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Term Ending 2016

Denise L. Rode

Denise L. Rode, Northern Illinois University (NIU)

Denise L. Rode, as director of first- and second-year experience at Northern Illinois University (NIU), has oversight of a comprehensive program to meet the needs of first-and second-year students. As part of her responsibilities, she oversees a first-year seminar enrolling more than 1,700 first-year and transfer students each fall. Rode received the 2011 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate award, cosponsored by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and Cengage Learning.She is a frequent author and presenter at the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention (NODA), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the National Resource Center's Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience. Beyond the NIU campus, Rode has served as editor of The Journal of College Orientation and Transition and teaches graduate student affairs courses at NIU and DePaul University in Chicago. She is a past president of Mortar Board national senior honor society and president-elect of Lambda Sigma sophomore honor society. Rode is a three-time alumna of NIU, earning a bachelor's degree in English and journalism, a master's degree in counselor education, and a doctorate of education with an emphasis in college student development. Her latest professional ventures are developing a common reading experience and a sophomore-year initiative (Y2@NIU) at Northern Illinois University.

 

 

 

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