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Iman Saca CAS, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Iman N. Saca is an assistant professor of Anthropology at Saint Xavier University and the director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program. She teaches all the major branches of Anthropology (cultural, physical and archaeology), as well as courses on the archaeology of the Middle East (Prehistory) and Middle Eastern culture and society. Most of her research focuses on the Middle East, for which she travels to Jordan and Palestine every summer. Dr. Saca is currently working on a proposal that will bring together various governmental and non-governmental institutions interested in the protection of the cultural and archaeological heritage in conflict areas especially the West Bank and Gaza. She has presented and given talks at various national and international conferences, and published few articles on the Prehistory of the Levant and the art of Palestinian Embroidery.
Farhad Ranjbar College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Ranjbar teaches general chemistry, physical chemistry and meteorology. His areas of expertise include global warming, laser spectroscopy, heart disease and nutrition. He is also an expert in the area of molecular reaction dynamics and its relevance to space chemistry, cancer and global warming. Other interests and areas of expertise include international politics; 19th and 20th century history and diplomacy; religions of mankind; and cosmology. Ranjbar has been at Saint Xavier University since 1982.
Peggy Gallagher School of Nursing Gallagher teaches courses in nursing fundamentals and nursing research and clinical instruction in acute care settings. Her areas of expertise include gerontology, responding to the nursing shortage, oncology nursing and community college nursing programs. She has been at Saint Xavier since fall 2006.
Evelyn J. Norton School of Nursing Norton has taught courses in healthcare policy and politics; leadership in nursing and the community; and nursing care of the older adult. Certified as a neonatal nurse, her areas of expertise include neonatal intensive care nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing, geriatric nursing and community/public health. Norton spent eight years in Illinois state government in maternal and child health, working with local health departments, community-based agencies and federally qualified health centers. She also spent nine years in psychiatric mental health nursing for all ages, and 6 1/2 years as a neonatal intensive care nurse. She is board certified in advanced nursing administration. She has been with Saint Xavier since 2006.
Zepure Boyadjian Samawi School of Nursing
Sharada Buddha College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Buddha has taught courses in biochemistry, the principles of organic and biochemistry, and introduction to research. Her areas of expertise include organic and biochemistry. She has five years experience at Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation in Bangalore, India, which led to one published article and two commercial products (SoluNeem, a bio-pesticide for organic farming, and CheckMite, an all-natural spray to eliminate dust mites). She is familiar with the culture and education of Karnataka and Bangalore in India. Her doctoral degree can be classified as biochemistry, having studied the structure-function relationship in two isoforms of the (cyto)skeletal protein, spectrin. Her goal is to teach the fundamentals of science and relate their applications by providing real world examples to her students. She has been at Saint Xavier since 2006.
Martha M. Morris College of Arts and Sciences, Music Morris has taught courses in music history (antiquity to 21st Century); methods of teaching primary music; methods of teaching music in junior and senior high school; orchestration; string methods; woodwind methods; flute choir; choral conducting; fundamentals of music theory; and applied flute. Her areas of research include the application of vocal tract resonance to achieve optimum tone quality in woodwind and brass players; and Kodaly methodology (the application of Kodaly Method in music curriculum K-8 and the impact on the child's total learning process). She has been at Saint Xavier since 1977.
Monte Gerlach College of Arts and Sciences, Art & Design
Cathie Ruggie Saunders College of Arts and Sciences, Art & Design Saunders is a visual artist whose areas of expertise include graphic design, artists' bookmaking, typography, letterpress printing, handmade papermaking and printmaking (silkscreen, lithography and intaglio). A board member of the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, her work is housed in many permanent collections. She is the proprietor of Hosanna Press and director of the SXU Gallery at Saint Xavier, which hosts myriad art exhibits throughout the academic year. She has taught courses in printmaking, graphic design, typography and artist's books. She has been at Saint Xavier since 1983.
Nathan Peck College of Arts and Sciences, Art & Design
Brent Wall College of Arts and Sciences, Art & Design
Michael E. O'Keeffe College of Arts and Sciences, Religious Studies
Algis Norvilas College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Norvilas teaches courses in the history of psychology and experimental psychology, and his area of expertise is memory. He has been at Saint Xavier since 1968.
Donald Cyze Graham School of Management Teaching Areas: Accounting, Taxation. Areas of expertise: Taxation: Income, Gift, Estate and Estate Planning.
Charles Shanabruch Graham School of Management
Cheryl Luczak Graham School of Management Teaching Areas: Marketing. Expertise includes: Entrepeneurship, Marketing, Internet Marketing, Services Marketing, Labor Relations, Mentoring/Coaching, Networking, Pensions, Presentation Skills, Supply Chain, Consumer Behavior.
Muhammad Chishty Graham School of Management Teaching Areas: Finance, Investments. Areas of expertise also include Investments, Stock Market, Finance/Economics of the firm.
James Brodzinski Graham School of Management
Margaret Young-Weitzel College of Arts and Sciences, Music Department
Monica Gavino Graham School of Management Teaching Area: Management. Additional areas of expertise include Diversity, Employee Benefits, Workplace Issues and Human Resources.
Neil Younkin Graham School of Management Younkin has taught courses in investments, economics, marketing, marketing research, marketing strategy, marketing management and international business. He also has professional business experience in the areas of real estate and franchising. He has also taught courses at both Benedictine and East-West universities and done consulting work for Fiat-Allis, the Chicago Cubs, State Street Mall Council, Lettuce Entertain You restaurants and Abbott Laboratories. Among the topics he can speak on include gas price gouging; rising energy costs; and the Federal Reserve.
Pamela Klick CAS, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Christopher W. Appelt College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences
Joyce A. Hunter Graham School of Management
Alison Fraunhar College of Arts and Sciences, Art & Design An expert in Latin American visual culture, including fine art, graphic art, cinema and new media, Fraunhar has written and been published in both academic and mass market venues. She has taught courses in 19th to 20th century humanities: western cultures; history of film from silents to special effects; and Latin-American visual culture. In the last 10 years, she has traveled extensively to Cuba, most recently returning in August 2006. Fraunhar has lived in the Middle East (Israel) and is familiar with issues relating to the Caribbean, and Meso and South America. She is an expert in popular U.S. culture, particularly California youth subculture, hippie through punk rock. She has been at Saint Xavier since 2005.