Speakers Bureau

Listed below are UW-Sheboygan faculty and staff who are available to speak to high school classes or to groups, such as community organizations, service clubs, church groups, etc. As an expression of their professional commitment to the community, they want to share their expertise and knowledge.

Most speakers do not require a fee for local presentations, however honoraria and travel expenses may be requested by the individual. Donations may be made to the UW-Sheboygan Foundation for scholarships.

Speaking dates and times are limited by the individual's schedule. Contact should be made directly with the faculty or staff member at the email address or phone number listed next to their name. If there is any problem reaching the speaker, please email: shbinfo@uwc.edu.

Chemistry

James Kabrhel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Degrees

  • B.S. Juniata College, PA
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota (Organic Chemistry)

Areas of Expertise

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pseudoscience and Its Use in Media and Consumer Products

Contact Information: james.kabrhel@uwc.edu or 920-459-4427

Communications & Theatre Arts

Rick Ponzio

Senior Lecturer of Communication and Theatre Arts
Degrees:

  • B.A. UW-Parkside, WI (Philosophy)
  • M.A. Bowling Green State University, OH (Speech/Theatre)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Public Speaking
  • Theatre: New Play Development, Theatre Production,Performance
  • Writing Folk Literature
  • Folk Tales from around the World (Performance for K-5 and families)

Contact Information: rick.ponzio@uwc.edu or 262-909-1300

Geography/Geology

William Sharkey

Associate Lecturer of Geography
Degrees

  • B.A. UW-Milwaukee, WI (Environmental Geography)
  • M.S. UW-Milwaukee (Geography)

Areas of Expertise

  • Master Gardener (trained, 2011)
  • Cultural Construction & Planning of Place and Space
  • Gender Studies
  • History of American Environmental Policy
  • Human Environmental Disruption/Impact
  • Human and Environmental Sustainability
  • Human/Tribe Identity
  • Invasive/Non-native Plant Identification & Environmental Impacts
  • Wisconsin Natural History

Contact Information: william.sharkey@uwc.edu or 920-459-4405

History

Mark Karau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
Degrees

  • B.A. Marquette University, WI (History/Modern European History)
  • Ph.D., Florida State University (19th-20th Century Germany/European History)

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern China
  • Modern Germany
  • Soviet Union
  • World War I Germany
  • World War I Europe

Contact Information: mark.karau@uwc.edu or 920-459-4435

Physics and Astronomy

William Dirienzo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Degrees

  • B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison (Physics, Astronomy-Physics, Mathematics)
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia (Astronomy)

Areas of Expertise

  • Astronomy/Astrophysics
  • Computer/Microcontroller Coding
  • General Physics
  • Radio Astronomy Observation
  • Star Formation/Interstellar Medium
  • Star Gazing/Telescopes
  • Statistical Analysis

Contact Information: william.dirienzo@uwc.edu or 920-459-6620

Political Science

Alise Coen, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Degrees

  • Ph.D. University of Delaware (Political Science & International Relations)

Areas of Expertise

  • Politics of Identity
  • Refugee Policy
  • U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East

Contact Information: alise.coen@uwc.edu or 920-459-6630

Psychology

Julie Konik, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Degrees

  • Ph.D. University of Michigan (Psychology & Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies)
  • M.A. West Chester University (Clinical Psychology)
  • B.S. West Chester University (Economics)

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychology
  • Gender
  • Sexuality

Contact Information: julie.konik@uwc.edu or 920-459-6646