Faculty Highlights

Elizabeth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) is working with Student Health Services and MPH students to plan different events at the Lisle campus.  Upcoming events are:  Healthy Relationships Week, Choose My Plate week, and National Public Health Week.

Elizabeth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) is working with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on planning a health fair for the community on Saturday, April 18, 2015 as well as developing and administering a health survey of the church congregation.

Elizabeth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) is serving on the Illinois Public Health Association's planning committee for the 2015 Annual Meeting and Emergency Preparedness Summit scheduled for June 16-18, 2015 in Schaumburg, IL.
Julie Moreschi (DI Program Director, Nutrition) received a grant from the Better Health Foundation.  The funds will be used to deliver grocery store tours by trained nutrition and dietetic interns, enabling enhanced collaboration between supermarkets and university nutrition and dietetic programs.  Read more by clicking here.

COEHS hosted its first Faculty Research Symposium on March 27. Dr. Sunil Chand chaired the panel and the following faculty presented:

  • Georgeen Polyak and Susan Cheng (MPH): Measuring legislative outcomes of public health advocacy
  • James Pelech (Education): An action research approach to examining the metacognition of middle school mathematics students
  • Margaret Carter Richey (Nursing): Registered nurses’ perceptions of health literacy and its effect on patient self-efficacy and patient healthcare decisions: implications for practice
  • Eileen Kolich: Mentorship as a means of mutual transformation: Personal development facilitation within the doctoral dissertation journey
  • Bonnie Beezhold (Nutrition): Does low intake of long-chain omega-3 fats in seafood adversely affect mood?

Dr. Sunil Chand has been appointed to the Board of The Conservation Foundation for a three year term. The Foundation is the premier non-profit in Illinois serving  conservation interests, especially land and water protection.  His appointment supports the University’s commitment to stewardship of the environment.

Dr. Eileen Kolich has co-authored a chapter in the text Research Paradigms for the 21st Century: Perspectives and Examples from Practice (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013) 

Stephanie Ellis and Alandra Weller-Clarke have received Innovation Grants for On-line /Hybrid Course Development for summer 2014.

Ovid Wong received an invitation to train about 50 new faculty  at Dalian Nationalities University (DNU) starting May 2014.

Jan Writer presented a workshop at the TASH National Conference on Severe Disabilities in Chicago, December 2013.

Dr. James Pelech's book review of Can Education Change Society? was published in "Teachers College Record."

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt published an article (2014, September) Essential Analytics in Nursing Education: Building Capacity to Improve Clinical PracticeJournal of Nursing Education and Practice. Sciedu Press Volume 4, No. 12, 9-16

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt presented Healthcare Analytics: Tools to Enhance Nursing Education and Clinical Decision-Making in Practice, presented at the 2014 Nurse Educator's Conference entitled, "Recharge your Focus on Education" sponsored by Centennial Health Education Center and the National Institute for Nursing Education and Scholarship, Breckenridge, CO.  Abstract published in the conference proceeding.


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, M.S., R.D., L.D.N Nutrition smcnicholas@ben.edu
Paula Milas Sochacki, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition pmilas@ben.edu
Christine Palumbo, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition cpalumbo@ben.edu
Teresa Pangan, Ph.D., R.D. Nutrition tpangan@ben.edu
Monica Pawasarat, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N. 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

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

Hours: 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

By Mail:
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Kindlon Hall, Room 258
Lisle, IL 60532

Fax: (630) 829-6281