Speakers Bureau

Listed below are UW-Washington County faculty and staff who are available to speak to high school classes or to groups, such as community organizations, service clubs, church groups, etc. As an expression of their professional commitment to the community, they want to share their expertise and knowledge.

Most speakers do not require a fee for local presentations, however honoraria and travel expenses may be requested by the individual. Donations may be made to the Washington County Campus Foundation for scholarships.

Speaking dates and times are limited by the individual's schedule. Contact should be made directly with the faculty or staff member at the campus address, or phone number listed next to their name. If there is any problem reaching the speaker, please email: student-info@uwc.edu


Dr. Christopher Hays

Email: christopher.hays@uwc.edu
Professor of Anthropology

Areas of Expertise:

  • Archaeology-Southeastern United States, Late Archaic/Early Woodland period
  • Medical Anthropology


Joshua Lesniak

Email: joshua.lesniak@uwc.edu
Associate Professor, Art

Areas of Expertise:

  • Ceramics;  Modern Architecture and Design
  • Modern Art, Sculpture

Biological Sciences

Dr. Toye Ekunsanmi

262-335-5250 ext. 254
Email: toye.ekunsanmi@uwc.edu
Professor, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Food and Water Borne Diseases
  • Microorganisms/Human Parasites
  • Use of Herbal Remedies

Dr. Wayne Schaefer

262-335-5250 ext. 252  
Email: wayne.schaefer@uwc.edu
Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Blue Walleye of Canada
  • Canadian Wilderness Ecology


Carl Gahala

262-335-5250 ext. 316 
Email: carl.gahala@uwc.edu
Assistant Professor, Business/Economics

Areas of Expertise:

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Personal Finance


Dr. Mohamed Ayoub

262-335-5250 ext. 234  
Email: mohamed.ayoub@uwc.edu
Professor, Chemistry

Areas of Expertise:

  • Chemistry in Daily Life
  • Chemistry & Physics of Color
  • Theoretical /Computational Chemistry in the Classroom and Research
  • Imaging Individual DNA Molecules and Applications for Biotechnology
  • Green Chemistry

Communications & Theatre Arts

Rick Ponzio

Email: rick.ponzio@uwc.edu
Senior Lecturer of Communication and Theatre Arts

Areas of Expertise:

  • Public Speaking
  • Theatre: New Play Development, Theatre Production,Performance
  • Writing Folk Literature
  • Folk Tales from around the World (Performance for K-5 and families)

Chris Yogerst, Ph.D.

262-335-5250 ext. 314 
Email: christopher.yogerst@uwc.edu
Assistant Professor, Communications

Areas of Expertise:

  • Digital Media
  • Film History
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Influence
  • Popular Culture

Computer Science

Mechtild Johnson

Email: mech.johnson@uwc.edu
Emeritus Professor, Computer Science

Area of Expertise:

  • History of Computers


Dr. Larry Gomes

Email: larry.gomes@uwc.edu
Professor, Business/Economics

Areas of Expertise:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics of Banking; Money & Banking
  • Industrial Organizations


Dr. Jennifer Heinert

262-335-5250 ext. 316  
Email: jennifer.heinert@uwc.edu
Associate Professor, English

Areas of Expertise:

  • American Literature
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Toni Morrison
  • Narrative Theory & Genres
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. William Malcuit

262-335-5250 ext. 317  
Email: william.malcuit@uwc.edu
Assistant Professor, English

Areas of Expertise:

  • African American Literature 
  • American Literature and Culture
  • Critical Theory
  • Literary Modernism
  • Poetry

Dr. Patricia Roby

Email: patricia.roby@uwc.edu
Emeritus Professor, English

Areas of Expertise:

  • Contemporary Literature    
  • Film & Literature: American and Global
  • Gang Language and Identification
  • Indian Myths and Storytelling
  • International literature, Mystery Writers
  • Native American Literature and Culture
  • Women's Literature

Dr. Anne Widmayer

262-335-5250 ext. 318  
Email: anne.widmayer@uwc.edu
Professor, English

Areas of Expertise:

  • British Culture
  • Drama
  • Feminism
  • Modern Mystery Writers
  • Research in special collections
  • Women’s Studies


John Degnitz

Email: john.degnitz@uwc.edu
Associate Lecturer, History

Areas of Expertise:

  • History of Western Civilization
  • U.S. and World History 

Dr. Michael Thorn

Email: michael.thorn@uwc.edu
Professor Emeritus, History

Areas of Expertise:

  • Art and Architecture of England
  • Collecting Fine Antique Engravings
  • Modern Ireland, Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Library Science

Jennifer Chamberlain

262-335-5250, ext. 337
Email: jennifer.chamberlain@uwc.edu
Executive Director of UW Colleges Libraries

Area of Expertise:

  • Information Access and Research Skills


Dr. Peter Gibeau

Email: peter.gibeau@uwc.edu
Professor, Music

Areas of Expertise:

  • Classical Music and German Translation


Dr. Mark Peterson

Email: mark.peterson@uwc.edu
Professor, Philosophy

Areas of Expertise:

  • Environmental Philosophy, Eco-Feminism, and Radical Environmentalism
  • History & Philosophy of Science/Technology
  • Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Mythology
  • Philosophy and the Martial Arts
  • Taijiquan

Dr. Tait Szabo

Email: tait.szabo@uwc.edu
Associate Professor, Philosophy

Areas of Expertise:

  • Abortion
  • Animal Ethics
  • Blackmail
  • Human Transplant Organ Sales
  • Sexual Ethics, esp. Prostitution
  • Sports Ethics, esp. Performance Enhancing Technologies

Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Miraj Uddin

Email: miraj.uddin@uwc.edu
Lecturer, CSEPA Department

Areas of Expertise:

  • Modern Physics
  • Scattering Phenomenon and Diffraction physics
  • Interaction of radiation with matter, etc. 
  • Quantum Mechanics

Dr. Swapnil Tripathi

262-335-5250 ext. 237  
Email: swapnil.tripathi@uwc.edu
Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Areas of Expertise:

  • Astronomy
  • Black holes/neutron stars
  • General Physics
  • Theory of Relativity
  • Interreligious Dialogue