College of Education Celebrates the Retirements of Dr. Eckman and Dr. Lowe

Drs. Ellen Eckman and Robert Lowe will retire from the Educational Policy and Leadership Department in the College of Education in May 2019.

Please join the College of Education, community members, and students in a celebration of Dr. Lowe and Dr. Eckman’s careers with Marquette University. A reception will be held in their honor on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Lunda and Henke Lounge in the Alumni Memorial Union.

Retirement Party for Drs. Ellen Eckman & Robert Lowe
Date: Tuesday, May 14
Time: 4:00 – 6:30 pm; remarks to begin at 5:00 pm
Location: Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room & Henke Lounge
Address: 1442 West Wisconsin Avenue, WI 53233
Parking available on surrounding streets or for purchase in Structure 1, located at 749 N. 16th Street, and Structure 2, located at 1240 W. Wells St.
Complimentary appetizers and refreshments will be available


Ellen EckmanDr. Eckman joined the College in 1998 as a Visiting Assistant Professor and became a full-time faculty member in 2001 after receiving her Ph.D. in Urban Education with a focus on Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A former high school administrator and teacher, she celebrated 20 years of overall service to Marquette University this past fall. Dr. Eckman holds degrees from Tufts University and Indiana University, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Outside of her role on campus, Dr. Eckman has been extremely involved in the Village of Shorewood, serving as a Village Trustee for 12 years and currently as the Chair of the Parks Commission.

Bob LoweDr. Lowe’s history with the university spans more than 40 years. From 1976 to 1979 he directed the writing program in Marquette’s Educational Opportunity Program. He returned as an Associate Director of EOP from 1984-1988 and subsequently joined the EDPL faculty in 1999. Dr. Lowe’s scholarship has focused on educational history and policy, with an emphasis on matters of racial justice. He also has served as an editor or editorial board member of several journals. In particular, he was a founding co-editor of the activist publication Rethinking Schools and is currently on the editorial board of the American Educational Research Journal. He holds degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, Harvard University and Stanford University.