Liberal Arts & Applied Studies


Who We Are

Liberal Arts and Applied Studies 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 Faculty

Emily Auerbach (PhD, University of Washington)

Professor of English; director, Odyssey Project Research areas: Jane Austen, the public humanities |


Matthew T. Hora (PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Assistant professor, adult and higher education; research scientist, WI Center for Education Research

Research areas: active learning, skills gaps, curriculum reform, internships |


Sage Goellner (PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison)

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

Research areas: Francophone literature, travel writing, adult language learning, online learning |


Kevin Mullen (PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Assistant professor of continuing studies; co-director, Odyssey Project

Research areas: public humanities, multi-generational learning, literacy studies |