EdD CTE Cohorts – Weekend #2

The second weekend on campus for the two EdD Cohorts has now come and gone. There was great excitement and energy in the air! Several opportunities were available for the two cohorts to network and share areas of interest.  For example, based on the concept of speed-dating, “Rapid Researching” was conducted.  This involved the Inaugural Cohort and the Pioneer cohort meeting for three eight-minute rounds, exploring topics, sharing ideas, and identifying resources. It was a valuable experience for the Inaugural Cohort to refine the articulation of their research ideas as well as providing some ideas for the Pioneer Cohort to pursue.

Here is a look at the Pioneer Cohort getting ready for a small group presentation under the direction of Dr. Carol Mooney.

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Major takeaways from the Pioneer’s first weekend.

The Inaugural Cohort in Comparative Systems with Dr. Urs Haltinner leading the way.

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The next time both cohorts will be together on campus will be February 6 and 7, 2015. Until then, everyone is working hard to complete the assignments as the end of this semester is fast approaching!


EdD in CTE Cohorts

The fall term at UW-Stout is well underway.   We are thrilled to have held our first on-campus meeting of the 2014 Ed.D. CTE Cohort – now and forever aptly known as the Pioneer Cohort of the EdD in Career and Technical Education at UW-Stout.  This group was on-campus for the Introduction to the EdD in CTE class.  During their time on campus, they established the core values that will guide them throughout their doctoral journey.  A photo depiction of the group and their core values appears below.

In addition to the on-campus presence of the Pioneer Cohort, the Inaugural Cohort was also visible, engaging in their study of Comparative Systems with Dr. Urs Haltinner.   The Inaugural cohort had an updated photo shoot; you can see this scholarly group below, with their core value statements included.

Both groups will return to campus on November 7-8, 2014.

(Applications for the fall 2015 cohort are being accepted; review of materials will begin on March 1, 2014.  Go to http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/eddcte/apply.cfm for specific information about the application process or contact Dr. Carol Mooney at 715-232-1444 or mooneyc@uwstout.edu)


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To be successful, the EdD CTE Pioneer Cohort expects all members to:

  • Collaborate with each other

–Encourage teamwork, respect, and honest feedback

–Follow-through on all responsibilities

  • Demonstrate communication skills with an open mind

–Listen to learn; be in-the-moment

  • Be engaged, intrigued, curious, and passionate
  • Model continuous improvement



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To be successful, the EdD CTE Inaugural Cohort expects all members to:

  • Collaborate
    • Develop professional relationships and network
  • Demonstrate patience, tolerance, honesty and respect
  • Commit to cohort
    • To the work
    • Everyone is accountable
  • Open minded, continuous improvement and learning
  • Be a resource for and to others

Kinga Jacobson’s Article Featured in ACTE Publication


Kinga Jacobson, EdD CTE student, was published in the May 2014 issue of the ACTE publication, Techniques. Great job and congratulations, Kinga! The article is available online by visiting www.ACTEonline.org.

CTE Certification Distance Ed. Cohort Begins Summer 2014


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In response to the need to deliver our secondary CTE certification programs – Business Education, Marketing Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Technology Education – we have developed a distance education option to meet the needs of placebound individuals seeking certification and a degree from the premier provider of these programs, UW–Stout!

We are now accepting students for a summer 2014 launch of a cohort to serve this group.

This is how the program will work: UW-Stout will deliver all of our teacher education coursework, the education core and CTE specific courses in philosophy, principles, methods of instruction, course construction, evaluation and class/lab management, online.  Students needing additional technical coursework, e.g. the major/discipline area, can access that through Stout or their closest technical college.  Any general education course requirements that need to be met can be taken online through UW-Stout or UW Colleges.

Completion of required coursework can be accomplished over a three year time frame.  Program completion will result in the awarding of a degree in Business Education, Marketing Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Technology Education from UW-Stout.

The target audience for this cohort are individuals who desire to teach but have difficulty relocating to UW-Stout to earn a degree; people who have been hired under an emergency license, and teachers seeking additional licenses.

Advisement will be provided by UW-Stout program directors with the added bonus of a student services specialist.

More information, including application processes and the course sequence can be found at www.uwstout.edu/programs/cte/. Please share this information with interested individuals.  We look forward to serving this unmet need for degree completion and delivering quality CTE teacher education coursework.

You will be directed to one of the following certification program options:

B.S. Marketing and Business Education- www.uwstout.edu/programs/bsmbe/online/
Contact: Dr. Urs Haltinner, haltinnerd@uwstout.edu

B.S. Technology Education- www.uwstout.edu/programs/bste/online/
Contact: Dr. David Stricker – strickerd@uwstout.edu

B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education- www.uwstout.edu/programs/bsfcse/index.cfm
Dr. Diane Klemme – klemmed@uwstout.edu

All other inquiries:
Julia Tronnier, Student Services Specialist

Nancy Chapko receives Epsilon Pi Tau Research Award


We would like to congratulate Nancy Chapko on receiving Epsilon Pi Tau’s 2014 Graduate Student Research Award for her region. Nancy’s study was titled: An Investigation into the Application of Universal Design for Learning Techniques by Wisconsin Technical College System Faculty and Staff. The complete work is available by clicking the above link.

“The Gift of Leadership” by Dr. Bob Meyer, 2014 CTE Executive in Residence


UW-Stout hosted an inspiring event with the 2014 CTE Executive in Residence. This annual event focuses on inspiring students through the success, expertise, and experiences of visiting Stout alums. This year’s guest was Dr. Bob Meyer, President of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. The main event of the the CTE Executive in Residence is a TED Talkesque presentation to a large group of students, faculty, and administration. Dr. Meyer’s presentation was titled “The Gift of Leadership.” We are happy to welcome you to enjoy the event in the following ways:

A video of the presentation is available here:

The presentation slides are available here:

A presentation summary written by Kinga N. Jacobson, EdD CTE student:

Lessons Learned from Dr. Robert Meyer in “The Gift of Leadership”

Dr. Robert Meyer, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College President gave students the Gift of Leadership at the 4th Annual Career and Technical Educator in Residence event held on March 26-27, 2014 at University of Wisconsin – Stout. The session unwrapped leadership lessons learned in four decades of post-secondary career and technical education, permitting students a glimpse into the realities of practiced leadership.

Dr. Robert Meyer’s teachings revolved around three major themes. Specifically, he emphasized the importance of participative leadership, innovation and holistic education, as well as career and technical education advocacy.

When unwrapping the issue of developing a culture of collaboration, especially in context of a culture change from hierarchical, autocratic management to a participative, empowered environment, he outlined the significance of trust. Trust is the essence of leadership, the absence of trust making management effectiveness and institutional progress impossible. To develop it, leaders are to be personally involved at all organizational levels, demonstrate caring for each subordinate, and allow staff members to develop solutions to internal and external concerns. In regards to employee authority, the resounding message was that career and technical education professionals are “a group of very talented individuals who will arrive at a good resolution” (Dr. R. Meyer, phone conversation, March 27, 2014), leadership’s role being to create the atmosphere that facilitates demonstration of workforce talents as means of continuous organizational innovation and improvement.

Holistic career and technical education encompassing academic, technical, and employability skills was the speaker’s second gift. In this regard, Dr. Meyer expressed that employers want to hire graduates with very broad skillsets as their needs are ever evolving. Technology advances, global competition, and customer demands are changing the jobs as well as the expectations, making the ability to adapt, think, and adjust some of the most prevalent skills workers need.

The third present Dr. Meyer brought to us related to the prominence of advocacy in career and technical education. He spoke of promotion of career and technical education teaching practices at local, state, and national levels, positing that we all have a role in creating awareness and in securing support from local industry and community leaders as well as state and national politicians. Underscored were the collaboration with the K-12 system and state leadership to assure that educators as well as decision makers gain a better understanding of the mission and potential of career and technical education for leading students, as well as the country, to long-term success.

The message of the Gift of Leadership session was powerful and clearly aligned with the outcomes of our degree, placing them into the realities of practice in our local post-secondary setting. It highlighted the relevance of the subjects in our program, offering guidance for key issues and responsibilities we will face in our leadership roles. Personally, I found Dr. Meyer’s demeanor and passion for our profession extremely inspiring, allowing me to realize that leadership and success start from one’s heart and are embodied by being future orientated, having a continually positive attitude, and seizing energy for endless renewal. All in all, the conference refined the particulars of my future role as a leader, providing motivation to seek a career path that will allow hand-off of my gift of leadership to the next generation in line, repeating the pattern of successful career and technical education leadership.


Jared Sunsdahl, MS CTE Student, Promoted to Major in U.S. Army

Please join us in congratulating MS CTE student, Jared Sunsdahl on his recent promotion to Major in the United States Army. Major Sunsdahl is currently serving as an ROTC instructor at UW-Stout, with an upcoming assignment in June of 2014 to attend the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. We would like to thank Major Sunsdahl and his family for their continued service to our country.

Major Sunsdahl receiving promotion plaque from LTC K. Dave Pindell.

Major Sunsdahl receiving promotion plaque from LTC K. Dave Pindell.

The Sunsdahl family from left to right; Madison, Major Sunsdahl, Rebekah, Cady, and Meagan.

The Sunsdahl Family from left to right; Madison, Major Sunsdahl, Rebekah, Cady, and Meagan.