Lakeland College has added two full-time faculty for the 2014-15 academic year. William Ebben has been named associate professor of exercise science and sport studies. Juli Cáceres García has been named assistant professor of Spanish.
Ebben has been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years, and has a strong record of motivating students to succeed. He comes to Lakeland from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where he had been an associate professor in the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Sport Management since 2010.
Prior to teaching at UW-Parkside, he was an assistant professor in Marquette University's Department of Physical Therapy/Program in Exercise Science for nine years. He has also taught at Waukesha County Technical College, Concordia University Wisconsin and Northern Michigan University.
He has extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach, serving as head strength and conditioning coach at Marquette for three years and holding various strength and conditioning roles with the Green Bay Packers, UW-Madison, the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Mich., and the U.S. Luge Association with the Olympic Development Team.
His teaching model includes significant emphasis on engaging students in research. Through his support, his students have become award-winning scholars, and he has co-authored numerous studies and publications with them. He has an active research agenda and is looking forward to bringing Lakeland's students into this model.
He has a doctor of philosophy in exercise science from Marquette, a master of science in exercise science from Northern Michigan, a master of science in social work from UW-Madison and a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Norbert College.
Cáceres García comes to Lakeland from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he had been an assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures since 2008. Prior to that, he was a teaching associate in the Spanish and Portuguese department at Georgetown University for eight years.
During his time at Georgetown, he earned a doctorate in Spanish literature and cultural studies, a master of science in Spanish and Spanish American literature and cultural studies and a master of arts in communication-culture and technology. He has a bachelor's in English with a concentration in communications from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
A native speaker of Spanish and Catalan, Cáceres García has authored and presented research at numerous conferences, lectures and workshops, and he has won several awards and grants that helped make that research possible. His own research interests include the Spanish language; modern and contemporary peninsular and Latin American film, literature and popular culture; and feminist and gender/queer studies.