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Faculty Speakers

A UW Oshkosh tradition, one member of the faculty will address the graduating class at each commencement ceremony.

Morning Speaker

Gabriel Loiacono

Gabriel Loiacono

Gabriel Loiacono is an Assistant Professor of History in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He holds a Ph.D in American History from Brandeis University. Gabriel regularly teaches History courses, and conducts much research pertaining to his interests. In addition, he is currently working on a book project titled, "Five Lives Shaped by the Poor Law: Stories of Welfare in Early Republican Rhode Island." Much of his writing is also published online, including: blog posts, book reviews, and other thoughts.

In the Spring of 2013, Assistant Professor Gabriel Loiacono and his family spent the semester in Pecs, Hungary, where Loiacono was a Fulbright Scholar for the semester.  His job was to teach three courses in American history to Hungarian English majors at the University, all the while studying how Hungarians viewed American history.  It turns out that Hungarian university students were intensely interested in the Cold War, Barack Obama, the CIA, Native American history, and African-American history.

Learn More: Gabriel Loicaono


Afternoon Speaker

Dr. Stephen Rose

Stephen Rose

Stephen A. Rose is a Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Studies Education and Curriculum and Instruction from The Ohio State University. His areas of expertise are social studies education, curriculum and instruction, and the utilization of technology to foster authentic teaching and collaborative learning. He has thirty years of teaching experience. His current teaching duties involve teaching social studies methods and curriculum courses as well as teaching The Individual, School and Society courses and supervising clinicians and student teachers at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, he teaches elementary and secondary social studies curriculum course and educational history.

Dr. Rose has extensive experience as a social studies methods instructor who integrates technology into social studies methods. The methods courses he teaches are part of the social studies learning community in the COEHS that combines the same cohort of methods students in an educational technology and content reading classes with a social studies methods class that has a clinical experience. This instructional innovation was published in Social Education.

Dr. Rose is the author of numerous professional papers presented at national and international conferences about teaching social studies, and the utilization of technology to promote authentic instruction and collaborative learning. His publications have appeared in the Kappen, Social Education, Theory and Research in Social Education, The Social Studies, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, and in Human Services Today. For the past six years, he has directed inquiry-based collaborative learning projects named WebSTAR which make use of technology to b ring together learners at a distance to address substantive content. The participants in these projects have been language arts, special education, and social studies pre-service teachers and their professors at various colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin as well as middle school students in three schools at a distance studying the Bill of Rights with the aid of university students serving as online mentors. The most resent article describing the research findings of these projects is published in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. Dr. Rose is also President-elect of the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies and consults with the Wisconsin Department of Instruction about academic and teacher licensure standards in social studies. He is one of several coauthors of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Planning Curriculum in Social Studies.

Learn More: Dr. Stephen Rose

by Rommelfanger, Laura M. last modified Apr 15, 2014 08:19 AM

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