McKearn Fellows

Northern Illinois University

Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President and Provost. She has focused her academic career on bringing people and resources together to solve complex problems. In July 2010, Freeman joined Northern Illinois University (NIU) as the Vice President for Research and Graduate studies, and a Professor of Biology. Since joining NIU, Freeman has also been invited to serve on the boards of directors of the Fermi Research Alliance, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, and the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Partnership, as well as on the executive committees of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education and the American Council on Education Council of Fellows.

Anne Birberick

Anne Birberick

Anne Birberick, Ph.D. is the Vice Provost. She earned her Ph.D. in French from the University of Virginia and studies seventeenth-century French literature. As Vice Provost, she is responsible for coordinating activities pertaining to the undergraduate curriculum as well as to undergraduate academic standards and admissions policies, overseeing undergraduate academic support units, and coordinating certain state and institutional initiatives related to undergraduate education.

 

Todd Gilson

Todd Gilson

As the director of the University Honors program Dr. Todd Gilson works closely with the honors staff and students in facilitating a unique college experience that fosters both the sense of a tight knit community and provides benefits afforded by a research university. Modeling this principle, Dr. Gilson has come to be known as a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and engaging professor by students in his upper-division honors seminar classes, while also directing student research that has led to national presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Furthermore, believing in the transformative power that the college experience possesses, Dr. Gilson strives to lead a program that allows students to assimilate new knowledge through experiential learning in the classroom, as well as through co-curricular and extracurricular activities outside of the traditional academic environment.  

Jason Goode

Jason Goode

Jason Goode is the Assistant to the Associate Vice Provost of University Honors Program where he coordinates the University Honors scholarship and tuition waiver application process, the University Honors Scholars Program, and prepares students to apply for competitive national scholarship and fellowship opportunities. In addition to his scholarship responsibilities, he is also liaison to the Office of Scholarships, the Office of Financial Aid and the diverse array of honor societies at NIU. Before joining the University Honors Program, he worked as a Student Success Specialist with the Office of Student Academic Success, representing the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

    

Taneisha Vilma

Taneisha Vilma

Taneisha Vilma is a Graduate Assistant for the University Honors program, where she assists in the planning and implementation of the McKearn Fellows Program. Currently, she is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at NIU. Her research interest include metacognition and social cognitive development from early childhood to adolescence. She is particularly interested in these cognitive processes within educational contexts.