on faculty since 2003
Ed.D., Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, 2011
M.A., Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, 2002
B.S., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 2000
Well aware that public speaking ranks at the top of most people’s fears in life, Lori Scrementi, dean for Adult Studies, tells her Fundamentals of Public Speaking students on the first day of class that no speech is ever perfect.
“Students produce some creative, inspiring, and well-crafted speeches,” she said,” but we acknowledge that we can always find a way to have said something more effectively to capture the attention of our audience or to provide the content in a more organized manner. I also tell them that God does not expect perfection from us, only faithfulness. The words that we choose and the way we decide to deliver those words should be always for the glory of God.”
With that perspective Scrementi also brings to the classroom an understanding of diversity, having worked with both Adult Studies and traditional students at Trinity Christian College, in addition to her background in teaching and learning from other institutions such as Governors State University and Lewis University. She said she knows that embracing diversity within the classroom promotes positive opportunities for mutual learning and serving while also participating in the work of Christ.
“Each semester that I have taught public speaking,” Scrementi said, “I engage my students in discussion regarding all aspects of diversity and how it relates to communication.” Trinity encourages students to enrich their understanding of diversity and to critically consider God’s world, and our place in it.
“I inspire my students to be audience-centered with God foremost on their minds as they craft speeches all for the glory of God,” Scrementi said. “Knowing our audiences enhances our ability to be not only effective public speakers, but also effective as faculty teaching a diverse student population.”
Scrementi’s scholarship has reflected the need for that type of understanding. In spring 2010, she and colleague Trina Vallone, assistant professor of Adult Studies education, created a workshop for Trinity’s faculty titled, “Instructional Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners.” Hearing from faculty who attended the workshop, Scrementi and Vallone learned that others began implementing new ways of creating rich learning environments in their classrooms. Their workshop subsequently was also accepted at The Teaching Professor Conference and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Center for Research in Adult Learning.
Outside of the walls of Trinity Christian College, Scrementi serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Infant Jesus of Prague in Flossmoor, Illinois.