Bishop John R. Gorman Institute


Jacqueline Battalora, Ph.D.

Jacqueline BattaloraJacqueline Battalora is an attorney and professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Her graduate training includes: social ethics, theology, sociology, and law. Battalora's work experience includes educator, corporate attorney, and Chicago police officer. She is the author of: Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today. She speaks widely on the topic of the invention of white people in law and has been conducting white awareness training sessions since 1996.

Sandra Burkhardt, Ph.D.

Sandra BurkhardtSandra Burkhardt, Ph.D., ABPP is a professor of Psychology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at DePaul University; she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders. Dr. Burkhardt is a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology and the Illinois Psychological Association. She is the first woman clinician in Illinois and Indiana to hold national board certification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Her academic areas of interest include the biological basis of development and attachment..

Margaret Kelly Carroll, Ed.D.

Meg CarrollMargaret (Meg) Kelly Carroll is a professor of Education at Saint Xavier University, teaching courses in special education and instructional methods. A frequent conference and staff development presenter, she also acts as a consultant for several Chicago area public and private elementary and middle and high schools. She has published dozens of articles as well as monthly newsletters for parents, and a number of books, including What Did You Do at School Today? A Guide to Schooling and School Success, available from Amazon.com. A winner of outstanding teacher awards, Dr. Carroll offers two presentations at this year's Bishop Gorman Institute. She will address administrators on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with emphasis on how administrators must lead. She will cover Differentiation across the curriculum for classroom teachers.

Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek

Phyllis CavallonePhyllis Cavallone-Jurek is the principal of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Chicago, focused on Chinese language, culture and STEM initiatives. She and her school staff create a nurturing and academically stimulating environment for 300+ children. St. Therese has received several honors over recent years, including a 2011 U.S. Department of Educational National Blue Ribbon Winner and a 2012 School of Distinction Middle School Mathematics Finalist. Cavallone-Jurek was one of four Tech & Learning Magazine’s 2012 Leader of Year Winners. In 2014, the School of Education at St. Xavier University honored Cavallone-Jurek as a Distinguished Alumna with its George K. McGuire Award. The Golden Apple Foundation named Cavallone-Jurek as a 2015 Stanley C. Golder Award Finalist for excellence in school leadership. Cavallone-Jurek has been a high school and college mathematics instructor and has reviewed four middle school mathematical textbooks. She is a frequent presenter and project manager for grants involving mathematics, science and technology instruction. Cavallone-Jurek is focused on initiatives that support Just and Fair Assessment Practices, Singapore Mathematics Principles, international educator exchanges, and is a licensed facilitator for educators regarding Common Core Mathematics.

Matt Costello, Ph.D.

Matthew J. Costello, Ph.D., is a professor of Political Science at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois.  For the last several years his research has focused on Cold War culture in film and comic books. He has edited symposia, including “Appropriating and Transforming Comic Books,” in Transformative Works and Cultures, (13) 2013 and most recently (with Kent Worcester), “The Politics of the Superhero,” in PS: Political Science and Politics 47(1) (2014) and produced several articles, book chapters and the book Secret Identity Crisis: Comic Books and the Unmasking of the Cold War America, published by Continuum in March 2009.

Bishop John R. Gorman, D.D., Ph.D.

Bishop Gorman Bishop Gorman is Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He holds a master's degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago. He also holds S.T.S. and S.T.B. theology degrees from Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL. Dean Beverly Gulley, Ph.D. of Saint Xavier University's School of Education founded the Bishop Gorman Institute in his name in 2004. Bishop Gorman, a well-known leader in Catholic education, continues to provide support and encouragement to the Institute's goal of providing outstanding professional development opportunities for educators from Catholic Schools. He will say Mass for attendees at this year's Institute.

Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D.

Elieen KnightDr. Eileen Quinn Knight was born in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York.  She attended school in New York and Florida each year of grade school. Her high school days were spent in Palm Beach Florida at Rosarian Academy.  She graduated from college in Michigan and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from De Paul University in Chicago.  Her dissertation: Pre-Service Teachers Sense of themselves as Meaning Makers in Mathematics was summarized in the Harvard Educational Review.  She has also published extensively in regard to urban education, recently, in the Teacher College Record published by Columbia University Teacher College Press in NY.

Dr. Knight has served on NCA accreditation committees for both high schools and grade schools.  She has served St. Xavier University on every committee within the University  (twice as the Senate President) as well as the Higher Education Committee Review in 2006.  She has worked at developing University partnerships with high schools and grade schools on the Southside of Chicago. Dr. Knight has received the Teaching Excellence Award from St. Xavier University and from the State of Illinois.

Tamara Korenman, Ph.D.

Tamara KorenmanDr. Tamara Korenman teaches in a variety of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in teacher education, supervises student teachers and collaborates with school partners. She emphasized the importance of reading, writing, speaking and listening in content classrooms and promotes explicit teaching of strategies to enhance students' literacy skills. Dr. Korenman is a leader and an active member of a number of school, university and community-based committees. She explores, promotes and advocates conditions to maximize the efficiency of learning experiences for all students.

Amanda Lopez, Ph.D.

Amanda M. López is an assistant professor of History at SXU. She received her Ph.D. in History at the University of Arizona in 2010. She regularly teaches classes in world and Latin American history . Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of modern Mexico, specifically looking at the secularization of cemeteries in the late nineteenth century. She is the chapter advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society and for the past two years, she participated in the SXU Mercy Service Trip to Belize. In her spare time, she enjoys vegetarian Mexican cooking and exploring urban landscapes.

Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy, O.S.A.

Father Tom McCarthy, O.S.A. is an experienced teacher, administrator, retreat director and parish mission preacher. 

He is a native of the South Side of Chicago. He grew up in St. Adrian Parish in Marquette Park. He received his elementary school education at St. Adrian School and high school education at St. Rita of Cascia High School. He graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in communication arts. He also has a Master of Arts in educational administration from Lewis University.

Fr. Tom entered the Midwest Province of the Augustinian Order in 1987. After completing his novitiate he attended Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree.

In 1993 he made his solemn vows as an Augustinian Friar and in 1994 he was ordained to the priesthood.

Fr. Tom did a pastoral internship at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park, MI. He also taught theology at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox. 

Fr. Tom is the vocation director for the Midwest (Our Mother of Good Counsel) Province of the Augustinian Order with offices at St. Rita of Cascia High School and for the Eastern (St. Thomas of Villanova) Province of the Augustinian Order with offices at Villanova University. He is also the chaplain and the chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Rita of Cascia High School where he has served since 1994, first as teacher and later as principal and president. 

Chris McCullough

Chris McCullough is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Saint Xavier University. His research agenda is focused on student outcomes assessment in K-12 and postsecondary school settings. He has published and presented research findings for national and international audiences and facilitated professional development workshops on the topic of assessment for faculty in K-12 schools and colleges and universities.

Julie Wogan McKee

Julie Wogan McKee (SXU ’98) is a Chicagoland singer, choral director, and theater director. After a brief professional music theatre career, she was called home to join the music and theatre faculty of Mother McAuley High School, where she has served for the past fourteen years. She studied voice under Dr. Jeanine Wagner at Southern Illinois University (MM, Music Theatre Opera) and conducting under Dr. Robert Sinclair at Vandercook College of Music (MMed, Music Education). She directs an elite choir of high school women who sing challenging repertoire and keep a rigorous performance schedule. Under the direction of Mrs. McKee, the prestigious Mother McAuley A Cappella Choir has sung at The University Club, The Christkindlmarket, Cellular Field, Broadway in Chicago, Mercy hospital, Lurie Children’s hospital, and many more. The choir recently toured Ireland and will sing with the Pueri Cantores Choir for Pope Francis in Rome in December 2015. Mrs. McKee also directs a Spring Musical for Junior High students through the Hidden Talents Catholic Enrichment program. This program has grown under her direction, and this year involves 80 young performers from 18 different south side elementary schools in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.  She is the proud wife of Luke, and mom to Luke, Sean, and Timmy.

Sandria Morten, Ed.D.

Sandria MortenSandria Morten is the assistant director for Inclusive Practices of the Greeley Center for Catholic Education at Loyola University of Chicago. Sandria works in partnership with Aspire and the Big Shoulders Fund to provide educational supports for inclusion in Catholic schools. Prior to working at Loyola, Sandria worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 11 years as a teacher, the principal of St. Matthias School, and most recently directing the development of an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at St. Matthias, the first in any Catholic grade school in Illinois. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Notre Dame's Master's in Educational Administration. Sandria received an Ed.D. and M. Ed. from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Master of Educational Administration and B.A. from University of Notre Dame.

Dominic A. Pacyga, Ph.D.

Dominic A. Pacyga received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. He is the author or co-author of five books, including his latest, CHICAGO: A BIOGRAPHY (2009). He is the recipient of both the Oskar Halecki Award and the Miecislaus Haiman Award from the Polish American Historical Association. Pacyga has also won the Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College in 1999 and 2011. During the 2013-2014 academic year he taught at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Julie Reinhart, Ph.D.M.

Julie ReinhartJulie Reinhart, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Education, the program chair for the Educational Technology program, and the director of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Center at SXU. She holds a doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University at Bloomington. Reinhart is interested in the social embeddedness of technology and her current research is on the Second Level Digital Divide.

Debra Sullivan, Ed.D.

Debra SullivanDr. Debra Sullivan was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a product of Catholic elementary and high schools. It was in these outstanding Catholic schools that she developed a passion for learning, community service, and leadership.

Debbie graduated from Whittier College with a Bachelor of Arts in History in Education through the Whittier Scholars Program. She moved to Chicago and began teaching junior high history in an inner-city, Catholic elementary school, where she worked while completing her Master of Educational Administration from Rosary College. Debbie became a principal in the Archdiocese of Chicago at Our Lady of Mercy parish school where she served until it closed in 2003. Next, she became principal at Northside Catholic Academy, a consolidated parish school in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She began her Doctor of Education program at Loyola University Chicago in the fall of 2010, and continued to work as principal at Northside Catholic Academy. She was inducted to Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, in October 2013, and received her Ed.D. in May 2015.

Debbie currently works as a regional director in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools, offering administrative support and over-sight to Catholic elementary schools within the Archdiocese.


Father Bradley A. Zamora

Father Bradley A. ZamoraFather Bradley A. Zamora is the Director of Liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral. A “lifer” in the Archdiocese of Chicago Seminary System, Father Brad earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and a Master of Divinity and Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of Lake. Father Brad, before ordination to the priesthood, served as the Director of Music Ministries at Good Shepherd Parish in Little Village and served as choir director and organist at St. Barbara Parish, directing the adult and children's choirs and leading a group of cantors, and a small ensemble. In addition to those two “full time gigs” Father Brad can still be seen from time to time sitting on the organ bench filling in for musicians throughout the Archdiocese. With a true love for music and liturgy in his heart, Father Brad seeks to invite others into relationship with Christ, through a personal encounter with Christ through Liturgy