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Our faculty pursue scholarly inquiry in the form of knowledge production—so-called emergent research—and the dissemination of knowledge as a vital and renewable product. As a private international liberal arts university LCC seeks excellence in university-level course content and classroom instruction informed by up to date scholarship and training.

LCC maintains quality and distinguishes itself in research by building on its unique international profile. We are strong in the area of international faculty mobility. Capitalizing on networks and affiliations with North American scholars for the purposes of enhancing LCC research culture and acting as a bridge between Lithuanian and North American scholarly activity.

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Research support and proffesional growth

RESEARCH GRANTS

Four individuals and groups are regularly awarded to faculty applicants.

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

Train or teach in a partner institution abroad for up to 2 months with financial support for living and travel expenses. Read more about exchange programs here.

Sabbatical Leaves for Research

Faculty members enjoyed semester-long paid sabbatical leaves for research as part of their rank promotion.

PUBLIC EVENTS

Opportunities to organize conferences, public events, host professional development seminars and workshops.

Course release awards

For example, workload assignments are available for the purposes of specific research needs and requests.

ACADEMIC PARTNERS

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2020-03-23

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Dr. Benjamin Doolittle from the Yale School of Medicine Visits LCC

2020-03-13

In the first week of March, the LCC community was privileged to host Dr. Benjamin Doolittle from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Doolittle and Dr. Marlene Wall, President of LCC met only by a coincidence at Hope College in Michigan, during the summer of 2019. Months later, Dr. Doolittle arrived in Klaipėda where he presented two open lectures and workshops for students. Dr. Doolittle’s expertise in the field of burnout has already fostered many engaging conversations here at LCC. How does Dr. Doolittle combine teaching, medical practice, and being an ordained pastor at a local church? We had a chance to ask him some of these questions and more.Dr. Doolittle, you met Dr. Wall during the summer of 2019 at Hope College. How did you go from meeting to deciding to visit LCC this March?I am here at LCC because I ran into Dr. Marlene Wall out of a beautiful moment of serendipity. Dr. Wall was visiting Hope College in Michigan, as the President of LCC and I was a delegate for the Reformed Church in America from my hometown. I was wearing a hat with the Camino of Santiago de Compostela logo on. As she recognized my hat we greeted each other. Dr. Wall was also with one of the board members, Ronald Mulder, whom I met the previous day. Dr. Wall and I started a conversation, exchanged business cards, and later I had a Skype conversation with Dr. Benjamin Giffone, a director of the Center for Faith and Human Flourishing at LCC. The rest is history, and I am extremely grateful to be here at LCC.During your stay here, you led two workshop sessions on the topic of the Blue Zones of Happiness. Could you provide more details about the workshop and students’ reaction to it?I became interested in the work of Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow, and New York Times-bestselling author. In one of his works, Dan looked at certain countries that have a high prevalence of centenarians, people who live to 100. He found communities like this living in Okinawa, Sardinia, Southern California, and Costa Rica. Dan expanded his research to investigate which countries were happier. I thought that what was good for the country is probably good for my Residency program at Yale. The Blue Zones of Happiness include five different domains that are associated with a happy life: having enough money to live and a certain amount of health; having a purpose in life, Japanese also call it “ikigai”, which is the idea of why I get out of bed in the morning. Another aspect includes having a sense of community, a sense of social connection with people. The workshop that I led for students looked at the strengths and challenges in each of those five areas as a community at LCC. The students here proved to be very smart, thoughtful, and enthusiastic about the workshop. It seems that they have a strong social connectedness here.Prior to the workshop, you were also invited to lead the institutional Working Lunch for LCC faculty and staff. The topic was aimed to discuss burnout in the workplace. Would you share more about the presentation and why are you interested in this specific topic?I have been involved with research on burnout for 17 years now. Even though I am not a researcher, because I take care of patients and train doctors, I was still involved in a variety of projects. I got interested in the topic of burnout in physicians. If a physician is burned out they often get depressed, divorced; some might also develop an addiction, and while it impacts the physician, it also has an impact on patients and institutions. My job at Yale is to train resident physicians who graduate from medical school and come to Yale to be trained. I always worry about their spirit. I worry about how they are doing because they are all great doctors and terrific people. I am worried their spirit can be run down because it is a hard life. As I became more interested in the topic of burnout, I was able to do various research projects with my colleagues. I also think that burnout is cross-cultural and translates across professions. A physician can be burned out, a professor or a staff person can also be burned out. During the lecture for staff and faculty, I explained the idea of burnout and presented some research findings as well.While being a physician at the Yale School of Medicine, you get to experience cases of physicians who get burned out. How do you as a professional and individual take care of yourself if you notice the signs of burnout?I am grateful that I have a lot of support from my family. I am grateful that I have the kind of job that allows for a lot of flexibility and I am glad that Yale really supports and encourages all of these different things. That makes it a lot easier. I think we all get burned out, but some of the treatment can include being more connected with people, having a sense of community. Being able to rest and take a break from things. I think part of the reason why I do not get burned out is that I get to do a lot of different things. However, if burnout does occur we have to take steps to take care of ourselves and acknowledge our weaknesses and also be gentle on ourselves.These are some great points you have mentioned when the burnout happens to an individual. But what about a company-wide burnout? How do supervisors need to act if they notice burnout at the workplace?I have a lot of thoughts about this because I think the answer lies in culture and modeling. The culture of an organization needs to value the human beings who work there, and if a company does that, I think people respond. The modeling part includes the idea that faculty and supervisors have to model what it is to be an authentic human being. We all have good days and bad days. Some days we work really hard, and on other days we should have the freedom to do what we need to do. If a supervisor recognizes that we are all a little broken and we all need a little bit of forgiveness, I think that sends a rather strong message and it affects the culture. What is interesting is that it is extremely hard to program that, and the idea of a wellness workshop is not enough. There are things that have the potential to make people’s jobs easier that are very structural and I believe we always need to think about those. That can include maternity and paternity leaves, or having some kind of flexibility in your job. Another important aspect that makes a difference in people’s happiness and in their jobs is the ability to grow. If people are doing the same thing over and over and not learning new skills, not growing in their own intellectual expertise, it is tough. But if in the institution people are learning and trying new things, they tend to like their job more and it is irrespective of salary and actual promotion. Of course, people want to get promoted in their job titles, but actual happiness in the workplace is oftentimes disconnected from salary.Dr. Doolittle, how do you combine being a doctor and being an ordained pastor?I do not really separate the two. I really feel like I am always a physician, while at the same time I am always a pastor. My identity is both. If there was a word to describe what being both is, I would be that rather than splitting it. I think a physician is all about healing and sometimes we heal with the pill or stitches, and sometimes we heal with presence and care. Whether we do that as a pastor or a doctor is just the means to the same end. Philosophically for me, being a physician and a pastor are exactly the same. The way it manifests itself in the world is that some days I wear a white coat and I go to the hospital and I take care of sick people. Then I go and serve a small church in New Haven, Connecticut, and I may then some days also teach at the Divinity School a class on Theology and Medicine. I run a program called the Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion, where I try to foster a dialogue around these two issues at the medical center.Now that you have visited LCC and led a few lectures and workshops here, what are your impressions of our university?I am impressed by the sense of rich community, a sense of joy, and the warm collegiality between students and faculty. I enjoyed my time here in Klaipėda, as I learned more about the city and the country. I am extremely grateful to have been here, as it is a great institution. I wish all the students the best of luck, and I wish all the success for the mission of LCC.

Selected Publications

"Currencies of Love: Political and Ethical Economies of Language in Shakespeare,” in Politics Otherwise: Shakespeare as Social and Political Critique, Leonidas Donskis and J.D. Mininger, eds.

LCC author(s): Jason Peck, Ph.D. J.D. Mininger, Ph.D.

Brill, Rodopi, 2012.

“Development, Capabilities, and Shalom,” in Celebrating the Vision (ed. John H. Kok; Sioux Center: Dordt College Press, 2004), pp. 191-206.

LCC author(s): Jonathan Warner, Ph.D.

Dordt College Press, 2004.

“God and Martha Nussbaum,” in Capabilities, Gender, Equality: Toward Fundamental Entitlements (eds. Martha Nussbaum and Flavio Comim0

LCC author(s): Jonathan Warner, Ph.D.

Cambridge University Press, 2014.

“Obstacles to Change: Overcoming the Hurdles of the State Apparatus in Higher Education.” The Journal of Religious Leadership 15:1 (2017):16-56.

LCC author(s): Jamin Hübner, Th.D.

The Journal of Religious Leadership, 2017.

“Revisiting αὐθεντέω in 1 Timothy 2:12: What Do the Extant Data Really Show?” The Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 5:1 (Spring, 2015):41-70.

LCC author(s): Jamin Hübner, Th.D.

The Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters , 2015.

“Rights, Capabilities and Human Flourishing,” in Christianity and Human Rights (ed. F. M. Shepherd; Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), pp. 163-176.

LCC author(s): Jonathan Warner, Ph.D.

Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.

“The Anatomy of Nationalism: A Fresh Appraisal Based on Recent Case Studies.” Libertarian Papers 10:2 (2018):137-177.

LCC author(s): Jamin Hübner, Th.D.

Libertarian Papers , 2018.

A Concise Greek Grammar. .

LCC author(s): Jamin Hübner, Th.D.

Rapid City: Hills Publishing Group, 2018, 2018.

Sydänmaiden kapina: Donald Trump, amerikkalainen konservatismi ja äärioikeiston nousu

LCC author(s): Markku Ruotsila, Ph.D.

Gaudeamus – Helsinki University Press, 2018.

Believing in ‘Inner Truth:’ The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Nazi Propaganda: 1933 – 1945

LCC author(s): Randall Bytwerk, Ph.D.

Holocaust and Genocide Studies 29, 212-229., 2015.

German Propaganda Archive

LCC author(s): Randall Bytwerk, Ph.D.

German Propaganda Archive, 2017.

The Great Battle of Dialectics and Rhetoric: Franklin Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler, 1937–1939.

LCC author(s): Randall Bytwerk, Ph.D.

In MEDHURST M. (Ed.), World War II and the Cold War: The Rhetoric of Hearts and Minds (RHUS Vol. 8) (pp. 53-88)., 2018.

The Necessity of Satire in Media Literacy: Stephen Colbert’s Use of Sophistic and Socratic Irony.

LCC author(s): Andrew Jones, Ph.D.

Baltic Journal of Law & Politics, 11:1, 187–207, 2018.

We Are Not Amused: Authenticity as the Media-Metaphor of @realDonaldTrump.

LCC author(s): Andrew Jones, Ph.D.

From the Book edited by R.E. Dentor Studies of Communication in the 2016 Presidential Campaign,Lexington books. , 2018.

[Review of Milosz: A Biography. By Andrzej Franaszek. Ed. and trans. Aleksandra and Michael Parker.

LCC author(s): Deborah McCollister, Ph.D.

Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2017].Christianity and Literature, 68(2), 336-340. , 2018.

Assessment development process.

LCC author(s): Betty Lanteigne, Ph.D.

Other author(s): In M. DelliCarpini, J. Churchill, Riopel, & C. Coombe (Eds.)

TESOL encyclopedia of English language teaching. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. , 2018.

How Ántonia Became “My” Ántonia: the “New” Immigrant Woman as a Model American.

LCC author(s): Aušra Paulauskienė, Ph.D.

In the Country of Lost Borders: New Critical Essays on My Antonia. Ed. Stéphanie Durrans (p. 145-161).. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Nanterre., 2017.

Lost and Found: The Discovery of Lithuania in American Fiction.

LCC author(s): Aušra Paulauskienė, Ph.D.

Rodopi: Amsterdam & New York, 2007., 2007.

Unscrambling jumbled sentences: An authentic task for English language assessment?

LCC author(s): Betty Lanteigne, Ph.D.

Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 7(2), 251-273., 2017.

Capabilities and the Common Good, in New Frontiers of the Capability Approach

LCC author(s): Jonathan Warner, Ph.D.

Other author(s): Eds. Flavio Comin, Shailaja Fennell and P.B. Anand, Cambridge

Cambridge University Press, 53- 81., 2018.

Economic Pluralism: The Role of Narrative.

LCC author(s): Jonathan Warner, Ph.D.

International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education Vol 9(4), 358-375. , 2018.

Pricing Models in a Captive Market: A Case Study of LCC Dormitories.

LCC author(s): Femi Odebiyi

Other author(s): Popov, D.

From CBU International Conference Proceedings, 5, 389-395. , 2017.

Statistical classification of multivariate conditionally autoregressive Gaussian random field observations

LCC author(s): Laura Šaltytė-Vaisiauskė, Ph.D.

Other author(s): Dreižienė L., Dučinskas K.

Spatial Statistics, 26,216-225., 2018.

‘On Guilt and Post-Truth Escapism: Developing a Theory’

LCC author(s): Ignas Kalpokas, Ph.D.

Philosophy & Social Criticism, 44(10): 1127-1147., 2018.

‘The New Nomos of the Earth and the Channelling of Violence’

LCC author(s): Ignas Kalpokas, Ph.D.

Journal of International Political Theory, 13(2): 162-180., 2017.

A Political Theory of Post-Truth.

LCC author(s): Ignas Kalpokas, Ph.D.

London: Palgrave Macmillan., 2019.

Creativity and Limitation in Political Communities: Spinoza, Schmitt, and Ordering.

LCC author(s): Ignas Kalpokas, Ph.D.

London and New York: Routledge., 2018.

How to Give: Effectiveness of Partnership between Public and Civil Society Sectors in International Humanitarian Aid. ISBN-10: 3659277525

LCC author(s): Julianna Giannoutsou, Ph.D.

Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012.

Istorijos dimensija neoscholastinėje Europos integracijos sampratoje.

LCC author(s): Elena Šiaudvytienė

Politologija, 72 (4), Vilnius, 12/2013, 43-71., 2013.

Transforming a Nonprofit Work Environment for Creativity: An Application of Concept Mapping

LCC author(s): Julianna Giannoutsou, Ph.D.

Other author(s): Jaskyte, K., Byerly, C., Adams, A.,

Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 21(1), 77-92., 2010.

Lietuviški jūreivystės terminai Viliaus Pakalniškio leidinyje „Laivybos sąvokų aiškinimas“.

LCC author(s): Vaida Drukteinytė, Ph.D.

Res humanitariae XVIII. 47–66 Lithuania, Klaipėda. , 2015.

Studentų neatpažįstamos dvejybinių linksnių klaidos.

LCC author(s): Vaida Drukteinytė, Ph.D.

Kalbos praktikos problemos 15. 23–31, Lithuania: Klaipėda. , 2017.

Teologinių klausimų specifika literatūroje: nuodėmės refleksija Aido Marčėno eilėraščiuose

LCC author(s): Radvyda Vaišvilaitė

Literatūra 49(1), 58–71, Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla., 2007.

The Problem of Christian Images in Contemporary Lithuanian Poetry

LCC author(s): Radvyda Vaišvilaitė

International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 3(10): 154 – 165. , 2010.

“Attitudes toward professional psychological help-seeking, perceived emotional intelligence, and prior help-seeking experience among students in Lithuania“.

LCC author(s): Gina Levickienė

Other author(s): Gečaitė, J., Mickuvienė, N.

Biologinė psichiatrija ir psichofarmakologija, 18(2), 76-80. , 2016.

Characterizing the rhythm and tempo of sound production by singing whales.

LCC author(s): Jennifer Schneider, Ph.D.

Other author(s): Mercado, E III

Bioacoustics, 1-18., 2018.

Does enrichment improve well being in animals under human care? A case of two harbor seals (Phoca Vitulina).

LCC author(s): Jennifer Schneider, Ph.D.

Other author(s): Vaicekauskaite, R., Delfour, F.

Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 14:1-12. , 2018.

Effects of low-dose mindfulness based practice on patients with somatoform autonomic dysfunction of cardiovascular system.

LCC author(s): Wayne Norman, Ph.D.

Other author(s): Muranovaitė R., Burkauskas, J.

Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology, 19(1). , 2017.

According to Which ‘Law of Moses’? Cult Centralization in Samuel, Kings and Chronicles.

LCC author(s): Benjamin Giffone, Ph.D.

Brill: Vetus Testamentum vol., vol. 67, pp. 432-447., 2017.

Jerry Falwell and Civil Religion: An Uneasy Marriage.

LCC author(s): Joseph Harder, Ph.D.

Other author(s): In Civil Religion and American Christianity, ed. Liam J. Atchison, Keith Bates and Darin D. Lenz.

Mountain Home, AR: BorderStone Press. , 2018.

Not Just Cause and Effect: Resituating Martha Nussbaum's Defense of Novels as Moral Philosophy in a Hermeneutical Framework.

LCC author(s): Tricia Van Dyk, Ph.D.

Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 19(2), 204–219., 2017.

Sit at My Right Hand: The Chronicler’s Portrait of the Tribe of Benjamin in the Social Context of Yehud.

LCC author(s): Benjamin Giffone, Ph.D.

New York/London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark., 2016.

Special Forces’: A Stereotype of Benjaminite Soldiers in the Deuteronomistic History and Chronicles.

LCC author(s): Benjamin Giffone, Ph.D.

Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 30 (1): 16–29. , 2016.

Recent Fulbright scholars

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Larry Locke

Inbound: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, US

Fulbright Specialist, May 2018-Jun 2018

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Barbara Tedrow

Inbound: Independent Scholar, US

Fulbright Specialist, Sep 2017-Oct 2017

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Aušra Paulauskienė

Outbound: UC, Berkley, US

Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Jan 2015-Jun 2016

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Paul Almonte

Inbound: St. Peter's University, US

Fulbright Specialist, Mar 2013-May 2013

RESEARCH COUNCIL

Organized to promote and support research activity at LCC International University. The council is comprised of representatives from each academic department, including a representative from the library. The council elects its own chair by majority consensus. The Research Council reports to the Academic Vice-President.

Key Objectives

  • Providing guidance for conducting research that interacts with community services and the region
  • Organizing and recommending IRB application and review procedures, including recommending faculty members for service on the IRB
  • Fostering improved communication throughout the LCC learning community about all research related opportunities (e.g. intellectual resources, conferences, presentation, publication opportunities, professional development and funding opportunities etc.)
  • Advocating (to the Academic Vice-President) for workload for research activity
  • Finding and fostering contacts and collaboration with other like-minded universities
  • Centralizing research information and communication.
  • Identifying LCC-specific definitions of research; the Council works with the LCC research centers and solicits input from faculty in revising and owning the LCC Institutional Research Agenda
  • Promoting student-instructor collaboration
  • Orienting new faculty to LCC research fields
  • Providing leadership to LCC’s academic conference organizing efforts
  • Assisting with institutional and program accreditation processes;
  • Standardizing the resources for research.

Dedication to Ethical Research

Interested in doing research involving human subjects and/or animals at LCC? You must receive prior approval from IRB. Please read detailed instructions.

Center For Faith & Human Flourishing

The CFHF conducts and funds research that seeks fuller understanding of the movement of individuals and communities from "languishing" to "surviving" to "flourishing."

The CFHF is particularly interested in the role of Christian faith in defining and motivating the pursuit of human flourishing.

Opportunities include: research fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, events, and more.

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17 Organizations

CFHF has hosted outside scholars and practitioners affiliated with 17 different organizations

10 Countries

Since its inception in 2017, center welcomed outside scholars and practitioners from 10 countries

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