About Us

CINSER is home to the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence at Chicago State University. CINSER is an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE).

CINSER believes that safety and security at the personal, family, community, national and international levels can be achieved through the promotion of global understanding.


CSU Center for Information and Security Education and Research from CINSER on Vimeo.

External Advisory Board

  • Mark Roth  – Board Chair - (retired) Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Kent Bostick- Deputy Director, National and Global Security Programs, Argonne National Laboratory
  • John Sands - Chairperson and Co-PI of Moraine Valley Community College’s National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance
  • Kira Hutchinson -  Director for the Critical Thinking Enterprise,  U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) G-2
  • Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal President, Intelligence & Security Academy 
  • Dr. Joseph J. Helman -  Member of the Senior National Intelligence Service,  Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • Christopher A. Kojm Director of the Elliott School's Leadership, Ethics and Practice Initiative, George Washington University


Internal Advisory Board

Dr. Christopher Botanga: Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for STEM Education and Research

Dr. Jon Patterson: Faculty, Criminal Justice

Dr. Kelly Ellis: Chairperson of  Department of English, Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dr. Christine List: Professor and Coordinator of Communication, Media, and Theaters Program

Dr. Margaret King: Lecturer and Coordinator of International Studies Program

Dr. Khalid Alsamara: Professor, Department of Management, Marketing, and Information Management Systems

Dr. Margaret Kelly: Associate Professor, Elementary and Middle Education

Mr. Aremu Mbande: Assistant Director of the African American Male Resource Center and Advisor of T.E.M.B.O.

Dr. Kiela Bolden: Instructor, Department of Psychology