Aurora University

Faculty

Brenda J. Barnwell
Brenda J. Barnwell, DSW

Dean of the School of Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8933
Email: bbarnwell@aurora.edu Education: DSW, Aurora University
MSW, Aurora University
BA, North Central College
AA, Rock Valley College
CADC, Waubonsee Community College Favorite thing about AU: "I value the diversity of our learners, environments, opinions, experiences, faculty and expressions." View LinkedIn Profile

Kristin Brendel
Kristen Esposito Brendel, PhD, LCSW

Associate Professor of Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8934
Email: kbrendel@aurora.edu Education: PhD, Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
MSW, Aurora University
BA, Psychology, Benedictine University Favorite thing about AU: "Hearing back from students post-graduation that they have not only met but have exceeded their own expectations." View LinkedIn Profile

Christina Bruhn
Christina Bruhn, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work/Co-Director of Assessment Office Phone: 630-947-8915
Email: cbruhn@aurora.edu Education: PhD, Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
MSW, Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, Biology, Kenyon College Favorite thing about AU: "The sense of community here and the clear commitment of all members of the community to work together to advance student learning."

Laura Donavon
Laura Donavon, LCSW

Visiting Assistant Professor of Graduate Social Work/Coordinator of Addictions and Forensics Specializations Office Phone: 630-947-8943
Email: ldonavon@aurora.edu Education: MSW, George Williams College, Aurora University
BSW, George Williams College, Aurora University
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist (CCJTS)
Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)
Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Professional Board Registration (CODP I) Favorite thing about AU: "Transforming the lives of those who will in turn transform others' lives." View LinkedIn Profile

Cornelius Gorman
Cornelius Gorman, DSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Coordinator Advanced Clinical Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8926
Email: cgorman@aurora.edu Education: DSW, Aurora University
MSW, Aurora University
BA, History, Northern Illinois University Favorite thing about AU: "The students! Especially those students who ask lots and lots of questions."

Marissa Happ
Marissa Happ, DSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Coordinator of MSW Health Care and Gerontology Specializations Office Phone: 630-947-8932
Email: mhapp@aurora.edu Education: DSW, Aurora University
Type 73 SSW certification, Aurora University
MSW, Aurora University
BS, Family Services and Child Development, NIU Favorite thing about AU: "The commitment to excellence, dedication to students, and outreach to the community." View LinkedIn Profile

Meghan Jarpe, MSW
Meghan Jarpe, MSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8902
Email: mjarpe@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Human Services Organizations and Management, Youth Homelessness, Child Welfare, Social Policy, Research Methods Education:

PhD (expected 2020), University of Chicago
MSW, University of Pittsburgh
BA, University of Michigan

Favorite thing about AU: "It's an honor to be a part of a program that serves so many social workers that are shaping our field, here in our region and beyond!"

William Ressl
Rev. William G. Ressl, MDiv, MSW, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8935
Email: wressl@aurora.edu Education: PhD, Theology, Ethics, and the Human Sciences, Chicago Theological Seminary
MSW, Dominican University
MDiv, Chicago Theological Seminary
BA, Economics, Lewis University
Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ with Standing in the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Illinois Favorite thing about AU: "The students are inquisitive and filled with hope for a better tomorrow."

Maureen Rubin
Maureen Rubin, PhD

Associate Professor of Social Work/Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Work Office Phone: 630-947-8930
Email: mrubin@aurora.edu Areas of expertise: Mental health, Interprofessional education, Program evaluation Education:

PhD, University of South Carolina, SC
MSW, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL
MA, Stella Maris College, Chennai, India

Favorite thing about AU: "The rich experience that students and faculty bring to campus from their varied backgrounds." View LinkedIn Profile