Judson University Welcomes New Faculty Members for 2014-15 Academic Year
(Elgin, IL – August 19, 2014) Judson University will welcome five new faculty members to its roster this fall for several of its undergraduate and graduate programs, including Art and Design, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Education, and Science. Among the new faculty are Anna Keeler, Lauren Meranda, Dana Rae Pautsch, Dr. Joseph Rumenapp and Dr. Li Li Zyzak.
Anna Keeler is a new assistant professor of Graphic Design for Judson's Department of Art & Design. She holds a Master of Design degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at Fredonia. During graduate school, she attended the summer design workshops at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst (The Basel School of Design) in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to moving to Chicago, Keeler worked as a graphic designer for a corporate branding studio, Chermayeff & Geismar, in New York City. As a designer, Keeler is interested in finding the personal voice of the designer and balancing that with clarity of message. You can learn more about her work at annakeelerdesign.com.
Lauren Meranda is a new professor of Graphic Design for Judson's Department of Art & Design. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Northern Illinois University, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a student, Meranda attended summer design workshops at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst (The Basel School of Design) in Basel, Switzerland. She is also a practicing web, print, and exhibition designer, who has done extensive work for the Jane Addams Hull-House in Chicago. As a designer, Meranda seeks to empower individuals to participate in the storytelling process and to expand public memory to include previously unheard voices by linking research, education, and social engagement into an interactive design experience. You can learn more about her and her work at www.laurenmeranda.com.
Dana Rae Pautsch is a new professor for Judson's Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. Pautsch earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Truman State University, and her Master of Science in Sports and Exercise Science from West Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Judson's faculty, Pautsch served as an academic coordinator and instructor for Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Joseph Rumenapp is a new professor for Judson's School of Education for both the Master’s and Doctorate in Literacy programs. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Moody Bible Institute, his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Literacy, Language and Culture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rumenapp is passionate about literacy in the increasingly globalized world. He has worked in literacy development for bilingual elementary classrooms and with students in after-school programs around the city, as well as aided in adult ESL programs for resettled refugees. He also spends time working with K-12 teachers, developing teacher-research practices necessary to address the diverse needs of today’s classrooms. He previously taught graduate-level courses and worked with federally funded research projects at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Li Li Zyzak is a new professor for Judson's Department of Science. Zyzak was born and raised in Malaysia, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her Doctorate in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of South Carolina. Before pursuing her passion for teaching, Zyzak worked in the corporate arena. Her work for Nestle resulted in a patent and the commercialization of a calcium-fortified beverage. Thereafter, she pursued her career at Takasago International, a fragrance and flavor house. As Takasago's senior scientist, Zyzak led their Cell Molecular Biology Department, developing techniques to investigate the interaction of fragrances and cosmetic products with skin tissue. In addition, her work at Takasago in the flavor department produced a patent on a flavored product additive.
Judson University holds a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio in its classrooms, allowing students to have personal connections and mentoring relationships with their professors. Eighty two percent of Judson's full-time tenure track faculty holds the appropriate terminal degree.