Meet Our Faculty
Associate Professor and Department Chair,
Liberal and Integrative Studies, African-American Studies
Ph.D. American Studies, St. Louis University
Office: UHB 3055
Phone: (217) 206-8248
Research Interests: Literature
While we have a number of faculty who regularly teach Liberal Studies majors, you can take a course in any department with any UIS professor. The UIS Directory is an easy tool to find the contact information for professors.
Associate Professor, Social Work
Ph.D. Social Work, Washington University
Phone: (217) 206-7566
Office: BRK 314
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.R
Associate Professor, Art, Music, Theatre
Ph.D. English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Phone: (217) 206-7431
Office: VPA 143
Teaching Interests: European literature (English Pre-Raphaelites; French and Russian Symbolists), 1850-1920, contemporary French literature.
Ph.D. The Ohio State University
Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award at UIS, 2011
Areas of Specialization: Political economy of communications, media and politics, popular music and society.
Phone: (217) 206-8271
Office: UHB 3010
Ph.D. American Studies, University of Minnesota
Teaching Interests: multicultural American women’s and lesbian literatures and women’s spirituality.
Emerita Professor, Liberal Studies/Liberal and Integrative Studies, 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.