Professor Denise K. Degarmo has had a long and distinguished career as a political scientist and educator. Her expertise lies in international security with a focus on the nuclear era and security in the Middle East, and she remains committed to advancing the field. She is currently excelling a full professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University, where she was promoted in 2016. Dr. Degarmo’s responsibilities include managing teaching, research, and publications, conducting lectures and seminars, performing advanced research on international relations, and providing community service. In addition to that role, she has also served as a research associate at the Applied Research Institute in Jerusalem since 2011, which includes acting as the principal investigator on
Poet, musician, social worker: Kathleen Duyck has done it all. She started her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in 1954 and a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington in 1956. She also became certified to work in Oregon by the National Organization of Social Workers. Immediately after college, Ms. Duyck began as an adoption worker for Catholic Welfare in Portland, Oregon, and in San Antonio, Texas. She held the title for six years before deciding to pursue her passion for music. She worked as a musician for the Tucson Symphony from 1963 to 1965 and as the principal cellist for both the Phoenix College Orchestra and the Scottsdale Symphony.
Math is embedded in the DNA of Dr. Nkechi M. Agwu. Her father was an economist and her mother was a mathematics teacher, and while she felt no pressure to follow in their footsteps, she ultimately found that she shared their passion. After decades of professional excellence, Dr. Agwu is renowned as an expert in ethno-mathematics, the history of mathematics, math and statistics education and curriculum, assessment development, gender studies and multicultural education. Over the course of her nearly 30-year career, Dr. Agwu has taught in both Nigeria and the United States, with 20 of those years at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City of New York. She continues to work at the school as a