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Meet the Cohort (2018-19)
Amy L. Blair
Amy L. Blair is an associate professor of English at Marquette University and is co-editor of the journal Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, the official journal of the Reception Study Society. Dr. Blair's 2012 book Reading Up: Middle-Class Readers and the Culture of Success in the Early Twentieth-Century United States, was published by Temple University Press under the auspices of the Andrew Mellon Foundation-funded American Literatures Initiative. Reading Up investigates, through the lens of a reading advice column that ran for the decade between 1902 and 1912 in the Ladies' Home Journal magazine, the way readerly desires for social, cultural, and financial capital affected readers' reception of the canonical works of American literary realism and the less-celebrated, genteel literary bestselling fiction of the day. Dr. Blair's work in progress,Tasting and Testing Books, studies Emily Newell Blair’s reading advice in Good Housekeeping magazine during the 1920s and 1930s in the frame of the magazine’s “money-back guarantee” mindset. Dr. Blair has also been named volume editor for The Gods Arrive in The Complete Works of Edith Wharton, to be published by Oxford University Press.
Terry Burant is the Director of Teacher Education and an associate clinical professor in the College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching and Teacher Education at the University of Arizona, studying early field experiences in teacher education. In addition to coordinating the teacher education program, Dr. Burant teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Educational Policy and Leadership. As a former high school teacher (science, language arts, and special education), Dr. Burant is especially interested in research on literacy across and within content areas in secondary schools, classroom ecology and management, and the impact of recent findings in neuroscience on teaching and learning. In the community, Dr. Burant lifeguards and assists in the management of an outdoor pool in downtown Milwaukee.
Tom Eddinger joined the Biology faculty in 1989 after receiving a BS degree in Biology Education from Purdue University, MS and Ph.D. degrees in muscle biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Postdoctoral training in the Medical School physiology departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Virginia. His research at Marquette University has focused on smooth muscle regulation and function, and improving undergraduate education. He served on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Committee on Faculty (before there was a Faculty Senate), and the HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation Steering Committee. He currently serves on the Academic Integrity Council, Honor Faculty Advisory Council, and is the director of Undergraduate studies for the Department of Biology.
Elizabeth Andrejasich Gibes is the Digital Scholarship Librarian for Raynor Memorial Libraries where she manages the libraries’ Digital Scholarship Lab. Ms. Gibes joined Marquette University in 2012, having previously worked at Berry College. She holds a B.F.A. in Performance Studies and an M.S. in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research and professional contributions focus on digital literacy and multimodal scholarship. Elizabeth lives in Milwaukee with her husband and daughter, often spending her weekends with them enjoying the city’s museums and playgrounds.
Kimberlee Gretebeck is an associate professor who joined the College of Nursing in 2017. She earned her BS in Nursing from Edgewood College, MS in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas Medical Branch, PhD in Health and Kinesiology from Purdue University and a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Health Promotion and Health Behavior. Her community engaged research focuses on promoting healthy behaviors aimed at managing or preventing chronic illness of vulnerable older adults. Dr. Gretebeck’s recent funding includes collaborating with community partners to disseminate an evidenced-based physical activity program, Physical Activity for Seniors (PALS); culturally adapt PALS for older African Americans; and develop, implement and evaluate a nutrition program, Beneficial Bites for a Healthy Life, for older adults living in rural Wisconsin.
Jody Jessup-Anger, Ph.D. Michigan State University, is associate professor of higher education in the department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies and program coordinator of the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program. Her research explores how the interaction of students and the collegiate environment affects student development and learning. Dr. Jessup-Anger teaches courses in college student development theory, student affairs administration, and environmental theory and assessment. She is co-author of the forthcoming book, Living-Learning Communities that Work: A Research-Based Model for Design, Delivery and Assessment and co-editor of the forthcoming monograph, Addressing Sexual Violence in Student Affairs and Higher Education. She is currently co-leading the Elon University Center for Engaged Learning 2017-2019 Research Seminar on Residential Learning Communities, a summer institute that promotes multi-institutional research collaboration on high impact practices in higher education.
Norah Johnson is a pediatric nurse practitioner and an associate professor in the College of Nursing. Dr. Johnson grew up in Toronto Canada, where she received her BSc from the University of Toronto, and Nursing Diploma from Humber College. Her BSN is from St. Joseph College in Indiana, and her MSN and PhD degrees are from Marquette University. Since joining the College of Nursing in 2010, Dr. Johnson has been involved in interprofessional teaching, research, and service focused on children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities and their families. She developed an iPad app (with copyright) to prepare persons with autism for medical procedures. For the past seven years she has been part of a Pediatric Nursing Consortium that developed a hospital discharge teaching intervention. She has served in leadership roles in professional organizations, College of Nursing committees, and the Univeristy Intellectual Property Review Board. As a Fulbright Specialist in Global/Public Health, Dr. Johnson was invited to teach at the University College Dublin during her 2018 spring sabbatical.
Maura Moyle is an associate professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Director of the Language and Literacy Laboratory, and Director of Graduate Studies. She received a B.S. in anthropology, an M.S. in speech-language pathology, and a Ph.D. in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maura’s research focuses on language and literacy development in low-income, urban children who speak non-mainstream English. She also researches teacher preparation for language and literacy instruction. Her work has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and Herzfeld Foundation. Maura is currently serving as a consultant to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Next Door, and Wisconsin Early Childhood Association. She is also a reading tutor at the Children’s Dyslexia Center. Maura is a big fan of Marquette’s group fitness classes, especially CrossFit. She lives in Brookfield with her two daughters, Lauren (12) and Erin (10).
Dr. Robinson is a 3-time Marquette University Alumnae (BSN, MSN, PhD). She is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and an assistant professor in the College of Nursing where she teaches in the Graduate Nurse-Midwifery program as well as the undergraduate program. Dr. Robinson's research focus is on health equity, with a specific emphasis on eliminating racial health disparities. In this capacity, she examines barriers and develops interventions to increase breastfeeding rates among African American mothers. Her on-campus service activities include her work on numerous College of Nursing committees, and serving on Marquette University’s Committee on Diversity and Equity. Away from work, Karen spends time with her husband, Jason (Marquette Engineering, 1997), and their children, Joshua and Kendall.
Angela Sorby received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1996 and has taught at Marquette for 18 years. She is a poet-scholar who publishes both creative and critical work. Her books include three award-winning volumes of poetry, most recently The Sleeve Waves (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014); an anthology, Over the River and Through the Wood, co-edited with Karen Kilcup (Johns Hopkins, 2013); and a literary history, Schoolroom Poets: Poetry, Pedagogy, and the Place of American Poetry 1865-1914 (University of New Hampshire Press, 2008). She is also co-editing a volume on poetry and pedagogy, under contract with Palgrave-UK. Her current literary historical research focuses on the emergent aesthetic of cuteness in nineteenth-century popular culture. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband, three children, and two Devon Rex cats.
Christopher (Chris) Stockdale, Ph.D. received a BS in Engineering Physics from Washington University in Saint Louis in 1992, a Masters in Physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1995 and a doctorate in Physics from the University of Oklahoma in 2001, receiving the Nielsen Dissertation Prize.He was awarded a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2003. He came to Marquette as an assistant professor in 2003 and was promoted to associate professor in 2011. His research area has focused on understanding the evolution of massive stars who are progenitors of supernovae by studying the radio and X-Ray emission created in the interaction of the supernova blastwaves overrunning the progenitor stars’ winds. Chris is currently helping with the creation and implementation of an LGTBQ+ employee resource group at Marquette.
Meghan Stroshine is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences. She received her B.A. in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University, M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of WI-Milwaukee, and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She has taught a variety of courses in the Criminology and Law Studies major, including Introduction to Criminology, Police & Society, Domestic Violence, and Family Violence & Public Intervention. Meghan’s research interests center on police decision-making and behavior (specifically, use of force) and attitudes toward the police. In addition to serving on several departmental, college, and University committees, Meghan is a member of the Marquette University Police Department Advisory Board. She lives in the town of Merton with her husband, Justin, and two children, Keelan (4) and Cole (3).
Lucas Torres, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Psychology Department. Dr. Torres received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University and completed a Multicultural Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his post-doctoral position, Dr. Torres received clinical training at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, through the Boston University Medical Center, and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Currently, he is co-Director of the Latina/o Well-being Research Initiative (LWRI) and his research interests focus on issues of mental health disparities or the psychological difficulties experienced by members of underrepresented groups. With an emphasis on community-based approaches, this research seeks to identify the mechanisms that contribute to mental health problems, namely depression, anxiety, alcohol use, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Past research has been supported through a number of sources including the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Program (AHW REP); Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant, Marquette University; Strategic Innovation Fund, Marquette University; and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Dr. Miao Wang is a professor in the Department of Economics. She joined Marquette University in 2003 after receiving a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oregon. Currently, she is also the co-director of the Center for Global and Economic Studies in the College of Business Administration. Dr. Wang’s teaching includes principles of microeconomics, international trade at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and undergraduate econometrics. Her research interests focus on international trade and foreign direct investment, including the following topics: foreign direct investment and economic development, macroeconomic factors in a recipient country that influence foreign investment activities, and individual attitudes toward multinational corporations. Dr. Wang’s research has been widely published in Economic Inquiry, Kyklos, Review of International Economics, and World Development, among others. She is on the Editorial Boards of International Advances in Economic Research and Cogent Economics and Finance.
Darren Wheelock joined the Marquette faculty in 2006 after receiving a doctorate in sociology from the University of Minnesota. He is an associate professor of Criminology and Law Studies in the department of Social and Cultural Sciences. His work examines the intersection of racial inequality, crime and violence and criminal punishment. He is currently working on two projects. The first analyzes public opinion data collected by the Marquette University Law School Poll. Dr. Wheelock investigates the factors that shape Wisconsin residents’ support for criminal justice policies and rehabilitative measures. He works with the Center of Peacemaking on his second project examining the link between the housing market, residential dislocation and crime in Milwaukee. Dr. Wheelock’s research has appeared in social science journals including Social Forces, The British Journal of Criminology and The Sociological Quarterly. He currently serves on the Core Curriculum Implementation Committee and as a Marquette University goal steward for Diversity and Inclusion.
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.
Rev. Kent Beausoleil, S.J.
Currently the Special Assistant to the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs at Marquette University, Rev. Kent A. Beausoleil, SJ has a Ph.D. in Student Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Rev. Beausoleil, SJ is passionate about faculty leadership development gaining experience through his doctoral work in educational leadership and international comparative higher education, as well as his on-campus higher education work in the areas of vocational and leadership program development. He possesses Master degrees in Public Administration, Philosophy, and Divinity. His primary responsibilities include university accreditation, faculty leadership, mission integration, and the promotion of Ignatian Values on Marquette’s campus. In addition, Rev. Beausoleil, SJ is a visible presence on campus as chaplain for the Marquette University Police Department and for the Division of Student Affairs. He is active in student life through student organization involvement, a facilitator on Student Retreats and as a main presider at student-centered Masses on campus. He is a co-chair of the 2017 Marquette Homecoming Committee, a co-goal steward for Marquette’s Strategic Plan initiative Beyond Boundaries, and was a member of Marquette’s Master Plan steering committee. He is active in the Milwaukee Catholic community as well as a frequent presider for the Three Holy Women and Our Lady of Divine Providence parish communities.
David Buckholdt earned his doctorate in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis. Since coming to Marquette in 1974 he has served as chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, Associate Vice President and Vice President of Academic Affairs, founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and co-director of the Burke Scholar’s Program and director of the Trinity Fellows Program. Dr. Buckholdt’s early research focused on the application of social exchange theory to behavioral and learning problems of children and youth. More recently he has worked on issues related to the social construction of decision making in human service settings and on faculty stress. One son is a graduate of the Marquette Physical Therapy Program and another is a graduate of the College of Engineering. Dr. Buckholdt is retired as university professor emeritus.
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