Dr. Erin Zimmer has been teaching full-time at Lewis University since the fall of 2004. Erin had previously taught as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University and was a technical specialist at a biotechnology company. An Assistant Professor of Biology, her specialty is genetics. She also teaches molecular and cellular biology, and recently developed a course called the Biology of Cancer.
Erin was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the student population here at Lewis. This diversity and the different perspectives that students bring to the learning environment have been exciting. She has learned so much from them. In addition to the academic rewards, Erin has also discovered another reason why there is such longevity among University employees.
When Erin started at Lewis she had no idea what to expect, but she quickly learned what others already knew so well. “Lewis has much to offer, but one of the things I found most appealing was the welcoming environment. There is a great deal of effort on the part of faculty and staff to make you feel connected,” she says. “A lot of organizations can’t say that. It’s different here. People are very devoted and involved in all facets of the community. There is so much value placed on interaction and the development of relationships…from social events, to community gatherings to discussion groups. The opportunities are endless.”
Erin also was very impressed by the fact that the person she replaced, after 27 years at the University, still comes back frequently to visit. “It made me realize what a great decision I had made.”