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Lisa L. Macaione

Communications, Humanities and Fine Arts
Adjunct Faculty

I feel connected to my students at Waubonsee because I, too, attended community college. It’s one of the best opportunities available in higher education in this country, and it gave me the chance to figure out who I wanted to be while pursuing my degree. I also worked while going to school, so I understand the demands of life outside the classroom.

After receiving my Associate degree, I transferred to Aurora University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication. I took a year off of school to work then continued my education at Leiden University in the Netherlands, about 40 minutes outside Amsterdam. It was an experience of a lifetime, and I not only earned my Master’s degree in English Literature, but cultivated a passion for foreign culture and travel.

Signing the wall upon graduation, a Leiden tradition

Signing the wall upon graduation - a Leiden tradition ("Zweetkamertje")

Now I am happy to share my love of reading and writing on an academic level as a career. There’s a reason why English classes are required; the ability to think critically and articulate one’s thoughts into spoken or written words can contribute to a person’s success. A badly composed cover letter can cost you a job. A clever conversation or an email without spelling errors to a boss can make you stand apart.

Outside of work, I am married with two daughters. I enjoy museums, art, architecture, local history, cooking, food, and movies. I listen to all kinds of music and go to concerts when I can.  Of course, reading and writing are at the top of my list. I’d also like to learn about your interests, so please feel free to start a conversation!

At Waubonsee:

First-Year Composition I (ENG 101)

First-Year Composition II (ENG 102)

Other Courses Taught:

Contemporary Literature

Creative Writing

Culture, Diversity, and Expression



Introduction to Literature

Literature and Film

Wellness and Social Responsibility


Cert. of Professional Development in Museum Studies, Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

M.A. in English Literature, Leiden University

B.A. in English and Communication, Aurora University

A.A. with concentration in English, Elgin Community College

Academic Publication

Lipipipatvong, Lisa Marie. “‘Free Born Joy’: Sexual Expression and Power in William Blake’s Visions of the Daughters of Albion." And Never Know the Joy: Sex and the Erotic in English Poetry, edited by  C.C. Barfoot, Rodopi, 2006. pp. 155-172.

Honors and Memberships

Modern Language Association

Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society

Phi Theta Kappa

Additional Activities and Skills

Yorkville Public Library Adult Creative Writing Group founder and facilitator

St. Charles Writers Group facilitator

Poetry publications and awards

Farnsworth House Visitors Center Associate, docent, and media/marketing coordinator

Advisory Committee member at the Cambodian American Heritage Museum from 2008-2012

Web development, online course development, social media coordination, and blogging platforms

Performing arts experience including choir and theater


Sugar Grove Campus
(630) 466-7900 ext. 3117 (Voicemail for Communications, Humanities, and Fine Arts)

Office Hours:
By appointment