Luther College President Richard Torgerson and Dean of the College Kevin Kraus have announced promotions and grants of tenure for current faculty members. At its February 2013 meeting, the Luther Board of Regents approved tenure for Eric Baack, assistant professor of biology, and promotion to associate professor. President Torgerson also announced promotion to full professor for Scott Carlson and Jodi Enos-Berlage, both associate professors of biology.
Eric Baack, biology, has taught at Luther since 2007. Baack holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Carleton College, a master's degree in education from Lewis and Clark College and a doctoral degree in population biology from the University of California, Davis.
He was recently a recipient of a $2,000 grant from the McElroy Foundation for his work with a multi-drug resistant bacteria and efflux pumps. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture also recognized his work with a multigenerational assessment of the fate and impact of crop gene introgression into wild sunflowers with a grant of $492,000.
In 2011, Baack gave a Paideia Texts and Issues lecture with Beth Lynch, titled, "Ecological Restoration: Maintaining Spaces for the Wild."
Scott Carlson, biology, has taught at Luther since 2000. Carlson holds the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physiology from the University of California-Davis and the doctoral degree in cellular and integrative physiology from the University of Minnesota.
The author of numerous published abstracts and articles, he is frequently invited to speak at seminars and conferences. Support for his research includes awards from the American Heart Association, the National Institute of Aging and the National Science Foundation.
Jodi Enos-Berlage, biology, has been on the faculty at Luther since 2000. Enos-Berlage holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and a doctoral degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She completed postdoctoral research as an associate at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Enos-Berlage is a published author and the winner of many distinguished awards. In 2012, Enos-Berlage was part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute planning team that was awarded a $1.5 million grant for science education.