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Dr. Catherine Arnold joined the faculty full-time in 1990. Formerly, she worked as a clinical dietitian, community educator, consultant dietitian, and adjunct faculty member, Dr. Arnold earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methods in Education from Northern Illinois University, and Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University. She completed Advanced Specialty Training Certificate in Adult Weight Management (by CDR).
Dr. Arnold's research interests include Determining Predictors of Health Behavior Change, Educational Assessment, and Nutrition Education Outcomes Research. To support her endeavors, she was successfully funded by five granting organizations for over $100,000. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Over the past ten years she delivered over 40 presentations at local, state, and international conferences.
Dr. Arnold is a past President of the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA) and West Suburban Dietetic Association, past co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the IDA, and was recently appointed as a program reviewer by the by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Arnold was the recipient the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Alumnae of the Year Award from her high school, and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the IDA. She is listed in Whos's Who in Education, Whos's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.
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Dr. Bonnie Beezhold joined the faculty full-time in 2011. Previously, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University for several years. She earned a Master of Health Science degree in International Health (Nutrition focus) from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness (Nutrition focus) from Arizona State University.
Dr. Beezhold's main research focus is investigation of the link between diet, particularly fatty acids, and mental health in populations with different dietary patterns. She annually presents her research at the American Society for Nutrition's Experimental Biology conference and her studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals. In 2010, she was awarded the Arizona State University Dean's Clinical Track Scholarship in 2010. Current research participation is related to the vegan diet and mood and the role of diet in perceived stress. Other research participation has included health effects of nutrition transition and ADHD and food additives.
Dr. Beezhold is interested in awakening a greater public health perspective in her students with regard to major nutrition-related problems. She is certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and leads the department's health education concentration.
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Phone: (630) 829-6249
Elizabeth "Beth" Bormann
received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health/Health
Administration in 1994 and her Master of Public Health with a
specialization in Health Promotion in 2003, both from Northern
Illinois University (NIU).
Her professional experience has included work in a hospital-based fitness center as an office coordinator, in a social service agency assisting developmentally disabled adults, and in a public health department in the epidemiology unit assisting with surveillance, program evaluation and report writing.
Beth also has extensive experience in higher education. From 2005 - 2008, she was the Undergraduate Advisor/Practicum Coordinator for the Public Health Program at NIU where she advised junior and senior public health majors and oversaw the students while they completed their required public health internship. She also taught several different undergraduate courses in public health: epidemiology, environmental health, community health planning, and the organization of the public health and health care systems in the United States.
From 2008 - 2011, Beth was the Director of Administrative Services for Lewis University's School for Professional and Continuing Education which houses the adult accelerated programs. She was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the School, which included course scheduling, classroom assignments and course evaluation completion.
From 2007 - 2011, Beth taught part-time for the online MPH Program at Benedictine University. In September 2011, she became a full-time faculty member for the Master of Public Health program in the College of Education and Health Services at the Lisle campus of the University. Beth is very happy to be teaching her passion, public health, full-time again!
Beth is a member of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the Illinois Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (ISOPHE), the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) and two honor societies: the Alpha Eta Honor Society at NIU and Sigma Beta Delta at Benedictine University. She received the Students' Choice Award from Northern Illinois University's Student Association in May 2006. In April 2012, Beth received certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. This is a nationally recognized certification that demonstrates an individual's competency in the seven main areas of responsibility in health education.Beth is married with two children and enjoys reading, watching movies and relaxing with her dogs, two retired racing Greyhounds named Menlo and Lucy. She and her family currently reside in Downers Grove.
Pat Brown joined the Benedictine University faculty in 2013, and teaches in the BSN program.Prior to coming to Benedictine, she served in different nursing roles in college and hospital administration, nursing education, staff development and research. She is an active member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, serves on the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition:Education Workgroup on Seamless Academic Progressions for Nurses, and was selected as contributing editor for Critical Care Nurse.
Dr. Brown earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University with a focus in critical care family partnerships, Master of Science (MS) in adult medical/surgical nursing from Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing from Andrews University, and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in nursing from Morton College.She holds certification in critical care nursing and advanced practice nursing licensure as a clinical nurse specialist.
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Phone: (630) 829-1930
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Phone: (630) 829-6181
Dr. Susan Cheng joined the BenU MPH faculty full-time in 2013. Former to joining the faculty, she served as an adjunct faculty member for Trident International University in their MPH program. In addition, she served as a Principal Investigator, Project Manager, and Epidemiologist for the Emergency Preparedness Resources for Native Americans project in California from 2002-2013. She earned a MPH in Epidemiology from San Diego State University researching male endogenous hormones and bone mineral density, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego in the field of HIV research.
Dr. Cheng's primary research interests reside primarily in Maternal and Child Health and special populations. She is interested in the risk factors and health disparities among children with allergies and asthma, especially with respect to their microbiome. In addition, she is also interested in health outcomes for women and children during pregnancy and in early childhood, in the fields of gestational diabetes, post-partum depression, and infant mortality and birth outcomes. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented locally and nationally at a variety of public health conferences.Dr. Cheng believes that research should be relevant, timely, and engage student participation and interest. She has organized and developed two MPH research symposia for the department in May and December 2014. She has also mentored a variety of student research projects on a range of topics from drug interaction and toxicity, to tobacco-free campus initiative, to HPV and cancer risks. She believes that a strong research portfolio should include opportunities for student participation and mentoring. She heads the quantitative courses for the MPH program.
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Ms. Julie Davis joined the department in 1998. She is half-time instructor and Coordinator of the Food Lab. Formerly, she was employed as a manager in both clinical dietetics and food services, consultant in long term care, clinical dietitian, and adjunct faculty member. Ms. Davis earned her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University.
Ms. Davis is the past Treasurer of the West Suburban Dietetic Association (WSDA) and formerly on the Finance Committee of the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA). She is current member of the WSDA's Programs Committee and co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the IDA. Ms. Davis was the recipient of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award and Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award, both from the IDA.
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Phone: (630) 829-6296
Margaret Delaney joined Benedictine University in 2007 and teaches both in the BSN completion and MSN program. Margaret received her BSN from Loyola University in Chicago, IL and a Masters in Science, with the focus: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from DePaul University, Chicago IL. Margaret is presently pursuing a Doctorate of education in Higher Education and organizational Change from Benedictine University Lisle, IL. Prior to joining Benedictine, Margaret taught nursing at Loyola University of Chicago. Her teaching experience includes both face-to-face and on-line learning environments. Her course specialties are Family Health, Community Health, Health Assessment, Nursing Management and Practicum Synthesis.
For the vast majority of her practice, Margaret was employed at a large free standing children’s hospital in Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, formally Children’s Memorial. She worked in general pediatrics and the ICU as a staff nurse, conducted multiple research studies as a clinical research coordinator, moved into an educator role, and finally evolved as a Nurse Practitioner caring for the pulmonary/asthma and allergy population. Along with her teaching responsibilities Margaret currently holds office hours at a general pediatric office in Naperville, IL.
Margaret is an active board member of Sigma Theta Tau, a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Illinois Nurses Association.
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Phone: (217) 718-5335
Valerie Ellinger joined the Benedictine University team in 2011. She enjoys teaching Community Health Nursing and Transforming Care at the BU-Springfield campus. She also is the Advisor for the RN-BSN Springfield students. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Nurse Education, at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (2009) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McKendree College (2000).
Previously, Ellinger has taught nursing at the LPN level. Her specialty areas include Acute Care, Emergency and Psychiatric Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Pi Chapter. She serves on the Curriculum and the Blended/Online Committees at BU-S.
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Ms. Stephanie Ellis joined the faculty in 2011 as half-time Instructor. Formerly, she worked as a Clinical Dietitian in a hospital setting and long term care facilities, Field Clinical Specialist for energy expenditure devices, as well as taught classes as an adjunct instructor. Ms. Ellis earned her Master of Public Health degree from Benedictine University. She completed Advanced Specialty Training Certificate in Adult Weight Management (by CDR)
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Phone: (217) 717-3535
Susan Hovey joined Benedictine University at Springfield in the summer of 2010 as Coordinator of Nursing Programs. Susan came to Benedictine University with a diverse teaching background. She has teaching experience in a variety of nursing and health science programs including Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nursing, Certified Surgical Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, and Bachelor Degree Nursing. She spent over 25 years working as a Registered Nurse in the practice setting with a focus in nephrology nursing. She has held administrative positions at a Licensed Practical Nursing Program and a Dialysis Center.
Hovey is currently a student at Illinois State University (ISU) in Bloomington-Normal and is working toward her Ph.D. in Nursing. She received her Master of Science degree at Regis University in Denver Colorado and her Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL.
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Dr. Joyce Jeewek joined the school of education faculty full-time in 2006. Formerly, she worked as an elementary teacher, reading specialists, special education intervention manager, principal, district curriculum director, and an adjunct faculty member for Northern Illinois, Lewis and Benedictine Universities. Dr. Jeewek's passion is education! Dr. Jeewek earned her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters of Science in Education for Language Arts and Reading, and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Mainstreaming from Northern Illinois University. In 2010, Dr. Jeewek added an ESL endorsement from Benedictine University to her resume.
Dr. Jeewek's research interests include qualitative studies where teachers, as practitioners, examine ways to improve student learning. Her areas of interest include: reading and the language arts, assessment driving instruction, differentiated instruction, effective reading comprehension and writing strategies, family literacy, English Language Learners, children's literature and family literacy. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Illinois Reading Council. Dr. Jeewek delivers numerous presentations at local, state, and international conferences. Dr. Jeewek has also had her students present at various conferences. She teaches children's literature, reading and the language arts, and reading assessment courses to both undergraduates and graduate students.
Professional development is important to Dr. Jeewek. She is currently president of the Prairie Area Reading Council and is a voting board member of the Illinois Reading Council. Dr. Jeewek is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, international education honor society Chapter Services Committee, in charge of developing strategic plans for the organization. She also is a member of both the International Reading Association's Arbothnot and Jerry John's Award Committee and the Illinois Reading Council's Barack Obama Literacy Award Committee. In 2009, Dr. Jeewek was awarded an Honorable Mention Award by the Barack Obama Literacy Fund and received a small library to use in her children's literature courses for future educators. As a Prairie Area Reading Council board member for the past seven years, Dr. Jeewek has been a part of a council that has received both Honor Council and Council of Excellence from both the Illinois Reading Council and the International Reading Association. She has also received numerous membership and speaker grants and membership idea awards from the Illinois Reading Council.
Dr. Jezuit joined Benedictine University as an Adjunct MSN Faculty in 2010 and was appointed in August 2014 as Assistant Professor. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Jezuit served as the Director of an Associate Degree nursing program for 10 years and as assistant professor at Northern Illinois University in the BSN program for 6 years. She has served as a doctoral advisor for several students.
Dr. Jezuit has nearly 40 years of nursing experience including critical care nursing and nursing management, curriculum development and program design, ethics, and nursing presentations.
Earned degrees include: PhD in Nursing Ethics from Rush University, Chicago, with a focus on end of life issues. She received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) from Purdue University Calumet, Hammond IN as a critical care clinical specialist and Bachelor Science Degree in Nursing from Ball State University in Muncie IN.
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Phone: (630) 829-6236
Margaret M. Kipta joined Benedictine University in September 2012 as an instructor in the BSN program in Lisle and a nursing lab coordinator for the Lisle and Springfield campuses. She has a long history of teaching in graduate nursing programs. She has taught at DePaul University in a generic nursing master program, in the family nurse practitioner program and the nurse anesthetist program since 2000. She had held a position of the Interim Director of Nurse Practitioner programs at DePaul University for two years prior to coming to Benedictine University. She received the DePaul University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. She is a scholar of National Health Service Corps.
Kipta received her Master of Science in Nursing from DePaul University (2000) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Finch University of Health Sciences/Barat College (1996). She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree at the University of Michigan-Flint. She holds two national board certifications, including Family Nurse Practitioner certification and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist certification.
Dr. Libner joined Benedictine University in August 2011 as faculty and Director of the RN to BSN Program. In August 2014, she assumed the added role of Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health. Teaching responsibilities are met in both the RN to BSN and MSN Programs. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Libner served many years at Triton College as nursing faculty and chairperson. There she taught all levels of medical-surgical nursing, including supervising clinical experiences in over a dozen sites as well as meeting administrative responsibilities.
In 2010, Dr. Libner was appointed to the Illinois Board of Nursing and currently serves as Chair and as a member of the Education Subcommittee. She is a participant in the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Institute of Regulatory Excellence Fellowship Program pursuing her interest in the implications of nurses' understanding of licensure regulation in Illinois.
Dr. Libner earned an Ed.D. with a focus in educational
leadership from Concordia University Chicago, Master of Science in Nursing
(MSN) with a clinical specialty in medical-surgical nursing from Loyola
University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Northern
Illinois University. She holds certification as a nurse educator with the
National League for Nursing and as a gerontological nurse with the American
Nurses Credentialing Center.
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Ms. Julie Moreschi joined the university in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member. In 1997 she was hired as the Dietetic Internship Director. Ms. Moreschi's prior positions include clinical dietitian, cafeteria manager, diet office manager, assistant foodservice director, internal management consultant, and consultant at a variety of health care organizations in Illinois and Minnesota. Ms. Moreschi earned her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University, and is currently in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Ms. Moreschi's professional interests lie primarily in the areas of community nutrition, maternal and child wellness, and obesity prevention and intervention from preconception through pre-K. To support her endeavors over the past 6 years, she has been involved with grant funding wellness interventions in West Chicago School District #33. Her research abstracts were accepted for publication and poster presentation through a peer-review process, and Ms. Moreschi is a chapter author in two textbooks: Managing Food And Nutrition Services for the Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Professions and Nutrition and Public Health, 2nd Edition. In addition, she is as a reviewer for the Maternal and Child Health Journal.
Ms. Moreschi is a past President of the West Suburban Dietetic Association, past Chair of both the Strategic Planning Committee and CPI Committee of the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA). She is on the advisory board and several committees for the obesity prevention coalition FORWARD (Fighting Obesity Reaching healthy Weight Among Residents of DuPage). Ms. Moreschi was the recipient of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award, both from the IDA.
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After a thirty-year career as a high school math teacher, Dr. James Pelech joined the school of education in June of 2003. Dr. Pelted has earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Social Inquiry from National Louis University, a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Concordat University, a Masters of Business Administration from Governors State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Saint Norbert College.
As a mathematics teacher at Hl High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, he was instrumental in working with the writing across the curriculum initiative and the new teacher mentoring program. He was the first mathematics teacher at the school to participate and complete the “Content Area Reading Program.” Additionally, Dr. Pelted initiated cross-curriculum activities in which he worked with pilots to demonstrate how mathematics is used in flying and navigating a plane. This resulted in receiving a grant to enhance this program, and also led to the introduction of Problem-Based Learning in all of his classes. He was a member of the school’s North Central Accreditation Team, and in 2003 was Richards High School’s nominee for the “Excellence in Education Award.”
Dr. Pelted&#’;sssion is using action research to enhance student learning, including the application of the Constructivist philosophy in his classes. He has had two books published by Information Age Publishing. The first one, The Comprehensive Handbook of Constructivist Teaching: From Theory to Practice, examines how to incorporate the Constructivist philosophy into one’s daily teaching. The second book, Guide to Transforming Teaching Through Self-Inquiry, examines the use of the Constructivist theory to monitor such teacher activities as personal journal writing, research, and professional development. He has had articles published in the Mathematics Teacher, the Journal for the Practical Application of Constructivist Theory in Education, and the Journal for Research in Education. He also serves as a peer reviewer for numerous professional journals.
In terms of professional development, Dr. Pelted is very involved in a wide range of professional activities and organizations. He is President of the Association for Constructivist Teaching, an international organization comprised of teachers, administrators, and researches from America, Mexico, Poland, and China. He has presented at conferences across America and in Mexico. He has worked as a professional developer with teachers from California and upstate New York. He was one of the founding members of the Benedictine/Saint Ethereal partnership. In this capacity he works with teachers to improve their teaching; this includes co-teaching at different grade levels. He is also President of the Saint Ethereal School Board.
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Phone: (630) 829-1145
Dr. Karen Plawecki joined the faculty full-time in 2012. Recently, she was the Director of the undergraduate program at the University of Illinois, Champaign. Prior positions include employment as the Director of a Metabolic Research Kitchen, Coordinator of wellness programs, Outpatient Dietitian, and Clinical Dietitian. Dr. Plawecki earned her doctorate in Nutrition from the University of Illinois, and Master of Science in Nutrition Science (Food Science emphasis) from Purdue University.
Dr. Plawecki's research interests include interventions for improvement of Calcium and Vitamin D status in humans. To support her endeavors, she has been successfully funded by grants. She has delivered numerous presentations and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Plawecki is a past President of the Illinois Dietetic Association (IDA) and Eastern Illinois Dietetic Association, past co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the IDA, and serves as a Team Lead Reviewer for the by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Plawecki was inducted in the Purdue University Nutrition Science Hall of Fame. She is the recipient the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award and Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the IDA, College of ACES Outstanding Instructor Award, and voted Outstanding Advisor/Mentor. She was listed in Whos's Who Among America's Teachers.
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Phone: (630) 829-6217
Georgeen Polyak is Chair of the Department of Public Health and Associate Professor at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.She teaches courses in health systems, health policy;and coordinates on campus student internships.Her primary research interest is in public health services and systems.She has published studies on the performance and funding of public health agencies.Prior to her teaching position, she was Director of Public Health for the Village of Oak Park, Illinois and worked at the Will County Health Department. She is a site reviewer for the Public Health Accreditation Board. She received her doctorate in Public Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Phone: (620) 829-6189
Dr. Richey joined Benedictine University as Adjunct MSN Faculty in 2011 and was appointed in August 2012 as Associate Professor. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Richey served as Associate Professor in Nursing at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Richey has over 30 years of experience including, mental health nursing, burn nursing, health promotion, nursing management, curriculum development and new program design, nursing research, academia and public speaking.
Earned degrees include: Doctor of Education, specializing in Health Professions Education from College of Saint Mary, Omaha NE. She received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) from Drake University, Des Moines, IA, and Bachelor Science Degree in Nursing also from Drake University. In addition, she holds a Diploma in Nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa, (1982).
Dr. Richey completed her doctoral dissertation on Registered Nurses’ Perceptions of Health Literacy and Its Effect on Patient Self-Efficacy and Patient Health Care Decisions. Current research interests include: effectiveness of communication and patient education methods among high-risk patient groups; importance of curricula development that stress health literacy; homelessness and its effect on self-efficacy, patient access and patient health care decisions.
Dr. Richey is passionate about health literacy and about meeting the needs of the underserved and homeless. She is devoted to assisting others in the development of their own areas of passion in the service of nursing leadership and nursing education and sharing her love for the profession with her students.
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Phone: (630) 829-1160
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Phone: (630) 829-1933
Elizabeth Ritt joined Benedictine University in August 2011 as chair and professor of Nursing and Health. Prior to joining Benedictine she held the position as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a long history with North Park University as a tenured professor and dean. Dr. Ritt is frequently sought out by national and international organizations for her expertise on adult learning, assessment, and accreditation. She has published many papers in the fields of higher education, health care, and analytics.
Dr. Ritt holds an Ed.D, specializing in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies, from Northern Illinois University (1989). She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), specializing in Adult Health Nursing/Education, from Loyola University of Chicago (1982), and a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing (BS), from North Park University. Dr. Ritt holds certifications as nurse executive-advanced and nurse educator.
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Phone: (630) 829-6295
Dr. Alandra Weller-Clarke is an associate professor and educational psychologist in the School of Education. She came to Benedictine the first time as a graduate student after receiving her bachelor’s degree at Elmhurst College in Special Education. She spent a year completing her master’s degree here in education and went on to Loyola University of Chicago for her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Psychology. She returned to BU in 2002 as an assistant professor, where she has taught 11 different courses in both education and psychology for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
In the fall of 2006, Dr. Clarke was appointed the Chair of the Institutional Review Board by the Provost, and has since worked diligently to make the IRB process not only smooth, but user-friendly for students and faculty. Currently, Alandra enjoys mentoring undergraduate, graduate and dissertation students in their research pursuits, and has completed over 40 theses, a few of which she has presented and co-presented at the prestigious AERA (American Educational Research Association), HICE (Hawaii International Conference on Education) and the University of Oxford. Dr. Clarke’s primary research interests include educational psychology, teaching with technology, adolescent wellness and improving the outcomes and education of adolescents with behavior disorders. In the past five years, Dr. Clarke has presented numerous internationally peer-reviewed presentations, published several articles and book chapters, and continues her research/advocacy on issues including social justice and incarcerated youth.
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Phone: (630) 829-1151
Dr. Ovid Wong is an associate science education professor with Benedictine University since 2007. He has a joint teaching assignment in the College of Science and the School of Education. He received his B.Sc. and Dip. Ed. from the University of Alberta (Canada), his M.Ed. from the University of Washington (Seattle), and his Ph.D. in science education from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).
His experience in public education spans over twenty years from the inner city classroom in Chicago to the suburban office of the assistant school superintendent. For twelve years he was the lead science instructor at the Center for Gifted and Talented Development at Northwestern University. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Dr. Wong was invited by Dalian Nationalities University in China to train young faculty members representing twelve academic departments in pedagogy and andragogy. In 2013, he was invited by Shenyang Normal University in China to conduct cross-cultural training for faculty and students. The China trips were supported by the Foreign Expert Exchange fund of the Chinese government.
In 1989, Dr. Wong received the National Science Foundation’s Outstanding Science Teacher in Illinois award and the National Science Teaching Achievement Recognition (STAR) award by the National Science Teacher Association. In the same year he visited the former Soviet Union as the environmental science delegation leader with the student ambassador program. He was the first recipient of the outstanding alumni award by the University of Alberta in 1992 and also the first recipient of the distinguished alumni award by the College of Education at the University of Illinois in 1995. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Faculty Award in recognition of his significant achievements in research at Benedictine University.
Dr. Wong is the author of thirty books. He has received the Midwest Book Author ward from the Children’s Reading Roundtable of Chicago. He has written twelve books dedicated to coaching teachers and students to effectively prepare for the state mandated examination across the nation with specific editions for Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ohio. His recent ten books include Using Data Analysis to Improve Student Learning: Toward 100% Proficiency; Pivotal Strategies for the Educational Leader: The Importance of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War; Prioritizing Money and Power: Equalize Student Achievement; Elementary Science with Classroom Experiments; Elementary Science with Classroom Experiments for ISAT; Elementary Science with Classroom Experiments for ESPET; High-Poverty, High-Performing Schools; An Instructor Primer for Adjunct and New Faculty: Foundations for Career Success; Life Decision; and To Learn is To Do: Evangelism ABC.
MPH Department News: The MPH department received some great news and kudos yesterday from APHA, where five (of six) abstracts were accepted for presentation at the annual meeting this November in Chicago. Four of the abstracts were student research projects.
Dr. Bonnie Beezhold (Assistant Professor, Nutrition) published an article (2015, Feb 25): Investigation of lifestyle choices of individuals following a vegan diet for health and ethical reasons. Appetite. 2015 Feb 25;90:31-36. PMID: 25725486.
Presenters and Presentations at the College of Education and Health Services' Faculty Research Symposium, March 31, 2015.
Dr. Karen Plawecki (Assistant Professor, Nutrition), Availability of consumer sources of dietary vitamin D
David Curby, Ed.D. (Adjunct Faculty, Physical Education and Exercise & Sports Studies), The evolution of women's wrestling: history, issues and future
Dr. Elizabeth Ritt, (Professor, Nursing and Health), Analytics in Nursing Education and Practice
Dr. Sarah Malone (Adjunct Faculty, Higher Education and Organizational Change), Creating organizational capacity for continuous and adaptive change
Susan Cheng (Assistant Professor, Public Health), Effect of Peer Mentoring on Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality among American Indians
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Phone: (630) 829-6215
I began my career at Benedictine University in December of 2001 with the College of Business with the MPH Program. After the 911 attack in New York Dr. Alan Gorr had the foresight to incorporate Disaster Management into the MPH Program. Benedictine University was one of the first education institutions to have such a program.At that time I did not have a Bachelor’s degree but I became very interested in disaster management and sat in the first graduate disaster management class to see what it was all about.I began taking adult undergraduate classes so I could earn the certificate in Disaster Management.I earned the Citizen Emergency Response Term (CERT) certificate which heightened my interest in Disaster Management.I was presented “The Tradition of Hospitality Award” (March 2007) here at Benedictine.Also in 2007, my oldest son, Vince, and I walked together at commencement as the first mother/son to graduate from Benedictine University and was on my way to earn the Disaster Management certificate which I did in May 2009. I now have earned more than 20 FEMA certificates covering a vast majority of emergency preparedness related topics.My other son, Anthony, also graduated from Benedictine University.From the city of Naperville, I earned the Citizens’ Fire Academy certificate (2011), a hands-on program learning everything that firefighters do in an emergency. I am a volunteer for the Emergency Operations Center for Naperville, IL. I am also the Planning Section Chief for the ERRT (Emergency Response and Recover Team) here at Benedictine University and have assisted and opened our emergency shelter during the flooding of April 2013.I can also open a shelter for animals. I earned an Exceptional Achievement Award from the HealthierU Program (May 2012) beating out several faculty and staff members of Benedictine University. I am now enrolled in the Police Academy here at Benedictine University. Outside interests include shopping, HGTV, and, of course, helping our undergraduate and graduate students.
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Erin joined Benedictine University in April of 2015 as an Administrative Assistant for Program Assessment and Technology. Erin graduated cum laude from St. Xavier University in Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduating, Erin worked for DeVry University Online and later for DeVry Tinley Park as the Associate Registrar. After she had her first child, she worked part-time in the library at St. Xavier University. She has also spent a lot of time lately volunteering at her children's school and as a member of their parent/teacher board.
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Phone: (630) 829-1152
Jennifer joined Benedictine University in July 2013. She is currently the Coordinator of BSN Advising and Office Operations for the Department of Nursing and Health. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Media Production) from Columbia College Chicago. Prior to joining Benedictine, Jennifer served as the Office Manager for the Diocese of Joliet Religious Education Office. Jennifer started her career at WGN Television in Chicago as an Assistant Director for the Morning and Noon News. Jennifer also volunteers as a Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts of America.
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Egle joined the Nutrition Department as an Administrative Assistant in August 2012. She earned her B.S. in Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is currently enrolled in the MSMOB (Management and Organizational Behavior) at Benedictine. Egle held administrative positions in the Chemistry and Physics Departments at UIC before working in the private sector for numerous years. She moved from employment to serving as a volunteer leader in organizations while a "stay at home mom" to her two children. Her son just earned his Associate Degree from COD in the Fire Science Program and will be sitting for the EMT exam. Her daughter will be graduating from high school in May 2015 and will be attending St. Xavier University's School of Nursing program, where she earned a partial 4 year scholarship. Outside of work she enjoys digital scrapbooking and designing, photography, gardening, and cooking.
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Phone: (630) 829-6293
Dr. Jan Writer joined the School of Education in 2008. She serves as the Director of Student Placement and teaches courses in the area of special education. She was previously an Associate Professor of Education at Elmhurst College and on the Education faculty at the University of San Diego and the University of Arizona, where she coordinated graduate teacher education programs in the areas of severe disabilities, orthopedic impairments, and multiple sensory impairments. She holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in severe/multiple disabilities, a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Southern Methodist University, and a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing therapy from Indiana University.
Dr. Writer has been working in the field of special education for more than 40 years. Prior to joining BU, she was employed as a speech pathologist, a classroom teacher, the coordinator of programs for students with moderate and severe disabilities for a 16-district special education cooperative, a state education agency staff development specialist, a multi-state Deaf-Blind Regional Center education coordinator, an independent evaluator of students with disabilities, an onsite technical assistance provider, a teacher educator, and a parent advocate. Over the past 38 years, she has consulted to programs serving persons with severe disabilities in over 34 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, the U. S. Pacific Trust Territories, and American Samoa.
Dr. Writer is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Autism National Committee, Autism Society of America, National Coalition on Deafblindness, TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps), Autism Society of Illinois, and Arc of Illinois. A specialist in public school inclusion and the education of children and youth with low incidence disabilities (autism, orthopedic impairments, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, sensory impairments, and deafblindness), she serves on leadership committees for multiple national and international organizations in the field of special education. She has further presented at more than 300 regional, state, national, and international conferences on topics specific to the quality education of students with moderate, severe, and low incidence disabilities.
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