(Faculty Council Task Force)



Advise Office of Academic Affairs in matters of collaboration across the university. The task force will help guide short-term decisions on collaboration and provide input on longer-term issues.


The task force will provide input on decisions regarding physical and virtual space for collaboration and the development of mechanisms that support matchmaking, affinity groups, and social infrastructure.


Members will gather faculty input in identifying current barriers to collaboration at DePaul and investigate how other universities and organizations are supporting collaborative initiatives successfully.


Faculty Representation



Two​ members from each school or college who have significant interest in collaborative research or teaching initiatives.



One year. Current task force will be reevaluated at the end of AY1516.





Brucher_Kate3.jpgKatherine Brucher

School of Music
Kate Brucher is an Associate Professor of Music in DePaul's School of Music. Her interest in fostering greater cross-college collaboration stems from her training in ethnomusicology, which draws on many disciplines including cultural anthropology, history, musicology, and music performance. She teaches courses on Chicago’s music scenes, world music, and ethnomusicology, and her book, Brass Bands of the World: Militarism, Colonial Legacies, and Local Music, with Suzel Ana Reily, was recently published by Ashgate Press. Her current writing project is an essay on food and music in Portugal. Kate would like to see more opportunities for scholarly and teaching collaboration for faculty, especially for those of us in the arts. She dreams of establishing an interdisciplinary arts festival here at DePaul.

robin burke.jpegRobin Burke

College of Computing and Digital media
Robin Burke is a Professor at DePaul's College of Computing and Digital media. His research interests are in artificial intelligence as applied to social computing. His current work concentrates on the area of recommender systems, including comparative evaluation of hybrid designs, the investigation of the security properties of recommender system algorithms, and applications in social tagging systems. 

Professor Burke is a CDM liaison to the LASS digital humanities program, maintains the digital humanities server,  and is the co-director (with Greg Scott) of the Collaboratory for Interdisciplinary Research, Scholarship and Curricular Innovation (CIRSCI).

Emiliy Cauble.jpgEmily Cauble

College of Law
Emily Cauble is an Associate Professor at DePaul University College of Law.  Her research focuses on tax policy, business taxation, and tax planning.  At DePaul, she has taught federal income tax and policy, international taxation, corporate taxation, a seminar on tax policy, and contracts.  Prior to joining DePaul, she taught at Michigan State University College of Law, and she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Farkas_dick.jpgDick Farkas

College of LAS
Dick Farkas is a Professor of Political Science, Comparative Politics and Transitional Post-Conflict Societies.  His current research is on new political architecture for Bosnia. He teaches courses on Russia, Ukraine, the Balkans and iterations of democracy around the world.

suzanne fogel.jpg​Suzanne Fogel

Driehaus College of Business
Sue Fogel is an Associate Professor in DePaul's Marketing Department, Co-Director of the Kellstadt Center for Market Analysis and Planning, and Associate Director of the Center for Data Mining and Predictive Analytics.  She has led development of a number of educational innovations at DePaul, including the Sales Leadership Program and MS in Marketing Analysis.

Dr. Fogel’s research focuses on consumer decision making, especially personal financial decision making.  Her work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Marketing Letters, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Promotion Marketing, and other academic journals.  She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and an M.S. in Business Administration, both from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Elissa Foster.jpgElissa Foster

College of Communication
Elissa Foster is Director of the Master of Arts in Health Communication program in the College of Communication. 

Elissa is currently involved in a number of collaborative projects related to health care across the university and has been working with a number of faculty from around the university in the Consortium for Health Initiatives at DePaul. Her hope for collaboration at DePaul involves a more robust network of communication and cooperation among health-oriented faculty, greater outreach to the health care sector of Chicago, and a nationally-recognized profile for DePaul as an institution of health professions education and research.

Andrew Gallen.jpgAndrew Gallan

Driehaus College of Business
Faculty Page
Andrew  Gallan is an Assistant professor of marketing at the Kellstadt Graduate College of Business, and Co-Director of the Health Sector Management program at DePaul. His research interests are in the areas of innovation, design, and customer participation in health care, which explores the transformative potential of services. 

Andrew’s collaborations with a variety of health care organizations have resulted in support for teaching, research, and internship and career opportunities for students. His collaborative interests and activities include developing multi-disciplinary degree programs, research projects on patient-centered care, and executing events that highlight and promote DePaul’s expertise in a multitude of health initiatives.

Kyle Grice.jpgKyle Grice

College of Science and Health
Kyle Grice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science and Health. His teaching interests include General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry. His research interests include Energy, Catalysis, CO2 reduction to make useful products, as well as C-H Bond functionalization/

He hopes to participate in collaborations at DePaul to market and disseminate the chemistry department’s Master of Science and research programs to the public. He would also like to advance the interactions between DePaul’s scientists and the general public, and foster more collaboration between science and communication, business, and other areas to help students become skilled entrepreneurs.

rajul Jain.jpgRajul Jain

College of Communication
Rajul Jain is an Assistant Professor at the DePaul's College of Communication. Her research focuses on corporate and transnational public relations, including corporate social responsibility, nation branding, tourism promotion, and measurement and analytics. Rajul teaches classes such as public relations strategy, international public relations, and storytelling through measurement and analytical data to both undergraduate and graduate students.

As an inter-disciplinary educator, Rajul is interested in developing more ties with colleagues in other colleges to share best practices, ideas, and key insights by creating a space for regular meetups and brainstorming sessions. An annual conference with interdisciplinary research and teaching projects from across the University is also something that she hopes to introduce.

Li_Jin_NEW.jpg​Li Jin

College of LAS
Li Jin is an Associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages. Her research and teaching interests include Chinese as a foreign language pedagogy, pragmatic and linguistic development and identity re-configuration in study abroad contexts, as well as intercultural communicative competence.

Li's favorite cross-college collaboration project thus far has been directing the interdisciplinary Chinese Studies Program, which includes faculty members across over 10 disciplines. She looks forward to more cross-college collaboration with colleagues on innovative teaching, curriculum design, and research projects, and is particularly interested in developing new interdisciplinary courses and programs that enhance DePaul students' global awareness. 

gayle mindes .jpgGayle Mindes

College of Education
Gayle Mindes is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at DePaul. Gayle writes and speaks on the topics of assessment, social studies, and kindergarten. She is a consulting editor for Young Children, and has been project director for a professional development program for Head Start Teachers, funded by the City of Chicago Department of Family Support Services since 2009. She was recently appointed to the Illinois Task Force on Social Science to develop social studies standards for the state and has served as a consultant to three other states developing new standards for social studies.

Ernie Nolan 3.jpgErnie Nolan

The Theater School
Ernie Nolan is a director, choreographer, and playwright dedicated to reimagining stories for young audiences. As Producing Artistic Director of Emerald City Theatre in Chicago, resident artist of The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, MO, he has also directed and choreographed world premieres by Tony-nominated artists. For Chicago Playworks he has directed The BFG, The Giver, The Witches, and a Wrinkle in Time. He currently serves on the Illinois Theatre Association and as the Vice-President of Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA Directing), Ernie has been awarded an Anne Shaw Fellowship and was selected as one of DePaul University's "14 Alumni Under 40" in 2011.

robinson zoe.jpgZoe Robinson

College of Law
Prior to joining DePaul, Zoë Robinson was a law clerk for the Honorable Diane P. Wood, Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. She also clerked for the Honorable Margaret Ackary Stone, Federal Court of Australia, and worked as a researcher and adjunct lecturer at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on questions of institutional design, the intersections of law and religion, and constitutional and administrative law. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University; a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University; a Bachelor of Laws with first class honors from the Australian National University, where she was awarded the University Medal in Law; and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago, where she graduated with high honors and was elected into the Order of the Coif. ​   

Adam steele.jpegAdam Steele

College of Computing and Digital Media
Adam Steele is a professor of Human-Computer Interaction in DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media. His current research interests include using techniques from anthropology and the digital humanities to analyze qualitative interview data. Prior to coming to DePaul, he was involved in a multi-year collaborative research project between the US Army, Rockwell Collins, and the University of Illinois in Champaign. Adam holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. 

photoMissing-168x198.jpg​Gabriele Strohschen

School for New Learning
Associate Professor Dr. Gabriele Strohschen earned her Doctor of Education from Northern Illinois University, majoring in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies. She was the inaugural director of National-Louis University's online graduate program in adult education from 1989 through 2003. She is now Associate Professor and Faculty Mentor at DePaul University’s School for New Learning. She designed and implemented SNL’s first transnational graduate program in Thailand, and co-developed several of the school’s graduate program options. Her international work focuses on action research and program development and evaluation in Chicago, Kenya, Germany, Thailand, China, and Mexico within an emancipatory/popular adult education praxis. She has consulted with UNESCO, conducting adult education program evaluations in Afghanistan. Prior to working in academia, she was a community organizer in Chicago’s Latino immigrants and Black neighborhoods, and continues this work as a volunteer now through Community Connections, a cooperative of educators, activists, and artists. 

james_wolfinger.pngJames Wolfinger

College of Education
James Wolfinger holds a joint appointment in History and Education at DePaul University where he is an associate professor and also associate dean for curriculum and programs in the College of Education. He is a co-founding director of the DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration. Wolfinger is the author of Philadelphia Divided: Race and Politics in the City of Brotherly Love (UNC Press, 2007) as well as numerous articles and reviews that have appeared in the Journal of Urban History, Labor, Pennsylvania History, Journal of American History, and American Historical Review.

ahmed_zayed.pngAhmed Zayed

College of Science and Health
Ahmed Zayed is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.  His area of research is mathematical analysis and its applications in signal and image processing. He has collaborated with engineers and computer scientists on a number of research projects, including Lucia Dettori, Associate Dean of DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media. He is hopeful that this collaborative initiative will break barriers and bring faculty from across the university closer together.​