Faculty & Staff: Lynda D. Fernholz

Lynda FernholzAssistant Dean, College of Professional Studies
Professor Reading/Language Arts
472 CPS


  • B.S. Degree: Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI
    • English
  • M.A. Degree: Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI
    • Reading Emphasis
  • Ph.D.: Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
    • Language and Literacy


  • EDUC 302: Methods & Materials for Teaching Reading I
  • EDUC 309: Methods & Materials for Teaching Reading II
  • EDUC 310: Methods & Materials for Teaching Language Arts
  • EDUC 398: Student Teaching
  • EDUC 340/540: Transforming Perspectives Through Study Abroad


Prof. Lynda Fernholz, Ph.D. joined the UW-Stevens Point School of Education faculty in fall 2016 and teaches Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading I (EDUC 302), Methods and Materials for Teaching Language Arts (EDUC 310) and is part of the Elementary Methods Block faculty. She serves as the Reading Coordinator for School of Education graduate add-on licenses. Fernholz also has been faculty co-adviser for the Aspiring Educators student organization since the fall 2017 and served for the 2017 and 2018 Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) Conventions.

Additionally, Fernholz is an active member of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners non-profit organization. She has been involved in several Nicaraguan Literacy Projects and is an active philanthropist for several charitable organizations to promote sustainable literacy practices for all children worldwide. Her research interests include sustainable literacy education and global experiences for pre-service teachers to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in today’s classrooms.

Fernholz earned her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy in 2014 from Cardinal Stritch University and her master’s degree in reading education and bachelor’s degree in education from Viterbo University. Her previous experiences include teaching at Viterbo University for eight years and at the middle school level for 18 years.

Consequently, in a globalizing world of limited resources and unlimited ingenuity, teachers today play a vital role in preparing children to meet the sustainability challenges of the future. This knowledge fuels Prof. Fernholz’s passion for transforming perspectives about best pedagogies for teaching reading to all children worldwide. Her numerous trips to rural Nicaragua has inspired her current research in transforming perspectives of teachers through study aboard opportunities. Under her leadership, the UW-Stevens Point School of Education is now collaborating with the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partnership (WNP) toward supporting ongoing efforts in teacher training, increasing the supplies of new books and providing increased global experiences for educators. Through this collaboration, the School of Education will offer short-term, study abroad opportunities for UWSP graduate students and pre-service educators to participate in this program. Educators will train and teach in rural Nicaragua, providing pedagogical practices and alternatives that ultimately serve as bridges to global awareness.