Patti See, M.A.

Patti See, Academic Skills Center
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Academic Skills Center
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As a Distinguished Student Services Coordinator in the Academic Skills
Center (my main job on campus), I run tutoring programs and teach GEN courses
for first year students or students in academic difficulty. Each summer I
teach in the Upward Bound Program for local high school students.

In Women's Studies, I am a Senior Lecturer. I created and regularly
teach two courses, WMNS 210: Culture of Third Wave Feminism, and the umbrella
course WMNS 260: Masculinities Studies and Feminist Theories (as "Boy to
Man: Males in Contemporary American Film"). These two classes are
not only great fun to teach, but I know that the material—on contemporary
gender justice or on the effects of hyper masculinity—offers concepts that
students have sometimes never discussed much less even considered. I love
being a part of that "awakening" with students. I was a long-time member
of the Steering Committee, and I currently serve on the Liaison Committee which
plans our annual Women's History Month Awards and the spring newsletter. 

As a freelance writer, I often give voice to women's experiences. My
stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Salon MagazineWomen's
 QuarterlyJournal of Developmental EducationThe
Wisconsin Academy Review
The Southwest ReviewHipMamaInside
, as well as many other magazines and anthologies. I am the
co-editor (with Bruce Taylor) of a first-year experience textbook, Higher
Learning: Reading and Writing About College
, 3rd edition
(Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011), and a poetry collection, Love's Bluff
(Plainview Press, 2006). I wrote the blog "Our Long Goodbye: One
Family's Experiences with Alzheimer's" (
which has been read in over 90 countries. In addition, I'm a frequent
contributor to "Wisconsin Life" on Wisconsin Public Radio (

In 2011 I moved into a small cabin on Lake Hallie with my husband, and I
started writing about getting to know my neighbors as well as the strangers who
fish the lake. Recently I mentored two public history students, and we
collected the oral histories of people who have lived on Lake Hallie the
longest. An ORSP grant funded a project to create the documentary "Lake
Hallie Lives: An Architectural and Oral History Project," which included these
voices along with old and new still photos. This is the first of its kind
to document the history of Lake Hallie and its few lakeside residents. (

My projects often grow out of my own experiences
as a woman: whether caring for a dying parent, mentoring students, or sitting
on my dock with a Mojito. All appear in my writing.

Teaching Interests
  • Third Wave Feminism
  • Masculinities Studies
  • Men and Film
  • Teach WMNS 210 and 260
  • Serve on the Liaison Committee
Research and Creative Activities
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Third Wave Feminism
  • Masculinities
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire