Alumni Honorees

Nancy CastleNancy M. Castle

B.A. Psychology, 1977
M.A. Psychology, 1980
Ph.D. Psychology, 1986


Dr. Castle has used her experience in clinical psychology as the foundation for a distinguished career in rehabilitation counseling, with emphasis on employment issues of deaf and hard-of-hearing people. With more than 150 refereed and invited presentations on employment and mental health issues for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, Castle has earned a national reputation in deafness rehabilitation.

When she joined the faculty in what is now the College of Health and Human Sciences, Castle demonstrated her passion for the special population whom she serves and an equal love and commitment to NIU. As a member of countless college and university level communities, she has had leadership roles in the University Council, accreditation review committees, and the Curricular Innovations Subcommittee of the University Strategic Planning Task Force and served as Interim Director of the University Honors Program for the 2008-2009 academic year. A leader in professional organizations, she has served as an officer with the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, National Rehabilitation Association of Job Placement and Development, and National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers.

As a teacher, Castle is engaged and engaging. Long before the term “service learning” became popular, she was employing that technique in graduate courses, stressing the need for her students to bring classroom theories into the community and to be active citizens. She is a member of the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club and served on the board of MainStreet DeKalb (now Re:New DeKalb) for 10 years.