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Illinois Academic Librarian of Year Award Goes to NLU’s Morrison Rob Morrison, Ph.D., was honored for his innovations, scholarship, service

Congratulations are in order to Rob Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University.  The Illinois Library Association has given him its Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year award.

“Rob and our library faculty and staff are pretty modest, but they are very innovative and engaged in professional arenas within and well beyond NLU,” said Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Provost.   “This is one indicator that others are appreciative of the leadership they demonstrate under Rob’s leadership.”

The award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development.

Morrison served as a member of the Illinois Library Association Executive Board from 2014-2017 and acted as the Board’s liaison to the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. He also served as a mentor for new directors in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and as a member of the CARLI Program Planning Committee. At the national level, he has served on numerous American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries committees.

In addition to his professional service and administrative responsibilities, Morrison has maintained an active agenda of teaching and scholarship with a focus on adult learners and distance education. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses online and in person, at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Most recently, he developed and taught a course on academic governance and leadership for National Louis University’s doctoral program in higher education leadership.

One of Morrison’s nominators described him as “truly the epitome of excellence in, and service to, the profession.”

The ILA will present the award to Morrison on Oct. 9 at the Illinois Library Association annual conference in Peoria.

Phi Delta Kappan Publishes NLU’s Azcoitia on Leading Community Schools

Many people are attracted to the idea of community schools, but starting one is not as simple as opening a health clinic and instituting partnerships with local businesses, civic groups and seniors, cautioned  NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice within the National College of Education, in an article in Phi Delta Kappan’s February issue.

It takes a battery of leadership skills and abilities to helm a community school, wrote Azcoitia, along with co-authors Ted Purinton, Ed.D., former director of NLU’s National College of Education’s department of educational leadership, and alum Karen Carlson,  Ph.D. Phi Delta Kappa is a professional association for educators, and the Kappan is its magazine. Continue reading »

Prof Lems Writing Musical About Her Family’s History With Jane Addams, Early Chicago After researching the history, she's performing the music from it around town

Kristin Lems, Ed.D., National Louis University professor of ESL and bilingual education, is writing a musical about her family’s history with legendary Chicago social reformer Jane Addams and her Hull House settlement house.

The sepia-toned photo shows a young woman with the characteristic bobbed, wavy hair of the 1920s holding a baby. Look closely, and you’ll see the baby is wearing a sweater.

Kristin Lems, Ed.D., professor of ESL and bilingual education at National Louis University, notes with awe that legendary Chicago social reform pioneer Jane Addams knitted the sweater for the baby, who is Lems’ mother, Carol Lems-Dworkin, now 93. Continue reading »

Taking Children to Holiday Parties? Make Magic, Not Meltdowns NLU Faculty Offer Tips to Help Parents, Hosts

Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D., offers suggestions to keep kids, parents and hosts happy at holiday parties.

Seeing babies, toddlers and children at holiday gatherings and family parties can be delightful—until they start crying or acting out, which can deflate holiday cheer quicker than the Grinch.

With a little planning and resourcefulness, National Louis University faculty Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D., says you can help the little ones, as well as the grandparents and uncles, enjoy the party and make wonderful memories. Continue reading »

In These Divisive Times, Give Holiday Gifts That Inspire ‘Kindness, Empathy and Joy’ National Louis University prof compiles suggestions to give children and teens this holiday

 

Polls suggest Americans are more divided than they have been at any time since the Vietnam War. A National Louis University professor suggests that individuals can put positive energy toward healing that divide, even in something as simple as the gifts they give this holiday.

Toby Rajput, assistant professor and Children’s and Young Adult Literature Librarian at National Louis University, believes in the power of ideas­ to plant the seeds of kindness, empathy and joy in young minds. Continue reading »

Unplug With Children’s Books, Says NLU’s Rajput on Fox32’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ See the list of 30 recommended holiday gift books for children of all ages

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-39-21-amInstead of giving children and teens new electronics this holiday, NLU’s Toby Rajput suggested to Fox 32-TV’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ show viewers that they consider giving books.

As Rajput was interviewed Dec. 6 by Fox32 anchor Kristen Nicole, she demonstrated a half-dozen books to appeal to various age groups, from young child to teen. She even recommended two audiobooks for adolescent boys, saying that with audiobooks, “the whole family can read with their ears.” Continue reading »

Faculty, Alums Champion Community Schools, Release Book Carlos Azcoitia and Ted Purinton co-edited the book, with chapters by three alums

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Carlos Azcoitia listens to a speaker, while Ted Purinton looks over notes at the “Creating Engagement Between Schools and their Communities” event, held at NLU’s North Shore campus Nov. 4.

The vision of schools as thriving community centers, enjoying camaraderie and bustling with activities for students, parents and other community members, took center stage at an NLU book release party Nov. 4.

Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Ted Purinton, Ed.D., dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership,  led a panel discussion on the book they co-edited, “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books). Continue reading »

Find Out Who Won Faculty, Staff Awards of Excellence NLU presented awards for teaching, service and scholarship

 

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Provost Alison Hilsabeck, from left, Board Chairman Scott Smith, Craig Cunningham, Virginia Jagla, Ursula Pawlowski, Roy Kaelin, Aggie Hanni, Joel Henshaw and President Nivine Megahed pose after awards were presented.

Hundreds of National Louis University faculty and staff waited with anticipation on Sept. 8 to learn who would win this year’s awards for faculty and staff excellence.

Prof. Dan Buckman, Ed.D., a past winner of the Teaching Award of Excellence, announced the winners at the Fall Connections gathering, a kickoff to the fall quarter.

The Faculty Awards of Excellence recognize NLU full-time and adjunct faculty in the areas of teaching, service, and research. Continue reading »

‘Wearable Technologies’ Article by Associate Dean Borthwick Drawing Attention She examines pros and cons of smart watches, Google Glass, Fitbit and others

 

borthwick-arlene-001Is there a place for personal wearable technologies, such as smart watches, Google Glass, Fitbit and Muse (which tracks brain activity) in the classroom?

Yes, but there are concerns too, according to Arlene Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, and her co-authors. They just learned at the recent International Society for Technology in Education conference that their article, “Personal Wearable Technologies in Education: Value or Villain?” was the most-downloaded article from the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education so far in 2016. Continue reading »