Bozena Nowicka-McLees teaches at the Polish Studies Program at the Loyola University of Chicago. Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, she came to Chicago in 1975. She taught Polish at University of Illinois 1980-1986, at Loyola University 1986-1991 and since 2005 in the present position.  She organized many conferences on Polish and Polish-American culture; and is a recipient of the Skalny Civic Achievement Award (2011).