Neiman Retires After Connecting with Stritch on Several Levels

Monday, October 8, 2012 1:25:00 AM

Starting at Stritch in 2002 both as a full-time assistant professor and as a student in the Doctor of Education for the Advancement of Learning and Service degree program, Neiman assumed duties as chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in 2007, received tenure in 2007, achieved the rank of associate professor in 2010, and began serving as associate dean of the School of Education within the College of Education and Leadership in 2010. Through those roles, she started the College’s first e-magazine, led changes in the MAT program, taught various courses, and assisted with a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation.

“I enjoyed the challenge of the position as well as the passion of the faculty and staff,” Neiman said of what kept her at Stritch until retirement. “The opportunities to grow professionally were abundant as were the opportunities to make a difference.”

MAT Chair Dr. Jennifer Fontanini said Neiman made the most of her two years as associate dean by focusing on community building and implementing processes that increased the effectiveness of faculty and staff while reducing conflict and redundancies.

“These contributions set the stage for another level of growth for the School of Education, which is now poised to approach the changing landscape of the teaching profession with a team approach,” Fontanini said.

Among her accomplishments, Neiman regards the completion of her doctoral degree with special pride.

“Earning my doctorate was important to me,” Neiman said. “I am the first one in my family to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, and now a doctoral degree.”

During her time at Stritch, Neiman collaborated with Fontanini and graduate instructor Linda Carpenter to write “From Surviving to Thriving: Mastering the Art of the Elementary Classroom.” In retirement, she plans to continue work on the book’s sequel, which will focus on secondary education; write a book based on her doctoral dissertation, which examined “Forces that Influence High School Teacher Implementation of Best Practice: A Grounded Theory”; and finish a project with her youngest son, Dr. Paul Neiman of St. Cloud State University, on how to engage college students so they become more active seekers of knowledge.

Prior to coming to Stritch, Neiman taught English and language arts in grades 5-12 and served as a reading specialist and a professional development specialist in a variety of schools in southeastern Wisconsin.

Send messages to Neiman at, (414) 732-4417 or 4120 S. Lake Drive, Unit 167, St. Francis, WI 53235.