Three Faculty Receive Promotions

By UW-Sheboygan

Mark Karau
                   Professor Mark Karau

University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension is proud to announce that 34 faculty members were recently awarded promotions or tenure. This includes three UW-Sheboygan faculty:

Mark Karau (History) was promoted from Associate Professor with tenure to Professor with tenure.
Mark Schmitz (Biological Sciences) was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure.
Christy Talbott (Music) was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure. 

“Earning promotion or tenure requires a rigorous academic review, so I extend my sincere congratulations on this major academic career achievement,” said Chancellor Sandeen. “Like all faculty members, I know these colleagues will continue to make valuable contributions to ensure that the UW Colleges and UW-Extension meets its vital mission within the State of Wisconsin.”

Dr. Jackie Joseph-Silverstein, Regional Executive Officer for the Southeast Region, said, “We are proud of our faculty’s accomplishments. The success they have earned in their disciplines is positively reflected in the success of our students.”


Promotion from Associate Professor with tenure to Professor with tenure:

  • Brett Barker: UW-Marathon County, History
  • Jennifer Erickson: UW-Extension, Community Resource Development
  • Jason Fischbach: UW-Extension, Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Caroline Geary: UW-Fox Valley, Chemistry
  • Mark Hagedorn: UW-Extension, Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Jennifer Heinert: UW-Washington County, English
  • Mark Karau: UW-Sheboygan, History
  • Jonathan Kasparek: UW-Waukesha, History
  • Pam Massey: UW-Fox Valley, Health, Exercise Science, And Athletics
  • Lou Pech: UW-Marathon County, Biological Sciences
  • Karl Schindl: UW- Manitowoc, Business/Economics
  • Joan Sprain: UW-Extension, Family Development
  • Elizabeth Zanichkowsky: UW-Waukesha, English


Promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure:

  • Julianna Alitto: UW-Waukesha, Psychology/Education
  • Missy Bablick: UW-Extension, Family Development
  • Richard Brunson: UW-Marshfield/Wood County, Music
  • Timothy Buchholz: UW-Marathon County, Music
  • Patricia Carroll: UW-Extension, Family Development
  • William Cronin: UW-Extension, Community Resource Development
  • Jason Hausler: UW-Extension, Youth Development
  • Beth Johnson: UW-Fox Valley, Geography/Geology
  • Suzanne Joneson: UW-Waukesha, Biological Sciences
  • Neil Klemme: UW-Extension, Youth Development
  • Zhifang Peng: UW-Richland, Business/Economics
  • Mark Schmitz: UW-Sheboygan, Biological Sciences
  • Christopher Stark: UW-Extension, Community Resource Development
  • Rebecca Stone Thornberry: UW-Marinette, Communications-Theatre Arts
  • Jill Stukenberg: UW-Marathon County, English
  • Jennifer Swensen: UW-Extension, Youth Development
  • Christy Talbott: UW-Sheboygan, Music
  • Mohan Thapa: UW-Washington County, Mathematics
  • Christa Van Treek: UW-Extension, Youth Development
  • Christopher Wilbur: UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, Psychology/Education
  • Younis Zaidan: UW-Fox Valley, Mathematics

The UW System Board of Regents formally voted to approve the promotions or tenure at their June meeting, and they are effective July 1, 2017, for UW Extension, and August 28, 2017, for UW Colleges, which is the first day of the 2017-2018 academic year. 

UW Colleges is an institution of the UW System comprised of 13 freshman-sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online that offer an associate degree in arts and science and a single Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. UW-Extension serves Wisconsin families, businesses and communities statewide through offices in all 72 Wisconsin counties and three tribal nations, continuing education services through all 26 UW System campuses, the UW Flexible Option partnership with UW System campuses, the statewide broadcasting networks of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, and entrepreneurship and economic development activities by county throughout the state.


Christy Talbott
      Associate Professor Christy Talbott

mark schmitz
          Associate Professor Mark Schmitz


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications