Seven new instructors at UW-WC for fall semester


One new tenure track faculty position as well as six new lecturer positions have been announced at UW-Washington County for the fall semester, which began Thursday, September 2.

William Malcuit is the new Assistant Professor of English.  He recently completed his Ph.D. in English at Loyola University, Chicago. While studying at Loyola, Malcuit also taught several English classes, including African American Literature, Introduction to Poetry, Introduction to Fiction and a College Writing Seminar. His specialization is 20th Century American Literature. 
His undergraduate work in English was completed  at Kent State University.  With its “close knit community” Malcuit believes that UW-WC offers the “ideal environment for my style of teaching” which is to “engender within my students a passionate understanding of the importance of what they are studying.”  Malcuit noted that teachers must “convey enthusiasm about the subject he or she is teaching” and help to make students “feel connected to the subject.”  Malcuit , who lives in Shorewood, will be teaching ENG 101 and ENG 102 Composition, and ENG 255 Introduction to Poetry at UW-WC this fall.

Amy Grams is teaching a section of SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology.  Grams received her M.A. in Sociology from California State University and her B.A. in Sociology from UW-Stevens Point.  She has been teaching Sociology at various colleges, both in Wisconsin and in California for over 20 years.  She has received recognition for her teaching with nominations and awards. Grams makes her home in Oregon, Wisconsin.

Brian Katcha is teaching Phy 141, College Physics.  He received his M.S. degree in Physics from UW-Milwaukee and his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from UW-Milwaukee.  Katcha has been self-employed at Brian L. Katcha, Inc., an independent consulting engineering firm, for ten years.  Prior to that, he has worked for various local engineering firms.

Joseph LaBarbera is teaching CTA 103, Introduction to Public Speaking and CTA 201, Introduction to Mass Communication.  LaBarbera completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degree at UW-Whitewater.  While completing his M.S. degree (with dual emphasis, Mass Communication and Corporate Communication) he started a media and communications training, education and consulting firm.  His work experience also includes 14 years as a news reporter for WITI-TV in Milwaukee.  More recently, LaBarbera taught at Chippewa Valley Technical College, where he was awarded the 2010 Educator of the Year Award.  

Sarah Pressman is teaching SPA 101, First Semester Spanish and SPA 201, Third Semester Spanish.  She received her M.A. degree in Language, Literature and Translation at UW-Milwaukee.  Pressman obtained her B.A. in Spanish and Women’s & Gender Studies from Edgewood College in Madison.  Pressman, who resides in Milwaukee, has taught at UW-Milwaukee for the last two years. Prior to that, she interned in Central America at Augsburg College.

Tej Shrestha is teaching a section of MAT 091, Elementary Algebra;  MAT 105, Introduction to College Algebra and MAT 110, College Algebra.  Most recently, Shrestha has taught at Kansas State University, where he completed a Ph.D. in Mathematics. His dissertation was Algebraic Deformation of Monoidal Category.  Shrestha earned a M.S. in both Statistics and Mathematics from Kansas State University and a M.S. degree in Mathematics and B.S. degree in Mathematics, Physics & Statistics from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.  

Scott Steinke is teaching ECO 204, Economics-Micro.  He received his M.B.A. from Marquette University and his B.S. degree in Economics from UW-Milwaukee. Steinke, lives in Menomonee Falls and has taught at the Lubar School of Business  at UWM.  In 2009, he was named a “Gold Star Teacher.”  His work experience includes over 18 years, serving as a Vice-President, Financial Advisor, for Ziegler Wealth Management in Milwaukee.

UW-Washington County has 25 faculty members and 29 lecturers. Over 90% of the tenured faculty members have a doctorate or terminal degree in their field of study. With a growing curriculum, small classes and dedicated faculty, students are provided with a high quality education at the lowest cost in the UW System.  For more information about UW-Washington County, visit the website at or phone 262-335-5201 to set up an appointment with an advisor in Student Services.


Sue Bausch