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Todd Goodson

F. Todd Goodson

Associate Professor
Department Chair
261 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5904
tgoodson@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S.Ed. - English Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.A. - English, Northwest Missouri State University
  • Ed.S. - Curriculum and Instruction, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Ph.D. - English Education, University of Kansas
Courses
  • Doctoral Research
Research Interests

Social, cultural, and political aspects of language arts education

James Alberto

James Alberto

Instructor
Elementary Science
253 Bluemont Hall
jalberto@k-state.edu

David Allen

David Allen

Associate Professor
Director, Office of Field Experiences
201 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6999
dallen@k-state.edu

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Bio

David Allen has worked with local school districts to enhance the design and delivery of mathematics instruction. He is currently serving as the Director of Field Experiences working with both secondary and elementary school placements and supervision.

Education
  • B.S. - Elementary Education, Eastern New Mexico University
  • M.Ed. - Elementary Education (Mathematics), Eastern New Mexico University
  • Ed.D. - Curriculum and Instruction and Mathematics Education, Texas Tech University
Courses
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Mathematics Education courses
Research Interests

Problem-based instruction; professional development models; geometry

Tana Arnold

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Coordinator, Early Field Experiences, Office of Field Experiences
tanaarnold@k-state.edu

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Rosemary Boggs

Rosemary Boggs

Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching
rboggs@k-state.edu

Paul Burden

Paul Burden

Professor
Assistant Dean for Teacher Education
007 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5595
burden@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Secondary Education, Buffalo State College
  • M.S. - Secondary Education, Buffalo State College
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education, Ohio State University
Research Interests

Classroom management and discipline; teaching methods; motivating students; assisting beginning teachers; foundations of education; teacher education

Brad Burenheide

Bradley Burenheide

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Center for Social Studies Education
223 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5157
bburen@k-state.edu

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Bio

Brad Burenheide is a life-long Kansan and taught at USD 315 and USD 498 before attaining his position at KSU. He is married to Eileen and they have five children. 

Education
  • A.A. - History Education, Hutchinson Community College
  • B.A. - History Education, Ottawa University
  • M.L.S. - Social Studies, Fort Hays State University
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Secondary Social Studies Methods
  • Secondary Social Studies Practicum
  • Student Teaching Internship
Research Interests

History education; instructional gaming; creative pedagogy; social studies education

Fred Burrack

Fred Burrack

Professor
Director, Kansas State University Office of Assessment
226 Anderson Hall
785-532-3429
fburrack@k-state.edu

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Bio

Frederick Burrack joined the Kansas State music faculty as a music education specialist in Fall 2005. He oversees the graduate studies for the Music Program and is Director of the Office of Assessment associated with the Provost Office. Prior to Kansas State, Dr. Burrack taught instrumental music education at Ball State University and instrumental music in the Carroll Community School District in Carroll, Iowa. At Carroll High School he initiated student self-assessment and portfolio development into the performance program. He is on the advisory board for the Music Educators Journal and chairs the Kansas Music Educators Association and Kansas Alliance for the Arts advocacy committees. He has numerous publications in music educators journals and has presented nationally and internationally. He currently serves as chair of the National Federation for Music Educators Special Research Interest Group on Assessment.

Research Interests

Student learning assessment methods, cross-disciplinary instruction, and instructional thought development in music teachers

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Amy Cindrity

Amy Cindrity

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Coordinator, Secondary Field Experiences, Office of Field Experiences
avacara@k-state.edu

J. Spencer Clark photo

J. Spencer Clark

Assistant Professor
Curriculum Studies
202 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5716
jspencerclark@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.A. - Linguistics, University of Kansas
  • M.Ed. - Social Studies & Literacy Education, Rockhurst University
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
Courses
  • Teaching Social Studies: K-6
  • Curriculum Development
  • Curriculum Theory
  • Action Research in Education
Research Interests

Socio-Cultural aspects of curriculum and teaching; agency in teacher education; social studies education; international education

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Brandie Disberger

Brandie Disberger

Instructor
Secondary Agriculture
316 Umberger Hall
785-532-1175
bdis@k-state.edu

Kim Donoho

Kim Donoho

Instructor
Social Studies
785-532-5550
kmd4444@k-state.edu

Ron Donoho

Ron Donoho

Clinical Instructor – USD #383 Manhattan/Ogden
Northview Elementary
785-587-2070
Bluemont Elementary
rond@usd383.org

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Mark Ellner

Mark Ellner

Graduate Teaching Assistant
126 Bluemont Hall
mrellner@k-state.edu

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LouAnn Getz

LouAnn Getz

Program Assistant
216 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5670
lgetz@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Vocational Home Economics, Kansas State University
  • M.S. - Vocational Home Economics, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Middle Level Education
Research Interests

Geography; social studies; teacher licensure

Lori Goodson

Lori A. Goodson

Assistant Professor
Secondary Core Teaching Skills
347 Bluemont Hall
785-532-3597
lagoodson@k-state.edu

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Bio

Lori Goodson has taught middle school language arts for seventh and eighth grades. At the high school level, she has taught sophomore and senior English, as well as journalism and reading lab. Prior to teaching, she was a newspaper reporter, feature writer, assistant city editor, and features editor for newspapers in Missouri, Kansas, and North Carolina for more than 20 years.

Education
  • B.S. - English and Journalism, Northwest Missouri State University
  • M.A. - English Education, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Core Teaching Skills, Secondary and Middle Level
  • Middle Level Education
  • Content Area Literacy and Diverse Learners
Research Interests

General teaching methods; adolescent literacy; middle level education; at-risk adolescent learners

David Griffin

David Griffin, Sr.

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Diversity
Director, Center for Student and Professional Services
013 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6361
dlgriff@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Physical Education/Health/Social Studies/Biology, Lane College, Jackson, Tennessee
  • M.S. - Secondary Administration, central Missouri State University
  • Ed.Sp. - Educational Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Ed.D. - Educational Administration, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Teaching in a Multicultural Society
  • Topics: American Ethnic Study
Research Interests

Multicultural education; students at-risk

Ruth Gurgel

Ruth Gurgel

Assistant Professor
Music Education
227 McCain Auditorium
785-532-3827
gurgel@k-state.edu

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Bio

Dr. Ruth Gurgel is a specialist in Elementary Music Education at Kansas State University. She holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with minors in sociology and educational policy. She presents her research at national and international conferences and is publishing both a book and a series of articles for music educators. Dr. Gurgel began her career teaching elementary music in large urban school districts in Colorado and Wisconsin, instructing students in the areas of general music, band, choir, and orchestra. She brings an eclectic approach to the elementary music classroom, integrating the techniques of Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, and Gordon.

Research Interests

Methods for integrating culturally relevant pedagogy with music education as well as integrating music across the curriculum

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Trina Harlow

Trina Harlow

Instructor
Art Education
331 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6757
tharlow@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Clothing and Textiles, Kansas State University
  • Paris Fashion Institute, Paris, France
  • Texas Education Agency, Alternative Teaching Certification
  • M.A.A.E. – Boston University
Courses
  • Art Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Art for Elementary Schools
Research Interests

Globalization; globally inspired art; tradigital art; empathy and compassion taught through art education; social media and live video in art education; STEAM education; arts integration

Socorro Herrera

Socorro Herrera

Professor and Executive Director
Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy
221 Bluemont Hall
785-532-3833
sococo@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Elementary Education, Eastern New Mexico University
  • M.S. - Multicultural Guidance and University Counseling, Eastern New Mexico University
  • Ph.D. - Educational Psychology, Texas Tech University
Courses
  • Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education
  • ESL/Dual Language Methods
  • ESL/Dual Language Assessment
  • Reading and the Bilingual Child
  • ESL/Dual Language Practicum
  • Doctoral Research
  • Topics: Differentiated Literacy Strategies for ELLs
  • ESL Masters Project
  • Issues in Bilingual Education
  • Topics: Second Language Literacy
Research Interests

Emergent literacy; reading strategies for ELL students; differential learning needs of second language learners; mutual accommodation for language learning students; socio-political dynamic influence on programming for diverse populations

Gaea Hock

Gaea Hock

Assistant Professor
Agricultural Education
315 Umberger Hall
785-532-1166
ghock@k-state.edu

Shelley Houser

Shelley Houser

Office Specialist
261 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5904
shouser@k-state.edu

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Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Secondary Math Coach
252 Bluemont Hall
785-532-1436
jejohnson@k-state.edu

Wayne Johnstone

Wayne Johnstone

Instructor
Scientific Principles of Coaching
waj1957@k-state.edu

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Kayla Kinderknecht

Kayla Kinderknecht

Clinical Instructor – USD #475 Geary County
Lincoln Elementary
Sheridan Elementary
kaylakinderknecht@usd475.org

Joanna Koudele

Joanna Koudele

Instructor
Health and Movement Education
jdr7755@k-state.edu

Cyndi Kuhn

Cyndi Kuhn

Instructor
Education Technology Integration Coordinator
352 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5812
cyndidk@k-state.edu

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Bio

Cyndi Kuhn is an educational futurist who works to leverage technology for the benefit of learners. She is an educator, digital storyteller, blogger and digital change agent, addressing a range of topics related to technology integration, distance learning, education, business and twenty-first century literacy. As a catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning, she has written and facilitated over $850,000 in technology grants in Kansas.

Education
  • A.A. - St. Petersburg Junior College, Clearwater, Florida
  • B.S. - English and Journalism Education, Florida State University
  • M.F.A. - Computer-Assisted Graphic Design and Photography, Fort Hays State University
Courses
  • Technology for Teaching and Learning
Research Interests

Technology; mobile learning in the classroom

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Lotta Larson

Lotta Larson

Associate Professor
Elementary Literacy
212 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5135
lottalarson@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.A. - Economics, Kansas State University
  • B.S. - Elementary Education, Kansas State University
  • M.S. - Elementary Education, Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Language Arts Methods: K-6
Research Interests

Language arts; technology integration

Eric Lawrence

Eric Lawrence

Graduate Research Assistant
ealaw@k-state.edu

Lori Levin

Lori Levin

Assistant Professor
Elementary Literacy
209 Bluemont Hall
785-532-2376
llevin@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Elementary and Kindergarten Education, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. - Language, Literacy and Learning Disabilities, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Reading Methods: K-6
  • Block B Practicum

Seth Lickteig

Seth Lickteig

Graduate Teaching Assistant
213 Bluemont Hall
supah@k-state.edu

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Tonnie Martinez

Tonnie Martinez

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Office of Innovation and Collaboration
009 Bluemont Hall
785-532-2962
tonnie@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Secondary Education and English, Kansas State University
  • M.A. - Secondary Education, Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • ESL Elementary Practicum
  • ESL Secondary Praticum
Research Interests

Accomodation of ESL students in regular content classrooms; cultural competencies in engaging diverse learners in standardized curricula; Office of Civil Rights issues in school districts and buildings

Sherri Martinie

Sherri Martinie

Associate Professor
Secondary Math Education
237 Bluemont Hall
785-532-3445
martinie@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Education, University of Kansas
  • M.S. - Education, University of Kansas
  • Licensure - Math, 7-12, Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Teaching Partnerships in the Secondary School
  • Mathematics Methods
  • Practicum/Mathematics

Leah McKeeman

Leah McKeeman

Assistant Professor
Modern Language Education
211 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5512
leahmac@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Education (K-12 French), Kansas State University
  • M.A. - Curriculum and Instruction, Baker University
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Foundations of Education
  • Teaching Participation in the Secondary Schools: Modern Languages
  • Elementary Foreign Language Practicum
  • Elementary Foreign Language
  • Foreign Language Methods in Elementary Schools
Robert Bud McKendree

Instructor
Secondary Agriculture
rmckendree@k-state.edu

Debbie Mercer

Debbie Mercer

Professor
Dean, College of Education
006 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5525
dmercer@k-state.edu

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Bio

Dean Mercer has focused her entire professional career on providing service and education to children, youth, and adults. Beginning this journey first as a preschool teacher and soon after as a kindergarten teacher and a K-12 library media specialist in a rural Kansas district, she has worked the last two decades in higher education leadership positions. Providing the vision for K-State's College of Education, we stand poised to strategically contribute to K-State's Vision 2025.

Education
  • B.S. - Family and Child Development, Kansas State University
  • B.S. - Elementary Education, Kansas State University
  • M.S. - Elementary Education, Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Research Interests

Teacher preparation programming; assessment of teaching and learning; accreditation; children's literature; education policy

Dustin Meritt

Dustin Meritt

Professor of Practice
ddm4774@k-state.edu

Vernon Miller

Vernon Miller

Graduate Teaching Assistant
vernonmiller@k-state.edu

Kevin Murry

Kevin Murry

Associate Professor and Director of Research and Development
Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy
218 Bluemont Hall
785-532-2842
xmas@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Health Sciences/Counseling, University of Texas
  • M.B.A. - Interdisciplinary Studies/Human Resource Development, Texas Tech University
  • Ph.D. - Educational Leadership and Multicultural Studies, Texas Tech University
Courses
  • Seminar: Ethnographic Research and Scholarship
  • ESL/Dual Language Linguastics
  • Bilingual/ESL Education
  • Culture and Language in Classroom Practice
  • Practicum/ESL/Secondary
  • Doctoral Research
  • Seminar: Ethnographic Research and Diverse Populations
  • Seminar: ESL Linguistics
  • Seminar: Pedagogy of CLD Learners
  • Seminar: Curriculum Materials/ESL
Research Interests

ESL/Dual language programming in secondary public schools; advocacy frameworks for culturally and linguistically diverse students; linguistic and cross-cultural dynamics of ESL instruction; portfolio-based practicum experiences; school restructuring

Kaylee Myers

Kaylee Myers

Instructor
Core Teaching Skills, Elementary and Secondary
206 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5544
kayleelm@k-state.edu

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Education
  • M.S. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Block 1/A Core Teaching Skills

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Phil Payne

Phil Payne

Assistant Professor
Music Education
232 McCain Auditorium
785-532-5764
ppayne@k-state.edu

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Bio

Dr. Phillip Payne specializes in Instrumental Music Education. His duties at K-State include Lead Advisor for Music Education Majors, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in music education, and supervising student teachers. He is an active member of The National Association for Music Education, Society of Music Teacher Education, and Kansas Music Educators Association where he serves as the co-chair for Advocacy. Dr. Payne has presented his research at national symposia and professional conferences on music education and assessment. He is an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the Midwestern region of the United States.

Education
  • B.M.E. - Music Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • M.M.E. - Music Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D. - Music Education, with emphasis in Instrumental Conducting, University of Oklahoma
Research Interests

Gender and music instrument preference, personality and instrument choice, music teacher recruiting and retention, music teacher role identity, music education advocacy, and learning strategies for the music classroom

Della Perez

Della Perez

Assistant Professor
Secondary ESL
204 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6375
dperez@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.A. - Elementary Education, University of Utah
  • M.A. - Culture, University of Utah
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • ESL/Dual Language Methods
  • ESL/Dual Language Linguistics
  • Culture and Language in Classroom Practice
  • ESL/Dual Language Assessment
  • Reading and the Bilingual Child
  • ESL/Dual Language Elementary Practicum
  • ESL/Dual Language Secondary Practicum
  • Topics: Differentiated Literacy Strategies for English Language Learners
Research Interests

Literacy development for the English language Learner; differentiated high-quality sheltered instruction for second language learners; language acquisition and development for diverse language populations

Tracey Perez

Tracey Perez

Professor of Practice
traceyc@k-state.edu

Suzanne Porath

Suzanne Porath

Assistant Professor
Elementary Literacy
208 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5889
sporath@k-state.edu

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Bio

Suzanne Porath is a former English Language Arts, history, and humanities classroom teacher and reading teacher. After beginning her teaching career in Wisconsin, she and her husband spent a decade teaching in international schools. Returning to Wisconsin, Suzanne completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught undergraduate and graduate teacher education and literacy courses at Concordia University and Edgewood College.

Education
  • B.S – Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • M.S. – Reading Education, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • Ph.D. – Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Courses
  • Teaching Literacy K-2
Research Interests

Teacher learning; professional development; collaborative reflection; literacy; technology in professional learning

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Gayla Randle

Instructor
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
randelg@k-state.edu

Sandy Risberg

Sandy Risberg

Instructor
Military Dependents
sandyr@k-state.edu

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Bio

Sandy Risberg is a mother, military spouse of 25 years and lifelong learner. She has taught pre-K through adults in 7 different states and Germany. 

Education
  • B.S. - Psychology and Science Education, Stetson University
  • M.A. - Special Education, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Courses
  • Secondary Core Teaching Skills
Research Interests

Educational needs of military-related students, fostering resiliency in middle school aged children through student engagement

Jennifer Ruffley

Jennifer Ruffley

Clinical Instructor – USD #475 Geary County
Ware Elementary
Morris Hill Elementary
(785) 717-4600
jenniferruffley@usd475.org
jruffley@k-state.edu

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Scott Schreiner

Scott Schreiner

Instructor
Elementary Math Education
249 Bluemont Hall
785-532-1436
sas4949@k-state.edu

Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz

Office Specialist
lschwartz@k-state.edu

Vicki Sherbert

Vicki Sherbert

Assistant Professor
Secondary Literacy
228 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5952
sherbev@k-state.edu

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Bio

Vicki Sherbert taught 28 years in Kansas public schools before joining the K-State College of Education faculty. She has worked with elementary, middle, and high school students, focusing on all aspects of literacy development in both traditional and digital environments. She has also delivered professional development on literacy and technology topics to practicing teachers in public school and national conference settings.

Education
  • B.S. - Elementary Education, Kansas State University
  • M.S. - Elementary Education, Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Courses
  • Language Arts Methods for Secondary and Middle Schools
  • Language Arts Methods Practicum
  • Teaching Internship, Secondary English, Journalism, Speech
Research Interests

Teacher education in language arts; adolescent literacy; family literacy; literacy experiences in military families

Jacqueline Spears

Jacqueline Spears

Professor
Director, Center for Science Education
447 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5530
jdspears@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Physics, Kansas State University
  • M.S. - Physics Education, Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. - Higher Education Administration, Kansas State University
Research Interests

Gender issues; rural education

Erica Sponberg

Erica Sponberg

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Coordinator, Elementary Field Experiences, Office of Field Experiences
214 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5908
esponberg@k-state.edu

Kimberly Staples

Kimberly Staples

Associate Professor
Secondary Science Education
254 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5556
kstaples@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Zoology, Howard University
  • M.A.Ed. - Curriculum and Instruction (Biology), University of Alabama
  • Ed.S. - Curriculum and Instruction (Biology), University of Alabama
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education), University of Alabama
Courses
  • Secondary Science Methods
  • Teaching Partnerships Secondary Science
  • Lab Techniques for Teaching Science
Research Interests

Inquiry-based science teaching and learning; undergraduate college science education; science conceptual understanding

Be Stoney

Be Stoney

Associate Professor
Physical and Multicultural Education
327 Bluemont Hall
785-532-3531
bstoney@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Secondary Education, University of Texas-El Paso
  • M.Ed. - Kinesiology, University of Texas-El Paso
  • Ph.D. - Special Education (Multicultural), University of Texas-Austin
Courses
  • Adults with Learning Disabilities in the Workplace
  • Diversity Issues in the Workplace
  • Multicultural Issues in the Workplace
  • Curriculum Materials for Ethic Diversity
  • Curriculum Materials for Nonsexist Classroom
Research Interests

Multicultural issues in public schools; working with teachers, administrators, and staff members; diversity issues in the workplace

Deepak Subramony

Deepak Subramony

Associate Professor
Digital Teaching and Learning
226 Bluemont Hall
deepak7@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.A. (Hons.) - Geography, University of Delhi
  • M.A. - Mass Communication, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Ph.D. - Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University Bloomington
Courses
  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Instructional Systems Design
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Social/Cultural Issues in Educational Technology
  • Educational Technology Change Management
  • Educational Technology Proseminar - I
  • Educational Technology Proseminar – II
Research Interests

Equitable access to educational technology; impact of educational technology on minority and non-Western learners; culturally cognizant practice of educational technology

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Tracy Tauschek

Tracy Tauschek

Clinical Instructor – USD #383 Manhattan/Ogden
Woodrow Wilson Elementary
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary
785-587-2170
tracyt@usd383.org

Kay Taylor

Kay Ann Taylor

Associate Professor
Director, Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Programs
246 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6974
ktaylor@k-state.edu

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Bio

Kay Taylor’s teaching, research, and service foci encompass the intersections of social transformation and social justice issues; she publishes and presents her research related to these topics at national and international conferences. She was the 2009 recipient of the Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2012 recipient of the Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty and Staff Award for Distinguished Service to Historically Under-Represented Students at Kansas State University.

Education
  • B.S. - Elementary Education, Iowa State University
  • M.S. - Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Iowa State University
  • Ph.D. - Historical, Philosophical and Comparative Studies, Iowa State University
Courses
  • Doctoral Research
  • Advanced Seminar in Student Affairs Development Theory
  • Perspectival Philosophy: Social Reconstructionism
  • Social Perspectives on Digital Technology in Education
  • Philosophy of American Education
  • History of American Education
  • Education of the Disadvantaged
  • Curriculum Materials for Nonsexist Teaching
  • Teaching Diverse Learners
  • Teaching in a Multicultural Society
  • Foundations of Education
  • Historical Research Methods in Education
Research Interests

History; philosophy; sociology of education as it relates to social transformation and social justice; biographies of educators of underrepresented people; Critical Race Theory; multicultural/diversity issues

Julie Thiele

Julie Thiele

Assistant Professor
Elementary Math Education
247 Bluemont Hall
jthiele@k-state.edu

Laura Tietjen

Laura Tietjen

Instructor
Multicultural Education
357 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5572
laurat@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S. - Education, University of Nebraska-Kearney

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Jonathan Ulmer

Jonathan Ulmer

Associate Professor
Agriculture
308 Umberger Hall
julmer@k-state.edu

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Jeni VanSickle

Jeni VanSickle

Clinical Instructor – USD #378 Riley County
Riley County Grade School
785-485-4010 ext. 4009
jvansickle@usd378.org

Tom Vontz

Tom Vontz

Professor
Director, Center for Social Studies Education
203 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5927
tvontz@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Secondary Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S.T. - Secondary Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D. - Curriculum Studies, Indiana University
Courses
  • Block B Practicum
  • Social Studies Methods: K-6
Research Interests

Social studies education; civic education; professional development

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Eileen Wertzberger

Eileen Wertzberger

Graduate Teaching Assistant
ejm7777@k-state.edu

Jill Wood

Jill Wood

Instructor
Elementary Social Studies Education
213 Bluemont Hall
ajwood@k-state.edu

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Sally Yahnke

Sally Yahnke

Associate Professor
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
313 Bluemont Hall
785-532-5113
syahnke@k-state.edu

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Education
  • B.S. - Home Economics Education, South Dakota State University
  • M.S. - Home Economics Education, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. - Vocational Education, Teacher Education and Staff Development, Colorado State University
Courses
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Methods
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Block 2 Field Experience
  • Program Planning for Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Middle Level Education
  • Teaching and Learning Models
Research Interests

Teacher quality; professional development school impact of student learning

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Diana Zimmerman

Diana Zimmerman

Clinical Instructor – USD #501 Topeka
Scott Dual Language Magnet
State Street Elementary
Stout Elementary
dzimmerm@topeka.k12.ks.us

Brandys Zolnerowich

Brandys Zolnerowich

Clinical Instructor – USD #475 Geary County
Junction City Middle School
Junction City High School
Fort Riley Middle School
785-717-4255
bztx@k-state.edu