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Waubonsee Instructors Earn Tenure

Five Waubonsee Community College instructors have been granted tenure, effective fall semester 2012. They include Vicky Archos, of Wheaton; Jeffrey Hess, of DeKalb; Linda O'Connell-Knuth, of Sycamore; Daniel Portincaso, of Chicago; and Karl Schulze, of Yorkville. 

Communications Instructor Vicky Archos worked as a graduate assistant at Illinois State University (ISU) before teaching as an adjunct faculty member at College of Lake County and Moraine Valley Community College. She joined Waubonsee as a full-time faculty member in 2009.

In addition to teaching the Fundamentals of Speech Communication course at Waubonsee, Archos also teaches a course she developed at the college — Intercultural Communications. Outside of the classroom, Archos serves as a faculty advisor to the Students for a Diverse Society club.

Archos holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a master’s degree in communication, both from ISU.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Instructor Jeffrey Hess has 27 years experience working in the HVAC industry and is certified by North American Technicians Excellence, Inc., the primary certification body in the industry. After working as an adjunct faculty member at College of DuPage and Oakton Community College, Hess joined Waubonsee’s faculty in 2009.

Hess went to work right away, reorganizing the layout of Waubonsee’s HVAC lab at the Sugar Grove Campus and securing additional donated equipment. But the addition that has gotten the most attention is the college’s geothermal system, which was installed in 2010 and which Hess helped implement. He continues to teach the college’s Geothermal Systems course.  

Hess currently serves as the secretary/treasurer for the DeKalb chapter of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society. 

Early Childhood Education Instructor Linda O’Connell-Knuth has been a full-time faculty member at Waubonsee since 2009 and has already helped revitalize the curriculum of the early childhood education program. Effective this fall, the college’s courses will align with the Gateways to Opportunity credentials administered through the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

O’Connell-Knuth has also served as a faculty advisor to Waubonsee’s Student Chapter of the Fox Valley Association for the Association of Education of Young Children and participated on Northern Illinois University’s Early Childhood Studies Professional Advisory Board.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and her master’s degree from National-Louis University.   

English Instructor Daniel Portincaso got his start in education as the head docent/educator at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum in Chicago. During that time, he also worked as a creative writing teacher and workshop leader for at-risk students in the KidStart YouthNet program. Portincaso was hired as a full-time English instructor at Waubonsee in 2009.

In addition to teaching Waubonsee’s two first-year composition courses, Portincaso also teaches Leadership Studies and Creative Writing:Fiction. The co-advisor for the student writers’ organization on campus, the Association for Creative Expression, Portincaso recently developed a creative nonfiction writing course at the college, which was offered for the first time this spring.

Portincaso earned a bachelor’s degree in fiction writing from Columbia College in Chicago and a master’s degree in the same discipline from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He is the managing editor of the “Chicago Quarterly Review,” a literary journal.

Earth Science Instructor Karl Schulze earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in the same subject at Texas A&M University before working in the industry, including time as a meteorolgist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.

Not surprisingly, since joining Waubonsee as a faculty member in 2009, Schulze has developed and taught two new courses — Introduction to Meteorology and Climate and Global Change.

While serving as a mentor to students in Waubonsee’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship program, Schulze also stays active in professional organizations, including the American Meteorological Society, the Illinois Community College Faculty Association and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.