Barbara Schmitz Benish has been an adjunct faculty member at UW Oshkosh since 1994, teaching a variety of news/editorial and advertising classes. She also serves as the Department of Journalism's Internship Coordinator and organizes mock interviews between students and journalism professionals each semester.
Benish earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at UW Oshkosh in December 1982, with an emphasis in both the news/editorial and advertising/public relations sequences. In 1991, she earned her master’s degree in business administration, also from UW Oshkosh, with an emphasis in marketing.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers, and has interviewed former Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan. Today, as a freelance writer, she mainly covers aviation, conservation enforcement and education for both print and Web publications. She has interviewed actor Harrison Ford, Gen. Chuck Yeager, who was the first to break the sound barrier, and astronauts such as Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, who took part in space shuttle missions to the International Space Station in 2006 and 2008.
Benish has twice been named an Appreciated Professor by UW Oshkosh students.