academic departments


Derrick Baker, Dean
Tawanna Nickens, Associate Dean

Adult Education
Tawanna Nickens, Associate Dean
Through the use of federal and state grant funds, participants access free, noncredit services for postsecondary completion, college and career readiness, and subsequent career pathway employment.

Agricultural Technologies
Gordie Hedrick, Faculty Chair, Agricultural Technologies
One in four jobs in Illinois is in the agriculture industry. Receive cutting edge training for in-demand jobs and dig into a new challenge.

Applied Sciences and Technologies
Jonathan Ross, Faculty Chair, Applied Sciences and Technologies
Parkland has the programs you’ll thrive on, from geographic information systems and horticulture to automotive technology and construction. At Parkland, you can earn a certificate or an associate degree while you gain the experience you need through intensive lab work, course projects, and internships that respond to technological advances and industry demand.

Jonathan Moore, Director
Prepare for private and commercial pilot certification at the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College. Start with us and you'll be ready to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year school.

Business/Computer Science & Technologies
Derek Dallas, Faculty Chair
We offer vital coursework in business and computer science, from accounting and marketing to network administration and web design. While our certificate programs can give you the skills to enter the workforce or snag that promotion, our degree programs provide the specialized knowledge for you to transfer to a four-year school with ease.

Joseph Walwik, Dean

Arts, Media, and Social Sciences
Isabel Scarborough, Faculty Chair
The Arts, Media, and Social Sciences Department is where ideas meet reality at Parkland College. Take up the study of anthropology, art and design, communication, criminal justice, economics, education, history, music, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, or theatre arts and discover how classroom learning becomes a launching pad for a rewarding career. Learn new ways of thinking and develop skill sets that prepare you to apply your knowledge and passion in the world beyond Parkland’s doors.

Brian Nudelman, Faculty Chair
Our classes focus on the liberal arts—composition, reading, religion, philosophy, literature, and more—and are designed to lay the groundwork for future academic and professional success. You’ll be taught by instructors who bring big questions and global perspectives to the classroom. And when it’s time for that bachelor’s degree, our proximity to the University of Illinois offers the opportunity to transfer into some of the world’s best academic programs.

Kelly Bails, Faculty Chair
Kevin Hastings, Faculty Chair
Parkland’s Mathematics programs are designed to help you master the math courses most appropriate to your career goals. If you don’t have college-level math skills, that’s ok; we’ll help you through developmental courses. Are you already a math whiz, planning to transfer to a four-year school? Our Associate in Science emphasizes scientific and theoretical applications for a smooth, logical transition.

Natural Sciences
Scott Siechen, Faculty Chair
Apply your curiosity with Parkland’s Natural Sciences programs. You’ll build a strong foundation for the nature and practice of physical and life sciences, with courses in chemistry, physics, astronomy, meteorology, geology, biology, evolution, environmental biology, microbiology, kinesiology, forensic science, and human anatomy and physiology.


Kim Pankau, Dean

Health Professions
Michelle Roberts, Faculty Chair (Allied Health)
James Roberts, Faculty Chair (Nursing)
Demand is booming across the country for nurses, EMTs, radiology techs, dental hygienists, massage therapists, veterinary techs, and more. Our degree and certificate programs are fully accredited and designed to give you leading-edge skills in caring for others, through expert instruction and hands-on training in labs, area clinics, and local hospitals.