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LU faculty members promoted, granted tenure

LU faculty members promoted, granted tenure


LU faculty members promoted, granted tenure

Two Lakeland University faculty members have been granted tenure and promoted, and three other faculty members have been promoted.

Tenure and promotion have been awarded to:

  • Monique Brickham – Associate professor of graphic design.
  • Jodie Mortag – Associate professor of writing.

Promotions have been awarded to:

  • Britanni Meinnert – Assistant professor of hospitality management.
  • Rick Dodgson – Professor of history.
  • Cindy Lindstrom – Professor of computer science.

Brickham, who joined Lakeland’s faculty in 2016, led the creation of Lakeland’s graphic design major as a standalone program. She has also been instrumental in the redesign of the Mac Lab and she has chaired the Program Development Committee. The winner of the 2020 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, she has developed a reputation for being an innovative, rigorous teacher who challenges her students while creating an open and accepting classroom environment. Many of her class projects require students to interact with off-campus clients to replicate real-world settings that prepares them for post-graduation success.

Mortag, a 2006 Lakeland graduate who joined Lakeland’s faculty in 2013, has led development of new writing courses at Lakeland and played a lead role in the relationship between faculty and the admissions office. The 2017 winner of the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Mortag has served several leadership roles, including Core I Coordinator, Assessment Coordinator and she led virtual advising training sessions for her colleagues during COVID. Recently, she has led development of processes to create more points of contact between prospective students and faculty to support enrollment efforts. She had a lead role in LU’s popular Community Book Read, which brought nationally known authors to campus.

Meinnert, who joined Lakeland as a full-time faculty member in 2015, also serves Lakeland as associate vice president for Cooperative Education and Career Readiness. Meinnert has led the development of LU’s hospitality management program, and she was the 2021 winner of the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. She previously served as chair of Lakeland’s Business and Technology Division. A two-time Lakeland graduate – in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and in 2010 with a master of business administration – Meinnert is known for being a dynamic advocate, advisor and mentor for her students and a joyful colleague.

Dodgson, who joined Lakeland’s faculty in 2007, leads Lakeland’s history department. He has created relationships with numerous off-campus organizations to create internship and other real work opportunities for his students. He previously served on the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center board of directors. Dodgson has often created ways for Lakeland to have impact in the community, including hosting a series of community forums let voters meet local political candidates. An expert on American history in the 1960s, he the author of the 2013 book “It’s All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey.”

Lindstrom, who joined Lakeland’s faculty in a full-time role in 2009 after teaching as an adjunct for several years, leads LU’s computer science program. She updates the curriculum annually to keep up with programming and technological changes, which has led to new courses, emphases and programs. LU’s program has been named among the nation’s Best Online IT Degrees. She worked with local and regional educational partners to establish an educational path for high school students to Lakeland. Several of her students have performed research with humanoid robots and how they can aid students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better understand and express emotions. That research has generated significant media attention and students winning awards for their work.

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