New SNL Online Faculty Teaching Winter 2010


Barbara Flaherty holds a master’s in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names College. Her work there focused on archetypal patterns in cross cultural wisdom literature. A counselor and trainer with over 25 years experience, she has co-designed an intensive curriculum for at-risk teen rites of passage which incorporates mythology, art, dream work, and ritual. For twenty years she worked with Alaskan Native elders and healers facilitating village healing intensives using Inuit and cross cultural mythological motifs. She is a published poet and essayist, winner of the Drogheda Amergin Poetry Award, Ireland in 2005 and the author of two books: Holy Madness (Chanting Press 2006) and Do It Another Way (Chanting Press 2008).

Barbara Ridd earned her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana and her master’s degree in Marine Biology/Ecology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her expertise is coral reef ecology and has an extensive research background in ecological systems, worldwide.

Bill Wassner is the pastor of St. Peter’s UCC in South Bend, Indiana and the Executive Director of the United Religious Community in St. Joseph County.  He has worked as an addictions counselor and continues to serve as a volunteer chaplain with the Indiana State Police assigned to the Indiana Toll Road. He has taught at the School for New Learning since 2001 conducting the courses The Divine DialogueCritical Thinking; Ethics, Crime and Violence: Law Enforcement in America; and Research Seminar.  He has also served as faculty for Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School, Christian Theological Seminary, and Capella University. Most recently Bill graduated from a certificate program at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame for Nonprofit Executives.

Eileen Timmins possesses extensive experience in Human Resource Management, Leadership and Organizational Development.  She is an adjunct professor at DePaul University, School of Commerce, in the Department of Management. Eileen holds a B.A. from DePaul University, School for New Learning, a M.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resource Management from Loyola University, and a Ph.D. from Capella University in Business and Organizational Management with a specialization in Leadership. Eileen is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  She has successfully completed the Women’s Director Development Program at Kellogg, Northwestern University, to prepare for Board Memberships.  Eileen is a board member for Chicago Meals on Wheels, and an advisory board member for Athletes Against Drugs.  Eileen is also an SNL Alum.

Jeff Johnson holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.  He has been working in IT for over 20 years and has held various positions in the manufacturing, logistics, CRM, and data analytics industries.  Jeff is currently the Infrastructure Support Manager at DePaul University.

Thomas Dow received his Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago. He is an Associate Professor of Communications/English and Department Chair of Communications, Literature, and Languages at Moraine Valley Community College.

Vera Dolan has devoted most of the past decade to the delivery and improvement of online education. In addition to teaching online, she is also a faculty coach and trainer, providing guidance and support to more than 250 instructors. Ms. Dolan holds a master’s degree in Distance Education and the focus of her research work has been on the factors that drive motivation and loyalty in online faculty – work that was recognized by a graduate award from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). She is continuing these investigations at the doctoral level, focusing on faculty training, development and retention, and the challenges these issues present for the effective leadership and management of higher education institutions.

More info on these and other faculty can be found in our Faculty Directory.


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