Kenneth Welty

Office: 224D Communication Technologies
Phone: 715/232-1206


To serve the technological literacy needs of young people through research, scholarly publications, teacher education, and curriculum development.


  • University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana): Ph.D., College of Education, Department of Vocational and Technical Education, May 1991.
  • Illinois State University: M.S., Industrial Education Major, August 1985.
  • Illinois State University: B.S. in Education, Comprehensive Industrial Education Major, May 1982.
  • Triton College: River Grove, Illinois, Industrial Education Major, 1974 to 1980.

Professional Experience

  • Professor: University of Wisconsin- Stout; School of Education; Menomonie, Wisconsin, 1992-Present
    • Served as the Program Director for the undergraduate Technology Education Program from August 1992 to January 2004
    • Teaching undergraduate courses on teaching methods, curriculum development, and student assessment for science and technology education majors
    • Teaching graduate level courses on research methods, program evaluation, and engineering education
    • Established clinical field experiences for preservice technology teachers
    • Supervised student teachers at the middle school and high school levels
    • Advising undergraduate technology education majors (between 40 and over 350 majors)
    • Advised over forty Master's thesis research papers
    • Prepared program evaluation reports for the University of Wisconsin- Stout, University of Wisconsin System, and the Wisconsin Department of Pulic Instruction
    • Serving on a variety of department, college, and university committees (e.g., search and screen committees, program advisory committees, personnel committees, scholarly activities committee, sabbatical leave committee) 
    • Served as the advisor for the UW-Stout chapter of the Technology Education Collegiate Association (TECA) from August 1993 to May 2004

Journal Articles

  • Mentoring: Forging New Links Onto the Chain, The Technology Teacher, 2000
  • Looking for the Basics Through Different Lenses, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 1999
  • Putting Our Best Foot Forward, Interface, Wisconsin Technology Education Association Journal, 1996
  • Impact of Individualized Instructional Materials on Technology Education Programs, International Journal of Instructional Media, 1995
  • Technological Literacy and Political Participation In McLean County Illinois, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 1992
  • Making It Relevant, Vocational Education Journal, 1990
  • Enhancing the Core Curriculum with Technology-based Thematic Units, The Aims Journal, 1990
  • Communicating the Merits of Vocational Education in Time of Reform, Progress, 1990
  • Sputnik and A Nation at Risk: Milestone of Challenge, School Shop, 1989
  • Technology Education in a Parochial School: A Match Made In Heaven, The Technology Teacher, 1986

Book Chapters

  • Core Engineering Concepts, in R. Custer & T. Erekson (Eds.), Engineering and Technology Education, Council for Technology Teacher Education Yearbook, 2008.
  • Pursuing Profound Understandings in Technology, in G. Martin (Ed.), Technology Education for the 21st Century, Council for Technology Teacher Education Yearbook, 2000
  • Engaging the Senses in a Quest for Meaning, in P. Foster and J. Kirkwood (Eds.), Technology Education in the Elementary Grades, Council for Technology Teacher Education Yearbook, 1997
  • Snap Shots from Practice, in P. Foster and J. Kirkwood (Eds.), Technology Education in the Elementary Grades, Council for Technology Teacher Education Yearbook, 1997


  • Plotting Pathways: Aligning Secondary and Post-secondary Curricula for Career and Technical Education, Milwaukee Area Technical College, 2005
  • Modeling Athena: Preparing Young Women for Work and Citizenship in a Technological Society, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2001

Conference Proceedings

  • Analysis of K-12 engineering education curricula in the United States – A preliminary report, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2008
  • An Elusive Vision for Undergraduate Technology Teacher Education in the United States, Gold Coast, Australia, 2003
  • Collaboration of Science and Technology, Seminars on Technology Education, Oulu University, Finland, 1996
  • Providing Role Models and Mentors for Women in Technology, Advancing Women's Leadership in Technology Symposium, Lisle, Illinois, 1996
  • Technology, Politics, and the General Public, Technology Education Symposium XIII, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1991
  • ACT: An Interdisciplinary Concept for Applied Academics, Career Exploration, and Technological Literacy, Technology Education Symposium XI, Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, 1989
  • Computer Literacy: An Essential Element of Technological Literacy, International Symposium on Technological Literacy, Columbus, Ohio, 1987
  • The Illinois Plan for Industrial Education and the Parochial School: A Match Made in Heaven, Technology Education Symposium VI, DeKalb, Illinois, 1984

Grants and Contracts

  • Nature and Status of K-12 Engineering Education in the United States, Committee on K-12 Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering ($35,233)
  • Plotting Pathways: Aligning Secondary and Post-secondary Curricula for Career and Technical Education, Milwaukee Technical College, 21st Century Urban Technical Education Project, National Science Foundation ($104,336)
  • Wisconsin Tackle Box Project, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction ($35,000)
  • Identifying Male and Female Perspectives on Technology at the Middle School Level, International Technology Education Association, Council on Technology Teacher Education, and The Technology Foundation of America ($12,500)
  • Identifying Women's Perspectives on Technology, Faculty Research Initiative Grant, University of Wisconsin-Stout ($6,270)
  • Teacher Education Equity Project, Center for Advanced Study in Education, CUNY Graduate Center ($750 mini-grant)
  • Instruction Improvement Mini-grant, College of Education, University of Illinois ($500)
  • Synergistic Learning Activities for Mathematics, Science and Technology, Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act, Title II, Illinois Board of Higher Education ($45,000)
  • ACT Curriculum Project, Illinois State University & Illinois State Board of Education ($41,913)