(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 AY17/18.



obert Adler
The Theatre School

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​Rob Adler is an actor, director and celebrity performance coach who specializes in helping people create spontaneity and presence on stage and screen. An internationally recognized expert in improvisation, he is the founder of the AdlerImprov Studio in Hollywood and writes a regular column​ offering expert advice to actors for Backstage. Adler also coaches doctors, lawyers and business leaders in communication and presentation skills. The heart of all his work is collaboration and he hopes to extend the practical application of Acting skills beyond the Theatre School and foster deeper connections between the Theatre School and the University.
Katherine Brucher
School of Music
Kate Brucher is​ an Ass​​ociate 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 cult​​ural 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 colla​​boration for faculty, especially for those of us in the arts. She dreams of establishing an interdisciplinary arts festival here at DePaul.

Robin Burke
College of Computing & Digital Media
R​obin 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 and multistakeholder recommendation including fairness-aware recommendation. Along with John Shanahan and Megan Bernal, he is a director of the Reading Chicago Reading digital humanities project studying the Chicago Public Library’s “One Book, One Chicago” program.

Emily 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 Univer​sity of Illinois College of Law.
Dick 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
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
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.​

Kyle Grice
College of Science & 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.


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. 

michael-lewanski-no-picMichael Lewanski
School of Music

Gayle Mindes
College of Education
Gayle Mindes is Professor of Education at DePaul University in Chicago. She teaches in the pre-service early childhood programs there, as well as in the doctoral program for Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership. Mindes, a life-long urban educator writes and speaks on the topics of assessment, challenging behavior, social studies, and kindergarten.

Recent books: Mindes, G. and Jung, L.A. (2015) Assessing young children, 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson and Mindes, G. (Ed.) (2018) Teaching young children with challenging behavior. New York: Routledge. She is a consulting editor for National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has publications on kindergarten for NAEYC. ​

barbara-radner-no-picBarbara Radner
School for New Learning

Zoe 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
College of Computing & Digital Media

​​Adam Steele is an associate 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.

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 immigrant and Black neighborhoods, and continues this work as a volunteer now through Community Connections, a cooperative of educators, activists, and artists.​

barbara-willard-no-picBarbara Willard
College of Communication


James 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
College of  Science & 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 is the author of 127 research articles and 9 books and served on the editorial boards of more than 20 mathematics and engineering journals. He has collaborated with engineers and computer scientists at DePaul and at the University of Central Florida on a number of research projects. He is hopeful that this collaborative initiative will break barriers and bring faculty from across the university closer together.​​​​