Category: Faculty

Charles Wheeler III

Professor, Public Affairs Reporting Research Interests: Illinois government and journalism Wheeler is a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times. Wheeler’s Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) students learn by doing. The one year master’s degree program is designed to prepare its graduates to become working… Charles Wheeler III Read More »

Karen Swan

The James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership Research Interests: The impact of online learning Dr. Swan is working to improve online learning for future generations of students. She prides herself on being able to personally connect with her students, even though some are thousands of miles away. She’s now part of a national… Karen Swan Read More »

Lan Dong

Associate Professor, Department of English Research Interests: Asian American literature and film, comics and graphic narratives, and children’s literature Dr. Dong encourages her students to consider challenges as learning opportunities. She is a leading researcher in the area of graphic novels. Specifically, she studies the legend of Mulan and how the story has changed from… Lan Dong Read More »

Lynn Fisher

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology Research Interests: Archeology and the Stone Age Dr. Fisher encourages her students to answer the questions that interest them through open ended assignments and hands-on learning. She often takes her students to Germany where she’s unearthing clues about Stone Age farmers. Fisher also serves as chair of the University of… Lynn Fisher Read More »

Michael Burlingame

Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, Department of History Research Interests: Life and times of Abraham Lincoln Dr. Burlingame is an internationally renowned scholar who has published twelve books on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. His most recent work, “Abraham Lincoln: A Life”, is a two-volume biography that was 30… Michael Burlingame Read More »