Dr. Lori Scrementi joined the School of Professional Studies with proven leadership in adult, graduate, and online education, and expertise in enrollment management, strategic planning, and program, curriculum, and faculty development. She came to North Park from Trinity Christian College, where she built, from the ground up, all adult, graduate, and online programs.
“I am invested in adult learning and believe strongly in what it has to offer students,” Dr. Scrementi says. Throughout her career, she has heard from students four main reasons why it’s important for them to complete their bachelor’s degrees: “To receive promotion at their current place of employment; to have an opportunity to pursue employment at a new company; to fulfill a personal goal of completing their degree; and for parents to be a model for their children that education is important.”
Dr. Scrementi was familiar with North Park’s programs before joining the School of Professional Studies, and our core values resonated with her. “When I walked on North Park’s campus, I took note of Micah 6:8 etched into stone by the compass,” she says. Dr. Scrementi had often referred to the verse in the classroom, helping students to consider in a professional context what it might look like to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. “Seeing this verse, I immediately felt a kindred connection to North Park.”
As dean, Dr. Scrementi works with School of Professional Studies faculty to offer a variety of degree programs that help students achieve their goals. “We want our students to experience a curriculum that is transformative,” she says, “to educate the whole person, with courses designed to empower students to understand and change the world around them.”
The flexibility in North Park’s delivery of courses—one evening or Saturday morning a week, fully online, or a combination of face-to-face and online—enables adult students to maintain a manageable work-life balance, Dr. Scrementi says. “Many of our students are working full- or part-time, and have children, as well as other obligations in their lives. We have a dedicated and caring faculty and staff who take a keen interest in our students, and have a sincere commitment to see them graduate.”
“Decision-making: Which Raindrop is the Heaviest?” Commencement address at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Ill. May 2012.
“Instructional Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners.” Co-presented with Trina Vallone at the Teaching Professor Conference, Atlanta. May 20–22, 2011.
“Caring Negotiations.” Presented at the First Annual Conference of Conscientious Educators for Concrete Solutions, Romeoville, Ill. June 2009.