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Debbie Gough

Debbie Gough

Director, Advising and New Student Initiatives
and the Student Success Network

Contact Information:
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
226 Schofield Hall
Phone: 715.836.3487
Fax: 715.836.4939

I am the director of Advising and New Student Initiatives. I have lots of administrative responsibilities, but my first love is working with undeclared students.

I was born and raised in New York (Long Island). I have a B.A. in History from the College of Wooster in Ohio and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. I have been advising undecided students since before most of my students were born. So obviously I must like what I do!  I have taught American History, Women’s History and Black history. I have two children who graduated from UW-Madison.  My husband teaches in the History department here.

I spend a lot of my spare time working to help people in need and/or with social justice issues. I am on the board of the Feed My People Food Bank and work on fair trades sales. I’m also a huge Twins fan and a Badger fan.

Were you undeclared?
No, I was always interested in a history major. However, I would never have thought about being an academic adviser. And I believe that all students should explore and expand their interests while in college. Being honest with yourself and admitting you don’t know what you want to do is a really important and brave thing to do!

Something fun!
I love stuffed animals.  While my office is full of ducks (ask me to explain that when you come in), my real love is stuffed bears.

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.