National Recognition Goes to Psychology Instructor at Lakeshore Technical College

Julie Konik is the fifth faculty member recognized in six years.




The American Association of Community Colleges has awarded Lakeshore Technical College faculty member Julie Konik the 2023 Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition. This marks the fifth year Lakeshore faculty have been recognized since the program was put into place six years ago.

Konik, a psychology instructor who holds a doctorate in psychology and women’s studies, will be recognized in a ceremony taking place April 4 in Denver.

Named in honor of former AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell, the designation was established to recognize individuals making a difference in the college classroom.

“Julie is an exceptional instructor and leader on our campus. Feedback from her students confirms she is reaching her goal to have them grow both intellectually and psychologically throughout her courses,” said Lakeshore President Dr. Paul Carlsen. “Her open mind and intentional efforts to help them understand today’s world from a psychological angle help create a more understanding community in and out of the classroom.” 

Konik joined Lakeshore in 2018 and has over 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to teaching, she coordinates the college’s therapy dog program, serves as co-chair for the diversity and inclusion committee, and is a member of the current Lakeshore Leadership Development Institute cohort. Konik was also highly involved in the development of Lakeshore’s new Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs.

Previously recognized faculty at Lakeshore include David Saunders, welding program coordinator/instructor, Paul Benfield, information technology network specialist instructor, Jeremy Pagel, sociology instructor, and Sarah Bornemann, information technology web and software developer instructor.

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Julie Konik
Julie Konik

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 8,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on Lakeshore for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. Lakeshore faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals. 

Lakeshore Technical College is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, #4 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college by the Aspen Institute, a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist three out of the last four years, and the 2021 Large Business/Industry of the Year by the Chamber of Manitowoc County.

Approximately 800 students graduate from Lakeshore Technical College each year, and associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $54,048 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, Lakeshore serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit Lakeshore at