Faculty Highlights

The COEHS Fourth Annual Faculty Research Forum was held March 28, 2017 with the following faculty presenting:

James Pelech, Ed.D.   (Education)
"The Quizzing Process as an Instrument of Learning."

Jamal Scott, Ed.D.  (Higher Education, Guest Presentation)
"Trends in Higher Education."

Susan Hovey Ph.D., RN (Nursing)
"The Effect of First Clinical Assignments on Prelicensure Nursing Students Attitudes Toward Persons Who are Aged."

Bonnie Beezhold, Ph.D.  (Nutrition)
"Faith-based Community Health Needs Assessment:  A COEHS collaborative study."

David Milen, Ph.D. (Public Health)
"Stressors encountered by RSM employees, one of the top financial firms in Shanghai, China."

David Milen (Assistant Professor, Public Health) and Beth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) are collaborating with the Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Aurora, IL to develop a radon testing awareness program to promote radon testing in all rental properties located within Aurora, IL.  This project will be completed during the (2017) summer months.

Beth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) and seven MPH students, on March 27, 2017, gave a presentation on Childhood Obesity in collaboration with the Illinois Public Health Association.  Please click here for the archived webinar.

Heather Sipsma (Assistant Professor, Public Health) and Beth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health), as part of the University's Teach-In on Race and Social Justice (March 6, 2017), presented "Race and Racism: A Public Health Perspective" in an afternoon break-out session.

Dr. Susan Cheng (Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Public Health), in February 2017, has been appointed the Chairperson of the Maternal and Child Health Committee for the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA).

Beth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) helped to develop the Youth Leadership Project. The Youth Leadership Project was implemented last fall (2016) by the DuPage County Prevention Leadership Team (PLT) in collaboration with the Juvenile Justice Council and Benedictine University.

Public Health - The program is presenting at APHA convention, November 2016 in Denver, CO.

Dr. Pat Brown (Assistant Professor, Nursing) has been selected as a member of the Editorial Board of the Nursing and Healthcare International Journal.

Dr. Alison Ridge (Assistant Professor, Nursing) and Dr. Elizabeth Ritt (Professor, Nursing) had a manuscript, Adjunct Faculty as Key Stakeholders in Distance Education, accepted for publication (May, 2017) in The Journal of Faculty Development.

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt (Professor, Nursing) was the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Advocate Health Care Nursing Research Symposium: Building the Future of Nursing Science. It was held on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, IL with more than 250 participants in attendance.
The title of my presentation was Engaging Your Imagination: The Journey from Idea to Action.


Adjunct Faculty

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Name Department Email
Sheila Campbell, Ph.D., RD Nutrition scampbell@ben.edu
Maureen Casten, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition mcasten@ben.edu
Lou Ann Chvatal, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition LChvatal@ben.edu
Jan Dowell, M.S., M.H.S., R.D., C.S.S.D. Nutrition jdowell@ben.edu
Lynn Dugan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition ldugan@ben.edu
David Grotto, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition dgrotto@ben.edu
Deepa Handu, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition dhandu@ben.edu
Michel Harris, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E. Nutrition MHarris@ben.edu
Christine Hartney, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC Nutrition chartney@ben.edu
Amy Kelly, MS, RD, LDN Nutrition akelly10@ben.edu
Kelly Knopf, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition kknopf@ben.edu
Amie Luna, M.S. Nutrition aluna@ben.edu
Annie Murphy, MPH, RDN, LDN Nutrition amurphy@ben.edu
Teresa Pangan, Ph.D., R.D.N. Nutrition tpangan@ben.edu
Monica Pawasarat, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition mpawasarat@ben.edu
Linda Roberts, MS, RD, LDN Nutrition lroberts@ben.edu
Laurie Schubert, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N Nutrition lschubert@ben.edu
Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition jshield@ben.edu
Anna Shlachter, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition ashlachter@ben.edu
Liset Vasquez, Ph.D., RD, LD, CHES Nutrition lvasquez@ben.edu
Traci (Beierwaltes) Wessel, M.S., R.D., C.S.G., L.D.N. Nutrition twessel@ben.edu
College of Education and Health Services
Benedictine University

Ethel C. Ragland, Ed.D., MN, RN
Dean of the College of Education and Health Services

Erica George
Assistant to the Dean

Email: egeorge@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6084

Hours: 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

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Kindlon Hall, Room 258
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