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    Laidlaw, Greg

    Greg Laidlaw

    Lecturer, Computer & Information Systems. Greg Laidlaw, Ph.D., brings a broad range of experience with 25 years of IT consulting in small enterprise and local government. Starting off in programming and database design, he has since migrated to network infrastructure design, system security and data integration. His doctoral dissertation involved adapting agile methodologies to design and expediting a data integration project for the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department. He is involved with ISSACA InfraGard and ISC(2) and serves as a Macomb County Reserve Deputy. Current research projects include secure systems, human factors in security and design usability. He joined the University in September 2011 as an adjunct faculty member.



    Lambert, Shari L.

    Shari Lee Lambert

    Assistant Dean Clinical Instruction & BSN Completion, McAuley School of Nursing, graduated in 1994 with a Diploma in Nursing from Mercy School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Toledo/Medical College of Ohio with the major of Nurse Educator. She has worked in various capacities including Medical Surgical Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing, Obstetrical Nursing, and Nursing Education. She was a tenured instructor at Henry Ford College for ten years and served as Department Chair. Interests include improving nursing education to better prepare graduates for practice in the profession. She joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2015.



    Langham, Cynthia A.

    Cynthia A. Langham

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, teaches fundamentals of speech, interpersonal communication, persuasion, small group communication and theories of listening behavior. She also serves as the director of the Communication Studies Department’s internship program. Langham’s 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 a B.A. and an M.A. from Eastern Michigan University. She joined the University in 1984.



    Langvardt, Kyle

    Kyle Langvardt

    Assistant Professor of Law, teaches Contracts and First Amendment. His research interests include free speech and election law. He joined the University in 2012.



    Lanigan, Katherine C.

    Katherine C. Lanigan

    Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, teaches analytical chemistry courses, including quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis, as well as general chemistry for science and engineering students. Her research uses analytical chemistry for the analysis of trace metal accumulation in plants, soil and invertebrate. Instrumental methods such as flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry (FAAS), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and ultraviolet/visible molecular absorption spectrophotometry (UV/vis) are used in these studies. A secondary research interest of hers is the study of adsorbed chemical species at the liquid/solid interface of metal oxide thin films. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) is primarily used in this investigations. 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. Lanigan joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2001.



    Leever, Martin G.

    Martin G. Leever

    Professor of Philosophy. Martin Leever 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 18th-century Scottish moral philosophy. He also serves as an ethics consultant to social service and health care organizations. Leever holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Marquette University and a Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. He joined the University in 2000. Leever received the Faculty Achievement Award in 2006.



    Letscher, Joslen L.

    Joslen L. Letscher

    Associate 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 policymaking, and research. She holds a B.S. 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.



    Lewis, Joan M.

    Joan M. Lewis

    Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Dentistry, is the course director of Graduate Periodontal Classic Literature and is Co-course director of the Essentials of Clinical Dentistry for the DS 1 students. Additionally, she teaches Periodontal Instrumentation and works with the DS 3 and DS 4 students at the Corktown clinic. Other responsibilities include advising and monitoring students. Dr. Lewis is also involved in teaching several continuing education courses at the school and state level. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Detroit School of Dentistry and completed her specialty residency in Periodontics from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine. She joined the University in 2013.



    Lim, Walter C.

    Walter C. Lim

    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Dentistry, Division of Clinical Essentials and Simulation, manages the preclinical Restorative I and Restorative II courses, directs the Complete Denture preclinical module, and also teaches in clinical Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics. He also teaches nitrous oxide sedation to practicing dental hygienists in a series of continuing education courses. He has been recognized with several preclinical and clinical teaching awards. Dr. Lim holds two dental degrees including Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of the Philippines and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Detroit Mercy; and was conferred a Master of Science in Dentistry degree in Prosthodontics from Indiana University. He joined the UDM community in 2002.



    Lin, Yu Peng

    Yu Peng Lin

    Associate Professor, teaches Financial Economics and Quantitative Methods. Lin comes to the University from Texas A&M, where he was an assistant professor. Professor Lin has published numerous journal and conference papers on the topic of stock options. He earned an B.A. at Tunghai University in Taiwan, an M.S. in Finance at the University of Colorado, an M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the University in 2011.



    Lin, Chun Ju

    Chun Ju Lin

    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.



    Lindsay, Erika

    Erika Lindsay

    Assistant Professor of Architecture, currently teaches design studio and courses in representation. Intrigued by remnants of the past and inspired by possibilities for the future, Erika Lindsay is an architectural researcher, educator, interdisciplinary designer, photographer and maker. Lindsay is founder of a media-infused research and design practice which embraces collaboration and curiosity through creating at many scales. Her research engages with notions of unintentional monuments, critical making, cultural heritage and collective memory. Her recent work, Spomenik in Flux, documents the reappropriation of monuments in former Yugoslavia as part of her ongoing research into memorial elasticity. Erika Lindsay received a master of architecture from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan where she also earned a master of science in critical conservation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in digital cinema from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She joined the University in 2015.



    Lockwood, Cristina

    Cristina Lockwood

    Associate Professor of Law, teaches Applied Legal Theory and Analysis, Professional Responsibility, and Torts. Lockwood received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University, where she served on the editorial board of the Wayne State University Law Review. She joined the University in 1995.



    Loewen, Jill

    Jill Loewen

    Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Practice Essentials and Interprofessional Education, teaching responsibilities include teaching dental, dental hygiene students and residents how to help their dental patients stop using tobacco. She has provided numerous local, state, and national continuing education courses on Tobacco Dependence Treatment. Her research interests include tobacco dependence education and treatment and she has been an active faculty member in the School of Dentistry’s Student Research Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health Education and a Master of Science Degree in Career and Technical Education from Ferris State University. She is a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and is currently serving as Chair of the American Dental Education Association’s Section on Substance Abuse, Addictions and Tobacco Dependence Education. She joined the University in March, 2001.



    Luo, Chaomin

    Chaomin Luo

    Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received his Ph.D. degree in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 2008, his M.Sc. degree in Engineering Systems and Computing at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and his B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Southeast University, Nanjing, China. His extensive industry experience contains working as an Electronics Engineer, Hardware Designer and a Director of the Embedded Systems and Intelligent Instrument Lab in Canada, Singapore and China. After he received his Ph.D, he was an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Institute of Electrical Engineering, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the National Taipei University, from August to December 2008. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of Detroit Mercy, as an Assistant Professor in Jan 2009.