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Liberal Arts & Applied Studies (LAAS)

Who We Are

Liberal Arts and Applied Studies (LAAS) is an academic department whose research focus serves and informs the teaching of adult learners. We provide education to adult learners, undertake scholarship on teaching and learning related to professional development and lifelong learning, and conduct outreach on issues of societal importance.

Our team

Emily Auerbach

Position title: Professor of English; director, Odyssey Project Research

Emily Azad

Position title: Program Manager

Nidia Bañuelos

Position title: Assistant Professor

Brian Benford

Position title: Odyssey Success Coach

Masha Bubela

Position title: Learning Experience Coordinator

Christina Demars

Position title: Odyssey Program Coordinator

Karen Dreyfuss

Position title: Odyssey Junior Coordinator

Michelle Galarowicz

Position title: Certified Professional Coach Program Specialist

Chariti Gent

Position title: Program Director, UW Certified Professional Coach Certificate Program

Will Glenn

Position title: Associate Instructional Specialist

Sage Goellner

Position title: Associate professor of French and continuing education; chair, Liberal Arts and Applied Studies

Jamie Henke

Position title: Distinguished Faculty Associate

Matthew T. Hora

Position title: Assistant Professor

Baron Kelly

Position title: Professor, Theatre and Drama

Peter Moreno

Position title: Director, Odyssey Beyond Bars

Kevin Mullen

Position title: Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Nagel

Position title: Assistant Director for Learning Experience

Jenny Pressman

Position title: Director of Development & Community Partnerships

Megan Reading

Position title: Program Director HIV Outreach Project

Tina Smith

Position title: HIV Outreach Project Program Coordinator

Lauren Surovi

Position title: Program Manager

Roberta Wang

Position title: Senior Administrative Program Specialist