Featured Alumni: Katie Walkner

Katie Walkner graduated from UW-Green Bay in May of 2010 with a degree in History, English Literature, and Humanistic Studies with an emphasis in Ancient and Medieval Studies. She is currently an associate lecturer for History and Humanities.

Why did you decide to major in History, English Literature, and Humanistic Studies? I started my academic career at the Manitowoc branch campus. It was there I fell in love with history. My history courses were so engaging and made the past feel alive, relevant, and part of something bigger. When I transferred to the Green Bay campus to finish my bachelor’s degree, I had the opportunity to take more courses in history, English, and humanistic studies and it quickly became clear that the content, ideas, and skills cultivated in my classes harmonized in a really profound way for me. Taking these courses also connected me with so many more fantastic faculty who helped me develop academically and professionally.

What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? In November of 2019, I was part of a team that presented our work on multimodal assessments at the National Learning Community Conference. This experience was the culmination of years of collaboration and program development focused on freshman learning community cohorts. I was so proud of my team’s hard work and honored we had the opportunity to share our ideas with educators and administrators from all over the country.

What is an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? I am continually working to improve the student experience in my classes. I try to implement new ways for us to engage with content and each other. It’s my goal that students are able to take something with them from my class that will serve them on their journey though UWGB and beyond.

What do you do for fun? I love to read and watch TV – there are few things better than curling up with a
cup of tea and a good mystery. When I’m not wrapped up in a “whodunit,” I love yoga, walking, gardening (or trying – I am not very good at it!), and spending time with my family.

What else do you want people to know about you? I am a product of my time at UWGB. The knowledge, skills, and connections I made during my time at the university have shaped my life in so many wonderful
ways. I am proud to be a Phoenix!

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