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.


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External Advisory Board

  • Dr. Ernest McDuffie – Board Chair - The Global McDuffie Group, Retired Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Mr. Kent Bostick- Deputy Director, National and Global Security Programs, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Dr. John Sands - Chairperson and Co-PI of Moraine Valley Community College’s National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance
  • Dr. Issa Khalil - Senior Scientist, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Foundation
  • Mr. Mark Roth - (retired) Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Mr. Richard Wooten - CEO, Gathering Point Community Council
  • Chief Terry Hillard - Former Chicago Police Department Superintendent (retired)

Internal Advisory Board

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

Dr. Jon Patterson: Adjunct Faculty in Criminal Justice and Criminologist for the Chicago Police Department

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

Dr. Robert Chierico: Professor and Coordinator of Foreign Languages and Literatures Program

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