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LMS Fellows Bios


Columbia College Chicago's Learning Management System (LMS) Fellows for 2011/12

Nathan Bakkum Ph.D
Music Department

Nathan Bakkum serves as the Coordinator of Musicology and Chair of the Curriculum Committee in the Music Department at Columbia College. He teaches courses in music history and populaNate Bakkumr music studies – including rock, jazz, and hip-hop – and he coordinates the department’s offerings in music history and music appreciation.

Nate holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago; an M.A. in Ethnomusicology, also from the University of Chicago; a M.Mus. in Double Bass Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.Mus. in Music Education from DePaul University. 

As a bassist, he has studied with jazz legend Richard Davis and Chicago jazz stalwart Larry Gray. He performs in a variety of jazz, pop, and classical ensembles, and he works steadily as an arranger for string quartet and larger ensembles.


Dr. Anne L. Becker Ed.D.
Educational Studies

Dr. BeckAnne Beckerer is assistant professor of art education in the Education Department. Dr. Becker has a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Masters of Art with a Sculpture Emphasis and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

She taught for over thirty years in the public school system at both elementary and secondary levels. She was the chairperson of the art department and technology departments at West Aurora High School. Dr. Becker currently is the director of art educators in the Masters of Teaching program at Columbia.



Kathie Bergquist
Fiction Writing

Kathie Bergquist is the author of five books of non-fiction, including A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago (co-written with Robert McDonald, Lake Claremont Press, 2006), and four biographies of pop stars written for teenagers (with lots of pix and exclamation points!!!), all Kathie Bergquistpublished by Billboard Books and Virgin U.K. Publishing. The City Editor of the Not For Tourists Chicago guidebook, and a regular contributor to The Chicago Reader, her writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, The Advocate, Out, Curve, Girlfriends, and Diva magazines, and in several anthologies and journals. She is currently editing an anthology of queer writing from Chicago for University of Wisconsin Press, and revising her first novel. Bergquist has an MFA in Creative Writing and is adjunct faculty in the Fiction Writing and English departments of Columbia College Chicago.  


Suzanne Blum Malley
Director of English as a Second Language

Suzanne Blum-MalleySuzanne Blum Malley is the Director of the English as a Second Language (ESL)Program, which offers support services and specialized courses to all students with heritage/Suzanne Blum Malleyhome languages other than English.

She earned both her BA in Spanish and Cultural Anthropology and her MA in Applied Linguistics and Hispanic Literatures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a PhD candidate at Northern Illinois University with specializations in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. Suzanne hastaught college-level English and Spanish in the United States and in Spain.


Julian Grant
Film & Video

Julian GrantJulian Grant is an award-winning filmmaker with twenty- nine feature films to his credit. A published author, fine-art photographer and acclaimed digital artist, Julian Grant's work can be seen worldwide on both cinema screens, television, independent forums and on the internet. As an independent writer, producer and director he has created numerous short films and music videos and continues to develop new media showcases, transmedia events and pedagogical strategies. An advocate of visual effects and emerging technologies, Julian Grant is a digital cinema evangelist.


Whitney Huber
Art & Design

Karen LoopWhitney is a spatial and performance artist with a broad background in visual fields and visual thinking, including art and cinema. I teach a smattering of courses in studio art/design, art history/theory and First Year Seminar. My artistic work addresses perception, point of view, iconography of gender roles, self-presentation, interpersonal relationships, social issues and abuse of power through sculptural objects, costume, installation, single channel video and performative video.


Lisa Lenoir
Arts, Entertainment & Media Management

Lisa Lenoir is a freelance writer, editor and educator. She is the former travel and society editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, where she wrote travel features and managed freelance and staff writers who submitted stories to the weekly Sunday Travel section.

Ms. Lenoir graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and minorLisa Lenoir in graphic design. Her awards include the Chicago Association of Black Journalists, Award of Excellence in Commentary, 1998; the Peter Lisagor Journalism Award in Features (team project), 2003; and the 2002-2003 Lowell Thomas Silver Award for Sun-Times Travel Section (team project.)

Ms. Lenoir teaches "Writing for Managers" at Columbia College Chicago and writes freelance articles for various publications including the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.


Terri Lonier
Arts, Entertainment & Media Management

Working Solo, Inc. President Terri Lonier* is a nationally recognized authority on entrepreneurship and microbusiness. A pioneer in the solo entrepreneurial movement, she is the author of five books, hundreds of articles, and three audio programs. Her classic entrepreneurial startup guide, Working Solo, was named "the #1 choice for solo entrepreneurs" in an Inc. magazine cover story and "the free agent's bible" by Fast Company magazine.
Terri Lonier

In Fall 2009, Terri received her Ph.D. from New York University, where she held a five-year MacCracken Fellowship. Her doctoral research focused on entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and the history of branding and food marketing.

Terri's recent research builds on her training in art and design, and her deep experience with digital technology. She focuses on the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, and design, particularly the impact of visual culture on business management and strategy.In Fall 2010, Terri was invited to joing the faculty at Columbia College Chicago, the country's largest college for students in the visual, performing, media and communication arts. She teaches Entrepreneurship and Strategy in their Arts Management program to both undergraduate and graduate students.


Suzanne McBride
JournalismSuzanne McBride headshot

Suzanne McBride is associate chair of the Journalism Department, where she teaches political reporting, community news and investigative reporting. She’s co-founder and co-publisher of ChicagoTalks.org, a local news web site that’s been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. Suzanne is editor and publisher of AustinTalks.org, a web site that covers Chicago's West Side and was named one of the two top online start-ups of 2010 by the Chicago Headline Club. Before joining Columbia in August 2005, she's worked as a reporter and editor at The Indianapolis Star and now-defunct Indianapolis News, the Terre Haute Tribune-Star and The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette; and worked for the NBC-affiliate (Channel 13) in Indianapolis. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa, Suzanne worked as a legislative aide for former Congressman Tony P. Hall in Washington, D.C., before earning a master’s degree from Northwestern University. She’s a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland in spring 2012.


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Christine Moran

An adjunct instructor and a grammar tutor in the journalism department and a member of the Teaching Academy for the First Year Seminar. I've taught journalism at other area universities, as well as corporate writing and editing classes, and I am also an editorial consultant.



Brendan Riley, PhD
Coordinator of Technology & Pedagogy, English

Is a member of the English Department faculty at Columbia College Chicago, a liberal arts school for the performing and media arts. He teaches Composition, New Media, and Cultural Studies classes at Columbia. He also serves as the English Department's Technology and Pedagogy Coordinator, a Brendan Riley head shotposition in which he helps other instructors develop their use of technology in the classroom. Brendan is probably best known around campus for his popular J-session class, "Zombies in Popular Media," which has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Fox News Online.

Brendan earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida in 2004, where he studied Film and Media Studies as well as Rhetoric and Composition. His research interests include: Rhetoric and Composition theory, particularly work in the sub-field of Computers & Writing; New Media studies; Grammatology (the study of the history of writing); and Film and Media Studies. His essay, "Warren Ellis is the Future of Superhero Comics" appeared in the edited collection The Amazing Transforming Superhero; He contributed the short essay on "The Hard-Boiled Detective" for American Icons, a collection of essays about 100 key figures in American culture. His work has also appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Kairos and Computers and Composition Online, among others. He is a member of the editorial board for The Journal of Popular Culture and he serves (or has served) on the Executive Boards for both the Midwest and National Popular Culture Associations.


Lynda Roddy
Fashion Studies

Lynda Roddy

Is the Academic Coordinator Fashion Studies Department - since August.  Before that, she was the Fashion Studio Manager in Art & Design and an adjuct.  She has taught Garment Construction 1, Fundamentals of Fashion Design, Textile Fabrication Techniques and Fashion Design:Concepts.  When not working, she does collages and mixed media pieces - paperpencilpaste.blogspot.com


Kate Schaefer
Fashion StudiesKate Schaefer

Is a Lecturer in the Fashion Studies department (formally Fashion Retail Management). She has taught Writing for Managers, Introduction to Marketing the Arts, Visual Merchandising, and Introduction to Fashion Business. She has worked in various aspects of the retail industry and strives to bring these experiences to the classroom to enhance course material.


Don Smith
Film & Video

Don is Don Smiththe co-founder and coordinator of Semester in LA. Independent filmmaker, producer and editor. He is the producer of the international co-production, feature film Threads (Khait Errouh) which was written and directed by Hakim Belabbes and was an official selection of the Venice Biennale. He also is the postproduction supervisor for Peter Hunt Thompson's epic documentary, Moviemento. He was the Director of Photography for Birgit Rathsmann's documentary Grit and Polish which examines the Hong Kong film industry. His current projects include development for Finding Farris, a palestinian-american comedy and he is in production on a year in the life of an Indiana high school girls' basketball team. He is the photographer for Soups of France, Chronicle Books, 2002.