Lakeland has added two new visiting faculty members in the School of Humanities & Fine Arts for the 2018-19 academic year.
Katie Amundsen has been named visiting instructor of composition. Emily Davis has been named visiting instructor of music and director of choral activities.
Both will start on Aug. 20.
For Amundsen, this is a return home as she graduated from Lakeland in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in English and writing. She received a master of fine arts in creative writing and poetry from Wichita State University this past May.
She spent the last three academic years as a graduate teaching assistant at Wichita State, teaching a variety of courses including composition, business writing, a course with a research focus and a remedial English course. She also serves as editor-in-chief of "Mikrokosmos" literary journal.
Amundsen was an instructor at The Tutoring Center of Wichita and interned for "Stoneboat" literary journal. She won a fellowship in creative writing at WSU, had a poem, "Whale Soup," published in "The Mid American Review" in December of 2017, was guest poetry editor for "Stoneboat" and received the Outstanding Student in Writing award at Lakeland in 2015.
Davis will serve as director of the Lakeland Concert Choir, and she will teach voice lessons and aural skills/theory classes. Davis comes to Lakeland from Silver Lake College where she taught applied voice, vocal pedagogy and diction and music theory.
She has previously held positions at Interlochen Arts Camp and Southern Illinois University. She served as a vocalist and children's choir director for a number of churches including St. Peter Lutheran and First United Lutheran in Sheboygan.
In addition to appearing in a variety of opera and musical theater roles, she is a member of the Lakeshore Chorale and has also performed with the Belle Ensemble, Santa Barbara Choral Society and other choral ensembles.
Davis received her bachelor of arts degree from Luther College and master of music degree from Southern Illinois University.