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

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."

Tom Cross
Tom Cross, JD

Executive Director, Institute for Collaboration Office Phone: 630-844-7803
Email: tcross@aurora.edu

Matthew S. Dabros
Matthew S. Dabros, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Chair of Public Policy and Administration, Master of Public Administration Director Office Phone: 630-844-7568
Email: mdabros@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Political science and public policy, American government and public policy Education: PhD, Political Science, Purdue University
MS, Economics, Purdue University
MA, Political Science, Purdue University
BA, Political Science, Aurora University

David Dial
David Dial, MPA, MA

Associate Professor, Chair of Criminal Justice Office Phone: 630-844-4930
Email: ddial@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Leadership, law enforcement management, community-oriented policing, intelligence-led policing, efficient and fiscally responsibly policing Education:

Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy
MA, Homeland Security and Defense United States Naval Postgraduate School
MPA, University of Colorado
BA, San Jose State College



 

Favorite thing about AU: "The opportunity to be significant in the lives of others."

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

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."

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

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."

Mark Petersen
Mark Petersen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration Office Phone: 630-844-3865
Email: mpetersen@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Public administration and international relations Education: MA/PhD, Purdue University
BA, Fresno Pacific University Favorite thing about AU: "The opportunity to work with students as they achieve their potential." View LinkedIn Profile

Catherine Peterson, MPA

Dean of Woodstock Center Office Phone: 815-880-5356
Email: cjpeterson@aurora.edu

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."

Stephanie A. Whitus, PhD
Stephanie A. Whitus, PhD

Professor of Criminal Justice Office Phone: 630-844-7532
Email: swhitus@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Death-sentenced and life-sentenced populations, special needs offenders and correctional populations, child maltreatment sequelae, technology-enhanced criminal justice education, technology-enhanced training and education for correctional personnel Education: PhD, Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
MPA, University of Texas
BS, Criminal Justice, University of Texas Favorite thing about AU: "Working with colleagues who have a shared focus—helping students discover and develop their professional and personal passions."