Faculty Highlights

Dr. James Pelech, Associate Professor, Teacher Education Preparation, received the Kevin Doyle Faculty Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity at the Benedictine Founders' Day Celebration March 4, 2016.

The COEHS Third Annual Faculty Research Forum was held March 29, 2016 with the following faculty presenting:

Elizabeth Bormann, MPH, CHES, Instructor, Public Health
"Food is Medicine Follow-Up Study: A Comparison by Neighborhood, Race, and Income." 

Margaret M Kipta, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CRNA, Instructor, Nursing and Health, who was awarded her DNP from the University of Michigan, Flint in May 2016, presented "Implementation of an Educational Module to Improve Anesthesia Providers' Knowledge about Management of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs) During the Perioperative Care".

Karen Plawecki, PhD, RD, LDN, Assistant Professor, Nutrition
"Effects of theory-based nutrition intervention using learner-centered activities on bone health knowledge, intent, and influences of school-age children."

Antonina Lukenchuk, PhD, EdD,  MSEd , Adjunct Faculty, Higher Education
"Synergy of Research and Practice in Higher Education"

Alandra Devall, PhD , Professor, Education
"Students Create YouTube Videos as Assessment"

Public Health - The program is presenting at APHA convention, November 2016 in Denver, CO.
Dr. Susan Hovey (Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Nursing Programs - Springfield) received the Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing PhD Dissertation Award for 2016.

Dr. Hovey's manuscript, Nursing Students' Attitudes Toward Persons Who Are Aged: An Integrative Review!, was published in December by Nursing Education Today.

Dr. Joan Libner (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Nursing and Health)

recent publication – Libner, J. (2016, April). Priorities for continuing education regarding regulation: Perceptions of RN-to-BSN students and state regulators. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 7(1), 53-58.

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt (Professor, Nursing and Health) 

recent publication - Ritt, E. and Taylor, N. (2016, September).  The identification of post-acute patients at risk for hospital readmission:  Clinical implications of the LACE index.  Clinical Nursing Studies, 4(3).  Retrieved from http://www.sciedu.ca/journal/index.php/cns/article/view/9394. 

Ritt, E. & Taylor, N.P. (2016, October). Identification of high risk patients for unplanned all-cause readmission to the hospital from the post-acute care setting: implementation of the LACE index, podium presentation at the 13th Annual Evidence-Based Conference, Edward Hospital, Npaerville, IL. (peer-reviewed)

Ritt, E., Pacini, C., & Schroeder L. (2016, October).  Writing a successful CCNE self-study, Commision on Collegiate Nursing Education, Washington, DC. (invitation)

Dr. Jezuit (Assistant Professor), Dr. Richey (Associate Professor), Dr. Ridge (Assistant Professor), Dr. Ritt (Professor), and Dr. Roper (Assistant Professor), all of the Department of Nursing and Health provided a poster presentation, Engaging students and faculty:  Enhanced integration of the Benedictine Hallmarks in an online graduate nursing program, at the 10th Annual Pedagogy Conference in Lisle in May 2016.


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

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