Julie Kline

Julie Kline, Associate Director
Distinguished Administrative Program Specialist

Julie’s work primarily involves administration and public engagement, including K-16 educator professional development.  Organizing workshops and other opportunities for teachers is one of the absolute favorite aspects of her job.

Her academic background is interdisciplinary through and through, with an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, 1984 (International Relations, Spanish Minor, Latin American Studies Certificate) and a M.A. in Ibero-American Studies (Brazilian History and Portuguese), from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985.

On occasion, Julie teaches classes ranging from Latin American Studies (Introductory course) to children’s literature (CURRINS 233, Introduction to Children’s Literature and CURRINS 579/550, Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage).

If you ask her what she is most proud of from over thirty years working at UW-Milwaukee CLACS, the answer likely will be helping initiate the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the early 1990s, sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).  She then served as coordinator of the Award between 1993 and 2011.

In addition to being recognized as a Distinguished academic staff member (2014), her work has also been recognized with the Academic Staff Outstanding Performance and Service Award (2013) and the University of Wisconsin System Regents Award for Excellence (2001).