Office of Multicultural Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Old Main 230
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Mary Zimmermann and Eric Edwards (11-25-13)
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning want you to meet:
Hometown: O'Fallon, Illinois
Department or Office: Center for Adult Education and Outreach
What life experiences led you to your current career?: My dad was a big social justice guy, so I learned early on how to be a promoter for good. My mom was a close study of human nature, an avid reader and an information junky. Both were politically savvy and taught us to be aware of the world around us. Their lives and work, plus my education in humanities and communication skills developed over many years have led me to where I am today.
Programs/services that you coordinate/provide (only list the names): I am the marketing specialist for the Distance Learning Center and provide marketing support for the Center for Continuing Education, Small Business Development Center, and Northern Center for Community and Economic Development.
In one sentence what is your advice for students to be successful?: Pursue every opportunity to become your best self.
What is your favorite book?: Yellow Raft on Blue Water by the late Michael Dorris
One fun fact about you: I used to play a mean baritone saxophone.
Hometown: Othello, Washington
Department or Office: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Inquiry Department
What life experiences led you to your current career?: I listened to too much punk rock in my youth and decided I wanted to change the world. In addition, I had a lot of exposure to unequal social relations (primarily class and racial/ethnic inequality) both growing up and when I worked with low-income renters in St. Louis, Missouri after graduating from college. These experiences inspired me to try to find ways to create an egalitarian society.
List the classes you teach: Social Theory, Environmental Sociology, Intro to Sociology, Global Social Problems, Sociology of Education, Social Class, and a First-Year Seminar called Fungi and Society
In one sentence what is your advice for students to be successful?: The point is not just to understand the world, but to change it in a way that benefits humanity and our shared environment.
What is your favorite book?: Just one? I'll go with Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora. It is both a guide to fleshy fungi and a guide to life. My favorite book I'm reading currently (along with my students) is Envisioning Real Utopias by Erik Olin Wright.
What is your favorite hobby or activity outside of work?: Brewing my own beer (in part because, I am sorry to say, Northland beer is not very good), gardening, playing with my son, catching up on reading for fun, and watching Star Trek: Next Generation.
One fun fact about you: 1) I still listen to too much punk rock, 2) I compost my own urine. You should too!
If you would like to be featured as a Faculty/Staff Spotlight:The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) are excited to collaborate on the Faculty/Staff Spotlight! Modeled after the Student Spotlight hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this feature will spotlight photos and information about our great faculty and staff. Won't you please consider being part of this Spotlight opportunity?
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