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.

Peter John Thomas

Instructor of the FAI Seminar
Professor of Russian

Peter John Thomas is the recipient of two teaching prizes at Lawrence University: The Freshman Studies Teaching Prize in 2015, and the 2013 Award for Excellent Teaching by a Young Faculty Member at Lawrence.  In presenting the 2013 Award for Excellent Teaching to Professor Thomas, President Jill Beck stated:   "In addition to passion, you demonstrate a deep mastery of the material that brings new insights to complex texts and enables students to see new connections and construct new ideas. Your insistence on high standards brings out the best in students, pushing them to new levels of accomplishment. You lead dynamic class discussions, focus on critical thinking, and enhance your students’ writing ability. Your outstanding teaching has helped infuse the Russian department with a high level of energy and has enhanced its attraction for students. Your teaching in the Freshman Studies program has also been highly successful. You are praised for motivating students to think independently about issues in the texts without suggesting answers to them. Every course you teach has been a complete success and has had a transforming effect on your students."

Lavanya Murali Proctor

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

I grew up in New Delhi, India, and moved to the US in 2004 for graduate school at the University of Iowa. My first job out of grad school, in 2010, was a visiting position at Lawrence, and I was happy to return as tenure-line faculty in 2014. In addition to Anthropology, I also teach classes in Linguistics and Gender Studies. At Lawrence, due to the small class sizes and general ethos of community, I have the chance to get to know my students as individuals and to learn from them as they learn from me. Teaching incoming freshmen is particularly enjoyable and rewarding, as we help students embark on a new phase of their lives and learn the skills necessary to succeed in college and in life. Teaching FAI, to me, is a chance to show students that it’s possible to be academically rigorous, work hard, and still have a lot of fun.

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.

Meghan Lally

Instructor of the FAI Co-curriculum
Accessibility Services Coordinator & Academic Skills Specialist

In 2016, I joined the Center for Academic Success after several years of teaching and counseling students at Arizona State University. During the academic year, I have the privilege of meeting with new and returning students who would like to learn new methods or to take their academic skills to the next level and we discuss strategies to help them with time management, effective study skills, note taking, and other areas. I love hearing from students how learning effective time management skills has enabled them to not only reach their academic goals, but also to pursue their musical talents, play on a sports team, or take on a leadership role in one of the many clubs on campus. In addition to supporting students with developing their academic skills, I also serve as the Accessibility Services Coordinator and I am committed to creating an accessible and inclusive learning environment for ALL students at Lawrence. I believe that disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to the campus community and society. Part of my role at Lawrence is to help connect students with available campus resources and to arrange academic accommodations (i.e., alterations to classroom or curriculum format) to ensure that students have an equal access to the learning environment.

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