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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. 

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.

Jim Frascona

Jim FrasconaCourse/Subject Areas: Occupational, Leadership, Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior

Working with nontraditional students has been one of the most rewarding work experiences of Jim's life. The motivation and sincere interest in the course material has been unparalleled in his 10 years of teaching, and he enjoys being a facilitator. He learns as the students learn, and it's just a lot of fun for him.

Jim's professional experience is a combination of human resources management and social work. He worked in the human resources field for about 12 years, then went back to school to and obtain a Masters in Social Work. He also has an MBA degree, and worked in the mental health field for a two years. Then, Jim found a way to combine his backgrounds in business and the social sciences as a teacher for CNL.

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.

Lee Prellwitz

Course/Subject Areas: Budgeting, Data Analysis and Project Management

Lee Prellwitz attended college at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960s and returned to school in the late 1980s and recieved a Liberal Studies degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1995 while working full-time at Ripon Foods, Inc. In the fall of 1996 he began the Master of business Administration program at UW Oshkosh and recieved his MBA in December of 1998.

His most rewarding experience as a student was the European Study Tour he took as the final course in the MBA program. Two weeks in Germany, France and England as part of a group of forty undergraduate and graduate business students was a memorable experience.

He teaches Applied Data Gathering and Analysis, Budgeting for Managers and Project Planning for the Center of New Learning. He relies heavily on his 29 years of business experience in the courses he teaches, and trys to use real world examples from his students as well. Prellwitz believes that education consists of both experience and relating it to the theories used in various disciplines. He also believes that education should be a lifelong experience and considers it his responsibility to direct his efforts to that direction.

Contact Information:

prellwil@uwosh.edu

Marsha Rossiter, Ph.D.

Course/Subject Areas: Leadership and Capstone Seminar

As a practitioner in adult and continuing education for more than 25 years, Marsha Rossiter has functioned as teacher, mentor, workshop leader, program developer, and administrator. She has extensive experience in continuing higher education and serving adult nontraditional learners in the university setting.


She served as the director of the adult degree program and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where currently she is a member of the faculty of the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership. Her writing and research focus on narrative applications in adult education; the relational elements of learning among adult students; and the connections between possible selves and adult learning. Her publications include Narrative and the Practice of Adult Education, Possible Selves and Adult Learning: Perspectives and Potential, and numerous articles and chapters on adult learning. Dr. Rossiter holds a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University, a master's degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and a Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Contact Information:

rossiter@uwosh.edu

Mary Weber, Ph.D.

Course/Subject Area: Managing People at Work

Dr. Mary Weber has 27 years experience in the food service industry, 10 years in a private international corporate headquarters and 10 years in association management developing an education foundation. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (1984) and a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, Louisiana (1998). She defended her doctoral thesis in Grenoble, France for the doctorate of business administration program (DBA) in 2006. 

In her spare time Weber enjoys the luxury of reading, she walks daily with her German shepherd and loves to cook and ride her motorcycle on the weekends. 

Contact Information:

weberm@uwosh.edu

Susan Kirkham

Course/Subject Area: Communications

Susan Kirkham graduated from UW Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, emphasis in Human Resource Management and Organizational Communication. Her graduate degree, from Silver Lake College (Manitowoc, Wis.), focused on Management and Organizational Behavior. She has over 15 years of experience managing all facets of the HR function.

Most recently, her experience includes teaching at the college level. She joined the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2004 and is teaching classes for the Center for New Learning and the Department of Communication (College of Letters and Science). She is a resourceful teacher who is passionate about the education and learning of traditional and nontraditional students. She, herself, is a committed lifelong learner.

Contact Information:

UW Oshkosh, Arts & Communications Building, Room S115

(920) 424-4420

kirkhams@uwosh.edu

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