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.

Yu-Lin Chiu

Yu-Lin Chiu
Director of Co-curricular Programming for FAI and SIIS
Schmidt Fellow and Instructor of Chinese

I started my career teaching Chinese and Linguistics at Lawrence in 2012 and have been part of the FAI and SIIS programs since 2014. Before teaching here in our small and close-knit university, I was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing my post-graduate degree in Chinese Linguistics. As a co-curricular director, my major responsibilities in the FAI and SIIS are coordinating our co-curricular workshops, extra-curricular activities and residential life programs. The FAI and SIIS allow me not only to be the welcoming face for incoming freshmen, but also to work intensively with excellent colleagues and program assistants. Through this job, I get to see how our entire faculty and staff of both programs have done our best to help participants more easily transition to this new chapter in their lives.  With these three-week programs, we have the privilege to see how much progress our participants can make in such a short period. Even after the program ends and the school year begins, it is unbelievably rewarding to witness and to be part of this process of growth and maturity. We want our students to know that we are their supporters and advocates. As an international student and (former) non-Wisconsinite myself, I have been in their shoes. We can work this out together!

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.

Carla Daughtry

Instructor of the FAI SeminarCarla Daughtry
Associate Professor of Anthropology

I have been an Anthropology professor at Lawrence University since when many freshman students were born!  In September 2000, I arrived to Appleton, Wisconsin, coming directly from cultural fieldwork with Sudanese refugees in Cairo, Egypt.  As an Arabic-speaking and Italian-speaking cultural anthropologist, I teach what I research academically— society and cultures in the Middle East and Africa, the impact of migration and globalization on cultures, the anthropology of food, sex/gender/sexuality systems across cultures, race and ethnicity across cultures, anthropological theory and cultural research methods.   I am also the director of the Ethnic Studies program and am active in the Gender Studies program. I still can’t believe it has been 18 years!

More about me personally, I was born and raised in an Air Force family, my father graduating from the ROTC Program (Reserve Officer’ Training Corp) at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) to become a commissioned officer in the Air Force and my mother studying nursing also at Tuskegee to become a registered nurse and later (after graduate school) a Professor of Nursing.   Growing up in a military family and before coming to Wisconsin, I lived in 9 different states in the U.S. and was often the new black kid in predominantly white K-12 schools. Also, I was among the few African American women at Mount Holyoke College. And, I was counted as an under-represented minority in graduate school at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Point 1:  Growing up adapting like a chameleon to different social environments, one would think I was destined to become a cultural anthropologist!  Point 2: I know what it is like to be in betwixt – in between or to be that insider-outsider or to sometimes feel socially out of place.

I am excited to teach for the FAI Seminar and to facilitate student connections to other faculty, staff, and other students, and to resources on and off campus. My goal is to mentor and educate the whole student—covering the social, personal and academic—because social belonging and personal wellness can have an impact on academic success. Congratulations on having this opportunity to be an FAI Scholar! Welcome to Lawrence University!

Nancy Wall

Nancy Wall

Instructor of the FAI Seminar 
Associate Professor of Biology

I have enjoyed teaching and learning at Lawrence since 1995.  Despite never having lived further north than Nashville, TN (and being a little intimidated by the idea of real winter) I couldn’t resist the opportunity to come to Lawrence because I saw the opportunity to be a part of an engaged and caring learning community.  I have never regretted the decision to move to a higher latitude!  While I spend most of my time teaching about biology and neuroscience, I also teach regularly in our Freshman Studies program and contribute to our Gender Studies courses.  But even more fun, I am learning all the while I am teaching. 

I’m excited to be a part of FAI because I want to give back what I was given as a young college student.  I grew up in a rural community with little exposure to arts and science and different ways of thinking.  Upon attending a small residential liberal arts college like Lawrence, the world opened up for me, academically and personally, and life is so much richer for that experience.  Today, I enjoy being part of that type of experience for Lawrence students.

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