Congratulate the winners of National Louis University’s annual Excellence awards for faculty and staff. The University announced them Sept. 7.
Excellence in Teaching Award
National Louis University Professor Kristin Lems, Ph.D., second from left, holds her Excellence in Teaching award. Also pictured are Leslie Katch, Ph.D., assistant professor, at left, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., and Assistant Provost Michael Carr, Ph.D.
Kristin Lems, Ph.D., professor of ESL/Bilingual Education in NLU’s National College of Education, won the Excellence in Teaching Award. Continue reading
Janice Nilsen, Ph.D., heads National Louis University’s dual master’s degree program in Human Resources Management and Development and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Janice Nilsen, Ph.D., has used her natural “people person” abilities to grow in a human resources career that has evolved over time.
She has spent years in the business world, including high-level training and human resources roles at Sears and Office Max. She has also valued education by earning her MBA at the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in Organizational Development at Benedictine University (in 2016). Continue reading
Do you need a holiday gift for a child? Want to avoid family fights during the holidays? Perhaps you’d like to learn to support a grieving friend during the holidays, or find out how one of NLU’s deans formed his ideals and goals while playing basketball as a youth.
NLU faculty have appeared in the media recently discussing all these topics. Here’s a rundown: Continue reading
When Malcolm Oliver boarded a plane for a study-abroad program in South Africa in 2002, he didn’t know he was embarking on a decades-long journey trying to help create a society with opportunities for all citizens.
Nor did he imagine he would someday champion wonky city planners, even more than glib politicians or inspiring social-reform leaders, as the people who create the real-life conditions in which social justice can blossom. Continue reading
By Elizabeth Schaefer, M.S., M.A., Professional Adjunct Lecturer, National Louis University
I chose to leave Paris, France–the City of Lights–to attend National Louis University.
I’ll be honest; it was a difficult choice.
To explain, let me tell you what I do now, and how I got here. Continue reading
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
Carlos Azcoitia, standing, poses with the students to whom he taught a two-day Educational Leadership seminar. It took place at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.
Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D. recently traded his NLU classroom for one at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.
Officials there invited him to teach a two-day seminar on educational leadership to students who aspire to be teacher leaders or principals. They are pursuing their master’s degrees in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on social and emotional intelligence, in partnership with the Botin Foundation. Continue reading
By Steve Zemelman, Ph.D.
NLU adjunct professor and director of the Illinois Writing Project
National Louis University’s Illinois Writing Project (IWP) is one of the most active and widely praised affiliates of the National Writing Project, a network of university-based professional development programs for educators. The IWP works with teachers across Chicagoland, providing workshops on teaching writing, summer leadership institutes, conferences, kids’ summer writing camps and consulting to help schools achieve in-depth improvement in writing instruction.
Accomplished IWP teacher leaders help teachers make writing meaningful and engaging for students. They guide teachers to organize their classrooms to address students’ individual needs and actively teach and support writing, rather than just make arbitrary assignments and mark them up with comments kids don’t learn from. Students’ writing becomes an authentic use of their voices to communicate with real audiences, and a tool for learning in all subjects. Kids begin to plead for more writing time, rather than moan about dreaded assignments.
As NLU works to continually keep its business offerings state-of-the-art, Bettyjo Bouchey, MBA, Ed.D., has joined the university as Program Director of the Undergraduate Business program.
Bouchey, an associate professor of business and management, will also teach business courses.
“I am thrilled that she brings a wealth of expertise and experience and new energy to the team,” said Judah Viola, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, which includes the School of Business and Management. Continue reading
NLU’s Dr. Junko Yokota poses in front of the University of Wroclaw, Poland, where she is teaching on a Fulbright award.
NLU’s Junko Yokota, Ph.D., is having an amazing couple of years. Newspapers all over the world — in Korea, Turkey and Poland—are writing about her.
In 2013, she was chosen to chair the jury to determine the winners of the 2015 Caldecott children’s book award. If you’ve ever browsed children’s books, you’ll recognize the Caldecott as one of the top honors in this category of literature.