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Lisa Carey, MEd

Director, Advanced Certification Elementary Program
(608) 663-6718

Lisa Carey is the Director of the Advanced Certification Elementary Program.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education which she earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She earned her Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from Loyola University. She teaches social studies methods courses for the ACE program as well as courses for undergraduate education programs.


Cynthia Perry, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
(608) 663-4254

Cynthia Perry Ed.D., is an Associate Professor of Education at Edgewood College.

She teaches undergraduate special education and methods courses and graduate-level courses for the Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE) program.

Dr. Perry has served as a consultant for home-school teachers and provided staff, curriculum, instructional and assessment development for teachers of special needs children. Additionally, she has spoken to women throughout the country at churches, women's ministry conferences, and other venues on such subjects as ministry, training and development of teachers and parents of special needs children, and spiritual growth.

She also speaks, along with her husband, Dwight, at Becoming One, their increasingly popular national conference on marriage. She has written in such areas as prayer, women's ministry, and special education. Her chapter, "Kids in Constant Motion: How Can the Church Work More Effectively with Children with ADD/ADHD," in Building Unity in the Church in the New Millennium (Moody Press), is a landmark work in the area of the church reaching out to those with special needs. 


Dana Hagerman, PhD.

Director, Clinical Experiences
(608) 663-3259


Dana Hagerman has been the Director of Clinical Experiences at Edgewood College since July of 2011. She earned her PhD in December 2013 from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  Dana has taught both first and third grade and is passionate about teaching young students how to read and write. 

Her research interests include early language and literacy practices, teacher education, and teaching literacy with a social justice emphasis. Her dissertation, Funds of Knowledge and Apprenticeship Practices: A Longitudinal Case Study of One Nepali Immigrant Student’s Language and Literacy Learning, spans across three years of data collection.

Dana also serves on a task force for the Department of Public Instruction for the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a high stakes assessment that must be passed by all teacher candidates beginning in August 2015.


Donna Vukelich-Selva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(608) 663-3235

Donna Vukelich-Selva has taught at Edgewood College since 2008. Previously she founded and ran a study abroad program for US college students in Nicaragua, and taught at a K-12 bilingual school in Managua, Nicaragua. Donna teaches both undergraduate courses in the School of Education, as well as graduate courses in the CTELL/TESOL program. She also teaches in Edgewood’s COR program for freshman students, offering a course on the history of immigration in the United States that is cross-listed with Ethnic Studies. Among her college responsibilities, Donna serves on the advisory board for Edgewood’s Center for Multicultural Education. Donna’s research interests include critical race theory, education and immigration, bilingual education and restorative justice. She has been active in the Madison community for many years.


Julie Luecke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
(608) 663-2372

Julie C. Luecke, Associate Professor in the School of Education, received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.Ed. in Curriculum from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was an elementary classroom teacher for nine years before moving into higher education. During her graduate studies, she took a year off to volunteer at Ongwediva College of Education in Namibia, and joined the Edgewood faculty in 2006. She teaches undergraduate courses in educational foundations, courses in children's literature for the undergraduate program and Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE) graduate program, and a course for the Edgewood College COR program, The Conception of Gender. This class grows out of Julie's research interests in building support structures for gender creative students and their peers, both through educational policy and practice and through children's and young adult literature.


Jed Hopkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of Masters Degree Program in Reading
(608) 663-3282

Jed Hopkins is Associate Professor of Education at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. He received his Ph.D in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota in 2009. Hopkins began his teaching career in London, England as an Elementary teacher almost thirty years ago. Since then he has taught at numerous levels from elementary through middle as well as college pre-service and in-service teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His teaching and research interests straddle Literacy, Teacher Education, Drama-in-Education, and Philosophy of Education. Hopkins is particularly interested in appropriating neo-Heideggerian phenomenology and systemic functional linguistics for his work in teacher education.


Nancy Evans

Senior Adjunct Instructor
(608) 663-8336


Suzanne Porath
(608) 663-3216