WHIMA | Industry to Academia: Take the LEAP!

Enhance your own skills and understanding by becoming an instructor in higher education.


This presentation is your chance to see whether you are interested in pursuing opportunities in higher education. The growth in HIM has produced great need for more professionals, and therefore a need for more instructors who understand complex nature of health information. HIM is an expanding field in terms of numbers of employees, number of duties and job titles, and increased need for professionals.

This program offers two panel presentations followed by a panel Q&A session. First, the presenters address the transition from industry to academia, then demonstrate the resources that instructors have at their disposal to successfully perform their function.

Enhance your own skills and understanding by becoming an instructor in higher education. The teaching experience leads you to complete a deep dive into your subject and reconnect with the fundamentals. Expand your opportunities, learn more, enhance your skills, get paid, all while you experience personal reward of sharing your knowledge and supporting your profession, you increase your opportunities for upward mobility. We would like to encourage you to find opportunities in higher education. We want you to share your experiences and teach people in these programs. Take the LEAP!

Who Should Attend:
Industry professionals who are interested in learning about providing leadership by engaging the next generation through teaching and mentoring.

Presentation #1 – Take the LEAP!

Our panelists in the first presentation have already made the leap and will share their experience with you. They will describe the work-life balance that is available for people that want to stay in industry and explore the world of teaching. They will discuss the transition into the academic world. You will hear recommendations about adding teaching to your professional resume while maintaining your current position in HIM. You will hear from people who make hiring decisions in higher education describe what they are looking for in candidates. The panelists will share some of their perspective regarding why you really want to join the academic field; the great reward and sharing your experience.

Presentation #2 – Life in Academia

Our panelists for the second presentation will share information about life in higher education. They will discuss some of the fundamental characteristics that distinguish academia from industry. Get an overview of the life of an educator, both part-time and full-time. Most importantly, they will explain that you already have the qualifications to teach. They take the mystery out of how to prepare for the classroom and be ready for your lectures. Find out about the resources that you will have access to in order to confidently prepare yourself for the classroom, whether it be live or online.

Panel Discussion with Question and Answer

Get advice from panelists on how to successfully integrate your knowledge in HIM with opportunities in higher education. Take the LEAP!

Date Published:

August 19, 2020


3.0 – Evolving Topics/Other HIIM Relevant Topics


Scott Batcheller, UW-Parkside

Scott Batcheller has been teaching Organic Chemistry part-time at UW Parkside since 2016. He also owns a small chemical manufacturing business based in Milwaukee. Before that, he worked for 21 years with the Aldrich Chemical Company in Milwaukee in a variety of technical and scientific roles including R&D Manager and Market Segment Manager. Scott completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at MIT in 1989.

John Bennett, UW-Parkside

John Bennett, Ph.D., J.D. is the Academic Director for the Health Information Management and Technology program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He is the advisor for all of the students in the program. John has been working with the HIMT program since its inception by teaching a course in disease and treatment. He has recently added to his teaching assignment a course in billing, coding and reimbursement.

Natalie Betz, UW-Madison

Dr. Natalie Betz has been a full-time faculty member at UW – Madison since 2006, and prior to returning to academic, she worked for Promega Corporation, a biotechnology company in Madison. for 10 years.  She currently serves as the Associate Director of the face-to-face Master of Science in Biotechnology Program and Academic Director of the online Master of Science in Applied Biotechnology Program at UW – Madison in the School of Medicine and Public Health.  Natalie has significant experience with curriculum development, delivery, faculty recruitment (including adjunct industry faculty), and the biotechnology industry in general.

Mara Daiker, HIMSS

Mara L. Daiker, MS, CPHIMS, RHIA, SHIMSS is the Director, Professional Development for HIMSS, a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of the health ecosystem through information and technology, where she oversees the activities related to professional development and lifelong learning including career services and certification, among other contributions. Ms. Daiker brought with her to HIMSS about 13 years of HIM and HIT industry experience in large multi-disciplinary care facilities. Ms. Daiker is a RHIA through AHIMA and a CPHIMS though HIMSS and continues to be actively engaged as a volunteer for WHIMA. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, teaching Systems Implementation and Integration in the HIMT program. Ms. Daiker lives in the Milwaukee, WI area with her husband and two children. 

Jacki King, Gateway Technical College

Jacki King, RHIT has been full-time program director of the Health Information Technology program at Gateway Technical College since 2018. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in the technical college system. Jacki has a special interest in online education and creating an effective virtual classroom. She has industry experience in a variety of health information management roles. Jacki has a BS in Career and Technical Education and Training from University of WI – Stout and an MS in Health Informatics from Louisiana Tech University.

Francis Mann, UW-Parkside

Dr. Francis (Frannie) Mann is chair of the Department of Chemistry and director of the graduate program in Applied Biotechnology at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Her research focuses on the biosynthesis, bioavailability, and biotransformation of microbial natural products. She has published 3 US patents and over one dozen peer reviewed publications on this topic.

Betty Rockendorf, UW-Parkside

Betty Rockendorf, MS, RHIA, CHPS, CHTS-IM, is the Program Director for the Health Information Management & Technology (HIMT) program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Betty has over 15 years’ experience as a health information management director and privacy officer, and has served on the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA) Board of Directors, recently completing her term as Past President. Betty took the leap into teaching full-time four years ago. She thoroughly enjoys teaching, getting to know the students in the HIMT online program, and securing student placements for Capstone experiences. Betty was awarded the WHIMA 2020 Educator Award.

Daryl Sauer, UW-Parkside

Dr. Sauer currently is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. His research focuses on natural product isolation, microwave accelerated organic synthesis, flow chemistry and electrochemistry. Prior to joining Parkside he worked at Abbott Laboratories/AbbVie for 25 years in roles as a medicinal chemist in the Cancer Research area, leader of the Abbott High-Throughput Organic Synthesis group which developed tools, methods, and facilities for increasing the efficiency of the drug discovery process, and as a Senior Manager in the Scientific Assessment – Discovery Licensing and Acquisition organization responsible for identifying, evaluating and implementing technologies to enable the drug discovery process for Global Pharmaceutical Research & Development. Dr. Sauer received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, completed his doctoral at the University of South Florida, and then joined The Ohio State University as a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow where he worked on the total synthesis of biologically interesting natural products. He is an author on 30 peer-reviewed publications and named inventor on 31 U.S. and International Patents.

Jeanne Suda

As the Academic Program Specialist in the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Jeanne coordinates graduate and online collaborative programs.  Previously, she was project director for the ACT for Healthcare project at Gateway Technical College.  She is currently a student in the project management graduate program at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. 


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Non-Member: $38


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