Lasting impact: Psychology professor’s UWO career spanned 55 years, 8 chancellors – UW Oshkosh Today

A professor who taught for more than a third of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 150 years of existence, is calling it a career after starting on the campus 55 years ago.

It is believed that Lee McCann holds the record for the longest-serving faculty member in the University’s history.

Lee McCann, left, shares a laugh during a retirement reception June 25 at UW Oshkosh.

Raised on a farm in Nebraska, McCann joined the Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh’s psychology department in the summer 1966, after earning a doctorate in experimental psychology from Iowa State University.

McCann recalled that the first piece of technology he used in 1966, “was a piece of chalk,” adding that he predicts technology changes will continue to influence the way students are taught and learn.

“The University gave me an opportunity to do what I wanted to do,” he said when reflecting on his extensive career.

Memorable co-worker

Retired faculty member and former department chair Susan McFadden said McCann is the person with the greatest institutional memory at UW Oshkosh. McFadden had many years of service with McCann until she retired in 2012. He was department chair several times and she was chair from 2000-2006.

When McFadden arrived, the department still had chickens in the basement of Clow and later rats. It previously had a monkey. McCann was doing research on fish―studying how they identified with their own species―so there were fish tanks in the lab.

She said McCann cared deeply about teaching
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