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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.


2019-2020 Senator Profiles

C. Martin Caver, Senate Chair (UGC)

Martin Caver is an Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences within the Undergraduate College at National Louis University. Before joining NLU, Dr. Caver spent a decade involved in a variety of teaching and scholarly pursuits, including teaching in Chicago Public Schools. He holds an MA in philosophy at Queen’s University, where he was a Fulbright scholar, and an MA in the social sciences at the University of Chicago. He completed his MA and PhD in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His primary research interests centers on contemporary democratic theory and the work of Hannah Arendt.


Leslie E. Katch, Senate Past Chair (NCE)

Leslie Katch is an Associate 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.


Aleksandra Veselovsky, Senate Chair-Elect (NCE)

Dr. Aleksandra Veselovsky is an Assistant Professor in Teacher Preparation’s Secondary Education, specializing in mathematics, and has been faculty at NLU since 2016. Before coming to NLU, Aleks was a high school mathematics teacher, Bilingual Department chair, and the founder and director of a mentoring and induction program for new teachers. Aleks earned her B.S. in Mathematics and her M.A.T. in Secondary Education from National Louis University, and her Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to teaching methods courses in the secondary and middle grades departments, Aleks is NLU’s co-lead of the Practiced Based Teacher Education initiative and a member of NLU's IL Ed Prep Impact Network team.


Bonnie Flynn, Senate Secretary (CPSA)

Bonnie Flynn is an Associate Professor in the Health Studies programs. 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.


Bethany Harding, Senator (UGC)

Bethany Harding is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and teaches courses in History, Political Science, and General Studies in the Undergraduate College. Dr. Harding holds a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, an M.A. from The University of Toledo, Ohio and a Ph.D. in Early American History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before joining the NLU faculty, she taught courses at Carroll University and Marquette. In addition to acting as Interim Senator, Dr. Harding serves as the chair of the UGC Curriculum and Instruction Committee. Outside of NLU, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her two young children.


Heidi Hedekker, Senator (Kendall)


Judith Kent, Senator (CPSA)

Judith Kent, Associate Professor, CPSA, is faculty in the doctoral program in community psychology and in the BA Psychology program. 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 decade, 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 as co-chair. She is also a research consultant for and steering committee member of the Resilient Belmont Cragin Community Collaborative. One area of her research focus is the relationship of language and identity and persistence through higher education among Latino emerging adults; she also conducts research and training and has published on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and community resilience.


Amy LeFager, Senator (Library)

Amy LeFager, Associate Professor, is the Instruction and Electronic Resources Librarian in the University Library 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.


Sharon McNeely, Senator, Chair of Adjunct Faculty Council


Paul Romer, Senator (Kendall)

Paul F. Romer is an Assistant Professor in Hospitality Management within Kendall College at National Louis University.  He teaches courses in event and meeting planning, experiential and hospitality marketing, financial accounting and leadership. He graduated from J. L. Kellogg School of Management from Northwestern University majoring in Marketing/Finance and Planning with a Masters of Management degree. His undergraduate degree was from Kettering University where he majored in Industrial Administration. Paul brings significant business leadership experience having led two middle market hospitality businesses, a middle market manufacturing business and a not for profit business to business association.   His specialty is turning around under-performing businesses through strategy, innovation and operational excellence. Paul lead a group of five Hospitality Management students to enter the Designscape competition at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at the Navy Pier in March 2019.  They were chosen as the most popular exhibit design as voted by the 40,000 attendees.


Sarah Syed, Senator (UGC)

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.

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