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NLU Faculty Senate

The Senate is the board of the Faculty Association, the principal agent of faculty governance at National Louis University.

Faculty Senate Sharepoint Site: CLICK HERE 

Contained here you will find:

  • Important documents related to shared governance at NLU
  • Brief summaries of recent Senate meetings
  • A roster of senators and Senate committees

Minutes of Senate meetings and other documents related to the work of the Senate can be found through the links at left. We hope that you will use this to keep informed about faculty affairs at NLU. We also encourage the full participation of faculty and other interested persons in the deliberations of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Association.

All Senate meetings are open and held on the third Friday of every month from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


2018-2019 Senator Profiles

Leslie E. Katch, Senate Chair

Leslie Katch is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University and director of the Early Childhood Administration Master’s Program since 2011. Dr. Katch completed a BS in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University and a Ph.D. in Child Development from Erikson Institute.  She conducts research on infant regulation, pediatric post-natal screenings, parenting self-efficacy, and best practice for infant/toddler group care settings. Her clinical work has focused on direct practice with families concerned about their infant’s behavior and supporting early parent/child relationships. Dr. Katch currently provides consultation for infant/toddler programs in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.


Gale Stam, Senate Past Chair

Dr. Stam served two terms as Senate Chair, having previously served in 1994-1995. She is a Professor of Psychology in the College of Professional Studies and Advancement. Dr. Stam joined National Louis University in April 1985 as an Adjunct Professor and became a full-time Assistant Professor in September 1986. Since 1986, she has served on and chaired numerous college and university committees as well as served as the chair of two departments (Department of Applied Language, 1999-2004, and Department of Psychology, 2010-2013) and as Interim Dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Management and Business (August 2012-November 2012). Dr. Stam holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Chicago (1974), a Master’s of Arts Degree in Linguistics – TESL from Northeastern Illinois University (1985), and a Ph.D. in Psychology – Cognition and Communication from the University of Chicago (2006). Her research interests include language and culture, language and cognition, gesture, and first language and second language acquisition. She has published articles on changes in thinking for speaking, the importance of looking at gesture in the second language (L2) acquisition, gesture and lexical retrieval in an L2, and language teachers’ gestures. She is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Gesture and Language and Sociocultural Theory and has co-edited two volumes – Gesture: Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Research (Routledge, 2008)and Integrating Gestures: The Interdisciplinary Nature of Gesture (John Benjamins, 2011). For more information about Dr. Stam’s work and her CV, see


C. Martin Caver, Senate Chair Elect

Martin Caver is an Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences within the Undergraduate College at National Louis University. Dr. Caver earned a BA in international studies and French at the University of South Carolina Honors College, an MA in Philosophy at Queen’s University as a Fulbright scholar, an MA in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, and a PhD in political theory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His major area of research focuses on contemporary applications of the work of Hannah Arendt to democratic theory. Prior to his teaching experiences at the collegiate level, he taught in Chicago Public Schools.


Bonnie Flynn, Senate Secretary

Bonnie Flynn, Associate Professor, is the chair of the Health Care Leadership program. She has been full time at NLU since 2005 and has served as member and chair of several institutional and college committees.  She received a Master in Public Health degree from Benedictine University in Lisle. She also holds master and doctorate degrees in Adult Education and a Master of Science in Written Communication from NLU.  Her research interests include studying the transformative effects of higher education. She has authored a number of book chapters including subjects such as résumé writing and mentoring.


Vito DiPinto, Senator

Vito M. DiPinto began his professional career as an organic chemist. Realizing later in life that he was really a performance artist he became an educator- a Montessori teacher, a science teacher, curriculum designer and coordinator at the Baker Demonstration School, past chair of NLU’s Science Education Department, and the senior science education faculty member at NLU. However, since the birth of his granddaughter eighteen years ago, he has become a fulltime grandpa and a full time absent-minded professor.


Nancy Hekkema, Senator, Chair Adjunct Faculty Council

Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College and a master’s in psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago, and then an Ed.D. from National Louis in July of 2012. She is a retired school psychologist and has been teaching educational psychology courses at National Louis since 2007.

She has always enjoyed technology, and really loved teaching educational psychology for an Ipad MAT cohort several years ago. Nancy has represented adjuncts on the Faculty Academic Support and Technology Committee and currently serves on the Faculty Senate. She currently serves as Chair for the Council.


Judith Kent, Senator

Judith Kent, Associate Professor, is chair of the Undergraduate Psychology Program and faculty in the doctoral program in community psychology in CPSA. She joined NLU in 1989 after seven years spent in Florence, Italy teaching English as a foreign language. She has been full-time faculty at NLU since 1990 and has served as member and chair of a number of college and institutional committees. Dr. Kent holds BA and MA degrees in French from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, respectively, and earned her Ph.D. in community psychology from NLU. For the past ten years, she has been a member of the University Round Table, an advocacy group for underrepresented students that works in collaboration with Pilsen Neighbors Community Council of Gamaliel of Metro Chicago; she is currently serving a second term as co-chair. Two areas of her research focus are the relationship of language and identity and persistence through higher education among Latino emerging adults, and multi-disciplinary collaboration in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and community resilience.


Amy LeFager, Senator

Amy LeFager, Associate Professor, is the Instruction and Electronic Resources Librarian in Library & Learning Support for National Louis University, and she has been a member of the NLU faculty since 2010. Amy has experience in both public and academic libraries and has worked as a librarian in the Education, Philosophy, and Religion Department at the Parkway Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia. While at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Amy developed and taught introductory computer skills classes for adults and ran a gaming program for teens. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a BA in English and minor in Philosophy, Amy served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer from 2001 to 2003 where she ran a tutoring program for Kindergarten through Third graders at O.W. Holmes Elementary School in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.


David San Filippo, Interim Senator

Dr. San Filippo is the Chair of the Graduate programs in Health Services Administration for the College of Professional Studies & Advancement at National Louis University. He teaches courses in health care administration & management, consciousness studies, death, dying, bereavement, & near-death experiences.

Dr. San Filippo earned his Ph.D. in Human Science from Saybrook University. He is a licensed mental health counselor, certified disability management specialist, and serves as the Clinical Director of BlueLine Support, a service of the Wounded Officers Initiative.

Dr. San Filippo is a member of the American Board of Vocational Expert, International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, International Association of Near-Death Studies, and the National Association of Disability Representatives, and the Adult Higher Education Alliance.

Dr. San Filippo serves as a vocational expert involving workers’ compensation, personal injury, automobile, and social disability matters. He also represents disabled individuals before the Social Security Administration. Dr. San Filippo is a licensed mental health counselor, certified disability management specialist, a Florida qualified rehabilitation provider, and Quality Matters Master Peer Reviewer.

Dr. San Filippo served 8 years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman & Surgical Technician.


Sarah Syed, Senator

Sarah Syed is an Assistant Professor of Humanities for the Undergraduate College, where she teaches courses in Philosophy and General Studies.

Prior to joining the team at National Louis University, she attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Philosophy. She specializes in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, and her thesis focused on the nature of reality within Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

While attending graduate school she worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Philosophy department and taught courses within UTSA’s First Year Experience Program. 

In her personal life, she enjoys hiking, discovering new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Her independent research focuses on informal logic and argumentation theory, and the important role they play in undergraduate curriculum.

"The educational process has no end beyond itself; it is its own end.” -John Dewey

Jeffrey Winter, Senator

Jeffrey Winter, Associate Professor in Teacher Preparation and has been faculty at NLU since 1990. Jeffrey has experience in public and private schools, and teaches courses in foundations of education, seminars for field experiences, and methods courses. Jeffrey earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Educational Administration and Jeff has presented and published in the areas of: teacher education, mentoring, diversity education, and foundations.


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