University of Wisconsin-La Crosse CASSH Magazine -- Capstone -- Fall 2021

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National Government; Campaigns and Elections, Politics and the Media; Legislative Process; American Presidency; research methods for political science and public administration majors; first-year seminar on the topics of persuasion, influence and power.

Anthony Chergosky Political Science & Public Administration Started at UWL: 2018, assistant professor of political science and public administration Courses: American government and politics, including POL 101: American

Background: Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My graduate work focused on American political institutions, and I conducted research on Congress, the media, elections, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Most importantly, I was able to gain teaching experience at UNC and discovered how much I valued the opportunity to work with students. During my graduate

Courses: I teach private musical theater voice lessons, singer/actor courses and music direct the musical theater productions.

Kathryn (Kat) Skemp Theatre Arts Started at UWL: 2011, associate lecturer of theatre arts

Background: Prior to UWL, I performed opera and musical theater around the U.S. and taught voice at St. Vincent’s University and Point Park University in Pittsburgh. UWL has also afforded me opportunities to continue some professional operatic performance work. Favorite part of teaching: I have the unique opportunity to work with students individually from the

studies at UNC, I developed a love for teaching as well as a curiosity for how to promote student learning. Favorite part of teaching: I love the fact that each day is different, and each class is different. When I teach my introductory-level American government courses, I get to focus on developing students’ interest in politics and their passion for democracy. When I teach upper-level courses, I enjoy showing students how political scientists think and guiding students as they develop new ways of thinking. Perhaps best of all, I get to directly witness the bright future for American democracy.

time they are freshmen until they are seniors. I enjoy watching these students grow into confident adults and realize their potential. It is a joy to be able to help them find their voices and challenge them to go a little bit further than they thought was possible. Breakthroughs in the studio are so exciting, and developing a skill like singing requires patience and hard work — lessons that students can carry over into other areas of their education and personal lives.