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Two Lakeland Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professors

Two Lakeland Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professors


Two Lakeland Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professors

Lakeland University has promoted Karin Miofsky and Richard Lemke to the rank of professor of criminal justice.

Miofsky and Lemke are the academic overseers of Lakeland’s criminal justice program, working collegially to ensure that program’s quality, rigor and relevance. They work to revise Lakeland’s criminal justice curriculum and they have each taught numerous unique courses within the CJ program.

Miofsky and Lemke are both winners of the Underkofler Award for Teaching Excellence with Lemke receiving the honor in 2015 and Miofsky in 2018.

Miofsky is known as a compassionate academic advisor who advises dozens of current criminal justice students. Additionally, she is extremely involved throughout the Lakeland community serving as a faculty leader in the ‘Pawsitism’ dog-training program, she has coordinated the Lakeland Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium day and provided leadership to the Diversity Studies Program and the Program Development Committee.

She frequently serves as a faculty mentor for LU’s incoming, junior faculty members.

Lemke has served as the division leader for Lakeland’s social sciences programs since 2020 and he is also currently serving as the interim chair of the Business and Technology Division. In addition to maintaining high academic standards in his courses, Lemke continues to contribute to the criminal justice field, authoring three peer-reviewed publications since 2018.

Lemke is a long-serving leader within Lakeland’s Institutional Review Board to ensure the highest ethical standards for research endeavors that occur across Lakeland’s campus. Lemke has greatly improved the connections and oversight of courses taught within Lakeland’s evening and online courses for non-traditional students.

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