Text Size Default Text SizeDefault Text Size Large Text SizeLarge Text Size Largest Text SizeLargest Text Size Print Print this Page

2009 News Releases

Dr. Patricia Lust to direct Longwood’s Liberal Studies program

January 22, 2009

Dr. Pat Lust

Dr. Patricia Lust, a longtime Longwood University faculty member, is the new director of the Liberal Studies program. 

Lust, professor of music, will devote half of her time to her new position and the other half to her duties in the Department of Music. Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that, in addition to being a stand-alone major, prepares students to teach in the elementary through middle school grades and in special education. It has 908 majors, the most of any Longwood major.

Lust has taught at Longwood since 1979, was dean of Continuing Studies from 1985 to 1991, chaired the music department from 1999 to 2006, and for two years in the early 1990s chaired the Educational Policy Committee, which reviews all curriculum changes before they go to the Faculty Senate. She will continue to coordinate the graduate program in music and the music education program, which is an undergraduate program.

Lust’s area of research is using music to teach language. Through her involvement with the Partners of the Americas (POA), she has worked with teachers of English in four cities in Santa Catarina, Brazil, in a "Using Music to Teach English as a Foreign Language" program she developed in 1995. The program, based on American folk and children’s songs, received the POA’s International Award for Exceptional Achievement in 2001. She is a former president of the Virginia chapter of the Partners of the Americas and is still a member of its board, serving as vice president for membership and chair of university linkages.

Another interest of hers is international exchanges. In a week-long trip to Japan in 2007, Lust worked with second-graders in Tokyo to help them learn English. She hopes to take a Longwood group this summer to Costa Rica, where she will teach her Integrated Arts course, in Liberal Studies, and do language activities in a third-grade classroom. She has visited Brazil five times: four times to Santa Catarina on POA missions and once to the country’s largest city, São Paulo, on behalf of the U.S. State Department.

Lust, who has taught vocal music for many years, has presented vocal recitals on the East Coast and in the Midwest, mostly in the contemporary chamber music and Lieder genres (the latter consists of romantic songs primarily in German). She is the author of American Vocal Chamber Music, 1945-1980. A native of McCutchenville, Ohio, Lust has a B.M. degree from Heidelberg College, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a D.M. from Indiana University. 

In her spare time, Lust is a master gardener who is the webmaster for the Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners and in September 2008 was recognized for 1,000 hours of service with the organization.

Dr. Enza McCauley, assistant professor of science education, had directed the Liberal Studies program for the last 18 months.