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Lakeland welcomes five new faculty members

Lakeland welcomes five new faculty members


Lakeland welcomes five new faculty members

Lakeland University will welcome five new full-time faculty members to its classrooms this fall.

  • Sara Bengsch, visiting assistant professor of psychology.
  • John Ellis-Etchison, assistant professor of English.
  • Christine Heinen, assistant professor of accounting.
  • Roxanne Parker, assistant professor of education.
  • Caleb Voskuil, assistant professor of exercise science.

Bengsch taught for Lakeland as an adjunct instructor during the current school year and she has also been an adjunct instructor for Carroll University, Waukesha, Wis., Grand Canyon University and Trinity International University as part of Trinity's REACH program, which is a degree program for people incarcerated in the Waupun Correctional Institution. She also served as a marriage and family therapist intern for Evergreen Recovery Centers in Everett, Wash.

She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado Christian University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Walden University.

Ellis-Etchison comes to Lakeland from the University of Central Oklahoma where he served as a visiting assistant professor of English, teaching first-year composition, sophomore survey and advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level literary and cultural studies courses. In the spring he was nominated by his peers for the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award.

He is currently working on a book project entitled “A Sovereign Menagerie: Political Theology, Charismatic Authority, and the Animal Turn in Early Modern Drama.” He has authored several book chapters and given numerous conference presentations.

Ellis-Etchison’s teaching interests and experience include skills and content-based multimodal developmental composition and first-year writing seminars as well as courses in science fiction and horror, global literatures in English and Shakespeare on film.

He has a bachelor’s in English and political science from Oklahoma Baptist University, a master’s in folklore studies from the University of Louisiana and a master’s and doctorate in English literature from Rice University.

Heinen, a certified public accountant, comes to Lakeland with a wide range of skills as a classroom teacher and working in the private sector. She has worked the past 15 years as an accounting instructor at Lakeshore Technical College, serving leadership roles within the accounting program and outside the classroom.

Prior to teaching, she worked for a decade in the private sector in various roles for Arthur Andersen, LLP, Manpower, Inc., Northwestern Mutual and Heartland Mutual Funds. Her work included staff supervision, project management, financial analysis and auditing.

She has a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master’s in organizational development from Silver Lake University.

Parker comes to Lakeland from the Appleton, Wis., School District where has been a teacher leader for over a decade. She has led staff meetings, implemented staff development, created learning opportunities and worked closely with families and the community.

She has supported multiple content areas in English language arts and social studies, and assisted in the creation and implementation of a district-wide curriculum that was adopted and implemented at the middle level. She served as both a curriculum support specialist and positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) site coordinator.

Parker has taught as an adjunct instructor for three years for Fox Valley Technical College, and previously was a classroom teacher for the Ashland, Wis., School District.

She has a bachelor’s in elementary education (grades 1-9) from Northland College, a master’s in education: literacy & language from Kaplan University and a doctor of education with a specialization in personalized and competency based instruction from Capella University.

Voskuil comes to Lakeland from Texas Christian University where he completed his Ph.D. of health sciences – kinesiology. He has taught a variety of courses including anatomical kinesiology, exercise assessment and prescription and introduction to kinesiology in both traditional and hybrid environments.

Students in his classes frequently assist in data collection for his studies, gaining hands-on experience with musculoskeletal imaging techniques and exercise testing procedures. These experiences eventually led to student placements in physical therapy clinics, strength and conditioning internships and other research labs. He also has experience with kinesiological engagement and internship coordination.

His research portfolio includes multiple lead author manuscripts and leadership in collaborative efforts involving researchers across various international universities. He has successfully managed longitudinal projects focused on chronic exercise training in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and the TCU Football team, showcasing his dedication to advancing knowledge in the realm of strength and conditioning.

Voskuil has a bachelor’s in exercise science and a master’s in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky. He has several family members who reside in the East Central region of Wisconsin, spanning from Grand Chute to Oostburg.

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