NLU Faculty Senate

The Senate is the board of the Faculty Association, 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 Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Current Senators

Daniel C. Buckman, Senate President. Daniel C. Buckman joins National Louis University in the Department of Educational leadership after a distinguished 30-year career with Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. During his career, he served as Biology Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Associate Superintendent for Governmental Relations. Dr. Buckman received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a science education major and Doctorate of Education degree with an educational leadership major at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Buckman has been a part of the NLU family since 2001 as an Adjunct Professor. He then was hired in 2008 as a full-time Assistant Professor for the Educational Leadership Department (EDL) within the National College of Education and serves as Program Administrator for the Florida EDL Program. 

Toby Rajput, Faculty Senate Secretary. Toby Rajput, Assistant Professor and National Board Certified Teacher, is the Children's and Youth Literature Librarian for National Louis University and for the Center for Teaching through Children's Books. Toby has experience in public, school, and academic libraries; she served as Area Library Coordinator in the district office for Chicago Public Schools, overseeing over a hundred libraries in the system. She has presented at conference, in classes, and for colleagues on reading motivation, nurturing engaged readers  and evaluating children's books for racism and bias. Toby has served as an audiobook judge for the Audio Publishers' Association for a number of years and is currently serving as a member of the 2017 American Library Association Odyssey Award committee to select the most distinguished children's or young adult audiobook of the year. A published scholar in the area of authenticity in books, Toby reviews children's books for School Library Journal.

Terry Jo Smith, Senate Past-President. Terry Jo Smith is professor of special education and disability studies. She received her BA in psychology and MA in special education from the University of Miami. She taught middle school and high school for students with psychological disabilities for ten years before completing her doctorate in special education at the University of South Florida. She is the author of three books that focus on the social, emotional, and political components of schooling and curriculum and how these foster and nurture children’s development. Currently, she is the director of the Disability and Equity in Education Doctoral Program.

Christopher Clemmer, Senator. Reverend Dr. Christopher Clemmer is an Associate Professor and is currently the Co-Chair of NLU's Counseling and Human Services programs. Since 2005, he was past Chair of the former Department of Human Services and Counseling. He graduated from Chicago McCormick Theological Seminary in 1979 with a Master of Divinity and a dual degree in Social Service Administration from Case Western University. In addition, he graduated from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1993 and served as Adjunct Professor, first at NLU in 1988 and also at Spertus College in its Masters of Science in Human Service Administration teaching leadership in organizations and community analysis.

Richard Schak, Senator. Richard Schak is the Founding Chair of NLU's Criminal Justice Program, which offers two majors for students, namely, administration and forensic social justice. Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from Lewis University, and, has received the Illinois F.B.I. Hostage Negotiation and Psychological Profiling Risk Assessment Training. He served in the Chicago Police Department from 1968 to 2000 as a homicide detective. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Chicago Police Department Blue Star for commendable bravery in the line of duty; subsequently, he retired as a Sergeant of Police. He also served in the U. S. Army for approximately 21 years, both as active duty and reserve status.

Roy Kaelin, Senator. Roy currently serves as a Professional Adjunct Lecturer in CPSA, teaching several of its natural science courses, including physical science and ecology. In addition, he presents courses in organizational behavior, career planning, and management and supervision in CPSA's Bachelor of Science in Management program. Prior to his arrival at National Louis University, Roy taught additional courses in the natural sciences at Loyola University of Chicago, DePaul University, and Case Western Reserve University. Roy earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois (in Geology) and a Master of Science in Business Administration (in Logistics) at Iowa State University. Roy is chair of the Adjunct Council.

James Fitzpatrick, Senator. Jim Fitzpatrick is an Assistant Professor at NLU in Milwaukee. Jim attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, from 1971 to 1975, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in History. In 1980, he earned his Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Iowa. In 1999, Jim eard his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.





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