Instructional Design

09/20/2018 1:25 pm

Instructional Designer, Office for Academic Affairs


The office of the Instructional Designer is located on the main floor of the Howard Colman Library, along the far right wall.


Some of the services that the Instructional Designer provides include:

  • Assistance with Canvas course support
  • Usage of electronic course evaluations
  • Instructional Design elements within courses
  • Proofreading of course content
  • Educational Technology support


The Instructional Designer is available by appointment, by phone, by email, and as needed. Feel free to stop in!


Help and Resources


How do I get help with Canvas as an instructor?


How do I get help with Canvas as a student?

Tips from the I.D.


Smart phone users can download Canvas apps to their device! Search your iOS or Google app store for “Canvas Student” or “Canvas Teacher.” Once you download and sign into the app, you can access all of your RU Canvas courses.

Instructional Designer


Chris Brown ’01




M-F 8:30 am to 5 pm

Art Gallery Exhibitions

05/30/2018 1:59 pm












Outside Scholarships

02/20/2018 3:38 pm

Many students use outside scholarships to help fund their education. High schools, community organizations, churches, employers and many others have outside scholarships that students should always be on the lookout for. All legitimate scholarship search engines and applications must be free and should not request any credit card or bank information from the applicant. Throughout the year our office receives information about outside scholarships opportunities and information on these are listed below. These scholarships are not offered or maintained by Rockford University.


Outside Scholarship Search Engines


Outside Scholarship Opportunities

  • ABWA Scholarship – Forest City Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association – scholarship to an individual living in Winnebago or Boone Counties – Application Due by March 14, 2018
  • RNPW Scholarship – One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a woman 23 years old or older, living in Winnebago or Boone County – Application Due by March 1, 2018
  • Brown, PC is now accepting applications for the firm’s National Founder’s Scholarship, a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a current U.S. undergraduate student earning their bachelor’s degree in business, with a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship. Application Due by August 6, 2018
  • Blanche J. Martin Scholarship – Awarded to a full time student majoring in elementary education – Application Due by April 15, 2018


Council of Global Affairs

02/14/2018 6:59 pm

Message to Rockford University Students from the Faculty

The faculty of Rockford University is committed to the teaching mission of the institution and thus to all our students. The faculty values and appreciates the diversity of religion, ethnicity, national origin, race, disability, and gender in our student body. The rich diversity present in our campus community enriches the educational environment by deepening our understanding of the world and better equipping all students to be global citizens. We, the members of the Rockford University faculty, wish each of you to know that you have our support in your efforts to grow, learn, and fulfill your dreams. We are glad you have chosen to study at Rockford University, and we value your contributions to the whole RU community. We are your teachers and we are here to help and support you.

Council of Global Affairs

 The Council on Global Affairs is a group of faculty and staff who have volunteered to meet regularly to discuss issues and activities of global significance on campus. Current members include Sam Bandy, John Burns, Maria Diemer, Mehmet Dik, Catherine Forslund, William Gahan, Julie Griffith, Ron Lee, Marilen Loyola, Andy Newgren, Matt Phillips, Stephanie Quinn, Luis Romero, Deepshikha Shukla, Jean Swindle, and Gidget Tay. 

Global Faculty Fellow

Program Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, Deepshikha Shukla, Ph. D. is the current Global Faculty Fellow at Rockford University. With her experience in the education systems of India and the US, she is passionate about creating a culture where domestic and international students, faculty and staff symbiotically co-habitate. Assimilation of international students at RU and promoting international experience for the entire campus lies at the core of her initiatives. Internationalization is her ‘mantra’.”

Flags Displayed on Campus

Currently we are displaying the flags of Sweden and Ukraine.

Cross-cultural Classes

Cross-cultural classes are designed for international English as a Second Language students (ESL) and undergraduate/graduate native English-speaking students studying at RU. The aim of these classes is to help the ESL students to be confident and improve their level of fluency in English in addition to helping native English-speakers gain valuable information about other cultures and people.  The international and RU students bring their own ideas and thoughts shaped by their cultures. The classes are an exchange where both ESL and RU students discover and get to know each other. This class provides an excellent atmosphere of mutual sharing and cross-culture communication. Students build new relationships and acquire a sense of achievement. 

Symbiotic dialogue between the cross-cultural interaction class (PSYC 280) and ESL students. 

Global Connections Newsletter




Global Spotlight Award


Congratulations to our Global Spotlight Student of the Month!

Nominate a student to be our Global Spotlight Student of the Month!


A student who has demonstrated a commitment as an agent of cross-cultural change will be selected monthly. Students may be domestic or international and nominated by any staff or faculty member. Criteria are as follows:

  1. The student has participated in school or community activities that are cross-cultural.
  2. The student has demonstrated a commitment to advancing cultural awareness.
  3. The student functions as a cross-cultural agent of change.

Recipients of the award will be asked to participate in a recorded interview designed to increase cross-cultural awareness across campus.

Get To Know Me

01/11/2018 3:11 pm

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

10/23/2017 4:48 pm

CAB Co-Leaders
  • Josh Baez, Senior 
  • Vivian Knapp, Sophomore 
Attend a Meeting

Every Thursday 12 p.m. in the Grace Roper Lounge

Upcoming Events!

Student Government Association: President

Tracy (Hanqing) Wang


Student Government Association: Treasurer

Randi Tucker


Student Government Association: Secretary

Haley Intravaia


Student Government Association: Senior Class Senator

Jhasmyn O’Connor


Student Government Association: Junior Class Senator

Finnley Stephen 


Student Government Association: Sophomore Class Senator

Tanner Elliott


Student Government Association: First Year Class Senator

Seth Hauser


Student Government Association: Commuter Senator

Tracy Thompson


Clubs and Orgs

10/23/2017 3:51 pm

Starting a Club

State of the University

10/12/2017 10:27 am

Student Club Event Registration Form

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