Matthew Ansfield

Director of the Freshman Academic Institute
Instructor of FAI Topics in Psychology Course
Professor of Psychology

I have had the honor of teaching in the Department of Psychology at Lawrence University since 2000.  I am originally from Wisconsin and always hoped to find my way back to my beloved home state after having moved away to attend graduate school at the University of Virginia and teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. What I enjoy most about teaching at Lawrence -- aside from living a short 26 miles from Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers -- is working with our highly motivated student body and knowing that I play a role in helping them succeed in reaching their academic and personal life goals.  My work with the FAI has been especially gratifying since it allows me to work with incoming freshmen before they even begin their academic careers at Lawrence.  The primary goals of the FAI are to provide students with opportunities to learn first-hand about the rigors of academics at Lawrence, to help them develop effective strategies to succeed in both seminar and larger lecture courses, and to become familiar with and comfortable utilizing the important resources available to ensure student success.  The work I do in the FAI gets at the very heart of what we strive toward as an institution - helping students to meet their potential.  Most importantly, the FAI allows me to help ensure that new Lawrentians are on the right track from the very beginning of their collegiate careers; words cannot describe the satisfaction that comes with being a part of that process.

Julie Haurykiewicz

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Instructor of the FAI Seminar
Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Instructor of Freshman Studies and Public Speaking

The Jesuits use a Latin phrase, cura personalis, as one of their mottos.  In my life, this concept has transcended its original context and speaks to my ethos as a teacher and a human being.  Cura personalis might be translated as “care for the entire person.”  It emphasizes the idea of individualized attention to another’s needs, respect for the background and circumstances which have shaped that person, and appreciation for his/her particular talents and insights.  It is about meeting individuals where they are at and supporting them as they face challenges.

Since 2005, I have worked on behalf of Lawrence students’ efforts to achieve academic success, both in our campus learning center (with a focus on peer tutoring and academic skills support) and in the classroom (teaching Freshman Studies and public speaking).  I am committed to helping students learn about and practice essential academic abilities such as effective reading, writing, and speaking; develop habits of mind such as critical thinking; and hone college success skills such as time management.  I look forward to working with FAI students as they begin their college careers in order to help them get off to a strong start at Lawrence.  One of things I think makes the FAI (and Lawrence as a whole) special is the personal connections that develop among students, staff, and faculty.  It’s a privilege to get to know students as individuals in a setting like FAI and to help them to develop attitudes and abilities that will serve them well throughout their time at Lawrence and beyond.

Claire Kervin

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Instructor of the FAI Seminar
Instructor of Freshman Studies and Environmental Studies

I came to Lawrence in 2016 after a stint in Boston, where I was pursuing a doctorate in English Literature, specializing in contemporary American literature and the environment. I am originally from Wisconsin, and as an avid Badger and cheese lover I’m thrilled to be back in my home state! In addition to FAI, I currently teach in Freshman Studies and Environmental Studies.
I have been mentoring and tutoring student writers one-on-one and in small groups for over a decade, and teaching in the college classroom (primarily composition classes and literature seminars) for nearly as long. My background in both student services and teaching reflects what I value most about working in the education field: connecting with students, whether one-on-one or in a group. I place direct, engaged communication at the center of my teaching philosophy, and I love facilitating stimulating discussions. I see FAI as an ideal opportunity to help students begin their first year with confidence and enthusiasm, feeling prepared and ready to make the most of the college experience.

Imelda Gledhill

Instructor of the FAI Co-curriculum
Student Success Specialist

Imelda Gledhill was born and raised in Namibia. She is the Student Success Specialist in the Center for Academic Success at Lawrence University. She teaches the academic success course, provides academic counseling and assists students on academic probation to develop a success plan. She believes that all individuals have the ability to learn, and we all have the potential to change people’s lives. Her definition of success is to leave a lasting impact on a person that they can share with others to make this world a better place for all human beings.
Prior to joining Lawrence University, Imelda worked at Jackson State University as an Education Liaison. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi and her Bachelor’s degree from University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia. Her biggest dream was to further her education in the USA and she worked tirelessly to obtain scholarships and grants to achieve her academic goals.
Previous positions and professional experiences included: Program Director for the Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute, Senior College Lecturer, Chair, International Student Exchange Program, Interim Head of the Education Department, and Chair of the Staff Development Committee.
In her spare time, she loves to take long walks and marvels at the creation of the most highest. Family is a very important part of her life. She stays connected with her family in Namibia and visits and supports whenever she can.

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