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School welcoming 14 new faculty members to UW-Madison campus

August 22, 2018

With the start of the 2018-19 academic year just over the horizon, UW-Madison's School of Education is preparing to welcome a highly regarded cohort of new faculty hires to campus.

Fourteen faculty members are set to join the School of Education’s roster during the fall semester, which is one of the largest such groups to sign on with the School since its founding in 1930.

“The many talented faculty members we bring to campus to work in fields as varied as the arts, health and education are among the great strengths of our School of Education,” says Dean Diana Hess, who holds the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. “We are excited to welcome an outstanding cohort of scholars who bring a diverse set of viewpoints and experiences to our School as we look to build upon our excellence.”

The new faculty members being welcomed to campus are:


• Yeohyun Ahn, assistant professor, Art Department:
Ahn is coming from an assistant professor position teaching web design, graphic design and design for social changes at Valparaiso University and from a lecturer post at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Ahn earned master of fine arts degrees in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. Ahn has been the director of TYPE + CODE since 2007, a design research lab for computational typography and generative graphic design. Ahn’s work pursues visual innovation throughout the collaboration between art, design, technology and journalism.

Education Building• Zhe (Gigi) An, assistant professor, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education: An is joining the School of Education after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in early childhood unified education earlier this year. Her research interests include: early childhood inclusive education; preschool expulsion and suspension; early behavioral intervention; family-professional collaboration; and international theories and applications of evidence-based practices.

• Susan Andreae, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology: Andreae is coming to the School of Education from a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Division of Preventive Medicine. Andreae earned her Ph.D. in 2015 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the School of Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior. Her dissertation is titled, “Association Between Physical Activity and Learning, Pain Coping Strategies, Perceived Stress, and Depression Among Adults with Diabetes and Chronic Pain.” Her research interests include partnering with community peer coaches to develop and evaluate family centered programs for chronic disease management.

• Malachy Bishop, professor, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education: Bishop returns to UW-Madison after serving as a rehabilitation counseling professor, doctoral program coordinator (2000-18), and research director for the University of Kentucky’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability, the Human Development Institute since 2014. In 2000, Bishop received a Ph.D. from UW-Madison’s School of Education in rehabilitation psychology. His research centers on psychosocial adaptation, employment barriers and quality of life in people with chronic neurological disabilities.

• Amy Claessens, associate professor and Gulbrandsen Chair, Department of Educational Policy Studies: Claessens is joining the School of Education from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where she studied education, child development and public policy. Claessens earned her Ph.D. in human development and social policy in 2007 from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Her work explores how policies and programs influence child development and how early achievement and socioemotional skills relate to subsequent life outcomes.

 • Colleen Conroy, assistant professor, Department of Theatre and Drama: Conroy returns to UW-Madison after serving as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Drama for the 2017-18 school year, where she taught all levels of voice training courses. Conroy earned a master of fine arts in voice studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has held positions at the University of Connecticut, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and East 15 Acting School in England. Research and teaching interests include the application of Laban efforts in an integrative approach to actor training, and gender spectrum voice and communication training.

• Katie Eklund, assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology: Eklund comes to the School of Education from an assistant professor position at the University of Missouri’s School Psychology Program. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling, clinical and school psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and spent 10 years working in public schools as a school administrator and psychologist. Eklund’s areas of expertise include school mental health, the prevention and treatment of childhood behavioral and social-emotional concerns, school climate, social emotional learning, and school safety. Eklund is currently serving as co-director of the Madison Education Partnership.            

• Nickolas Frost, assistant professor, Department of Counseling Psychology: Frost returns to the School of Education from a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto, California. He earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology in 2017, where he wrote his dissertation, “Psychotherapy versus Pharmacotherapy Across Distinct Outcome Domains: A Meta-Analysis of Direct Comparisons.” Frost’s area of clinical specialty is counseling diverse groups, while his research program focuses on the efficacy of mental health interventions in randomized clinical trials and routine care.

• Simon Goldberg, assistant professor, Department of Counseling Psychology: Goldberg is returning to the School of Education from positions as a postdoctoral fellow at VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, a senior fellow at the University of Washington’s Department of Health Services, and as a member of the University of Washington’s Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering Center. Goldberg earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison’s Department of Counseling Psychology in 2017, where he wrote his dissertation, “Therapist Effects in Trajectories of Change: Differentiating High- and Low-performing Therapists.” His research focuses on psychotherapy, the clinical application of mindfulness, and veteran mental health, with a heavy emphasis on quantitative methods.

• Tomiko Jones, assistant professor, Art Department: Jones is joining the School of Education from a curator-in-residence position at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, following time as an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University Denver. Jones received her master of fine arts in photography and certificate in museum studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Jones’ work reflects themes of how place, landscape and ecology shape culture and identity.

 • Stephen Kilgus, associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology: Kilgus joins the School of Education from an associate professor position at the University of Missouri in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. Kilgus earned his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut’s Department of Educational Psychology. His primary areas of expertise are school-based mental health assessment and intervention. In 2016, he was awarded the Lightner Witmer Early Career Research Award from Division 16 of the American Psychology Association. Kilgus was also recently awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Science (IES) to develop and validate measures to inform the selection and modification of behavioral interventions.

• Diana Rodríguez Gómez, assistant professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies: Rodríguez-Gómez will be joining the School of Education after serving since 2016 as an assistant professor at the Universidad de Los Andes, in her hometown of Bogotá, Colombia. Rodríguez-Gómez earned her doctorate in international educational development from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2016. Rodríguez-Gómez’s expertise explores the intersections of violence and education in Latin America, and her research includes forced migration, armed conflict, peacebuilding and education, and education in emergencies.

• Sarah J. Short, assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology: Short joins the School of Education after serving as the co-scientific director for UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds. She earned her Ph.D. in biological psychology and a neuroscience specialty from UW-Madison in 2009 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research examines early brain development and executive functions in both typical and high-risk children. Ultimately, Short aims to create preventive interventions to ameliorate children’s risk for neurodevelopmental disorders and psychiatric illness.

• Kate Vieira, associate professor and Cellmer Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction: Vieira is moving to the School of Education from UW-Madison’s English Department, where she has taught since 2012. She is a past recipient of a Spencer/National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship and is currently on a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Colombia. Her first book, “American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy,” won honorable mention for the 2017 CCC Outstanding Book Award. Her second book, “Writing for Love and Money: How Migration Drives Literacy Learning in Transnational Families,” is forthcoming. Vieira’s teaching and research include writing studies, qualitative methodologies and migration.

All faculty and staff from across the School are invited to meet the new faculty members -- and catch up with old friends -- on Thursday, Aug. 30, when the School of Education hosts its annual Welcome Back Bash.

The event runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Education Building’s North Plaza, and this year will feature a tailgate-style lunch, complete with Babcock ice cream for dessert. There will be a brief program, with remarks from Dean Hess, beginning at 1 p.m. If it rains, the Welcome Back Bash will be moved to the Education Building’s Morgridge Commons area.

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