Beginning this semester, five new faculty will join the Lourdes University community in the areas of biology, business administration and leadership, history, and nursing. Dr. Geoffrey Grubb, Provost, also announced the appointments of Dr. Holly Baumgartner as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Sr. Shannon Schrein as Dean of the Graduate School.

College of Arts & Sciences

Sandra Beach, Ph.D. – Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology
Dr. Beach received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Miami University (Ohio), and a master’s degree in biology and a doctoral degree in biomedical research from The University of Toledo. As a student, her research focused on a variety of topics including the role of Raf kinase inhibitory protein in prostate cancer, and viral and genetic causes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Previously she has served as an adjunct faculty member at both Mercy College of Northwest Ohio and Owens Community College.

Adam Hodge, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor in History
Dr. Hodge holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Thiel College in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in history from Kent State University, and a doctoral degree in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His areas of historical expertise include: environmental history, Latin America, North America (comprehensive and western specific), and Native American history. Dr. Hodge is a member of the American Society for Environmental History and the Western History Association. In addition to teaching at the University of Nebraska, Dr. Hodge has also published essays in Environmental History and The Historian.

College of Business & Leadership

Christopher Harben, D.S.L.  – Assistant Professor in Leadership Strategy
Dr. Harben earned a bachelor’s degree in mass media communication from Akron University, a Master of Business Administration from The University of Findlay, and a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University in Virginia. He previously taught at Defiance College, Heidelberg University, and Tiffin University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Harben has served as Regional Vice President of Essex Corporation, Regional Vice President of USAllianz, and as the First Vice Chair of Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union.

Patrick Murtha, D.H.A.  – Assistant Professor in Healthcare Administration
Dr. Murtha holds a bachelor’s degree in health services from Mercy College of Detroit, a master’s degree in business administration from University of Detroit Mercy, and a Doctor of Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University. He has taught in the MBA program at the University of Michigan-Flint Campus, and has also served as Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph Health System (in Tawas, Michigan) and Vice President of St. Mary’s of Michigan.

College of Nursing

Dawn AuBuchon, CRNA – Instructor in the Master of Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program
Ms. AuBuchon earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Madonna University, and a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from University of Detroit Mercy. Prior to joining the Lourdes community, she served as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Anesthesia Healthcare Partners, Morningstar Anesthesia LLC, Mercy Memorial Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Hospital. She currently works as a CRNA locally, in addition to teaching at Lourdes.

Appointment of College Deans

Sr. Shannon Schrein, OSF, Ph.D. – Dean of the Graduate School
Sr. Shannon has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis since 1965. She joined the Lourdes faculty in 1984 as Campus Minister and instructor of religious studies.  For the past twelve years she has served as Chair of the Theological Studies Department and was appointed Director of the Master of Arts in Theology in 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Mary Manse College, a master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Dayton, and a doctoral degree in systematic theology from Marquette University. She is the recipient of the 2012 Franciscan Federation Award.

Dr. Holly Baumgartner, Ph.D. – Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Baumgartner holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo, a master’s degree in American Culture Studies and doctoral degree in English from Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining the Lourdes community in 2010, she taught in various capacities at a diverse list of institutions from Mercy College to Exeter and Trinity Colleges within the University of Oxford in England. Dr. Baumgartner is a three time Carnegie-Mellon Professor of the Year nominee.