Loyal L. Darr, '59 has empowered students around the world with a greater understanding of history and democracy for over six decades in nine countries. When war was ravaging Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, he was among 36 U.S. and European educators who supported and trained teachers to implement human rights and democracy programming. These efforts were later recognized by former First Lady Hilary Clinton. Darr served Denver Public Schools as a teacher and supervisor of K-12 social studies curriculum from 1961-1992. He earned his bachelor’s in geography education from Illinois State in 1959.
Jennifer Campion Friberg, Ph.D. ’06, is a nationally-recognized leader on effective teaching methods in higher education. She has penned more than two dozen publications and co-founded two peer review journals on that topic and in the areas of audiology and speech pathology. Friberg serves as the Cross Endowed Chair for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State and is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Illinois State University in 2006.
John J. Hoover, ’73 is a fierce advocate in special education whose research has directly improved how schools assess the learning needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. His work has reduced the disproportionality of these students in special education, particularly rural schools. Hoover currently serves as an associate research professor for the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned his bachelor’s in special education and elementary education from Illinois State University in 1973.