Liljana Stalevska settled in Valparaiso, IN with her husband and son in 1991. A native of Skopje, Macedonia, she received her BSEE degree from the University of Kiril and Metodij in her hometown. She and her husband are electrical engineers. When the family arrived in the United States, they decided to further their study of the English language by attending the Adult Learning Center in Valparaiso. Liljana’s first experience with Purdue Calumet began with two engineering classes in 1992.
In January 1996 , she began teaching mathematics as an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso. That role continued until August 1999, when she became a full-time math instructor.
In 2000, she enrolled in the graduate program at Purdue Calumet, working toward a degree in Mathematics.
In 2003, she was promoted to Assistant Professor and also became Program Chair for Math and Science on the Ivy Tech Valparaiso campus. She received the masters degree she had been working on at Purdue Calumet in 2004.
Liljana was promoted to associate professor of Mathematics at Ivy Tech, in 2008, and three years became department chair for Mathematics in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Region One Division.
Liljana’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience: “My experience at Purdue was very positive. I had an opportunity to learn from great professors, who not only taught me advanced math, but also served as great role models……..this helped me immensely in my own teaching work. Attending Purdue University not only broadened my knowledge of mathematics, it also made me aware of the career opportunities in academia.”
Liljana’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students: “Make sure that you love, and have a genuine interest, in your chosen area of study. Work hard toward accomplishing your goals. The challenges that you encounter on your path are just opportunities to enrich your life experience. When you fear something new and unknown, think positive about your goals, and take action here and now toward achieving them.”