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John Evar Strid, Ph.D.

John Evar Strid

Ph.D., Linguistics. Northwestern University, Evanston, Il.
M.A., Latin American Literature and Culture, Linguistics, Northeastern Illinois University
M.A., Linguistics, Northeastern Illinois University
B.A., French and History. Kalamazoo College

Teacher Certification
Illinois Type 09 with endorsements in Spanish, French, English as a Second Language, U.S. History and World History.

Dr. John Evar Strid, Assistant Professor, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in applied linguistics, language development, multicultural education, and bilingualism and reading in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Northwestern University and has also completed two M.A. programs at Northeastern Illinois University, the first in Linguistics with a concentration in TESOL and the second in Latin American Literature and Cultures. Some of his research interests include psycholinguistics, bilingualism, language processing, literacy, language acquisition, teaching ESL, and writing in additional languages.

Dr. Strid has extensive experience in education, teaching applied linguistics and ESL at the university level (since 2001), Spanish and French at the secondary level (1997-2001), and bilingual education and Reading Recovery (in Spanish) at the primary level (1994-1997).

Jodi Lampi, Ph.D.

Jodi Lampi

Ph.D., Developmental Education with a focus in Literacy, Texas State University
M.A., English with a focus in literature and pedagogy, Northern Michigan University
B.S., Secondary Education with a dual track in English and History, Northern Michigan University
Cert., Finnish Language & Cultural Studies, Jämsän Kristillinen Kansanopisto, Jämsä, Finland

Held a Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Secondary Education English (6-12 grade) and history (6-12 grade)

Dr. Jodi Lampi, Assistant Professor of Postsecondary Literacy, currently directs a developmental reading program of over 400 students and coordinates an online certificate of graduate studies in postsecondary developmental literacy and language instruction.  Within those two programs, Dr. Lampi teaches undergraduate courses in developmental reading and study strategies, as well as graduate courses in literacy, applied research, and curriculum design in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Northern Illinois University.  She earned her doctorate in Developmental Education Literacy from Texas State University, becoming the first in the nation to earn a Ph.D. in developmental education. Her teaching background includes postsecondary literacy instruction in developmental education domains, as well as, composition instruction for first- and second-year students, in Michigan, Texas, and Illinois, and within community college and university settings. In addition, she completed a teaching practicum abroad at an International Baccalaureate high school in Oulu, Finland. Her research interests focus around postsecondary students’ conceptualizations of literacy, expert and novice practices within the disciplines, and policy mandates on curricular and program structures and their effects on student outcomes.


Laurie Elish-Piper, Ph.D.

Laurie Elish-PiperPh.D., Curricular and Instructional Studies, Literacy Education Specialization, The University of Akron, 1995
M.S.Ed., Elementary Education and Reading, Purdue University, 1987
B.S.Ed., Elementary Education and Reading, St. Joseph's College (Indiana), 1985

Presidential Engagement Professor, Northern Illinois University, 2013
Presidential Teaching Professor, Northern Illinois University, 2009

Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper is the Dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. She is a tenured professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, where she has taught undergraduate students in the Elementary Education program, master’s students in the Reading Specialist program and doctoral students in the Curriculum and Instruction program. She served as the director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic for more than a decade and as the co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy for eight years. Her research focuses on literacy coaching, professional development for teachers and family involvement in education. Dr. Elish-Piper is an expert in literacy education and has published books, chapters and articles in many professional education journals. She just completed a term on the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association, and she previously served as president of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Prior to her work in higher education, she was an elementary teacher and a middle school reading and language arts teacher.

David Walker, Ph.D.

David Walker

Ph.D., Iowa State University of Science and Technology
M.A., Iowa State University of Science and Technology
B.A., St. Olaf College

Virgil S. Lagomarcino Laureate, Iowa State University of Science and Technology 
Fellow, National Center for Education Statistics, National Science Foundation and Association for Institutional Research

Dr. David Walker is the associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University and a professor of Educational Research and Assessment. His research interests include statistical code and algorithms, structural analyses, predictive analyses, the general linear model, survey research and program evaluation. He teaches classes in statistics, research design and quantitative methods. Dr. Walker’s research record includes 106 refereed publications, a research methods textbook in its ninth edition, 146 refereed conference presentations, 43 invited presentations/lectures and 215 statistical computer program creations. As a project evaluator and principal investigator, he has been involved in numerous federal- and state-based grants totaling $8.68 million in research funding.

Terry Borg, Ph.D.

Terry Borg

Ph.D., College of Education, Michigan State University
M.A., Sussex European Research Centre, University of Sussex (England)
B.A. with Honors, James Madison College, Michigan State University

Presidential Award for Excellence, Northern Illinois University (2013)
Rotary Foundation Fellow (1978-1979)

Dr. Terry Borg is currently director of Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) College of Education (CoE) External & Global Programs Office. His role in the CoE is to develop regional and international degree program cohorts and events. Through his most recent focus on Asia, Dr. Borg’s work has resulted in producing multiple cultural-educational programs/exchanges for the youth of the Republic of China.   Prior to joining the CoE, Dr. Borg was formerly vice president of the Illinois Council on Economic Education (now Econ Illinois) and director of the Illinois Global Economics & Finance High School, a division of NIU Outreach. Dr. Borg has also held positions with Hewitt Associates, Arthur Andersen LLP, The Pennsylvania State University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Rock County and Michigan State University. His career has focused on learning, performance, instructional design and leadership development. Dr. Borg has taught courses in higher education administration, economics and political science. He has held senior corporate and university appointments; been a consultant for labor unions; is a trustee for the Village of Maple Park, Illinois; and a representative on the Kaneland Community Unit School District #302 Citizens Advisory Council.