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Meet the Cohort (2021-22)
Kim Jenson Bohat
Kim Jensen Bohat is the Director of the Service Learning Program in the Center for Teaching and Learning. A two time alumna of Marquette University, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy (MEd). Prior to beginning her career at Marquette in 2001, Kim worked as a social worker in two Milwaukee Public Schools. In addition to her role as Director of the nationally recognized Service Learning Program, Kim has served as an adjunct faculty member in Social Welfare and Justice, Biomedical Sciences, and International Education. Kim recently completed a 2-year term as the inaugural chair of the AJCU Service Learning Professionals Conference. In 2020 she was awarded the Sr. Joel Reed Civic Engagement Practitioners Award from Campus Compact of Wisconsin in recognition of her work in building successful campus-community partnerships that support student learning and development and the civic mission of the University. In her time off, Kim and her husband enjoy camping, cooking, and cheering on their three sons.
Cedric D. Burrows
Dr. Cedric D. Burrows is an Assistant Professor of English. He earned his doctorate in rhetoric and composition at the University of Kansas and joined the Marquette Faculty in 2013. Dr. Burrows teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and social movements. His research explores African Americans rhetoric and how this rhetorical tradition has been reinterpreted in mainstream spaces. Dr. Burrows has recently published Rhetorical Crossover: The Black Presence in White Culture with the University of Pittsburgh Press and is currently researching the rhetoric of museums and memorials dedicated to the civil rights movement.
Gerry Canavan is an associate professor of twentieth- and twenty-first century literature in the Department of English, and the author of Octavia E. Butler (University of Illinois Press, 2016). Dr. Canavan earned a Ph.D. from Duke University and joined Marquette in 2012. His research focuses on the relationship between genre fiction, politics, and culture, especially with regard to the environment. He is the co-editor of Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction,and The Cambridge History of Science Fiction, and also serves as an editor at two academic journals focused on science fiction studies: Extrapolation and Science Fiction Film and Television.
Dr. Nick Curtis is the director of assessment. In this role, heprovides leadership and support to the Marquette community, including academic departments, the Marquette Core Curriculum and co-curricular units, in the assessment of student learning outcomes for the purpose of large-scale student learning improvement efforts. Before joining Marquette, Curtis served as the senior learning outcomes and visibility consultant for the Center for Assessment and Research Studies at James Madison University in Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in assessment and measurement. Curtis remains an active teacher in higher education and has presented and published more than 70 professional presentations and publications forstate, regional, national and International conferences and journals in assessment, education and psychology. Healso serves as the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Research & Practice in Assessment.
Scott Dale, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, received his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys researching new perspectives of the literature and culture of 18th- and 19th- century Spain and sharing his enthusiasm with students. Since arriving at Marquette in 1999, Dr. Dale has focused on developing more engaging pedagogical approaches in the classroom, including the use of VR headset technology, the study of Hispanic art as a mirroring image of modern Spanish literature and new online platforms to inspire students to improve critical thinking and writing skills. Experienced in curricular strategy at the department level, Scott is also interested in core curriculum discussions and leadership at the College level. A native of southern California, Scott also enjoys walks on the beach, tennis and cooking with family.
Melissa Econom is the Academic Coordinator in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education. She earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Marquette University. In her current role, Melissa provides academic support to graduate programs, as well as advising services to undergraduate students. Melissa currently serves as a representative on University Staff Senate, Innovation Council, Wellness Committee, Diversity Advocates, and various university workgroups. Outside of Marquette, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, leading two Girl Scout troops, and serving on the Milwaukee River Keepers Marketing and Finance Committee.
Courtney Hanson has served in various career services roles at Marquette University since 2005. Appointed director of the Career Services Center in July 2019, Hanson leads campus strategy development and implementation to achieve aligned, collaborative campus career services and ensure a consistent experience for all Marquette students. In her role, Hanson engages with academic and student affairs departments, the Office of Corporate Engagement and Partnerships, and employer partners to maximize student access to meaningful career opportunities.
As a three-time graduate of Marquette, Hanson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Physical Therapy degree, and a Master of Education degree. She also completed advanced training to become a Certified Strengths Coach, Global Career Development Facilitator, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Master Practitioner. Hanson and her husband Brian, Arts ’99 and MBA ’06, met at Marquette and have two sons, Zach (9thgrade) and Alex (7thgrade).
Kathleen Lukaszewicz is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Exercise and Rehabilitation Science graduate program. She has been at Marquette since 2011. Her teaching responsibilities include a pathophysiology, exercise physiology, and rehabilitation strategies for patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Dr. Lukaszewicz earned a Master’s in Physical Therapy from MU in 2004. After several years as a clinician, she attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and received her PhD in Physiology in 2011. Dr. Lukaszewicz currently researches the vascular mechanisms of skeletal muscle fatigue in both older individuals and patients suffering from Type II diabetes.
Donte McFadden (he/him/his) is the Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Research and High Impact Practices for the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University. His primary responsibility is serving as the director of the McNair Scholars Program, which assists students in conducting research projects and pursuing graduate study. Dr. McFadden has taught courses for the Honors Program, the Core Curriculum, and the Diedrich College of Communication. He is an alumnus of Future Milwaukee, a past program that cultivates emerging leaders in the region. He has also contributed to programming for the Black Lens Program during the annual Milwaukee Film Festival, which showcases films directed by African-American filmmakers. Dr. McFadden obtained his PhD in English with an emphasis in Film Studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in August of 2013.
Madeline Schmidt is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She is a three-time Alumni from Marquette, most recently receiving her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2017. Madeline has been an active Nurse Practitioner in the areas of Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care since 2003. Her particular interest is in learner outcomes of NCLEX prep and Compassion Fatigue and Burnout among nurses. Prior to her administrative position she has served as nursing faculty since 2011, teaching in areas such as: Transition to Clinical Practice, Culture and Health, Advanced Health Assessment, and Jesuit Foundations in Nursing. She has served on many College and University committees including University Academic Senate. When not engaged in her faculty and administrative work, Madeline enjoys spending time with her active family.
Mark Simonson is Director of Business Affairs in the Office of Research and Innovation. Among other things he manages the budget and internal funding mechanisms for a variety of programs such as Committee on Research awards, faculty travel awards, Explorer and President Challenge awards, grant incentive funding, student startups, etc. Mark also has experience running business operations for the College of Education and spent time working in the Office of the Provost. Before finishing an MBA from the Marquette Graduate School of Management he worked in IT for the College of Business. As a Marquette undergraduate Mark spent years working in the Dean’s Office of the College of Business and majored in Social Philosophy. He has also spent time on the Staff Senate and attended the Jesuit Leadership Seminar coordinated by the AJCU.
Tracey Sturgal is an instructor of practice in the Department of Communication Studies. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of topics including intergenerational, interpersonal, and professional communication as well as a student favorite: the communication of comedy. She is the director of The MIC Speakers Lab where students, faculty, and staff come for tutoring and coaching help with all aspects of presentation development from brainstorming ideas and organizing content to practicing effective delivery and creating visuals. With Tracey’s background in adult education, she is passionate about pedagogical best practices and always challenges herself to bring new and engaging activities into the classroom. Tracey also has a communication consulting company that allows her to work with companies and organizations throughout Wisconsin and the Chicagoland area. Tracey looks forward to the post-pandemic possibility of seeing too much live comedy again. Tracey has two children, Mitchell and Jaymie, both of whom attend Marquette.
Phil Voglewede is an associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the OPUS College of Engineering. He received his BSME from the University of Notre Dame, his MSME from the University of Michigan and his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining Marquette in 2008, he was an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina and worked for Whirlpool Corporation in a variety of engineering roles. His research interests lie in the area of dynamics, motion, and control with applications to prostheses and industrial automation. His teaching has focused on developing students with a fundamental understanding of engineering where he has earned several college Outstanding Teacher Awards and the university’s Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Karli Webster has been the Manager of Education Abroad and Associate Director of the Office of International Education at Marquette University since October 2014. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Study Abroad at Kansas State University and earlier a Program Manager in the Officer of International Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Karli holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in International Business and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a Global Educator Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Karli provides direction to the program’s growth and development, working collaboratively across academic and administrative departments to help facilitate both credit-bearing and non-credit, in person and virtual education abroad programs. Her other primary responsibilities include health and safety and emergency management and oversight of the Sibanye Cape Town program. Karli and her husband have two sons in elementary school who keep them busy.
Michael Zimmer is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. He joined Marquette University in 2019, after spending 11 years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Zimmer is a privacy and data ethics scholar, whose work focuses on digital privacy & surveillance, internet research ethics, and the broader social & ethical dimensions of emerging technologies. Zimmer received his PhD in 2007 from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where he also earned an MA in Media Ecology (2002). He earned his BBA in Marketing at the University of Notre Dame (1994). Zimmer wears many hats in the new Department of Computer Science: he is the director of the undergraduate BS in Computer Science program and co-director of the interdisciplinary BS in Data Science degree. He also is the director of the Graduate Certificate in Data Science, and will be co-director of the new MS in Data Science program launching in Fall 2021.
Gary Meyer (Ph.D. Michigan State University in Communication Theory) is senior vice provost for faculty affairs at Marquette University. In this role, Dr. Meyer helps prepare faculty for a meaningful and successful tenure at Marquette University across the many roles they will take on as teachers, scholars, and university leaders. Dr. Meyer works closely with the Center for Teaching and Learning, which serves as a catalyst for promoting a culture of pedagogical excellence on campus. In addition to his responsibilities for faculty affairs, Dr. Meyer serves as Marquette’s accreditation liaison officer to the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Meyer served as vice provost for undergraduate programs and teaching for five years before being named senior vice provost for faculty affairs in 2015. Meyer also previously served as associate dean in the Diederich College of Communication and director of the corporate communication major. Meyer’s scholarship over the years has focused on using communication theory to develop persuasive messages primarily around health promotion and disease prevention. Gary and his wife Anne have two boys, Max and Charlie, both of whom attend Marquette.