Lakeland University will welcome two new full-time faculty members to its main campus this fall.
Julie Mavity Maddalena will serve as assistant professor of philosophy and religion, Ulrich Ethicist in Residence and Lakeland's chaplain.
Brian Murphy will serve as associate professor of mathematics.
Mavity Maddalena brings a wealth of experience in creating and leading Christian and interfaith worship experiences as well as teaching and mentoring young people.
She comes to Lakeland from Massachusetts where she was serving as interim pastor at Georgetown Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Georgetown, Mass. From 2015-18 she was director of spiritual life, school minister and a teacher at Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. At Brooks she worked on community norms for engaging in courageous conversations, heard from a panel of diverse perspectives on addressing poverty and she co-led faculty trainings on racial identity.
Mavity Maddalena has worked in a variety of leadership roles at UCC parishes in Texas, Colorado and Georgia. She has also give numerous trainings/presentations on gender, equity and identity issues, and at Southern Methodist University she taught classes on gender, moral theology and Christian ethics and social justice.
She has a doctorate in religious studies from Southern Methodist University, a master of divinity from Emory University and a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies and history from Abilene Christian University. She was ordained in 2007 as a UCC pastor in 2007.
Murphy is a veteran teacher and course developer who has been on the mathematics faculty at the University of Manitowoc since 2002. He spent two years as a post-doctorate research fellow in mathematical biology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan.
He has experience teaching in all types of formats, including traditional, fully online and hybrid. He developed the popular elementary statistics course offered by the UW Colleges and has served as its lead instructor.
He regularly attends conferences and workshops in his field, and has given a variety of presentations about mathematics in the area. He has served as an officer for the Wisconsin Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and held other leadership positions within UW-Manitowoc and the UW Colleges system.
He has a doctorate in biomathematical modeling and a master's in mathematics from Marquette University and a bachelor's in mathematics from Boise State University.