculum –New Sales Force Management elective course offering piloted Spring 2020.

Published Research – 6 peer-reviewed articles, across 7 of 10 faculty members.

<u>Experiential Opportunities </u>


Sixth Annual UWL Eagle Sales Competition included 22 students, 17 industry professionals, supported by 8 businesses and 7 faculty members. Also, $1,700 in scholarship funds awarded to 7 students.

Students attended national Great Northwoods Warm-Up Competition in Eau Claire, WI and RBI National Sales Challenge hosted by Russ Berrie Institute Professional Sales at William Paterson University. Marketing student places 36 out of 1,300 students in national RNMKRS Virtual Sales role-play competition sponsored by Dell, HubSpot, & Direct Selling Education Foundation.

Student sales club becomes officially recognized student organization

Undergraduate Research:

Five Marketing papers accepted for NCUR 2020 -

Borgmeyer (Mentor: Marco Vriens)

Gluth, Hibner & McCarthy (Mentor: Nese Nasif)

Capodice, Schieble & Thundercloud (Mentor: Nese Nasif)

Ells & Mounir (Mentor: Nese Nasif)

Eagle Apprentice, Averi Linz(Mentor: Nese Nasif)

London Study Abroad – The 6th annual faculty-led International Marketing Program in London was cancelled due to Covid-19.

UWL AMA Chapter - Earns honorable mention in International AMA Cotton USA Case Competition. 

CASSH Students

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Humanities

College Summary



Despite the significant COVID-19 disruption, where all faculty rapidly transitioned to online teaching and all CASSH personnel needed to begin working remotely, the 2019-20 academic year was successful for the College.  This was the first year of the new college name as well as the School of Visual and Performing Arts.  Dr. Karl Kunkel transitioned into the Dean role, Dr. Marie Moeller was hired as Associate Dean for Communication and Outreach, Tony Walker began as the College Business Officer, and the College pursued ten goals rooted in both the CASSH and UWL strategic plans.  The seventh annual Creative Imperatives event, titled A Curved Lens: Celebrating Women in the World through the Arts occurred in early March 2020 with featured presenters Ingrid Stolzel (composer), Dessa (internationally touring rapper, singer, and writer), and Maegan Crowley (metalwork artist).  CASSH also hosted two events for the speaker series, “Civility in the Partisan Era,” in partnership with the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.  The first speaker was George Will and the second was David Gergen.   



Archaeology & Anthropology


The Department of Archaeology & Anthropology faculty excels at teaching and scholarship and are active participants in service to the university. Faculty had a strong year for scholarship with over a dozen peer-reviewed publications and international presentations, and we received multiple internal and external grants to support research, including supporting the research of undergraduate students. These grants include an ongoing National Science Foundation grant awarded to Dr. Amy Nicodemus for her research on the emergence of complex societies of Bronze Age eastern Europe. Appropriately, Amy was recognized for her research accomplishments by being awarded this year’s CASSH Recognition of Excellence Award for Scholarship. Moreover, our ADA, Shirley Von Ruden was awarded the CASSH Staff Recognition of Excellence Award.

Four of our students received Undergraduate Research Grants this year and our students were extremely active in UWL’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, representing nearly half of all presentations by students from CASSH. Every single faculty member in our department, including academic staff and one emeritus faculty member, advised undergraduate research presented at the Annual Research and Creativity Day.

Our program enrollments are strong with 113 majors and 41 minors (Fall 2019 10<sup>th</sup> day enrollments), and our overall contribution to the General Education program was strong with 28 sections of 7 different GE courses.

Our faculty collectively serve in a number of prominent roles on campus and in our profession. Notable roles include Director of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, Faculty Assistant to the Provost, CLS Retention and Recruitment Committee, ILAS Advisory Board, Faculty Research and Grants Committee, UWL Internationalization Advisory Committee, International Education Committee, Joint Promotion Committee, American Research Center in Egypt Board Vice President, Wisconsin Archaeological Survey Board Secretary, Center for Hmong Studies, SOYUZ Post-Communist Cultural Studies Secretary, among others.




The Art Department this year saw a great number of both rewards and challenges; in terms of personnel the department added two new faculty members in 2019-2020 (Jarred Pfeiffer—Ceramics; Sierra Rooney—Art History); both of these faculty hit the ground running, with major curriculum revision (Rooney) and international fellowship awards and a significant increase in course traffic (Pfieffer). The department also completed two successful TT searches to begin in Fall 2020 (Graphic Design and Printmaking) during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the department saw 1 resignation and 1 retirement, and experienced the loss of an IAS redbooked line due to budget cuts.

Major steps were taken in curriculum revision—the department added an Art History minor and a required course in Writing in Art (to more fully address the writing-in-the-major portion of the department's goals) and collapsed two Art History survey courses into one to accommodate the newly-required writing-intensive course. All these changes are in the catalog for Fall 2020; spearheaded by Sierra Rooney, Kate Hawkes, and Jennifer Williams (Curriculum Committee) and supported fully by the department.

Additionally, the department (via the significant work of Deborah-Eve Lombard and Josh Doster) hosted the first online senior art exhibit; this exhibit boasted over 1,000 unique views for an average visit of just over 6 minutes. This kind of work may supplement the gallery exhibits, and the department looks forward to trying to obtain a full-time Gallery position to continue such work.

The department also partnered with the college, CFO and Facilities to install card swipe locks on all the studio doors for increased security, accuracy of access, and student safety. The CFO and college were particularly supportive of this project, and the department is grateful for this work having been done prior to fall 2020.

Finally, the department was excited to elect a new Chair; serving beginning June 2020, Brad Nichols will be the departmental chair as elected for a 3-year term.

In upcoming years, the department will be working on revising their bylaws, continuing to advocate for the Arts at the college and university-levels, and seeking opportunities to illustrate the value of the arts locally, nationally, and internationally.


Communication Studies


The CST Department welcomed new faculty member Dr. Weixu Lu, who has expertise in Media Studies. We also hired IAS member Nicholas Raes for a one year, non-Redbooked position, and he will return next year. ADA Nhouchee Yang has now been with us for over a year, and she is an excellent addition to our department. Department Chair Linda Dickmeyer completed her final year as iAssociate Dean in SOE. We had a successful hire for a new faculty member to teach in CST 110 and other areas of need. Dr. Brandon Anderson will begin in the fall of 2020. Faculty members Dr. Evan Brody, Dr. Uttara Manohar, and Dr. Nici Ploeger-Lyons resigned their positions for other opportunities.

Dr. Sara Docan-Morgan was promoted to Full Professor and IAS member Ayesha Patnaik was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Ayesha also received the Academic Staff Award for Service from CASSH. Dr. Greg Ormes received one of six Eagle Teaching Excellence Awards.

The CST Department is the UWL host school for an online collaborative in Cybersecurity. This is the first Master's collaborative program in CASSH. Dr. Jennifer Butler Modaff serves as the academic program director at UWL.

Dr. Dena Huisman and Dr. Beth Boser co-taught 30 Chinese middle-school students in January for a two-week program on communication and culture in the US. This program is part of UWL's Extended Learning program.<br><br>We completed our self-study for APR and look forward to an external consultant visit in the fall. The self-study was another document that helped us process our successes and our areas of need, and we engaged in work with an external consultant to work on departmental culture.

The CST Department selected Spencer Straub to receive our alumni award. Due to COVID, our recognition for Spencer will occur at a later time. CST senior Kaylee Mulholland received our nomination for the Magerus award, and she received the Murphy Award for Academic Excellence. Kaylee has been published three times in the UWL Journal of Undergraduate Research, and has completed a record amount of research. She will attend the University of Utah in the fall. She received one of the CASSH Excellence awards for CST. Other outstanding seniors recognized as CASSH Excellence winners include Cameron Neader, Megan Sarauer, and Samantha Stroozas.




In 2019-2020, we completed a successful search for a red-booked IAS colleague, hiring Sara Heaser who had been teaching in our ad-hoc pool for many years. Lei Zhang was tenured and two faculty members were promoted: Bryan Kopp to Associate Professor and Darci Thoune to Full Professor. William Barillas, Lalita Hogan, and Bruce Handtke all retired and are already sorely missed.

Twenty-three English instructors were nominated for the Eagle Teaching Award, which equals 70% of our faculty. Susan Crutchfield won the CLS Excellence Award for Inclusive Excellence and Kelly Sultzbach won the Mississippi Valley Conservancy Educator of the Year Award. Matt Cashion was awarded a fall sabbatical. Kimberly De Fazio won a full-year UW-System Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities. Our student-edited literary and arts journal, <i>Steam Ticket</i>, was published this spring, and students continued to produce the University-wide creative works journal, <i>The Catalyst</i>. The student-run Book Club and our honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, maintain steady memberships. The department organized an Open House for students in the fall that included an alumni panel. We hosted a memorial event for Toni Morrison in the fall and co-hosted (with Environmental Studies) a public reading from the new Driftless Writing Center book, <i>Contours</i>, in the spring.

The department helped to host the area public schools’ Battle of the Books event. The department’s La Crosse County Jail Literacy Program continued with involvement from 9 faculty members. The department held its ninth annual College Writing Symposium featuring presentations by ENG 110/112 students. The department’s colloquium series hosted three presentations by faculty and IAS during the year, and we invited Shevaun Watson (UW-Milwaukee) to run two workshop on information literacy. The Professional and Technical Writing Speaker Series invited three speakers to campus, including English alums. Lindsay Steiner and Haixia Lan were scheduled to travel to China to teach at our partner schools in support of our 2+2 China program in May 2020, but that program was cancelled due to Covid-19. The faculty and students did incredible work transitioning to virtual learning in the spring. Finally, our faculty remain highly active in teaching development, scholarship, publication, and in university service commitments, as their individual reports show.


Ethnic & Racial Studies


During the 2019-20 academic year, the department of Ethnic and Racial Studies continued its commitment to serving UWL students, building partnerships across campus, and engaging with the community.

The fall semester brought new leadership to the department, with Dr. Sara Docan-Morgan of Communication Studies replacing Dr. Tim Gongaware of Sociology. Dr. Docan-Morgan’s main priority through the academic year was to increase recruitment activities for the department. The first activity, divERSity Advocates, partnered with faculty and IAS from around the university who would will promote ERS to their classes and advisees. The second activity asked ERS 100 and 220 instructors to identify potential ERS minors in their classes; the chair emailed these students, encouraging them to consider an ERS minor. Informal feedback from students, faculty, and staff suggest that these recruitment activities are being received well.

In January, Pearl Bearheart departed ERS for a position in the Cashier’s office, and in February, the department welcomed new ADA, Laura Garves.

Dr. Richard Breaux was on sabbatical for fall 2019 but returned in January to accompany UWL and UWEC students on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, which visited ten cities, 13 historical sites and multiple visits with Civil Rights activists. Dr. Breaux also received the JV Educational Leadership Award from JV Consultants.

Dr. Shuma Iwai had a study abroad trip to Japan for ERS 220 approved by IEE, but this trip, along with many others, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is hoping to reschedule this trip for summer 2021.

Dr. Sarah Shillinger served as the equity liaison for the department.

The department engaged in discussions surrounding a possible recruitment event in spring, but these conversations were eclipsed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ERS department recognized Isabel Ortiz with the CASSH Excellence Award, which was delivered electronically this spring.

In late June or early July, the department will move from the 2<sup>nd</sup> floor of Wimberly Hall to the 4<sup>th</sup> floor. Due to the pandemic, Laura arranged individual packing schedules for each ERS member, and the offices were packed fully within one week.


Environmental Studies


The Environmental Studies Program continues to be productive and growing program, with minors increasing from 94 to 128. We continue our tradition of experiential learning for students enrolled in our classes, contracting buses for roughly 55 field trips, the majority of which are conducted during regular class periods. We also hosted 70 guest speaker events (sometimes same speaker), increasing student engagement with the local community. The program consists of two full time IAS, and three part-time IAS.

Between the two full-time IAS, four papers were accepted for presentation (three academic), and two conferences were attended. We co-sponsored a book reading with the English Program: Contours: A Literary Landscape (Driftless Writing Center). The program achieved approximately $5500 in UWL based grants. The Env Studies Program continues to make strides in matters related to equity, this year choosing as a program to focus on the matter of student belonging (see equity report). Related, our equity liaison is associated with two grants linked to equity (Higgins).

We continue to remain active with undergraduate and instructor research. For example, Dr. Higgins mentored two undergraduate research projects linked to her Sustainability class that involved working with our community partners, receiving attention in the local news. As well, her sustained research project(s) oriented around the Driftless, resilience, recent floods, and oral histories continues to expand as she works with new collaborators and includes students in the overall process.

Of great significance, Dr. Alysa Remsburg was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Notable service positions include Joint Committee on Environmental Sustainability (Remsburg and Higgins), Community Engagement Committee (Remsburg), and the Retention and Recruitment Committee (Higgins). Both Higgins and Remsburg do a considerable amount of community outreach. Claire Solano and Natalie Frinak received the 2020 CASSH student excellence award for Env Studies.


Global Cultures and Languages


2019-2020 has provided more evidence of the academic resilience, dedication and excellence of GCL faculty. Despite the challenges presented by university budget reductions (which directly impacted GCL operations with the elimination of a TT line in German and the subsequent cancellation of the German Education Program) and the COVID-19 global pandemic, GCL continued to solidify its prominence on campus by growing the number of majors and minors and multiple, new interdisciplinary initiatives.

The department also increased their number of promoted faculty this year to 6. We anticipate 2 other faculty members going up for Full in the next 2-3 years. Additionally, the department lost a faculty member in Spanish, but we were able to complete a successful virtual search and hired a Spanish/World Education TT faculty line (Campo) to teach cultural studies in Spanish and support the growth of Spanish education. GCL faculty were widely recognized by the university community this year for their excellence in teaching and research, collecting several CASSH Excellence Awards (Strom, Roberts, Mitchell) and receiving the Wisconsin Teaching Fellow Award for a second consecutive year (Xu).

In 2019-2020 GCL also finished in-depth revisions on departmental bylaws and continued to work on updating different policies under a new department chair (Granados, first year in the term). After two major curriculum revisions in 2018-2019 in Spanish and World Language Education, in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 faculty rolled out a significant number of new courses infusing Social justice curriculum in these two areas of instruction.

The department also worked on revising workload policies for SOE affiliated faculty in order to implement more equitable practices. In French, majors and minors continue to increase in numbers as a result of significant investment in recruitment and retention efforts by Cassidy and Keefe and a new venture at the lower levels in the Wisconsin Collaborative Language Program (CLP). Chinese has held steady in numbers of minors and is looking to grow. Previous to COVID-19 international scenarios, the department researched and pursued different opportunities to host a Chinese scholar on campus but these were interrupted. German is reworking its curriculum and recruitment plans. We have also lost our supporting IAS member which has led to new conversations with the CLP group and UW-Stevens Points for the design of alternative models for the major. Spanish has grown its numbers of heritage speakers and continues to work to identify more effective recruitment methods for this population of students.

Russian continues to hold steady in enrollment, and GCL has solidified its relation with the Hmong student community on campus and plans to offer Hmong courses for heritage speakers on a regular basis (returning Fall 2020 with strong enrolment). Hmong is also developing a lower level sequence (101-102) to generate interests and increase enrollments. In addition, GCL offers Japanese and Arabic through CLP. In total, GCL houses over 600 majors and minors as of spring 2020.

GCL continued work on its strategic planning. The department has a new mission and vision, which underscores the role of GCL faculty in internationalization efforts on campus. GCL faculty were vital to discussions on the new General Education curriculum serving in different advising committees and task forces working on the international component of GenEd and the ACE Internationalization Lab. Several departmental members served large roles in the university and beyond—Brougham with Internationalization, Granados with ILLAS, Hay with Assessment and GenEd. GCL continues to work on more focused recruitment, and have been more intentional regarding our retention and equity efforts; and worked closely with the admissions office an several area high schools. Calmes is our EQL 2019-2020 and will continue on for a three-year term. The department has new marketing materials, as well, and had significantly revised its online image (website and social media presence) with work done by our Language Resource Center (LRC) Director, Dane Devetter.

The members of the department published 9 pieces of scholarship, presented over 50 individual presentations at different local/national/international conferences, received numerous grants (external and internal), hosted several major cultural events (UWL Chinese Day, Latin American Film festival, Hispanic Heritage Month and through a grant-funded program continued to go above and beyond to serve the campus and its students well.

GCL is one of the departments most affected by the online preparation challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but instructors have committed to different technology trainings and put their vast expertise in online teaching to practice. We look forward to keep servicing our students and strengthening our position as a pillar for internationalization at UWL in 2020-2021.




The Department of History had an extremely productive 2019-2020 academic year. During the year we successfully promoted two faculty members (Ariel Beaujot and Tiffany Trimmer). The department welcomed two new faculty tenure-track faculty members (Penelope Hardy and Hanadi Shatara) and hired a 1-year IAS member (Kyle Lincoln) in late August. During the year the department transitioned its World History General Education offering, after collapsing HIS 101 and HIS 102 into HIS 110 in 2018-2019. The department has also begun to make foundational changes to the program’s curriculum in order to simplify and streamline major and minor requirements. The department began its APR self-study report which will be completed by July 2020. At the end of fall semester, the department organized its senior capstone course symposia. The Department of History hosted the Regional National History Day competition online, after the COVID-19 outbreak. The department has begun to work on the Department of History the official home of the Oral History Program. The department successfully transitioned to an online format during the COVID-19 crisis and has made preparations should we need to do so again in fall 2020. Deborah Buffton retired at the end of 2019-2020. Department members have also kept busy conducting scholarly research. In addition to conference and service presentations, the department has produced multiple publications. The department had two faculty on sabbatical (Heidi Morrison and Gita Pai) and one faculty member (Ariel Beaujot) on partial family leave. In an effort to continue its contributions to the academic achievements of UWL faculty members of the Department of History have sought and received multiple internal and external travel, research, and development grants this year.




The Department of Music’s 2019-2020 year was successful. The Department performed in more than 40 recitals and concerts prior to Covid-19 Disruption. Concert programming reflected diversity with themes of social justice and composers from under-served demographics (Wind Ensemble), community (Treble Chorus), taking care of our planet (Concert Choir), women composers in jazz (Jazz Orchestra) and faculty member Jonathan Borja’s new release of all chamber works for flute by Mexican-born composer Samuel Zyman. One of the Department’s primary goals was recruiting and, to that end, the Department communicated/visited/hosted over 1000 pre-college students. Woodwind and Percussion Day hosted over 100 student musicians and Marching Band Day hosted almost 300 high school students performing with the Screaming Eagles Marching Band. Additionally, our Music Faculty have made over 20 school visits as clinicians, guest artists and adjudicators throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. UWL Students performed and listened to Department-sponsored guest artists and speakers: Krista Jobson (flute), Matthew Curtis (voice), Claude Cassion (voice), Kim Shively (music educator), Rick Stewart (educator), Ingrid Stölzel (composer), as well as several professional chamber ensembles who performed on campus. Nine UWL student musicians were accepted to perform in the Collegiate Honors Wind Ensemble at the NBA (National Band Association) State Conference. The music faculty was active, with at least 25 local/state, 7 national and 4 international music events and various presentations to professional organizations throughout the US. The fifth annual Scholarship Gala recognized emeritus faculty Dr. Paul Rusterholz, Director of the Choral Union and Women’s Chorus (now Treble Chorus), raising over $8000 for the Paul Rusterholz Choral Scholarship. Curricular decisions included streamlining our music and music performance minors, adding a Study Abroad component, adding a new ensemble (Contemporary/Jazz Vocal Ensemble) and revising our music major degree programs to require a single capstone: the senior performance recital. The Department looks forward to completing the postponed NASM accreditation process in Fall 2020 and finishing the revision of the music education degree (state-mandated single licensure for all music teachers).




The Department of Philosophy continues to remain productive and committed to our program outcomes. Our majors and minors remain at 28 and 21, respectively. We produced 3 peer reviewed publications, 3 book reviews, one translation, and gave 6 professional presentations. Three additional presentations were accepted but cancelled due to pandemic. Dr. Mary Krizan was on sabbatical during 2019-2020, serving as a Faculty Fellow at the National Humanities Center. NHC awarded $32,000 to support Dr. Krizan’s yearlong leave from UW-L while a fellow. During this time, she completed a book proposal and manuscript on Aristotle’s theory of matter. We organized guest speaker speaker Steve Nadler (UW-Madison) to visit and speak on Spinoza: “Why Was Spinoza Excommunicated?” (cancelled – pandemic). Following ongoing conversations with the English, History, Political Science, and Philosophy Departments, the General Education Committee voted to move the courses listed in the GE 07 “other humanities” sub category to the main list of course options (under “Literature”). These courses will now count to fulfill the GE 07 Humanities requirement, while previously they did not. PHL 100 and PHL 200 are involved in this move. Faculty continue to be active at university, professional, and community service. Notable university and college service positions include APC (Krizan), Ethics Committee (Ross), the Gen Ed. Revision working group (Cocks), Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor advisory group (Cocks), and Recognition of Excellence Committee (Cocks). As part of our ongoing effort to increase majors and minors, we organized “Ask A Philosopher (Almost Anything).” We reserved a table in Whitney so we could engage college students during lunchtime. Our one-year replacement for Mary Krizan, Dr. Daniel Schneider, has been hired as a red-book IAS at the level of Lecturer. This will go into effect in Fall 2020. Philosophy student Lucas Wyrembeck received the 2019-20 CASSH student excellence award.


Political Science & Public Administration


The Department of Political Science and Public Administration had a very productive year, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. We conducted two tenure-track faculty searches; Kristina LaPlant and Agatha Hultquist will join the department in Fall 2020. Dr. LaPlant’s field of study is American politics with an emphasis on political behavior, campaign advertising, and identity politics. Dr. Hultquist’s fields of study are comparative politics and international relations with an emphasis on ethnicity, civil war, and terrorism. Their expertise and experience will allow the department to fill gaps in the Political Science curriculum and expand course offerings.

The new hires replace Cecilia Manrique, who retired, and Ray Block, who accepted a position at a different university. The department had the invaluable support of Daniel Mueller and Samuel Scinta as full-time lecturers during the 2019-20 staffing transition.

At present, Political Science has 172 majors and 46 minors; Public Administration has 57 majors and 26 minors; and Legal Studies has 85 minors. This represents a modest net increase across all programs, with Political Science contributing to the majority of the upward trend. In fall 2019, enrollment in all courses was at its highest in five years. This upcoming year, we will offer 11 sections of First Year Seminar, representing an expanded contribution to general education.

POL/PUB faculty made significant contributions to teaching, research, and service. Members of the faculty mentored undergraduate research, led study abroad, and supervised service learning. Faculty received 28 individual student nomination for the Eagle Teaching Award; and Mark Moralez, a POL/PUB double major, received the Magerus Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior. Faculty contributions to service and research were also robust, despite the Covid-19 disruptions. We are currently undergoing an Academic Program Review, and expect bylaw and curricular changes going forward.




The Psychology Department continued strong enrollment in the number of students this year, ending Spring 2020 with over 700 majors and over 300 minors. Additionally, the At-Risk Child and Youth Care Minor had 131 declared minors, and the Neuroscience Minor and the Gerontology Emphasis continue to grow. The department supported the Honors Program in Psychology, and heavy service obligations to General Education, School of Education, and the Health Professions. One faculty member was promoted to Associate Professor (Alex O’Brien) and one to Full Professor (Joci Newton) and four completed successful Post-tenure reviews (Bart VanVoorhis, Casey Tobin, Alex O’Brien and Ryan McKelley). The Psychology Department also completed a successful hire in School Psychology (Yanchen Zhang). We also saw the retirement of Betty DeBoer and the departure of two colleagues, Mike Wong and Doug Colman.

The department adopted one-on-one advising last year after several years of mass-advising. Early reports are positive, although we are awaiting a review of student feedback from the NSSE resultst and from the advising sub-committee. The department also began more thorough discussions of curricular re-design, with the curriculum committee presenting a draft curriculum model to the department for consideration and feedback. Those discussions were tabled when we began work-from-home in March, at the request of a majority of the department. We will focus on specific elements of curriculum changes in 2020-21. In terms of scholarship, the department had a strong year resulting in the publication of a book, 11 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 57 presentations, as well as multiple editorial and review activities and strong attendance and participation in faculty development activities. Additionally, Psychology had an active year with undergraduate and graduate research projects (many funded by research grants). UWL was to be represented by our students at the Midwestern Psychological Association, NCUR and The American Psychological Association, and many student presentations were accepted, but conferences were cancelled due to Covid-19. As usual, department faculty were heavily involved in service to the college, university, professional organizations and the community.




The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice continued work towards increased opportunities for students to succeed academically, and in their professional and personal lives. We began the year continuing our focus on reducing equity gaps in classes including expanded accessibility information, and a more consistent and informed approach to individual student advising among all faculty. Contributing to the UWL focus on high impact practices, two of our faculty, Drs. Nick Bakken and Adam Driscoll participated in the pilot offerings of UWL First Year Seminars; one explored the war on drugs with students and the other examined sustainable living in modern society. Furthering our focus on careers requiring specialized knowledge in health as well as marginalized groups, the Department supported Dr. Egner and Dr. Cooper Stoll’s development of three new upper division classes: Disability and Society, Fat Studies and Body Politics, and the Sociology of Intersectionality & Queer Studies. Additionally, Dr. Miller brought in Randy Romansky, Interim Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, to help connect students with state leaders and highlight government sector careers. Faculty research this past year resulted in three book chapters, five research articles, 2 book reviews, 20 conference presentations, nine grant proposals, and the approval of Dr. Marina’s 2020-21 sabbatical proposal. Recognizing their considerable achievements and contributions, we nominated and the University awarded the 2020 UWL Eagle Teaching Excellence Award to Dr. Lisa Kruse, and the 2020 CASSH University Staff Recognition of Excellence Award to Shirley Von Ruden, our Academic Department Associate. Equally notable, the Department unanimously voted in favor of promoting Dr. Nick Bakken to Full Professor, promoting Dr. Lisa Kruse to Associate Professor, and granting tenure to Dr. Adam Driscoll. Finally, the Department has hired a new faculty member: Dr. Shanna Felix who will join us in August, 2020.


Student Affairs Administration


SAA experienced significant accomplishments during 2018-19. The SAA faculty, a combination of ranked faculty and student affairs/ higher education practitioners who hold full-time administrative appointments across campus and around the nation, provided excellent teaching, scholarship, student research mentorship, and service to the UWL community and the profession of student affairs. Department faculty published four peer reviewed articles, two book chapters, had one research monograph accepted, and presented 17 national and regional peer-reviewed papers and presentations. SAA faculty presented several keynote addresses at regional meetings. Other major accomplishments are listed below:

• SAA currently enrolls 130 M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. students across 9 cohorts; the largest number of students ever. This includes the enrollment of the final Ed.D. cohort.
• SAA successfully recruited a new full-time IAS faculty member.
• Retention rate of all students is beyond 90%; for students of color the retention rate is 96%
• SAA held one alumni reunion at UW-Madison with about 40 guests in attendance
• SAA along with the UWL Foundation raised about $12,000 in private donations for student scholarships


Theatre Art


This year began the firsts week of classes with a successful remount of our SummerStage production of The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which enabled us to raise money for scholarships and special projects. That was followed by jumping right into our first production of the academic year, Romeo and Juliet. This show was a modern take on the well-known classic. It was also an opportunity for our students to show off some of their stage combat work with swords, rapiers, and general combat. We also took the opportunity to do a special high school matinee for a group of 74 high school students. The second show of the year was the provocative, political drama, Church and State, this show also hosted a talk-back sessions UWL Political Science professor Anthony Chergosky. The semester finished off with our production of Middletown, a deeply moving and funny play exploring the universe of a small American town. The second semester began with our mounting of the Tony Award-nominated musical, Little Women. The musical was tremendously successful and as fate would have it, the last production in our theatre for the year.

In March the Covid19 pandemic required us to do something never done in the history of this institution/theatre. We were forced to cancel the remainder of our season including our children’s show Hyronomous H. Frog and She Kills Monsters. At this point, we were well into the design/build and rehearsal process. The cancellation was devastating for our students and faculty but obvious as seen in theatres all over the country including Broadway closing down. For our production of She Kills Monsters we also had and were working with a guest sound designer, former alum, professional sound designer, Justin Schimtz. In addition to our regular season of 5 fully-staged productions and the starts of 2 others, we produced 5 senior acting recitals, hosted a welcome BBQ for incoming Theatre students, participated in the SAC Recruitment Day, Attended the International Thespian Festival in Omaha, NE as well as faculty and students attended the WI High School Theatre Festival, the Illinois Thespian Festival and the Minneapolis Visual and Performing Arts Fair, all in an effort towards potential recruitment.

In the midst of our run of Little Women, our faculty also conducted several workshops for the Creative Imperatives Festival and hosted singer/poet Dessa in the Toland Theatre.

We also continued the process of curricular changes within the major. Our changes were prompted by the desire to remove barriers to students and potential students. It also continues the process of streamlining the navigation through the major and minor.


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Major work in AY 2019-2020 included overseeing the department's Self Study for Academic Program Review, and selecting an external evaluator, as well as conducting a Search and Screen for an IAS position (which resulted in a failed search), managing a variety of staffing changes, including searching for and onboarding a new ADA, as well enrollment planning. In addition, we worked on continuing to promote our program, including through networks such as the Health Professions class presentations and student-focused advisement programming and internships, as well as campus-wide programming, liaising with the UW System Women's and Gender Studies Consortium. We continued to serve as campus leaders on diversity, inclusion and equity through widespread campus service on committees, and spearheading conversations about protecting student researchers and racial justice in the classroom. We held a racial justice training to which WGSS affiliated faculty were invited, conducted our own follow-up meeting to implement ideas from that training, and also worked on College-wide training related to protecting women of color. We also advanced strategic planning initiatives, beginning with an August, 2019 retreat focused on the four pillars of the strategic plan, and resulting in accomplishments not only on racial justice, but also by creating more inclusive language for student parents in our syllabi; creating a “community engagement toolkit” for teaching; updating our bylaws in ways that reflect the state of the field of our scholarship and work on the goal of “investing in our people”; supporting the campus community of gender researchers and activists (“investing in our people”); and exploring the role of research methods in our program as part of our commitment to transformational education. We also developed a special online graduation for our majors and minors.

CSH Students

College Summary

College of Science and Health overview


Science & Health News

Despite much of spring semester focused on a rapid transition to remote learning due to COVID-19, there were still numerous accomplishments during the 2019-2020 academic year to celebrate in the College of Science and Health (CSH).  The number of Dean’s Distinguished Fellowships increased from 10 in summer 2018 to 17 in summer 2019 as a result of financial support by private donors to the UWL Foundation. Faculty submitted 65 research proposals and were competitively awarded more than $2.2 million in extramural funding.  These activities helped support more than 200 students that were mentored in independent research projects.  Responsive to new opportunities for student employment after graduation and changes in student demand, programs in several disciplines were developed or revised. 

A new undergraduate major in Computer Engineering received approval from the UW-System Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.  A new dual degree (bachelor’s and master’s degree after 5 years) was initiated in Recreation Management in addition to a minor in Tourism Development & Management.  Undergraduate and graduate majors in School Health Education were suspended or eliminated and the graduate programs in Human Performance, Public Health, and Community Health Education were suspended.  The Physics Department once again was lauded for annually awarding the most bachelor of science degrees from any undergraduate institution across the nation.   

The First Year Research Exposure (FYRE) program, an academic diversity initiative in CSH, has served 104 first-year students of color since 2012; 79% of the students have graduated or are still enrolled in programs of undergraduate study.  College-sponsored seminars, science shows, service programs in physical education and exercise for children and adults, and clinics in adaptive physical education, physical therapy and occupational therapy are examples of the many engagement activities that provided continuing education and service to the La Crosse community. Ten new faculty and instructional staff were recruited for academic year 2020-2021 to replace personnel who retired or resigned. 




Wow. What a year. The 2019-2020 academic year started like many others. We welcomed three new colleagues into the Biology Department, two in aquatics to replace departed faculty and one physiologist to ease the instructional load in our Anatomy and Physiology series. The resignation of a recently hired colleague led to a successful search for a new physiologist, Dr. Javier delBarco-Trillo. Not a bad start to the year.

Then things went to hell. The COVID-19 pandemic hit and forced the rapid restructuring of 76 courses (59 lecture courses and 17 lab courses) by department faculty. Many teaching innovations and curriculum changes are not reported in the Digital Measures document yet, as faculty are still coming to grips with how to report all the curricular changes they made. Despite the COVID-19 disruption, the department continued to shine in teaching, with 22 of 37 faculty receiving nominations for teaching excellence awards and Dr. Barrett Klein receiving one such award. In addition, Dr. Renee Redman was the UWL nominee for the UW System Teaching Excellence Award.

Another casualty of COVID-19 was our new hire, Dr. delBarco-Trillo. Due to travel and visa restrictions, he will likely be unable to join us in 2020-2021.

Despite the COVID disruption, faculty and staff maintained their scholarly productivity and active engagement in undergraduate and graduate research education. They submitted more than 25 educational, research, and service grants during AY 2019-2020; new funding from external grants exceeded $700,000. Biology faculty authored 16 peer-reviewed publications or book chapters, including SOTL publications. In addition, faculty and staff, along with undergraduate or graduate co-authors, made more than 50 presentations at regional, national, and international science conferences. Service to the university, professional societies and the La Crosse community continued as a strong component of Department activities. For example, Drs. Tim Gerber, Tisha King-Heiden, Tom Volk and Todd Osmundson are all directors on governing boards for national organizations, while Drs. Bill Haviland, Tom Volk and Meredith Thomsen serve as consultants for agencies ranging from the local to national levels.


Chemistry & Biochemistry


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and staff continued their excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. In total the department received 40 UWL Eagle Teaching Excellence Award nominations, which included 14 of 27 instructional staff. Programmatically, the department re-established the non-ACS major and expanded the Environmental Chemistry major to include a unique atmospheric chemistry course. These new offerings were developed and approved to increase our breadth of offerings. Our faculty provided 74 undergraduate research opportunities, mentored one WisCamp scholar, published two peer reviewed manuscripts and were awarded three UWL Faculty research grants, two WiSys grants, and a Wisconsin Space Grant. Additionally, eight of 18 CSH Dean’s Distinguished Fellowships were awarded to undergraduate students being mentored by faculty within our department. Many of our annual presentation outcomes were negatively influenced by the global COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellations of scientific meetings. However, two faculty and students presented their research at the 17 Annual Research in the Rotunda prior to the closure of UWL. In an effort to expand our student-centered mission the department developed web-content focused upon future, current and former students. The department developed new promotional materials in the form of (1) “bookmarks” focused upon alumni career paths, and (2) flyers for promoting scholarship and summer undergraduate research fellowships awardees. Led by our safety committee, our department established chemical hygiene plans for all teaching and research laboratories. The safety committee and the stockroom also oversaw the updating our extensive chemical safety database. This chemical database is now accessible and searchable within the department.


Computer Science


The Department continues to see exceptionally strong demand for its programs both from the new first year students and existing UWL students switching majors. The UWL Computer Science program has a reputation of excellence within the state and the upper midwest for its strong curriculum, broad array of upper level electives and all tenure track staff. The hiring environment for faculty is extremely competitive given the strong market demand within the technology sector. Demand for our graduates is likewise exceptionally strong with recent graduates obtaining employment at first tier technology companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Yahoo, Salesforce and SpaceX.

The department finished the design of a new Computer Engineering Major (CPE) that was begun the prior year. This proposal was approved by relevant campus-level committees and was subsequently presented to and approved by both the UWS Board of Regents and HLC. The new program will be offered starting in the fall 2020 semester. Two tenure track faculty have already been hired to support the new program and a third was sought this past year but without success. The department anticipates continuing this search in the fall and also anticipates hiring an academic staff position for program support once enrollment justifies the need.

The department successfully filled a vacant tenure track position and looks forward to welcoming Dr. Michael Petullo in the fall 2020 semester. Dr. Petullo brings outstanding expertise in cyber security as he transfers to UWL from his position as Lead Developer of the US Army Cyber Command's Cyber Solutions Development Detachment.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university mandated that all courses be moved to an online format following the spring-break of 2020 and that all faculty work off-campus. Computer Science faculty demonstrated a commendable professionalism in bringing all courses online while simultaneously maintaining individual contact with students as well as maintaining rigorous academic standards. Although the department views online learning as sub-optimal, the department was well positioned to move online given its heavy investment in specialized technological infrastructure meant for delivering a high-quality academic program.


Exercise and Sports Science


The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers three undergraduate (Exercise Science, Physical Education Teaching, and Sport Management) and four graduate degree programs (Athletic Training, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Human Performance, and Physical Education Teaching) as well as concentration areas (Adapted Physical Education minor and Coaching Competitive Athletics concentration) that can be added to a degree. In Spring 2020, the Faculty Senate approved the suspension of admission to graduate Human Performance (HP) program. The last HP cohort is expected to graduate in May 2021.

The scientific output from the Human Performance Laboratory has an amazing record of accomplishment! As of December 2019, 539 research articles have been published from this laboratory since 1969: an average of 10.8 papers per year and 444 published papers in the last 20 years (22.2/year). With a good mixture of various professorial ranks and IAS as contributors, we are well-positioned for continuing excellence in the future. We are particularly proud of the degree to which student involved papers have contributed to our academic productivity (68% of papers).

The ESS faculty Carl Foster has been inducted into the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame as a Contributor to the Sport. In Fall 2019, Carl Foster also received honorable title of Meritorious Professor from University of Zagreb.

The PETE faculty Deb Sazama received the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education (WHPE) Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award (University Category) this year.The PETE Graduate Student Jared Anderson received the 2020 UWL Graduate Student Academic Achievement Award.

Our faculty and staff continue to excel in teaching, research, and service. Eleven ESS faculty and IAS have been nominated for the 2019 Eagle Teaching Excellence Award.


Geography & Earth Science


The Department of Geography and Earth Science provides a strong set of opportunities for majors and minors in our program.

Dr. Colin Belby was promoted to Professor. Drs. John Kelly and Niti Mishra were promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Georges Cravins retired, Dr. Paul Reyerson resigned, and the Department’s ADA retired. Two Associate Lecturers and an ADA were hired to fill the open positions.

Faculty received 5 UWL grants to enhance teaching, including 2 Faculty Development Grants, 1 Curricular Redesign Grants, and 2 International Development Grants. Faculty applied for 1 UWL research grant (funded), 2 UW System grants (1 funded, 1 in review), and 6 external research grants (3 funded, 1 in review, 2 not funded). Faculty published 4 peer-reviewed articles, were authors on 7 conference presentations, and served as reviewers for 8 manuscripts. Dr. Joan Bunbury had sabbatical during the fall semester and was trained on pollen extraction and analysis at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Sambu led a study abroad trip with 5 students in Tanzania. Dr. Sambu scoped new field sites and established additional contacts in Tanzania for a summer 2020 study abroad experience. Dr. Mishra conducted research on glacier ice dynamics in Nepal with a Geography major.

Faculty advised 17 undergraduate research projects outside of their normal teaching load, including a McNair Scholar advised by Dr. John Kelly. One student received a CSH Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship to work with Dr. Niti Mishra. Students received additional financial support from CSH Travel Grants and Undergraduate Research and Creativity Grants. Four students presented at the UWL Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creativity, 1 at the UWL Summer Research Exposition, 1 at the Midwest Undergraduate Geography Conference, 2 at the 7 Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium, and 3 at the West Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Association of Geographers.


Health Education and Health Promotion


The Department of HEHP voted to suspend admission to the BS-SHE, the MPH-CHE and MS-CHE degrees. HEHP faculty voted to eliminate the MS-SHE program.

Our National Honor Society Chapter (Beta Phi) received the Chapter Excellence Award. Students were involved in numerous community-based project durning the year.<br>Four faculty members and 14 students traveled to Washington DC to participate in Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Advocacy Summit. Six faculty and 38 student participated in the Madison Advocacy Training sponsored by Beta Phi and the department in Madison WI. Fourteen students and two faculty planned to travel to Guatemala over spring break to continue work on sustainability issues and building stoves. Eight undergraduate students engaged in undergraduate research activities. Members of the department published 4 manuscripts, presented 7 papers at national conferences and most members served as abstract reviews for journals and or conferences. The department has updated by-laws and PTR related policies and will voted for approval early in the fall semester. Members of the Department serve on many local, state and nationals committees in a variety of roles. In addition, two members hold elective officer positions in professional organizations (Eta Sigma Gamma and the American Public Health Association).


Health Professions


Health Professions (HP) Department consists of four graduate programs: Medical Dosimetry (Med Dos), Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Physician Assistant (PA), and two undergraduate programs: Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) and Radiation Therapy (RT). The department offers three undergraduate service courses, including one general education course. Student demand for the HP Programs is very strong based on applications received and high student credentials. Pass rates for all the HP programs remain excellent, well above national average. Based on students surveyed, all obtained a jobs within 6 months of graduation prior to COVID-19. The HP department had two retirements and three searches for open positions (Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy). All were filled in the Physician Assistant program. Faculty scholarship has been productive and incorporated student researchers (21 faculty/student publications, 1 book chapter and approximately 50 faculty/student oral or poster presentations at national/state/regional conferences). La Crosse Institute of Movement Science (LIMS) researchers in Physical Therapy program published their 115th manuscript with research partnerships with Gundersen Health System and now Mayo Clinic Health System . HP prides itself on faculty/student service and outreach activities. Student placements occurred at over 240 clinical sites across the US in 2019-2020. HP service learning activities involved over 680 HP students in health and wellness, health screenings, course related clinical experiences, interprofessional education or research. Faculty mentored OT and PT students have served over 200 clients through the OT adult and pediatric clinics, health and wellness activities and the PT program’s Exercise Program for Program for People with Neurological Disorders (EXPAND). Interprofessional programs with Viterbo and the Go Baby Go continue to bring students together for unique learning activities from different HP programs. Faculty were involved and received recognition based on their service to the college, university, and their respective professional organizations.


Mathematics & Statistics


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been very productive in the 2019-2020 academic year. The department taught over 160 courses spanning our mathematics, statistics, and data science programs, with 11 sections of independent study and 28 sections of undergraduate research courses.

This year, the department is seeing the first cohort of MS Applied Statistics project and thesis completions. In addition, the department is active in graduate thesis work throughout UWL, as well as at George Mason University. Additionally, the department faculty have overseen at least 20 new or ongoing undergraduate research projects, including four projects in conjunction with the department Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program in Mathematical Ecology.

The department published 27 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Not only is this a significant number of publications, but the locations of these journals is also quite impressive. The expertise of our faculty is recognized, as 8 faculty currently serve as editor or associate editors of peer-reviewed journals. Not only is the department prolific in publications, but also in presentations, giving over 35 presentations before COVID-19 travel restrictions. In addition, the department faculty are associated to funded grants for over three million dollars.

Lastly, the department is very active in the university, having representation on many important committees including Faculty Senate, Joint Promotion, Joint Planning & Budget, Undergraduate & Graduate Curriculum, General Education and General Education Assessment, Academic Planning, and Academic Program Review.




Microbiology continues its success in recruiting/retaining Microbiology and Clinical Laboratory Science Majors with 51 graduates ranking 5 of eleven programs in CSH in most recently published data. Majors benefitted from updates/ expansions to curriculums in 2019/20. With the hire of Dr. Dan Bretl (replacing M. Rott, retired) the Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics course was updated with incorporation of modern molecular genetics techniques and use of omics data to inform experimental design. Food Microbiology laboratory was enhanced via a CATL SOTL grant to Dr. Li to improve lab math skills. CLS’s Laboratory Management course developed by Kari Johnson was approved as a permanent offering under CLI 480/580.

Enhancements to Microbes and Society including using the microbiome as a unifying thread were made to align the SLOs of this course better with UWL’s General Education Program. Microbiology faculty mentored 41 undergraduate research students with at least fifteen presenting their work at local, regional and national conferences and numerous research supplies and travel grants being received. Twenty-two graduate students were mentored by Microbiology faculty and a further seventeen students had microbiology faculty serve on their thesis committees. Alison Zank, under Bill Schwan received the Rosandich Masters Thesis Award for 2019/20. Four original research articles, a book chapter and a white paper were published by microbiology faculty and 24 conference presentations were made. One patent was submitted (Schweiger.) Nine research grant proposals were submitted of which two external grants were funded (Li, USDA and Schwan, WiSys) and four internal were funded. UWL was served by Microbiology faculty on Faculty Senate, the Senate IAS Committee, Faculty Athletics Representative, Biosafety, UG and Grad Academic Program Review and Gen Ed Assessment Committees. Faculty presented at Six K-12 schools and served numerous local/regional entities in research and consultative capacities.




The UWL Physics Department is leading the nation once again in producing the most Bachelor Degrees awarded from an undergraduate institution.

In the latest tabulated data from APS (2015-2017), UWL placed #1 for producing the greatest number of B.S Physics majors (averaging 35) than any other institution in Wisconsin, except UW-Madison (60). The number of physics degrees awarded annually is 6.4 for undergraduate institutions. In the past 2019-2020 academic year, we produced 34 physics graduates.

7/34 students continued on to graduate schools in physics or related disciplines.

UWL physics majors went on to the University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Marquette University, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, University of California Merced, and Iowa State University.

35 undergrads participated in research projects, delivered 5 talks, presented 20 posters, and applied for more than 10 grants.

7 faculty works were submitted for publication in journals, books, and as book chapters; 3 of which had physics student coauthors.

4 students continued on to dual-degree programs at partner institutions.

2 faculty members, Professors T.A.K. Pillai and Lyndon Zink, retired.

2 faculty members were honored.

In 2019, Dr. Shelly Lesher received a Yale Presidential Fellowship and Dr. Taviare Hawkins received a UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award.

The Department formed several new committees: Curriculum, Public Relations, and an ad hoc Advisement for Graduates.

Community Outreach is a Department Tradition.

The Physics Department Planetarium shows are a major source for outreach in the department. Professor Bob Allen continued his long-standing tradition of running planetarium shows for school, community, and campus groups along with UWL students. Kids and community members enjoy his programs each year.


Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation


In September, with support of the Provost’s Visiting Artist/Scholar of Color grant, we hosted Dr. Won Sop Shin, Professor at Chungbuk National University and Korean Forest Therapy programs founder. Our TR program received ATRA’s Award of Excellence and the interdisciplinary Certificate of Gerontology received Program of Merit from AGHE – the first Health Professions program in the world to do so.

Our RM program had REC 150 approved as a General Education course and piloted UWL’s First Year Seminar. This will enhance our campus visibility, particularly among first and second year students. Along with the extensive community engagement projects, experiential learning opportunities, and internships, this adds to our impressive number of high impact practices we deliver annually. Our seniors completed powerful learning experiences through their internships at various community recreation agencies, tourism entities, outdoor recreation organizations, community health centers, and medical facilities.

The TR program delivered our first year of the TR Dual Degree program (students receive both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the end of 5 years). Concurrently, the RM program had a Dual Degree program approved to begin Fall 2020.

The RM program developed a Tourism Development & Management minor. Coupled with the increased number of Tourism Research Institute (TRI) projects secured, we anticipate this will build our tourism educational capacity. The TRI’s key community projects included a trail development proposal for Spring Grove, MN (proposals were designed by our junior/senior RM & TR students as part of their Recreation Facilities Planning experiential coursework) and the Pierce County branding project (our Civic Engagement students collaborated with undergraduate researchers to conduct community interviews & synthesized data).

Finally, I wish to acknowledge the exceptional grace, confidence, competence, patience, and professionalism that every one of our faculty and staff showed in the face of extreme challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

SoE Students

School of Education

Yearly Overview


The Department of Educational Studies (DES) continued to support the retention, tenure, and promotion of their members, resulting in one tenure, two promotions, 8 positive probationary reviews and 15 adjunct IAS reviews. The department expanded their mentoring system to include more directed support for junior personnel, program directors, and adjunct hires. The Institute for Professional Studies in Education (IPSE) hired a new Reading Program Director, and added 11 new Associate Lecturers to their facilitator staff. Seventeen EPC members were nominated for an Eagle Teaching Excellence Award, and Dr. Markos (IPSE) was nominated for the Academic Staff Council Excellence Award.  Two DES faculty were recognized by their professional organizations, and one was awarded a year-long sabbatical leave (effective August 2020), the first sabbatical in DES for more than a decade.  In addition to programming for their majors, DES continued to support General Education programming through delivery of 33 sections of GE courses, generating over 2600 SCH.  DES faculty also supported over 600 teacher candidates in their field and student teaching placements, and served as liaisons for 14 Professional Development School sites. EPC responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to deliver quality instruction not only students in their classes, but also providing support to clinical students and cooperating teachers in PK12 classrooms as schools closed and districts moved to distance learning. DES made substantial progress on curriculum redesign for 5 interconnected programs in response to changes in the WI state licensure law (PI 34). IPSE developed/implemented 3 new MSED graduate tracks leading to licensure, and continues to support the Learning Community programs, which this year were redesigned as 5-term blended cohorts leading to MSED degrees. DES faculty procured 17 grants totaling over $100,000 in support of teaching, scholarship or service, published 16 works, and made 53 presentations, and IPSE was awarded a Fast Forward Grant for Educators to support training in-service professionals in Reading.  DES faculty supported students in high impact practices including initiating an “Act 31” training session on Native American history and culture, presenting classroom research at multiple fora, and engaging with area school partners.  IPSE hosted the Fall for Education Conference, and two IPSE graduates were recognized with achievement awards.  As always, EPC members continue to be heavily engaged in service to EPC, UWL, professional organizations, and the community.



Department of Education Studies


Eagle Edge

2019-20 was a year of adjusting to change. In terms of personnel, Dr. Heather Linville was tenured, Dr. Leslie Rogers was promoted to Associate Professor, and Dr. Yuko Iwai was promoted to Full Professor. Eight additional junior faculty underwent contract or non-contract reviews, and three redbooked and 12 adjunct IAS underwent contract review. The mentoring system was expanded/revised, with the chair holding monthly mentoring meetings with 1st year cohort, 2nd year cohort, and Program Directors, holding directed advising training sessions, and providing directed personnel review support. In addition, “mentoring pods” (aligned by topic) were created to provide peer to peer support for all DES members in the areas of teaching, scholarship, service, personnel review, and field experience. Thirteen DES members were nominated for the Provost’s Eagle Teaching Excellence Award, and two faculty were recognized by professional organizations for their excellence. Dr. Rita Chen was awarded a year-long sabbatical leave (effective August 2020), the first sabbatical in DES for more than a decade.

The department has positioned itself to return to self-governance, and elected Dr. Rogers as department chair (effective July 1 2020). DES continued to support all UWL teacher education programs and General Education programming through delivery of EDS 203 (16 sections; 427 students), EDS 206 (14 sections; 421 students), and TSL 200 (3 sections; 109 students), generating over 2600 SCH in GE credits alone over 2019-20. DES faculty also supported over 600 teacher candidates in their field and student teaching placements, and served as liaisons for 14 PDS sites. The department responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to deliver quality instruction not only to students in their classes, but also providing support to clinical students and cooperating teachers in PK12 classrooms as schools closed and districts moved to distance learning. DES continues to align curriculum with best practices and changing needs, this year investing substantial effort in curriculum redesign efforts for 5 interconnected programs in response to changes in the WI state licensure law (PI 34). DES faculty procured 17 grants totaling over $100,000 in support of teaching, scholarship or service, published 16 works, and made 53 presentations. DES faculty supported students in high impact practices including initiating an “Act 31” training session on Native American history and culture, presenting classroom research at EPC Equity Day, participating in Creative Imperatives, Social Justice Week, and Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Productivity, and engaging with our area school partners. As always, departmental members continue to be heavily engaged in service to EPC, UWL, professional organizations and the community.

Murphy Students

Murphy Library

Yearly Overview


Fine Print

Murphy Library/Murphy Learning Center takes great pride in successfully meeting the diverse needs of our users. Together, both act as a hub for knowledge creation, provide information literacy instruction, assist in scholarly research endeavors, deliver tutoring services, and continue to be an essential part of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse educational experience during the 2019-20 academic year.  

The Library seeks to promote awareness of our various resources and services available to UWL and our larger surrounding community. We promoted many new and existing resources via Campus Connection, information literacy instruction sessions, our website, social media, email, book displays, library tours, finals week activities, and our blog. Examples included new reference materials, Constitution Day resources, student funded resources, Art in the Mug, the Odin Oyen digital collection, new and existing information databases, voting resources, special reference services, and a new “Kids & Racism” library guide. During the fall semester, the Department of English and Murphy Library sponsored two workshops UW Milwaukee Professor Shevaun Watson (one for faculty and another for students on the information cycle and the importance of learning to navigate the world of information today). Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several longstanding annually held events had to be canceled, such as the 13th annual “STEM Teacher Resource Day” and the regional Conference about Libraries & Literacy (C.A.L.L.) that promotes information literacy strategies sharing and collaboration among libraries of different types (school, public, academic, special, etc.). The latter event is a collaborative partnership between UW-La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse, the La Crosse Public Library, and Western Technical College. The Faculty Senate Library Committee and Murphy Library also had to cancel two campus presentations on the “The Futurity of the Book” by Mary Murrell (Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison).  



Library Department


Library department faculty engaged in another active year of contributions to teaching/learning and scholarship. Librarians met with nearly 3,700 students in about 160 classroom instruction sessions over the year, and we individually assisted students, faculty, staff, and members of the community with their information research efforts nearly 2,500 recorded times. Librarians again formally shared their work with peers in a wide variety of settings, including: Teri Holford’s published article in Teacher Librarian; David Mindel’s paper/presentation for Archiving 2020, the conference of the international Society for Imaging Science and Technology; presentations at the regional Midwest Archives Conference and for our own Conference on Libraries and Literacy (C.A.L.L., again organized by local librarians including Holford and Liz Humrickhouse); and presentations for meetings of statewide organizations including the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians and the Wisconsin Library Association. Grant-writing resulted in nearly $13,000 in awards in support of our scholarly work over the year, including the acquisition of a specialized large-format scanner and the launch of a project to develop and incorporate community artwork into the Murphy Library facility. We welcomed Pam Cipkowski as the latest to join the department, while we marked the retirement of William Doering after 26 years of valued service at UWL.


Murphy Learning Center

The addition of Murphy 273 has resulted in a further decrease in the number of students signing in when they visit. Often head-counts, and sign-in data have huge discrepancies. It is usually only possible to have one MLC desk worker at a time, covering two rooms. This results in many students not signing in. Despite the apparent decrease in student singing in, it appears that the MLC is more heavily utilized than ever before. There have been many occasions this semester, that the number of students receiving help could not have found seats in the MLC prior to spring 2016.

Campus closure due to Covid-19 was a defining factor of the spring semester. A quick decision was made to transition the MLC to a completely online system by combining the MLC webpage and Webex. Tutors were provided with their own individual Webex rooms in which they could host tutoring sessions. Information was gathered by tutors taking a survey at the end of their shift. The tutors reported on the number of students they helped, the classes they need help and any technical issues. Tutors also reported any advice they had to other tutors using Webex, which was then shared will all the tutors to help bring the whole MLC up to speed faster. Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive, with few problems actually using the service and interacting with the tutors successfully. Many students expressed gratitude that the MLC was continuing to operate.


Grad Students

Yearly Overview

Graduate Health Professions


Graduate Studies Update

The Health Professions (HP) Department has four graduate programs: Medical Dosimetry (Med Dos), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Physical Therapy (PT). These graduate programs are all accredited, continue to attract a strong and competitive applicant pool, have high pass rates on terminal/board certification exams (above the national average), and have good employment prospects for graduates. Exceptional faculty/student research has resulted in over 17 publications, over 30 presentations at national and state professional meetings. Service learning opportunities engage the students in many unique faculty supported programs within the greater La Crosse community. Clinical internships, either regionally or nationally, foster professional learning opportunities so students are ready to practice in their chosen field.


Masters in Applied Statistics


The Applied Statistics Master’s program began Fall 2018.


Masters in Biology


In graduate education, the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program welcomed its first class merging the M.S. Degree from UWL with a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) from Viterbo University. Also in graduate education, the department created the M.S. Biology: Environmental Science concentration and graduated its first Master’s student with said degree.


Master in Business Administration


The UW-L on-campus MBA program was phased out in 2017-18. The Marketing department continues to contribute to the online MBA Consortium program. Dr. Nese Nasif taught 3 sections of Module 3, which is UW-L’s contribution to the Consortium (MBA 713 Global Management). This equates to half of one FTE teaching load.


Masters in Data Science


Enrollment in the Data Science Master’s program is increasing. The department has hired a full-time IAS to allow for Data Science graduate courses to be taught in-load.

The Applied Statistics Master’s program began Fall 2018.


Masters in Exercise and Sport Science


• The Distinguished Scholar Series in Exercise and Sport Science this year was Dr. Douglas Casa, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut. He spoke “Preventing Death from Exertional Heat Stroke.” Dr. Casa was the recipient of the medal for distinguished athletic training research from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He has worked with numerous media outlets across the country in discussing his research including the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, ESPN, CNN, PBS, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The Distinguished Scholar program in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science has existed since 2008 with the goal of bringing outstanding educators and researchers from the fields of Exercise and Sport Sciences to the UWL. Previous speakers have included national and international academic leaders in the professions of Physical Education Teacher Education, Exercise Science, Athletic Training, and Sport Management.

• The Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate program just concluded its 40th year with an annual awards banquet. Because of the program’s fundraising efforts, the program was able to give all 13 students a financial award as they had off to their complete their internships. The winner of the Cadwell-Shaw Scholarship, awarded to the top student in the class, was Blaire Theilen. Blaire was also an undergraduate student at La Crosse and hails from Paynesvilel, MN.
• Graduates of the Physical Education Teacher Education graduate program experienced another exciting and fast-paced 15 months. Graduate students combined scholarly and hands-on experience while serving in multiple service capacities. Nick Faulds (class of 2018) was awarded the prestigious Graduate Thesis Award for his work with a Universally-Designed Adventure Program which targets inclusion experiences for learners of diverse needs. Two students have submitted manuscripts to professional peer-reviewed journals and four students crafted projects which will be utilized by local schools and districts. We are proud of the hard work and many accomplishments of our graduate students.
• The major accomplishments of the graduate Human Performance program can be summarized as follows:
- Four students (Erin McFarlane, Charland Howard, Kyle Gieger, and Tyler Havel) fully passed Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Exam, National certification for Strength & Conditioning Coaches.
- One Research study accepted for publication by peer reviewed journal
- Ashley Kildow, Glenn Wright, Scott Doberstein, and Salvador Jaime (2019). “Can monitoring training load deter performance drop-off during off-season training in Division III American football players?” Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. Published ahead of print
- One graduate student of Human Performance program accepted to into Ph.D. program for Motor Learning at Louisiana State University to start in fall 2019.
- Two Presentations at the NSCA-Wisconsin State Clinic, April 13, 2019
- Glenn Wright (Faculty), Energy System Development for Football, 60-minute presentation
- Charlend Howard (Student), Effects of attentional focus on dynamic whole-body movements as a function of skill level. Fifteen-minute student research presentation


Masters in Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology


Report Pending


Masters in Recreation Management


The Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation graduate programs saw a number of successes during the 2018/2019 academic year. Our graduate students continued to engage with the profession through conference attendance and presentations at the state and national levels.
• Sammy Petitte, Therapeutic Recreation, was invited to give a TEDx Talk in Fond Du Lac on Beatboxing as Therapy (and other impractical career choices)
• Hannah Mueller, Recreation Management, received a Future Scholars Award from The Academy of Leisure Sciences for her research on the relationship between wait time and satisfaction among recreational anglers.
• Shea Lawrence, Recreation Management, co-presented a research paper titled “1, 2, Eyes on You: Using ROVs to Connect College Students to Aquatic Environments” at the Mississippi River Research Consortium

In addition to the students’ accomplishments, the graduate program continued the tradition of a team orientation in August, a student celebration in May, course development for the newly approved fully online Recreation Management Master’s program (to begin Fall 2019) and implementation of the 4+1 (Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree) Therapeutic Recreation option. The Recreation Management Program is in the beginning stages of developing a similar 4+1 program. We added five TR elective courses to the program thereby increasing opportunities for students to engage in more tailored educational opportunities.


Masters in School Psychology


All of the students completing their residency found full-time positions for their internships for the 2019-20 academic year, extending our continuing streak of 100% placement. There continues to be an extreme shortage of school psychologists nationwide. All of the students and faculty took a program field trip to Minneapolis Public Schools to shadow an urban school psychologist and to take part in a district discussion on racism and disproportionality in special education. We used the book, “White Fragility: Why it’s Hard for White People to talk about Racism” as the prompt for the discussion. We had all 12 students accepted by the National Association of School Psychologists to present their research (i.e., capstone projects) at the national convention in Atlanta, GA. These posters were also presented at the state school psychology conference and during the campus’ celebration of research and creativity. This year we had 72 applicants for the 2019-20 entry cohort. We admitted 25 students and 13 accepted our invitation into the program. This represents one more student than we would typically have in a cohort with our main bottleneck to the program being finding enough supervisors within a reasonable driving radius to provide supervision and support for our students in their practicum placements. A number of students won awards this year: Addy Green – WSPA Elizabeth Lindley Woods Award as outstanding student in Wisconsin; Anna Hamer – UWL Graduate Studies Scholarship; Mikayla Mlsna – CLS Award of Excellence; and Sam McGarvey – School Psychology Leadership Award. Our faculty continue to be the same and this contributes to our longstanding success as a program.


Masters in Software Engineering


Interest in the Master of Software Engineering degree (MSE) remains strong especially for the 5-year track that allows students to complete both the BS and MSE degrees in five years. Many prospective students who visit the department specifically ask about this program. It is clearly a distinguishing feature for UWL.

We were delighted to have Tom Harron, one of our first MSE graduates, visit campus to talk about SAP's Data Hub Project with a focus on testing. Students always respond well when alumni come to campus to talk about their work. We were also fortunate to have Josh Cox and Ayron Herman from Fastenal Inc. talk in the software security course.

The MSE contract programs with Wuhan University and the South Central University for Nationalities (SCUN) continue to show strong interest. Each cohort is at UWL for two years (first year coursework, second year capstone project). Each cohort has been averaging ten students.


Masters in Student Affairs Administration


SAA experienced significant accomplishments during 2018-19. The SAA faculty, a combination of ranked faculty and student affairs/ higher education practitioners who hold full-time administrative appointments across campus and around the nation, provided excellent teaching, scholarship, student research mentorship, and service to the UWL community and the profession of student affairs. Department faculty published four peer reviewed articles, two book chapters, had one research monograph accepted, and presented 17 national and regional peer-reviewed papers and presentations. SAA faculty presented several keynote addresses at regional meetings. Other major accomplishments are listed below:

• SAA currently enrolls 130 M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. students across 9 cohorts; the largest number of students ever. This includes the enrollment of the final Ed.D. cohort.
• SAA successfully recruited a new full-time IAS faculty member.
• Retention rate of all students is beyond 90%; for students of color the retention rate is 96%
• SAA held one alumni reunion at UW-Madison with about 40 guests in attendance
• SAA along with the UWL Foundation raised about $12,000 in private donations for student scholarships


Graduate Reading Program


Report Pending


Masters of Education


Report Pending