Social Studies Faculty

Chris Butler (butler3) teaches Modern History and World Since 1945. He earned his B.A. and his M.Ed degrees at the University of Illinois.

Ben Leff (leff) teaches Junior U.S. History, Race Class, and Gender in 20th Century American Popular Culture, and Interdisciplinary Thinking. He holds a bachelor's degree in history and master's degree in American history from Brown University. He is also the faculty sponsor for Habitat for Humanity Club, Spring Club, and Model U.N. Club.

Melissa Schoeplein (mschoepl) is the Executive Teacher for the Department of Social Studies. She teaches Introduction to Social Studies and coordinates the Uni High Oral History Project. Ms. Schoeplein holds B.A in History from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to teaching at Uni, she taught high school in the Washington, DC area and worked for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. She is currently co-sponsors the subfreshman class and sponsors the WILL interns. When not at Uni, she is chasing her toddler son around various area parks.

Andy Wilson (anwils84) teaches Freshman World History, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, and Introduction to Psychology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Chadron State College as well as a master’s degree and doctorate In U.S. history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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