Lynne Niznik

COFAC Academic
and Career Advisor




  • B.S. Degree: History and Political Science; Eastern Michigan University
  • M.A. Degree: United States History; University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. Degree: United States History and United States Constitutional Law;
    Univeristy of Notre Dame


I enjoy reading international spy novels and historical fiction.  I love to watch college and professional football, hockey and basketball. I can’t wait to be more involved in the activities of my grandchildren, Giavanna and Leonardo.


I am passionate about peace and justice and fairness and all programs designed to increase the dignity with which all people are treated. I continue to pursue my interests in all types of History and in Archival holdings. I enjoy reading about new developments in student centered teaching techniques designed to reach all learners.

Personal Information

I was born and grew up in Michigan; raised to be an avid Detroit Red Wings fan. My professional life includes years teaching history and political science at Catholic colleges in Dubuque, Iowa, and spending a semester at The University of Limpopo, South Africa creating a program for first year, at-risk tribal students.  My husband, Dave Salvaterra, and I met in graduate school at The University of Notre Dame and were married at the campus church.  Our son Andrew and his wife and two children live in Eau Claire. Our daughter, Emily works in Public Policy for Homeless people in San Francisco, and our youngest, Stephanie, is enrolled in an Archival Management Master's program at the University of British Columbia.  Our bichon fries, Sophie, believes she is a "Pointer."

Professional Goals

I plan to partner with students to figure out who they want to be, what they believe in and how to reach their goals. Because I was able to reach my dream career here at UWSP, I hope to be an inspiration to others to identify their passions and to pursue their dreams. I want to provide a safe space for students to discuss their transitions to college, their current classes, their hopes for internships and their future career plans. Through my dedication to and love for the Fine Arts and Communication, I hope to grow in my ability to support the faculty and students in Theatre, Dance and Communication.

Personal Goals

Be kind and caring to all people and to treat all others the way I would like to have my children and grandchildren treated. To be fair to everyone and to never lose my childhood imagination.

For more information on the College of Fine Arts and Communication contact the Academic and Career Advising Center at or 715-346-4141.