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Welcome to our new faculty and staff!

September 10, 2018

The list, as always, is impressive.

A visual artist who combines traditional and digital techniques. A chemist from Moscow with interest in the promise of functional organic materials to replace traditionally used materials with cheaper and better-performing new ones. A veteran teacher-educator who plans to make NIU into the best teacher-training program in the country.

Others are not here to teach, of course, but to help the university run and thrive day to day, from Building Services and Materials Management to Human Resource Services and the Office of the President.

Most are new to NIU, but some are already part of our NIU community and are making a transition to a different classification or department.

Say hello to NIU’s new faculty and staff!


  • Patricia Austin, Management
  • Sally Blake, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Xinyan Cao, Operations Management and Information Systems
  • Bethany Cockburn, Management
  • Olivier Devergne, Biological Sciences
  • Meredith Eskoff, College of Business Undergraduate Office
  • Laura Vilardell Domenech, World Languages and Cultures
  • Neil Doughty, COB Impact Lab
  • Melani Duffrin, School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions
  • Samantha Gibson, Marketing
  • Jason Gorham, COB Impact Lab
  • Shaine Henert, Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Rajan Kaul, Marketing
  • Kyung Kim, Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
  • Min Kyung Lee, Operations Management and Information Systems
  • Onkar Malgonde, Operations Management and Information Systems
  • Julie McCarthy, Public Administration
  • Mark McDonald, EMBA
  • Mark Mellon, Accountancy
  • Juan Mercado, Nursing
  • Eric Michel, Management
  • Elizabeth Moxley, Nursing
  • Evgueni Nesterov, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Matt Pickard, Accountancy
  • Emerson Sebastião, Kinesiology and Physical Education
  • Pallavi Singh, Biological Sciences
  • Peet Smith, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Jock Sommese, Management
  • Kara Styck, Psychology
  • Amanda VanValkenburg, School of Art and Design
  • Jiao Wu, Operations Management and Information Systems
  • Natalie Young, Early Childhood Education


  • Shea Bernard, Housing and Residential Services
  • Robert Carlson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Vincent Cioni, Grounds
  • Carolyn Davis, Housing and Residential Services
  • Justin Donahue, Public Safety
  • Michelle Drag, World Languages and Cultures
  • Mary Fitzgerald, IL Board of Examiners
  • Heather Freet, Campus Dining Services
  • Jolyn Gilbert, College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Robin Greer-Jogun, Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Caela Hinkle, Disability Resource Center
  • Christine Holloway, Graduate School
  • Christopher Janes, Operation Services
  • Amanda Lepic, College of Business
  • Maria Lopez, Building Services
  • Jack Mathis, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Matthew McCue, School of Art and Design
  • Elbia Del Llano Menéndez, Housing and Residential Services
  • Jenna Mitchell, Presidents Office
  • Jaraiyia Morris, Public Safety
  • Stacy Morse, Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
  • Giselle Navarro, Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Nisha Patel, Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Michael Peet, Building Services
  • Paul Pierce, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Neal Pleckham, Materials Management
  • Aaron Robertson, Campus Dining Services
  • Cindy Robinson, Campus Dining Services
  • Manisha Rustagi, Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Sarah Senechalle, Sponsored Programs Administration
  • Joan Smola, Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
  • Anthony Sperando, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Sherry Tietz, Disability Resource Center
  • Danielle Tucker, Housing and Residential Services
  • Tina Varney, Division of Information Technology
  • Kyleigh Wallace, Development Operations
  • Mark Whitely, Athletics/Convocation Center
  • Darek Williams, Human Resource Services
  • Taylor Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Kelly Winters, Housing and Residential Services
  • Pam Wixom, Disability Resource Center
  • Marissa Wolfe, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences