Faculty and Staff

 Cherry O. Steffen

Cherry Steffen

Professor and Chair (785) 670-1943 cherry.steffen@washburn.edu

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

Area of Specialization: STEM education


Carolyn L. Carlson

Carolyn Carlson

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


Craig M. Carter

Field Placement Director/Lecturer (785) 670-1473 craig.carter@washburn.edu

Educational Background: BA – Oklahoma Baptist University; MEd – Central Oklahoma State University; Administrative Certification/Reading Specialist Certification – Oklahoma State University; Doctoral Work – University of Missouri-Kansas City

Areas of Expertise: Kansas Teaching License: Elementary Education, Secondary-Journalism Education, K-12 Principal Licensure; Missouri Lifetime Teaching Certificate

Building Level and District Level Leadership: Early Childhood Education, Reading/Literacy

Lisa Douglass

Lisa Douglass

Assistant Professor (785) 670-1429 lisa.douglass@washburn.edu

Educational Background: PhD Mathematics Education, Ohio State University; MS Mathematics and Science Education, University of Kansas; BS Education, Kansas State University

Areas of Specialization: Inquiry-based teaching and learning Project-based learning K-12 mathematics education

Robyn Dudney

Sr. Admin. Asst., (785) 670-1427, robyn.dudney@washburn.edu

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


Gary Graves

Lecturer (785) 670-1431 gary.graves@washburn.edu

Educational Background: MS in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology

Area of Specialization: Technology and Math

Tracie Lutz 

Tracie Lutz

Lecturer (785) 670-1433 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

Kirsten Cigler Nelson

Lecturer (785) 670-1472 kirsten.nelson@washburn.edu

Educational Background: BA English, Teaching certification in English and Social Studies, Master's in Reading

Tara Porter

Tara Porter

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

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

Education License Held: K-9 Elementary, KS


Michael Rettig 

Michael Rettig

Professor (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

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