Shirley Caruso
Instructor; HRD Program Liaison; Undergraduate Advisor
Literacy, Leadership, Development and Special Education
College of Education
(773) 938-6348
Adult learning theories, consulting, marketing, instructional design, computer utilization, computer-based training, elearning, group dynamics.
Courses Taught
HRD 300 Principles and Practices in HRD
HRD 310 Instructional Techniques and Technology
HRD 313 Political Savvy in the Workplace
HRD 315 Computer Utilization in HRD
HRD 321 Designing Instruction in HRD
HRD 325 WIP: Communication in HRD
HRD 362 Instructional Media in HRD
HRD 404 Applied Technology in HRD
HRD 415 Seminar in HRD
HRD 416 Practicum in HRD
HRD 462 Instructional Strategies in HRD
Research Interests
Informal learning in the workplace

Ed.D., Technology & Leadership, Boyer Graduate School of Education, William Howard Taft University 

M.A. Human Resource Development, Northeastern Illinois University

B.A. University Without Walls, Northeastern Illinois University


Shirley J. Caruso earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northeastern Illinois University. As an undergraduate, Shirley earned her Bachelor of Arts in the Nontraditional Degree Program's University Without Walls. The program incorporated many Human Resource Development (HRD) courses and helped Shirley reinforce her practical experiences in the field of HRD with theories and skills needed in today’s competitive workplace. Shirley continued her studies at Northeastern and earned a Master of Arts in HRD.

Upon graduating, she put her new talent into action by teaching as an adjunct professor in Northeastern’s HRD program, and opening WISE Training and Development Consultants, a Chicago-based Human Resource Development consultancy company that specializes in the design and development of customized training programs. Shirley also launched a website and is chief editor of HR Development Info, a site that provides information on adult learning theories and research in relation to practice in the field of HRD. Shirley has written over 200 articles on the implications of adult learning theories.

Shirley’s professional background includes more than 20 years of experience in the practice of HRD. She currently puts the HRD theories she writes about into practice by developing talented employees to help clients achieve real competitive advantages, designing and delivering highly effective training and development programs that enable participants to enhance their individual performance, supporting the learning goals of students by focusing on student learning outcomes, considering the needs and abilities of the students, becoming familiar with academic and social support, making reasonable provisions to accommodate individual differences, maintaining the academic integrity of Northeastern, and working in collaboration with faculty of all ranks and disciplines to promote educational innovation and the improvement of student learning.

Shirley also holds a variety of training and development affiliations and awards.  She is a member of the Chicagoland Chapter Association for Talent Development (ATDchi) and Northeastern's HRD Student Association. She chaired the local site committee for the Midwest Research-to-Practice 2009 Conference in Adult, Continuing, Extension and Community Education and authored a paper entitled "Integrating Informal Workplace Learning Into The Workflow Through The Development Of Performance Support Tools" published in the Midwest Research-to-Practice 2009 Conference Proceedings. In 2010, she received an Award of Merit in Recognition of Outstanding Research from Northeastern’s 18th Annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium. In 2009, she was a Deb Colky Workplace Learning and Performance Award finalist and received Outstanding Service to the Community, Outstanding Piece of Academic Work, and Overall Integration of Conceptual and Experiential Competencies Awards from NEIU. Shirley has also been recognized by Northeastern for her valuable contributions to the Graduate College Seminar Series.

In January 2014, Shirley was awarded a Ed.D scholarship from The Boyer Graduate School of Education at William Howard Taft University. She anticipates completion of her doctoral degree in May 2016.

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1200 University Center Drive
Grayslake, IL 60030-2614
United States

(773) 938-6348
Office Hours
By appointment. Main Campus office located in Room LWH 2061.
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