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Judson Welcomes New Faculty Members for the 2020-2021 School Year

(ELGIN, IL – September 15, 2020) Judson University welcomes 10 new faculty members to campus during the 2020-2021 academic year.

New Faculty 2020

They are: Elliott Anderson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology and Pastor to Faculty and Staff; Jeremy Butler, Assistant Professor of Exercise Sport Science; Tim Carlson, Assistant Professor of Business; Ron Daniel, Interim Chair of Architecture and Special Advisor to the Provost; Jack Groppel, Professor of Exercise Sports Science and Business; Jennifer Mattingly, Chair of Division of Professional Studies/Chair of Faculty; Michael Meissner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture; Marcos Petroli, Assistant Professor of Architecture; David Richards, Associate Professor of Science and Math/Chemistry; Kimberly Schellin-Rog, Assistant Professor of Division of Professional Studies and Chair of Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. (Photos in alphabetical order.)

Elliott Anderson, Visiting Professor of Psychology and Pastor to Faculty and Staff has been teaching Psychology classes at Judson since 1993 and was the founding director of Judson’s Wellness Center. He was Senior Pastor of Elgin Evangelical Free Church and was also the teaching pastor at Elgin Community Church. He was also head coach for the Men’s Basketball and Baseball teams, and was honored as member of Judson’s Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2009.

Jeremy Butler serves as Assistant Professor of Exercise Sports Science. He received his B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his M.S. in Recreation Administration at Illinois State University, and his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a police officer before joining the Judson Faculty where he served as the use of force instructor for his department. He is passionate about applying his experience in martial arts in multiple different areas of his life.

Tim Carlson, Assistant Professor of Business, received his B.S. in Business from Eastern Illinois University and his M.B.A from Rockford University. He has been responsible for budgets of large corporations and has over 25 years of experience in accounting and management. For more than 20 years, he has taught various Bachelor and Master-level Business classes for multiple universities, including Judson. He has been a volunteer Awana leader since he was in high school, and enjoys various outdoor activities such as skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

Ron Daniel, Interim Chair of Architecture and Special Advisor to the Provost, received his Bachelor’s in Architecture from Virginia Tech and a terminal Master’s degree in Architecure from Harvard University. He served 32 years at Virginia Tech and nine years as Academic Director for two international programs at Webster University prior to joining the Judson faculty. He is passionate about the benefits of studying abroad and accompanied students on European study tours while he was overseeing Virginia Tech’s Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland for three years. He advocated across campus for both students and faculty to have international experiences.

Jack Groppel serves as Professor of Exercise Sports Science and Business. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his PhD from Florida State University. He served as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also was the Men’s Varsity Tennis Coach. For 16 years, he served as the Chair of National Sport Science Committee of the United States Tennis Association. He is the author and Coauthor of 27 peer-reviewed journal articles, the author of The Corporate Athlete Book, and the coauthor of the Corporate Athlete Advantage.

Chair of Judson’s Division of Professional Studies/Chair of Faculty Jennifer Mattingly has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s in Administration and Graphic Design, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Jennifer has previously served in Northern Illinois University’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. Prior to stepping into her new role, Jennifer held a variety of different roles at Judson for 17 years including Director of Marketing and Enrollment for Adult Programs, Program Chair, and Director of Curriculum Services. In her new role, Jennifer will not only lead the Division of Professional Studies, but she will partner with the Provost’s office to support faculty and coordinate faculty development opportunities.

Michael Meissner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, is an award-winning architect and entrepreneur. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture in Design from the University of Illinois Chicago Campus Circle and has been an Illinois Registered Architect since 1983. He is passionate about solving challenging problems in order to benefit the local and global communities. He has previously taught as an Assistant Adjunct Professor and served as a mentor to junior architects. He also has delivered lectures at several academic and professional institutions.

Marcos Petroli, Assistant Professor of Architecture, earned two Bachelor’s degrees from the College of Architecure, Federal University of Rio Grande; his Master’s from the History and Theory of Architecture from the Federal University of Rio Grande; and a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology. He grew up in Brazil and was raised with Catholic teachings and values. He has publications written in both English and Portuguese in several countries and his research is focused on the modern civic buildings in the Americas. He has also participated in a number of non-profit organizations.

Associate Professor of Science and Math/Chemistry, David Richards, received his Bachelor’s in Science/Mathematics from Judson University in 1982 and his PhD in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 1987. He previously taught at Judson as an adjunct faculty member from 1991-2013 and is returning this Fall as a full-time faculty member. He has also held positions at Argonne National Laboratory, Motorola, and BP. He has focused on the use of analytical instrumentation to examine and characterize a wide variety of materials. He attends Church at the Crossroads campus of Christ Church in Grayslake and has served as Deacon, Awana leader, small group leader, and usher in many different church communities. He enjoys attending football games at Northwestern University.

Kimberly Schellin-Rog, Assistant Professor of Division of Professional Studies and Chair of Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Carthage College and her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She earned a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in counselor education and supervision from Argosy University. She has been an adjunct professor at Elgin Community College since 2005 in the psychology department, and an adjunct professor at Judson University in the undergraduate human services program in the graduate Clinical Counseling program since 2017. She has been working in the field of domestic violence for 18 years. She has worked with both male and female perpetrators of domestic violence, male and female victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and children who have witnessed domestic violence or experienced sexual assault. Before coming to Judson, she was the coordinator of the domestic violence program at the Community Crisis.

Judson University holds a 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio in its classrooms, allowing students to have personal connections and mentoring relationships with their professors. Moreover, 86 percent of Judson's full-time and pro-rata teaching faculty hold the appropriate terminal degree.

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