Four with ties to School of Education named Morgridge Fellows

Eleven faculty and instructors from across UW–Madison have been named Morgridge Fellows, including several with ties to the School of Education.

The fellows were selected through a juried process to participate in the year-long learning community designed to further institutionalize and support community-engaged scholarship, defined as: teaching, research, and scholarly activities that are performed in equitable, mutually beneficial collaboration with communities to fulfill campus and community objectives. The program is led by Morgridge Center academic staff and guest speakers from campus and community perspectives.

The upcoming year will include sessions focused on developing and sustaining mutually beneficial community-university partnerships for community-based learning courses and research. In addition to receiving support for their classrooms, research, and other community-engaged projects, fellows will have the opportunity to build a unique interdisciplinary team of mentors and peers from the UW–Madison community.

Morgridge Fellows with ties to the School of Education are:

Susan Andreae

Susan Andreae, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology — Andreae focuses on health equity and health promotion. She received her MPH and PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine.

Her research interests include the development, evaluation, and management of family-centered chronic disease self-management programs delivered by community peer coaches.

Linda Pheng

Linda M. Pheng, PhD candidate, Department of Educational Policy Studies — Grounded in her identity as the daughter of Khmer refugees, Pheng’s research centers the voices of Southeast Asian American communities to examine the policies, practices and contexts that impact their experiences in- and out-of-school spaces. She has investigated these areas through various qualitative research projects which make use of a variety of methodologies, including in-depth interviews, participant observations, ethnographic fieldwork, textual analysis and surveys.

Her dissertation project examines how a community-based youth program in Philadelphia works with Southeast Asian American high school youths to cultivate critical consciousness around race and class inequalities in their schools and communities; and, in turn, how youth use this knowledge to negotiate and challenge the effects of neoliberal education and urban reforms in their schools, communities and city.

Angela Richardson

Angela Richardson, aesthetics and business project coordinator, Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the School of Business — As the aesthetics and business project coordinator, Richardson coordinates art-based learning activities for business faculty, staff, and students.

She received her master of fine arts degree from the School of Education’s Art Department in 2015. Richardson is also a performer and visual artist, focusing on drawing, installation, and dialogue; her work investigates how artistic, intuitive, embodied approaches to research can yield different perspectives than scientific, empirical, and mechanical ones. Previously, she served as a project assistant to cartoonist and author Lynda Barry, arts program manager for the Division of the Arts, a multimedia designer at the Center on Education and Work, and a freelance media and event producer.

Calire Barrett

Claire Barrett, healthy academics specialist, University Health Services — Barrett graduated from UW–Madison with a joint PhD in educational psychology and civil society and community research in 2017. As part of her dissertation, Barrett studied the experiences of underrepresented and minoritized college students who participated in various types of community-engaged learning experiences and how those experiences impact psychosocial wellbeing.

Barrett previously served as the assistant director of academic engagement for the Center for First-Year Experience and now is the healthy academics specialist at UHS Prevention Services and Campus Health Initiatives, and specializes in working with faculty, instructional staff and TAs to implement systems, policies and environments that promote student wellbeing.

To learn about all of this year’s award winners, check out this report from Xai Xiong of the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

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