Alumni News

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Wed
Aug
08
UW-Madison alumna Jessica Stovall is featured in the new STARZ documentary, "America to Me." Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007, and is about to move to Palo Alto, California, to pursue a Ph.D. in race, inequality, and language in education at Stanford University. Premiering on Aug. 26, "America to Me" is a 10-episode documentary series that asks the question, "Can a Chicago-area high school change the conversation about race?" Stovall is also part of the social impact campaign, which is using the film to make positive change in race and equity in schools across the United States.
Mon
Aug
06
UW-Madison alumna Alison E. Leonard was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Arts and Creativity in the College of Education at Clemson University. Leonard earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012.
Thu
Aug
02
The third installment of the art gallery "Being Forward" by UW-Madison alumnae Brenda Baker and Bird Ross will be on display in the School of Education Gallery from Aug. 1 to 31. The "Being Forward" exhibition includes over 150 photographs featuring Madison women artists and art supporters posing as Ms. Forward, the iconic statue that has been on the Capitol grounds since her installation in 1895. Baker and Ross have the goal of raising $300,000 for the Woman Artists Forward Fund, which is being established to fund unrestricted grants for women visual artists in the Madison area long into the future.
Tue
Jul
31
UW-Madison alumnus Mark Tauscher was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame earlier in July. Tauscher is a former Badger and Packer offensive lineman who graduated from UW-Madison in 1999 before going on to earn his master’s degree in educational administration from the School of Education in 2003. He also is a former member of the School of Education's Board of Visitors.
Fri
Jul
27
Wisconsin Life recently featured UW-Madison alumna J Matzner and her career working to make ballet accessible to people with mobility challenges. Matzner earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013. The Wisconsin Life story centers around one of Matzner's students, Mari Koopman, who is in a wheelchair.
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.