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SCPS Distinctions

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

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,;

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