Many UW-Richland faculty & staff are available as speakers or consultants. Some speakers may charge for mileage or ask a fee. The costs of consulting services are negotiable and depend on the type and extent of the services. Through the links below, you can contact individuals to arrange for speaking engagements or other services.
Assistant Professor Emeritus, Music
Aagaard is available to speak to high school and community groups about various topics in music, particularly American music. Subjects of specialty include: the American Musical Theatre, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Stephen Foster, Nat "King" Cole, John Philip Sousa, and Foster-to-Sousa-to-Ragtime-and-Blues-to-Boogie-Woogie-to-Rock & Roll. Other topics, given ample lead time might be possible.
Professor Emeritus, History
Bower can present talks on almost any topic related to history, including those related to current events or regional history. He will consider proposals to serve as consultant or academic humanist for Wisconsin Humanities Council projects.
Associate Professor, Psychology and Education
Carpenter is available to cover issues related to life-span human development and education, in particular issues surrounding cognitive and social-emotional development from childhood through old age. He is also interested in family history and genealogical research, and has some experience tracing his own family lines through Richland County back into the mid-1800s. Another interest is in the psychological dimensions of environmental issues.
Associate Professor, Computer Science/Physics/Astronomy
Cavanaugh offers talks on topics in astronomy and physics.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Dresser offers workshops or talks on creativity, civility in the classroom, and other academic issues. The talk on creativity is applicable outside academics. All talks could be tailored for adult or high school audiences. She can give presentations about Emily Dickinson and other women writers and would be pleased to give readings of her original poetry.
Associate Professor, Geography/Geology
Her specialties are in earth history, invertebrate paleontology, Wisconsin glaciation, geology of the Great Lakes region, and volcanology. She is available to speak on those or other topics in geology.
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Fetterly can speak or consult on most topics in general and organic chemistry. His special interests are polymer chemistry, chemical safety and biorenewable fuels and materials.
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Gavinski's areas of expertise are in endocrinology and human reproductive physiology. She can present on a range of topics including cellular and human physiology, genetics, endocrinology and molecular biotechnology.
Assistant Campus Dean for Student Affairs
Hackbarth-Onson would be pleased to speak with high school and/or parent groups about: Financial Aid 101, Exploring Majors and Education Options in UW System, How to Choose a Major, Choices after High School, Transitions from High School to College: What to Expect. Career Decisionmaking is another topic of expertise. Hackbarth-Onson can give presentations on MBTI and StrengthQuest assessments to help people determine areas of potential career interest; for those there is a cost for the assessment.
Patrick Glenn Hagen
Dr. Hagen's research interests are in intercultural communication, teaching world languages, and German-Jewish identity. He is currently available to present talks on the following topics:
- Germans and U.S. Americans in Communication
- The Importance of World Language Teaching in the 21st Century
Professor Emeritus, Economics/Business
Haney is available to speak to educational and community groups on a variety of topics in economics, including sustainable economic development, ecological economics, and current conditions in the state, national and global economies. Having traveled and worked in many Latin American countries and several Western European countries, he is also prepared to lecture on economic conditions in those regions as well. Emil Haney & Wava Haney (see listing below) together are prepared to speak on the topic of "Globalization."
Professor Emerita Sociology/Anthropology
Haney can talk to groups about "Women and Men: Work and Family" and "Businesswomen and Downtown Development." She can also offer a review of issues associated with race and ethnic relations in the U.S. in the past and today; these might be of special interest to high school classes in history, literature, sociology and political science. Haney could help non-profit groups interested in collecting quantitative (e.g., surveys) or qualitative (e.g., stories and oral histories) data. Together with Emil Haney, Professor Emeritus, Wava Haney is prepared to speak on issues associated with globalization.
Associate Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences
Hirschy offers presentations entitled "A 40-Year Summary of Richland Center Christmas Bird Counts"; "Feeding Frenzy - a look at backyard bird feeding"; "Unusual Plant Communities of Southwest Wisconsin"; "Hub City Bog State Natural Area"; "Travels of Muir and Thoreau in Southwestern Wisconsin"; "Enjoying the Night Sky." He is available to consult with parents considering purchase of microscopes, telescopes for children and offers consulting with schools regarding gifted and talented programs in science.
Gail (Halink) Hoffman
Professor, Health & Exercise Science
Hoffman may be available in the summer to conduct volleyball camps. She is interested in speaking to high school athletes--individuals, teams or other groups--about athletic opportunities at UW-Richland and to other groups about topics related to athletics.
Zoie Eva Lutz
Professor, Theatre/Communication Arts
Lutz offers presentations on topics in theatre history, directing, acting, & improvisation, including "With the Volume Turned Down," a presentation about non-verbal communication in theatre.
Associate Professor, English on leave through January 2016
McLeer is available to speak to high school and community groups about various topics in literature and writing. Special areas of interest include: Irish literature, British novelists, drama (including Shakespeare) and Wisconsin native Laura Ingalls Wilder. She also offers presentations on resumes/cover letters and writing effectively for college.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Murray is willing and able to talk about several topics in ethics and social and political philosophy. He is available to discuss subjects relating to bioethics, environmental ethics, the philosophy of Robert Nozick, and the philosophy of sport. He also has interests in ancient Greek philosophy and aesthetics.
Faye (Zhifang) Peng
Assistant Professor, Business & Economics
Peng can speak on a variety of topics in economics--international economics, development economics, economic growth and others.
Emeritus Assistant Dean for Student Affairs/Financial Aid Director
Poole serves as alumni liaison and may be available to discuss/present about the UW-Richland Alumni Association.
Director of the Library
Roll can discuss the use of library resources. He may also be available to talk about topics related to paranormal research, another of his interests.
Student Affairs coordinator – International programs
Wontor can present on these topics: the life of international students in America/hosting international students; English Language Learners (ELL)/English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Education (Adult/K-12); effects of being bilingual; linguistics including phonology/accent discrimination in the United States; and specializing in Saudi Arabian culture and exchange student habits.She is also the contact person for those seeking UW-Richland international students to speak about their home countries.
Given sufficient notice, Zorea can speak on most areas in history. His specialties include American Constitutional history, American legal history, American political history, organized crime history, organized crime laws, Catholic history in America, Biblical History (Old and New Testaments), Ancient philosophy, and Medieval philosophy.