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Condolences: NLU Faculty Member, Alum, Curriculum Creator Nancy Naughten earned master's degrees in education, taught at elementary, middle school and college levels

Nancy Naughten, a lifelong educator who earned two master’s degrees at National Louis University and taught here for 15 years, passed away in early February at age 69.

Naughten started her career teaching at elementary and middle schools, including St. Raymond’s School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and Glenview District 34 schools.  In her first teaching position, she was a primary reading teacher. In order to learn more ways to meet the needs of her young readers, Naughten earned her first master’s degree in reading at Roosevelt University.

After 10 years as a reading teacher, Naughten accepted a position as an instructional specialist and reading coordinator in Glenview District 34, where she worked for 12 years. In this position, she developed an understanding of how teachers could provide educational opportunities to reach and teach young adolescents.

District 34’s Springman Middle School changed from being a junior high to a true middle school while she was working there. Springman is now a Horizon Award Middle School. This was a pivotal time in Naughten’s career which prompted her to earn a master’s degree in Middle-Level Education at National Louis University.

She began teaching at National Louis University in 2003, and earned another master’s degree as an educational specialist. Her passion was creating curriculum that engages and motivates students to want to learn.

Naughten wrote two of the Middle-Level endorsement courses for online learning which were later approved as Quality Matters Courses. Hundreds of NLU students earned their middle school endorsement in these courses.

Naughten enjoyed teaching for many reasons. She enjoyed working with energetic new teachers and those who were coming back for the Middle School Endorsement. She agreed with the philosophy of Parker Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach, “After three decades of trying to learn my craft, every class comes down to this: my students and I, face to face, (or online) engaged in an ancient and exacting exchange called education.”  Naughten retired from NLU in June 2018.

The National Louis University community extends condolences to Nancy Naughten’s family and friends.

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Video: Prof’s Project Helps Engage Veterans, Prevent Suicides Cari Stevenson says grant-funded project helps veterans express emotions

Veterans in PhotoVoice project.

Three of the veterans in the PhotoVoice project preview a photo. Cari Stevenson ’17, a National Louis University alum and adjunct professor, facilitates the project at Kankakee Community College with a grant from the Movember Foundation.

Click. Robert Perez, a military veteran, takes a gorgeous photo of a river flanked with trees. Click. He takes another of the neat rows of a mid-summer cornfield. Click. And a photo of the faithful brown dog following him around, tongue hanging out.

He’s participating in the PhotoVoice project, which encourages veterans to bond by capturing photo images that have meaning for them. And a new video features Perez, his fellow veteran friends and two National Louis University professors. Continue reading »

Find Out Who Won NLU Teaching, Staff Excellence Awards NLU presented four teaching awards, two staff awards

Congratulate the winners of National Louis University’s annual Excellence awards for faculty and staff. The University announced them Sept. 7.

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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 »

People, Organizational Culture Drew Nilsen To Human Resources, I/O Psych She'll oversee new HR and Industrial/Organizational Psych dual masters program

Janice Nilsen, Ph.D. heads a dual master's degree program in Human Resources Management and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at National Louis University.

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 »

NLU Faculty Appear, Share Expertise On TV, In Newspapers Profs share holiday advice, discuss goals to better society

newsmediaiconDo 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 »

Dr. Oliver: More than Sidewalks and Sewers, City Managers Can Create Justice, Opportunities Meet NLU's New Public Policy & Administration Chair

malcolmoliveratpostelectionforumWhen 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 »

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 »

Dr. Azcoitia Invited To Spain to Share Leadership Expertise He taught an educational leadership seminar to graduate students

 

 

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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 »

Helping Transform Ordinary Kids Into Writing Enthusiasts IWP announces summer trainings, including all-new workshop

By Steve Zemelman, Ph.D.
NLU adjunct professor and director of the Illinois Writing Project

SteveNational 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.

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