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Sheila Yarbrough


Department Chair of Applied Communications and General Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

Adult and Higher Education


General Education

Areas of Expertise:

  • General Education
  • Communication
  • Higher Education


Dr. Sheila Yarbrough brings more than twenty years of higher education classroom teaching and administrative experience to our campus.  She has taught a range of general education and higher education courses.  As an academic administrator, she has served as a General Education Department Chair and a College of Arts and Sciences Chair. In addition, Dr. Yarbrough has worked at the management level in community service organizations in Chicago. As a student affairs administration, she has extensive experience in student conduct, crisis management, and student safety. Dr. Yarbrough obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Jackson State University, a master’s degree in Communication from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from Westwood College, and a Ph.D. from the University Of North Dakota.


Ph.D., Educational Leadership-Higher Education, University of North Dakota, (1996)                     

  • Dissertation: Perceptions of the decision-making process used by rural high school students in regard to higher education.

MBA, Westwood College, (2014)

MA, Communications-Organizational Communication, Northern Illinois University, (1988)

BS, Mass Communications-Public Relations and Journalism, Jackson State University, (1987) 

Research and Interests:

  • Student Engagement
  • Higher Education
  • Communication
  • Online Education

Contact Information:

College of Professional Studies and Advancement

312.261.3783    Room 3043


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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