URSCI Committee

The Committee on Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations (URSCI) is a standing RCAS Committee with the following responsibilities. The Committee

  • Reviews and approves URSCI grants for URSCI programs/initiatives submitted by faculty and students.
  • Establishes policies and procedures for current and new URSCI programs/initiatives.
  • Provides guidance and assistance to the director for the URSCI Expo.
  • Provides mentoring to faculty and students applying for URSCI programs/initiatives.
  • Develops and promotes URSCI initiatives and programs.

Martha A. Jacob, PhD, is director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations.  Jacob is an associate professor of sociology and coordinator of the gerontology specialization within the sociology major.  Her research interests include the effects of discrimination on women in retirement and other issues surrounding age, race and gender.

URSCI Committee Members for 2013-2014.

David Aron, PhD, is an associate professor of marketing and chair, undergraduate business programs, Brennan School of Business. Aron's current research focuses on consumer behavior satisfaction and the incorporation of client-based service learning in the classroom.

Dianne Costanzo, PhD, is a lecturer in the liberal arts and sciences seminar program.  In addition to her PhD in literature, Dianne has a Masters in spirituality and holds a fifth degree black belt in Aikido.    She teaches at Dominican, has a private practice in spiritual direction, and teaches Aikido at her dojo in Oak Park.  Her interests include the synergy of body, mind, and spirit, and to that end her seminars are centered on integrating the whole person.

Rogelia Lily Ibarra, PhD, is an assistant professor of Spanish. Her research interests include 19th century Hispanic women's narratives and discourses of nationalism and nationality.  Her current project centers on the paratextual strategies used by the Cuban-Spanish author, Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, in the historical romance as a way of re-writing Latin American historical narratives.

Tracy Jennings, EdD, is a professor and chair of the Apparel Department. She teaches courses in computer-aided design, textile design, and specialty markets. Her research interests include creativity, sustainability, and engineering in fashion design. Apparel Merchandising and Design

Dennis Kirchen, PhD, is a professor of early childhood education. His research interests include children's play, children's psychosocial development and historical and philosophical foundations of early childhood education. Currently he is researching sequential inventories in relation to performance-driven assessment. 

Ellen McManus, PhD, is a professor of English.  Her research and teaching interests include 19th century British literature, academic writing and the nature of disciplinary knowledge, and approaches to literary study that draw on insights from cognitive and evolutionary science.  McManus is also the faculty advisor to The Constellation: A Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Kathleen Mullaney, PhD, is the director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.  Her responsibilities included working with faculty members to prepare proposals for funded research projects and serving as administrator to the IRB (Institutional Review Board).  She also teaches part-time in the Honors Program in Rosary College.

Sara Quinn, PhD, is an assistant professor of mathematics.  Her research interests include mathematical logic and computability theory.

Chad Rohman, PhD, is a professor of English and director of the core curriculum at Dominican.  He is the editor of the Mark Twain Annual.  His primary research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, particularly Mark Twain, American Literary Realism, American Regional Writers, and American Gothic literature.  He also publishes and presents papers on the life and works of Flannery O’Connor.

Mickey Sweeney, PhD, is a professor of English and former Visiting Derek Brewer Fellow, Cambridge University (2009).  Her research interests rest in 14th century English medieval poetry and Christianity.  Dr. Sweeney is also the Co-Director of Dominican's Honors Program.

Ning Zou, MIS-HCI and MLS, is instruction coordinator for the Rebecca Crown Library.  Ms. Zou's research interests include team-based learning and using rubric and research mapping diaries to assess students' information literacy skills.