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John Haslem

Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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John Haslem, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

John Haslem



  • PhD, English, University of Denver (1990)
    Major field of concentration: Creative Writing
    Secondary field of concentration: American Literature
  • MA, English Literature, Purdue University (1985)
  • BA, English Literature, Purdue University (1983)

Work History
Before coming to Knox, John studied, worked, and/or taught at Purdue University, where he worked in both the Writing Lab and the Office of Writing Review; the University of Denver; LeMoyne College, where he worked in both the Higher Education Opportunity Program and the African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American program; and Syracuse University, where he taught American Literature.

Areas of Academic Expertise

  • Academic support services, including curricular, pedagogical, and student development based models for academic student retention
  • Composition and rhetoric
  • Disability support services
  • Learning center theory, development, implementation, and assessment
  • Strategic access, transition, and retention planning
  • Teaching writing
  • TRIO: Student Support Services, including assessment and grant writing
  • Writing center theory, development, implementation, and assessment
  • Writing program development, implementation, and assessment


  • In online journal artlinePlus, Washington, DC, reviews and articles:
  • "Wannabe No More: The Washington Art Scene Gets Serious" (2007)
  • "Abstraction, Cows, and the Etiology of Self: Jessie Gifford at the Washington Printmakers Gallery" (2007)
  • "The Robert Brown Gallery and Our Emerging Cosmopolitanism" (2006)
  • "Jae Ko: Deconstruction as Invention" (2006)
  • "Wild Delight: George Harkin and the Economy of Nature" (2006)
  • "Two Poems, an Incident, and an Art Dealer: Ted Cooper and the Currency of Knowledge" (2006)
  • "Art, Media, and the Fall of the Aesthete Provocateur" (2005)
  • "Art Galleries and a Consideration of Space" (2005)
  • "Clearly Traditional at the Glass Gallery" (2005)
  • "Adamson Gallery and the Washington, DC, Commission on the Arts and Humanities" (2004)
  • "Marquis, Myers, and Statom: Picking Up the Pieces, uh, huh, from Genre to Personality, Objects to Aesthetics" (2004)
  • "William Willis: Narratives of Invention" (2004)
  • "Elizabeth Peak: New Watercolors, Monotypes, and Prints" (2004)
  • "John Winslow: New Paintings" (2003)
  • "Elaine Treisman: Autobiography of Emotion" (2003)
  • "Family and Company," retrospective art review of Mauricio Lasansky, in Journal of the Print World 20.2 (Spring 1997)
  • In Newsletter Haslem Fine Arts, Inc., Washington, DC, reviews of the following artists' work: Mauricio Lasansky, Carlton Fletcher, Garry Trudeau, Hayes Friedman, Jennine Hough, Terry Parmelee, Elizabeth Peak, Jimmy Lueders, Clare Romano, Billy Morrow Jackson, Karen Kunc, Kenneth Walton, Janis Goodman, Julie Schneider, Neena Birch, Warrington Colescott, James McGarrell, Charles Klabunde, and Scott Schnepf (1992-95)
  • "Under the Grandstands" (poem) in Sparrow, Sparrow Press, W. Lafayette, IN (1991)
  • "One Town Remains" (poem) in Sparrow, Sparrow Press, W. Lafayette, IN (1991)


  • Webster's New Style Guide, Editor. Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2005)
  • Co-author, Terry Parmelee Prints, 1966-1999: A Catalogue Raisonne, Bassett Publishers (2003)
  • Webster's New Compact Desk Dictionary and Style Guide, second edition. Style Guide Consultant, first edition. Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2002)
  • Editor, Webster's New Style Guide, Wiley Publishing (2000)
  • Editor, Webster's New World Notebook Grammar and Punctuation Guide, Macmillan Publishing (1998)
  • Consultant, Style Guide, Webster's New World Compact Desk Dictionary and Style Guide, Macmillan Publishing (1998)
  • Editor, Webster's New World Pocket Style Guide, Macmillan Publishing (1997)

Personal Interests

When John is not spending time with family and friends, he is an avid geode collector, house renovator, and writer, mostly of bad poetry and improving prose.

Laura Bush, Academic Coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning

Laura Bush

Academic Coordinator, Center for Teaching & Learning
Academic Counselor, TRIO Achievement Program

Years at Knox
2010 to present

Education & Licensure

  • MA, Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia (1997)
  • BS, Liberal Arts & Sciences with Distinction in Psychology, University of Illinois-Champaign (1995)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor

Work History
Prior to working at Knox, Laura worked at Carl Sandburg College as a counselor/retention coordinator for the TRIO Student Support Services program and taught psychology part-time. Outside of higher education, Laura has experience as a human resources and marketing manager for a timber frame construction and restoration company, as well as time spent in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Teaching Interests

  • Peer tutoring, learning theory, career exploration
  • Academic expertise
  • Administration academic support programming
  • Student retention
  • Academic and personal counseling
  • Study skills enhancement
  • Resiliency and wellness

Personal Interests

Laura enjoys spending time with her two children, family, and friends. Teaching and practicing yoga, therapeutic horseback riding, and enjoying the outdoors are her passionate pursuits. Interests in sustainability and wellness inspire her holistic approach to student development.

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