November 12, 2020

UW-Superior welcomes nine new faculty

UW-Superior welcomed nine new full-time assistant professors and lecturers to campus this fall. The group represents four departments: the Department of Education, Music, Natural Sciences, and Human Behavior, Justice & Diversity. Each new faculty member brings not only a wealth of expertise and teaching experience to the campus, but is committed to the liberal arts mission of UW-Superior, engaging variously in active teaching and learning and helping students prepare for their professional futures.

Mark Grover is a senior lecturer in the Natural Sciences Department. He earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Virginia and has worked for state wildlife agencies in Utah and Arizona as an aquatic ecologist responsible for managing and monitoring populations and habitats of rare species of fish and amphibians. His areas of expertise include ecology and conservation biology.

Susan Larson Kidd is an assistant professor of special education in the Education Department. She holds a doctorate in educational administration/special education and education specialist degree from The College of William and Mary. Her areas of expertise are in applied behavioral analysis, special education law, autism, biomedical research and neuroscience. Her research and writing areas are currently in social neuroscience, autism, and sensory integration dysfunction.

Kris McConnell is an assistant professor of biology in the Natural Sciences Department. He earned a B.S. in biology from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. in biomolecular chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His professional interests include molecular genetics and developmental biology.

Chantal Norrgard is assistant professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies. She earned her B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and her Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Human Behavior, Justice, and Diversity Department and coordinator for the First Nations Studies Program.

Lynn O’Brien is an assistant professor in the Professional School Counseling Program. She is currently completing her dissertation on Professional School Counselor professional development and will have earned her B.A., M.S., and doctoral degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition to professional development, her areas of interest include school-based play therapy, equity and social justice in the school setting, and meeting the mental health needs of students.

David Potter, assistant professor/coordinator of music education in the Department of Music, holds degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music, the Crane School of Music, and Michigan State University. His areas of research expertise include music education policy, assessment, and teacher evaluation. Dr. Potter has taught courses in music education, music appreciation, and songwriting.

Tessa Davis-Price, assistant professor in the Education Department, moved to Superior from her hometown of Boise, Idaho. She earned her M.A. at Gonzaga University in community counseling and her Ph.D. at Idaho State University in counselor education and counseling.

Tanya Skalecki is a senior lecturer in the Education Department’s Educational Administration Program. An alumna of UW-Superior, with a M.S. in Education with a focus on administrative leadership. Skalecki earned her doctorate in law from Concord Law School. She worked in education as a special education teacher, principal, director and executive director. Most recently, Skalecki was the CEO/ED of an advocacy agency while teaching as an adjunct instructor and serving as a content expert at the university level.

Lee Ann Wiese is a senior lecturer in the Education Department’s Special Education Program. She has worked in the public K-12 setting for the past 13 years in a variety of roles including as a secondary English teacher and special education teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in special education leadership from Capella University and is very excited to be teaching at the college level. Her professional interests include autism and transition.




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