Faculty Spotlight Introduction
Every educational institution is built on the experience and the passion of its faculty. At Lake Erie College we take great pride on our faculty, and we would like you to meet some of the members of this great group of professionals. Just click on their profiles below to find out more about their experience with Lake Erie, their field of study, or read some of the stories they like to tell about the students they have worked with.
Julie Ziemak, Assistant Professor of
"One of my goals as their professor is to open as
many doors as possible. It is so exciting to sit
back and watch them pass through those doors
to an endless amount of opportunities."
Linda Siegel, Assistant Professor of
Middle Childhood Education
"I know I learn from my colleagues, and am
pushed because of their brilliance and their
work ethic, and their deep care for the
Pam Hess, Interim Dean of the School of
Equine Studies & Assistant Professor of
"Our students are some of the best and brightest,
and the prestige and reputation of the LEC equine
program [helped me] transition out of the private
medical practice and return to teaching."
Tom Lix, Director of the Center of
Entrepreneurship & Assistant Professor
"There is a lot of controversy in entrepreneurship
whether you are born an entrepreneur or whether
you are trained to be one. I think it's a
combination of both."
Tabrina Smith, Assistant Professor of
"Every year, Betty and I have our seniors over to
her house for dinner after their Senior Research
Presentations. It's a wonderful opportunity to say
'Goodbye for now'."
Chris Tucci, Professor of Criminal
"Teaching allows me to explore the law with
Students who are eager and interested in
law—this is why I believe teaching is one of the
most fulfilling professional experiences."
Elizabeth Giedt, Professor of Equine
"Students have the opportunity to apply what we
learn in the class in our barn every day. We use
horses to teach about all our subjects, and our
horses are very patient teachers."
Joe Weber, Director of Physicians
"The field of medicine is exciting and evolving so
there are many opportunities to grow in my
career. I love teaching medical topics so students
can one day enter this exciting field too."
Jennifer Swartz, Assistant Professor of
English & Communications
"English majors have the ability to succeed in
any career they choose. English is an excellent
foundation for those who want to pursue law
school, journalism, library science or professional
writing. Others have obtained employment in many
Steven Gutierrez, Assistant Professor
of Integrated Media
"I wanted to go somewhere where I could work with
the students more personally. The small class
structure was extremely exciting because I knew
I would be able to work with students one-on-one."