Congratulations and Farewells to SoHE Faculty This Summer

Nancy Nicholas Front

Nancy Nicholas Hall.

This month, several faculty in the School of Human Ecology at UW–Madison step into new roles in their departments or depart to new endeavors. We congratulate all of them on their many accomplishments and the work that has earned them these new opportunities.

Promotions and named professorships

Dr. Janean Dilworth-Bart moves from her role as Chair of Human Development and Family Studies to serve as an Associate Dean of the School of Human Ecology. She succeeds Dr. Connie Flanagan, who is retiring after a long and fruitful career studying the civic engagement of young people in America.

Dr. Heather Kirkorian serves as the new Chair of Human Development and Family Studies, and Dr. Jung-hye Shin serves as the new Chair of Design Studies. Beginning in fall 2021, Dr. Sarah Anne Carter will be Associate Professor of Design Studies and Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture.

Dr. Brian McInnes, of Civil Society and Community Studies, is the inaugural recipient of the Leola R. Culver Professorship in Nonprofits and Philanthropy. He will also serve as the Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“the CommNS”).

Dr. Carolee Dodge Francis, also of Civil Society and Community Studies, is the recipient of the Ecology of Human Well-Being Professorship and serves as the leading faculty member of the Indigenous Ecowell Initiative at SoHE.

Dr. Robert Nix, of Human Development and Family Studies, is the recipient of the Audrey Rothermel-Bascom Professorship.

Finally, Bobette Heller moves from her role as Associate Vice President of Development at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association to serve as Special Assistant to the Dean at the School of Human Ecology (please note her new email address as bfheller@wisc.edu).

Departures and retirements

Roberto Rengel departs from his role as Chair of Design Studies at SoHE to serve as Chair and Professor in the Interior Design department in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning at the University of Florida.

Mark Nelson, of Design Studies; Dr. Lori Bakken, of Civil Society and Community Studies; and Dr. Connie Flanagan, also of Civil Society and Community Studies, are retiring.

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