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Who's Who?
Assistant Director for Advising and Student Programs

Faculty Fellow
Program Associate
Honors Student Staff & Advisors

University Honors Director:

jeff vahlbuschJefford Vahlbusch ( became director of the University Honors Program in July 2009. He is also an associate professor of German in the Department of Foreign Languages. His areas of scholarly and teaching interest include 19th and 20th century literature and philosophy,literary reception, classical literature, and the history of Marxism. He is currently working on a book-length study of Hermann Hesse's reception in the USA, especially in the counterculture, anti-war, and student movements during the 1960s and 1970s.


Honors Program Faculty Fellow:

Ruth J. Cronje ( is a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire.  She teaches rhetoric of science and medicine in the Rhetorics of Science, Technology and Culture program. As Honors Faculty Fellow, she is dedicated to developing opportunities for Honors students to participate in civic engagement projects that produce necessary social change; most of these projects have involved efforts to help build community capacity to provide more equitable healthcare for our low-income neighbors.  Ruth's scholarship revolves around the issues of democratic participation and the authority of scientific discourse. In addition to her work, Ruth is an avid gardener currently at work growing the first Honors Program Giant Pumpkin.

Former Honors Program Faculty Fellow:

David M. Jones ( is an Associate Professor of david jonesEnglish and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.  His writing examines a wide range of topics in literature, social movements, and popular culture using interdisciplinary methods.  His essay on Lorraine Hansberry and sexuality in the civil rights movement is collected in Growing Up Postmodern (2002), and he has recently published essays on Booker T. Washington, William Jennings Bryan, and Clarence Major.  Current writing projects include a full-length manuscript on the Black Arts Movement and a biographical essay on the blues and soul musician Etta James.  David is also the executive producer of a program series on the history of jazz, blues, soul, and reggae music, Jazz, Blues, and Beyond.  The program will be broadcast during Fall 2006  on 89.7 FM WUEC in Eau Claire. David is also a professional musician.  His site,, provides information about his live performances and sound recordings.

Program Associate:

pam goldenPam Golden ( is the program associate for the University Honors Program. Prior to joining the Program January 1, 2010, she worked nearly six years with the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program on campus. Before coming to UWEC, Pam worked as a Marketing Manger and, for nearly 12 years, as a Girl Scout Executive staff member - an organization with which she retains a lifetime membership. Pam earned her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration from Wright State University in Dayton, OH and her M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Iowa in 1989. To complete the Master's degree, Pam wrote her thesis on Affirmative Action in city government researching 14 cities in eastern Iowa. When not enjoying time with her teenage children, Pam is likely to be found reading a British mystery novel, listening to great Blues music while sipping herbal tea - or Diet Mountain Dew.

Honors Student Staff, Advisors, and Ambassadors:

Our Student Ambassadors are available for new and current University Honors Students to:Anja and Emily

  • connect with the Program;
  • assist with scheduling honors and other courses;
  • discuss ideas for innovation and retention in University Honors;
  • assisting in any way to provide Honors students with a meaningful experience in University Honors and at UWEC.



Anna BielHi! I’m Anna and I’m a sophomore German major! I’m from Beaver Dam, WI (and yes, there really is a dam), I’m addicted to German (the culture, language, and country), and I have a dog name Rue, after the Hunger Games character.








Anneli WilliamsHi! I’m Anneli and I’m a senior,  double majoring in German and Geography! I spent the past semester studying abroad in Germany, my favorite band is First Aid Kit (and I got to see them perform live!), and I have a 25 lb. cat named Willie Williams! :D








Carolyn Wolff (and bear)Hi everyone! I’m Carolyn and I’m a Communication Studies major! I was born in Denver, CO, lived in Augusta, GA for 9 years, and have lived in Wisconsin since 2004! I also have a black belt in karate and am a master omelette maker (or so I think)! ;)






Kendall ClayHi! I’m Kendall and I’m a senior Art major! I’ve worked as a Page at a library for 5 years, if I could, I would wear sweaters and boots all year round, and I appreciate puns a ridiculous amount. Tell me a pun and you’ll quickly become my friend. :D








Mattie KahnHey, I’m Mattie and a sophomore Business Management major! I can play the drums, guitar, and piano; but, I can’t whistle to save my life, and I have a strange obsession with barbeque sauce – any suggestions?