Faculty Highlights

Public Health - BenU's MPH program was proud to present a dozen posters and oral presentations from students, alumni, and faculty at the 2015 APHA Annual Meeting. Here are some highlights of presentations, the BenU social event at The Gage, and the joint Illinois social event at the Chicago Cultural Center. The program now looks forward to growing more research and the opportunity to hopefully present at APHA 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Onwards and upwards!

Dr. Patricia Brown (Assistant Professor, Nursing and Health) presented Facilitating Family Partnerships at the 12th Annual Evidence Based Practice Conference on October 24, 2015 at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

Dr. Joan Libner (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Nursing and Health) presented Nursing Regulation in Illinois: Implications for the Nurse in Practice at the 12th Annual Evidence Based Practice Conference on October 24, 2015 at Edward Hospital in Naperville.

Dr. Alison Ridge (Assistant Professor and M.S.N. Program Director) presented Demystifying Program Assessment: Creating a Sound Infrastructure at the Online Learning Consortium Conference on October 15, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt (Professor, Nursing and Health) presented Big Data and Analytics in Nursing Education and Practice at the National League for Nursing 2015 Education Summit on October 2, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dr. Joan Libner (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Nursing and Health) was reelected as chair of the Illinois Board of Nursing in July 2015.

Dr. Joan Libner (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Nursing and Health) presented "Know Your Nurse Practice Act" to over 1100 nursing students at the ANA-Illinois Student Nurse Political Action Day in Springfield, IL.

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt (Professor, Nursing and Health) was elected to serve on the Nominating Committee of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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

Dr. Jan Writer (Director, Student Teacher Placements, School of Education), presented a peer-reviewed workshop on augmentative communication at the 16th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities in Clearwater Beach, FL; presented a nationally broadcast webinar on communication strategies for students with significant disabilities for TASH; and presented a peer-reviewed workshop on inclusive education practices and chaired a roundtable discussion on evidence-based practices for students with autism at the  Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) State Convention. She was appointed to national professional leadership committees of the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD), Division for Physical, Health and Multiple Disabilities (DPHMD), and Division on Communication Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD).


Adjunct Faculty

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Name Department Email
Traci Beierwaltes, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition tbeierwaltes@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
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
Amie Luna, M.S. Nutrition aluna@ben.edu
Sarah McNicholas Blackburn, M.S., R.D., L.D.N Nutrition smcnicholas@ben.edu
Christine Palumbo, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N., FAND Nutrition cpalumbo@ben.edu
Teresa Pangan, Ph.D., R.D. Nutrition tpangan@ben.edu
Monica Pawasarat, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition mpawasarat@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
Mia Siomos, M.S., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition msiomos@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

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