CCE Faculty Fellows

The Center's Faculty Fellows showcase the best of Northwestern's faculty across all the University's schools and programs. Faculty fellows are appointed in recognition of their efforts in advancing engaged teaching, learning, and research, and receive support for their work from CCE.

Jack Doppelt


Jack Doppelt is a professor of journalism and currently serving as the interim associate dean at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. His reporting centers on legal and immigrant affairs. He is the publisher of Immigrant Connect and RefugeeLives. Through the use of multimedia storytelling, he has given voice to the diverse experiences of immigrants and refugees around the world. His coursework exposes students to issues surrounding the immigrant communities of Chicago. In collaboration with ethnic and community media outlets from the metropolitan area, Doppelt facilitates the opportunity for students to engage with cultural groups and share their compelling narratives. Through the fellowship, Doppelt hopes to develop several immigration-focused initiatives.

Matthew Easterday


Matthew Easterday is an assistant professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. His unique approach to civic learning integrates technology with human psychology. Through the use of scientifically-supported, educational technology, Easterday seeks to increase the level of civic participation as a means to promote community development. Two of his recent projects include Policy World, a game that teaches students how to effectively analyze public policy, and iLogos, an argument mapping tool meant to strengthen argument formulation and analysis. In addition, Easterday has been working on developing a curriculum to train youth on how to articulate policy issues via journalism and media so that they may elicit civic action.

James Farr


James Farr is a political science professor in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Director of Chicago Field Studies (CFS) at Northwestern University. His research is grounded in democratic theory and civic education. He is currently completing a series of essays on the history of American political science, understood as both discipline and discourse, emphasizing the centrality of debates over method, civic education, and the state.   Moreover, as the Director of CFS, Farr helps students explore the communities of Chicago and Evanston through one-quarter academic internship programs. The program’s unique curriculum connects academic theory with experiential learning. Students gain valuable experience while critically analyzing the civic and professional world.

David Gatchell


David Gatchell is a Clinical Associate Professor in biomedical and mechanical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. Gatchell is also a Clinical Professor in the Segal Design Institute and directs the Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE) degree program Gatchell has always been fascinated by problems that require a cross-disciplinary knowledge of the sciences. His research and coursework implements design theory and practice to solve real-world problems.

Ava Thompson Greenwell


Since 1993, Prof. Ava Thompson Greenwell has been teaching broadcast writing, reporting and producing classes at Medill for undergraduate and graduate students. During the summer of 2006, she was awarded the Radio Television News Directors' Foundation Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship. The fellowship allowed her to spend four weeks at CBS2 in Chicago where she spent most of her time working on the station's website. Greenwell has served as Medill’s associate dean, Teaching Television Program director and Crain lecture series moderator.

Maud Mary Hickey


Maud Mary Hickey is an associate professor in the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. She is a three-year recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust to work with juveniles in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center on music composition projects. She founded the Arts and Music Programs for Education in Detention Centers (AMPED) which brings together Northwestern student mentors and juveniles in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to work on music composition projects. Her work explores the relationship between musical and creative growth and composition.

Penny Hirsch


Penny Hirsch is a Professor of Instruction Emerita in the Cook Family Writing Program at Northwestern, where she was formerly the Associate Director. She taught courses in expository writing, essay writing, and communication in engineering design. All of her work connected the art of writing to matters of social justice, community development, and universal design. Her most recent first-year seminars—“Reading and Writing Stories from the Margin” and “Writing about Community, Diversity and Identity”— grew largely out of her volunteer work with formerly incarcerated women from Grace House, a transition home in Chicago. As an emeritus faculty member, Hirsch is still working with local non-profit organizations that serve disadvantaged populations.

D. Soyini Madison


D. Soyini Madison is a professor and chair of Performance Studies in the School of Communication, with appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Madison explores the intersection of performance and activism. Madison’s proclivity to direct ethnographic data to the stage serves as a powerful, instructional tool whereby principles of advocacy, publicity, and ethics are expounded on.  Madison is staging a performance based on “Never a City So Real,” this year’s One Book One Northwestern selection. She also is leading a series of training workshops on community-based approaches to performance.

Liz McCabe


Liz McCabe is a Lecturer in Chicago Field Studies, the internship program of Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, where she is also Lead Instructor. Since 2009, she has taught interdisciplinary seminars in the program on topics ranging from civic engagement and structural racism in Chicago to literary representations of office work. She also serves as Academic Coordinator and instructional staff for Engage Chicago, the summer program of The Center for Civic Engagement. She is currently researching the cultural history of internships—focusing on representations of internships in literature and popular culture—and writing about the pedagogical possibilities of literature and art in work-based and service learning. She holds a PhD in English from Northwestern.

Thomas Ogorzalek


Thomas Ogorzalek is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and is the Director of Honors Program. Professor Ogorzalek's research is situated at the intersection of urban politics, the politics of race and ethnicity, and American political development. At Northwestern, he is affiliated with the Department of Political Science, and with the Institute for Policy Research, where he is a faculty associate.

Melissa Simon


Melissa Simon, MD is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences. Dr. Simon's primary research interests are aimed at eliminating health disparities among low income, medically underserved women across the lifespan. Integrating health services research with social epidemiologic models, Dr. Simon's research focuses on interventions (such as patient navigation and community health outreach workers) that aim to reduce and eliminate such disparities. Within this context, Dr. Simon prefers to leverage culture and community to achieve these goals and thereby integrates community based participatory research framework into her work.


Ingrid Zeller


Ingrid Zeller is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer of German in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. As of May 2009, she is a certified volunteer docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and conducts “Rise of the Skyscraper” and “Modern Skyscraper” tours in English and “Combination Historical/Modern Skyscraper” tours in German. Zeller’s teaching and research interests include the engagement with film, cities, and architecture in the context of language acquisition. She also has a strong interest in the intersection between music, culture, literature, performance, and language learning. Zeller is organizing language immersion experiences in Chicago immigrant communities to expose students to the cultural and linguistic diversity of the city.


Nyree Zerega


Nyree Zerega is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation at Northwestern University. The program is collaboration between Northwestern and the Chicago Botanic Garden that addresses rapid changes currently confronting the biological world. Her research interests include plant systematics, evolution, and biogeography, moraceae systematics, and pollination biology. Zerega also explores the origins, diversity, and conservation of crop plants.