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by John Armitage | Nov 27, 2012
Meet Eliza Gordner, J.D. , and this issue’s featured adjunct faculty member. Gordner has taught BUS 301, Business Law and BUS 358, Law in the Modern Workplace in Marian’s Adult Programs since 2008.  
Meet Eliza Gordner, J.D. , and this issue’s featured adjunct faculty member. Gordner has taught BUS 301, Business Law and BUS 358, Law in the Modern Workplace in Marian’s Adult Programs since 2008. How does one go from practicing law to teaching law? When asked this, Gordner replied, "I have always wanted to teach in some capacity. My undergraduate degree is in secondary English education, and I taught high school English for two years. After attending law school and practicing for five years, I realized that I didn’t enjoy working in a billable hour environment, but I still loved learning about the law and educating others." Teaching in MAP afforded her that opportunity. According to Lesley Neff, director of educational services in Marian’s Adult Programs, Gordner has played a huge role in course development in the paralegal studies degree recently introduced in MAP, and will be teaching LAW 100, Introduction to the Paralegal Profession when it debuts in Term 2, as well as future courses in the paralegal program. Gordner, who also teaches online courses at another institution, said she prefers classroom teaching over online instructing, but admits both have advantages. Gordner said she "truly enjoys teaching adult learners who are really engaged and who want to learn the material to better themselves, both personally and professionally." However, she sees online instruction continuing to expand because it provides so much flexibility to adult students. "I can also see blended programs that offer some sort of face-to-face interaction in addition to online courses, to be the ideal opportunity," Gordner commented. A native Hoosier, born in southern Indiana, Gordner is herself a student again, working on her Ph.D.. She and her husband live in Indianapolis, where they enjoy spending time with family and friends and their two dogs. Gordner also loves traveling, reading, cooking, and the theatre.

With Marian’s Adult Programs, you can expect to connect directly with business leaders.

Our five- and eight-week courses give you more direct access to professionals in your field than most adult education programs.

  • Business Administration students work directly with local organizations to help them solve real-world challenges.
  • Paralegal Studies students learn from lawyers and paralegals and have many networking opportunities.
  • And our Nursing students practice skills and attributes under the guidance of other nurses to prepare them for professional success.

This kind of real-world experience develops the leadership, communications, technological and critical thinking skills you need to succeed in today’s job market.

Explore our website or
contact us to find out how Marian’s Adult Programs can help you accomplish your goals.

MAP Spotlight

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Jennifer Jones, a 2015 RN to BSN graduate enrolled at MAP while working as an RN. She understood that she needed the additional job security holding a bachelor of science in nursing degree would give her. Having worked along-side other Marian nurses for years, she had first-hand experience to validate Marian University's reputation for nursing excellence. more >>

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Belinda Rivera is a current student in MAP’s paralegal studies program. A year after enrolling, she works full-time at the law firm Dugan and Voland LLC as a paralegal. With just a few courses left, she continues to hone her research and communications skills through in-class exercises and assignments, as well as day-to-day responsibilities. more >>

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Ric began the pursuit of his bachelor's degree with Marian College over twenty years ago. After spending the majority of his working life in manufacturing, one day, he'd had enough. He walked out and decided to come back to Marian University, and enrolled in MAP’s accelerated program continuing where he left off. more >>

MAP 3rd Thursday Throwdown

On the third Thursday of the month from May-September all MAP students, graduates, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend Third Thursday Throwdown at Champps at Keystone at the Crossing for a chance to socialize, mingle, and network on the patio. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. We'll see you on August 20 and September 17! Check out the event on Facebook.

Natasha Blakemore-Evans Award Ceremony

Natasha Blakemore-Evans, May 2015 MAP graduate, was inducted into the 2015 directory of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. To be nominated for this national recognition, students must demonstrate both academic excellence as well as participation in campus activities and community service. Congratulations, Natasha!

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