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Mark Lounibos Joins English Faculty at Finlandia

Mark LounibosHANCOCK, MI - The Finlandia University Suomi College of Arts & Sciences is pleased to welcome Mark Lounibos, assistant professor of English. Lounibos will teach literature and writing classes.

Lounibos has a bachelor of arts in English from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, and a master's degree in English from Binghamton (New York) University.

He recently completed a Ph.D. in English literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral research investigated the relationship between religious dissent and British romantic literature, and particularly the ways in which dissenters wrote about their persecution and suffering in order to define and sustain their community identities.

"Lately, I've begun to focus on community writing projects, particularly memoir and autobiography and involving senior citizens, to consider how such work might inform our understanding of the importance of the Humanities today," Lounibos says.

Lounibos has instructed English and writing at Madison (Wis.) Area Technical College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Elmira (New York) College, and Tompkins-Cortland Community College, Dryden, New York.

His teaching philosophy is student-centered and focused on collaborative knowledge production. He explains that, "I may be an authority on a subject, but students have an opportunity to make themselves 'local experts,' as well, and in doing so contribute to their own success and the success of the class as a whole."

"Above all else I love teaching, and I'm excited to begin my career here at Finlandia University where the importance of community engagement and holistic education are primary values," he says.

Lounibos was born in the Bronx, New York, but has been gravitating north and west ever since. He has lived in Vermont, upstate New York, and most recently Madison, Wis. His connections to the Upper Peninsula include a family friend in Hancock and vacations in the Porcupine Mountains. He apologizes in advance that he's a New York Yankees fan.

Lounibos and his wife, Amanda, live in Hancock. They have three children, ages seven, three, and one. In his free time, Lounibos likes to spend time with his family, read speculative fiction, play soccer, hike, ski, and canoe.

"We're all very excited to be here in this beautiful locale and vibrant community," he says. "I am pleased to begin working in this new, invigorating environment.  I hope to continue to make new connections both on campus and in the broader community, as well."

Contact Mark Lounibos at 906-487-7336 or mark.lounibos@finlandia.edu.

Photo cutline:  Mark Lounibos, Finlandia University Assistant Professor of English