Lakeland College has promoted four members of its faculty.
Associate Professors Brian Frink (chemistry and physics), Karl Kuhn (religion) and Elizabeth Stroot (psychology) have been promoted to full professor. All three joined Lakeland's faculty in 1999. Assistant Professor of General Studies Signe Jorgenson has been tenured and promoted to associate professor.
Frink, the 2013 winner of the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, has led partnerships with employers in the local manufacturing community to create real-world internship opportunities for students that open doors to future careers.
He has significant service to the college working on numerous committees and task forces. Highlights include chairing the on-campus curriculum committee and the assessment committee and serving on task forces that worked on the college's core curriculum. He has directed several student research experiences, and published and presented his own work several times.
Prior to coming to Lakeland, Frink worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and The Ohio State University. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a doctorate in physical organic chemistry from Ohio State.
Kuhn has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He is the college's senior religion faculty member, and has served as the director of the college's Mission House Center for the past two years.
He is a prolific author, having written "Having Words with God: The Bible as Conversation" (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008), "The Heart of Biblical Narrative: Rediscovering Biblical Appeal to the Emotions" (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009) and "Luke: The Elite Evangelist" (Paul's Social Network Series; Collegeville, Liturgical, 2010). He has also written numerous scholarly papers and works published in several religion publications, and he served as associate New Testament editor for the "Catholic Biblical Quarterly," one of the leading journals in the field of biblical studies.
Kuhn has a bachelor's degree in English literature and composition from UW-Milwaukee, a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and a doctorate degree in theology and biblical studies from Marquette University.
Stroot, the 2010 winner of the Underkofler Award, has been a driving force behind the significant growth of the college's psychology program. She has led efforts to update the psychology curriculum and the college's master of arts in counseling program.
She has been involved in developing Lakeland's psychology lab, which has allowed her to engage undergraduates in psychology research which they have presented at professional conferences throughout the Midwest.
She has served as the division chair for the Social Sciences Division since 2010, and she was instrumental the creation of Lakeland's institutional review board, a college committee that reviews and approves research proposals.
Stroot joined Lakeland's staff after spending seven years at the University of Delaware. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a master's and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware.
Jorgenson joined Lakeland's staff in 2008. She has served on several committees, including service as chair of the Fine Arts & Convocation Committee. She was part of a group that helped significantly redesign the interdisciplinary curriculum for first-year students, and she currently supervises writing tutors within the Hayssen Academic Resource Center.
She is an associate editor of "Stoneboat," a literary journal that she helped create in 2010. Prior to coming to Lakeland, she taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Jorgenson has an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a bachelor's degree in creative writing and religious studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.