The General Studies Division administers those parts of the Lakeland curriculum that are required of all graduates. These common courses and requirements reflect the liberal arts mission and expectations of the institution, and as such, build the foundation of every Lakeland student's education. Together, these requirements produce graduates who are able to communicate clearly, reason intelligently, and respond knowingly to issues and questions within and outside of their disciplines.
All faculty are members of general studies. For the following faculty members, all of their teaching responsibilities fall in this division.
General Studies Faculty
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Mr. Jeff Elzinga, General Studies Division Chair and Professor of Writing, began at Lakeland in 1980. He also directs Lakeland's Malawi Teacher Education Program. A fiction writer, Elzinga is...Read more about Jeff Elzinga
Ms. Pam Engebretson, Assistant Professor of General Studies, has been a member of the faculty since 1988. She teaches courses in critical thinking, globalism, and public speaking. Engebretson is...Read more about Pam Engebretson
Ms. Signe Jorgenson, Assistant Professor of General Studies, began at Lakeland in 2008. She comes to the college from Anchorage, Alaska, where she recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing. ...Read more about Signe Jorgenson
Mr. Joshua Kutney, Instructor of Writing, began at Lakeland in 2005. His current research concerns the ways students transfer their knowledge of writing to new contexts and the role regression...Read more about Joshua Kutney
Ms. Jennifer Siebert, Assistant Director of the Hayssen Academic Resource Center and Instructor of Japanese, began at Lakeland in 2003. She is active in the community, serving on the board of the...Read more about Jennifer Siebert
Paul White is one of Lakeland's leading advocates for students. As director of the college's Hayssen Academic Resource Center, Dr. White has created an array of programming and resources that...Read more about Paul White