These Divisional Faculty Members were selected for their excellence in teaching, service to the College, scholarly activities, community service and advising skills. Each will receive a monetary award from the College of DuPage Foundation.
Outstanding Divisional Full-Time Faculty Members
David Ouellette (Batavia), Assistant Professor of Art, Arts, Communication and Hospitality Division
David Ouellette serves as the chair of the Art program and is active in the development of field studies courses, is a member of the Animal Studies committee, and is part of the Pathways mapping initiative. He demonstrates a strong sense of leadership in the classroom and among his colleagues and is an exemplary faculty member in this regard. This past year, he led the remodeling of the McAninch Arts Center lecture hall into a state-of-the-art teaching facility.
Maureen Waller (Tinley Park), Professor of Nursing, Nursing and Health Sciences Division
Maureen Waller is involved in improving student outcomes in her role as coordinator and professor in the Associate Degree in Nursing program. She is a mentor to both faculty and students, often encouraging junior faculty to seek further education so they can become better teachers. Waller takes pride in providing exceptional support and service to new faculty and staff. She quickly identifies their individual needs and moves efficiently to provide necessary information, encouragement and direction.
Jim Filipek (Niles), Associate Professor of Manufacturing Technology, Business and Applied Technology Division
Jim Filipek has the vision to proactively pursue the reality of skills demanded by the manufacturing workforce. His vision and involvement with industry are what consistently generates manufacturing scholarships for students at College of DuPage. Because of his efforts on behalf of students and the community, COD’s Manufacturing Technology program is well known and respected.
Bob Hazard (Aurora), Associate Professor of English, Liberal Arts Division
Bob Hazard is a professor who is dedicated to his students and to the College. He is revered for his excellence in both teaching and advising. Over the years, Hazard has participated in numerous committees, programs and initiatives, serving on the Faculty Instruction Committee, Faculty Senate, English Department Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) Taskforce, Academic Integrity Committee and Composition Steering Committee. He was instrumental in the organization and sponsorship of the COD Student Veteran’s Club and was a strong supporter for the first COD Veterans Read-In, which has become an annual event at the College.
Earl Reed (Naperville), Professor of Physical Education, Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division
Earl Reed serves as Chair of the Physical Education department, where he has been a professor for 28 years. He has been an innovative leader in inspiring his colleagues and is a champion for students. Reed works closely with student-athletes in achieving success in the classroom and in life. He created a partnership with the ASEP coaching certification program, developed an intern partnership with Velocity Sports, and took the lead on the Sports Management 2+2 program being developed with Lewis University.
Jocelyn Harney (Naperville), Student Success Counselor, Counseling and Advising
Jocelyn Harney has dedicated the past 30 years of her career to the Counseling and Advising division at COD. As the former administrator over the area, she made it her priority to have the Counseling faculty reflect the diversity of the students on campus. She continues this effort by mentoring new and senior Counseling faculty members. She continuously advocates on a larger scale to preserve the integrity of the Counseling faculty as a unique and integral part of the College. In her role as a counselor, she has led the SOAP committee in the implementation of effective programming for students with academic difficulties. She currently leads a team of counselors working with the veteran population while educating staff on the needs of veterans.
Michael O’Leary, Professor of Mathematics, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) Division
Michael O’Leary demonstrates excellence in his teaching and service to the College. His colleagues find him to be an invaluable asset to their discipline, through contributions to their curriculum and ability to teach a wide diversity of their courses. His mathematical publications exemplify scholarly activity worthy of recognition. He maintains currency in his discipline through his role in hosting a mathematical conference at COD, which raises the profile of the institution.
Outstanding College-Wide Adjunct Faculty Member
Benjamin Wahlund (Aurora), Music Instructor, Arts, Communication and Hospitality Division
Ben Wahlund is a Grammy nominated, award-winning music educator, composer and performer. He serves as the Director of Percussion at College of DuPage and full-time percussion instructor at Northern Illinois University. His music compositions have won numerous international awards and are performed by professionals around the world. Wahlund creates lessons and performances that take into consideration that students have different levels of experience and knowledge of music. In doing so, he brings together a musical experience that celebrates all students and their skills.
Outstanding Divisional Adjunct Faculty Member
Chris Oliva (Park Ridge), Motion Picture/Television Instructor, Arts, Communication and Hospitality Division
Chris Oliva teaches editing, directing and survey courses in the MPTV program. He is popular in the classroom, bringing the credibility of work experience as a professional editor, and has an open and energetic rapport with students. Olivia extends his collaborative manner to colleagues and frequently assists as a substitute instructor throughout the program.
Vasilios “Billy” Pappademetriou (Harwood Heights), Computer Information System Instructor, Business and Applied Technology Division
Vasilios “Billy” Pappademetriou’s positive and encouraging demeanor has a lasting effect. His students regularly share feedback that he is a great instructor. Not only does he teach the course material, but he also encourages their success as citizens in a technology-driven world. He regularly advises his students about the CIS courses and progressions to success. He also serves as an adjunct at one of COD’s four-year transfer institutions, acting as a liaison and easing the transfer path for many students.
Eric Tan (Carol Stream), English Instructor, Liberal Arts Division
Eric Tan creates an engaging learning environment for students, who praise his ability to relate to them and bring relevant topics to class. He respects his students and has faith in their ability to achieve. Tan also contributes by working on the College’s annual Writing on the Edge Conference and collaborating with other faculty at COD to produce “Teaching Hacks,” a podcast on pedagogy.
Kelly Hand (Munster, Ind.), Reference Librarian, Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division
Kelly Hand is effective and displays extraordinary knowledge, courtesy and perseverance in assisting students and colleagues. Her confidence and expertise make her an excellent instructor. She accepts numerous teaching assignments in all disciplines and welcomes the opportunities and the challenges of the research assignments and students’ information needs.
Mark Boyle (Lisle), Geography Instructor, Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division
Mark Boyle is a knowledgeable geographer who challenges his students about world events. Students consistently report that he presents information that is current and applicable to real-life situations. He helps students understand physical and human geography as well as ways in which geographical principles apply to housing, transportation and demographics. He is interested in inspiring students to think creatively and engages them in meaningful dialogue.
Jim Lungu (Naperville), Physics Instructor, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) Division
Jim Lungu is well known for his thorough but easy-going style, which guides students while still challenging them to gain the required knowledge. His approachable style helps motivate his students and gives them the confidence they need to be successful. As a practicing physicist working in the private industry, Lungu knows the real-world applications of the topics he teaches. His personal knowledge helps prepare the students for the trials they will meet after they leave his classroom.