Faculty

A directory of Harper College faculty listed from A-Z.

Anne Paslean Abasolo
Associate Professor
Student Development Faculty/Counselor

  • B.A., Michigan State University
  • M.S., National-Louis University

Theresa Abrahams
Instructor
Nursing

  • B.S., Aurora University
  • M.S.N., Chamberlain University

Stephanie Adair
Associate Professor
Philosophy

  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.Ed., York University
  • M.A., Duquesne University
  • Ph.D., Duquesne University

Paula Akialis
Assistant Professor
Health Information Technology

  • B.S.N., University of Texas-Austin
  • M.S., Loyola University
  • M.B.A., University of Dallas

Marjorie Allen
Professor
English as a Second Language

  • B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., American University, Washington, DC

Andrew Anastasia 
Associate Professor
English

  • B.A., Illinois State University
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Nikki Anderson
Instructor
Art

  • B.F.A., Drake University
  • M.F.A., Stony Brook University

Joseph Angermeier
Instructor
Biology

  • B.S., Indiana University
  • M.S., Texas State University

David Antonides
Associate Professor
Student Development Faculty/Counselor

  • B.S., Santa Clara University
  • M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; Graduate School of Psychology

Chris Athanassopoulos
Assistant Professor
Engineering

  • B.S., University of Illinois
  • M.S., University of Illinois

Yelda Aydin-Mullen
Assistant Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Middle East Technical University - Turkey
  • M.S., Middle East Technical University - Turkey

Lisa Ayers
Professor
Nursing

  • B.S.N., Indiana University
  • M.S.N., Northern Illinois University
  • CNE, Certified Nurse Educator

Susanne K. Bajt
Professor
Computer Information Systems

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana
  • M.B.A., Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
  • M.S. Ed., University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana
  • Ed.D., University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana

Michael J. Barzacchini
Associate Professor
Director of Marketing Services

  • B.S., Ohio University
  • M.A., Ohio University

Michael Bates
Associate Professor
Dean of Teaching, Learning and Distance Education

  • B.S., Indiana University
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana
  • Ed.D., National Louis University

Getachew Begashaw
Professor
Economics

  • B.A., University of California - Santa Cruz
  • M.A., Michigan State University
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University

Jennifer Bell
Professor
Adult Educational Development

  • B.A., University of Chicago
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ed.D., Ferris State University

Michael Bentley Jr. 
Assistant Professor
Humanities

  • B.A., Northwestern University
  • M.A., California Institute of Integral Studies

Kurt Billsten
Assistant Professor
Maintenance/Manufacturing/Welding Technology

  • B.S., Elmhurst College

Margaret Bilos
Associate Professor
Speech/Theatre

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.A., Miami University of Ohio

Lisa Blaylock
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.A., Southeast Missouri State University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University

David Braunschweig
Professor
Computer Information Systems

  • A.A.S., Harper College
  • A.S., Harper College
  • B.G.S., Roosevelt University
  • M.I.S./M, University of Phoenix

Denise L. Brents
Associate Professor
Nursing

  • B.S.N., Loyola University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University
  • FNP-BC, Northern Illinois University

Laura Brown
Professor
Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer

  • B.A., University of St. Francis

Patricia Bruner
Associate Professor
Graphics Arts Technology

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M. Ed., University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana

Helen M. Burroughs
Associate Professor
Psychology

  • B.A., Barat College
  • M.A., Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Monica Busser
Instructor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Youngstown State University
  • M.A., University of Virginia

Lisa Busto
Associate Professor
Accounting

  • B.S., Marquette University
  • M.B.A., North Central College
  • C.P.A., State of Illinois

Linda Campbell
Associate Professor
Psychology

  • B.A., Roosevelt University
  • M.A., Roosevelt University
  • M.A., Roosevelt University

Kathleen Canfield
Associate Professor
Sr. Director of Job Placement and Workforce Solutions

  • B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S. Ed., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Northeastern Illinois University

Carol Carlson-Nofsinger
Assistant Professor
Paralegal Studies

  • B.A., Elmhurst College
  • J.D., Loyola University - Chicago

Jeremy Chamberlain
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Montana State University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Malathy Chandrasekar
Associate Professor
Economics

  • B.A., University of Madras
  • M.A., Bharathidasan University

Kimberly Chavis
Associate Professor
Dean of Health Careers

  • B.S., Loyola University
  • M.S., Loyola University
  • Ed.D., Benedictine University

Tong Cheng
Professor
Biology

  • B.S., Wuhan University
  • M.S., Wuhan University
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Nicolette Cisarik De Jesus
Assistant Professor
Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach

  • B.A., Dominican University
  • M.S., Indiana State University

William Clark
Professor
Mathematics

  • B.A., Northwestern University
  • M.S., Northwestern University

Gregory Clemons
Professor
Music

  • B.M.E., University of Kansas
  • M.A., California State University

Kevin Cole
Associate Professor
Physical Sciences

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago

Susan Contarino
Associate Professor
Director of Client Systems

  • B.S., Roosevelt University
  • M.B.A., Keller Graduate School

Ana Contreras
Instructor
English

  • B.A., University of Dayton
  • M.A., Butler University
  • M.A., Indiana University

Maria Coons
Professor
Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Innovation/Board Liaison

  • B.S., Indiana University
  • M.B.A., Loyola University
  • Ed.D., National Louis University

Karega Cooper
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Clark Atlanta University
  • M.S., Clark Atlanta University

Kelly Coronado
Assistant Professor
English as a Second Language

  • B.A., University of Iowa
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

Katherine Coy
Assistant Professor
Director of Institutional Research

  • B.A., Florida Atlantic University
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa

Brian Cremins
Professor
English

  • B.A., Dartmouth College
  • M.A., University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs

Gerardo Cruz
Assistant Professor
World Languages - Spanish

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • M.A., Marquette University

Lin Cui
Professor
English as a Second Language

  • B.A., Shanghai University of International Business and Economics - Shanghai, China
  • M.A., University of Waterloo - Ontario, Canada

Rebecca Curtin
Associate Professor
Computer Information Systems

  • B.S., Iowa State University
  • M.Ed., National-Louis University

Karen Koczaja Dailey
Associate Professor
Chemistry

  • B.S., University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Deborah Damcott
Professor
Physical Sciences

  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan

Enrique D'Amico
Associate Professor
Computer Information Systems/Graphic Art Technology/Web Development

  • B.S., Elmhurst College
  • M.B.A., Elmhurst University

Michele DeCanio
Associate Professor
Student Development Faculty/Counselor

  • A.G.S., College of DuPage
  • B.A., National-Louis University
  • M.S., National-Louis University

Carl Dittburner
Professor
Architectural Studies

  • A.A.S., Harper College
  • B.Arch., Illinois Institute of Technology; Licensed Architect - IL
  • M.A., Illinois Institute of Technology

Thomas J. Dowd Jr.
Professor
Chemistry

  • B.A., State University of New York at Potsdam
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Geoffrey Durian
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S.ME, Washington University (Missouri)
  • B.S., Purdue University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University

James Edstrom
Professor
Librarian

  • B.A., University of Illinois
  • M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois
  • M.A., University of Illinois

Monica Edwards
Professor
Sociology

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S., Illinois State University
  • Ph.D., Loyola University

Marie Farber-Lapidus
Associate Professor
Management

  • B.A., University of Illinois
  • M.B.A., DePaul University

Sandra Ferencz
Associate Professor
Dental Hygiene

  • A.A., Southern Illinois University
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University
  • M.Ed., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Ed.D., Ferris State University

Patricia Kalanquin Ferguson
Professor
Speech

  • B.S., Central Michigan University
  • M.A., Ball State University

Andrea Fiebig
Assistant Professor
Director of Adult Educational Development

  • B.S., Indiana University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University

Kathleen Fischer
Associate Professor
Nursing

  • B.S.N., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University

Kathleen Foldvary
Associate Professor
Marketing

  • B.A., Marquette University
  • M.B.A., DePaul University

Marianne Fontes
Professor
English/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • B.A., California State University
  • M.A., Pepperdine University
  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University

Theresa Frank
Assistant Professor
Nursing Mental Health

  • B.S., Rhode Island College
  • M.S., Rush University

Brett A. Fulkerson-Smith
Professor
Philosophy

  • B.A., John Carroll University
  • M.A., Boston College
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Rob Galick
Professor
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.B.A., The University of Chicago
  • CPA

Patricia Lacy Gandor
Assistant Professor
Sonography

  • B.S., Southern Illinois University
  • M.S., Rutgers University

John Garcia
Professor
Philosophy

  • B.A., Boston College
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., Loyola University

John Gately
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.A., New College of Florida
  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University

Mary Gawienowski
Professor
English as a Second Language

  • B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • M.A., California State University at Sacramento
  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

J. Andrew Geary
Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University

Margaret Geppert
Professor
Physical Sciences

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • M.A., Boston University

Megan Giacomino
Instructor
Nursing

  • B.S., DePaul University
  • M.S., DePaul University

Samuel A. Giordano Jr.
Associate Professor
Fire Science Technology

  • A.A.S., Joliet Junior College
  • B.S., Columbia Southern University
  • M.B.A., Columbia Southern University

Thomas Goetz
Professor
Librarian

  • B.A., Augustana College
  • M.A.L.I.S., Rosary College

Raeghan Graessle
Associate Professor
Physical Science

  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology                        
  • M.S., Loyola University
  • M.S., University of Illinois

James Gramlich
Professor
Sociology

  • B.A., Oklahoma State University
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Susan Grant
Associate Professor
Health Science Core

  • A.A., Harper College
  • B.S., University of St. Francis
  • M.S.H.A., University of St. Francis
  • Ed.D., Argosy University

Robert Grapenthien
Associate Professor
Controller

  • B.A., Aurora University
  • M.B.A., Aurora University

Carlos Guillen
Instructor
Manufacturing/Welding

  • A.A.S., Harper College
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University

Rita Gura
Associate Professor
Physical Therapist Assistant

  • B.S., Millikin University
  • D.P.T., Northwestern University

Nancy Haberichter
Associate Professor
Nursing

  • B.S., Marycrest College
  • M.S., Purdue University

Edward Hamel
Faculty Fellow
Music

  • B.M., Columbia College, Chicago
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego

Kelly Hamontree
Professor
Cardiac Technology/Diagnostic Medical Sonography

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.S., Northeastern Illinois University

Michael J. Harkins
Associate Professor
History

  • B.S., University of Nebraska
  • M.A., University of Nebraska
  • M.A., Concordia College

Travaris Harris
Professor
Interim Associate Provost, Academics

  • B.A., Southern Illinois University
  • M.S., Southern Illinois University
  • Ed.D., Argosy University

Therese Hart
Assistant Professor
Humanities

  • B.F.A., Ohio University
  • M.A., Ohio University

Mary Kay Harton
Associate Professor
Dean of Students

  • A.A., Cottey College
  • B.L.A., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • M.Ed., Northern Arizona University

Kimberly Heinz
Professor
Librarian

  • A.A., Harper College
  • B.A., University of Illinois
  • M.L.I.S., University of Illinois
  • C.A.S., University of Illinois

Kurt Hemmer
Professor
English

  • B.A., University of Massachusetts
  • M.A.T., Rhode Island College
  • M.A., University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D., Washington State University

Kathleen Hock
Professor
Dental Hygiene

  • A.S., Harper College
  • B.S., George Williams College
  • M.Ed., National-Louis University

George W. Hoeltje
Associate Professor
Electronics Engineering Technology

  • A.S., Harper College
  • A.A., Harper College
  • A.A.S., Harper College
  • A.E.S., Harper College
  • B.S.E.E., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • M.E., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • P.E., State of Illinois

Shanté S. Holley
Professor
English

  • B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A.Ed., National-Louis University
  • Ed.D., National-Louis University

Katie Hollis
Professor
Biology

  • A.A., Fresno City College
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Mary Hood
Professor
Radiologic Technology

  • A.A.S., Southern Illinois University
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University
  • M.S., National Louis University

Michael Horton
Associate Professor
Philosophy

  • B.A., Mississippi State University
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Stephanie Horton
Professor
English

  • B.A., Xavier University of Louisiana
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa

Roger K. House
Professor
Chemistry

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S., Illinois State University

Kiana Hughes
Diverse Faculty Fellow
Cannabis Science and Therapeutics

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S., Illinois State University

Andrew Iverson
Professor
Biology

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Joanne Ivory
Associate Professor
Dean, Career and Technical Programs

  • MBA, Benedictine University
  • Ph.D., Benedictine University

Kim Jaeger Nichols
Professor
World Languages - German

  • B.S., Georgetown University
  • M.A., Georgetown University

Jason James
Associate Professor
Computer Science

  • B.S., University of Missouri
  • M.S., University of Missouri

MaryAnn Janosik
Professor
Provost

  • A.A., Lorain County Community College
  • B.A., Oberlin College
  • M.A., Cleveland State University
  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Keith W. Jensen
Associate Professor
Humanities

  • B.A., Mary Washington College
  • M.A., Loyola University

Richard Johnson
Professor
English

  • B.S., Georgetown University
  • M.A., New York University
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University

Tamara Johnson
Professor
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • B.S., University of Illinois
  • M.Ed., University of Illinois
  • Ph.D., Indiana State University

Tiffany Jones
Assistant Professor
Anthropology

  • B.A., Georgia Southern University
  • M.A., Georgia State University
  • M.A., University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Jeff Julian
Professor
Chief of Staff

  • B.A., University of St. Francis
  • M.A., Elmhurst College

Njambi Kamoche
Associate Professor
Dean of Resources for Learning

  • B.A., State University of New York College at Buffalo
  • M.L.S., Syracuse University
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma

Judy Kaplow
Associate Professor
Humanities

  • B.A., Governors State University
  • M.A., University of Chicago

Nellie Khalil
Associate Professor
Biology

  • B.S., Indiana University
  • M.S., Case Western Reserve University

Maham Khan
Assistant Professor
Journalism

  • B.S., Northwestern University
  • M.A., DePaul University

Andy Kidwell
Professor
Chemistry

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.E., Ohio State University

Margaret King
Professor
English

  • B.A., Northwestern University
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kyle Knee
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S., University of Illinois

Maria Knuth
Professor
Adult Educational Development

  • B.A., DePaul University
  • M.A., Concordia University

Aaron Kolb 
Assistant Professor
Manufacturing Technology

  • B.S., Purdue University-Calumet
  • M.S., Purdue University-Calumet

Cari Kosiba
Assistant Professor
Nursing

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University

Christine Kuffel
Associate Professor
Library Services

  • B.A., Roosevelt University
  • M.S., Dominican University

Seema Kurup
Professor
English

  • B.A., University of Akron
  • M.A., University of Akron
  • Ph.D., Kent State University

Theresa Lake
Professor
Biology

  • B.S., St. Norbert College
  • M.S., Central Michigan University
  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Jennifer Lau-Bond
Instructor
Librarian

  • B.A., Albion College
  • M.A., Roosevelt University
  • M.S., University of Michigan Ann Arbor

David Lavan
Associate Professor
Engineering

  • B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Northeastern Illinois University
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago

John Lawson
Assistant Professor
Chief of Police

  • A.A.S., Harper College
  • B.A., Lewis University
  • M.S., Lewis University

Jeanne Leifheit
Associate Professor
Nursing

  • A.A.S., Elgin Community College
  • A.S., Elgin Community College
  • B.S., Graceland University
  • M.S., Olivet Nazarene University

Luisel Lemkau
Assistant Professor
Chemistry

  • B.S., Florida International University
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Samuel Levenson
Associate Professor
Physical Sciences

  • B.A., University of Chicago
  • M.S., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago

Caryn Levington
Professor 
Psychology

  • B.A., State University of New York at Old Westbury
  • M.A., Duquesne University
  • Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology – Chicago

Minhua Liu
Professor
Mathematics and Computer Science

  • B.S., Shanghai Teachers' University
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University

Jeannine Lombardi
Professor
Education

  • B.A., Rosary College
  • M.A., Northeastern Illinois University

Kevin Long
Associate Professor
Speech and Theatre

  • B.A., West Virginia University
  • M.A., Northeastern Illinois University

Jonathon Loos
Associate Professor
Kinesiology and Health Education

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • D.P.T., University of Illinois at Chicago

Daniel Loprieno
Professor
Mathematics

  • A.S., Harper College
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
  • M.S., Northeastern Illinois University

Brenna Lorenz
Associate Professor
Geology

  • B.S., Syracuse University
  • M.A., SUNY at Buffalo, NY
  • Ph.D., Memorial University of Newfoundland

William Lucio
Instructor
Speech Communication

  • A.A., Moraine Valley
  • B.A., Roosevelt University
  • M.A., Kansas State University

Mukila Maitha
Associate Professor
Geography

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University

Timothy Manning
Professor
Interior Design

  • B.S.A.S., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • M. Arch., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • Licensed Architect - IL, MI
  • Registered Interior Designer - IL

Collette Marsh
Professor
Physics

  • B.S., Lewis University
  • M.S., University of Alaska - Fairbanks

America Masaros
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Kirsten Matthews
Professor
Psychology

  • B.A., Amherst College
  • Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley

Sheila Mazzuca
Instructor
Nursing

  • B.S., Purdue University
  • M.S., Olivet Nazarene University

DuBoi McCarty
Professor
Student Development Faculty/Counselor

  • B.S., Western Illinois University
  • M.S. Ed., Western Illinois University

Laura McGee
Assistant Professor
Director of Student Financial Assistance

  • B.S., Roosevelt University
  • M.A., Webster University

Virginia McHugh-Kurtz
Instructor
Biology

  • A.S., Elgin Community College
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dawn McKinley
Associate Professor
Accounting

  • B.S., University of Iowa
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • C.P.A., State of Illinois
  • C.M.A., State of Illinois

Magdalen McKinley
Professor
English

  • B.A., Carleton College
  • M.A., Marquette University
  • Ph.D., Marquette University

Claudia Mercado
Associate Professor
Associate Provost, Student Affairs

  • B.A., Missouri State University 
  • M.S., University of Kansas
  • Ed.D., University of Kansas

Jonathan Meshes
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Jeremy Miller
Assistant Professor
Massage Therapy

  • B.S., Shepherd College
  • M.S., New York Chiropractic College

Anthony Miniuk 
Assistant Professor
Biology

  • B.S., Purdue University
  • M.S., Purdue University

Pardess Mitchell
Professor
Kinesiology and Health Education

  • B.S., University of Maryland
  • M.S., Southern Illinois University
  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University

Bhasker Moorthy
Professor
Physical Sciences

  • B.S., University of Washington
  • M.S., New Mexico State University
  • Ph.D., New Mexico State University

Veronica Mormino
Professor
Geography

  • B.A., University of Salvador – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • M.S., University of Salvador – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • M.S., George Mason University

Cara Mullen
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.A., Pomona College
  • M.S., University of Illinois - Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois - Chicago

Ranjani Murali
Instructor
English

  • B.A., Bharathiar University
  • M.F.A., George Mason University

Kathleen Nikolai
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Education

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S.Ed., Northern Illinois University

Judi Nitsch
Professor
English

  • B.A., Beloit College, Phi Beta Kappa 
  • M.A., Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Ph.D., Indiana University – Bloomington

Sean Noonan
Professor
Sociology

  • B.A., Culver-Stockton College
  • M.A., Kansas State University
  • Ph.D., Kansas State University

Donna Oswald
Assistant Professor
Phlebotomy

  • B.S. Northern Illinois University

Christopher Padgett
Professor
English

  • B.A., St. Ambrose University
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • Ph.D., Purdue University

Kelly Page
Professor
Physical Sciences

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S., Michigan State University
  • Ph.D., University of Wyoming

Alina Pajtek
Professor
English as a Second Language

  • B.A., West University Timisoara-Romania
  • M.A., Michigan State University
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Stefan Pajtek
Associate Professor
Biology

  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.D., University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara-Romania

Robert Parzy
Associate Professor
Associate Provost of Enrollment Services

  • B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • M.B.A., Olivet Nazarene University

Karen Patterson
Professor
Art

  • B.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside

Crystal Peirce
Assistant Professor
Biology

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S., University at Albany

Jason Peot
Professor
Art

  • B.A., DePaul University
  • M.F.A., Northern Illinois University

Stephen Petersen
Associate Professor
Campus Architect

  • B.A., Iowa State University
  • B.Arch., Iowa State University

Paul Peterson
Associate Professor
English

  • A.A., Oakton Community College
  • B.A., University of Illinois
  • M.Ed., DePaul University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Northeastern Illinois University

Stephanie Petrykowski
Instructor
Nursing

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S.N., Rush University

Kris E. Piepenburg
Associate Professor
English

  • A.A., Harper College
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

Perry Pollock
Professor
Art

  • B.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • M.F.A., Bradley University

Kimberley Polly
Associate Professor
Dean of Mathematics and Science

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • M.S., University of Missouri

Kathryn Powell
Professor
Adult Educational Development

  • B.A., Cornell University
  • M.Ed., Boston University

Maria Prassas
Associate Professor
Dental Hygiene

  • B.A., Southern Illinois University
  • B.S., Northeastern University - Boston
  • M.A., University of Illinois - Urbana
  • M.E., University of Illinois - Chicago

Avis Proctor
Professor
President

  • B.S., Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • M.S.T., Florida Atlantic University
  • Ed.D., Florida International University

Jeffrey Przybylo
Professor
Speech

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Illinois State University

Laura Pulio Colbert
Professor
Speech/Theatre

  • A.A., Harper College
  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.F.A., National Theatre Conservatory

Daniel Ranieri
Associate Professor
Chemistry

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Pearl Ratunil
Professor
Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion

  • B.A., Antioch College
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Regina Rector
Professor
Biology

  • B.S., Eastern Washington University
  • M.S., Eastern Washington University

Kathleen Reynolds
Associate Professor
English as a Second Language

  • B.A., College of Wooster
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

David Richmond
Associate Professor
History

  • B.A., Manchester College
  • M.A., Loyola University

Jaime Riewerts
Associate Professor
Dean of Liberal Arts

  • B.S., Bradley University
  • M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Stephany Rimland Sicner
Professor
Art History

  • B.A., University of Vermont
  • M.A., University of Chicago

Jace Robinson
Professor
Biology

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Northern Illinois University

Charles Roderick
Associate Professor
Art

  • B.F.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.F.A., University of Illinois

Jennifer Rojek-Schullo
Assistant Professor
Student Development Faculty/Counselor

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., National-Louis University

Margritte Rovani
Assistant Professor
Biology

  • B.S., University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois - Chicago

Darlene Schlenbecker
Professor
Vice President of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness

  • B.A., Northeastern Illinois University
  • M.A., Ball State University

Charlotte Schulze-Hewett
Associate Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Iowa State University
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago

Linda Schumacher
Associate Professor
World Languages

  • B.A., Central College
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University
  • M.Ed., Northern Illinois University

Rebecca Scott
Associate Professor
Philosophy

  • B.A., Swarthmore College
  • M.A., Loyola University
  • Ph.D., Loyola University

Nupur Sharma
Associate Professor
Fashion Design

  • B.A., Delhi University
  • M.A., University of Cincinnati

Silky Sharma
Assistant Professor
Dental Hygiene

  • A.S., Harper College
  • B.S., Roosevelt University
  • M.Ed., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brian Shelton
Associate Professor
Mass Communication

  • B.A., University of Findlay
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University

Sue Skora
Assistant Professor
Registrar/Interim Sr Director of Enrollment Services

  • B.A., Elmhurst College

Jennifer Smith
Professor
Director of Nursing

  • B.S., St. Lawrence University
  • B.S.N., Georgetown University
  • M.S.N., Loyola University
  • M.B.A., Loyola University

Laura Smith
Assistant Professor
Surgical Technology

  • B.S., Rasmussen College

Leslye Smith
Professor
Radiologic Technology

  • A.A.S., Oakton Community College
  • B.S., University of Health Science/Chicago Medical School
  • M.A.Ed., Northwestern University
  • M.A., Northeastern Illinois University

Lisa Smith  
Assistant Professor
Supply Chain Management

  • B.A., Michigan State University
  • M.B.A., Northwestern University

Michelé Smith
Professor
Vice President of Workforce Solutions

  • B.A., Northwestern University
  • M.Ed., National Louis University
  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Douglas Spiwak
Assistant Professor
Director of Athletics and Fitness

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. Ed., Northern Illinois University

Daniel Stanford
Professor
Chemistry

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Bethanie-Michelle Statler
Instructor
Biology

  • B.S., Ohio State University
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago

Anna Stroh
Assistant Professor
Health Information Technology

  • B.S., Illinois State University

Jane Suárez del Real
Associate Professor
Adult Educational Development

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin
  • M.A., Seattle University

Bobby Summers
Professor
Political Science

  • B.A., Southern Illinois University
  • M.A., Southern Illinois University
  • M.A.T., National-Louis University
  • M.S. Ed., Northern Illinois University

Joshua Sunderbruch
Professor
English

  • B.A., Bradley University
  • PH.D., Southern Illinois University

Dominique Svarc
Professor
Accounting

  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • C.P.A., State of Illinois

Chad Taylor
Professor
Mathematics

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S., Illinois State University

Kelly Taylor
Associate Professor
Graphic Arts

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.S., Illinois State University

Michele Thoele
Instructor
Psychology

  • A.S., Lincoln Land Community College
  • B.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Elayne MacArdy Thompson
Professor
Psychology

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • M.A., Kent State University
  • Ph.D., Kent State University

Alicia Tomasian
Professor
English

  • B.A., Bates College
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago

Frank Trost
Assistant Professor
 Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

  • A.S., Elgin Community College
  • A.A., Elgin Community College
  • B.S., National Louis University
  • M.A., Western Illinois University
  • Ed.D., Governors State University

Darice Trout
Assistant Professor
Associate Dean/Interdisciplinary Programs

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

Elizabeth Turner
Professor
English

  • B.A., George Mason University
  • M.A., University of Tulsa
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Virginia Turner
Professor
Biology

  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Kendra Uhe
Assistant Professor
Medical Office Assistant

  • A.A., Robert Morris University
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jose Vital
Instructor
Heating and Air Conditioning

Joseph Wachter
Professor
Chemistry

  • B.S., University of Michigan
  • M.S., Michigan State University

Jessica L. Walsh
Professor
English

  • B.A., Kalamazoo College
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa

Christine Wayne
Assistant Professor
Accounting

  • B.S., Illinois State University
  • M.B.A., Northern Illinois University
  • Ed.D., Ferris State University

Traci Wessel
Assistant Professor
Nutrition

  • B.S., Benedictine University
  • M.S., Benedictine University

Stephanie Whalen
Professor
English/Interdisciplinary Studies
Chair of the Academy for Teaching Excellence

  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • M.Ed., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University

LaVonya Williams
Associate Professor
Student Development Faculty/Counselor

  • B.S., Western Illinois University
  • M.S. Ed., Western Illinois University

Markenya Williams
Assistant Professor
Early Childcare/Education

  • A.S., Richard J. Daley College
  • B.S., Chicago State University
  • M.S.Ed., Chicago State University
  • Ed.D., DePaul University

Andrew Wilson
Professor
English

  • B.S., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Ohio University
  • M.A., Northeastern Illinois University
  • Ph.D., Kent State University

Joyce Wisniewski
Associate Professor
English as a Second Language

  • A.A., Harper College
  • B.A., University of Missouri
  • M.A., Wheaton College

Riaz Yusuff
Associate Professor
Chief Information Officer

  • B.Arch., Anna University
  • M.B.A., Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • M.S., Bharathiar University

Heather Zoldak
Assistant Professor
Associate Executive Director of Foundation/Major Gifts

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin

Kathy Zuo
Associate Professor
English as a Second Language

  • B.A., Moody Bible Institute
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Awarded 2022
Sunil Koswatta

Awarded 2021
Pascuala Herrera

Awarded 2020
Patricia Hamlen, Helmut Publ

Awarded 2019
Barbara Solheim, Robert Zilkowski

Awarded 2018
Trygve Thoreson, Judith Zaplatynsky, Renee Zellner

Awarded 2017
Joan Fiske, Robert Paul

Awarded 2016
Wendy Mertes

Awarded 2014
Terry Ann Morris

Awarded 2013
Randall Schietzelt

Awarded 2010
Michael Vijuk

Awarded 2009
Linda Nelson

Awarded 2008
Karen Froelich, Jean-Louise Gustafson, Peggy Kazkaz, Christine Poziemski, Renate von Keudell, Barbara Weil

Awarded 2007
John Kiener, Margaret Smith

Awarded 2006
Dianne Batzkall, John Eliasik, Susan Farmer, William Jedlicka, Marcia Litrenta, Paul Sipiera

Awarded 2005
Sharon Alter, James Amesen, Roger Bechtold, Solveig Bender, Virginia Bender, Carole Bernett, Richard Bernstein, Patricia Best, Robert Boeke, Francis Brantley, Margaret Burbach, Pauline Buss, Cecilia Cooper, Therese Cummings, John W. Davis, John Dodds, George Dorner, George Evans, John Gallagher, Robert Held, Charlotte Herzog, Marianne Holt, Elizabeth Hull, Randy Illg, Sally Koziar, Carole Lissy, David Macaulay, Dominic Magno, Mercedes McGowen, Edger Metcalf, William Miller, Joyce Nolen, Charles Norris, Michael Oester, Barbara Olson, John Papandrea, Edward Ponczek, William Punkay, Barbara Radenbaugh, William Schooley, Martha Simonsen, Jay Singlemann, Frank Smith, Phillip Stewart, Jerome Stone, Jane Ann Thomas, Robert Tillotson, Jake Duane Tippens, Phillip Troyer, Mary Waite, Mary Jo Willis, Joseph Yohannon

Awarded 2004
Steven Catlin, Jean Chapman, J. Harley Chapman, Thomas Johnson, Patricia Mulcrone, Janice Phillips

 

Last Updated: 4/7/22