Judson Welcomes New Faculty Members for the 2019-2020 School Year | Judson University Christian College
Judson Welcomes New Faculty Members for the 2019-2020 School Year

New Faculty Photo 2019-20 (ELGIN, IL – September 6, 2019) Judson University will welcome 11 new faculty members to campus during the 2019-2020 academic year.

They are: Daniella Appiagyei, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology; Daniel Burkett, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Sarah Capello, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education; Mellissa Gyimah-Concepcion, Assistant Professor of Literacy of Education; R. Thomas Jaeger, Visiting Professor of Architecture; Dawn Karlovsky, Assistant Technical Professor in the Division of Professional Studies; Bret Koontz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries; Brittany Ladaa, Assistant Professor of Exercise Sport Science; John Loritsch, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, Karen Love, Visiting Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership; and Patrick Stephen, Associate Professor of Computer Science. (Photos in alphabetical order.)

Dr. Daniella Appiagyei serves as Visiting Faculty of Psychology and has had a career in Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for more than 10 years. She is a graduate of the International Psychology doctoral program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her love for culture and how it impacts people's interactions and decision making is seen in her learning and teaching process. Her research interests incorporate her love for culture and passion for the field of mental health.

Chemistry Professor Dr. Daniel J. Burkett began pursuit of his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Marquette University after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Indiana State University. While studying inhibitors of the pyruvate carboxylase enzyme at Marquette, he developed a passion for teaching and engaging undergraduates in the research laboratory. He is excited to deliver a challenging and engaging chemistry curriculum.

Dr. Sarah Capello, assistant professor of Literacy Education, earned a Ph.D. in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research interests include practitioner research methodologies, instructional supervision, and teacher discourse. Dr. Capello has seven years of teaching experience at public and private universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels in three primary areas: academic writing, teacher education, and educational research methodologies. Two recent projects include a study of the roles and training of university supervisors and a study of secondary English teachers’ classroom discourse, including their questioning strategies and instructional statements.

Dr. Mellissa Gyimah-Concepcion is an assistant professor of Literacy Education and began her professional career as an English teacher in Dover, UK. A recent graduate of UIC's Literacy, Language, and Culture doctoral program, Dr. Gyimah-Concepcion loves learning about people and their unique backgrounds, how they experience life and the ways in which they learn. Her research interests include dialogic literacy experiences, critical literacy, positioning theory, and culturally sustaining pedagogy.

R. Thomas Jaeger, AIA Emeritus, is visiting professor of Architecture and Senior University Lecturer and USPTA Tennis Professional. Jaeger has earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and selected post graduate studies in architecture, city planning, structures and visual design at M.I.T. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture for the University of Illinois at Chicago; founding partner and consulting Principal Emeritus of the award winning firm of Jaeger Nickola Kuhlman Ltd. Architects in Park Ridge, Ill.; and recipient of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Illinois 2014 Gold Medal for Outstanding Lifetime Service to the profession, the highest honor AIA Illinois bestows. A certified teaching member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, Jaeger also teaches at Judson and Clubs in Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas.

Assistant Technical Professor in the Division of Professional Studies Dawn Karlovsky, M.S., began her professional career with Accenture traveling throughout the U.S. on a weekly basis to clients in the high-tech industry and then continued her career working with educational technologies in non-profit organizations. In addition, she has taught in higher education for more than 20 years and conducted dozens of faculty training sessions for NIU and Judson University. Her passion is in the area of using technology effectivity in education.

Bret Koontz is Program Director THRIVE - Christian Ministries. His career in ministry leadership has led him to serve as a youth pastor, church planter, and ministry director in several churches on the east coast and Midwest. A recent graduate of Judson’s Masters of Leadership in Ministry (MLM), Bret’s master’s research centered on collaboration among ministry staff. Bret seeks to leverage his career experiences and academic research for greater ministry leadership development, partnerships between the church, ministry organizations and Christian institutions, as well as spiritual formation within the lives of college students.

Brittany Ladaa, faculty for Exerice Sport Science, earned her B.A., MA, and MBA from Judson University. She has been the Assistant Softball Coach at McHenry County College for the past six years and also served as adjunct faculty teaching an introductory course at the college. Brittany was adjunct faculty at Judson during 2018-2019 fall and spring semesters. She taught various classes in the Exercise Sport Science Department. When Brittany is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with family, enjoys being on the softball field, and enjoys traveling to the Holy Land every summer to visit her husband’s family.

John Loritsch, visting assistant professor for architecture, earned a degree in architecture at Iowa State in 1975 and then worked in Minneapolis. In 1979, he returned to his hometown of Chicago to begin a long employment with Otis Associates, eventually forming Otis Koglin Wilson, where he became a partner during a 29-year relationship. His commercial work focused on the mid-rise/ mixed-use market in addition to schools, athletic facilities, and residential projects. After retiring from Rinsinger Associates, he became an adjunct professor at Judson in January 2018.

Dr. Karen C. Love serves as Program Chair for the Bachelors and Masters of Organizational Leadership Studies. She began her professional career as Risk Manager and Corporate Trainer for G E Capital Credit University. Her educational background includes an MBA and Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Science. Dr. Love’s research interest includes nonprofit sustainability through leadership, emotional intelligence and system’s thinking. She is a member of Trinity Baptist Community Church of Crystal Lake, Ill., where she was ordained into ministry in 2012. Dr. Love is Vice Chairperson for a nonprofit foundation serving Christ, church and the community by providing leadership thought forums, education, cardiovascular screenings, performing arts, S.T.E.M. robotics teams, prison ministry and homeless services both locally and globally. She loves mentoring teens into discipleship, hosting international students, running, music, praise dancing, and singing.

Patrick Stephen is a Principal Software Engineer who comes to Judson with 18 years of professional experience. During his time in the industry, he has worked with Fortune 100 companies worldwide, presented at industry trade shows and developed mission-critical software for many highly visible and impactful projects. Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in Biology with a master’s degree in Computer Science. As a former three-time Academic All-American in NCAA Division 1 football, he is passionate about both sports and education and how they can be used as tools to empower a generation to transform their lives.

Judson University holds a 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio in its classrooms, allowing students to have personal connections and mentoring relationships with their professors. Moreover, 87.9 percent of Judson's full-time and pro-rata teaching faculty hold the appropriate terminal degree.

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