​Speakers Bureau

Do you need an expert in a specific field? Review the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Speakers Bureau to see whether a student, faculty member or staff member can help you. To schedule a speaker, contact Jenny Resch at 715-346-3211 or jresch@uwsp.edu.

Kym Buchanan,
Kym Buchanan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
CPS - School of Education

Kym Buchanan is a professor, psychologist and designer. He started his career as a high school teacher, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Learning, Technology and Culture from Michigan State University. He's worked at UW-Stevens Point since 2006. Buchanan's teaching and research include motivation, diversity and technology. He's currently developing games for teaching civics. Buchanan is also a leader in university shared governance.

Buchanan is an energetic, charismatic speaker and trainer. He's developed a variety of high-impact professional-development experiences to meet the needs of clients including educators, administrators, managers, librarians, and parents and families.

Talks and Areas of Expertise

  • Civics, diversity, power and ethics
  • Leadership and organizational change
  • Media and technology (e.g., games and simulations, technology planning)
  • Psychology (e.g., creativity, motivation, positive psychology)
  • Serious/crisis issues (e.g., addiction, social anxiety, suicide)
  • Student development and school safety
Nisha A. Fernando,
Nisha A. Fernando, Ph.D.
Professor
CPS - Division of Interior Architecture

Nisha A. Fernando is professor of Interior Architecture, at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She joined UW-Stevens Point in 2002 and was the associate dean and division head from 2007-2012. Fernando received a Ph.D. in architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and bachelor's (honors) and master’s degrees in architecture at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, where she practiced as a registered architect for several years. Her academic recognitions include the UW-Stevens Point Excellence in Teaching Award, UW System Woman of Color Award, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Faculty Award in 2006, Chancellor’s Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creativity–Faculty Mentor Award at UW-Stevens Point and Preparing Future Faculty Award.

Talks and Areas of Expertise

  • Inclusive Design
  • Cultural Aspects of Design
  • Environment-Behavior – the "Psychology” of Experiencing Buildings
  • Connecting the Design Profession with the Local Community
  • Design Pedagogy
Christopher Hartleb,
Christopher Hartleb, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology, Director UW-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility and Aquaponics Innovation Center
COLS - Biology

Chris Hartleb received his bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his master's degree from the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maine.  Since joining UW-Stevens Point in 1996, Hartleb has developed the state’s only undergraduate minor in aquaculture, professional certificate in aquaponics, and directs the premier aquaculture and aquaponics applied research and education centers in the Upper Midwest. He teaches college courses in aquaculture, aquaponics, fisheries ecology and field ecology.

Talks and Areas of Expertise

  • Aquaculture
  • Aquaponics
  • Fish culture
  • Seafood
  • Locally grown, sustainable food sources
Maysee Yang Herr,
Maysee Yang Herr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
CPS - School of Education

Dr. Maysee Yang Herr is a native of Central Wisconsin and started her teaching career as a K-12 educator in the Indianapolis Public School District. Courses she has taught at the university level include Teaching for a Pluralistic Society, Asian American Student Leadership, Educational Psychology, Managing the Learning Environment, Hmong Culture and Language, and Newer (Contemporary) Views of Learning. She has presented and done consulting work on ways to address diversity and inclusion in the learning and professional environment for organizations such as Walmart, UW-Stevens Point, Ithaca College, Cornell University, Hmong College Preparatory Academy and Portage County Hmong Documentary Project.

Talks and Areas of Expertise

  • Diversity and inclusion in the learning and professional environment
  • Psychology of teaching and learning
  • Critical discourse (use and meanings of language systems in everyday life)
  • Hmong culture and language
  • Families and children in schools
  • Early childhood development
  • Curriculum development
Diana K B Hoover
Diana K B Hoover
Professor of Graphic Design, Creative Director
COFAC - Department of Art and Design

Diana Hoover is a professor of graphic design in the Department of Art and Design at UW-Stevens Point. Before coming to UW-Stevens Point in 2002, Hoover taught at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

She serves as creative director for the Design Center providing professional design work for clients on campus and in the community. Hoover worked in the professional field for more than three decades designing signage, displays, identities, websites and print collateral.

Also an artist, Hoover has exhibited her work nationally, regionally and locally.

Talks and Areas of Expertise

  • All About Typography
    This is an overview of the history of type from the development of the Latin alphabet, illuminated manuscripts, Gutenberg, to digital type use today.

  • Understanding Brands
    A presentation on the history of branding, the processes used to establish a strong brand presence and the importance of using dynamic brand messaging and architecture.

  • Graphic Design: Origins and Milestones
    The roots of this dynamic and diverse profession in the Industrial Revolution to the incredible crowd-sourced social / knowledge culture of today is presented in incremental leaps through history.

  • Signs, Symbols and Meanings
    This presentation covers the significance of symbols and how we understand them. The range of topics connects the use of religious icons to our current world of icons for digital apps.

Jim O’Connell
Jim O’Connell
Assistant Professor of Communication/Arts Management Coordinator
COFAC - Division of Communication

After 22 years as executive director of Wausau’s Performing Arts Foundation, managing the historic Grand Theater and Wisconsin’s most comprehensive local arts agency, Jim O’Connell began a new career in the Fall of 2014 teaching Arts Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Beginning in 1968, arts administration has brought O'Connell to many interesting places, including the negotiating table to move the NFL Cardinals to Arizona. He has worked at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center, the Wisconsin Union Theater and New York’s Lincoln Center. O'Connell opened the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines and directed Arizona State University Public Events.

Talks and Areas of Expertise

  • Putting the Wonder Back in Wonderful: The Value of the Arts in a Well-Lived Life
  • We Will Survive: The Live Arts Experience in a Virtual World
  • The Fifth Stream: The Role of Arts and Entertainment in Community Vitality
  • Making Waves: Capital Fundraising for Community Organizations
  • The Non-Profit Leader’s Survival Guide (I): Managing Expectations
  • The Non-Profit Leader’s Survival Guide (II): Surviving Job Loss
  • “Stupendous”: 1920s Movie Palaces and the Audience Experience