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English Instructor Online
Julie Austin earned a B.S. in English and Secondary Education from Bemidji State University and a M.A. in English from Bemidji State University. Before beginning her teaching career at CLC in2006, Julie taught high school English for five years. In 2014, she was awarded a Quality Matters badge for online course design. When she is not teaching, Julie loves spending time with her husband and four children exploring the North Shore of Lake Superior as well as cooking, gardening, running, and writing.
Darci graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She completed a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and pursued her interest in nursing education. Darci has worked as a Registered Nurse since 1997 including work experience in various clinical areas such as medical-surgical, intensive care, telemetry, obstetrics/pediatrics, pre-surgery, and mental health. She has taught at CLC since 2002 and continues to work casual at Essentia Health: St. Joseph’s Medical Center. She has an Advance Practice Nursing Education Certificate from the National League for Nurses. What Darci brings to nursing education is a true love, enthusiasm, and passion for the nursing profession. She was honored to receive the Educator of the Year Award for MnSCU in 2013. Darci’s hobbies include “anything outdoors”, camping, fishing, boating, exercising, and hanging out with her family.
As a faculty member at Central Lakes College (CLC) since 2009, I have taught the following fascinating courses in Philosophy: World Religions, Philosophy and Popular Culture, Immortality and the Afterlife, Critical Thinking, Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, and Contemporary Moral Problems. I received my B.A. from St. Cloud State University (SCSU) 2005, and my M.A. at SCSU in 2010. I taught briefly in the English Dept. at SCSU before taking a job as a paralegal in the Brainerd Lakes Area. In 2009 I was (gently) initiated into the CLC campus life, shortly after was (not so gently) initiated into parenthood when my partner and I had our first child. In 2012 I was honored to receive the CLC Faculty Member of the Year Award, as voted upon by the CLC student body. While at CLC I have continued to be active in campus life; I participate in various CLC faculty committees and serve(d) as the advisor for the CLC Equality Coalition student club. I thoroughly enjoy philosophizing, no matter the subject, on such questions as: Should I lie to an inquiring murderer? Is Walt from the TV series “Breaking Bad” a truly authentic individual? Is ignorance bliss? Does God exist? Does evil exist? Is there a best way to live? Do we have free will? Is it all just a matter of opinion? Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound? Is there a soul or an afterlife? My students have joked about the way my eyes light up when a good argument starts. It is exciting for me to watch students develop as critical thinkers, and it gives me hope to know that there are a few more thoughtful people going out into the world.
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Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Julie attained her dental assistant credentials from Minnesota State Community and Technical College and her BS degree in Career and Technical Education from Bemidji State University. In 2004, Julie achieved credentials as a Restorative Functions Dental Assistant in the state of Minnesota. Julie worked in the specialty areas of dentistry; periodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery and endodontics. Julie serves on the Minnesota Educators of Dental Assistants and several committees at Central Lakes College.