“These two professors exemplify much of what makes Finlandia distinct,” said Dr. Fredi de Yampert, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “They care deeply about our students, are passionate about their subject matter and have a proven track record of notable academic work. I am proud to call them colleagues, and congratulate each of them for this honor.”
To apply for tenure, a member of the Finlandia faculty submits a portfolio exemplifying their accomplishments since their appointment at the university. Qualified candidates are eligible to apply for tenure after being with the university for six years.
Dr. Richard Gee, Criminal Justice
Dr. Gee is an Associate Professor in Finlandia’s Criminal Justice program. He came to Finlandia in 2012, and has taught more than 30 courses in his time at the university. He also leads a group of students to Europe each year to explore the differences in criminal justice from country to country. During his travels he has taken students to Finland, Russia, Great Britain and more.
“Tenure status is the pinnacle of academic achievement,” Gee said. “This confirms to me that I’m doing my job right.”
Dr. William Knoblauch, History
Dr. Knoblauch also came to Finlandia in 2012, and is an Associate Professor in FinnU’s History program. He teaches 17 courses, including History of Rock & Roll, Energy and World Power and Rise of American Capitalism. He recently received the Board of Trustee’s Distinguished Faculty Award at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony.
“Tenure aligns with my career goals because I’d like to stay at Finlandia and continue to work on being the best teacher and writer that I can be,” Knoblauch said. “With tenure, I feel that I can act more officially as a voice for the university and what it should stand for.”Dr. Fredi de Yampert, Dr. Richard Gee, Dr. William Knoblauch, Tenured Faculty