University of Wisconsin–Madison

LSC Emeriti

Below are our department’s emeriti listed by alphabetical order.

Fritz Albert, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1989)
Fritz Albert was an award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer. He joined the department in 1954 and during his tenure he produced more than 100 films on agriculture, natural resources, and rural development. His research focused on technology transfer via film or video, the role of film in rural and international development, and international distribution of nontheatrical films and videotapes.

Margaret Andreasen, professor emerita

(Retirement Date: 1999)
Margaret joined the department in 1980 serving as a professor of Agricultural Journalism and Family Resources and Consumer Sciences. Before coming to UW-Madison, Margaret was an experienced television broadcaster from the University of Illinois. Her research focused on family communication patterns, audience interpretations of conflicting messages, the impact of communication technology on families, and broadcast communication.During her time at Agricultural Journalism, Margaret hosted a call-in radio show on WHA Radio.

Lloyd Bostian, professor emeritus

(Retirement Date: 1994)
Lloyd served as a professor in the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) from 1959 to 1994 where he taught dozens of courses in publications editing, production, and journalistic writing.  During his tenure, he was awarded the Emil H. Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983, the highest honor in teaching on the UW-Madison campus. During much of his time Lloyd also served as the college’s publications editor.Bostian’s research focused on the effectiveness of print media, the impact of technical and scientific writing styles, readership, and the use of technical information. His research also examined the communication habits of Wisconsin women employed outside the home.

Marion Brown, professor emeritus

(Retirement Date: 2005)
Marion joined the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) as a professor in 1961. In addition, he also served as Director of the Land Tenure Center in both Chile and UW-Madison and taught in the Department of Environmental Sciences. Marion’s research focused on persuasive communication, science writing, technology transfer, media relations, design/administration of outreach communication programs, and communication in economic and cultural change in developing countries.

Claron Burnett, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1982)
Burnett held a joint appointment at the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) and the UW-Extension. Joining the department’s faculty in 1955, he taught courses in newswriting, feature writing, publicity, educational exhibits, and agricultural publications. Burnett co-authored a college textbook, “Agricultural News Writing”, that was used for more than 25 years.  He was an extension visual aids specialist and during his career he worked to build up the department’s slide files from roughly 300 to several thousand.

Mohammad (Mike) Douglah, professor emeritus

(Retirement Date: 2006)
Douglah, earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Extension Education Services at UW-Madison in 1965. He returned to UW-Madison in 1990 after teaching in his homeland of Iraq. Douglah taught continuing and vocational education, program evaluation, and agri-science and natural resource education as a faculty member of the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) and worked with UW-Extension Cooperative Extension as an evaluation specialist. Douglah’s research focused on the role of evaluation in public service organizations.

John Fett, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1997)
John Fett joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) in 1962 where he taught classes in radio, film, and publications. He served as chairman for the department from 1977 to 1982. Fett’s research focused on development communication, information program evaluation, theory and practice of communication in rural development in developing countries, and evaluation of extension and other educational information programs.

Andrew W. Hopkins, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1951)
Andrew Hopkins served as a professor in the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) from 1913 until 1951 and served as the department chairman for 37 years.  A Wisconsin native, Hopkins was decided to Wisconsin, family farms, livestock agriculture, and clear communication, and during his tenure with the department he worked tirelessly to further these causes.Hopkins served on the college radio committee and played a key role in establishing agricultural outreach through WHA and in pioneering farm and home radio.  He was known as an innovator in information programs and played a key role in establishing a tradition for useful extension information.

Bryant Kearl, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1989)
Bryant Kearl played a key role in the development of the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC).  He joined the faculty in 1942 and served as department chair from 1951 to 1963 and notably expanded the research program during his tenure. Kearl helped continue the department’s strong commitment to effective extension information. Kearl also helped stress the importance of building strong communications components into overseas contracts for the college and is credited for helping to establish many of the university’s international programs.In 1963, Kearl served as Associate Dean for the Graduate School.  Then in 1967, Kearl took on the role of Academic Vice-Chancellor for UW-Madison where he served under William Sewell, Edwin Young, and Irving Shain. He then served as acting chancellor from July 1 to September 12, 1968. In 1893, Kearl became the first Dean of the Division of Outreach where he was charged with integrating the University and the Madison-based UW-Extension programs.

Harold King, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1985)
Harold earned a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Education from UW-Madison.  After working with UW-Extension in Marinette County for 10 years and broadcasting a farm program for WHA Radio, Harold joined the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) in 1967 working on county agent support materials.  During his time with the department, Harold led the publications unit and helped to develop the college’s farm management computing service.

Nellie McCannonn, professor emerita (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1980)
Nellie served UW-Madison and the life sciences communication field for more than 37 years. She joined the department’s faculty in 1953 where she headed the home economics journalism major. She handled the home economics news service and taught newswriting and feature writing classes. She was also president of the Wisconsin Home Economics Association and on the board of the American Home Economics Association.

Suzanne Pingree, professor emerita

(Retirement Date: 2005)
Suzanne joined the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) in 1981 as a professor in the home economics journalism area.  She was also a long-time member of the Women Studies Program. Her research focused on computers in health communication, cognitive and affective processes in media effects, and macro-micro conceptual links in communication research.

Richard Powers, professor emeritus (Deceased)

Retirement Date: 1994
Richard “Dick” Powers was a professor in the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) starting in 1951 when he joined the faculty as a science writer. He served as chairman for the department from 1964 to 1969. Powers was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1982. He is the author of the “The First 75 Years”, a brief history of the Agricultural Journalism department.

John Ross, professor emeritus

(Retirement Date: 1993)
John Ross taught as a faculty member at UW-Madison from 1954-1993 in Agricultural Journalism and Environmental Studies. His research focused on the role of information in controversial environmental issues, the process of decision-making in developing environmental policies, and attitudes on resource exploitation. He received his advanced degrees from the UW in Agricultural Journalism and Mass Communications, respectively. He was one of the first students to receive a Ph.D. in mass communications from UW-Madison.

Thomas Schomisch, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 2004)
Schomisch served as a professor in the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) from 1983-2004 where he taught advertising, market research, and marketing campaign courses. His research focused on marketing communication, communication in cooperatives and other complex organizations, advertising, and public relations.  He served as department chair from 1999 to 2004.Schomisch also served as an advisor for the UW-Madison National Agri-Marketing Association for 17 years. He was named Outstanding Student Advisor by the college in 1996 for his work with NAMA and in 1997 and 2003 he was named Outstanding National NAMA Advisor.

Jacob Stockinger, administrative staff

(Retirement Date: 2013)
Jacob received his M.A. and Ph.D. in French from UW-Madison before joining the Department of Life Sciences Communication where he taught feature writing. His instruction focused mainly on mass media and the arts, consumer affairs and the pedagogy of journalism.  In addition to teaching, Stockinger also worked for The Capital Times 27 years as an investigative reporter and a features writer and then as the arts and culture editor.

William A. Sumner, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1947)
William “prof” Sumner joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) as bulletin editor in 1915 and played an active role within the department until his death in 1959. He worked to expand the numerous departmental programs and developed a program of teaching and research in agricultural journalism.

William Thiesenhusen, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1998)
Thiesenhusen joined the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics and the Department Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) as a professor in 1965, and was appointed as director of the Land Tenure Center that same year. Will’s research focused on international agricultural development of Third World countries, especially Latin America.

Maury White, professor emeritus (Deceased)

(Retirement Date: 1983)
Maury earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Journalism at UW-Madison and joined the Department of Agricultural Journalism (now LSC) in 1947 as director of the university’s farm radio program. Except for a two-year stint as farm radio director at Ohio State and time at Cornell to earn his Ph.D., he remained behind the microphone until 1968 when he was named the director of the Farm and Industry Short Course —a position he held until his retirement. As a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Journalism his teaching and research focused on agricultural communications and broadcasting. In addition to teaching UW students, he instructed county agents from Wisconsin and other states in the use of radio and television.