Dean Jon T. Kilpinen

Jon Kilpinen

Jon T. Kilpinen joined the Valpo faculty in 1992 as an instructor in geography. He served as chair of the Department of Geography and Meteorology from 2000 to 2006. He has been awarded several grants and has published articles on U.S. cultural and political geography. He also coauthored “The Mountain West,” which won the Pioneer America Society‚Äôs Fred Kniffen Award in 1997 as the best book published in the field of American material-culture studies. He became Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2006. Dean Kilpinen earned a B.A. degree in Geography and History from Valpo and his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin.

Associate Dean Lissa Yogan

Associate Dean Lissa Yogan

Lissa Yogan earned her B.A. at Valparaiso University and studied International Economics and Cultural Affairs.  She earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at The Ohio State University.  Her work with the African American and homeless communities in Washington, DC sparked her interest in sociology. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She loves sociology because she loves life and the many interesting, confusing, and fascinating events that transpire in society.  Dean Yogan enjoys exploring the social world with students and especially enjoys their enthusiasm and new views of social life via the internet. She became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on January 1, 2018.

Assistant Dean Nancy Scannell

Dean Nancy Scannell

Nancy M. Scannell attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, and received her B.A. in English with honors. She participated in the U of I / United Kingdom junior-year exchange program and studied English literature at the University College Cardiff, Wales. She earned her M.A. in education from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and will earn an M.S. Digital Media from Valparaiso University in December 2018. She began teaching Core at Valparaiso University in 2003, and in 2005, she became a member of the English Department faculty. She has been an Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since July 1, 2009.  Dean Scannell advises students in exceptional academic circumstances and serves as Director of the Exploratory Program for students with undeclared majors.

Assistant Dean Elizabeth Douglas

Dean Elizabeth Douglas

Born and raised in Valparaiso, Dean Douglas completed her undergraduate work at Miami University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She then attended Capital University Law School, graduating summa cum laude and earning a Juris Doctorate degree with a focus in federal appellate advocacy. Before coming to Valparaiso University, Dean Douglas worked as a federal appellate judicial clerk for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and also practiced law primarily as a litigator in Columbus, Ohio. In 2012, she joined the faculty of Valparaiso University, teaching in the Communication Department for 7 years before taking on the additional role of Assistant Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. Her areas of interest include intellectual property, rhetoric and public speaking, negotiation and conflict resolution, and Internet communication.