Dr. Jungers
Welcome from the Dean

I want to welcome each prospective and current student, alumnus, and community partner to the Franciscan University School of Professional Programs!

As a School, we are committed to renewing the world through educational training grounded in a Catholic worldview that upholds the dignity of every human person and illuminates what it means to create a just society amid the challenges of the modern world. This worldview inspires and informs our faculty and students’ understanding of how to be ethical professionals and leaders in the business, healthcare, mental healthcare, social welfare, education, and criminal justice fields.

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Faculty of our school are trained practitioners and leaders who bring a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom. Faculty know the joys and challenges of their chosen professions; they understand what it takes to move successfully from student to career professional and from career professional to leader; and they are invested in mentoring students and alums along their way. Supporting students’ personal and professional development is our passion.

Faculty of the School also are dedicated scholars who engage in research related to their field. Their research deepens the classroom experience for students and provides them with opportunities to be involved in exciting scholarly projects and professional conferences in areas such as special education, forgiveness and forgiving, child welfare and rural human services, reparation and responsibility among perpetrators of wartime atrocity, and maternal/fetal attachment.

As a school, we have set a course for ourselves that includes the following goals centered on the ethical formation, professional training, and leadership development of our students. We aim to:

  • Provide every student in the School with real-world educational training opportunities in the form of practicums, internships, and field experiences
  • Integrate a Catholic worldview across program curricula
  • Have 100% of eligible programs accredited by nationally-recognized accreditors
  • Develop and maintain active alumni networks by offering online and on-ground continuing education programs that contribute to ongoing professional development

Being part of the School of Professional Programs will prepare you for success in your field and help you to become an ethical, compassionate, and skilled professional who is ready to renew the world wherever you may be called to serve!

Christin Jungers, Ph.D., LPCC-S

Dean, School of Professional Programs

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Ethically Formed. Prepared to Serve. Trained to Lead.

Renew the World through the School of Professional Programs
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Mission

The School of Professional Programs prepares highly skilled, career-ready professionals committed to the sacredness of human life and the transformation of the world into a just environment. Grounded in Catholic virtues and professional ethics, our programs form students as moral professionals competent to engage in socially responsible practice. Faculty are respected scholars and practitioners who prepare students to serve through instruction in evidence-based practices and contemporary theory applied in real-world environments. The outcome is principled, trained leaders who can renew the world by serving the common good and empowering others to realize their human potential.

Ethically Formed
  • Each program is guided by a mission statement that showcases the program’s purpose to train students in their discipline with an emphasis on Catholic values
  • 100% of programs incorporate courses on professional ethics and include content from Catholic social thought
  • Students are supervised in internships and field placements by professionally-qualified faculty who are committed to the values of human dignity, justice, and human rights from a Catholic point of view
Prepared to Serve
  • 75% of the faculty in our school are actively working in their field or are in leadership and service roles within their profession.
  • Faculty have on average 23 years of experience working in their field.
  • 100% of eligible programs in the School are accredited from specialized accreditors, including the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Job placement rates within 6 months of graduation in the SoPP is: 96% (BSN); 89% (Counseling); 82% (Business); 71% (Education)
  • Exceptional first-time pass rates on professional licensure and certification exams: 88.5% for nursing students (5yr. average on NCLEX); 100% pass rate for clinical mental health counseling students (2 yr. average on NCE); and 93.7% pass rate (3 yr. average on OAE) for education students.
Trained to Lead
  • The Master of Catholic Leadership Program is specifically designed to help students understand contemporary leadership theory in light of Catholic Social teaching and develop leadership skills grounded in Catholic values
  • Students participate in and present at professional conferences that offer networking and leadership opportunities
  • Ongoing mentorship and support through the Franciscan University SoPP Alumni and Mentorship Network
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Dr. Richard Antinone

Assistant Professor
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Dr. George Ash

Associate Professor
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Dr. Kathleen Belanger

Dr. Kathleen Belanger

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Dr. Born

Dr. Clinton Born

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Dr. Tiffany Boury

Associate Professor
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Prof. Sunni Burnett

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Prof. Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco

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Dr. Debra Facello

Associate Professor

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Dr. Furda

Dr. Mark Furda

Professor
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Dr. Carrie Gilligan

Assistant Professor

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