Associated Faculty New
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Human Services
Psy.D. Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Accomplishments: Dr. Anderson has run a private clinical practice in Springfield, Illinois since 1974.She has served as vice president and chair of the publications committee for the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. She founded the Central Illinois Society of Adlerian Psychology, is a member of Central Illinois Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Anderson has received many awards over the years including (but not limited to) The Committee For Children’s Award for 25 years of dedicated services on the Family Stress team; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who Among Outstanding Americans. Dr. Anderson has authored five books and has just completed her sixth book, Before Our Eyes, which details the advantages of learning psychotherapy by watching therapy sessions which take place between a client and a therapist in an open forum.
Associate Professor, History
Director, Capital Scholars Honors Program
Ph.D. Modern Chinese History, University of Michigan
Phone: (217) 206-7246
Office: LRH 101
Teaching Interests: Chinese and Japanese history; water pollution and public health in the Taipei Basin in northern Taiwan.
Associate Professor, Communications
M.A. Public Affairs Reporting, Sangamon State University
Teaching Interests: print journalism and media effects.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
Phone: (217) 206-7784
Office: PAC 376
Teaching Interests: Victimization, gender and crime, research methods and statistics, rape prevention.
Assistant Professor, English
Ph.D. English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Phone: (217) 206-6779
Teaching Interests:American Literature 1865-1915 with emphasis on the novel, postmodern fiction, Midwestern literature, and American women writers.
Accomplishments: Dr. Burkhardt has written papers and published works on William Maxwell, Vladimir Nabokov, Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, and Midwestern history and literature. Her most recent book, William Maxwell: A Literary Life, has won critical acclaim since its publishing in 2004.
Cecilia Stiles Cornell
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D. History, Vanderbilt University
Phone: (217) 206-7430
Office: UHB 3055
Teaching Interests: 20th-century U.S. history, U.S. foreign relations, policy history, the Cold War and the transition on the home front from World War II to the postwar era.
Associate Professor, Liberal Studies/Individual Option,
Women’s Studies, African-American Studies
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts
Teaching Interests: Women across cultures, South African women, and Adult education and training.
Accomplishments: Dr. Droegkamp has spent 15 years working with international development agencies, in addition to her lifelong work in social justice movements and formal academic degrees in education. She has worked in education projects in Lesotho, Jamaica, Kenya, Thailand, Fiji Islands, Indonesia, and Zimbabwe. She is also active in anti-racism community dialogues, study abroad programs, and multicultural education.
Professor, Women’s Studies and History
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Phone: (217) 206-6512
Office: UHB 3000
Associate Professor, Legal Studies
J.D., DePaul University College of Law
Phone: (217) 206-7882
Office: PAC 352
Teaching Interests: Legal Research, Legal Writing and Analysis, First Amendment law, Comparative law, modern Chinese law.
Accomplishments: Professor Eisenhart is a member of the Illinois state bar, the United States Supreme Court bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit bar, and the bars of the Northern, Central, and Southern Illinois federal district courts.She has worked for state government, a not-for-profit advocacy group, and has been in private practice. Her areas of concentration were disability law, employment law and family law. Professor Eisenhart was a member of a three-woman team who argued for the plaintiffs before the U.S. Supreme Court in Rutan v. Republican Party.
Associate Professor, Business Administration
Ph.D. Business Administration – Management
SPHR – Senior Professional in Human Resource Management
Phone: (217) 206-7929
Fax: (217) 206-7534
Office: UHB 4074
Teaching Interests:Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Business Ethics, Organizational Teams and Small Groups, and Management Skills.
Accomplishments: Dr. Ferk has more than 15 years of work experience in the private, not-for-profit, and federal sectors working as a human resource professional. She has served on a number of professional boards to support and advance the Human Resource profession and also speaks and publishes on HR related topics. She has research interests in a variety of areas pertaining to human resources management and management education including workplace implications of commuter marriages, managing careers, and creating effective virtual teams.
Assistant Professor, Sociology/Anthropology
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Michigan
Faculty Personal Website
Phone: (217) 206-7938
Office: UHB 3042
Teaching Interests: Ecological anthropology, European prehistory, archaeology of late hunter-gatherers and early farmers in Central Europe, prehistoric technology, hunting and gathering societies.
Professor, Legal Studies
Interim Director, Institute for Legal and Policy Studies
J.D., Temple University
Phone: (217) 206-6358
Office: PAC 452
Teaching Interests: Family Law, Legal Writing and Analysis, and Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies. She is co-director of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project which, working with faculty and students in the Legal Studies and other disciplines provides students with an opportunity to conduct investigations in cases where inmates are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit.
Accomplishments: Professor Ford began practicing law in 1975, while directing the Free Law School. Her law practice included civil rights litigation (police brutality and employment discrimination lawsuits); not-for-profit organizations; landlord and tenant law, and family law. She taught community legal education courses on a number of topics, and founded a Paralegal Training Program in partnership with the Legal Services Corporation of Philadelphia.
She came to UIS in 1979. At UIS she has held several academic administrative positions, including Associate Vice- President for Academic Affairs, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, and Director of the Center for Legal Studies. In the mid-1980s until 2001, she provided legal assistance to the Family Service Center of Sangamon County on adoption matters.She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Ford regularly conducts training programs under the auspices of the Institute for Legal and Policy Studies on a variety of topics. She has 32 years of success in obtaining grants and contracts as a result of competitive proposal submissions. She has published articles on employment issues, AIDS policy, abortion policy, the reproductive technologies, and the Illinois judicial system. She has conducted funded evaluations of domestic violence programs and several of Illinois’s mandatory arbitration programs. She served on the Sangamon County’s Private Industry Council (JTPA funds) and chaired its planning committee, the Board of Directors of the Springfield Urban League, the board of the Regional Institute for Community Policing, and the boards of other community and state organizations. She chaired the City of Springfield’s Strategic Planning effort, served on Illinois’s Interagency Authority on Residential Facilities for Children and has chaired its regulatory and secure care subcommittees.
Associate Professor, Library Instructional Services
Phone: (217) 206-6633
Office: BRK 234
Teaching Interests: Library liaison to Women’s Studies, women and work, research methods, and online courses. Professor Green is also available to speak with students, serve on LIS/INO committees, and advise independent studies.
Professor, Criminal Justice
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Washington
Phone: (217) 206-7586
Office: BRK 328
Teaching Interests: Law and public policy, violence against women and children, legal processes and criminal procedure, appellate court review, corporate criminal liability.
Sandra J. Mills
Associate Professor, Social Work
MSW, LCSW, EdD
Phone: (217) 206-7602
Office: BRK 346
Associate Professor, English
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education
Ph.D. English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: (217) 206-7440
Office: PAC 524
Teaching Interests: Medieval literature studies, Arthurian literature, Chaucer, medieval drama, medieval women, romance (medieval to modern), Greek mythology,and literature and the Bible.Although women and women’s issues were rarely covered in Dr. Moranski’s graduate training in medieval coursework, she has strived to educate students and the community about medieval women writers (Hildegard of Bingen, Christine de Pizan, Heloise, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe, and others) and use feminism and cultural studies to study romances (both canonical and non-canonical) from a variety of periods, including the Middle Ages and the 19th and 20th centuries.
Accomplishments: Karen has given numerous conference papers on medieval prophecy,modern historical fiction, and pedagogyat theInternational Congress of the Medieval Institute,the Conference of theMedieval Association of the Midwest,theMid-America Medieval Association Conference;the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference,and the Illinois Philological Association Conference. Her book-length projects include Prophet MarginsandThe Whole Prophesie of Scotland.She has also presented on the Capital Scholars Program and assessment at the Association for IntegrativeStudies Conference, the National Collegiate Honors Council, and Illinois Board of Higher Education workshops.
Associate Professor, Liberal Studies and Individual Option
Ph.D. English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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.
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Faculty Personal Website
Phone: 217 206-7230
Office: UHB 3139
Teaching Interests: Clinical assessment, transpersonal theories of psychological/spiritual development, integrative and contemplative approaches to psychotherapy, program evaluation, lesbian and gay issues.
Accomplishments: Dr. Pardie has published studies related to sex offenders, juvenile sex offenders, and probation programs; drug abuse and violent crime; heterosexist ideologies and identity development;lesbian relationships; andsex bias in psychological research.
Assistant Professor, Human Services
Rh.D. Rehabilitation, Southern Illinois University
Phone: (217) 206-7573
Office: BRK 343
Teaching Interests: Alcohol and drug abuse issues, rehabilitation counseling, women’s issues, and spirituality.
Accomplishments: Prior to joining the UIS faculty, Dr. Rankin worked as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor. She also has several years of experience as a behavioral specialist with the Department of Mental Health-Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Rankin is a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor (CADC) and is a Board Registered mental illness/substance abuse counselor (MISA II).
Associate Professor, Communication
Ph.D. Communication, University of Kansas
Phone: (217) 206-7297
Teaching Interests: Interpersonal/organizational communication, public relations, family and interracial communication, gender communication, gender equity, race relations, and teaching strategies for courses dealing with racism and sexism.
Associate Professor, Business Administration
Chair, Women’s Studies Scholarship Committee
Faculty Personal Website
Phone: (217) 206-7915
Fax: (217) 206-7543
Office: UHB 4055
Teaching Interests: Economics and finance, economic welfare of women.
Accomplishments: Dr. Scannell is an active member/volunteer of The American Association of University Women, International Association of Feminist Economists (and a founding member of its European Division), Committee on the Status of Women in the Economic Profession, and other organizations that advocate the role of women in the economy. As the only female faculty who teaches economics or finance at UIS, she has reached out to women colleagues in Bulgaria, China and Estonia, culminating in journal and proceeding publications—and a heightened awareness of the standards of living experienced by these women. As an example, while serving a Fulbright grant in Bulgaria in 1999, she asked her co-author (a local university professor) why she carried a particularly large bag everywhere. She explained that rampant neighborhood break-ins forced her to carry, among other things, her diplomas! Needless to say, compensation in academe in Eastern Europe is low in nominal as well as relative terms. One of Dr. Scannell’s hopes is to see the young female award recipients of the Women’s Studies Scholarship Committee and others carry on activities that perpetually contribute to the enrichment of women’s lives, both here in the U.S. and abroad.
Annette Van Dyke
Professor, Women’s Studies, Individual Option, Liberal Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, English
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Minnesota
Phone: (217) 206-7420
Office: UHB 3025
Teaching Interests: multicultural American women’s literatures; Native American literature and women’s spirituality; African-American, Asian-American, Latina, and lesbian literatures.
Accomplishments: Dr. Van Dyke is widely published in the area of Native American literary criticism on such authors as Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Paula Gunn Allen. She is the author of The Search for a Woman-Centered Spirituality, which manages to combine most of her interests in one book. For fun, she has also written a feminist murder mystery, Hooded Murder. Her recent accomplishments include serving as President of the National Women’s Studies Association from 2000-2001 and receiving the Naomi B. Lynn Award in 2003.