News and Highlights - Nov. 30, 2018

November 30, 2018

Leitch and visiting scholar collaborate on book chapter

Dr. Daniel Leitch and Chuan TianDr. Daniel Leitch, associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Chuan Tian, a visiting professor from Zhongman University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China, recently collaborated on a book chapter, “Cultural Adaptation of Ethnic Minority Villagers in China’s Enshi Prefecture.”

Leitch’s and Tian’s research probed the effects of the Chinese government’s program to relocate impoverished, rural, ethnic minority farmers to the outskirts of larger towns in the Tuija and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, a rugged, mountainous region in the Hubei province of central China. Their research found that although relocation promises to lift rural villagers from absolute poverty, it also threatens the continuation of traditions that support ethnic solidarity; for example, the centuries-old custom of building stilt houses. Their data highlighted the importance of reciprocal relationships based on mutual understanding between the front-line government workers and villagers. In addition, their research suggested that increasing the screening and training of government workers would strengthen integration outcomes.

“We hope that the insights gained from this research may help educators, policy-makers and community leaders plan more effective and responsive integration programs,” said Leitch.

The chapter will be included in the book currently in press, “Migration: Global Perspectives to Local Contexts,” scheduled to be released by Nova Publishers in spring 2019. Leitch is the co-editor of the book along with German migration experts Kibreab Habtemichael and Angelika Groterath from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,

Krugler gives presentation on contributions of African American veterans

Dr. David Krugler giving presentationDr. David Krugler, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, spoke on African American veterans’ fight for equality after World War I at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, for The Great War Centennial Commemoration Lecture Series, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. More than 200 people attended.

At the event, Krugler discussed the military service of African Americans. Despite widespread discrimination, including segregated units and unfair, even abusive treatment by white officers, black troops made important contributions to the Allied victory in the war that President Wilson had declared must be fought to “make the world safe for democracy.” Upon their return, black veterans joined other African Americans in a campaign to make America safe for democracy through restoration of their constitutional rights, the ending of mistreatment by police and other civil authorities and self-defense against mob violence directed at African Americans, Krugler said.

“The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I offers us an opportunity to consider the event’s relevance to our own time,” said Krugler. “In this case, black veterans’ efforts to stop what we now call ‘racial profiling’ is especially timely. I was so thrilled to have had such an enthusiastic crowd and such wonderful hosts.”

Krugler has taught history at UW-Platteville since 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and a master’s and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on United States political, diplomatic and urban history; and African-American history. Krugler teaches a variety of classes in modern U.S. history, African-American history, U.S. foreign relations, and historiography and research methods.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,

UW-Platteville named a top school for online master’s in project management

Top school for online master's graphicThe online Master of Science in Project Management program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been recognized by SR Education Group for the Best Online Colleges for a Master's in Project Management and Most Affordable Master's in Project Management Online.

UW-Platteville stood out in part because of its recognition within the field of project management. The university is one of only 53 schools that are globally accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in the United States, and the curriculum is aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). Fewer than 100 post-graduate schools internationally are accredited by PMI®’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC).

“We are thrilled with the recognition from SR Education Group,” said Project Management Program Director Bill Haskins.  “External affirmation of program value is always great, especially because it aligns with a long history of positive outcomes for our students.”

SR Education Group ranked institutions based on a combination of annual tuition, accreditation, and PayScale salary data to determine the best online colleges across the nation, both for the quality and affordability of the education they provide.

To learn more about our project management program and awards, visit distance education, call 608.342.1468 or email


Subscribe to news at University of Wisconsin-Platteville using our RSS feed.