Faculty and Staff

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Cherry Steffen

Cherry O. Steffen

Professor and Chair
(785) 670-1943

Educational Background
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education

Area of Specialization
STEM education

Susan L. Alexander
Susan AlexanderLecturer in Education
(785) 670-1420

Educational Background
Ph.D. Teaching & Leadership - Secondary Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kansas
M.A., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kansas
B.S.E., Curriculum & Instruction, English & French, University of Kansas

Areas of Specialization
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Creative Dramatics in the English Classroom
Secondary Language Arts Education
Foreign Language Instruction
Multicultural Education
Educational Psychology

Educational Licenses Held:
Composition & Literature, 7-12, Kansas
French I, II, & III, 7-12, Kansas

Carolyn L. Carlson Carolyn Carlson
Associate Professor
(785) 670-1474

Educational Background:
Ph.D., Teaching and Leadership - Literacy, University of Kansas
M.S., Teaching and Leadership - Literacy, University of Kansas
Teacher Preparation Program, Missouri Western State University
B.A., East Asian Languages - Japanese, University of Kansas

Areas of Specialization:
Adolescent literacy
Secondary reading specialists
Reading motivation
Reading assessment

Gloria Dye
Gloria Dye
(785) 670-1432

Educational Background:
Ph.D. Special Education, University of New Mexico
Educational Specialist, Educational Administration, University of New Mexico
Master's, Multicultural Teacher Education at the Secondary Level, University of New Mexico
B.A. Elementary Education, minor in Special Education, Walsh College

Areas of Specialization:
Teacher Preparation
Special Education (Collaboration, Teaching Strategies)
Learning Disabilities 
Multicultural Education
Comer School Development Program 

Education Licenses Held:
Elementary, K-8, New Mexico
Special Education, K-12, New Mexico
Instructional Leader, K-12, New Mexico
Administrative, K-12, New Mexico

Katy Etzel Katy Etzel 
Office Assistant
(785) 670-1437

Tim Fry  
Tim FryAssociate Professor 
(785) 670-1476 
Tim Fry's Website

Educational Background:
Ph.D. Kansas State University
M.S. Emporia State University
B.S.E. Emporia State University

Areas of Specialization:
Social Studies Education
Multicultural Education
Educational Psychology

Education Licenses Held:
American History 7-12
World History 7-12
Geography 7-12
Psychology 7-12

Tracie Lutz

Tracie Lutz 

Educational Background:
B.S. in Education, Emporia State University, Minor in Psychology
M. Ed. Washburn University
Reading Specialist, Washburn University

 Education Licenses Held: 
Kansas License: Reading Specialist K-9 and Elementary K-9
Missouri License:  Elementary Education 1-6, Career CPC

Areas of Specialization: 
Teacher Preparation
Teacher Motivation


Judith McConnell-Farmer Judy McConnell-Farmer
(785) 670-1472 

Educational Background: 
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education 
Columbia University 
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education 
Columbia University 
M.A. Elementary Education, University of Virginia 
B.S. in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, University of Kansas

Areas of Specialization: 
Early Childhood Education 
Early Years International Studies 
Dyslexia and Young Children 
History of Early Childhood Education

Education Licenses Held: 
Elementary Education, KS 
Early Childhood Education, KS 

Regina Mendoza-Vargas   Regina Mendoza
Office Assistant
(785) 670-1427 


Tara Porter

Tara PorterLicensure Officer
(785) 670-1434

Educational Background:
B.S. Elementary Education, Emporia State University

Education License Held:
K-9 Elementary, Kansas

David Pownell  
David PownellAssistant Professor
(785) 670-1431
Lead Teach Learn website

Educational Background:
Ed.D. Educational Administration, Kansas State University
M.S. Educational Computing, Design, and Telecommunication, Kansas State University
B.S. Computer Science Education, McPherson College McPherson, Kansas

Areas of Specialization:
Instructional Technology
Mobile Technologies
Ubiquitous/Continuous Computing
Emerging Technologies for Education

Education Licenses Held:
Computer Studies 7-12
Building Leadership 7-12   

Michael Rettig 

Michael Rettig

Professor and Interim Chair
(785) 670-1424      

Educational Background: 
Ph.D. Early Childhood, Special Education, 
And Administration, University of Kansas 
M.Ed. Special Education, Wichita State University 
B.A. Psychology, University of Kansas

Areas of Specialization: 
Special Education 
Early Childhood Special Education


Denise Salsbury 
Denise SalsburyCoordinator of Student Field Experiences & Lecturer
(785) 670-1473

Educational Background:
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
Teacher Education Certification, University of Kansas
Bachelor of Music, Baker University

Areas of Specialization:  
Teacher Preparation (Instructional Strategies,
Lesson Planning, & Observation in the Classroom)
Social Studies & Geography Education
Music Education


Sandra Winn Tutwiler Sandy Tutwiler
(785) 670-1435

Educational Background:
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin
M.S.E. Illinois State University
B.A. Northeastern Illinois University

Areas of Specialization:
School-family Relations
Social and Psychological Foundations of Education
Education and Diversity

Education Licenses Held:
K-9 Elementary, Texas
Counseling (K-12)