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Faculty Fellow Biographies

Vicky McKinley is Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences at Roosevelt University. Since coming to RU in 1987, she has taught Microbiology as well as Environmental Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, National Parks, Ecology of Tallgrass Prairies, and many other courses. She has had a key role in designing the science laboratories at both the Chicago Campus (Wabash 7, 8 and 9) and in Schaumburg. Her favorite things are teaching, traveling and photography, which explains why she was the first RU faculty member to pioneer travel courses to places like Belize, Yellowstone National Park, and northern Minnesota. She likes helping students to plan their courses and move toward graduation and a career, exploring their options and passions. So, she is excited to explore the brave new world of being a Residence Fellow!

Lynn Weiner, currently University Historian, was the Dean of Arts & Sciences for 12 years and is also a history professor at Roosevelt. Her area of research and teaching includes women's and gender studies, social history, and popular culture, and she has published a book and numerous articles, book chapter sand reviews. She is now working on a history of Roosevelt University.    From Detroit, she earned a history BA at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and an MA and PhD in American Studies at Boston University.

Melissa Sisco is an internationally published applied researcher in the area of sexual trauma, prevention, and program evaluation. She is currently exploring alternative avenues of enhancing resilience to exposure to trauma including community mobilization, internet-based awareness campaigns, and cultural promotion. In addition to research, Dr. Sisco has engaged in a variety of agencies that address the trauma response including: the County Prosecutor's Office, RESTORE Restorative Justice Agency, the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Southern Arizona Veteran's Health Services, the Board of Homicide Survivors, and the Urban Youth Trauma center. In addition, Dr. Sisco has taught at the University of Arizona and Pima Community college for the past 6 years.

She completed internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center and a joint Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Psychology, Policy, and the Law from the University of Arizona in July 2011. Her dissertation piloted an interactive online awareness program to prevent sexual violence among college students. It is now being implemented as a tier of the safe community aspects of the Roosevelt University orientation.  Dr. Sisco focuses her clinical efforts and research on understanding the cycle of systematic and interpersonal trauma that ensue from differential power dynamics including gender, ethnicity, and social class.

Raed Elaydi interests include social entrepreneurship in subsistence markets, collaboration platforms for sustainable innovation, entrepreneurial opportunity for poverty alleviation, and innovation and reputation in entrepreneurial ventures.

Elaydi is also working with students to document social entrepreneurs and their enterprises in Chicago. This multi-year project will document and track social entrepreneurs throughout the Chicago area to build awareness, community and knowledge of the social entrepreneurship movement in the area.

Dr. Alyson Lavigne is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Arizona. Her work has been published in Teachers College Record and has appeared in a number of local, national, and international conferences.  She has recently co-authored a book, Teacher and Student Evaluation: Moving Beyond the Failure of School Reform, with Tom Good (University of Arizona).  At Roosevelt University, Dr. Lavigne primarily teaches human development courses for students who are preparing to become teachers.