Title: Senior Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Campus: Addison, Ill.

John Morello is a senior professor of history at DeVry University in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  His area of expertise is in 20th Century U.S. History, the History of the Vietnam War and Oral History, and he shares that knowledge with students in an array of courses, including 20th Century World History, Post-1945 World History and the History of the Vietnam War.

Dr. Morello began his career as an Assistant Producer for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., a position he held as he was completing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in International Affairs at George Washington University.  He wrote and helped to produce news segments for ‘All Things Considered’.  Upon completion of graduate school, Dr. Morello accepted a position with AJF & Associates, a New York-based political consulting firm, managing campaigns. He was active in races throughout the U.S. In 1986 Dr. Morello began teaching history at the college level while working on his Ph.D. in American History, which he earned from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1998. His dissertation, Selling the President, 1920: Albert D. Lasker, Advertising and the Election of Warren G. Harding, written under the direction of Dr. Richard Jensen (Ph.D., Yale) was published by Greenwood Press.

Since earning a Ph.D., Dr. Morello has maintained an active teaching and research schedule. He is a member of the American Historical Association and the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States. He is also a former Fulbright program advisor on his campus. His scholarship may be found in Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations and Rebellions in American History and The Encyclopedia of African American History and The Encyclopedia of African American History, both published by ABC-CLIO, and in the  Encyclopedia of American Reform Movements, published by Facts on File and the German Historical Institute's online series on Immigrant Entrepreneurship.

In 2011 and 2012 he presented papers at the annual Historians of the Twentieth Century United States conferences at Oxford University and the Roosevelt Study Center in The Netherlands. He's also been active domestically; co-presenting papers at DeVry University Faculty Symposia and co-writing curriculum guide for a new course on International Relations.

Not one to neglect his teaching, his students, or his colleagues, Dr. Morello has worked to maintain the necessary academic rigor in the history courses taught at DeVry University. He has served as a subject matter expert in the creation of online courses in the area of American history and Political Science.

He is a 2012 Carnegie Foundation ‘Professor of the Year’ nominee, a recipient of the Herman DeVry Faculty Award from the Chicago Chapter of the DeVry and Keller Alumni Association, and a recipient of the DeVry University PRIDE Award. 

Dr. Morello is also one of a handful of faculty selected by DeVry University to participate in preliminary discussions on the establishment of a Distinguished Professor program, which would honor instructors for their overall contribution to the institution, be it in scholarship, community outreach or in teaching. It is in the latter category, according to student feedback, that Dr. Morello excels. He utilizes a variety of teaching strategies to engage his students, including field research. He regularly takes his classes to the First Division Museum in Winfield to help the facility conduct interviews of members who served in Vietnam. Students, working under Dr. Morello and in cooperation with museum staff, interview the veterans, whose responses are then transcribed. To date, nearly fifty have been completely transcribed and are now part of the First Division’s Oral History Archives.

Thought Leadership

-       Believes students have seemingly unlimited access to the world’s greatest resources, which could make research easier and more effective

-       Despite the technological innovations which have revolutionized teaching, he believes there is no substitute for trained teachers at the top of their field with first rate communications skills and an ability to connect with students

To schedule an interview with John Morello, please contact Katie Pearson at (312) 861-5248 or katie.pearson@mslgroup.com.

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