GREEN BAY — Five University of Wisconsin-Green Bay professors have been awarded full, named professorships that start Jan. 1, 2009.
Each of the five-year professorships are awarded to faculty members to financially support ongoing scholarly work that exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay. Recipients are recognized for demonstrated positive commitment to scholarship and outreach.
The five faculty members earning professorships will be recognized at the UW-Green Bay Fall Commencement, held Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
UW-Green Bay has nine total named professorships.
Faculty members awarded named professorships for 2009-2013 are:
• Prof. John Stoll, Austin E. Cofrin Professorship in Management
The award—established with a 2005 gift from David Cofrin, his wife Mary Ann, and the Cofrin children in honor of David Cofrin’s father, Austin E. Cofrin—recognizes and gives support for a full professor who works directly with business leaders, business development, and UW-Green Bay students who later enter the business world.
Stoll’s academic expertise is in natural resource and environmental economics.
His experience includes teaching, research, contract administration, consulting, and service as an expert witness in his academic specialty.
• Prof. Denise Scheberle, Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship in Environmental Studies
The Herbert Fisk Johnson Professorship in Environmental Studies was established in 1985 by Samuel C. Johnson and his wife, Imogene Johnson, of Racine. It is named in honor of his father. Herbert Fisk Johnson was the grandson of Samuel Curtis Johnson, founder of Johnson Wax Company. Samuel C. and Imogene Johnson have remained friends of the University since its inception.
The Johnson Professorship is designated for the areas of biological or physical environmental studies and/or policy studies to environmental issues.
Scheberle is currently the chair of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Environmental Law, Public and Non-Profit Management, Public Administration and American Government. She has also created the first annual Steps to Make a Difference Walk (a service-learning project to raise money for nonprofit organizations); and the first annual Phoenix Forums: Dialogues in Citizenship (a campus-wide effort to engage students as citizens).
• Prof. Meir Russ, Frederick E. Baer Professorship in Business
Frederick and Patricia Baer announced plans to establish the Frederick E. Baer Professorship in Business in 2005.
Frederick Baer joined Paper Converting Machine Corporation in December 1948, and led the company’s growth to include three wholly owned subsidiaries in Green Bay, manufacturing plants in England and Germany, and a sales and service office in Japan.
Baer was regarded as a philanthropic icon in Green Bay as he was extensively involved as a volunteer for dozens of area not-for-profit causes. Frederick E. Baer died in 2006 at the age of 82.
The Frederick E. Baer Professorship in Business recognizes and supports a tenured faculty member whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay and who works directly with business leaders, business development, or students who later enter the business world.
Russ’s teaching interests include global strategy, strategic management, marketing management, innovation and leadership. Research interests include knowledge management, knowledge-based strategies, distribution management and knowledge management. Russ frequently consults with global corporations in the area of strategic planning, marketing and knowledge management.
• Prof. Clifford Abbott, Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education
Patricia and Frederick Baer established the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education in 2005.
Patricia Baer is the daughter of L.G. Wood, the founder of Paper Converting Machine Corporation of Green Bay. Her late husband was the president and CEO of Paper Converting Machine Corporation
Patricia Baer has been deeply committed as a volunteer and in philanthropy in Green Bay. She has always had a strong commitment to education and some of her other interests have included the YWCA, Antiquarian Society, Brown County Historical Society, P.E.O., and the Green Bay Service League Auxiliary.
The Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education recognizes and gives support for a tenured faculty member whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of the UW-Green Bay, and who works directly with K-12 schools, K-12 teachers, or UW-Green Bay students who later enter the teaching professor.
Abbott, a linguistics professor, teaches Modern Semantics, Modern Linguistics, Oneida Language, Language of Metaphor, Information Problems and Visual Information. He is a consultant to the Oneida Nation and has been a instrumental in efforts to preserve the Oneida language. He is the author of journal articles, grammars, an Oneida language dictionary and an electronic lexical database.
• Prof. Phillip Clampitt, Philip J. and Elizabeth B. Hendrickson Professorship for Business
The Hendrickson Professorship was established in 1987 by Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson of Green Bay.
Philip Hendrickson is a former president and CEO of Krueger International (now KI) and a former member of the Wisconsin Board of Regents. Elizabeth Hendrickson, active in community philanthropy and civic causes, earned her master’s degree at UW-Green Bay. Both are long-time members of the University’s Founders Association and supporters of other University efforts.
The award recognizes and supports a full professor whose work exemplifies the spirit and mission of UW-Green Bay.
The Hendrickson Professorship is intended for faculty whose work helps students in the classroom understand the positive role of business in the community, and the importance of business ethics. Recipients are expected to provide leadership in creating opportunities for student involvement in the Green Bay area business community.
Clampitt, a professor in the Information Sciences and Communication program areas, is the current holder of the Hendrickson Professorship. He has been published in various journals including The Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Communication Management, Journal of Business Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting, Communication World and Sloan Management Review. In addition, his work has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal.
Clampitt has published several textbooks and is the founder of MetaComm, a consulting firm that enables organizations to take their communication practices to a “higher plane.”