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St. Norbert College Announces New Hires for Social Sciences

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From St. Norbert College, March 27, 2023
by Lily Maier,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College is welcoming three new faculty and staff members for the 2023-24 school year. The newcomers are as follows:

Michelle M. Falter ’01 is joining St. Norbert College as director of teacher education on July 5. She received her bachelor’s degree in education at St. Norbert College, then earned her doctorate in language and literacy education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Falter is currently the associate professor of english education and educational equity within at North Carolina State University. She comes to St. Norbert College with the credentials, experiences, research achievements, expertise and abilities to teach literacy, methods, culturally sustaining pedagogy and foundation courses in teacher education. She has taught young adult literature, content area reading, teaching writing across the curriculum, middle & secondary methods, student teaching, teacher as researcher and social justice education courses.

Collette L. Wilichowski ’00 is joining St. Norbert College as associate director of clinical experiences in the teacher education program. Wilichowski received her bachelor’s degree in education at St. Norbert College. She then went on to earn her doctorate in educational administration and leadership with emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Marian University. She comes to St. Norbert College as a former reading specialist, literacy coach, middle school principal and high school principal with multiple experiences to support teacher education and school districts in the areas of reading fluency, successful guided reading and best practices in literacy.

Maia Behrendt is joining St. Norbert College as assistant professor of sociology. Behrendt received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She will graduate with her Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in ethnic studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2023. Behrendt’s research is on women’s representations of North American indigeneity. She grounds her work in post-colonial and indigenist feminist theory and explores indigenous artistic activism that challenges historical narratives rooted in settler colonialism through the use of qualitative research methodologies.

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