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School of Education welcoming 11 new faculty members in 2013-14

August 25, 2013
by Todd Finkelmeyer

With the start of the academic year just over the horizon, UW-Madison’s School of Education is in the process of welcoming yet another highly regarded collection of new faculty hires to campus for 2013-14.

This year’s group won’t be as large as 2012-13, when 18 new faculty came onboard -– which is believed to be the largest such cohort in the School of Education’s 83-year history.

But over the course of this upcoming academic year, the School still will be adding to its outstanding roster with 11 talented new faculty members.

“We once again have gotten our first choice of candidates,” says School of Education Dean Julie Underwood. “They represent a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, and we are pleased and honored to have then join our Badger family.”

The School of Education’s Art Department tops this year’s charts of new hires, with three assistant professors joining the team.

Those who will be joining the School of Education as faculty members in 2013-14 include:

• Assistant Professor Jill Barnes, Kinesiology.  Barnes will start her post at UW-Madison in January after serving since 2009 as a postdoctoral research fellow in anesthesiology, and as an assistant professor of physiology, at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Her current research interest is in examining the effect of aging on human cerebrovascular regulation.

• Assistant Professor Lynda Barry, Art. Barry is an author and cartoonist credited with expanding the literary, thematic and emotional range of American comics. She is best known for her groundbreaking weekly comic strip, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” which ran for three decades. She spent the spring 2012 semester at UW-Madison as an interdisciplinary artist in residence.

• Assistant Professor Jeffrey Clancy, Art. Clancy is a visual artist, designer and educator whose studio practice is informed by historical and traditional craft practices and theory.  He is coming to UW-Madison from the Maine College of Art, where he was an associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry.

• Associate Professor John Diamond, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Diamond will be the Hoefs-Bascom Professor of Education. Diamond previously was a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a sociologist of education who examines how race, ethnicity and social class intersect with school leadership practices and policies.

• Assistant Professor Nicholas Hillman, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.  Hillman arrives on campus after spending the past three years as an assistant professor at the University of Utah, where he also was a research associate with the Utah Education Policy Center. His research specializations include: higher education finance; higher education policy and planning; college access and participation; and financial aid policy.

• Assistant Professor Helen Lee, Art. Lee is an artist, designer, educator and glassblower who most recently was based in Oakland, Calif. She holds an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Lee has taught in the Digital + Media and Glass Departments at RISD, in the Sculpture Department at California College of Art, and at the MIT Glass Lab.

• Assistant Professor Susan Miller Smedema, Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Most recently, Smedema was working as an adjunct instructor with the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and as a research consultant for projects related to psychosocial aspects of disability. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at Florida State University from 2005-11, where in 2011 she was awarded tenure.

• Assistant Professor Kathryn Moeller, Educational Policy Studies. Moeller spent the past year working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D. in social and cultural studies. Moeller’s scholarship is situated at the intersection of education, globalization and development studies, gender and women’s studies, and cultural anthropology.

• Assistant Professor Kristen Pickett, Kinesiology (Occupational Therapy). Pickett, who will start her post in January, spent the last three years conducting postdoctoral research at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. Her research focuses on individuals with movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, with the goal of understanding the role the brain plays within sensory and motor control parameters of human movement.

• Assistant Professor Martina Rau, Educational Psychology. Rau is joining the department’s learning sciences faculty group after receiving her Ph.D. this past spring from Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, a department that brings together learning science, psychology, computer science and design. Rau’s research interests lie in learning science, specifically in educational psychology, cognitive science and human-computer interaction.

• Assistant Professor Timothy Tansey, Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Tansey arrives on campus after serving as an associate dean with the University of Texas-El Paso’s College of Health Sciences. At UTEP, Tansey also was the program director of the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program. He is returning to campus after earning his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2001.

Those within the School of Education are invited to meet the new faculty members -- and catch up with old friends -- on Thursday when the School hosts a Welcome Back Bash. The event runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Education Building’s North Plaza, with Dean Julie Underwood delivering remarks at 1 p.m.  Stop by after lunch to enjoy the event, which will include UW's own Babcock ice cream.

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