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    Laidlaw, Gregory

    Gregory Laidlaw

    Lecturer and Department Chair, Cybersecurity & Information Systems, DMIT, CISSP, 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, Laidlaw 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 ISACA, 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 & Partnerships, 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 10 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

    Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Department Chair, teaches Fundamentals of Speech, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Small Group Communication, Communication Theory, and Theories of Listening Behavior, and serves as the director of the Communication Studies Department's internship program. Langham's professional presentations deal with listening within the workplace and teacher/student classroom interaction. She has been featured in The Detroit NewsDetroit Free Press and WJR radio. She is a recipient of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. Langham holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Dramatic Arts and an Master of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric from Eastern Michigan University. She joined University of Detroit Mercy in 1984.



    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.



    James E. Leach

    James E. Leach

    Assistant Professor of Architecture, teaches building technology and architectural design. Leach’s research investigates the links between materials, form and performance, and the pedagogy of design and technology.  He is a registered architect and co-founder of the collaborative design practice, THINKtank Design Studio.  Leach received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design with Honors from the University of Iowa and a Master of Architecture from Iowa State University.  He taught at the University of Florida and Iowa State University before joining Detroit Mercy in 2018.


    Lee, Rachel

    Rachel Lee, BCBA, NCSP

    Assistant Professor of Psychology, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). Prior to joining the University of Detroit Mercy faculty in 2017, Lee worked as a school psychologist in public school settings in the Columbus, Ohio area. She earned her bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University. Lee teaches Developmental Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis I & II, School Psychology Internship, Psychological Testing & Measurement, and supervises third-year students completing the internship in school psychology. Her current areas of research interests include academic and behavioral interventions for students with low-incidence disabilities, and supervision and training issues in school psychology as they relate to the BCBA credential.


    Leever, Martin G.

    Martin G. Leever

    Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair of Philosophy and Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, 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 Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Marquette University and a doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago. Leever received the Faculty Achievement Award in 2006. He joined the University in 2000.



    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 Detroit Mercy community in 2002.



    Lin, C.J.

    C. J. Lin

    Professor Emeritus 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.



    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. Lin has published numerous journal and conference papers on the topic of stock options. He holds a Bachelor of Arts at Tunghai University in Taiwan, a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado and a Master of Arts and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the University in 2011.



    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.



    Livezey, Mara R.

    Mara R. Livezey

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, teaches biochemistry and organic chemistry. Livezey's research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of a protective and pro-growth pathway in breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers. Her lab is interested in drug development and acquiring a deeper understanding of a pre-clinical anti-cancer drug that lethally targets Estrogen Receptor-positive cancers. Additionally, Livezey is interested in the incorporation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into chemistry curriculum and pedagogy. Livezey is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Macedonia. Livezey received her B.A. in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She joined the University in 2018.



    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. Lockwood served as a litigation associate at law firms in both New York City and Detroit. She teaches applied legal theory and analysis, torts, and professional responsibility. She is co-author of Michigan Legal Research and Successful Legal Analysis and Writing: The Fundamentals. 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.



    Lynch, James

    James Lynch

    Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering, teaches lecture and laboratory courses in geotechnical engineering, construction materials, forensic engineering, and engineering mechanics. His research interests include nondestructive testing based on wave propagation methods, material characterization, and engineering education. He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Detroit, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. He has over 25 years of industrial experience and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Michigan. He joined the University in 2005.



    Lyon, Noor

    Nour Lyon 

    Professor Lyon graduated from the 5-year PA program at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2012. She worked in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery for multiple years before switching roles to the outpatient setting where she currently holds a position in a pre-operative clinic.  Professor Lyon also works in an urgent care part-time, where she enjoys treating a diverse population of patients. She returned to Detroit Mercy as an Assistant Professor in 2021. Currently, Lyon assists with teaching the Physical Exam Practicum, and is also part of the clinical coordinator team.  Her interests include service to the underserved in the city of Detroit.