2018 Professional Learning Institute

Natacia Campbell

Dr. Natacia Campbell currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for Joliet Public Schools District 86. Dr. Campbell has over 15 years of experience working with diverse student populations at the elementary and secondary level. She has served a number of roles including adjunct professor, classroom teacher, mentor, tutor, staff developer, building administrator, and evaluator. Her responsibilities and expertise include: curriculum development, instructional leader, professional development, standards, and assessment in science and career and technical education. Dr. Campbell is active member of the National Science Teachers Association. She is currently the Multicultural and Equity Division Director for 2017–2020. Dr. Natacia Campbell has also been an active member of the Illinois Science Teachers Association, as a former regional director and vice president, and contributed to other national organizations such as the National Science Education Leadership Association. Dr. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Science and Secondary Education from Trinity Christian College, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and an Educational Doctorate in Administrative Leadership in Teaching and Learning from Walden University.

Andrea Evans

Dr. Andrea E. Evans is a Professor in the College of Education at Governors State University. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Ph. D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a Master's degree in Curriculum and Program Development from DePaul University. She spent 11 years as a high school science teacher and administrator in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. In 2004, Dr. Evans became an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at Northern Illinois University. In 2007, she was appointed Program Coordinator of Educational Administration at NIU and oversaw master’s and doctoral degree programs. She later went on to serve as Department Chair of Educational Administration and Higher Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Also, she spent two years as an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as the Ph.D. Program Coordinator in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. She served three years (2014–2017) as the Dean of the College of Education at Governors State University. Dr. Evans's research has focused on educational leadership, school context, diversity and equity in schools, and more recently, chronic school absenteeism. She has published in several major journals including Educational Administration Quarterly, Education and Urban Society, and Journal of School Leadership and served as associate editor of the Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity (2013). She served as the 2010 Program Chair for the Division A (Administration, Organization, and Leadership) of the American Educational Research Association and as a member of Division A Executive Council. In addition, she has served on several statewide committees including the Illinois School Leader Redesign Team and Truancy in Chicago Public School Taskforce. Dr. Evans is the former president of the UIC Black Alumni Advisory Council and former vice-president of the UIC College of Education Alumni Board.

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