Associate Professor Greg Buckley was officially named Interim Dean of the ETSCPS college this morning. Buckley succeeds John Cicero who is leaving Roosevelt to become Dean of the School of Engineering, Technology and Media at National University in San Diego.
New Interim Dean Gregory Buckley, shown here at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in 2010.
Buckley has a strong history within the college, first as an adjunct professor teaching the PLS Seminar in Natural Sciences (while he also was on staff at the Field Museum of Natural History), then joining the full-time Professional and Liberal Studies faculty in 1999. Buckley was tenured in the college in 2006, subsequently, also becoming an Associate Dean.
Last May, Buckley taught a fascinating National Parks course in the Sustainability program, which had an astounding field component: Buckley and eight students traveled to North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park for a 9-day excursion.
RU’s Criminal Justice Society, an organization for students interested in the field, shared the principles of hope, social justice, and happiness with fifteen children, whose mothers are currently in prison, by helping make their Christmas morning just a bit more special. With help from Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers and two CJ assistant professors, the student group shopped, wrapped, and delivered presents for the children. As the Chicago Tribunereported in their coverage of the event, children of incarcerated mothers are often forgotten, and even basic needs can go unmet. When this was brought to the attention of the CJ Society via a speaker, a former inmate who is also a mother, they went into action. Criminal Justice professors Tana McCoy and LaDonna Long both coordinated the plan, while the students joined forces to get everything ready before the holiday break began. From dress-up clothes to cold weather essentials, the presents were located and spiritedly wrapped, then delivered to the children’s homes. By sharing their time and energy (and finding donations to cover the costs), these RU students and faculty shared the true spirit of social justice to children at one of the most important times of the year.