Two Receive Tenure at Prairie State College [09/16/15]

Prairie State College recently announced that two faculty members met the college's expectations for tenure, including commitment to student success, collaboration with their peers, and dedication to the college's mission and core values. The announcement was made at the August Board of Trustees meeting. The tenure is effective in January 2016.spring tenure

Awarded tenure were Assistant Professor Carolyn Henley Ciesla, instructional services librarian, and Assistant Professor Dr. John Schlueter, coordinator of adult basic and secondary education.

Marie Hansel, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, who recommended the two for tenure, says each one was selected from a highly qualified pool of candidates during the hiring process, and was mentored by the tenure process. Elements of the PSC tenure process include review by a peer committee of tenured faculty, student evaluations, deans' reviews, and classroom visits. Prior to being awarded tenure, the faculty candidates also prepare an extensive teaching portfolio.

Ciesla joined the faculty in 2013. As instructional services librarian, she provides professional reference service, instruction and collection development for all students, faculty and staff of the college.

Before coming to PSC, Ciesla was library and web services librarian with Homewood Public Library. She also has served as the teen and adult librarian for New Lenox Public Library, program coordinator for the International Coalition on Newspapers, academic coordinator for the Department of English at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and assistant director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University in Stanford Calif.

Ciesla is a member of the American Library Association and the Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois Technology Group. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Schlueter joined the PSC faculty in 2012. Among his responsibilities as coordinator of adult basic and secondary education, he teaches adult basic education courses, recruits and recommends adjunct faculty for hire, and provides leadership, guidance and assistance to adult education teachers in curricular and instructional matters.

Before coming the PSC, Schlueter was assistant director for the Orden Bunka Center and faculty liaison for the Civic Reflection Fellows Program at Truman College. He also served as director of the Writing Center at Loyola University Chicago and lead tutor for the Loyola University Literacy Center.

Schlueter also has served as a volunteer grant writer for the Gary Comer Youth Center, a volunteer development assistant for the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, a volunteer grant writer for The Recyclery, and a senior mechanic for Uptown Bikes: Bikes for Practical Urban Transportation. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago.

“PSC only tenures outstanding and exceptional faculty members because of our tenure process,” Hansel said. “The tenure committee praised each of these faculty members’ organization skills, ability to encourage students to participate in a way that fosters mutual respect, commitment to education, and contributions to the college,” she added.