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The Liberal and Integrative Studies Program (formerly INO Program) consists of four interdisciplinary faculty members whose area of specialization is in four different areas.

All Liberal and Integrative Studies faculty members teach an Introductory Liberal and Integrative Studies course, LNT 501, and a final LNT course, LNT 521. Given the interdisciplinary and integrative nature of the LNT program, LNT students take classes from different university departments and work with the faculty members throughout the entire university.

Eric Hadley-Ives Sir Eric Joseph Orsay Hadley-Ives
Associate Professor of Liberal Studies and Liberal and Integrative Studies
Ph.D. Social Work, Washington University

Area of Specialization: Social Work

Faculty Personal Page
Email : hadleyiv at uis dot edu 
Phone: (217) 206-8207
Office : UHB 3028

Teaching Interests: Social and economic development, social science research methods, human nature, community organizing, mental health and mental health services.

Accomplishments: In 2010 Dr. Hadley-Ives presented papers on “Childhood Poverty and Early Childhood Interventions” and “What Should College Students Know About Struggles for Liberty?” He has published such articles as “Examining the relationship between community residents’ economic status and the outcomes of community development programs” (with Chris Larrison) in the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare; “Impact of Environment on Adolescents’ Mental Health and Behavior: Structural Equation Modeling” (with Arlene R. Stiffman et al.) in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry; and “Measuring Neighborhood and School Environments: Perceptual and Aggregate Approaches” in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

NeginskyRosinaRosina Neginsky
Associate Professor of English (Comparative Literature) and Interdisciplinary Studies, Associated Faculty of Women’s Studies and Visual Arts
Ph.D. English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Area of Specialization: European Literature and Art History

Email  : rnegi1 at uis dot edu
Phone: (217) 206-7431
Office : UHB 3038

Teaching Interests: European literature (English Pre-Raphaelites; French and Russian Symbolists), 1850-1920; contemporary French literature. Courses: Ancient Greek and Biblical Motifs in European Literature, 1880-Present; Dostoevsky; European Cinema; International Women Writers; Major Women Writers; Symbolist Movement in Europe.

Accomplishments: Dr. Neginsky has presented papers on “Methods in Teaching Literature online” and “Ekphrasis in the Age of Cervantes: Ekphrasis in Flaubert’s Short Stories”. She also has had multiple works published in Dictionary of Literary Biography, in The Rutledge Who’s Who in Twentieth Century World Poetry, and in Reference Guide of Short Fiction. Her poetry books include Under the Light of the Moon and Dancing Over the Precipice. Her cultural history/literary biography, Zinaida Vengerova In Search of Beauty: A Literary Ambassador between East and West, has begun its second printing (University of Heidelberg series, Peter Lang). She is also the recipient of a number of awards from NEH and IREX.

William Kline Doctor William Kline, PhD
Associate Professor of Liberal Studies and Liberal and Integrative Studies
Ph.D. Philosophy, Bowling Green State University

Area of Specialization: Economics, Business Ethics, Applied Ethics.

Email  : wklin2 at uis dot edu
Phone: (217) 206 7418
Office : UHB 3031.

Teaching Interests: Ways of Knowing, Bio-Medical Ethics, Purposes and meanings of buisness and management, applied ethics, business ethics, philosophy, trade.

Accomplishments: Recent publications include “Collapsing Good and the Milieu of Innovation: An Examination of Mill’s principles of Liberty and Free Trade” in the Journal of Value Inquiry and “Business Ethics from the Internal Point of View” published in the Journal of Business Ethics. He also has recently had published a book chapter on flourishing and trade. An article on David Hume’s theory of justice is now under review.


Karen Kirkendall

Associate Professor of Liberal Studies and Liberal and Integrative Studies

Karen Kirkendall

Area of Specialization: Psychology, Autism

Email  : kkirk1 at uis dot edu
Phone: (217) 206-7248
Office : UHB 3017


Associated Faculty

Michael Cheney michael cheney at department meeting
Associate Professor of Economics
Ph.D.: Ohio State University;

Faculty Personal Page
Email  : mchen1 at uis dot edu
Phone: (217) 206-8271
Office : UHB 4010

Teaching Interests: Economic history, the Beatles, Baseball, economics of sport.

Accomplishments: Michael Cheney is a senior fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Prior to his affiliation with IGPA and the University of Illinois at Springfield, Cheney taught at Rutgers College from 1977-1981 and at Drake University. In 1988, he became the Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University.

Cheney held the Dean position until 1993 when he became the Associate Provost and Director of Research at Drake University. During this time, he facilitated a national commission on libraries and information resources at Drake as well as coordinated all institutional research data and surveys.

Peter Boltuc Peter Boltuc
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Liberal Studies, and Individual Option
Ph.D.: Moral and Political Philosophy, Bowling Green State University;
Philosophical Anthropology, Warsaw University

Faculty Personal Page
Email  : pbolt1 at uis dot edu
Phone: (217) 206-7422
Office : UHB 4026

Teaching Interests: Moral and political philosophy, philosophy of the mind.

Accomplishments: Dr. Boltuc was a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College, Oxford; a Visiting Graduate Student at Princeton University; and a Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College. He has published in the area of social and political philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of economics. Those publications include: “Reductionism and Qualia,” Epistemologia. 4/1998; “Understanding Action” (with Edward McClennen) Economics and Philosophy vol. 11/2/1995; and “Why Russia is Needed for Regional Stability: an Application of Institutional Economics for Security Issues.” in: Roger E. Kanet (ed.) Post-Communist States in the World Community Macmillan 1999.

Emeriti Faculty

Jan DroegkampJan Droegkamp
Emerita Professor of Liberal Studies, Individual Option, Women’s Studies and African-American Studies
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts

Email  : jdroe1 at uis dot edu

Accomplishments: Dr. Droegkamp has been retired for a few years now, and has been working in Albania and Africa with the Peace Corps.

Annette Van Dyke Annette Van Dyke
Emerita Professor of Liberal Studies, Individual Option,
Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and English, Associated Faculty of Women’s Studies
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Minnesota

Area of Specialization: Indian-American literature

Email  : avand1 at uis dot edu

Accomplishments: Dr. Van Dyke is spending her first year of “retirement” working at the University of Shanghai in China. When she completes her service there, she will be able to return to her new home on the Columbia River in Oregon.


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