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Faculty Spotlight

  • Assistant Professor, Mariana Ricklefs, was recently selected as a member of the Review Committee (2018-2020) for the Américas Literature Awards. The awards, for primary and secondary reading levels, are given in recognition of U.S. published works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction, that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.

  • Angela Elkordy, Ayn Keneman and Vito Dipinto co-authored a chapter in a new book, Game-Based Learning: Theory, Strategies and Performance Outcomes. The title of the chapter is, “Behind the Curtain: Effective Design of Instructional Experiences for K-12 Learners Using Digital Game-Based Learning.”

  • Professor Kristin Lems recently celebrated the release of the Second Edition of her book, Building Literacy with English Language Learners, co-authored with adjunct faculty members, Leah Miller and Tenena Soro.
    Professor Lems also recently published an article in the Illinois Reading Council Journal entitled, “Talkin’ Oracy and SVR (the Simple View of Reading).” The article is in the Fall 2017 issue (V45 n4), pages 74-78.

  • Adjunct Edna Bazik, Mathematics Education, has been invited to serve as a featured speaker at the Annual Fall Conference of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England. Dr. Bazik's presentation will be focused on The 10 Keys to Support Mathematics Understanding.

  • Assistant Professor, Xiaoning Chen, recently published an article in the Journal of Visual Literacy entitled, “A Comparative Study of Visual Representations in Conventional, Digitized and Interactive High School Science Textbooks.” The article is in the 2017 issue (V36 n2), pages 104-122.

  • Associate Professor Karen Tardrew was re- elected President, and Associate Professor Geri Chesneris continuing Secretary of the International Visual Literacy Association. The 49th Annual IVLA Conference was recently held in Cambridge, MA and included the following presentations by NCE faculty:
    • Karen Tardrew, “Designing Visual Professional Development for Teacher Wellness & Resiliency.”
    • Mark Newman and Xiaoning Chen, “Visual Literacy and Maps: Strategies for Using Maps as Cultural Texts.”
    • Xiaoning Chen and Mark Newman, “Teachers Visual Literacy Practices in Middle and High School Science Classrooms.”
  • Associate Professor, Ayn Keneman, attended the National Technology Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. NTLS brings together national leaders from professional associations to accelerate the meaningful impact of digital technologies in education for the 21st century. Dr. Keneman participated in the President's Panel as a Past-President of a SIG of the International Literacy Association. Associate Dean, Arlene Borthwick, as Chair of the AACTE Committee on Innovation and Technology, was also an invited participant in the Summit and President’s Panel.

  • Two NCE Faculty members recently were awarded the NLU Faculty Awards of Excellence at the NLU Fall Connection. Assistant Professor, Janet Lorch, received the Excellence in Teaching award, and Associate Professor, Antonina Lukenchuk, received the Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Inquiry award.

    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
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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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