Faculty and Staff

Judy Burgholzer graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and earned her Master of Science degree in Horticulture from the University of Illinois. Judy's work experience includes working in a soil testing lab and in interior plantscaping before joining the faculty of College of DuPage in 1987. In 1994 she took over the duties of  coordinator of the department as well as teaching full-time. Her courses include HORT 1101, Soils and Fertilizers; HORT 2221, Plant Propagation; and Math 1104, Math for Horticulture. Judy was voted College of DuPage Faculty Co-op Advisor of the year for 1998 and College of DuPage Outstanding Advisor for 2006-2007. She sits on the Cooperative Education Faculty Advisory Committee, is Chair of the Horticulture Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Technology Center of DuPage Advisory Committee. She is active in various professional organizations including the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, and the Green Industry Association. Judy can be reached at (630) 942-3095 or email at: burghoj@cod.edu.

Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper earned her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Master of Science in Agricultural Education from Ohio State University. She has worked in a variety of horticultural industries including arboreta, wholesale nurseries, retail garden centers, horticultural therapy programs, community education programs and taught high school horticulture programs. Julia has been a full-time faculty member in the Horticulture department at College of DuPage since 1986 and was department coordinator from 1986-1994. She teaches HORT 1100 Introduction to Horticulture, HORT 1110 Plant Taxonomy, HORT 2241 Landscape Plants I, HORT 2242 Landscape Plants II, HORT 2243 Ornamental Grasses, HORT 2244 Herbaceous Perennials, and Special Topics courses. In 2001 she participated in an international faculty exchange program and traveled to Finland to study their horticulture industry and educational system. At the college Julia serves on a variety of committees and is co-chair of the Study Abroad Scholarship committee. She is a member of the Perennial Plant Association, Illinois Green Industry Association and the Illinois Landscape Contractor's Association. She also serves as secretary of Perennials in Focus, a research and evaluation team dedicated to evaluating new or underused perennial plants for Chicagoland gardens and landscapes. Julia can be reached at (630) 942-2526 or email at: fitzpatr@cod.edu.

Amy Hull graduated from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science and a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture. She has worked at both wholesale and retail horticultural companies including retail garden centers and greenhouses. She has been a Part-Time Faculty Member of the Horticulture Department at College of DuPage since 1992. Amy was awarded the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award. She teaches HORT 1100 Introduction to Horticulture, HORT 2255 Greenhouse Crop Production, and HORT 2257 Bedding Plant Production. Since October 2012, Amy is the Greenhouse Supervisor at College of DuPage. Amy can be reached at hullamy@cod.edu or 630-942-3806.

We are proud of the level of industry participation we are able to offer our students. Industry leaders share their expertise as guest speakers, field trip hosts and adjunct faculty. This offers our students the opportunity to learn current issues, trends and techniques in each discipline. Our 20 part-time faculty members also serve as valuable contacts and resources for our graduates.

Contact Information

Judy Burgholzer, Program Coordinator/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1058, (630) 942-3095

Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, Professor/Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1059, (630) 942-2526

David Earl, Program Advisor  
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2538

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor    
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592