Loyola's Center for Experiential Learning is staffed by a full-time Director, 6 full-time Program Managers, a Graduate Assistant Assessment Coordinator, and a team of undergraduate Peer Mentors.
- Dr. Patrick Green, Director
- Christopher Skrable, Program Manager, Service-Learning
- Michelle Kusel, Program Manager, Academic Internships
- Dr. Andrew Warne, Program Manager, Undergraduate Research (LUROP)
- Ashley Kehoe, Program Manager, ePortfolios
- Travis Proffitt, Community Partnerships Coordinator
- Jessica Murphy, Graduate Assistant, Assessment Coordinator
Patrick M. Green, Ed.D., serves as the Director of the Center for Experiential Learning since its inception in August, 2007, at Loyola University Chicago. The Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) houses five (5) university-wide programs, including service-learning, academic internships, student employment/ community-based federal work study, undergraduate research, and the electronic portfolio program. As a Clinical Instructor of Experiential Learning, Dr. Green teaches a variety of general elective experiential learning courses, engaging students in service-learning, community-based research, internship experiences, and undergraduate research.
Dr. Green received his BA in History and Literature form Loras College (Dubuque, IA), his MA in History at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), and his doctorate in Education from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), specializing in leadership in higher education and focusing his research on experiential education. Dr. Green’s research includes the impact of experiential learning programs on skill development and career development (funded by the National Association of Colleges and Employers Research Foundation Grant), the meaning-making processes of reflection in service-learning/experiential learning, and the use of electronic portfolios in experiential learning (Inter/national Cohort for Research on ePortfolios). His research has led to multiple publications (Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Spring 2007; chapter in The Future of Service-Learning (2009); chapter in Undergraduate Research Offices and Programs: Models and Practices (2012)) and numerous presentations at national conferences, including the International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), and the Association for American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). He is currently co-editing a volume on international service-learning entitled Crossing Boundaries: Tension and Transformation in International Service-Learning (Stylus Publishing, Spring 2013).
Dr. Green was nominated and chosen as an Engaged Scholar for National Campus Compact, a national organization that fosters civic education and the civic purpose of higher education. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE).
ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM MANAGER: Michelle Kusel, M.Ed.
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Michelle Kusel joined the CEL team in October 2012. She believes in transformative education and its ability to inform student learning. She looks forward to using her experience from Corporate America and leadership education to enhance her work as the Academic Internship Program Manager. In 2003, she graduated from Marquette University with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering. After working professionally for five years, she completed studies for her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago.
Michelle is a life-long learner and educator and has published both research and light-hearted educational pieces in the Journal of College Student Development and About Campus. Michelle serves as the editor for Concepts and Connections, a publication for leadership educators. She also serves on the planning committee for the American College Personnel Association’s national convention.
In her time away from the CEL and professional contributions, Michelle enjoys running her small business where she designs and creates handmade greeting cards.
SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAM MANAGER: Christopher A. Skrable, M.A.
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Chris Skrable returned to Loyola in 2007 after serving as the Community Service Director at Chicago’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. There, he worked to establish and strengthen reciprocal partnerships between not-for-profit agencies in Pilsen/La Villita and the high school community. He has enjoyed continuing that work on a larger scale in his role as the Program Manager for Service-Learning at Loyola, facilitating the sharing of resources between the University and its community partners through the development and support of service-learning classes across the undergraduate curriculum.
Mr. Skrable’s own background includes extensive experience in secondary and post-secondary education, campus ministry, and advocacy/social justice. His studies have included extensive work in philosophy, theology, and religious studies at both Loyola University Chicago and the Catholic University of America; his undergraduate work was in psychology and religious development at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. His personal volunteer commitments have included work with the Jesuits of the Maryland Provice, Annunciation House of El Paso, TX, La Ciudad de los Niños in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the parish of San Francisco de Asís in Bánica, Dominican Republic; in Chicago, he has served at Centro Romero and on behalf of numerous organizations that advocate for civil rights for LGBTQ persons and persons living with HIV/AIDS. He currently serves as a member of the Regional Board for LIFT Chicago and represents Loyola on both the Education and Steering Committees of Partners for Rogers Park, a collective of neighborhood organizations and residents committed to building a more just and healthy Rogers Park community. On the side, he can occasionally be found behind the piano (and the microphone) as half of "In Appropriate Couplet," a cabaret act; more regularly, he leads worship for the 5 PM Sunday Liturgy at St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Evanston.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM MANAGER: Andrew Warne, Ph.D.
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Andrew Warne joined the CEL in October, 2012 and works as the Undergraduate Research Program Manager. From this position, he coordinates the LUROP Fellowships, co-directs the Provost Fellowship, and promotes and encourages undergraduate research at Loyola.
Andrew came to Loyola after receiving his Ph.D. in history at Northwestern University, where his research and teaching focused on 20th century U.S. political history and international relations. His own academic career began as an undergraduate researcher at Luther College in Decorah, IA. After graduating, he worked as a high school English teacher for four years in Helena, AR through Teach for America. Before moving to Chicago, he received his M.A. in history from Villanova University in Philadelphia.
Andrew has dedicated his career to student learning, which he has promoted not only as a teacher, but also within Northwestern’s residential college system and teaching center. He strongly supports research as an opportunity for student learning, and mentorship as an educational model to promote it. He is excited about joining Loyola and looks forward to working with students, faculty, staff, and administrators alike.
Ashley Kehoe has been a member of the CEL team since the center was founded in 2007. She initially joined the staff as a Graduate Assistant while pursuing her M. Ed. in Higher Education at Loyola. As part of her graduate education, Ashley completed an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) and became intrigued by the concepts of evidence-based learning and ePortfolio pedagogy. Upon completing her graduate degree and gaining professional experience in civic engagement and leadership development, Ashley returned to the CEL in 2011 as the ePortfolio Program Manager to direct Loyola's efforts to support students, faculty, and staff in creating dynamic, engaging ePortfolios. She wholeheartedly believes that Loyola’s ePortfolio initiative will be a catalyst for students and educators to change the way we approach the idea and practice of learning.
In addition to being a proud Rambler, Ashley serves on the planning team for the Association for Authentic, Experiential, Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) annual conference and on Loyola's research team for the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research. She also enjoys an active social life in Chicago and regularly participates in local neighborhood festivals and themed 5K runs - often in costume. A dog-lover, she also enjoys spending time with her highly energetic, 2-year old American Bulldog mix.
Travis Proffitt joins the CEL as the Community Partnerships Coordinator with a strong passion for community development and connecting institutions of higher education to the good work of creating healthy homes and just neighborhoods. He is a 2008 graduate of the M.A. in Social Justice Program at Loyola Chicago and a 2004 graduate of Emory & Henry College, where he studied Public Policy & Community Service and Religion. Travis has been involved in service learning, civic engagement, and community development for over seven years and is excited to rejoin the Loyola Chicago team to build long-lasting and deep relationships with the University’s partners and friends.
A native of Appalachia, Travis brings to this work a deep commitment and love for communities and bringing people together. His interests outside of work include cooking, live music (especially folk and bluegrass), and traveling. Be sure to stop by the CEL and visit with Travis. He’d love to get to know you!
GRADUATE ASSISTANT ASSESSMENT COORDINATOR: Jessica Murphy
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