IWL is grateful to have an amazing team working at Marquette.  Check out our Leadership Team, Student Interns & Support Staff, Fall 2022 Faculty Fellows, and Spring 2023 Faculty Fellows below!

Leadership Team

Jennica Webster

Director — Jennica Webster, Ph.D.
College of Business Administration

Jennica Webster, Ph.D., began at Marquette in 2010. During her time at the university, she has served in several leadership roles including on The University Academic Senate and Faculty Council, as well as on The June and Herman Loebl Women Business Leaders Speaker Series, and as one of two inaugural. Her research interests center on gender, diversity, and underrepresented groups in the workplace. She has been published widely in leading academic journals and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences such as the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In addition to her research and teaching, she has served as a consultant to several organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies such as Dow Corning to nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA.


Sarah CampCoordinator — Sarah Camp, MCE

Sarah Camp is a 2009 Business and 2012 Entrepreneurship alumna with a diverse set of skills and experience essential to supporting the smooth operation and foundation building of IWL.  Most recently she served as AmeriCorps Director at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge Reservation, where she also drove a school bus and was a part-time field researcher for the University of Colorado Denver—Anschutz Medical School’s Thiwáhe Gluwáš’akapi (TG) program.  Prior to that, Camp grew her business acumen and leadership through various rising roles in retail management and events and sponsorship management in the outdoor industry. She is a life-long learner and hopes to continue her studies in law with a focus on mediation, as well as business and nonprofit support as she serves IWL.


karalee headshotLeadership Development Coordinator — Karalee Surface, Ph.D.

Karalee Surface, Ph.D., has been with Marquette since 2007 when she started her MA in History. Her doctoral research, conducted under the direction of Dr. Tom Jablonsky, focused on the life-changing impact of disabling injuries incurred in the workplace at the turn of the 20th century. Since completing her doctorate in 2015, she has continued serving Marquette in a variety of roles, including as a project assistant with the Klingler College of Arts & Sciences Internship Office, and most recently she spent four years as an academic advisor with the University Honors Program. In addition to her administrative work, she has served as an adjunct instructor, collaborating with faculty across campus to develop courses on disability, innovation, and difference-makers for the Marquette Core Curriculum’s Methods of Inquiry course.

Karalee is excited to join the IWL team as coordinator for the Women’s Innovation Network, and is looking forward to developing high-impact programming that inspires innovation, celebrates and supports leadership, and forges a strong sense of community among Marquette’s female, nonbinary, and underrepresented students.


Co-Director — Leah Flack, Ph.D.


shew headshotCo-Director — Melissa Shew, Ph.D.

Melissa Shew is Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Senior Faculty Fellow (Assistant Director) of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Marquette. She teaches a wide range of classes in Philosophy, Honors, and Business and has a wide range of scholarly interests, from ancient Greek philosophy to our contemporary world. Recently, she edited and published Philosophy for Girls (OUP 2020) and is working on a related digital scholarship project, called The Persephone Project. She also recently gave a TEDx Talk, "Women and Intellectual Empowerment” (June 2021), to articulate ways that we can amplify, advocate for, and adore younger women and nonbinary people--and why it’s worth doing so. Another book project, On the Vocation of the Educator in This Moment, is coming out in November 2021 in association with MU Press. It features 24 chapters, most of which are written by women across campus from different departments. The book is a response to three crises of our time: the pandemic, racial injustice, and challenges in higher education. Shew also serves in a variety of ways at Marquette, from the Participating Faculty Task Force to the CfAH, Honors, and the Ignatian Year. She most loves building new projects with others.


Jeanne HossenloppVice President of Research and Innovation – Jeanne Hossenlopp, Ph.D.

Jeanne Hossenlopp, Ph.D., is Marquette University’s vice president for research and innovation.  She is a professor of chemistry, served as vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School from 2010-2015, was interim dean of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences from 2008-2010, and was chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2004-2008.

 Hossenlopp joined Marquette in 1989. That year she received a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, a national award given to 10 new faculty in chemistry, biochemistry, or chemical engineering annually. Hossenlopp, who has taught chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels, was awarded the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003.

In her current role, Hossenlopp is charged with facilitating growth in campus research and scholarship, as well as working to build an inclusive culture of innovation that includes management of the university’s Explorer Challenge, the President’s Challenge, and the newly created campus Ideation Review Council.  Hossenlopp has been involved in leading the university’s Beyond Boundaries Strategic Plan and serves as a campus leader for the plan's Research in Action theme.  She oversees the work of the offices of Research Compliance and Research and Sponsored Programs, the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship; the Marquette Women’s Innovation Network and the Institute for Women’s Leadership, research activities in the Athletics and Human Performance Research Center, as well as Marquette’s presence in the Global Water Center.  She is the PI for Marquette’s NSF ADVANCE award, a million-dollar grant to create institutional transformation to support the success of women faculty in STEM-related fields. She is on the board of the Milwaukee Regional Innovation Center and is a member of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness’ Technology Leadership and Strategic Initiative.  She is also a member of TEMPO Milwaukee and serves on the TEMPO Women’s Affinity Alliance advisory committee.


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Student Interns

Makayla McIntyreEvents Intern — Makayla McIntyre

Makayla McIntyre is a senior majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Health Communication with an emphasis on Leadership. With a passion for connecting people and a growing repertoire in strategic marketing, Makayla worked as Marquette's AHPRC Communications Intern for two years and looks forward to being Marquette's E-Lead Narratives & Marketing Intern this upcoming academic year. An active student leader in the campus ministry Cru at Marquette, Makayla is dedicated to empowering women in ministry settings and beyond. She looks forward to promoting female student and faculty research, networking, and leadership development as the IWL's Events Intern this year!


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Fall 2022 Faculty Fellows

Noelle Brigden, PhD, USA WeightlifterNoelle Brigden, Ph.D.

Dr. Noelle Brigden is Associate Professor of Politics at Marquette University. Her interests include gender, human security, borders, transnationalism, violence, the politics of the body, trauma, fieldwork ethics, and political ethnography. Her first book, The Migrant Passage: Clandestine Journeys from Central America (Cornell University Press 2018), won the Yale Ferguson Award.  She has published in International Studies QuarterlyInternational Studies Perspectives, International Studies Review, Mobilities, Antipode, Migration StudiesInternational Journal for Migration and Border Studies, and Geopolitics.  

Dr. Brigden’s forthcoming co-edited volume, Gender and Power in Strength Sports: Strong as Feminist (Routledge Press 2023), examines how athletic participation both resists and reinforces intersectional oppressions. She works on community-engaged projects that promote gender empowerment, such as Pesas y PoderThe Body Resistance Program, and Restorative Justice in Movement.  Her ongoing book project, exploring the transnational politics of gendered notions of ‘fitness’, is tentatively titled Survival of the Fit: Body Politics and Gym Life in Post-Conflict El Salvador.   

Dr. Brigden was also the 2022 IPF World Masters Champion in the 47kg weight class, and in 2022 she held the open-age national bench press record for 47kg lifters in the Powerlifting America federation. As a coach, she develops and implements inclusive gym practices and trauma-informed lifting programs.

Spring 2023 Faculty Fellows

Dr. Karisse A. CallenderKarisse A. Callender, Ph.D.

Karisse A Callender is an Assistant Professor in the department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, licensed in the state of Wisconsin as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC), and the Coordinator of the CECP Clinical Mental Health Online Program. She investigates what aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness work for individuals and how those aspects work, how mindfulness-based interventions may improve the quality of life of individuals with a history of sexual violence and substance use, and sexual health in diverse groups. In addition, Dr. Callender explores the efficacy of DBT with diverse groups and cultural adaptations of mindfulness interventions for minority populations. Dr. Callender serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy (JCLA) and is a member of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling Sex Offender Treatment Committee. As an IWL Faculty Fellow, Dr. Callender will explore the experiences of Black women who have been in DBT treatment to learn more about their experiences in treatment, perceptions of the impact of DBT on their quality of life, and considerations for cultural adaptations to DBT.


Dr. Priya DeshpandePriya Deshpande, Ph.D.

Dr. Priya Deshpande is an Assistant Professor at EECE department at Marquette University. She completed her PhD in Computer Science from DePaul University, Chicago. Dr. Deshpande has more than 14 years of teaching experience and her research interest is in data sciences, big data analytics, databases, and computer-aided diagnosis. Her research extensively investigates the problem of biomedical data integration with heterogeneous and unstructured data elements. Dr. Deshpande is an IEEE Senior member and actively involved in activities that support Women in STEM programs.


Dr. Kate WardKate Ward, Ph.D.

Kate Ward is assistant professor in the theology department at Marquette, with research interests in economic ethics and virtue ethics. She is the author of Wealth, Virtue and Moral Luck: Christian Ethics in an Age of Inequality (Georgetown, 2021) and serves on several editorial boards. Other recent scholarly publications have focused on worker dignity and universal basic income.


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