Redefining the Classroom

New faculty officially come aboard for fall semester

Posted: September 6th, 2013

NEW FACES FOR 2013 - Faculty who are joining Lake Superior State University this fall pose in front of the Cisler Center during orientation. Front row, left to right, are Janelle Peters (humanities), Emily Martin (biology), Sheri Glowinski (biology), Becky Davis (education), Barb Light (education), Grace Ngunkeng (math), Jennifer Hunter (theater), Cynthia Butcher (nursing), Kazumi Kondoh (sociology), and Shawna Mauldin (sociology). Back row, left to right, are Katey Price (communication), Andrea Donmyer (nursing), Megan Kelly (environmental science), Steven Johnson (chemistry), Eric Statt (exercise science), and Jaskirat Sodhi (engineering). Not pictured are Alyssa Bancroft (geology), Patricia Kellan (nursing), Adrienne Beckham (nursing), and Judy Hering (nursing). (LSSU photo by John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Eighteen new faces have signed on as faculty at Lake Superior State University for this fall.

Shawna Mauldin has been hired as an assistant professor in sociology. She obtained masters degrees — in biology and an interdisciplinary degree in sociology and urban and regional planning — from Eastern Washington University. She pursued her doctoral work in sociology at Utah State University. Mauldin has taught a wide variety of sociology courses at Idaho State University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, at Ferris State University as well as here at LSSU. Her areas of specialization include environmental sociology and theory.

Jennifer Hunter was hired last year as an assistant professor of theatre. She earned a masters in fine arts in directing from the University of Portland and an masters of science in education from Eastern Washington University. Prior to teaching at LSSU, she taught theatre courses at Mount Hood College and was a member of Theatre Vertigo and Anonymous Theatre. She has been featured in and has directed numerous shows over the last decade, including Rumors and Leading Ladies last year at LSSU. Hunter has also served as the coordinating director of the Northwest Theatre Arts Festival, and has worked in the field as a member of the Comedy Sportz Improv team.

Janelle Peters comes to LSSU as a one-year sabbatical replacement in humanities from Emory University, where she earned her PhD in religion. Peters has language specializations in Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Coptic and Latin as well as modern French and German. Some of her substantive specializations include Roman art history as well as New Testament history and literature. She has numerous publications and presentations on topics such as Hellenistic iconography, various books of the New Testament and contemporary Greco Roman aesthetics, and has taught courses in mythology, linguistics and art.

LSSU alumna Katey Price arrives as a new professor in the area of communication. Her past experience in radio, communication, and dramatic arts are a great asset to LSSU. Katey received her masters from Central Michigan University and a PhD from Ohio State University.

Alyssa Bancroft returns to LSSU as a temporary instructor of geology for a second year. Bancroft expects to complete her PhD in geology this year from Ohio State University. Her research utilizes conodont biostratigraphy in conjunction with chemostratigraphy to resolve the timelines of sedimentary layers in Silurian rock. She has a masters in geology from Ohio State, with baccalaureates in geology and biology from LSSU.

Kazumi Kondoh, a Japanese native, joins LSSU as a visiting scholar through the Japan Center for Michigan Universities. Kondoh has a doctorate in sociology from Washington State University. She is a sociologist with specializations in environmental sociology and urban sociology. During the fall semester she will teach a course on environment and culture in Japan.

Sheri Glowinski joins LSSU as an assistant professor of biology. She has a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her fields of interest include ornithology — specifically the behavioral ecology of migratory birds — and aspects of human dimensions in conservation biology. Among the many things she did prior to coming to Lake State is teach introductory biology at Louisiana State University, complete a variety of contract projects for Audubon Mississippi, and conduct field research in Honduras.

Steven Johnson becomes an assistant professor of chemistry. He comes to LSSU from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. He received a baccalaureate in biochemistry from Northern Michigan University and a PhD in chemistry from Michigan Tech. His post-doctoral work was completed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Megan Kelly joins LSSU as an assistant professor of environmental science. Originally from Saint Cloud, Minn., Kelly studied environmental chemistry at Arizona State University as an undergraduate before returning to Minnesota to get a masters and doctorate in water resources science from the University of Minnesota. She is interested in environmental organic chemistry, particularly the environmental fate of contaminants of emerging concern.

Emily Martin joins LSSU as one-year temporary instructor in biology. Martin graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2011 with a bachelor of science in zoology. She graduated in August with a masters degree in biology, conservation emphasis, from Central Michigan University. Martin will be teaching fisheries management and ichthyology this fall, and freshwater fish culture and fish ecology in the spring.

Grace Ngunkeng joins LSSU as an assistant professor of mathematics. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a PhD in statistics. She received her masters in mathematics from Purdue University, Calumet in 2007, and a bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of Buea, Cameroon, in 1998. She hails from the west Africa country of Cameroon. Her focus at LSSU will be teaching statistics.

Eric Statt joins Lake State from the University of Minnesota where he has completed all but his dissertation towards his PhD in exercise physiology, expected spring 2014. Statt has a special interest in sports performance and physical activity, and has spent 15 years in the health and fitness industry running large multi-use facilities in the metro Minneapolis area. He is also an avid fisherman and sport coach with research interests in the positive impact of youth sports and activities on physiologic outcomes.

Patricia Kellan is a product of LSSU's associate and baccalaureate nursing programs. She completed a nursing graduate degree from Northern Michigan University. Kellan has held multiple ambulatory care nursing positions, and was employed in the 1980s and 90s as a family nurse practitioner at the LSSU Health Center.

Andrea Donmyer is also an LSSU School of Nursing alumna. She completed her masters in obstetrics through the University of Cincinnati. She is a certified nurse midwife and currently works for both LSSU and the Sault Women’s Health Clinic.

Cynthia Butcher has masters in nursing and education from Michigan State University. She is a family nurse practitioner and was previously a primary care provider at the Lake Superior State Wellness Care Center.

Adrienne Beckham graduated from Lake State with both an associates and baccalaureate in nursing. She completed her masters in nursing from Regis University. Beckham has been teaching part time in the School of Nursing for the past five years as an instructor and assistant professor.

Judy Hering joins LSSU as lead simulation technician. She graduated from Lake Superior State’s BSN program and is a registered nurse. Hering will be working at LSSU/War Memorial Hospital Simulation Center, maintaining its high fidelity simulators and providing educational support for faculty and the university's community partners.

Barb Light joins the School of Education on a full-time basis as assistant professor this fall, having been an adjunct and part-time instructor for the past two years. She just completed three years as project director of the federal broadband internet grant with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District, and has more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of technology and science education settings. She holds a baccalaureate in biology education and an educational technology certificate from Michigan State University; a masters in biological sciences from Western Michigan University and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Northern Michigan University. She is currently enrolled in an educational specialist program at Eastern Michigan.

Becky Davis brings more than 30 years of experience in early childhood education to her new role as assistant professor with the School of Education. Most recently, Davis was the early childhood consultant with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District, where she coordinated a broad range of services and programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She is an LSSU alum, having earned her bachelors of science in human services. She also holds a masters in early childhood studies from Grand Valley State University, and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from Northern Michigan University.

Jaskirat Sodhi joined the School of Engineering and Technology last year as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He is a native of India, where he obtained a baccalaureate in aeronautical engineering from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Jaskirat earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where he developed mathematical models that predict how polymers and bio-materials that retain shape regardless of how much they are compressed. While gaining his doctorate, Sodhi taught courses in computer-aided engineering and design, system dynamics, and the kinematics of machinery. He also designed and assembled for an industrial client a toroidal gearbox that formed the heart of a submersible power generator.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.