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Bill McConkey, Ph.D.

Bill McConkeyCourse/Subject Areas: Organizational Administration, Political Science and Public Administration

Dr. Bill McConkey teaches Leadership and Organizational Studies and Political Science courses at UW Oshkosh. Dr. McConkey received his BS and MS degrees in the Social Sciences from Illinois State University in 1964 and 1965. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1994, at the age of 52.

He has worked for several government agencies, including the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the Florida Senate’s Committee on Higher Education and for the Governors of Illinois and Alaska. He has owned and operated his own communication research and consulting firm for over 30 years and has also managed or consulted to over 150 political campaigns.

Dr. McConkey has been a university instructor for over 15 years and has published both fiction and non-fiction works. He is married and has seven daughters and step-daughters and 10 grandchildren.  He and his wife share their home near Baileys Harbor, in Door County, with their Schipperkes. They also own a farm in Tennessee. His favorite things to do are public speaking, cooking, walking with his dogs, hunting, fishing and writing.

Coy Sabel

Course/Subject Areas: Writing, Human Resources Management and Organizational BehaviorCoy Sabel

Coy Sabel has been teaching adult non-traditional students since 1998.  She has taught for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Marian College in Fond du Lac.  Courses taught include writing, composition, research, management and leadership.  For each class, Coy attempts to address all learning styles with a lot of hands-on activities and real-world applications.

She has spent 20 years in the business sector in various positions:  Business Research Analyst, Communications Manager and, most recently, Training & Development Manager. When Coy is not teaching, she enjoys spending time reading and writing. 

Gary Ziebell

Course/Subject Area: Project Planning & Implementation

Gary Ziebell has over 20 years of management and leadership experience in service, retail, and manufacturing industries. His passion is being a change agent by challenging people with accountability, ownership, and personal growth. After receiving his MBA from UW Oshkosh in 2005, he taught management courses for two years at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

His teaching philosophy is that students need to be able to take what they learn and apply it to their jobs. He is sympathetic to the demands that are put on students to be working adults and taking classes at the same time.

Contact Information:

gziebell@new.rr.com

Jeanine Hanisch

Course/Subject Areas: Leadership and Writing

Jeanine was employed by Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac as manager of the Personal Development Center and was involved with the development and worldwide offering of Mercury’s leadership program.  She now teaches adult students at the university level, channeling her knowledge and experience in leadership to courses that focus on that critical area.  She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees through the University of Wisconsin.

Jennifer Buchholz

Course/Subject Areas: Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Capstone and Research Seminars

Jennifer Buchholz has been teaching for the Center for New Learning since 2006 and has been teaching on the college level since 1999. She earned her M.A. in Human Resource Development from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Organization and Management with Capella University.

Jennifer has worked as a manager in the financial services, higher education and management consulting industries. Her favorite classes to teach for the Center for New Learning include leadership and interpersonal communication classes.

Kay Chitwood

Course/Subject Area: Presentations in the Virtual Workplace, Liberal Studies and the WebKay Chitwood

Kay has been the Director of Learning Innovations since 2005. Chitwood retired from her position as director of the Wisconsin Online Resource Center at Fox Valley Technical College, where she led statewide initiatives of the Wisconsin Online Resource Center, a repository of more than 2,200 learning objects.

Kay received her master's degree in Educational Media from the University of Northern Colorado. Since 2001, she has presented nationwide on a variety of topics, including developing learning objects, building online repositories, establishing curriculum processes for faculty, identifying assessment strategies and integrating technology.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Course/Subject Area: Liberal Studies Capstone Seminar, Options & Strategies

Sarah Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Higher Education Counseling, all of which was attained as a nontraditional student.  Her professional experience includes work in banking,  manufacturing, telecommunications and human services.  In addition to teaching for the Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement, Sarah is a full time program manager.  

Contact Info:

UW Oshkosh, Lincoln Hall

(920) 637-0059

smiths@uwosh.edu

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