Jodie Mortag graduated from Lakeland in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in writing, and returned to her alma mater in 2013 after serving as general education coordinator and a writing and humanities instructor at Globe University in Onalaska, Wis.
At Globe, she managed a dozen general education instructors, reviewing and approving syllabi and lesson plans. She was named Globe's La Crosse Faculty Member of the Year in 2010, created and advised Globe-La Crosse Writers Write as well as serving as a faculty blogger.
Mortag earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Wichita State University, where she also served as a graduate teaching assistant and was twice nominated for the WSU Academy of Effective Teaching Award.
Her creative works have been published in "Fourteen Hills," "Stoneboat," "Fractions," and "Metal Scratches." Her short fiction piece "Horses for Fairies" received the Merit Award in the Pump House Exhibit "Exposure: Words from Images 2011."
In 2015, Mortag was awarded the Golden Musko Award for the Most Valuable Female Professor at Lakeland.