Aurora University

Faculty

Toby Arquette
Toby Arquette, PhD

Dean of the Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Office Phone: 630-844-5614
Email: tarquett@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Communication policy and economics, communication project management, strategic communication, public relations and advertising Education: PhD, Communication, Northwestern University
MA, Communication Studies, Baylor University
BA, Liberal Arts (Economics), Wayne State University Favorite thing about AU: "The opportunity to develop deep and meaningful personal connections with our students, cultivating the future generation of community leaders through a rigorous academic experience." View LinkedIn Profile

Jacqueline Babb
Jacqueline Babb, MS

Assistant Professor of Digital Marketing Office Phone: 630-844-4223
Email: jbabb@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Digital marketing, integrated marketing communication, nonprofit marketing Education: MS, Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University
BS, Advertising, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Favorite thing about AU: "The overwhelming support of students as they discover what matters." View LinkedIn Profile

Brenda J. Barnwell
Brenda J. Barnwell, DSW

Dean of the School of Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8933
Email: bbarnwell@aurora.edu Education: DSW, Aurora University
MSW, Aurora University
BA, North Central College
AA, Rock Valley College
CADC, Waubonsee Community College Favorite thing about AU: "I value the diversity of our learners, environments, opinions, experiences, faculty and expressions." View LinkedIn Profile

Kristin Brendel
Kristen Esposito Brendel, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor of Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8934
Email: kbrendel@aurora.edu Education: PhD, Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
MSW, Aurora University
BA, Psychology, Benedictine University Favorite thing about AU: "Hearing back from students post-graduation that they have not only met but have exceeded their own expectations." View LinkedIn Profile

Christina Bruhn
Christina Bruhn, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work/Co-Director of Assessment Office Phone: 630-947-8915
Email: cbruhn@aurora.edu Education: PhD, Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
MSW, Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, Biology, Kenyon College Favorite thing about AU: "The sense of community here and the clear commitment of all members of the community to work together to advance student learning."

Andrew Carr
Andrew T. Carr, MBA, MA, CPA

Assistant Professor of Business and Finance, Chair of Accounting, Business and Finance, Graduate Business Director Office Phone: 630-844-6557
Email: acarr@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Investment, finance, economics, management Education: MBA, Finance, University of Chicago
MA, Economics, University of Illinois at Springfield
BB, Finance, Western Illinois University
Favorite thing about AU: "The small, warm environment allows me to live my purpose: helping students see their potential and inspiring them to perform at their best." View LinkedIn Profile

Donald Danner
Donald Danner, MBA, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting Office Phone: 630-844-6884
Email: ddanner@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Accounting, finance, management Education: MBA, University of Missouri–St. Louis
BS, St. Louis University Favorite thing about AU: "Seeing our students mature from incoming freshmen to young professionals."

Daysi Diaz-Strong
Daysi Diaz-Strong, PhD

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Director of MSW Program Office Phone: 630-947-8930
Email: dstrong@aurora.edu Education: PhD, School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago
MSW, School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago
MA, Educational Leadership and Development, Northeastern Illinois University
BA, Applied Behavioral Sciences, National-Louis University Favorite thing about AU: "The focus on collaboration and innovation that supports student success."

Laura Donavon
Laura Donavon, LCSW

Visiting Assistant Professor of Graduate Social Work/Coordinator of Addictions and Forensics Specializations Office Phone: 630-947-8943
Email: ldonavon@aurora.edu Education: MSW, George Williams College, Aurora University
BSW, George Williams College, Aurora University
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist (CCJTS)
Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)
Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Professional Board Registration (CODP I) Favorite thing about AU: "Transforming the lives of those who will in turn transform others' lives." View LinkedIn Profile

Brianne Giese
Brianne Giese, MA

Visiting Professor of Communication, Director of Forensics (Speech and Debate) Office Phone: 630-844-7574
Email: bgiese@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Public speaking, public relations, speech and debate Education: MA, Communication Studies, Texas State University
BA, Communication Studies, Texas State University
BA, Political Science, Texas State University   Favorite thing about AU: "Walking the Labyrinth." View LinkedIn Profile

Cornelius Gorman
Cornelius Gorman, DSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Coordinator Advanced Clinical Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8926
Email: cgorman@aurora.edu Education: DSW, Aurora University
MSW, Aurora University
BA, History, Northern Illinois University Favorite thing about AU: "The students! Especially those students who ask lots and lots of questions."

Shawn Green
Shawn Green, PhD

Professor of Marketing, Business and Economics Office Phone: 630-844-5527
Email: sgreen@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Professional sales, marketing, business management Education: PhD, Marketing, Union Institute
MS, Management and Policy, University of Arizona
MBA, Marketing and Management, Mankato State University
BS, Business Administration/Marketing concentration, Bemidji State Favorite thing about AU: "Every graduation ceremony, and reflecting on our students’ transformation in the direction of their goals." View LinkedIn Profile

Marissa Happ
Marissa Happ, DSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Coordinator of MSW Health Care and Gerontology Specializations Office Phone: 630-947-8932
Email: mhapp@aurora.edu Education: DSW, Aurora University
Type 73 SSW certification, Aurora University
MSW, Aurora University
BS, Family Services and Child Development, NIU Favorite thing about AU: "The commitment to excellence, dedication to students, and outreach to the community." View LinkedIn Profile

Elbert Hearon
Elbert Hearon, MBA, MS

Assistant Professor of Business Analytics Office Phone: 630-844-4645
Email: ehearon@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Business analytics, data visualization and analysis, applied business statistics, business research Education: MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
MS, Applied Statistics, DePaul University
BA, Mathematics, Indiana University Favorite thing about AU: "The dedication toward providing students with a quality education."

Daniel Knapp
Daniel Knapp, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Graduate Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8902
Email: dknapp@aurora.edu Education: PhD, Public Health and Human Services, Capella University
MSW, Aurora University
BS, Psychology, Loyola University Chicago Favorite thing about AU: "The peaceful scenery at the main campus.  I can walk through campus and truly feel motivated to think and feel excited to learn and teach."

Caleb Lewis
Caleb Lewis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance Office Phone: 630-844-5622
Email: clewis@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Corporate finance, personal finance, economics Education:

PhD, Economics, Northern Illinois University
MA, Economics, Northern Illinois University
Favorite thing about AU: "The faculty and staff are all focused on students and preparing them for future success."

Tim Moran
Tim Moran, EdD, MBA, CPA

Professor of Accounting Office Phone: 630-844-7805
Email: tmoran@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Accounting, management Education:

MBA, University of St. Francis
BBA in Public Accounting, Loyola University of Chicago

Favorite thing about AU: "I love my role--helping students make the transition from college to career."

David Perkins
David Perkins, MSA, CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting Office Phone: 630-844-7841
Email: dperkins@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Accounting, audit Education: MSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Favorite thing about AU: "Our students and teaching always come first!"

William Ressl
Rev. William G. Ressl, MDiv, MSW, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8935
Email: wressl@aurora.edu Education: PhD, Theology, Ethics, and the Human Sciences, Chicago Theological Seminary
MSW, Dominican University
MDiv, Chicago Theological Seminary
BA, Economics, Lewis University
Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ with Standing in the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Illinois Favorite thing about AU: "The students are inquisitive and filled with hope for a better tomorrow."

Brian Vander Schee
Brian Vander Schee, PhD

Professor of Marketing Office Phone: 630-844-6554
Email: bvanders@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Marketing research, marketing theory

Lynn White
Lynn Spellman White, PhD, CPA

Professor of Accounting Office Phone: 630-844-5495
Email: lywhite@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Accounting Education: PhD, Business Administration, University of Illinois Chicago
MAS (Master of Accountancy Science), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
BS, Music Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Favorite thing about AU: "Working alongside students, faculty, and administrators who strive to maximize today's opportunities and tomorrow's possibilities." View LinkedIn Profile