Dr. Kara Lindaman teaches Political Science, is the advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for Political Science, and the current chair for Winona State University’s chapter of the American Democracy Project (ADP). Dr. Lindaman has inspired her students to be active participants not only in their university community but also in the greater community.
Through the American Congress and Public Service classes, Dr. Lindaman encouraged her students’ involvement in the democratic process by having them learn to be election judges during the 2008 general election. Dr. Lindaman also had her students participate in the Deliberative Polling Project, which brought community members, students, faculty, and administrators together to discuss the problem of binge drinking and to develop solutions to that problem. Collaborating with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Dr. Lindaman, along with the members of ADP, will launch the “We the People” project—a movement for civic learning and empowerment which encourages the development of learning cultures inside and outside formal education in which people develop knowledge, skills, and values needed to active citizens and community builders.
Dr. Lindaman was nominated by one of her students—a testament to her effectiveness and commitment.