Online Master of Arts in Nutrition and Wellness Faculty

We are no longer accepting applications for the MA in Nutrition and Wellness program.


Faculty members teaching in the online M.A. in Nutrition and Wellness are real-world experts who are researchers, educators and practitioners, as well as respected academics who have earned the highest degree in their fields. Many of the online Master of Arts in Nutrition and Wellness faculty members also teach in the M.S. program. Whatever program they teach, they take pride in providing personal and individual attention to each student and are available for questions and discussion.

Catherine Arnold

Catherine Arnold, Ed.D., M.S., RD, LDN

Department Chair and Professor, Nutrition

Arnold's research interests include Determining Predictors of Health Behavior Change, Educational Assessment and Nutrition Education Outcomes Research.

Bonnie Beezhold

Bonnie Beezhold, Ph.D., CHES

Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Beezhold joined the faculty full-time in 2011. Previously, she held positions as Clinical Assistant Professor in Nutrition at Arizona State University and Regional Research Interviewer.

Susan Cheng

W. Susan Cheng, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Public Health

Cheng joined the Benedictine University's Department of Public Health faculty full-time in 2013. Her research interests focus primarily on maternal and child health, special populations and mental health.

Karen Plawecki

Karen Plawecki, Ph.D., RD, L.DN

Assistant Professor, Nutrition

Dr. Karen Plawecki joined the faculty full-time in 2012. Recently, she was the Director of the undergraduate program at the University of Illinois, Champaign.

Georgeen Polyak

Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Public Health

Dr. Polyak’s primary research interest is in public health services and systems.

Elizabeth Squires

Elizabeth Squires, M.P.H.


Elizabeth "Beth" Squires earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health/Health Administration in 1994 and her Master of Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion in 2003, both from Northern Illinois University (NIU).