New Full-time Faculty for 2015-2016
Augsburg welcomes the following full-time faculty joining the college this fall.
Daniel Albert, Music
Amanda Case, Chemistry
Stephanie Elko, Physician Assistant Studies
Sarah Groeneveld, English
Dawn Kaderabek, Nursing
Won Yong Kim, Business Administration
Jason Lukasik, Education
Jesse McCaffrey, Physics
Jenna McNallie, Communication Studies
Reinaldo Moya, Music
Joaquin Munoz, Education
Kaycee Rogers, Education
Terrance Ross, Education
Lindsay Starck, English
Erika Svanoe, Music
Paula Zehringer, Social Work
Phillip C. Adamo Named 2015 Minnesota Professor of the Year
Augsburg College’s Phillip C. Adamo, associate professor of history and director of the College Honors Program, was named the 2015 Minnesota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Adamo, who was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States, was recognized November 19 in a proclamation by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges who declared it “Dr. Phillip C. Adamo Day in the City of Minneapolis.”
Congratulations to the 2015 Center for Teaching and Learning Distinguished Contribution Award Winners
Congratulations to Joan Kunz, Professor of Chemistry (Excellence in Teaching), Susan O’Connor, Associate Professor of Education (Excellence in Advising and Mentoring), and Donna Patterson, Assistant Professor of Education (Excellence in Advising and Mentoring) on their 2015 Distinguished Contribution Awards.
$150,000 Bush Foundation Grant Builds Capacity to Support Diversity in Teaching
Augsburg College’s Department of Education was recently awarded a $150,000 grant from the Bush Foundation as part of their Teacher Effectiveness Initiative (TEI) to support diversity in teaching. Augsburg was one of five schools selected to receive this one time award. Dr. Peg (Margaret) Finders, Chair and Associate Professor of Education, will lead the project in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), and St. Paul Public Schools.
New Full-Time Faculty 2014-2015
Augsburg welcomes new full-time faculty members who are joining Augsburg College this fall.
Maggi Seybold, Physician Assistant Studies Program
Maggi joins Augsburg as Director of Clinical Education in the PA Program. She received her BA from Miami University in Ohio, and MS in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo. Maggi brings her leadership experience, as well as clinical expertise in patient care and clinical orthopaedics to her new role.
Renae Ekstrand, Department of Education
Renae has accepted a tenure-track position in the Education Department. She received her BS in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University, MS in K-12 Education from Winona State University, and the EdD from Bethel University. Renae brings experience in early childhood education and elementary language arts and social studies methods to her work at Augsburg.
Dain Estes, Department of Music
Dain joins Augsburg in a fixed-term position in Music Business in the Music Department. He brings years of experience, as teacher, songwriter, manager, producer, and booking agent in the music industry to his new role. Dain received the BGS from the University of Kansas, and the JD from the University of Missouri.
Margaret (Peg) Finders, Department of Education
Peg joins Augsburg as Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department. She received the BA, MA, and PhD in English, and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Iowa. Peg brings extensive leadership experience in teacher education and classroom teaching in Language Study for Teachers to her new role at Augsburg.
Renee Hepperlen, Department of Social Work
Renee joins her colleagues in Social Work in a fixed-term position. Renee brings broad classroom experience and a scholarship focus on intellectual disability studies. She received the BA in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College, and the AM from the School of Social Service Administration, at the University of Chicago, with an anticipated date of completion for the PhD in Social Work from the University of Minnesota yet this month.
Jennifer Kluznik, Physician Assistant Studies Program
Jenny joins Augsburg’s faculty in a tenure-track position in the Physician Asst. Studies Program, teaching primarily in the Clinical Medicine sequence. As a certified PA, Jenny has worked in a wide variety of professional healthcare settings and international locations. She received the BA in Biology and Anthropology from Hamline University, the Master of Public Health from The George Washington University, and the MS in Physician Assistant Studies from Augsburg College.
Mary Lanzerotti, Department of Physics
Mary joins the Physics Department in a tenure-track position. Her background includes teaching and research in physics and engineering. Mary received the AB from Harvard University, the MPhil from the University of Cambridge, the MS and PhD in Physics from Cornell University.
Rachel Lloyd, Department of Education @RMlloydELA
Rachel joins the Education Department in a tenure-track position with a focus on literacy education. She received the BA in English from Carleton College, and the MA and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. Rachel brings a career of teaching at the college and high school level, along with a breadth of knowledge regarding state teacher education policies to her role at Augsburg College.
Bruce McWilliams, Department of Music @BruceAMcWilliam
Bruce joins the Music Department in a fixed-term position as Band/Jazz Ensemble Director and Instructor of Music Education. He brings a diverse background of band and ensemble leadership and instruction to his work at Augsburg. Bruce received the BA in Music Education from St. Olaf College, and the MA in Music, Conducting from the University of South Florida.
Charles (Chuck) Oberg, Physician Assistant Studies Program
Chuck joins Augsburg as Professor and Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program. He received his BA in Child Psychology, MD, and MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota, and brings extensive leadership and teaching experience, most recently as Professor and Director of the Maternal and Child Health Program at the University of Minnesota.
Miles Ott, Department of Mathematics @Miles_Ott
Miles joins Augsburg in a tenure-track position with a focus in Statistics in the Mathematics Department. He brings classroom experience and a research platform in Statistics and Regression Studies to his work at Augsburg College. Miles received the BA in Mathematics from Smith College, the MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, the MS and PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard University and Brown University, respectively.
Christine Peper, Department of Education
Christine joins the Education Department at Augsburg in a tenure-track position with a focus in Learning Disability education. A former adjunct in Education, Christine received the BA in History and Sociology from the University of Minnesota, the ME in Special Education from Southeastern Louisiana University, and the PhD in Educational Psychology, Special Education, from the University of Minnesota.
Ana Ribeiro, Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science
Ana joins colleagues in the HPE Department in a Fixed-Term position. Her research and teaching background in exercise physiology and biomechanics will be integral in her work this year. Ana received the BS from the UniverCidade in Rio de Janeiro, the MS in Exercise Science from St. Cloud State University, and the PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.
Emily Schilling, Biology and Environmental Studies
Emily joins Augsburg as Assistant Professor in Biology and Environmental Studies. She received the BA in Biology and French from Colgate University, the MS and Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine (Orono). She brings an expertise in aquatic ecology and conservation biology to her role at Augsburg.
Deborah Schuhmacher, Department of Nursing
Deborah joins Augsburg’s Nursing Department in a tenure-track position. She brings a deep background in public health and transcultural nursing, and is a clinician who has successfully funded grants and authored publications in these areas. Deborah received the BS in Nursing from the University of North Dakota, the MA and DNP in Transcultural Community Nursing Leadership from Augsburg College.
Lisa Van Getson, Department of Nursing
Lisa joins Augsburg in a tenure-track position in the Nursing Department. Formerly in a non-tenure-track position, and now a graduate of Augsburg’s DNP program, she brings classroom and clinical experience to her new work at Augsburg. In addition to the DNP, Lisa received the BS in Nursing from the College of St. Teresa, the MA in Theology and Spirituality from the College of St. Catherine, and the MS in Family Nurse Practitioner.
Gail Van Kanegan, Department of Nursing
Gail has accepted a tenure-track position in the Nursing Department at Augsburg. Her career demonstrates an extensive background in holistic nursing practice, scholarship and education. Gail received the BS in Nursing from Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, the MS in Nursing from The Sinclair School of Nursing, and the DNP from Augsburg College.
Maheen Zaman, Department of History
Maheen joins his colleagues in the History Department in a tenure-track position with a focus on Middle Eastern studies. He brings classroom experience, proficiency in several middle eastern languages and a publication history to his position at Augsburg. Maheen received the BA in History and Philosophy from SUNY Stony Brook University, and the MA, MPhil, and PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University.
Congratulations to the 2014 Center for Teaching and Learning Distinguished Contribution Award Winners
Congratulations to Stacy Freiheit, Associate Professor of Psychology (Excellence in Teaching), Phil Adamo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Medieval Studies Program (Excellence in Scholarship), and Shana Watters, Assistant Professor of Computer Science (Excellence in Advising and Mentoring) on their 2014 Distinguished Contribution Awards.