FACULTY INITIATES
2014



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Dr. George Mangalaraj

Associate Professor of Information Systems

Dr. George Mangalaraj is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and joined WIU in 2006. He holds a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering with distinction from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India, Master's in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to entering the academia, he has worked in the fertilizer/petro-chemical industry for nearly five years in various areas such as mechanical maintenance, EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) projects. His industry experience also includes experience in the development of client-server based project information systems. His research interests are in software application development and adoption of innovations areas. He has published in MIS Quarterly, Communications of the ACM, European Journal of Information Systems, IEEE Transactions of Professional Communication, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Information Privacy & Security and in various conference proceedings. He has also published pedagogical articles in Journal of Information Systems Education and Journal of Accounting Education. He currently co-chairs a track on global systems implementation at the Americas Conference on Information Systems. He is also a faculty co-advisor for our student organization, the Management Information Systems Association. He also currently serves in the department curriculum committee, college assessment committee, Honorís Council, and University Technology Advisory Group.

 

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Dr. Robert W. Quesal

 

Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

 

Dr. Robert W. Quesal has been a professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WIU since August of 1991. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota (1983-86) and the State University of New York-Plattsburgh (1986-91). He was an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming from 2004-2009. He served as program director in the CSD program at WIU from 1994-2004. He earned his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Indiana University-Bloomington, and his Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa. He holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, the Illinois License in Speech-Language Pathology, and is a Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is also a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). He served on ASHAísSpecial Interest Division 4 (Fluency and Fluency Disorders), was a site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), and was a member of the CAA, serving as Vice Chair for Speech-Language Pathology in 2010. At WIU, he has served as chair of the Graduate Council and chair of the Council on Admission, Graduation, and Academic Standards. He was the recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity in 2009. He is coauthor of the Overall Assessment of the Speakerís Experience of Stuttering, and Minimizing bullying for children who stutter: A practical guide for SLPs, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. He has also presented numerous papers over the past 30+ years.

 

 

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Dr. Susan Peitzmeier Romano

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Geography

Dr. Susan Peitzmeier Romano, A native of Macomb, Illinois, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resource Management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, her Master of Science degree in Biology (Botany) from Western Illinois University, and her Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.In 2006, she joined the faculty of the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geography at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. Dr. Romanoís research is primarily in riparian forest ecology, contributing 44 professional papers, posters, and presentations.†† She actively guides her students in their research, and has completed 12 graduate students in the Biology, Geography, and Masters of Liberal Arts and Sciences programs during the past 6 years.She is currently mentoring 6 additional graduate students.Dr. Romano teaches courses ranging in topics from environmental impact analysis, computerized mapping, and biostatistics, to Mississippi River ecology and advanced ecological techniques. She has been recognized by her colleagues with the Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences Service Award, 2014, and in her profession as a Forestry Fellow, by the Society of American Foresters, 2013.Dr. Romano was also the President of the Mississippi River Research Consortium, a national organization whose members are ď scientists, river managers, teachers, students, and individuals from private business and the general public who want to encourage both pure and applied research on the water and land resources of the Mississippi River and its watershed.ď

 

 

 

       

  

 

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