Vitae

November 2017

JOHN A. DUERK
Lone Star College-CyFair
9191 Barker Cypress Road, ART 113T
Cypress, Texas 77433
john.a.duerk@lonestar.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D.  Political Science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, August 2012

M.A.  History, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, December 1999

B.S.  Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, December 1996

A.A.  McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois, August 1994

CONTINUING EDUCATION

“City in a City: Community Identity and Houston’s Sprawl,” Rice University, Houston, Texas, October-November 2017 (6 Weeks)

“Writing Effective Grant Proposals,” University of Houston, Houston, Texas, September-October 2017 (6 Weeks)

CERTIFICATES

Secondary Teaching (Endorsements: Civics/Political Science, U.S. History, World History, and Sociology), #2196000, Regional Office of Education, DeKalb County, Illinois, Renewed 2015 (valid until July 2020)

National Endowment for the Humanities, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, July 2005

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, January 2014-Present

  • Teaching the following courses: (1) Federal Government; (2) Texas Government; (3) Honors Federal Government; (4) Honors Texas Government (Theme: Human Interaction and Experience); (5) Honors Texas Government (Theme: Power) – Spring 2018; (6) Federal Government/Principles of Sociology Learning Community (Theme: Individual Involvement, Group Impact)
  • Writing presentations, assignments, activities, and examinations
  • Utilizing multimedia and the virtual learning environment Desire2Learn
  • Serving as the chair of the Government Department, November 2017-Present (i.e. interviewing, hiring, and evaluating adjunct instructors; building the spring, summer, and fall semester schedules; conducting meetings; reviewing adjunct faculty syllabi; credentialing dual enrollment instructors at local high schools; collecting and inputting the department’s goals; disseminating information to full-time and adjunct faculty members; communicating with textbook company representatives and the campus bookstore; networking with local universities)
  • Served as the interim chair of the Government Department, August-November 2017
  • Serving as the chair of a department hiring committee for two full time faculty members, Fall 2017
  • Serving on the Center for Civic Engagement Committee, 2017-Present (i.e. planning and hosting guest speakers for campus wide events; incorporating a deliberative dialogue into my curriculum; attending meetings)
  • Coordinated the Center for Civic Engagement on the CyFair campus, 2015-2017 (i.e. prepared agendas and facilitated on-campus committee meetings; developed programs and planned and assisted with campus events; managed a $20,768 budget; purchased supplies and reconciled our account; communicated with campus administrators; made group travel arrangements; networked with nonprofit organizations in the Houston area; updated our local webpage; led a campus-wide symposium; escorted students to a public policy conference at the University of Texas-Austin; attended system-wide meetings and workshops and a national conference)
  • Serving on the Honors Council (i.e. attending meetings and events; reviewing honors contract proposals; interviewing prospective honors fellows; judging presentations at the Honors College Undergraduate Research Conference)
  • Mentoring honors students through their research projects (topics: private prisons; rights of transgender people; the Texas Dream Act; inmate experiences on death row; pollution regulation; water rights; education funding; standardized testing; the financial crisis; student loans; Medicare; Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory; human trafficking)
  • Hosting in-class guest speakers (e.g. Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle investigative reporter; Harry Boyte, Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy)
  • Attending the college’s Teaching and Learning Center workshops
  • Mentoring an adjunct faculty member and a 70% faculty member (i.e. observing classes; reviewing syllabi and activities; sharing lessons; conducting one on one meetings)
  • Reviewing and suggesting new textbooks for adoption
  • Serving on one history and two political science faculty search committees
  • Facilitating a workshop on teaching methods
  • Contributing to the Faculty Standards Task Force
  • Attending Higher Education Teaching Institute workshops (e.g. Accelerated Learning)

Resident Faculty, Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, August 2012-December 2013

  • Taught American National Government, History of the United States, and Western Civilization
  • Wrote presentations, assignments, activities, and examinations
  • Delivered instruction on ground, online, and remotely via Collaborate
  • Utilized multimedia and the virtual learning environment Angel
  • Advised students on course offerings
  • Represented the Lake Havasu City campus on the college’s Faculty Council
  • Chaired the Faculty Council’s Nominations Committee
  • Trained associate faculty members
  • Rewrote the Western Civilization and History of Mexico course packages with a thematic approach
  • Served on the (1) Dual Enrollment Advisory Committee; (2) Student Learning Initiatives Sub-committee; (3) Arizona General Education Curriculum Task Force
  • Participated in the Academic Program Articulation Steering Committee’s Articulation Task Force meetings
  • Reviewed and suggested new textbooks for adoption
  • Served on the Associate Dean and Student Services Specialist hiring committees
  • Organized a city council and county supervisor candidate forum
  • Assisted with college promotion at the Mohave County Fair and Lake Havasu High School

Adjunct Instructor, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois, 2007-2011 (summers only)

  • Taught United States Government
  • Wrote presentations, assignments, activities, and examinations
  • Utilized multimedia in course lessons
  • Maintained and submitted records consistent with the college’s policy

Adjunct Instructor, Lake Land College at the Dixon Correctional Center, Dixon, Illinois, Summer 2008

  • Taught American National Government
  • Wrote presentations, assignments, activities, and examinations
  • Adapted instructional methodology to the environment
  • Discussed student progress with the associate dean

Teacher, North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, Illinois, December 2000-August 2006

  • Taught American Government, U.S. History, Sociology, and World Cultures
  • Wrote lesson plans to comply with state standards
  • Utilized multimedia in the classroom
  • Tutored at-risk students
  • Advised Natural Helpers and co-advised Students Allied for Equality
  • Escorted students on field trips and overnight retreats
  • Served on the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee; Scholarships Committee
  • Mentored a student teacher and monitored other education students during their clinical visits
  • Reviewed and suggested new textbooks for adoption

Instructor, Upward Bound at Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois, Summer 2003

  • Designed, proposed, and taught a course entitled Race, Sex, and Class: A Survey of Struggle in the United States
  • Wrote lectures and assignments
  • Utilized multimedia in the classroom
  • Discussed student progress with the program director

Student Teacher, McHenry West High School, McHenry, Illinois, August 2000-December 2000

  • Taught United States History (junior level) and World Studies (senior level gifted students)
  • Wrote daily lesson plans and unit exams
  • Attended parent teacher conferences, department meetings, and faculty meetings
  • Discussed semester progress with my cooperating teacher and university supervisor

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, Spring 1996

  • Assisted with editing the department’s student journal Recounting the Past
  • Performed a variety of clerical tasks (e.g. typing)

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Intern, Illinois Regional Archives Depository (Illinois Secretary of State), Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, August 2006-July 2012

  • Fulfilled patron requests for a wide variety of public records
  • Processed Will County’s criminal court case files
  • Wrote descriptive inventories for the collection
  • Trained four new interns on site

Student Assistant, Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, Summer 2007

  • Proofread the text of scanned monographs
  • Edited HTML code before files were uploaded to the website

Graduate Assistant, Reference Department, Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, January 1998-May 2000

  • Assisted students, professors, and members of the general public with research questions using print indices and online databases
  • Taught bibliographic instruction classes to incoming freshman
  • Provided tours of the facility
  • Completed special projects for disabled students

PUBLICATIONS

“Elijah P. Lovejoy: Anti-Catholic Abolitionist,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 108, no. 2 (Summer 2015), 103-121.  (Refereed)

WORKING PAPERS

“The Radical Egalitarian Critique in Congressional Hearings on Extralegal Animal and Environmental Activism”

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

“Elijah P. Lovejoy: Anti-Catholic Abolitionist,” Illinois History Symposium, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 28 March 2014

“From Voting to Bombing: A Cultural Analysis of How Animal Rights Activists Perceive Different Forms of Advocacy Utilized by Movement Participants,” Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 12-15 April 2012

“A Cultural Analysis of the Public Hearings Leading to the Passage of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act,” Annual Meeting of the Illinois Political Science Association, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois, 19 February 2011

“A Discussion of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act,” Midwest Law and Society Retreat, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 9 October 2010

“The Regulation of ‘Eco-terrorism’ in the United States,” Brown Bag Lecture Series, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 16 April 2008

OTHER PRESENTATIONS

“Building Social Capital Through Inclusivity: Reconstructing the Classroom’s Racialized Space,” Teaching and Learning Center Workshop, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 31 October 2017

“Civic Engagement: Inducing a Cultural Shift Through Public Work” (with Melanie Steel, Kelli Vorish, and Sharon Bippus), Teaching and Learning Center Symposium, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 26 February 2016

“Ideas for Teaching Social Science,” Teaching and Learning Center Roundtable Discussion, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 24 October 2014

“Get on the Syllabus: Components of a Course Outline,” Training Session for Associate Faculty, Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 17 August 2013

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

“Writing Across the Curriculum,” Teaching and Learning Center Symposium, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 29 September 2017

“Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention Training,” Teaching and Learning Center, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 7 September 2016

“Citizen Professional Education Workshop,” Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Lone Star College-University Park, Houston, Texas/Lone Star College-Montgomery, Conroe, Texas, 4-5 March 2016

“Simmer Down: Take the Heat Out of Class Debates,” ESOL Active Learning Symposium, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 6 February 2016

“Engage Students with Advanced Infographics,” Teaching and Learning Center, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 19 November 2015

“Social Class and Its Impact on Education,” Economic Inequality and Civic Engagement Conference, Lone Star College-University Park, Houston, Texas, 6 November 2015

“Personalized Learning,” Teaching and Learning Center, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 14 October 2015

“College Student Development Theory,” Teaching and Learning Center, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 28 September 2015

“What You Say Matters” Workshop, Organizational Development, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 11 September 2015

“Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training,” Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 24 June 2015

“Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting” (Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education), The Democracy Commitment, New Orleans, Louisiana, 4-6 June 2015

“Civic Engagement,” Higher Education Teaching Institute, Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, Texas, 7 November 2014

“Online Teaching Certification,” Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, September-October 2014

“Empowering Students to Get on Course,” Higher Education Teaching Institute, Lone Star College-Systems Office, The Woodlands, Texas, 12-13 August 2014

“Accelerated Learning,” Higher Education Teaching Institute, Lone Star College-Tomball Campus, Tomball, Texas, 14-17 July 2014

“Search Committee Training,” Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 9 January 2014

“Desire2Learn Basic Foundation Course,” Lone Star College-Fairbanks Center, Houston, Texas, 8 January 2014

“The Human Touch,” Mohave Community College, Bullhead City, Arizona, 19 December 2013

“Assessing the Quality of Your General Education Program,” Academic Impressions, Mohave Community College, Bullhead City, Arizona, 11 October 2013

“Creating Participatory Online Learning Activities with VoiceThread,” Mohave Community College, Kingman, Arizona, 14 December 2012

“Using Collaborate in a Smart Room to Enhance Student Access and Success,” Mohave Community College, Kingman, Arizona, 14 December 2012

“American FactFinder and Census Data Access Tools,” Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 4 June 2012

“Young and in Trouble: Symposium on Youth Justice,” Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois, 1 March  2012

“Scaffolding to Improve Student Learning,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 29 September 2011

“Learning on the Go: Introduction to Mobile Teaching and Learning,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 28 September 2011

“Immigration Enforcement: Laws and ‘Outlaws,’ Symposium on Immigration Law and Homeland Security,” Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois, 3 March 2011

“Using Graphic Organizers to Help Students Construct Meaning,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 30 March 2010

“Designing Effective Assessments,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 24 March 2010

“Understanding and Integrating Teaching and Learning Styles,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 24 February 2010

“Teaching with the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 16 February 2010

“Learner-centered Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Feedback = Student Success,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 7 January 2010

“Rubrics for Meaningful Assessment and Evaluation,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 28 October 2009

“Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 13 October 2009

“Formative and Summative Feedback for Teaching and Learning,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 6 August 2008

“Writing Goals and Objectives: There is a Difference,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 10 July 2008

“Concept Mapping for Teaching and Learning,” Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 2 July 2008

“A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” Kishwaukee Intermediate Delivery System, Rockford, Illinois, 20 November 2003

“Understanding Cultural Diversity,” North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, Illinois, 19 September 2003

OTHER WRITING

“Artifacts” (in “Debating the battle flag”), Houston Chronicle, 24 June 2015, p. B8.

“Honest discussion of race is needed,” Today’s News-Herald, 31 July 2013, p. 4.

“Bullets aren’t long term solution to terrorism,” Daily Chronicle, 6 May 2011, p. A8.

“Facade surrounds landfill,” Daily Chronicle, 20 March 2010, p. A7.

“Learning from Victor Wogen,” Daily Chronicle, 19 December 2009, p. A9.

“City government needs major reform,” Daily Chronicle, 4 November 2009, p. A5.

“Student says Fazekas would be best choice for DeKalb mayor,” Northern Star, 19 February 2009, p. 6.

COMPUTER SKILLS

MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel, Debut Professional

Desire2Learn, Angel, Blackboard, Collaborate, Starfish

SPSS (Statistical Package of the Social Sciences)

WordPress, Skype

HONORS

Dissertation Facilitation Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, May 2012

National Endowment for the Humanities seminar and grant, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, Summer 2005

Speaker, North Boone High School baccalaureate ceremony, Poplar Grove, Illinois, 1 June 2005

Original course proposal accepted (and taught), Upward Bound Program, Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois, Summer 2003

Speaker, North Boone High School baccalaureate ceremony, Poplar Grove, Illinois, 28 May 2003

MEMBERSHIPS

Southwestern Social Science Association, 2012-Present

Texas Community College Teachers Association, 2014-Present

ACTIVITIES

Member/Webmaster, Foreign Policy Alliance, Houston, Texas, 2017-Present

Coordinator, Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 2015-2017

Facilitator, Discussion following a performance of Rowing to America: The Immigrant Project, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 12 April 2017

Panel Member, Academic Freedom, Teaching and Learning Center Symposium, Lone Star College-CyFair, Cypress, Texas, 3 March 2017

Member/Volunteer, Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition, Houston, Texas, 2016-Present

Member/Volunteer, Vegan for Life, Houston, Texas, 2016

Faculty Escort, The Texas Tribune Festival (policy conference), University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 2015, 2016

Participant, Walk to Save Animals, Arizona Animal Welfare League, Phoenix, Arizona, 9 November 2013

Volunteer, National Public Lands Day – SARA Park, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 1 December 2012

Organizer, Local Political Candidate Forum, Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 10 October 2012

Member, DeKalb Citizens for Transparency, DeKalb, Illinois, 2007-2009

Volunteer, Fazekas for DeKalb (mayoral campaign), DeKalb, Illinois, 2009

Member, Animal Defense League, Chicago, Illinois, 1999-2009

Speaker, ADL Forum: Introduction to Animal Rights, Chicago, Illinois, 26 May 2007

Treasurer, North Boone Education Association, North Boone Community Unit School District #200, Poplar Grove, Illinois, 2005-2006

Co-Advisor, Students Allied for Equality, North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, Illinois, 2003-2006

Board Member, Alliance for Animals, Madison, Wisconsin, 2005-2006

Member, Scholarships Committee, North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, Illinois, 2003 and 2005

Advisor, Natural Helpers, North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, Illinois, 2001-2004

Volunteer, Harm Reduction Outreach, Rockford, Illinois, 2001-2002

Delegation Member, Chicago Religious Leadership Network/Rockford Peace and Justice, National Mobilization on Colombia, Washington DC, April 19-22, 2002

Member, Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, North Boone High School, Poplar Grove, Illinois, Spring 2001

President, Animal Rights Coalition, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1998-2000

Vice President, Vegetarian Education Group, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1997-1999

Volunteer, Illinois Animal Action, Warrenville, Illinois, 1997-1999

Liaison, Black Awareness and Action Committee, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 1994-1995

REFERENCES

Dr. Stephanie Dieringer
Associate Dean of Instruction for General Education
Mohave Community College
Lake Havasu City Campus
1977 Acoma Boulevard West
Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403
Phone: (928) 505-3349
Email: sdieringer@mohave.edu

Cindy Ditzler, Director
Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library, Room #400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Phone: (815) 753-9392
Email: cditzler@niu.edu

Dr. Robert Holmes, Lead Faculty
History Department
Lone Star College-CyFair, CASA 220-O
Cypress, Texas 77433
Phone: (832) 482-1014
Email: robert.holmes@lonestar.edu

Professor Esther Robinson, Director
The Honors College
Lone Star College-CyFair, CENT 113
9191 Barker Cypress Rd.
Cypress, Texas 77433
Phone: (281) 290-3542
Email: esther.m.robinson@lonestar.edu

Dr. John Theis, Director
Center for Civic Engagement
Lone Star College-Kingwood, PAC 100
20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339
Phone: (281) 312-1741
Email: John.J.Theis@lonestar.edu