UW-Parkside welcomes new faculty and staff
The following men and women have recently joined the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Dan Baldwin, Counselor, Student Health & Counseling Center
Dan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Education and earned his Master of Social Welfare in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He is a licensed clinical social worker and has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, brief therapy, solution focused therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Dan has extensive experience in individual, group, and family therapy with individuals seeking assistance with trauma, addiction, eating disorders, anger management, depression and anxiety. He has worked in numerous leadership roles in a variety of environments and has been involved with several community-based service programs.
Beth Brownson, Assistant Professor of History
Beth received her B.A. in History from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, in 1999, and earned her M.A. in History from UC Santa Barbara in 2004. She then continued on at UCSB to complete her doctorate in History in 2008, where her dissertation focused on Gender, Muslim Family Law, and Patriarchy in prewar British-Mandate Palestine. She received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for research in both Jerusalem and London in 2005-2006, and her publications include an introduction to an edited work titled "Gendering Middle Eastern History," which is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. Beth is a member of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies. She will teach both Middle Eastern and World History.
Aaron Carlstrom, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology
Aaron earned his B.A. in Psychology from Marquette University in 1994 and his M.A. in Community Counseling and Educational Psychology from UW-Milwaukee in 1999. He completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Urban Education in 2004, and his dissertation focused on the academic and emotional impact of community violence. Until 2003, Aaron worked as a psychologist/therapist in the Student Counseling Office at Kansas State University, where, since 2006, he has served as Assistant Professor with the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs. His publications include a series of articles in the National Academic Advising Association Journal as well as several chapters in edited works. He is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association.
Jo Cates, Library Director
Jo came to UW-Parkside after serving as associate vice president for academic research and dean of the library at Columbia College in Chicago. After graduating with a master of science in library science from Simmons College, she became head of reference at the Lamont Library at Harvard, the nation's first officially designated undergraduate library. Jo served as founding director of the library at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and as head of the transportation library at Northwestern University.
Student Status Examiner
Financial Aid Systems Manager
Residence Hall Manager
Prospect Research and Database Management
David Diaz, Director of Development-Annual Fund & Scholarship
David joined UW-Parkside after serving as assistant director of annual and special giving for the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He previously served as the Milwaukee Area Technical College Foundation's donor and alumni relations specialist. He has extensive experience with non-profit organizations having served in development positions for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties; and the Lake County (Ill.) Council against Sexual Assault. He started his career as assistant to the Grants and Special Projects Director at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. David is a graduate of UWM.
Dr. Donald Faggiani, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Donald received his B.A. in Sociology and English from Dakota Wesleyan University and earned his M.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He remained there to complete his doctorate in Political Science where his dissertation focused on criminology, delinquency, and public policy analysis. Donald collected, analyzed, and disseminated justice data for the Dept. of Criminal Justice Services in Richmond, VA, from 1993-1999, and thereafter for the Wyoming Statistical Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming until 2004. Since 2007, he has held the position of Associate Professor with the Criminal Justice Program at UW-Oshkosh, and he has published a variety of articles in edited works and professional journals such as Justice Research and Policy and The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Associate Professor, HESM
Payroll and Benefits Specialist
Lecturer - Academic Skills
Project Manager, Title III Grant
Risk Management Officer
A 1985 UW-Parkside graduate in the former Industrial-Environmental Hygiene program, Robert holds a master's degree in occupational safety from UW-Whitewater.
A certified industrial hygienist and registered sanitarian, he most recently served as UW-Milwaukee's safety-health-risk management for 21 years. At UW-Parkside, Robert is involved in comprehensive campus safety and risk management activities.
Head of Access Services
Assistant Professor, Business
John Jaraczewski, Assistant Chancellor for University Relations
John came to the university after serving as executive director of United Stationers Charitable Foundation. While reshaping and expanding the foundation's Board of Trustees, he worked to heighten engagement between United Stationers' associates and the community while leveraging community programs to enhance the company's visibility. Earlier, he served as manager of Global Citizenship and Policy and the Abbott Fund and as manager of Community Relations for Abbott in Abbott Park, Ill. John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Program Assistant, Chancellor's Office
Dr. Ryan Karr, Assistant Professor of Mathematics/Physics
Ryan received his bachelor degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis in 1992, and earned his M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996. He continued there to complete his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2002, with his dissertation focusing on commutative algebra. He has published several articles about his work on algebraic geometry and number theory in such publications as the Journal of Algebra and the Illinois Journal of Mathematics. He has taught calculus and algebra for both the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University and the University of Central Florida. Ryan is a member of the American Mathematical Society.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Melvin Klinkner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Mel recently joined UW-Parkside after serving as vice president for financial planning and administration at Missouri Western State University. There he supervised day-to-day operations of the Financial Planning and Administration division. He directed the financing of a $7-million bond issue for the upgrade of athletic facilities and a $15-million bond for a new residence hall. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recognized the university's use of Build America and Recovery Zone bonds, saving $5 million in interest costs over the life of the bonds. Mel holds a master of science in management from Baker University, Baldwin, Kan., and holds undergraduate degrees from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark.
Dr. Victor Kreiman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics/Physics
Victor earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1990, and received two M.S. degrees from Stanford University the first in Electrical Engineering in 1992, and the second in Mathematics in 1994. After studying Mathematics at UCLA until 1997, he enrolled at Northeastern University, where he completed his doctorate in Mathematics in 2003. Victor has been a postdoctoral associate and mathematics instructor with the University of Georgia since 2006, and he teaches a variety of courses on both calculus and algebra. He has published papers on his work related to Representation-theory and Algebraic Geometry in both professional journals and in edited works.
University Executive Staff Assistant
Sherrie Manlove Heep
Academic Career Advisor
Tammy McGuckin, Dean of Students
Tammy brings 18 years of experience to the position most recently serving as assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola. She joined UWF in 1998 as an assistant director of housing and residence life. She was named assistant vice president for Student Affairs in 2008, adding Dean of Students duties on an interim basis a year later. The interim tag was removed in July 2011. Her doctorate in education was earned at UWF. She spent the first four years of her professional career at the University of Alabama where she earned her bachelor and master of arts degrees. As dean of students here, she will serve as a contact person for people with questions about university policies and procedures or who may be experiencing difficulties.
IS Network Specialist
Summer Ostrowski, Lecturer of Biological Sciences
Summer received her B.S. in Geology and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004, and her M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolution from Stony Brook University in 2007. She is a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University, and is in the final stages of completing her dissertation on fish fossils in Tanzania and Madagascar and the clues they offer about prehistoric biogeography. Her field research on fossil species has also taken her to Hungary, Wyoming, and Montana. In 2010-2011, she co-taught a study-abroad course in Argentina and Antarctica. In 2011, Summer received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Michigan State Dept. of Geological Sciences.
Emmanuel Otu, Dean, College of Natural and Health Science
Emmanuel is dean of the newly established College of Natural and Health Sciences. He previously served as dean of the School of Natural Sciences at Indiana University Southeast. At IU Southeast, he directed a school offering undergraduate programs in biology, chemistry, clinical science, computer science, geosciences, informatics, and mathematics. He also served at Purchase College SUNY as coordinator of the Chemistry Board of Study. He maintains an active research agenda in the field of hydrometallurgy and has numerous peer-reviewed publications in his field. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Emmanuel is a member of the editorial board of the "Journal of International Politics and Development."
Electronic Resources Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Biology
Student Activities Coordinator
Dr. Gregory Richards, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Gregory received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000, where he studied Bacteriology. He continued at Madison to earn his doctorate in Microbiology in 2008. His research explores the properties of bacterial cultures and their effects upon insect and plant species, and he has published articles in such journals as Environmental Microbiology and the Journal of Bacteriology. He held a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Teaching Fellowship in 2007 and 2008, and he currently holds a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award and Postdoctoral Fellowship, which runs through 2013. Gregory has guest-lectured and mentored undergraduate students in the Dept. of Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jane Schaefer, Center for Community Partnerships executive director
Jane joins the university after serving as dean of Community Education and Workforce Development at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. Her area of research is returning adults seeking college degrees. She brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to the CCP, She led non-profit agencies such as Family Service of Greater Omaha and the Family Resource Center Coalition of Nebraska. From 2002 to 2006, she served as partnership coordinator for the Office of Community and Workforce Education at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. Jane holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her baccalaureate degree in Psychology and Theology was earned at Creighton University.
Jody Sekas, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Jody earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1994 and his M.F.A. in Scenic Design and Technical Direction from Humboldt State University in 1997. He returned to UW-Eau Claire as assistant professor of scenic lighting and design from 2001 to 2005, and has been both Assistant and Associate Professor of Scenic Design and Technology at Humboldt State since 2005. Jody has taught courses in scenic design, painting, lighting, stagecraft, 3-D rendering, model making, miniatures, property design, technical direction, and production techniques to name just a few. He has given numerous professional presentations on props, lighting, scenography and his work has helped produce countless theatrical performances, including "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Death of a Salesman," and "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Assistant Professor, Biology
Associate Policy and Planning Analyst
IS Network Service Specialist
University Services Program Associate
Illya Yakovlev, Chief Information Officer
Ilya recently joined UW-Parkside after serving as co-chief information officer and director of the Center for Information Studies at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn. There he led a multi-year strategic technology planning effort and served as an IT advocate for the campus. He also served on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Enterprise Systems steering committee. Prior to joining St. Cloud State, Ilya supervised application services at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He earned his Ph.D. in computer information systems from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Assistant Professor, Business
Valerie Zahorski SchmidtEnrollment Management Marketing and Communication Coordinator