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Lynne Niznik

Chair and Associate Professor of History/Political Science
Office: 117 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1723 
Phone: 6558 


Degrees earned: Ph.D. and MA, University of Notre Dame; BS, Eastern Michigan University; Certification in Archival Management, National Archives of the United States

Professional experience: College teacher; Fulbright Scholar; Director of Student Recruitment and Public Relations, Holy Family Schools; Director of Development, Wahlert High School; Development Editor, William C Brown Publishers.

Teaching philosophy: “Differentiated Teaching and Learning.” Each student is a unique learner who can flourish if the teacher and student collaborate to design and implement an individualized approach that encourages the student to learn in his/her own creative style.

Clarke’s impact on Lynne: The students have infused me with energy and enthusiasm for learning more about everything.

Lynne’s impact on students: “Don’t Let Anyone Tell You What to Think.” My students become independent, critical thinkers who learn to form and support their positions on issues while respecting the positions of others.  

Lynne’s favorite:  

Movie – Mary Poppins

Book   Mama Do You Love Me? 

QuotesMatthew 25:35 - ‘for I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” AND “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly!”

Classes in college – Shakespeare and Russian History and Constitutional Law

Place traveled – South Africa: Western Provinces, Indian Ocean Coast; Europe: Italy, France, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, England; Canada; USA: Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas.

Hobbies – Classical ballet, watching football and hockey, reading

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