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Lakeland announces new full-time faculty members

Lakeland announces new full-time faculty members


Lakeland announces new full-time faculty members

Lakeland University is welcoming new full-time faculty members to the main campus this fall.

  • Aimee Burns, Ph.D., will join as assistant professor of communication.
  • Robert B. Callahan, Ph.D., will join Lakeland as an assistant professor of business administration.
  • Joe Pollock, who has taught for Lakeland as an adjunct instructor over the past year, will join as assistant professor of studio art.

Burns recently successfully defended her doctoral dissertation to complete a Ph.D. in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. Her emphasis area was interpersonal communication, and her work included a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation is titled “Identity and Romantic Relational Meaning-Making After Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence.”

Burns also received B.A. (2012) and M.A. (2016) degrees in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University.

She will join the faculty having taught a wide range of communication courses at both Bowling Green and Northern Illinois. Burns has also shared her gifts and knowledge in interpersonal communication as a domestic and sexual violence advocate, and frequently speaks and teaches in the community on issues related to sexual violence.

Callahan comes to Lakeland from Holy Family College in Manitowoc where he served as the institution's president. He was instrumental in reversing long-term declines in freshmen enrollments and improving the financial position of that institution prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Callahan received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University and both his Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and Master of Science in Business Administration from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, where he also taught, served in various administrative and admissions roles and coached women's basketball.

He has served as an enrollment manager and senior level administrator at Mount Mercy University, Urbana University and Keuka College. Callahan and his family reside in Mishicot, Wis.

Pollock has more than 15 years of experience teaching studio art and graphic design courses in diverse academic settings, ranging from K-12 to higher education.

He earned a bachelor's degree in film and video from Columbia College Chicago (1998) and art education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2005). In 2013, he graduated with an MFA in Visual Art from Marywood University focusing on drawing and painting in both traditional and in digital formats. This summer, he will complete a M.S. in User Experience Design at Kent State University, where he explored the medium of interaction design and the benefits of user research.

In addition to his diverse set of skills in studio art and design, Pollock also works in the areas of video production and motion graphics, exploring their potential as communicative mediums for artistic expression and personal narrative.

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