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School of Education welcoming new cohort of faculty members for 2014-15

August 27, 2014

UW-Madison’s highly ranked School of Education is in the process of welcoming another cohort of talented new faculty members to campus for the 2014-15 academic year.

After bringing in 18 new faculty members in 2012-13 and signing 11 members to its talented roster a year ago, the School is adding nine more faculty members in the upcoming academic year.

“We are pleased and honored to have such a talented cohort joining our Badger family,” says School of Education Dean Julie Underwood. “This group keeps the School strong and helps us continue to grow into the future.”

Those within the School of Education are invited to meet the new faculty members -- and catch up with old friends -- on Wednesday, Aug. 27 when the School hosts a Welcome Back Bash. The event runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Education Building’s North Plaza, with Underwood delivering remarks at 1 p.m.  Stop by after lunch to enjoy the event, which will include UW's own Babcock ice cream.

The School of Education’s Art Department and the Department of Kinesiology lead the way as each is bringing in three new faculty hires. Those who will be joining the School of Education faculty in 2014-15 include:

• Faisal Abdu’Allah, assistant professor, Art Department. Abdu'Allah, a British visual and performance artist, was the UW-Madison Arts Institute’s Spring 2013 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence. Faisal Abdu’Allah is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work primarily evolves from the interface of photography, printed media, film, installation and performance. Abdu’Allah’s iconographic images of power, race, masculinity, violence and faith challenge the values and ideologies we attach to those images and interrogate the historic and cultural contexts in which they originate. His extensive background in the art world includes recent teaching posts at the University of East London, The Royal College of Art, and Central/St. Martins College of Art & Design.

• Emily Arthur, assistant professor, Art Department. Arthur comes to UW-Madison after spending the past 14 years at the University of North Florida, where since 2010 she has been an associate professor with the Department of Art and Design, Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Arthur spent the fall 2013 semester at UW-Madison as a visiting scholar with the Art Department in printmaking.  Arthur brings a nature-based perspective through which she approaches painting, drawing and printmaking, and notes that the Cherokee and European heritage of her family offers a multi-layered perspective that she mines in her work.

• Lesley Bartlett, assistant professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies. Bartlett comes to UW-Madison from the Teachers College of Columbia University, where she was an associate professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies. Bartlett recently served as a lead researcher for both the Urban Refugees in Nairobi project at the University of Nairobi and the Literacy Programs in Conflict- and Crisis-Affected Areas. Bartlett has conducted research and held faculty appointments throughout the United States, Tanzania, Kenya and the Dominican Republic.

• Janet Branchaw, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology. Branchaw has been a member of the campus community for nearly two decades, and since 2011 has been interim director of UW-Madison’s Institute for Biology Education, which in July became WISCIENCE, the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement. Branchaw will allow the Department of Kinesiology to expand its contributions to STEM education and community outreach.

• Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology. Cadmus Bertram comes to UW-Madison from the University of California, San Diego, where she was an assistant professor of Family and Preventative Medicine at the Moores Cancer Center. Her research focuses on the role of physical activity and obesity in cancer risk and prognosis, and she is particularly interested in the use of technologies to help individuals improve their eating habits, physical activity and weight.

• Stephanie Graham, clinical associate professor, Department of Counseling Psychology. Graham received her doctorate from Auburn University in 2009 and then completed her pre-doctoral internship with UW-Madison’s Counseling and Consultation Services. Following her internship year, she joined Edgewood College in Madison as the Director of Personal Counseling Services, and now will direct the Counseling Psychology Training Clinic (CPTC) at UW-Madison.

 • Li-Ching Ho, assistant professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Ho comes to campus after serving most recently as assistant department head in research for the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Recent honors include the 2013 Early Career Award from the College and University Faculty Assembly at the National Council of Social Studies, and the 2013 Nanyang Teaching Award.

• Mary Hoefferle, faculty associate, Art Department. Hoefferle comes to campus from UW-Oshkosh, where she was an assistant professor with the Art Department. Hoefferle, who earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison, with an emphasis in art education, will be leading the Art Education Program. Her research interests involve community-based art, material culture studies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning -- with specific concentration on the transitions art majors make from art education methods courses, to student teaching, and into their first year of professional practice.

• Brittany Travers, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology (Occupational Therapy). Travers is no stranger to campus as she has been conducting post-doc work at UW-Madison’s Waisman Center over the past three years. Her research utilizes imaging technologies to examine how the brain of those with autism changes with age. She is also interested in further researching motor abilities of those with developmental disorders such as autism.

In addition, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) also has added several nationally recruited academic staff to its roster, including Janet Kelly as Communications Director. WIDA, which is housed within WCER at the School of Education, welcomed: Scott Gomer, Communication and Client Services Director; Justine Kolb, Assistant Director of Professional Development Delivery; Lorena Mancilla, Spanish Language Development Program Manager; Judy Kraft, Researcher for ELLs with Disabilities; Lynn Willner, Researcher for ELLs with Disabilities; Patricia Blanco, English Language Development Researcher; Alicia Kim, English Language Development Researcher; Cynthia Lundgren, English Language Development Researcher; and Rita McDonald, English Language Development Researcher.

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