Faculty Experts

First NameLast NameDepartmentProfile
Gloria Jacobson School of Nursing
Jay Foot University Relations
Robert Madonia Education Former superintendent of Frankfort School District 157-C for 23 years.
Earl E. Thomas School of Education
Gail Harris-Schmidt
Matthew J. Costello College of Arts & Sci.,History & Political Science
Eugenia McAvoy College of Arts and Sciences, Communication McAvoy teaches public speaking, speech writing, persuasion, and organizational communication, with expertise in political persuasion and gender communication differences. She is a member of the National Communication Association, the Central States Communication Association, and the International Listening Association. She has served as a communications consultant and training specialist with Communication Management Associates, R and S Industries and Wilson Learning Corp. She has developed workshops and training seminars for labor organizations at the University of Illinois' Labor Education Program. She has more than 20 years experience in local, state and national politics, including as the Republican nominee for the Illinois 29th House District in 1982.
Karen M. Wood School of Nursing Wood has taught courses in critical care nursing, nursing leadership and graduate nursing pathophysiology. She is also a staff nurse with the critical care registry at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. Her most recent research involves nursing education, including externships and clinical work as well as the use of concept maps. She is also an expert on cardiovascular patient care. She has served as director of basic cardiac arrhythmia workshops at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center and as primary investigator in research on cardiac catheterization patients. She is Region 10 chapter advisor of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is a member of the American Heart Association and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. In 1985, she was nominated as the Distinguished Nurse Alumni by the Saint Xavier School of Nursing, and in 1999 she was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award by Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honor society. She has been teaching at Saint Xavier since 1983.
Olga Vilella College of Arts & Sci.,English & Foreign Languages
Margaret Kelly Carroll School of Education Carroll's areas of expertise include special education, inclusion, mental retardation, autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, physical disabilities, deaf, blind, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), effective methods, accommodations, and adaptations, and parental involvement in education. Courses she teaches are characteristics of students with disabilities, curriculum development for special educators, curriculum evaluation and collaborative assessment for special education, adaptations and accommodations for students with disabilities, principles and practices of middle and secondary schools, student teaching, and sign language. She has been a member of the Saint Xavier faculty since 1985, but has been teaching almost 30 years at the university, secondary and junior high school levels. She is the author of several books, such as "What Did You Do At School Today? A Guide To Schooling And School Success," a book for parents to help them understand the educational decisions they face, from choosing which school to send their children to, to how much sleep their children need; and "Around the World in Metropolitan Chicago: A School Field Trip Guide to Ethnic Museums and Restaurants." She has also written numerous articles dealing with a wide range of subjects, including child care in the Cook County court system, motivation strategies for teachers, and staff development on cooperatative learning for heterogeneous populations. She has served as a consultant for almost two dozen schools or other educational institutions, including as a school board member of the Our Lady of Tepeyac High School district, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the U.S. Forest Service. She has been listed in various Who's Who publications, including the 2004 Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 1994 Chicago Tribune All-Prof Team, the Illinois Library Association Author's Award in 1992, and the Making a Difference Child-School-Community Award from Phi Delta Kappa in 1998.
Gina M. Rossetti College of Arts & Sci.,English & Foreign Languages Rossetti is director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Saint Xavier University, where she has taught since 2002. Her teaching interests are feminist theory, women's literature, women writers, immigrant literature, African American literature and American literature post-Civil War to present. She has been published in a variety of subjects, including primitivism, feminism, naturalism and ethnicity. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, Jack London Society, Northeast Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, College Language Association, and Chicago Literature and Society.
Dale Fast College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences Fast is associate provost and a professor of biology at Saint Xavier University. In collaboration with Dr. Gail Harris-Schmidt of Saint Xavier, he has presented workshops on Fragile X Syndrome at many professional meetings and written a chapter for special education text. In 2004, the two co-authored "The Source for Fragile X Syndrome." Fast was awarded the National Fragile X Foundation Service Award for his work on the foundation's Web site. He received the Fragile X Resource Group of Greater Chicago Award in 2004 and in 1998 was listed in Who's Who of America's Teachers and American Men and Women of Science. He has been at Saint Xavier since 1976.
Graham A. Peck College of Arts & Sci.,History & Political Science Peck is the author of "Was Stephen A. Douglas Antislavery?," which was published in the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association in 2005, and "Stephen A. Douglas and the Northern Democratic Origins of the Kansas-Nebraska Act," which was published in Illinois History Teacher in 2003. In 1998, he published a working paper, "Why Negotiation Failed: Cultural Change and the Collapse of Institutionalized Slavery Debate Prior to the Civil War," for the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management's Dispute Resolution Research Center. He was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Institute's Hay-Nicolay Scholars Prize in 2003, a J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dispute Resolution Research Center Fellowship in 1998, and the Illinois State Historical Society's King V. Hostick Fellowship in 1996. He has reviewed books for the Journal of Illinois History, the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, the Journal of the Early Republic, and Civil War History. He has expertise on Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, the antebellum antislavery movement, and antebellum Illinois. In April 2006, Peck was appointed to the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which will oversee the planning process for the February 2009 commemoration of Lincoln's 200th birthday. He joined the faculty at Saint Xavier University in August 2002 after teaching at Rhodes College for one year.
Mary Kean Coffey School of Education Coffey has served as an adjunct instructor, faculty member and staff member at Saint Xavier since she came to the University in 2003. She is an expert on recertification of Illinois teachers, the philosophy of education, new teacher mentoring, and Catholic education. She has taught courses on the foundations of education and on the philosophy of education.
Eileen Quinn Knight School of Education
Kathleen Hanold Watland
William J. Kresse Graham School of Management
L. Renee Robinson College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Robinson teaches courses on speech fundamentals, business and professional speaking, perspectives on human communication and organizational communication. Her research interests are in the areas of organizational communication, communication education, communication theory, and educational leadership. She also has studied how public education is portrayed in the media. Her research has also looked at effective communication methods for workplace managers, including the effects of varying communication styles on management competencies and quality assurance. She has been at Saint Xavier since 2004 In 2003 and 2004, Robinson presented her research at the National Communication Association Convention on organizational communication for school administrators, including a model to help administrators increase constituent interaction and to alter perceptions about public schools, and on effective classroom communication for teachers. In her study "Public Schools as Interactive organizations: Developing a Model of Media and Public Relations Strategies for Altering Public School Perception," Robinson looked at two public school systems and the perspectives of principals, district media personnel, and mass media reporters regarding organizational communication processes between school systems and their various constituents. In 2005, she presented her research to regional, national and international communication conferences, and her paper, "Faculty Assimilation: University Socialization Processes for Maintaining and Retaining Professors," which was presented at the International Communication Association conference, was ranked internationally.
Khaled Alzoubi College of Arts & Sciences, Computer Science
Nelson Hathcock College of Arts & Sci.,English & Foreign Languages A professor of English at Saint Xavier University since 2002, Hathcock is an expert on 20th century American poetry, particularly mid-century writers, and film and history. He is also an expert on American culture during the Cold War and writing of the American South. He is currently researching the American South during the Cold War with a focus on the ways a culture of containment emerged in that region. He has taught courses in writers of the modern south; imperialism in American literature; race and American literature; Cold War culture in America; reading the Civil War and culture; and the American 1950s as text.
James R. Walker College of Arts and Sciences, Communication James R. Walker has been a professor of mass communication at Saint Xavier University since 1993. He served as chair of the Department of Communication fro 1994 - 2010. He teaches graduate courses on quantitative research methods, mass communication theory, and processes and effects of mass communication. Undergraduate courses he teaches include but are not limited to electronic media, sports media and television, family broadcasts and cable programming. His memberships include the National Communication Association, the Broadcast Education Association and the Society for American Baseball Research. He has co-authored books or articles on broadcast television, television coverage of baseball, and on family television viewing and the remote control.
Darlene O'Callaghan School of Nursing Darlene O'Callaghan is an expert on women's health and works closely with the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and the Alivio Medical Center in Chicago on the Chicago-Mexico Nurse Initiative, a program designed to bring nurses from Mexico to facilities in Illinois to help them qualify for a nursing license. She has been at Saint Xavier since 1975.
Deborah Kuhn Bruley School of Nursing Bruley teaches an undergraduate course in nursing research and graduate courses in epidemiology and philosophical & theoretical foundations of advanced nursing practice. She has conducted research on gerontology, palliative care, home health care and end-of-life concerns. She has published in the area of end of life, particularly as it relates to quality of life, and activities offered by the Cook County Agency on Aging senior centers. Bruley is associated with the Illinois Cancer Pain Initiative, National Cancer of Hospice Professionals, Sigma Theta Tau, Oncology Nursing Society, and Midwest Nursing Research Society. She has been at Saint Xavier since 2006.
Richard Fritz CAS, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice Fritz teaches courses in social theory, mind, self and society. His areas of expertise include peace studies, social psychology and community studies. He has been at Saint Xavier since 1991.
Larry Meneghini School of Nursing Meneghini teaches courses in health assessment and public education related to health. He has more than 20 years experience in emergency nursing and is certified in advanced life support and pediatric advanced life support. Meneghini has designed and developed patient discharge instructions. He has presented workshops on critical care issues such as near drowning, heat stroke, and emergency cardiac drugs. Meneghini has taught a basic arrythmia course at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. He has been with Saint Xavier University since 2006. He is a dynamic advocate for male nurses.