BVU Announces New Faculty for Fall 2018

The university welcomes 14 new faculty members for the upcoming academic year.

Buena Vista University has announced 14 new faculty members for the 2018-19 academic year.

“One of the most important things a university can do is regularly infuse fresh perspectives and provide new experiences for its students,” says Dr. Brian Lenzmeier, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This fall we have added a talented group of individuals to our faculty, and I am really excited to see how they each contribute to our tradition of academic excellence at Buena Vista University.”

The new faculty members are:

  • Lauren Cavanaugh, associate professor of exercise science; B.Kin.H., Acadia University; M.S., M.A.T., Ph.D., Texas Women’s University
  • Brittney Dinkel, visiting assistant professor of biology; B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan University; Ph.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  • David Hodge, instructor of sport business; B.A., Grove City College; M.S., Slippery Rock University
  • Meghan Hurley, instructor of English; B.A., M.A., University of North Dakota
  • Liz Kluver, instructor of management; B.A., Grandview University; M.B.A., Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Tanya McCarty, instructor of curriculum and instruction; B.F.A., M.A.T., University of Northern Iowa
  • Michelle Metzger, assistant professor of education, STEM-math; B.S., Concordia University; M.A., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Ann Monroe-Baillargeon, dean of education and professor of education; B.A. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; M.S., University of Southern Maine; Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Lynn O’Brien, assistant professor of professional school counseling and mental health counseling; B.A., M.S., Minnesota State University – Mankato
  • Roger Powell, assistant professor of English; B.A., Graceland University; M.A., University of North Dakota; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Laurie Rasmussen, instructor of mathematics; B.S., Buena Vista University; M.S., Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Daniel Séman, instructor of graphic design; B.F.A., Columbus College of Art & Design; M.F.A., Academy of Art University
  • Gary Sterling, instructor of management; B.A., Point Loma University; M.B.A., Pepperdine University
  • Jim Venner, instructor of agricultural science; B.S. and M.S., Iowa State University