Profile for Jake Speer

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Specialty area(s)

Web content and design, user interface planning, JavaScript, CSS, accessibility

Brief biography

Studied Graphic Design and Studio Art at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). Employed for several years as a student worker in the University Relations/Advancement office of SMSU and developed graphic design skills for print, web, and interactive media. Post-graduation, employed as Web Services Coordinator at SMSU. Programming skills picked up over this time included advanced CSS, JavaScript, ColdFusion, and SQL.

Employed at UW-La Crosse as of Summer 2013 as Web Content Manager/Designer, his duties include designing and maintaining content for and working with clients to make their website ideas come to life, while providing best practice advice for web and graphics.

Outside of work hobbies include drawing and playing/building/repairing electric guitars.


Southwest Minnesota State University, 2009
Major: Art/Graphic Design
Minor: Art/Studio Art

Professional history

  • Director of Web & Design Services
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2019-present
  • Web Coordinator
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2018-2019
  • Web Content Manager/Designer
    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 2013-2018
  • Web Services Coordinator
    Southwest Minnesota State University, 2009-2013



Brenda Leahy, Michele Nauman and Kalia Vang, all Academic Advising Center & Career Services; Ana Mendoza and Corey Sjoquist, both Admissions; Kaylie Connaughty, Heather Dutcher, Britney Heineman, Jake Speer and Maren Walz, all Advancement; Michael Abler and Renee Redman, both Biology; Zac Knutson, Budget Office; Dawn Hays, Campus Child Center; Mark Sandheinrich, College of Science & Health; Ashley Jochimsen, Counseling & Testing; Ryan Friesen, English; Samuel Schmidt, Exercise & Sport Science; Meredith Thomsen, Extended Learning; Ka Lia Smith, Financial Aid; John Kelly, Geography & Earth Science; James Longhurst, History; Natalie Solverson, Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning; Christine Manno, Management; Suzanne Anglehart, Microbiology; Anthony Chergosky, Regina Goodnow and Sean Hurtubise, all Political Science & Public Administration; Sandra Grunwald and Betsy Morgan, both Provost's Office; Nathan Barnhart and Jeff Keenan, both Rec Sports; Vitaliano Figueroa, Student Affairs; Kara Ostlund, Student Life; and Kyle Burke, University Centers; served Verification Tent Staffing during Move In Week. THANK YOU to the many staff and faculty who greeted students and their families at the Verification Tent during Residence Life Move In Week. These welcoming faces helped ensure those who are vaccinated are recorded as such and those who are not vaccinated had completed a negative COVID test prior to move in. We could not have completed this large task without their assistance. They have helped keep our community healthy and contributed to the campus-wide endeavor of welcoming students back to campus.

Submitted on: Sept. 13



Kjerstin Lang, Michael Lieurance and Jacob Speer, all University Communications, received the award for Excellence in Online Innovation: Communications/Marketing (Gold) and a platinum award, the Teresa Du Bois Exline Award for Best Practices in Communications and Marketing at CASE V District Conference on Dec. 11, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The awards were for a long-form story, "A heartwarming holiday hobby." Team members in University Communications helped with proofing and distribution.

Submitted on: Jan. 22, 2018



Jacob Speer and Maren Walz, both iComm, presented "All the nuggets IRL" at HighEdWeb 2017 annual conference on Oct. 9, 2017 in Hartford, CT. Speer and Walz shared their top takeaways from past professional development opportunities at HighEdWeb and how they implemented them at UWL.

Submitted on: Oct. 9, 2017