Parkland College Promotes Faculty to New Dean Positions

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Three Parkland College faculty members have begun their first fall semester as newly appointed college deans.

Parkland College recently selected Dr. Matthew Hurt, professor of English, as its new Dean of Arts and Sciences.

An alum of Parkland, Hurt earned his BA in English from the University of Illinois Chicago and his PhD in American Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has taught at Parkland since 2003, where he also served as president of the Parkland College Association.

Hurt received the Parkland College NISOD Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and the Parkland College Online Teaching Excellence Award in 2013, the latter for his work as a pioneer of online instruction at the college and his development of the popular Film Appreciation (THE 124) online course. THE 124 seeks to engage students in the study of film as an art form. Hurt began his new position at the start of the college’s spring 2015 semester.

Parkland College’s Erika Hackman has begun her first fall semester as the college’s new Dean of Learning Support.

Hackman was Parkland’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning director from 2009 until July 2014, when she accepted the dean’s post. In September 2014, she earned the 2014-2015 Community College Leadership Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. The award recognizes outstanding academic and professional accomplishments in the two-year college environment.

Hackman began her faculty career at Parkland in the school’s Computer Science and Information Technology department in 2004. She has a BA. in Liberal Arts and Sciences and an MEd in Human Resource Development from the UIUC, where she is currently completing the doctoral program in education as well.

The former chair of Parkland College’s Health Professions faculty was promoted to Dean of Health Professions, a new post, during the fall semester.

Bobbi Scholze, MSN, RN, had served as Parkland’s Health Professions chair for eight years before accepting the dean’s spot last October. Prior to her service at Parkland, she was a health careers dean at Richland Community College.

Scholze’s 40 years of nursing experience includes 24 years in college-level instruction (diploma- to master’s-level study) and college administration. She earned her BSN from Villa Maria College in 1974 and her MSN from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.