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Patti See, M.A.

Patti See, Academic Skills Center
  • Academic Advisor
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Advising, Retention + Career Center
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

As an Academic Advisor, my main job on campus, I advise social sciences students. I believe in meeting students where they are—developmentally and intellectually—whether I am facilitating a class discussion or talking with an advisee in my office. I focus on proactive interventions by meeting with students individually, following up on their challenges throughout the term, and advising a plan of action that includes appropriate resources. I have adapted best practices to promote student growth as I developed curriculum for courses and training for student leaders.

I created and regularly teach two courses in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, WGSS 210: Contemporary Feminisms, and the umbrella course WGSS 260: Masculinities Studies and Feminist Theories (as "Masculinities in Contemporary American Film"). These classes are not only fun to teach, but I know that the material—on contemporary gender justice or on the effects of toxic masculinity—offers concepts that students have sometimes never discussed much less even considered.

As a freelance writer, I often give voice to women's experiences. My stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Salon Magazine, Women's Studies Quarterly, Journal of Developmental Education, The Wisconsin Academy Review, The Southwest Review, HipMama, Inside HigherEd, 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 100 countries. In addition, I'm a frequent contributor to "Wisconsin Life" on Wisconsin Public Radio (, and I write a monthly column about the Chippewa Valley for the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.

My projects often grow out of my own experiences: whether caring for a dying parent, mentoring students, or kayaking on Lake Hallie. All appear in my writing.

Teaching Interests
  • At-Risk Students
  • First-Year Experience
  • Contempory Feminisms
  • Masculinities Studies: Men and Film

In Academic Advising, Retention + Career Services

  • Advise social sciences students


  • Teach WGSS 210 and 260
  • Serve on the Liaison Committee
Research and Creative Activities
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Contemporary Feminism
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, 1994
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, 1990
Published Research

Patti's articles, fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Journal of Developmental Education, Salon Magazine, The Wisconsin Academy Review, The Southwest Review, Women's Studies Quarterly, and other magazines and anthologies. She co-authored with Professor Bruce Taylor (English) Higher Learning: Reading and Writing About College, Prentice-Hall, 3rd edition, 2011.


Honors and Recognitions
  • 2019 Feminist Services Award, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
  • 2019 and 2017, Contributors’ Choice: Best Local Lit. Volume One Magazine.
  • 2017 UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition, Second Place for “Bloom: A Sestina.”
  • Kay W. Levin 2016 Short Nonfiction Award, Honorable Mention for “Diary of a Bone Marrow Donor: Leinenkugel’s, The Mayo Brothers, Captain Kirk and a Nurse Called The Badger,” Council for Wisconsin Writers.
  • “The News from Lake Hallie” (a limited-edition collection of non-fiction) selected as part of the Community Sponsored Arts Program, sponsored by the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. Summer, 2016.
  • Kay W. Levin 2014 Short Nonfiction Award, Honorable Mention for “Hunter’s Mother,” Council for Wisconsin Writers.
  • “Best of Conference” for my presentation “The Growing Gender Gap: How to Keep Men in College.” Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA), Eau Claire, WI. 2014.
  • Finalist, 2011 Wisconsin Arts Board Literary Arts Award.
  • Women's Studies Service Award, 2008
  • 2006 UW System Regents Award for Excellence
  • 2004 Academic Staff Excellence in Performance Award, UW-Eau Claire
Previous Professional Experience


Conference/Workshop Presentations:

  • “No Ideas but in Things: Grit Curriculum for Students in Poor Academic Standing.” 30th Annual Teaching Academic Survival and Success (TASS) Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 4/8/2019.
  • “The EDI Toolbox: Preparing for 21st Century Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (On Campus and Beyond).” Wisconsin College Learning Center Association’s 2nd Annual WCLCA Conference, La Crosse, 5/24/18.
  • Panelist. “Stories from the Fund for Positive Engagement.” Campus Compact’s 2018 National Conference, True Stories of Engagement: Higher Education for Democracy. Indianapolis. 3/26-28, 2018.
  • “Fostering Grit: Helping Our Students Become Grittier.” 2016 Wisconsin Learning Assistance Conference (WLAN). UW-Stevens Point. April 15,2016.
  • “The ‘New’ Gender Gap: Keeping Men in College.” 2015 National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. March 23, 2015.
  • “The Growing Gender Gap: How to Keep Men in College.” Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA), Eau Claire, WI. September 19, 2014.
  • “Using Multimedia to Teach the ‘Net Generation.’” Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA), Eau Claire, WI. September 19, 2014.
  • “Teaching the ‘Net Generation’: Using Multimedia, Film and Literature in the Developmental Classroom” and “Training Peer Tutors to work with Unmotivated Students.” College Reading and Learning Association’s 46th Annual Conference, Boston, MA. November 6-9, 2013.
  • “How the Best Leaders Use their Emotional Intelligence to Build Community.” Wisconsin College Personnel Association’s Annual Conference, “Community,” Wisconsin Dells, WI. October 17-18. 2013.
  • "Helicopter Parents and Their Satellite Kids" at the 2012 MN TRiO and WAEOPP Conference Building Bridges, Making Waves, Duluth, MN. April 16-18, 2012.
  • "Observation * Memory * Research * Imagination: A Writer's Tools" at the 12th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Eau Claire, WI. October 18, 2011.
  • ‘To Make Much of Time’: A Holistic Approach to Helping Students Regain Good Standing” at the 2010 Tri-State Trio Spring Conference, La Crosse, WI. April 19-21, 2010.
  • “Every Day Feminism: Catching the Next Wave” at the 2010 AAUW Minnesota State Convention, “Blooms of the Future: Equity, Justice, Opportunity,” St. Cloud, MN, April 17, 2010.
  • “Using ‘First Generation’ Film and Literature in an Interactive First-Year Classroom” at “Getting the Word Out,” a conference of the Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (WAEOPP), Minocqua, WI. April 23, 2009.
  • “Thelma and Louise and Contemporary Feminism” at Zhuhai College of Jinan University, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China. June 10, 2008.
  • “Smoke Signals as the First All Native American Film” at Zhuhai College of Jinan University, Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China. May 27, 2008.
  • “ ‘Reel’ Teachers: Depiction of ‘The Professor’ in Contemporary Film” at the 38th Popular Culture Association Annual conference, San Francisco, CA. March 19-22, 2008.
  • “My Experience as a Good Samaritan Kidney Donor” at the First Fridays Program, Christ Church Cathedral, Eau Claire, WI. March 7, 2008.