First-Generation Faculty & Academic Programs
Find your Cardinal First Peers!
You will never be far from another first-generation college student at North Central College! We are especially proud of the many first-generation students among our faculty, staff and graduate assistants at North Central who were first-generation students. We encourage you to reach out to these accomplished individuals for support as you progress through your college experience.
Click on the following first-generation faculty profiles to read their story:
Stephen Maynard Caliendo
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science
"I'm a proud first-generation college student, and a proud supporter of Cardinal First."
Assistant Professor of Psychology
"I am proud to be a part of a program that shows our students what it means to be a part of the Cardinal family."
Associate Professor of Marketing
"I am honored to be a part of Cardinal First. The program offers a wealth of support and a sense of community. Participating in Cardinal First greatly enhances a student’s experience at North Central. "
First-Generation Faculty and Staff
Cardinal First Resources
Not only will you meet many other first-gen students at North Central through Cardinal First, you will also engage with faculty and staff who were first-generation college students themselves. We encourage you to reach out to them for guidance and learn from their experiences.
Faculty and Staff
Taylor ArmanAssistant Professor of Athletic Training; Athletic Training Coordinator of Clinical Education
Stephen Maynard CaliendoDean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science
Suzanne ChodProfessor of Political Science, Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Connections
Sabryna CornishHalf-time Assistant Professor of Journalism; Faculty Advisor to The Chronicle/NCC Linked
Louis CorsinoProfessor of Sociology; Coordinator of Chicago Area Studies
Ryan DeckerAssociate Professor of Economics; Director for the Center for Financial Literacy
Mary GalvanAssociate Professor of Marketing; Chairperson, Department of Management and Marketing
Kristin GeratyAssociate Provost and Dean of Engaged Learning, Interim Dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor of Sociology
David GrayProfessor of Accounting; Chairperson, Department of Accounting and Finance
Jennifer JacksonAssociate Professor of English, Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, Co-Director of the College Scholars Honors Program
Karl KelleyProfessor of Psychology; Harold & Eva White Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts
Brian HanlonColeman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship
Frank HarwathProfessor of Engineering; Director of Engineering Program; Chairperson, Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Mary Jean LynchProfessor of Psychology; Chairperson, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Heidi MatthewsInterim Dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences; Professor of Kinesiology Emerita
Wioleta PolinskaProfessor of Religious Studies; Chairperson, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy
Matthew A. PonsProfessor of Mathematics; Chairperson, Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science; Marie & Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts & Sciences
Kathryn PszotkaCoordinator of First-Year Student Experience, Director of Campus Galleries, Adjunct Associate Professor of Art
Christine RabenoldAssociate Professor of Art; Student Art Gallery Director; Chairperson, Department of Art and Design
Kendall SelskyAssociate Professor of Athletic Training; Athletic Training Program Director; Chairperson, Department of Kinesiology
John StanleyProfessor of Communication; Director of Forensics; Director of Individual Events
Richard WildersMarie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Emeritus
James GodoVice President for Communication and Strategic Initiatives and Special Assistant to the President
Brittany JamesAssistant Director of Athletics for Heath Care; Director of Sports Medicine
James KluckhohnAssociate Athletic Director for Compliance and Internal Operations
Kimberly LarssonExecutive Director, Center for Global Education, Assistant Dean
Elizabeth NicholsonInstructional Services Librarian; Interim Coordinator of Library Services
Dana O'DonoghueAssociate Director of Development for Parent & Leadership Annual Giving
Wendy PochockiAssociate Dean for Graduate Enrollment Management and Services
Susan RickertDirector of Academic Personnel Services & Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kimberly SalzbrunnExecutive Assistant to the President, the Board of Trustees, and the Vice President for Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Special Assistant to the President
Eric StuedemannAssistant Football Coach; Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach; Recruiting Coordinator
Jesus VelascoAssistant Director, Center for Global Education, International Student Services and Engagement