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SCPS Distinctions

​​​Celebrate SCPS faculty and staff as we recognize awards, milestones and groundbreaking research.

Dr. Tatum Thomas, Associate Professor, SCPS Dean

Patrizia Acerra, MA, SCPS Assistant Director, Academic Advising

Dr. Marisa Alicea, Professor

  • Appointed Interim Director of SCPS Undergraduate Program
  • Proposal submitted in Spring for the BA in Nonprofit Management degree, was approved by Committee on Curricular Programs (CCP). SCPS now offers this course.
  • Awarded an Undergraduate Research Assistant grant:  Research project titled -Reframing Radicalism: Women leaders in Chicago, Puerto Rico, the Yucatan and Kenya.

Joseph Cunniff, Adjunct Professor

  • Celebrates 36 years of teaching in the arts for DePaul and his 40th year of writing about the arts in Chicago.

Susanne Dumbleton, Professor Emerita

  • Spring publication, Isn’t it time everyone had enough?” appeared in the in the Chicago Sun Times, May 2020.
  • Taught at the Newberry Library: "Little Women: Lots of Troubles; Jolly Stories."

Christine Hayda, MS, Program Manager, Academic Services

  • SCPS representative at the ILACADA annual conference, September 11, 2020:  “Best Practices in Advising Adult Students in the Time of Covid”.

Dr. Dan K. Hibbler, Associate Professor

  • Appointed by President Esteban to the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee

Dr. Deborah Holton, Professor Emerita

Dr. John Kimsey, Associate Professor

  • Received the SCPS's Excellence in Teaching Award at the Fall 2020 Academic Convocation.

Dr. Caroline Kisiel, Associate Professor

  • Published “Designs for embodiment and soul: Offerings for adult learners in the twenty-first century college classroom”, in Phenomenologies of grace: The body, embodiment and transformative futures. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. (2020)
  • Awarded a Dean’s Innovation Grant to facilitate three virtual Community Engagement Network (CEN) events in Summer and early Fall 2020 in collaboration with DePaul colleagues and emeriti: In collaboration with Dr. Marisa Alicea, and John LittleJohn, Adjunct Faculty, Director of SCPS Adult Men of Color Initiative:  “A Front Porch Conversation about Adult Men of Color as Learners,” (July 27, 2020); “A Tribute to Arthur W. Checkering (April 1927-August 2020)” (September 25, 2020), moderated by Professor Emerita, Dr. Catherine Marienau; and “Empowering the Vote in Communities: Awareness, Understanding and Action” (September 28, 2020), a collaboration with DePaul Associate Professor, Dr. Christina Rivers.

Labor Education Center

  • Hired its first student worker, Makayla Jackson.  Makayla is a student at DePaul majoring in Psychology and minoring in African and Black Diaspora Studies. She is also a DePaul Leadership Scholar.
  • Awarded $48,000 from the Regina V. Polk Scholarship Fund for Labor Leadership to run LEC’ youth programs.

Dr. Catherine Marienau, Professor Emerita hosted several podcasts:

Dr. Zoab Mirza, Adjunct Faculty

Doug Murphy, MA, Adjunct Faculty

  • Appointed Dean of Operations and Special Educational Initiatives at the Moody Bible Institute.

Dr. Susan Reed, Professor Emerita

Telisa Robinson-Davis, Retention Coordinator

  • Nominated for Supervisor of the Year. Telisa was recognized for her mentorship, interest in employee development, and contributions to the DePaul community as a DePaul supervisor for peer mentors.

Leyfane J. Thomas, MA Communications Coordinator

  • Appointed to the Faulty and Staff Alumni Committee, (August 2020).
  • Re-appointed to the University’s Student Commencement Speaker Selection Committee (September 2020).
  • Earned certifications in Project Management, Social Media Strategies and Marketing, Marketing Communications, Instagram, Facebook Foundations and Pivoting to Virtual Events.

R. Craig Sautter, Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Donald Opitz, Interim Dean

  • Appointed Guest Editor of the Topical Collection, Women, Gender, Sexuality and Biology of the Journal of History of Biology and; 
  • Appointed to the Nominations Committee of the Division of History of Science and Technology, International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

Patrizia Acerra, MA, Senior Academic Advisor and Adjunct Faculty

Kamilah Cummings, MA, Dr. Kenya Grooms, Nicholas Hayes, MFA  and Steffanie Triller Fry, MFA, along with former Associate Professor, Dr. Michelle Navarre Cleary, co-authored and published:

Molia Dumbleton, MA, Adjunct Faculty

  • Published short story “What You Have Been Told” was nominated and recently selected by The Sonder Review, for the 2020 Best Small Fictions Anthology.

Christine Hayda, MS, Adjunct Faculty and Program Manager

Nicholas Hayes, MFA, Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Director, OPLA

Dr. Sara Kimble, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

Gina Orlando, MA, CH, Adjunct Faculty

  • Authored and published Stress Reduction.  In the DePaul Magazine, Vol 1, Issue. 412027 Winter 2020.  Feb 15, 2020, Master Class pg. 11.

Dr. Jessica Cook-Qurayshi, Director, Labor Education and Jessica Espinoza, BA, Associate Director, Labor Education presented:

Dr. Lisa Saye, Adjunct Faculty, authored and published:

Dr. Gabriele Strohschen, Professor Emerita, authored and published:

Shana Wills, MA, Adjunct Faculty

Staff Recognition Awards

  • Patrizia Acerra, MA, Adjunct Faculty and Senior Academic Advisor;
  • Nicholas Hayes, MFA, Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Director, OPLA;
  • Sandy Rodriguez, Marketing Communications Specialist
  • Leyfane Thomas, MA, Communications Coordinator, Student Engagement, Enrollment Services.  

 

Dr. Tatum Thomas, Associate Professor, SCPS Dean

 

·       Appointed to the DePaul Institute for Restorative Academic and Civic Engagement Planning Committee.

 

·       Published “Shaping the Future of Higher Ed with Short-Term Credentials”, appearing in The Evolllution:  A Modern Campus Illumination  (03/17/2021).

 

·       Presented with colleagues J. Blossey, J. Harris, R. Mackinnon, S. Pardys, and M. Selph, “Women in business: Overcoming challenges in the workplace [Panel discussion]. Driehaus College of Business. May 11, 2021

 

·       Presentation with Alex Hernandez and Dr. Shelia Thomas, on the topics of education using cutting-edge benchmarking data, fueled by the UPCEA Center for Research & Strategy.  Virtual presentation, hosted by the UPCEA Annual Conference, UPCEA Institutional Representatives Annual Briefing: The Pandemic's Domino Effect on PCO, April 7-9, 2021, Washington, DC 20036.

 

·       Presented at the 2020 Marketing and Enrollment Management Seminar, in collaboration with Suzana Diaz Rosencrans and Stephanie Platteter.  12/2/2020.

 

Patrizia Acerra, MA, SCPS Assistant Director, Academic Advising

 

 

 

 

Dr. Marisa Alicea, Professor

 

  • Appointed Interim Director of SCPS Undergraduate Program

 

  • Proposal submitted in Spring for the BA in Nonprofit Management degree, was approved by Committee on Curricular Programs (CCP). SCPS now offers this course.

 

  • Awarded an Undergraduate Research Assistant grant:  Research project titled -Reframing Radicalism: Women leaders in Chicago, Puerto Rico, the Yucatan and Kenya.

 

Joseph Cunniff, Adjunct Professor celebrates 36 years of teaching in the arts for DePaul and his 40th year of writing about the arts in Chicago.

 

Susanne Dumbleton, Professor Emerita

 

 

  • Taught at the Newberry Library: "Little Women: Lots of Troubles; Jolly Stories."

 

Christine Hayda, MS, Program Manager, Academic Services

 

  • SCPS representative at the ILACADA annual conference, September 11, 2020:  “Best Practices in Advising Adult Students in the Time of Covid”.

 

Dr. Dan K. Hibbler, Associate Professor

 

  • Appointed by President Esteban to the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee

 

Dr. Deborah Holton, Professor Emerita

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. John Kimsey, Associate Professor

 

  • Received the SCPS's Excellence in Teaching Award at the Fall 2020 Academic Convocation.

 

Dr. Caroline Kisiel, Associate Professor

 

·       Published “Designs for embodiment and soul: Offerings for adult learners in the twenty-first century college classroom”, in Phenomenologies of grace: The body, embodiment and transformative futures. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. (2020)

 

·       Awarded a Dean’s Innovation Grant to facilitate three virtual Community Engagement Network (CEN) events in Summer and early Fall 2020 in collaboration with DePaul colleagues and emeriti:

 

In collaboration with Dr. Marisa Alicea, and John LittleJohn, Adjunct

Faculty, Director of SCPS Adult Men of Color Initiative:  “A Front Porch Conversation about Adult Men of Color as Learners,” (July 27, 2020); “A Tribute to Arthur W. Checkering (April 1927-August 2020)” (September 25, 2020), moderated by Professor Emerita, Dr. Catherine Marienau; and “Empowering the Vote in Communities: Awareness, Understanding and Action” (September 28, 2020), a collaboration with DePaul Associate Professor, Dr. Christina Rivers.

 

Labor Education Center

 

  • Hired its first student worker, Makayla Jackson.  Makayla is a student at DePaul majoring in Psychology and minoring in African and Black Diaspora Studies. She is also a DePaul Leadership Scholar.

 

  • Awarded $48,000 from the Regina V. Polk Scholarship Fund for Labor Leadership to run LEC’ youth programs.

 

Dr. Catherine Marienau, Professor Emerita, hosted several podcasts:

 

Reimagining Law

Women Over 70: Aging Reimagined

Brain-based Adult Learning

 

Dr. Zoab Mirza, Adjunct Faculty

 

 

  • Featured as an "Influential" Educator, InTheir20s.  Link to the interview is here.   

 

Doug Murphy, MA, Adjunct Faculty

 

  • Appointed Dean of Operations and Special Educational Initiatives at the Moody Bible Institute.

 

Dr. Susan Reed, Professor Emerita

 

Published article, My Take: The fight for Lake Michigan, in the Holland Sentinel newspaper.  May 2020

 

Telisa Robinson-Davis, Retention Coordinator

 

·       Nominated for Supervisor of the Year. Telisa was recognized for her mentorship, interest in employee development, and contributions to the DePaul community as a DePaul supervisor for peer mentors.

 

Leyfane J. Thomas, MA Communications Coordinator

 

·       Appointed to the Faulty and Staff Alumni Committee, (August 2020).

·       Re-appointed to the University’s Student Commencement Speaker Selection Committee (September 2020).

·       Earned certifications in Project Management, Social Media Strategies and Marketing, Marketing Communications, Instagram, Facebook Foundations and Pivoting to Virtual Events.

 

R. Craig Sautter, Adjunct Faculty

 

Recently published his second book of poetry. The Sound of One Hand Typing.   It is available at Amazon.com

Dr. Marisa Alicea, Professor and Resident Faculty

  • Awarded Dean’s Innovation Funds for project Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety and Security Management project,

Dr. Joseph Chen, Associate Professor, Director, OPLA

  • Awarded Dean’s Innovation Funds for the following projects:  Pre-Approved PLA Credentials Assessment, PLA Assessment Professional Development On-ground Training and “PLA Assessment Professional Development Online Course Development. Nicholas Hayes, co-recipient. 

Dr. Joseph Cunniff, Adjunct Faculty

  • Toured Europe to Colmar in France to study the Isenheim Altarpiece by Grunewald and to the Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland, where he wrote about the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. 

Nicholas Hayes, MFA, Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Director, OPLA

  • Published a collection of prose poems Ante-Animots: Idioms and Tales (BlazeVOX).
  • Awarded second place in the James Tate International Poetry Prize for his manuscript Amorphous Organics.
  • Awarded Dean’s Innovation Fund for “Staff Meeting Affinity” with colleague Patrizia Acerra, Assistant Director, Academic Services. 

Dr. Janise Hurtig, Adjunct Faculty

Drs. Caroline Kisiel, Associate Professor

Dr. Catherine Marienau, Professor Emerita

  • A Podcast with SCPS Alumni, Gail Zelinsky, (MAAPS ’15), Women Over 70: Aging Reimagined, releasing 29 episodes in 2019. One-third of the women guests are affiliated with SCPS.  Listen to weekly episodes, https://womenover70.com; info@womenover70.com

Dr. Arieahn Matamonasa Bennett, Associate Professor and Graduate Programs Director

  • Awarded Dean’s Innovation Fund for “Graduate Programs Quality, Consistency and ON-LINE Expansion Project.

Dr. Susan McGury, Associate Professor

  • Awarded QIC’s Departmental Initiative Grant for proposal entitled: The SCPS Toolkit: "Just in Time" Writing Support for Adult Learners.
  • Appointed President of the DePaul Chapter 272 of Phi Kappa Phi, International Honor Society.

Telisa Robinson-Davis, Retention Coordinator

  • Awarded Dean’s Innovation Funds for SCPS Peer Mentoring Initiative.

Dr. R. Craig Sautter, Adjunct Faculty

Leyfane J. Thomas, MA, Communications Coordinator, Enrollment and Student Engagement

  • Appointed Treasurer and Communications Director of the DePaul Chapter 272 Phi Kappa Phi, International Honor Society
  • Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Officer Badge for Contributions and Achievements.

The following members of the SCPS staff received Staff Recognition Awards this fall, for their above-and-beyond contributions:  

  • Cynthia Flores, Student Records Coordinator
  • Scott Gabbert, Program Manager
  • Ravi Grover, Web Developer
  • Christine Hayda, Program Manager
  • Sarah Hellstrom, Associate Director
  • Telisa Robinson-Davis, Retention Coordinator

 

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