Who’s teaching in Honors this academic year? Click on a faculty member below to learn more:

Heike Alberts (Geography)

Dr. Heike Alberts is a geographer who was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on highly skilled migrations, but she has also published on a wide range of other topics such as chocolate, sports, airports, world heritage sites, and teaching geography. She loves teaching and taking students to Germany on study abroad trips. Her Honors courses include Geography 104: Honors World Geography and HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Food), both of which she is teaching fall 2017.

In 2012 she received the Edward Penson Distinguished Teaching Award.

Isabel Álvarez (Spanish)

Professor Isabel Álvarez teaches upper-level Spanish courses in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include languages in contact and language and the media. Also, she teaches HNRS 275: Culture Connection (her next section is in Spring 2018) and enjoys exploring the arts with her Honors students.

Laura Jean Baker (English)

Laura Jean Baker earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she was a Colby Fellow for graduate study. In addition to teaching HNRS 275: Culture Connection in the Honors College, she specializes in memoir, writing life stories, and women in literature for the Department of English. Laura Jean also teaches special topics courses on crime, family, and motherhood. Her poetry and memoir have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review; War, Literature, and the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities; and Calyx, among others. She has just completed her first book, a memoir titled Possession with Intent.

Michael Baltutis (Religious Studies)

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

Dr. Baltutis’s Honors courses include Religious Studies 110: Honors World Religions, which he is teaching fall 2017.

Courtney Bauder (Social Justice)

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

In spring 2018, Courtney will teach two Honors requirements–first-year students in HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Social Justice) as well as senior-level students in HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (Global Issues). In 2014, Bauder received the College of Letters and Science Global Education Award. Last spring, he was awarded the 2016 Honors Outstanding Teaching Award.

Stewart Cole (English)

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English 310: Honors Advanced Writing in Spring 2018.

Richard DCamp (German)

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HNRS 275: Culture Connection in Spring 2018.

Don Dingledine (English)
Details to come. English 229: Honors African American Literature and HNRS 275: Culture Connection in Fall 2017.
Bryan Engelhardt (Economics)

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Econ 209: Honors Macroeconomics in Spring 2018.

Jim Feldman (Environmental Studies)

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Environmental Studies 103: Honors Intro in Spring 2018.

Robert Feldman (English)

Dr. Robert Feldman is a member of the English Department. In addition to teaching English 228: Modern American Literature for the Honors College, he teaches American Romanticism and Modern Drama, two upper-level courses for English majors. He was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award.

Kenneth Grieb (International Studies)

Dr. Kenneth J. Grieb, Professor and Coordinator of International Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, heads and teaches courses within the International Studies major. He is the author of numerous books and more than fifty articles in professional journals and chapters in scholarly volumes. In recognition of his scholarship and teaching, he has held received a John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship, the SNC Corporation Professorship in International Relations, and the 1998 Regents Teaching Excellence Award. In 2004, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him Professor of the Year.

Jonathan Gutow (Chemistry)

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Chem 106-A07L: Honors Lab in Spring 2018.


Cary Henson (English)

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English 110-001: Honors Composition in Spring 2018.



Larry Herzberg (Philosophy)

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

Dr. Herzberg’s Honors courses include HNRS 275: Culture Connection, HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar, and he in fall 2017 is teaching Philosophy 110: Honors Intro to Philosophy.

Shelly Lancaster (Nursing)

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Nursing 300: Honors Nursing and the Humanities over Fall 2017 Interim.

John Lemberger (College of Education)
Dr. John Lemberger is a member of the College of Education and Human Services. His areas of expertise are science education, science misconceptions, personal epistemology, and scientific inquiry as a tool for instruction. Dr. Lemberger  has developed a line of research on conceptual change learning and teaching that includes several presentations and publications. He also has eight years of experience helping in-service and pre-service teachers and has co-authored several successful grants in the areas of teaching science using children’s literature and making accommodations for children with special learning needs learning science through inquiry.   HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“Poverty”) in Spring 2018.
Samantha Looker-Koenigs (English)

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English 110-002: Honors Composition in Spring 2018.

Pascale Manning (English)

Dr. Pascale Manning is a member of the English Department. Her research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century British literature and culture with an emphasis on the intersections of literature and science, as well as Native North American literatures from the nineteenth century to the present.  Her work appears in a number of journals, including Victorian Literature and Culture, Literature Compass, Seachange Journal, and Studies in American Indian Literatures. Her Honors courses include English 310: Honors Advanced Composition and HNRS 275: Culture Connection in London, which she will lead in January 2018 over interim. Dr. Manning is the recipient of the 2015 Honors College Outstanding Teaching Award.

Stephen McCabe (English)
Details to come. English 110: Honors Composition and HNRS 275: Culture Connection in fall 2017.
Misty McPhee (Environmental Studies)

Elsbeth (Misty) McPhee is a behavioral ecologist and conservation biologist with expertise in the reintroduction of captive-reared wildlife back into their native habitats.  She has worked with species as diverse as beach mice and Galapagos mockingbirds and is a member of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP), a group that is working to establish a population of endangered whooping cranes in central Wisconsin.

Dr. McPhee is teaching HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (Climate Change) in fall 2017.

Shelly Michalski (Biology)
Dr. Shelly Michalski, Professor of Biology, teaches Biology 108: Honors Biological Concepts. She is a parasitologist and has an active research laboratory with funding from National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
William Mode (Geology)

Geology Professor William Mode has spent seventeen field seasons in the Arctic and more than that in the Midwest studying glaciation and climate change. He received the Board of Regents Teaching Award in 2016 and the first-ever Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009 for Geology 110: Honors Geology, a five-credit Honors Elective that Dr. Mode teaches every spring.

Michelle Mouton (History)

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History 216: Honors Topics in History in Spring 2018.

Adam Ochonicky (English)
Details to come. English 310: Honors Advanced Writing in Spring 2018.
Ron Rindo (English)

Professor Ron Rindo teaches American Literature and Fiction Writing in the Department of English and HNRS 175: Creativity and the Arts for the Honors College. He’s published three collections of short stories and both fiction and essays in a wide variety of journals and magazines. Recent publications include an essay, “First Spring,” in The Trumpeter (Fall 2016) and a short story, “The Botanist,” in Midwestern Gothic (Winter 2017).

Kim Rivers (History)

Dr. Kimberly Rivers is Professor of History and teaches courses in ancient and medieval history. She has published extensively in the field of late medieval preaching, memory, and religious life. She was the recipient of the 2016 John McNaughton Rosebush Professorship and of the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Most recently, she has taught History 216: Honors Topics in History and HNRS 275: Culture Connection for the Honors College.

Christine Roth (English)

Christine Roth is a professor in the English department, where she teaches nineteenth-century British literature, and the director of the English graduate program. Her recent publications include “The Zoocentric Ecology of Thomas Hardy’s Poetry” (in Victorian Writers and the Environment, Routledge, 2016) and “The Narrative Promise: Redesigning History in La Gazette du Vieux Paris.” (CEA Critic, 2016). She was the 2015 recipient of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, which recognizes members “who have contributed in extraordinary ways both to the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and to scholarship in interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies.”


English 310: Honors Advanced Writing in fall 2017.

Druscilla Scribner (Political Science)
Details to come.   Political Science 107: Honors Intro to Comparative Politics in Spring 2018.
Dave Siemers (Political Science)

Dr. David J. Siemers is Professor of Political Science who teaches American Government, the Presidency, and courses about Political Philosophy. His research examines the connection between philosophy and American politics. He has written books on the Antifederalists, early American politics, and the political ideas of presidents. Dr. Siemers is currently team teaching HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Education).

Sarinda Taengnoi Siemers (Economics)
Sarinda Taengnoi Siemers is an Associate Professor of Economics. Her areas of expertise include economics of immigration, economics of gender, and economics of education. She began teaching in the Honors College in fall 2017–Economics 208: Honors Microeconomics and HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Education). Dr. Taengnoi Siemers received the 2016 Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award.
Jennifer Szydlik (Mathematics)
Dr. Jennifer Szydlik is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics who loves solving problems and working with both students and teachers. She has authored many scholarly articles as well as a series of mathematics textbooks for prospective elementary teachers. Dr. Szydlik has earned numerous awards, including the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Rosebush Professorship, the University of Wisconsin System Regents Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Mathematical Association of America-Wisconsin Section’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She has team taught HNRS 175: Honors Seminar (Creativity) each fall since 2015.
Stephen Szydlik (Mathematics)

Dr. Stephen Szydlik is a professor of mathematics. His interests include all things mathematical, but his research focuses on applications of mathematics to politics (especially voting) and sports. He  is especially passionate about how students learn and understand mathematics. He is the winner of a 2011 Edward M. Penson Distinguished Teaching Award. Steve’s Honors courses include PBIS 189: Honors Statistics, which he is teaching spring 2018.

Patti Vander Loop (Nursing)

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Nursing 216: Honors Health Practices in Diverse Populations in Spring 2018.

Robert Wagoner (Philosophy)
Details to come. Dr. Wagoner’s Honors courses include HNRS 475: Honors Senior Seminar (“Anger”), which he is teaching fall 2017.
Allison Welch (Art)
Allison Welch, Assistant Professor of Art, specializes in photography and fiber arts. Her research interests include the history women in the home, domestic craft, marriage, and American Girl dolls. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally, including RedLine (Denver), Modernbook Gallery (San Francisco), the James Watrous Gallery (Overture Center for the Arts in Madison), Garage Bonci (Pietrasanta, Italy), and a Biennial Festival of Portraiture in Bosnia and Herzegovenia. She is teaching Art 115: Honors Understanding the Arts for the Honors College in fall 2017.