Adrienne Holloway, Ph.D. Online Campus

"My approach is to identify points   
of relevancy between course  
material and the lives and career  
aspirations of my students."  
- Adrienne Holloway, Ph.D. 

"My approach is to identify points
of relevancy between course
material and the lives and career
aspirations of my students."
- Adrienne Holloway, Ph.D. 

Adrienne M. Holloway, Ph.D.
Program Director, Public Administration Program, Online Campus

My student-centric teaching philosophy, which I have employed throughout my academic career, is comprised of two fundamental responsibilities. First, I am responsible for developing awareness and understanding of course material that is beyond what a student brings on the first day of class. Having had the pleasure of teaching several different core courses, I regularly rework my course to develop one that is engaging and challenging for students. My approach towards this end is to identify points of relevancy between course material and the lives and career aspirations of my students. By utilizing techniques designed to elicit the personal and professional interests of my students, I create course lectures, activities and examples that directly connect new course concepts with students’ interests. As a result, students are more engaged with course material and actively participate in class discussions.

Second, my teaching philosophy requires that I utilize instructional techniques that develop and hone critical skills to facilitate academic and professional success beyond my classroom. The collegiate experience is not only the instruction of academic concepts; it also serves as an introduction to and development of essential professional skills. As my academic career reveals, leadership, problem solving, critical thinking and competent writing are skills students develop through my strategically designed course activities and assessments.


  • Ph.D. Political Science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Concentrations: Public Policy and Public Administration.
  • MPA, Public Administration, National Urban Fellows Program, Baruch College, New York, NY.
  • BS, Psychology, Fordham University, Bronx, NY.

Professional Memberships

  • Northern Illinois University Center for Nonprofit & NGO Studies Advisory Board, Member (2019-Present)
  • Amita Medical Center Community Leadership Board, Member (2017-Present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, Member (2015-Present)

Professional Experience Highlights

  • Chief Innovation Officer, City of Aurora, IL
  • Assistant Professor, DePaul University School of Public Service
  • Research Associate, Northern Illinois University, Center for Governmental Studies
  • Minor Studies Coordinator, Northern Illinois University, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies
  • Educator, Community Organizational Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Extension Service
  • Associate Professor, Lone Star College System, Cy-Fair College Political Science Department
  • Regional Program Associate, McAuley Institute, Houston, TX
  • Hope VI Program Coordinator, Housing Authority City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
  • Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles

Select Presentations

  • “Fundraising 201-Donor Prospecting,” Thrive Collaborative Center, Aurora, IL, January 29, 2020.
  • “Responding to Vulnerable Populations in your Community.” Illinois Township Management Academy, DeKalb IL, April 12, 2019.
  • “Innovative Municipal Strategies to Promote Economic Development.” Chaddick Institute, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, January 22, 2019.
  • “Building a Smart City.” Bloomberg Next.2018 Conference, Washington, DC., November 14, 2018.
  • “What Makes a City or State Smart?” Connexion IoT-Thought-leader Speaker Series, Chicago IL, May 11, 2018.
  • “Equity: Is it a Lens or is it a Mirror?” Tools towards Market Restoration: Where Growth and Opportunity Converge, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Detroit MI, May 2, 2018.
  • “Faces of Our Community: DACA Roundtable Discussion” Congressman Bill Foster forum at East Aurora High School, Aurora IL, September 16, 2017.
  • “Stand Against Racism.” YWCA, Aurora University, Aurora IL, April 11, 2017.
  • “UNCF Chicago-Mayor’s Luncheon.” Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago IL, February 2, 2017.
  • “Aurora Latino Community Development over the Past 15 Years.” Aurora Public Library, April 10, 2016

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

  • Public Sector Management
  • Community Development
  • Poverty Studies
  • Race & Ethnic Studies

 Select Awards

  • Mayor Irvin’s Excellence Award, Aurora, IL, 2019
  • Gerald Maryanov Fellow Award, Northern Illinois University 2009
  • Collaborative Learning Award, Cy-Fair College, 2005
  • Learning Community Award, Cy-Fair College, 2005