René Luís Alvarez
I am a Chicago native by birth and grew up near the city’s southwest side before majoring in History at Loyola University Chicago. I enrolled in New York University’s Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration program. As someone intrigued by cities, I learned as much from living in Manhattan as I did from my classroom studies. After NYU, I started and ended different jobs in student affairs and activities but I did not think I was putting my History degree to good use; so I pursued my state teaching certification through Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Education program. I relocated to Philadelphia in the late 1990’s and started teaching history and social studies in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, just outside of the city. After about three years, I decided to chase my life-long dream of attaining a doctorate in history, thinking such a credential would provide opportunities and platforms to influence public debates about schools and education. I enrolled in the history program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and earned my PhD in 2008. Since then, I taught history and education at a state university and began teaching history at the Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago in 2015.
I currently serve as Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator at Loyola University Chicago, where I also teach literature, writing, and graduate level theory. Before this I taught in the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at DePaul University, where I was an Assistant Professor from 2004 to 2010. From 2002-2004 I served as an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at Barat College of DePaul University. I received a Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook University in 2000. I have published extensively on the American poet Amy Lowell, co-editing a volume of her poems as well as a volume of scholarly essays about her. My book, Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Ashgate, 2011) won the 2011 MLA Book Prize for Independent Scholars. I am currently working on an edition of Lowell’s collected letters and a book on American poetry and celebrity, titled Collectable Women: Femininity, Iconicity, and Poetry’s Public Archive.
Dianne M. Dawson Daniels. D.B.A.
Dr. Dianne M. Dawson Daniels earned her Doctorate in Business Administration and a post-doctorate Master’s Certificate in Qualitative Research from Nova Southeastern University. She holds a M.S. in Finance from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management, a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana and a certificate in Strategy & Management from The American Management Association.
She is on faculty at Loyola University Chicago as Associate Professor of Leadership Studies. Her research interests are in the areas of business ethics, organizational leadership, and management. She has taught organizational development, leadership, management and ethics at the doctoral level, master’s level, and bachelor’s level. She specializes in connecting theory and practice when speaking and teaching.
Dr. Dawson Daniels’ scholarly emphasis is driven by experience as a corporate finance professional. She was a participant/observer to ethical decisions made by organizational leaders on a daily basis while working for major corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Sprint, Conseco, and LaSalle Bank. Her experience working in industry allows her to bring a broad perspective to issues of people-leadership and organizational success. She has held management responsibilities across regions and developed teams to support all functional areas within organizations.
Eve K. Geroulis
Eve Geroulis joined the faculty of Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business in 2003 applying her executive industry experience with international advertising agencies to hi-tech start-ups in the classroom. In addition to her coursework at Loyola University Chicago, Eve has taught at the Edhec School of Business in France, The American College of Greece in Athens and Loyola University's Rome Center. She continues to work with institutions in Europe and the United States addressing how companies leverage global macromarketing realities within strategic initiatives. She has addressed the subject at a variety of forums including Google, The Conference Board and the 2012 European Union Marie Curie Conference on Research & Innovation in Brussels. She also delivered a TedxAcademy Talk in Athens in October 2011. Eve holds her BA in political science and journalism from Loyola University Chicago and her MSA from Northwestern University. Eve and her husband live Chicago with their four children.
Dr. Marcia K. Hermansen
Dr. Marcia Hermansen is Director of the Islamic World Studies program at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses in Islamic Studies and Religious Studies in the Theology Department. She holds a Ph. D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago.
Her authored and co-edited books include Islam, Religions, and Pluralism in Europe (2016), Islam and Citizenship Education (2015), Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians (2013), Shah Wali Allah’s Treatises on Islamic Law (2010) and The Conclusive Argument from God, a study and translation (from Arabic) of Shah Wali Allah Dihlavi’s Hujjat Allah al-Baligha. Dr. Hermansen has also contributed numerous academic articles in the fields of Islamic thought, Sufism, Islam and Muslims in South Asia, Muslims in America, and Women and Gender in Islam.
Miranda B. Johnson
Miranda Johnson is a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the associate director of Loyola’s Education Law and Policy Institute. She teaches experiential learning classes in education law and supervises law students in the representation of parents and students in school discipline and special education cases. She has also presented in various settings on prevention-oriented approaches to school discipline and organized training programs on school discipline for school administrators.
Professor Johnson holds a JD from New York University School of Law and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Allyne R. Ross, United States District Judge of the Eastern District of New York. She then worked as a staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York, an organization promoting access to better educational services for New York City school children. Before law school, she taught social studies at a residential high school in Colorado and conducted research in Tanzania as a Fulbright Scholar.
Tavis D. Jules
In 2008, I received my Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in International Educational Development, with a specialization in International Educational Policy Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. I then took up a position at Freedom House as a blogger and later curriculum specialist focusing on Iran. From 2009 to 2011 I worked at the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) Foundation and held numerous posting there, and I also founded the first Bi-annual GRLI Partner Magazine, Global Responsibility (that is still being published). In 2011, I took up an academic position at Loyola University Chicago. Since being at Loyola, I taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program an online in the International Higher Education Program, which are both housed in the School of Education. I am the Book Review Editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy. I have authored numerous books and articles including Neither World Polity nor Local or National Societies: Regionalization in the Global South the Caribbean Community (Peter Lang Press, 2012); Educational Transitions in Post-Revolutionary Spaces: Islam, Security and Social Movements in Tunisia (with Teresa Barton, Bloomsbury Press, 2017); Is ‘Small’ Always Small and ‘Big’ Always Big? Re-reading Educational Policy and Practice in Small States (with Patrick Ressler, Peter Lang Press, 2017); and the Global Educational Policy Environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Gated, Regulated, and Governed (Emerald Publishing, 2016).
Michael S. Kelly
Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW is Associate Professor and Director of the Family and School Partnerships Program at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Loyola in Fall 2006, he was a school social worker, family therapist, and youth minister in the Chicago area for 14 years. He has written over 50 articles, book chapters, & books on school social work, evidence-based practice (EBP), and the intersection of Christianity and social work practice. His most recent books are 2015’s School Social Work: Research, Practice, and Policy (8th Ed.), published by Lyceum/Oxford University Press, and Christianity and Social Work: Readings on the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice (5th Ed.), published by the North American Association of Christians in Social Work. He is a fellow of the Oxford Symposium for School-Based Family Counseling, and the Associate Editor of Advances in School Mental Health Promotion Journal, and Social Work & Christianity. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of School Mental Health Journal and Children & Schools. He has recently brought his work on school mental health and EBP to researchers and practitioners in Canada, Chile, England, Japan, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.
Kristin L. Krueger
I am a biological anthropologist who reconstructs dietary and behavioral adaptations by examining the teeth of our fossil human ancestors. Although my work has run the evolutionary spectrum, my research focus has been on Neanderthals and early modern humans. My work seeks to recognize how our ancestors coped with changing climate conditions, especially those in marginal environments.
My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in leading journals, including the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution, and the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. I have also contributed to several edited volumes, including The Foragers of Point Hope: the Biology and Archaeology of Humans on the Edge of the Alaskan Arctic and A Companion to Dental Anthropology.
Nancy E. Landrum, Ph.D.
Professor of Sustainable Business Management at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business and Institute of Environmental Sustainability. She is co-author of Sustainable Business: An Executive’s Primer, co-founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Central Arkansas, and Principal at Sustainable Business Design Consulting. Dr. Landrum was previously at University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she was awarded 2011 Eco-Hero in Arkansas, 2011 Harper J. Boyd, Jr. Professor of Excellence, 2013 university Faculty Excellence in Public Service, 2014 college Faculty Excellence in Research, and was the former chair of the university Sustainability Committee and a Commissioner on the Little Rock Sustainability Commission. She received her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University, MBA from Idaho State University, and masters and bachelor’s degrees from Marshall University. Dr. Landrum has been a visiting scholar at universities in China, Finland, and Germany, and has worked with the Navajo and Lakota Sioux. Her consulting, teaching, research, and service interests are in sustainable business practices, new economics, circular economy, strong sustainability, corporate sustainability and responsibility, and base of the pyramid strategies. Prior to academia, Dr. Landrum was a children’s mental health therapist, licensed social worker, and nonprofit social services administrator.
Molly M. Melin
Molly M. Melin is an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 2008. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of international relations and political methodology, with emphasis on international conflict and conflict management. She is also interested in strategic studies, international organizations and foreign policy decision-making. Her research on third party interventions in international conflicts and the dynamics of conflict expansion has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and International Interactions. Her current research is on the role of the private sector in peace and conflict.
OiYan A. Poon
OiYan Poon is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Her research agenda focuses on race and racism, affirmative action, and Asian Americans. A leading scholar, Dr. Poon was the 2016 recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred B. Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award and a 2014 recipient of the American College Personnel Association Emerging Scholar Award. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Justice or Just Us: Asian Americans in the Borderlands of Race in Higher Education, which focuses on how Asian Americans have navigated, resisted, and leveraged complex racial politics in heated debates over affirmative action in selective admissions. She is also co-editing an anthology entitled Difficult Subjects: Insights and Strategies for Teaching about Race, Sexuality and Gender. Dr. Poon earned her Ph.D. in race and ethnic studies in education with a certificate in Asian American studies from UCLA, a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia, and a B.S. from Boston College.
Julia Pryce earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Her research focus is on positive youth development and the role of non-parental adults in the lives of children living in risk. Her research includes work with young people within domestic and international contexts, and incorporates attention to system-involved youth (particularly child welfare) as well as those living in under-resourced, urban environments. Dr. Pryce had published more than twenty articles focused on the nature and impact of mentoring relationships, and is recognized at a national and international level for her work, serving as an invited and ongoing member of the Research Board of the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) and as a presenter at the National Mentoring Summit twice in the last five years. Her research has been funded by the Department of Health & Human Services and the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. Beyond these accomplishments, she is a social worker committed to the values of the profession, including social justice and advocacy, and her research is driven by the questions of practitioners working with youth and the adults that aim to empower them.
Susan A. Ross, Ph.D.
Susan A. Ross is a Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago and is the author/editor of four books and over 75 articles on such topics as women and the sacraments, theology and the arts, and the contemporary Catholic Church. She served as the President of the Catholic Theological Society of America from 2012-13 and has been on the Boards of the College Theology Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. She was a Vice-President and member of the editorial board of Concilium: International Theological Journal, which is published in six languages. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Manhattanville College, has given presentations at national and international conferences and appeared as a religion commentator on Chicago television and radio shows.
Heidi A. Russell
Heidi Russell, Ph.D. teaches theology at the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University and her M.Div./M.A. from Washington Theological Union. Her areas of research include Christian anthropology, Christology, Trinitarian theology, and a special interest in the relationship between science and theology, specifically in the fields of neuroscience and quantum physics. She is the author of Quantum Shift: Theological and Pastoral Implications of Contemporary Developments in Science and The Heart of Rahner. She has published articles in Theological Studies, Horizons, Science and Theology, Buddhist Christian Studies and Philosophy and Theology. She newest book, The Source of All Love: Trinity and Catholicity, will be out in March from Orbis Press.
Tania M. Schusler
An environmental social scientist, Tania Schusler has worked at the interface of people and environment throughout her career. As Advanced Lecturer in Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Schusler teaches courses in Environmental Justice, Human Dimensions of Conservation, Food Systems, and Water. Her research examines the dynamics of citizen participation and collaborative learning in creating more sustainable, resilient, and just communities. Dr. Schusler previously served as Environmental Studies faculty at Antioch University New England where she mentored graduate research on culture and conservation, environmental justice, food systems, and effective pedagogy. As environmental issues educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, she collaborated with community-based organizations, local governments, and small businesses to design, implement, and evaluate educational programs advancing sustainable community development in the areas of green building, environmental justice, renewable energy, materials reuse, and water resources management. As volunteer program manager for The Nature Conservancy’s Wisconsin Chapter, she built the capacity of volunteers to engage in community-based biodiversity conservation. Dr. Schusler earned a B.S. in Forestry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Natural resource Policy and Management from Cornell University.
Amy B. Shuffelton
Dr. Amy B. Shuffelton (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, A.B. Harvard University) is an Assistant Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago, where she is currently under review for promotion and tenure. She is a philosopher of education who has taught at the elementary level and been involved in teacher education in New York City and in East Central Europe. Prior to coming to Loyola she was an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for five years. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Educational Theory and has been an active member of the review boards of Educational Theory, Philosophical Studies in Education, and the Philosophy of Education Yearbook. As a member of the Philosophy of Education Society’s Committee on Professional Affairs, she is currently spearheading the publication of short essays in which philosophers of education address contemporary issues of educational policy and practice for an audience of policy-makers and educators. She is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
Lisa E. Skemp
Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN is Professor and Chair of Health Systems, Leadership, and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Her Baccalaureate in Nursing is from Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Her Masters of Science in Community Health and Education, and her Doctorate in Gerontological Nursing are both from the University of Iowa. Her community capacity building for healthy aging research was supported by a John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellowship. Before joining Loyola University Chicago, she was tenured faculty at the University of Iowa and the Director of the Iowa Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Global Health Initiatives. She held the Sister Agnes Marie Fitzsimons Endowed Chair of Gerontological Nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College. She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, the American Academy of Nursing, the University of Iowa Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and the Institute of Medicine Chicago. Dr. Skemp has facilitated the development of gerontologic education and scholarship to include faculty development, most recently receiving the Gerontology Society of America Minority Mentorship Award. Curriculum development includes national standards for gerontological nurse educators and for global public health.
Amy M. Wilkinson
Amy Wilkinson holds a MEd in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago where she is an Advanced Lecturer and where she was awarded the 2016 Langerbeck Faculty Mentorship award. In 2015, the Loyola student body also nominated her as one of eight Faculty Member of the Year finalists for her commitment to instruction, student development, and innovative programming. She is the Executive Director of the In/Motion Dance Film Festival whose mission is to celebrate dance performance within digital media platforms by fostering innovation in the presentation of movement-based artworks and by encouraging artists to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. Her most recent film project titled All, involved a diverse group of dancers, many of whom are living with Parkinson’s disease. Ms. Wilkinson has performed with numerous Chicago companies including CDI/Concert Dance In., Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Same Planet Different World, and Thodos Dance Chicago, for whom she also served as the educational outreach coordinator and wrote, directed, and produced a physics-based touring performance, The Science of Motion - The Art of Dance. She is also a professional choreographer for national and international arts organizations, recently leading a group of dancers and filmmakers to Havana, Cuba where they created site-specific dance films.