Education

Faculty and Staff


Michael Rettig 

Michael Rettig

Professor and Interim Chair
(785) 670-1424 
michael.rettig@washburn.edu      
 

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

 


Susan L. Alexander
Susan AlexanderLecturer in Education
(785) 670-1420
susan.alexander@washburn.edu

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
carolyn.carlson@washburn.edu

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
Professor 
(785) 670-1432 
gloria.dye@washburn.edu
 

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
katy.etzel@washburn.edu


Tim Fry  
Tim FryAssociate Professor 
(785) 670-1476 
tim.fry@washburn.edu 
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 
Lecturer 
tracie.lutz@washburn.edu 

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
Literacy



 

Judith McConnell-Farmer Judy McConnell-Farmer
Professor 
(785) 670-1472 
judy.mcconnell-farmer@washburn.edu 

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
regina.mendoza@washburn.edu 

 


Tara Porter

Tara PorterLicensure Officer
(785) 670-1434
tara.porter@washburn.edu
 

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

Education License Held:
K-9 Elementary, Kansas


David Pownell  
David PownellAssistant Professor
(785) 670-1431
david.pownell@washburn.edu
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   



Denise Salsbury 
Denise SalsburyCoordinator of Student Field Experiences & Lecturer
(785) 670-1473
denise.salsbury@washburn.edu
 

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
Professor
(785) 670-1435
sandy.tutwiler@washburn.edu

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)