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Faculty and Research

Our scholars and professionals will help you develop skills to excel in life, the community and around the world.

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PNW has created networking opportunities and professional relationships that I am grateful for, with mentors that are wonderful role models.

I have been able to apply what I learned in my classes to my internships. During my time in the program, I've gotten career experience outside of school, working with the Art Institute of Chicago, CareerBuilder and Albanese Confectionery. I already feel prepared for graduating with my Human Resources Management degree in May 2020.

Eliseth Barajas
Human Resources Management, Hammond

I’ve had some of the best professors. They have been supportive, uplifting and inspiring. They’ve been my biggest support throughout my experience here at PNW and are always willing to go the extra mile to help us students.

Katie McNamara
Elementary and Special Education, Crown Point

News and Announcements

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PNW Announces Criminal Justice Degree to Begin Fall 2021

Beginning fall 2021, PNW’s new criminal justice major will let students explore this diverse field, discovering a broad range of learning opportunities for those interested in criminal justice careers

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New Faculty Spotlight: Kevin Hynes, Ph.D.

Kevin Hynes is a professor in the Behavioral Sciences department. His research focuses on disparities in mental health outcomes with minority populations.

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PNW Economics Club Hosts Event to Address Economic Impact of COVID-19

The PNW Economics Club hosted a virtual event with Soroosh Azizi, Ph.D. to address the economic impact of COVID-19.

Important Dates

Oct 26

Spring 2021 Priority Registration Begins

Check your registration status in myPNW to find the earliest date and time you can register based on your classification.

Nov 11

Spotlight Discussion Series

The Spotlight Discussion Series introduces research from SoEC faculty to our colleagues, education and counseling candidates, as well as the greater PNW community.

Nov 11

English Department Currents Lecture Series – Bethany Lee

Join us for Bethany Lee’s faculty lecture this fall. A 20-minute lecture will be followed by time for questions and discussion.

Nov 13

Last Day to Drop Fall 2020 Classes

The last day to drop Fall 2020 classes is Friday, November 13, by 4:30 P.M. (CST).