Nine new professors join Benedictine faculty for 2010-2011 academic year

Nine new professors join Benedictine faculty for the 2010-2011 academic year
September 10, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University recently announced the addition of nine new faculty members for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The new faculty members include:

Anthony DeLegge, assistant professor of Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln). DeLegge is a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of Benedictine University whose expertise is in biomathematics.

Janardan Pokharel, term instructor of Physics, earned a Master of Science in Physics from the University of North Dakota. He has served as a physics instructor at Triton Community College, the City Colleges of Chicago and McHenry County College.

Ellen Ziliak, assistant professor of Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Colorado State University. Ziliak is an expert in abstract algebra whose research focuses on computational group theory. She attended the University of Evansville as an undergraduate.

Elizabeth A. Bell, Ed.D., has been brought on board to revive the school's Physical Education (P.E.) program. Named assistant professor and director for the P.E. program, Bell previously taught at Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) and Tennessee State University.

Brian W. Higgerson, assistant professor in Nursing, earned a Doctor of Nursing Science at the University of Tennessee. Previously, he served as Program Director of the graduate nurse practitioner programs at DePaul University.

Lisa Evoy, associate professor and coordinator for the Master of Science in Nursing program, earned a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). She served as Dean of Nursing Administration at Northwestern College prior to coming to Benedictine.

Laura Holland, instructor, earned a Master of Science in Nursing at Lewis University in Romeoville. Holland comes to Benedictine from Adventist Home Health Care in Burr Ridge and has taught at College of DuPage and as an adjunct faculty at Benedictine.

Steven Day, Ph.D., assistant professor, Chinese Language and Culture, comes to Benedictine by way of UCLA. Day earned a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from UCLA and will be developing the China Studies Concentration for the Global Studies major as well as a major and minor in Chinese.

Phil Hardy, assistant professor, Political Science, taught at Benedictine last year on term appointment. Hardy earned a Ph.D. in American Politics at Arizona State University. His interests include political behavior, public policy and research methods.

Benedictine University also welcomed two new Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants: Ye Yuan from Changsha, China and Balqees Jamel Noubani from Mahes, Jordan. Yuan earned a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Hunan University where she served as an English instructor. Noubani earned a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Jordan, where she taught linguistics.

Robert K. Musil, Ph.D., an expert in global warming, environmental health and national security, is the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Benedictine. The Wilson Fellow is a program of the Council of Independent Colleges and brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States to conduct classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.