Alumni News

We like to share what our alumni have been up to. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here and on the front page of News Connections.

Thu
Jul
26
UW-Madison alumnus Christopher Kirchgasler was selected to receive the 2018 Dissertation Recognition Award, granted by the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division B. Kirchgasler received his doctorate degree with a minor in history from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas.
Thu
Jul
26
The Capital Times recently published an article about UW-Madison alumna and actor Carrie Coon, who returned to Wisconsin's American Players Theatre (APT). Coon received her master of fine arts degree from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed within the School of Education.
Tue
Jul
24
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro was recently named Rutgers University's senior associate athletic director for Leadership Development and Strategic Partnerships. Navarro earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012, and has worked at UW-Whitewater since 2017 as the associate director for Student Development and Strategic Initiatives. Navarro received the UW-Madison School of Education's 2014 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.
Fri
Jul
13
Kathleen Woit, an alumna of UW-Madison and a current member of the School of Education's Board of Visitors, was featured by the Isthmus newspaper about her memories and experiences around the Art Fair on the Square. Woit earned a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in 1973, a master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1992. Woit tells the Isthmus that she visited her first fair in 1959, and it sparked a love of the arts and a "lifetime of volunteerism and giving."
Tue
Jul
03
UW-Madison alumna Christine Barwick has been promoted to a new position with First National Bank and Trust. Barwick earned her undergraduate degree in rehabilitation psychology from the School of Education in 1985. She has been promoted to learning solutions officer. In this role, Barwick is responsible for managing the compliance training program for the bank, identifying and facilitating leadership training for new and current leaders, and developing technical training to meet system and process needs for the bank’s business partners.
Mon
Jul
02
UW-Madison alumnus Jack Raglin was featured in a recent spotlight article by the American College of Sports Medicine. Raglin earned his master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology and its physical education program in 1983. He then received a Ph.D. in 1988 from the same program. Raglin is currently a professor with Indiana University-Bloomington's Department of Kinesiology. In the member spotlight interview, Raglin answers questions about his professional career and education, and gives some advice for students beginning to explore exercise science.
Thu
Jun
28
UW-Madison alumna Libby Pier's research was cited extensively in a recent New York Times op-ed about funding scientific research. Pier earned her Ph.D. in the learning sciences from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology in 2017. The op-ed discusses how medical research funding is scarce, and how the current approach to designate funding "favors low-risk research and proposals by older scientists and white men."
Wed
Jun
27
UW-Madison alumna Laura Hamman will begin working as a post-doctoral research associate with the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Hamman received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018.
Mon
Jun
25
Several alumni of UW-Madison's School of Education ​contributed to a new book titled, "Navigating the Common Good in Teacher Education: Critical and International Perspectives." The book's co-editors are Nikola Hobbel, who received a Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2003, and Barbara Bales, who received a master's in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The book also contains chapters from four others with ties to the School of Education: alumnus Julio Emilio Diniz-Pereira (Ph.D. 2004); alumna Rita Verma (Ph.D. 2004); alumnus Bekisizwe S. Ndimande (Ph.D. 2005); and an afterward by Kenneth M. Zeichner, a former UW-Madison Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Teacher Education and School of Education associate dean.
Wed
Jun
20
UW-Madison alumnus Bruce Nauman's artwork was featured in an article from the New York Times headlined, "Doing Justice to the Art of Bruce Nauman." Nauman earned his undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1964, and then graduated with a master of fine arts from University of California, Davis, in 1966. “There are artists who make good work throughout their career, but good isn’t great,” curator Kathy Halbreich told the New York Times. “Bruce makes great art from graduate school to yesterday."
Tue
Jun
19
The 2019 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year have been announced and one of this year's award winners is UW-Madison alumnus Benjamin Grignon. Grignon graduated from the School of Education's Art Department in 2005 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Currently, Grignon teaches traditional Menominee crafts at Menominee Indian High School in Keshena. As part of the Teacher of the Year honor, Grignon will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.
Mon
Jun
11
UW-Madison alumnus David Harris recently published the second edition of "Reasoning with Democratic Values: Ethical Issues in American History." Harris earned his master’s degree in 1970 and Ph.D. in 1976 from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Harris authored the book with Anne-Lise Halvorsen from the College of Education at Michigan State University and Paul Dain, a retired high school social studies teacher. The first edition was written by Harris and UW-Madison's Professor Alan Lockwood in 1985. The second edition contains more than 75 percent new content, and the authors have pledged their royalties to teacher education and are offering professional development for teachers across the country without fees.
Mon
Jun
11
UW-Madison alumnus Fredrick A. Schrank has been named a J. William Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In his new position as a Fulbright Specialist, Schrank is hosted by the School/Applied Child Psychology program ​at McGill University in Montreal, where he will deliver specialty lectures on curriculum development in cognitive assessment. Schrank earned a master's degree in 1975 in counseling and guidance, and Ph.D. in 1980 in counselor education, both from the School of Education. Later, Schrank earned a post-doctoral diploma in school psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and was elected president of the American Academy of School Psychology.
Mon
Jun
04
UW-Madison alumna Carolyn Stanford Taylor was presented the 2018 Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award during a ceremony Thursday, May 31, at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Stanford Taylor serves as the assistant superintendent of the Division for Learning Support at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the School of Education in 1978 and received a master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1979.
Fri
Jun
01
UW-Madison’s Nicole Bowman-Farrell recently delivered a plenary address and took part in a panel discussion at the 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society Conference in Calgary, Alberta. Bowman-Farrell, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2015, notes that Canada has taken a strong position on reconciliation and culturally responsive evaluation. Bowman-Farrell is the president and founder of Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) in Shawano, Wisconsin, and also is a researcher/evaluator with the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
Sun
May
27
The Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (WACTE) presented awards to 59 outstanding educators from across Wisconsin in April, including three people who graduated from UW-Madison’s School of Education. Radeen Yang, an alumna of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, received an Early Career Educator Award. Ellen Boyle and Tonya Rasmussen received a Pre-Service Educator Award, which is presented to an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for at least five years.
Fri
May
04
UW-Madison alumna Margery Amdur will serve as a visiting resident artist at the University of Latvia and lead a student workshop titled "Making Meaning." Amdur earned her master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 1982. She is currently a professor of art at Rutgers University–Camden. Over the course of the non-media specific workshop, students will challenge their sense of how and why they make art in the way they do, be encouraged to work beyond the scope of the workshop, and emphasize creative risk-taking.
Wed
May
02
UW-Madison alumna Melanie Gehrke's craft kit business, The Mad Makery, was featured by Madison Magazine. Gehrke earned her bachelor's degree in Art Education from the UW-Madison School of Education in 2008. The Mad Makery helps give other people a sense of accomplishment through do-it-yourself craft kits that Gehrke makes herself. “I think especially in today’s age, everything is so digital and online,” she says. “I think for a lot of people (working with your hands) takes you kind of outside of yourself for a moment,” Gehrke told Madison Magazine. “You’re not worried about everything else that’s going on in your life.”
Mon
Apr
23
UW-Madison alumna Muriel Simms was featured by The Capital Times in an article headlined: "The Simms principle: Muriel Simms worked to make Lincoln Elementary a better place for kids of color." Simms earned her master’s degree in 1975 from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2002. Simms worked as the principal of Lincoln Elementary School from 1988 through 1994. As a principal, Simms worked to empower disadvantaged students, engage parents and had a philosophy of multicultural teaching and project-based learning.
Fri
Apr
20
Jerry Apps​, a UW-Madison professor emeritus of agriculture and an alumnus of the School of Education, is publishing his autobiography, "Once a Professor: A Memoir of Teaching in Turbulent Times." Apps received his Ph.D. from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1967. In the book, Apps tells his stories from his years teaching at UW, from 1957 through 1995, including his experiences during the 1960's protests, struggles of tenure, faculty governance and trying to secure funding for research and academic programming.