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MAJORS, MINORS, AND CONCENTRATIONS

With more than 80 majors, minors, and concentrations, Rockford University ties academic experience with practical applications. We challenge and support our students with rich academic opportunities, practical experiences, and global perspectives, so they develop the knowledge, values, and skills that impact our lives and our world.

Rockford University’s programs, which feature day, evening, and weekend classes, are flexible and may be shaped to accommodate almost any schedule. Your faculty advisor will help you tailor a schedule of courses that meets your needs, so that you are truly able to design a learning journey that has meaning for you and your future.

For a complete listing of programs, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Undergraduate Majors
Certificate Program
Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Graduate Certificate
Public/Non-Profit
Strategic
Accounting/CPA
Health Administration
Management
Project Management

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Initial or Subsequent Endorsement:
Early Childhood
Elementary
Secondary
K–12
Special Education
Reading
Reading Specialist
Instructional Strategies*
Education
*For licensed teachers only

Additional Endorsements:
Bilingual Teacher/ESL
Learning Behavior Specialist I
Middle School
Reading Teacher
Secondary

Undergraduate Minors
  • Ancient and Medieval Studies
  • Bilingual Education
  • Child/Adolescent Development
  • Classical Civilization
  • Coaching
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Gender Studies
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Greek
  • Health Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education (6-12)
Adult Accelerated
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Undergraduate Majors
Undergraduate Minors
  • Ancient and Medieval Studies
  • Bilingual Education
  • Child/Adolescent Development
  • Classical Civilization
  • Coaching
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Gender Studies
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Greek
  • Health Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education (6-12)
Pre-Professional Programs
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Social Work
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Certificate Program
Adult Accelerated Degree Completion

Management Studies (BSMS)

English as a Second Language

Program details

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Graduate Certificate
Public/Non-Profit
Strategic
Accounting/CPA
Health Administration
Management
Project Management

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Initial or Subsequent Endorsement:
Early Childhood
Elementary
Secondary
K–12
Special Education
Reading
Reading Specialist
Instructional Strategies*
Education
*For licensed teachers only

Additional Endorsements:
Bilingual Teacher/ESL
Learning Behavior Specialist I
Middle School
Reading Teacher
Secondary

 

For a complete listing of programs, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

Pre-Professional
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Social Work
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
ESL
English as a Second Language

Program details

COLLEGES

College of Arts and Humanities

includes the departments of Art and Art History; English; History; Modern and Classical Languages and Religion; Performing Arts; and Philosophy.

College of Social Sciences, Commerce and Education

includes the departments of Anthropology and Sociology; Economics, Business, and Accounting housed in the PURI School of Business; Education; Physical Education; and Political Science.

College of Science, Math, and Nursing

includes the departments of Chemical and Biological Sciences; Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics; Nursing, and Psychology.

Check out all of our academic departments!

***Nellie, below is another option to display the programs (it’s more similar to what we originally had).

UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS

Accounting*
CPA
Non-CPA

Anthropology / Sociology*

Applied Anthropology
Criminal Justice
Pre-Social Work

Art*
2-Dimensional Art
3-Dimensional Art
Graphic Design

Biology*
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Evolution and Ecology
Organismal Biology

Business Administration
Finance
Management
Marketing

Chemistry*
ACS Certified

Computer Science*

Management Information Systems
Web Development

Economics*
Finance
International Economics
Public Policy

Human Development*
Child/Adolescent Development
Gerontology
Life Span
Research

Humanities

International Studies
Area Studies, Arts & Peoples
Environment & Development
Ideas & Religions
Politics & Economy
Security & Peace Studies

Mathematics*
Computational

Physical Education*

Exercise Science
Sport Management
Teaching

Political Science*
American Studies
Constitutional Studies
Legal Studies
Political Ideas
Politics & Culture
War & Peace

Science and Mathematics

Social Sciences

Theatre

Acting/Directing
Design/Tech
Musical Theatre Performance
Theatre Management
*Indicates a minor can also be achieved in this program.

UNDERGRADUATE MINORS

 
 

 

 

Summary:
The primary emphasis of this position is to manage the academic and administrative support operations of the campus community as they relate to the responsibilities of the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide support to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost on a daily basis.
  • Maintain the utmost confidentiality of all information.
  • Provide follow up to assignments given to management staff by the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost; provide status reports as requested.
  • Serve as primary contact for the Office of Academic Affairs to faculty, staff, and students. 
  • Attend Faculty, Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and other meetings; take meeting minutes as directed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Provost.
  • Receive and screen communications to the Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Provost, including telephone calls, incoming mail, and e-mail messages, and provide assistance using independent judgment to determine those requiring priority attention.
  • Make travel arrangements, manage schedule and calendar information for the Vice President of Academic Affairs/ Provost; arrange meetings and conferences.
  • Manage a wide variety of executive secretarial and administrative duties as required by daily operations in the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Coordinate office processes and procedures; develop and recommend office procedures and systems; ensure smooth office operations; help create and then maintain Office of Academic Affairs policies and procedures manual.
  • Exercise project management by managing various annual projects, such as the Academic Retreat, University Opening Conference, Student Showcase and the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion processes; distribute, process, and evaluate student course evaluations each semester.
  • Work with staff members in other offices to complete tasks, such as coordinating the full-time faculty contracts with the AVP of Human Resources and provide data for national surveys.
  • Serve as Office of Academic Affairs record keeper by maintaining general office documents and the faculty files, which include appointment letters, contracts, vitas and transcripts, retention, tenure, and promotion documentation, and faculty development applications and awards.
  • Prepare, review, and summarize miscellaneous reports and documents; prepare background documents as necessary.
  • Monitor invoice processes for all of Academic Affairs.
  • Independently respond to letters and general correspondence of a routine nature.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

Direction would be provided for OAA Administrative Assistant and any Student Workers or Temporary Workers in order to properly complete necessary projects.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate must be able to:

  • Display and maintain a professional appearance and attitude;
  • Provide exemplary customer satisfaction skills, including dealing effectively with the public, cabinet members, faculty and staff members, and Board members both in person and over the telephone;
  • Engage in teamwork and developing consensus;
  • Apply creative and innovative techniques for performing assignments;
  • Understand and use proper English, spelling, grammar, and punctuation;
  • Compose formal business correspondence;
  • Perform basic mathematical computations, accounting, and record keeping, along with general budgeting theories and principles;
  • Exhibit proficiency in technology, both in the use of standard office equipment and in the use of computer applications related to the work; and
  • Engage in time management practices, as well as, above average accuracy

Education and/or Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.

To apply:

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Email resume, cover letter indicating salary requirements and list of three professional references to humanresources@rockford.edu

The Division of Enrollment Management at Rockford University is seeking applications for a Director of Adult and Graduate Admissions to lead a newly formed department.  Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment Management the Director will fully form and lead the department responsible for all Adult Accelerated and Graduate program enrollment at the University. This position is responsible for developing policies and procedures and monitoring and analyzing performance of assigned staff members. This position requires a solid understanding of higher education administrative processes since it involves working on complex projects with cross-functional teams and with a wide range of campus constituencies. Strong analytical, problem solving and leadership skills are essential. The incumbent with develop and execute marketing and recruiting strategies designed to attract top students and provide leadership in achieving enrollment goals and objectives. The incumbent is accountable for uniform and timely dissemination of information and communication with prospective students and providing them information about all available services. The incumbent is responsible for working with the admission team to develop and enhance admissions events, technologies, marketing tools, procedures and policies. This position develops and implements outreach to achieve long and short term institutional recruitment goals and to establish relationships with corporations, community organizations and governmental agencies which involves interacting with University leadership and the development of articulation agreements. The Director is a member of the Enrollment Management Leadership Team that strives to meet student needs, provide excellent customer service and achieve enrollment goals. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  • In collaboration with the VPEM, establish strategic direction, priorities and goals for the Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions, using data to make informed proposals and decisions.
  • Provide overall leadership in developing internal policies and procedures and ensure adherence to University guidelines and admission criteria.
  • Develop recruitment plans for each adult accelerated and graduate program. The plans must recognize the intrinsic differences and distinct attributes each program possesses and therefore must be highlighted for each target market.
  • Work collaboratively with programs across the University to develop and execute central recruitment, admissions and enrollment strategies for on campus program and develop strategies that include online and off campus program delivery.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications offices to develop marketing materials including publications, digital media and advertising.
  • Develop and execute a communication strategy for outreach to prospective adult accelerated and graduate students including email, print, texts and social media and community engagement.
  • Develop comprehensive web presence within the structure of the Rockford University website.  Monitoring this presence to ensure information is accurate and current.
  • Supervise staff within Adult and Graduate Admissions operation assigning duties, evaluating performance, and ensuring all staff members receive appropriate training and professional development opportunities.
  • Develop and administer the Office’s budget, including budget forecasting, planning and monitoring of expenditures.
  • Collaborate with various University constituents, such as the academic departments, Marketing and Communications, Financial Aid, etc. to ensure consistent messaging and service follow-through.
  • Monitor international, national and state-wide educational and enrollment trends.
  • Travel on behalf of the University is required. Some weekend and evening hours required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support enrollment success at the University.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Project Management skills
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Data entry skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and databases. 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree required with master’s degree preferred
  • Five years’ experience with increasing levels of responsibility in recruitment and admissions required, preferably with adult and graduate programs

To Apply:

  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter, including salary requirements, resume and a list of professional references to: humanresources@rockford.edu

The Cross Country and Track and Field Coach is a member of the Division of Enrollment Management and Intercollegiate Athletics, reporting to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.  The primary emphases of this position are to coach, recruit, and support the mission of Rockford University.  This position will be responsible for Coaching men’s/women’s Cross Country and Track and Field (hire/supervise GA’s, recruit student athletes, develop schedules, attend conference meetings, etc.)
           

Education and/or Experience:

A Master’s Degree is preferred; however, a bachelor’s degree will be considered if the candidate has appropriate experience. Previous experience working with student     athletes (male and female) in a college setting and experience with NCAA regulations is a must.

To Apply:

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of interest, including salary requirements, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.

Catalyst Online

06/07/2017 10:58 am

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Catalyst is published by the Communications & Alumni offices within the Institutional
Advancement division.

Letters to the editor, feedback and feature suggestions are welcome. Deadline for correspondence to be considered for the next issue of Catalyst is March 15, 2017.

Contact information: Office of Communications, 815.394.5041 or communications@rockford.edu.

Cover. President Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D., on the campus of Rockford University on the day we celebrated his inauguration as our 18th president. (For more, see inauguration story on Page 4.)

Editor: Rita Elliott
Designer: Monna Ohme

Alumni Association Board

Welcome and congratulations to our new board members:
Mitchell Faith ’16
Elizabeth Mundy-Hemmerich ’05
Jenifer Swanson-Shelton ’11
Mara Steinhour ’98
Tom Wojewodzki ’14
Anthony Scandroli ’02

Other board members:
Carlos Fulcher ’96
Courtney Geiger ’02, Secretary
Dawn Niehaus Gile ’02
Kerstin Grey ’03/’11
Robin Hartsell ’93
Jamie Jones ’01
John LiCausi ’04
Tom Lifvendahl ’70
Tom Massari ’98
Joel Moore ’00, Alumni Trustee
Kirk Mueller ’01
Susan Ouchterloney ’79, Vice President
Bettyann Pappenfus ’81
Brooke Peterson ’07
Jim Reynolds ’95
Joe Siok ’90
Scott Stoll ’01, President
Kristin Ketchum Tews ’97
Damir Utrzan ’11

Wilma Frailey Hoesly ’39, June 8, 2016
Betty Idtse Reynolds ’43, Sept. 10, 2016
Marian Weisenberger Alexander ’44, Sept. 2, 2016
Carolyn “Connie” Stolz Bennett ’45, Oct. 24, 2016
Clara Wilkinson Robinson ’47, Aug. 7, 2016
Rosemary Trelease Day ’47, Sept. 7, 2016
Maureen Harden Herd ’51, Oct. 4, 2016
Lois Sachs Johnson ’55, Sept. 1, 2016
Florence Bute Lenox ’55, Oct. 5, 2016
Dr. Jane Roscoe Thomas ’56, Nov. 28, 2016
Beverly O’Brien Capone ’58, Sept. 29, 2016
Sanatkumar Shah ’62, Oct. 21, 2016
Marlow Lee Dodge ’64, Oct. 3, 2016
Jerry D. Stevens ’65, Nov. 1, 2016
Gertrude E. Kiegel ’66, June 9, 2016
Martha Emily Desmond ’66, Aug. 18, 2016
Peter Suits ’67, Jan. 7, 2016
Donald Victor Faith ’68, Aug. 9, 2016
Barbara Feeney Powers ’69, Aug. 2, 2016
Robert Earl Petersen ’70, Aug. 7, 2016
Mary E. Gonzales ’71, Oct. 30, 2016
Geraldine Scott Malone ’73, Oct. 8, 2016
Elizabeth McGregor Deason ’74, Aug. 24, 2016
Thomas Doran ’74, Sept. 1, 2016
Jay Howard Stiteley ’76, July 23, 2016
Joan Fry Becknell ’78, Oct. 10, 2016
Melvin L. Schallberg ’80, Aug. 16, 2016
Patrick D. McCarren ’80, Aug. 31, 2016
Kathryn Clark Wilhelm ’89, Oct. 12, 2016
David Lee Ross ’91, Sept. 15, 2016
Sonal Kapur Puri ’06, Aug. 2, 2016

Share your GOOD NEWS with us!
Please send updates to alumni@rockford.edu.
Pictures also welcome!

Giving made simple.

THREE WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LEGACY

With a little preparation, planned gifts can be made now to immediately support Rockford University’s needs or they can take effect in the future as a way to leave your legacy.
Anyone can make a planned gift. Consider these three popular options:

A gift in your will or revocable living trust.

Work with your attorney to include a few simple sentences in your will or living trust. Plus, you can change your mind at any time because this gift doesn’t go into effect until after your lifetime.

A gift of your retirement plan assets.

By naming us as the primary beneficiary on the designation form for a percentage (1–100) of your account’s final value, you can make a tax-wise gift to support Rockford University.

A gift of your bank or brokerage account.*

By placing a payable on death or transfer on death designation on your bank or brokerage account, you can name our organization to receive the funds.

Leave a Lasting Legacy

 

Contact us today at 815.394.3756 or legacy@rockford.edu to learn more about the benefits of planned gifts.
*State laws govern payable on death accounts and transfer on death accounts. Please consult with your bank representative or investment advisor if you are considering these gifts.

FACULTY NOTES & STUDENT NEWS

Catherine Forslund, Ph.D.

Catherine Forslund

Department Chair and Professor of History Catherine Forslund, Ph.D., has published a chapter on Edith Kermit Roosevelt in “A Companion to First Ladies,” Katherine A. S. Sibley, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016.

Jessica Williams and Mirela Papandreou

ESL Instructors Jessica Williams and Mirela Papandreou had news articles published in the Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages’ (ITBE) quarterly newsletter in the fall.

Joel Lynch, Ph.D.

Joel Lynch

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology Joel Lynch, Ph.D., recently was featured in an October news spot on DeKalb, Ill., public radio station WNIJ. His commentary on why people don clown costumes to scare others touched on the psychological motivations for one of the creepiest trends of 2016. 

Robert Evans

Bob Evans

Robert Evans, an associate professor of political science, department chair and associate professor of economics, business and accounting, was featured in an October 2016 “Perspectives” spot on DeKalb, Ill., public radio station WNIJ, sharing his thoughts on the issues presented by early voting in a general election.

Michael Perry, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, Associate Professor of English and Faculty Athletic Representative Michael Perry, Ph.D., was featured in a November 2016 “Perspectives” spot on DeKalb, Ill., public radio station WNIJ for his insights on superstition and the finally-broken Chicago Cubs curse, which he posits may never have existed in the first place. Perry and some of his students also hosted a panel discussion at Geek’d Con in Rockford, Ill., in October 2016 on what is entailed in inviting graphic novels into the greater literary tradition.

John Burns, Ph.D.

John Burns

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages & Religion John Burns, Ph.D., presented his poetry book titled “El mismo río” (Ediciones El Quirófano, 2016) at the Festival de poesía Ileana Espinel in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in November. Burns also contributed the essay “From Manifiesto to Manifestation: The Infrarrealista Movement on the Margins of Mexican Literary Culture” to the volume “Alternative Communities in Hispanic Literature and Culture” (Luis H. Castañeda and Javier González eds.), published by Cambridge Scholars in September 2016. Additionally, he presented on the poetry of Mario Santiago at the Andean Conference of Latin American Literature in La Paz, Bolivia, in September 2016 and “Manifestations of Cultural Identity in Latin American Literature and Culture” at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association’s annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October 2016.

Lydia Gerzel-Short, Ed.D.

Lydia Gerzel-Short

Assistant Professor of Education Lydia Gerzel-Short, Ed.D., has given presentations at several recent conferences, including two presentations at the Convention of the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children in Lisle, Ill., in November 2016; a panel discussion with two students and individual presentation at the International Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in October 2016; and a caucus panel discussion and separate individual presentation at the TED Division of the Council for Exceptional Children 2016 National Conference in Lexington, Ky., in April 2016. Gerzel-Short also recently co-authored an article on strategies for working with paraprofessionals for “New Teacher Advocate” magazine with Northern Illinois University Chair and Professor of Special Education Greg Conderman.

Brian Huels

Brian Huels

Assistant Professor of Accounting Brian Huels was recognized by the Rockford (Ill.) Chamber of Commerce as one of the 40 Leaders under 40 at a celebration in November.

Jules Gleicher, Ph.D., Ron Lee, Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.

 

 

 
 

Jules Gleicher Ron Lee Stephanie Quinn

Chair and Professor of Political Science Jules Gleicher, Ph.D., chaired and was discussant for a panel on “Politics and Rhetoric” at the annual meeting of the Illinois Political Science Association in Chicago in November 2016. Presenting papers for this panel were faculty colleagues Chair and Assistant Professor of Political Science Ron Lee and Associate Professor of Modern & Classical Languages Stephanie Quinn, Ph.D.

 

Tammy Schiek

Tammy Schiek

Chair and Associate Professor of Physical Education Tammy Schiek presented “Give Me a Break: Integrating Activity into the Classroom” at the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., in March 2016, and at the Raising Student Achievement Conference in St. Charles, Ill, in December 2016.

Alumni Gallery

06/06/2017 9:37 am

Kamisha Garrett

05/02/2017 3:27 pm

Congratulations to our final ROCK SOLID REGENT for this semester, Faris Al-Yami. Faris is a freshmen nursing major from Najran, Saudi Arabia. He was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik, Chair, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics. Dr. Dik shared that Faris has done a superior job in his Math courses. He is always prepared and a regular participant in class discussions. Faris is helpful to his classmates in many ways. He helps others with course work and he also assists domestic students with understanding his culture.

Faris has served as a Global Ambassador and international student orientation leader, welcoming new students to the RU campus. The Office of Global Affairs shared that he is “always willing to lend a helping hand.” Additionally, Faris is the Vice President of the Saudi Arabian Club, a member of the Multicultural Club and a member of the Saudi Arabian Soccer Club.

RU has been a great place for Faris to study. He is appreciative of the closeness of the campus community and how people get the opportunity to really know each other well. Faris desires to be a great nurse and eventually become a top healthcare provider. Congratulations to our ROCK SOLID Regent, Faris Al-Yami.

Joshua Davis from Chicago, Illinois is our ROCK SOLID REGENT for the week. Joshua is a freshman computer science major and was nominated by Dr. Mehmet Dik. He is an active participant on the football team as well as the Minority Male Mentoring Program. Dr. Dik describes Joshua as a “role model student in and outside of the classroom.” He is a servant to others which is displayed in his actions as he gladly helps many students on campus. His work in Math 224-Statistics has been exemplary and he currently holds the title “Statistics King.” This title is given to the most successful male student in the class.

Joshua appreciates the very close-knit community at RU. During his first year he has discovered that there are so many free resources available to students. He also is thankful that the faculty and staff are willing to help you in any way possible. After graduation from RU Joshua would like to pursue a career in the IT security field. Congratulations, Joshua, on being a ROCK SOLID REGENT!