Sabine Gross, Faculty Director:Sabine Gross is a professor in the Department of German and a faculty affiliate in Theatre Studies and Visual Culture Studies. She was born in Germany, where she completed her M.A in German literature after studies at the universities of Heidelberg and Frankfurt/Main, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her Ph.D. work focused on the process of reading, which has remained an enduring interest: How we read, how black marks on a page or screen unfold into a world as we process them, how modes of reading and the material book or reading surface affect our textual understanding, how images and texts interact, how we deal with complex texts that challenge us and provide multiple meanings - questions such as these have continued to shape her teaching and research over many years. Accepting a position at the UW Madison has allowed her to combine her passion for teaching (she holds a Distinguished Teaching Award) and for research. She has repeatedly taught a 6-credit intensive Introduction to German Literature for Honors students. She has worked on many different authors from the 18th to the 21st centuries, including innovative Enlightenment philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder, theater firebrand Bertolt Brecht, and Nobel Prize winners G¿nter Grass and Herta M¿ller. She is strongly interested in theater performance, and has produced and directed numerous plays with UW-Madison students for acclaimed public performances: the "German Play" is a biennial tradition that draws audiences from across Wisconsin (and occasionally beyond). As Book Review Editor, she edits 100 book reviews per year for the oldest journal on German literature and culture in the US, Monatshefte. On campus, she has organized Mellon research workshop on the topics of metaphor and on translation. More generally, she is fascinated by the human capacity for learning and by how we perceive our environment, and by how humans experience time. For many years, she has been an active member and served on the Executive Council of the International Society for the Study of Time.
Matt Kohlstedt, Associate Director of Administrative Services: Matt joined the Honors Program in 2013. He has a PhD in American Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he taught intermediate and advanced writing courses on Sports and Society, Knowledge and Power in American Empire, and Americans Abroad in Fiction and Film. Immediately prior to working at UW-Madison, he worked at Epic Systems in Verona, WI. He has also worked in university development and online advertising. He lives in Madison with his wife, son, and daughter.
Jacqui Guthrie, MS, Associate Director of Academic Services:Jacqui joined the Honors program in the summer of 2014. Prior to this position, she had worked in the College of Letters & Science Academic Advising Services office as an academic advisor and in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment as a transfer counselor. Jacqui brings with her a wealth of knowledge about UW-Madison policies, curricular requirements and extracurricular opportunities. Before embarking on her career in higher education administration and advising, Jacqui studied international relations, political science and African development as an undergraduate at UW. She enjoys travelling to far-off places, cooking, throwing pottery and a variety of water sports. She is passionate about access to higher education and helping students understand that college is about much more than just checking required classes off of a list.
Maria Hartwig, Academic Advisor: Maria joined the Honors program in 2017. She has previous advising experience at Purdue University and Clemson University working with a wide range of students. As a UW-Madison alumna, Maria is excited to be back on campus working with UW students. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, the performing arts, travel, and exploring new parts of Madison.
Erin Warner, Program AdministratorErin joined the Honors program in 2015. Erin enjoys helping to run the day to day operations of the Honors Program and getting to interact with the students, faculty, and staff that are part of the program. Prior to working in the Honors Program, Erin worked for the State of Wisconsin in a variety of administrative roles. Erin is a proud UW-Madison alum who also holds a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University. Outside of work Erin enjoys reading, traveling, spending time outdoors with her family and pets, and cheering for her daughter and son in their various sports.
Ben Jedd, Forensics Team Coach:Ben has coached the University of Wisconsin Speech Team since 2003. Prior to his time at UW Ben coached the National Champion Bradley University Speech Team and the Ball State University speech team; he has been coaching competitive speech since 1997. Ben also competed for the Bradley University Speech Team; as a competitor the team won five national titles and Ben was a state champion and multiple national finalist. Ben received his Bachelors Degree in Speech Communication from Bradley University and his Masters Degree in Organizational and Professional Communication Development from Ball State University. Currently, Ben teaches an online Career Development Seminar and works for a local information technology consulting firm, TeamSoft, Inc., in the field of business development.
Teddy Powers, Peer Advisor: Teddy joined the Honors Program team in the summer of 2016. She has a passion for helping members of the community and is pleased be in academic advising where she can provide knowledge to her fellow students. Teddy is a sophomore studying Neurobiology and Religious Studies and pursuing medical school. Alongside her work as a Peer Advisor, Teddy is also a Badger SPILL Supporter and takes opportunities to volunteer with kids, such as Saturday Science. In any spare time she has, Teddy enjoys yoga, swing dancing, going on outdoor adventures, reading, and learning from those around her.
Ari Brown, Peer Advisor: Ari joined the Honors Advising team in 2016 and is excited to continue working with students in the Honors Program. He is from Deerfield, Illinois and is working towards an Honors in the Liberal Arts degree in Strategic Communications (Journalism) and Political Science. Ari is looking forward to holding drop-in advising sessions during the year and helping with administration for the Honors Office. On campus, he is involved with many student organizations, including the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Humorology, The Black Sheep (a satirical newspaper), and is the Editor-in-Chief of Sconnie Sports Talk, a sports journalism website. In his free time, Ari enjoys hanging out at the Terrace, exploring campus, going to Badger sporting events and hanging out with his friends.
Cara Cicciarelli, Office Assistant: Cara joined the Honors Program in 2016. She is a junior studying Political Science and Strategic Communications and pursuing an Honors in the Liberal Arts Degree. Cara assists in creating content for the Honors blog (wischonorsonline.blogspot.com), as well as the Honors On-Line newsletter. Cara is also a campus tour guide and president of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. When she's not in the library, Cara enjoys visiting Madison's many coffee shops, playing guitar, writing and practicing yoga.
Melanie Tobiasz, Office Assistant: Melanie joined the Honors Program in 2015. She is a sophomore studying Strategic Communication within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is also pursuing a certificate in Digital Studies. Melanie assists in creating content for the Honors blog (wischonorsonline.blogspot.com), as well as the Honors On-Line newsletter. Melanie is also a copy editor for the Badger Herald and is an active member of Association for Women in Communications. When she's not studying for class or working, she likes to spend her time reading a good book on Bascom Hill, showing her Badger pride at football games, and trying new restaurants on State Street.