Stephen J. LaGrassa
Cynthia A. Langham
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, teaches fundamentals of speech, interpersonal communication, persuasion, small group communication, and theories of listening behavior, and serves as the director of the Communication Studies Departments internship program. Langhams professional presentations have dealt with listening within the workplace and teacher/student classroom interaction. She has been featured in the Detroit Free Press and on WJR radio. She is a recipient of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. Langham holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Eastern Michigan University. She joined the University in 1984.
Katherine C. Lanigan
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, teaches analytical chemistry, including quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis. Her research utilizes both analytical and physical chemistry for the study of environmental problems, such as detection of organic pollutants in soil and water samples. She received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Iowa. She joined the University in 2001.
Susan M. Latta
Assistant Professor of English and Director of English Writing Program, teaches rhetoric, literature and linguistics. Lattas publications include essays on mass media in the classroom, student self-assessment, and critical research methodologies. Her national and regional professional presentations have focused on qualitative research methodologies, writers block, collaborative classroom pedagogues, and cultural studies. Her current research interests include participatory action research and computer assisted instruction. Latta holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Indiana State University and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue. She joined the University in 1996.
David G. Lee
Director, Manufacturing Engineering program, coordinates the BMfgE program at Focus:Hope and the on-site BMfgE program at Ford Motor Company. He teaches manufacturing related courses in the Focus:Hope program. He is the liaison to the Greenfield Coalition where he participates in curriculum development and assessment. Lee has thirty years of experience in manufacturing R&D and in senior engineering management positions in industry. His experience includes responsibility for machining R&D at Ford Motor Co. Research Staff; Director of Engineering at Siements Automotive Fuel Systems Division; and Vice President, Engineering at Echlin Inc., a Fortune 500 supplier to the automotive industry. Lee is Vice President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He joined the University in 2000.
Professor of Chemical Engineering, teaches polymer processing. Lee has interests in the area of interactive computer interfacing using expert system logic for product and process control. He received his B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Osaka City University. He joined the University in 1980.
Martin G. Leever
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, teaches ethical theory, professional ethics and the history of philosophy. His research and publications focus on ethical issues in the professions and also on the history of philosophy, especially eighteenth-century Scottish moral philosophy. He also serves as an ethics consultant to social service and health care organizations. Leever holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. He joined the University in 2000.
Joslen L. Letscher
Assistant Professor of Education, teaches curriculum inquiry, educational philosophy, policy, supervision, research, and field experience. She currently researches and makes professional presentations regarding university/school collaborations for educational change. Creating spaces for dialogue, imagination, and ethical decision-making is her major research emphasis. Letscher engages in dialectical inquiry with students, teachers, administrators, and colleagues to redefine professional development, curriculum, renewal policy making, and research. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Siena Heights College, a M.A. from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Letscher joined the University in 1991.
Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, teaches race relations, family, and urban issues. Her areas of expertise are industrial sociology and African American studies. Lewis is currently completing a book on The Street Definition of Masculinity: How it is Killing Young Black Males. Her other research interests are male/female relationships, urban violence and cultural diversity. She received the distinguished alumnae award from Grambling State University. Lewis holds a B.A. degree from Grambling State University, an M.A. degree from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University. She joined the University in 1973.
George H. Libbey
Associate Dean for Public Services, Libraries/Media Services, is responsible for public services policy coordination among the UDM libraries; library faculty and staff development; coordination of grant writing and proposal preparation; collection development and approval plan management; electronic resource management; and assists the dean of libraries with long-range and strategic planning and budget preparation. Libbey is currently working on database training for library staff and patrons. He holds a B.A. from Valparaiso University, a M.A. in Early Modern European History from the University of Illinois, and a M.A. in Library Science from Northern Illinois University. He joined the University in 1996.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, teaches circuits, electronics, control systems, communication, electromagnetic fields, antennas and radiation, and electromagnetic compatibility. His areas of expertise are electromagnetic field interaction with biological bodies, electromagnetic compatibility and analog and digital electronic circuit designs. He has published many papers in the areas of antennas and propagation, microwave engineering and electromagnetic compatibility journals. He is the recipient of the 1989 Faculty Award for Excellence from the College of Engineering & Science. He holds a B.S. from National Taiwan University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. He joined the University in 1969.
Instructor of Mathematics, received a B.G.S. from University of Michigan and a M.A. from the University of Detroit Mercy. Her main interest is geometry. She has used the geometry in her artwork and textile designs, for which she has won numerous national awards. She has also worked as an accountant. She joined the University in 2000.
Deborah A. Lyons
Assistant Professor of Nursing, teaches the course, Care of the Childbearing Family. Lyons areas of specialty include pediatrics and gerontology. Lyons holds a B.S.N. degree from Madonna University and a M.S.N. from Wayne State University. Lyons joined the University in 2000.