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Lindsay Bernhagen



Lindsay Bernhagen is a learning strategist at Torch, a company that facilitates professional coaching and mentoring. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies, and MAs in Gender Studies and Ethnomusicology. She has taught courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, Education, and Sociology, and currently teaches in the Educational Sustainability doctoral program at UW-Stevens Point. She publishes and speaks on issues of equity, and regularly consults with non-profits, educational institutions, and corporations on diversity and inclusion. In her personal life, she tends to her dogs and chickens with the help of her wonderful husband and multiple automated vacuum cleaners.

Experience and Interests


  • Undergraduate Course Instructor in Education, Comparative Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State (2006-2016) and UW-Stevens Point (2017-2022)
  • Graduate Course Instructor in Educational Sustainability, Education – Policy and Leadership, Education – Teaching and Learning and Comparative Studies, Ohio State (2012-2016), UW-Stevens Point (2019-present)

Research Interests

  • higher education, gender, professional development, emotional labor


  • Learning Strategist, Torch (2022-present)
  • DEI Facilitator and Consultant (2017-present)
  • Director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning, UW-Stevens Point (2017-2022)
  • Diversity Officer for Academic Affairs, UW-Stevens Point (2020-2022)
  • Editor-in-Chief, To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development (2018-2021)
  • Senior Instructional Consultant for the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Ohio State (2013-2016)

Presentations and Publications


  • Bernhagen, L. & Gravett, E.O (January 2017). Educational Development as Pink-Collar Labor: Implications and Recommendations. To Improve the Academy, 36, vol. 1.



  • President, Board of Directors, JusticeWorks
  • Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin
  • Board member, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin
  • Volunteer, ECDC Refugee Resettlement

Fun Facts

Last book you read?

Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias by La’Wana Harris

Best advice you ever received?

Your budget is a moral document.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A dog parent. I have 5 now!

Favorite Quote?

“But the poet says we must praise the mutilated world. We’re all working the graveyard shift–might as well sing along.” – From the song “All My Favorite People” by Over the Rhine.

One thing about your school that you are most proud of?

I’m most proud of the community that the Ed.D. program builds across time and space among a passionate interdisciplinary group of thinkers.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Learning from the students I work closely with.

A piece of advice for students in your school?

A dissertation is the start of your journey as a scholar, not the culmination of one!

Lindsay Bernhagen
Lecturer - Ed.D. in Sustainability
Global Affiliate Scholar - Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability


Ph.D. in Comparative Studies
The Ohio State University, 2013

M.A. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Ohio State University, 2008

M.A. in Ethnomusicology
The Ohio State University, 2008

B.A. in Music
Luther College, 2005