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The School of Education

All programs in the School of Education at Edgewood College are offered within the context of a liberal arts educational framework and in keeping with the Dominican values of truth, compassion, justice, partnership and community. We invite you to learn about our faculty and directors here and, better yet, to contact them if you have questions or wish to get to know them. 

 Dean, School of Education

Timothy Slekar, Ph.D.  
PhD: University of Maryland-College Park
tslekar@edgewood.edu
608-663-3259

Timothy D. Slekar began his career in education as a second grade teacher in Williamsburg, VA and later taught fifth grade in York, PA. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park where he earned his Ph. D. in social studies education. During his studies, Dr. Slekar worked with seventh and eighth grade teachers in the city of Baltimore. He has published his research in some of the top educational research journals including Teacher Education Quarterly, Theory and Research in Social Education, and the Journal of Thought. Prior to coming Edgewood College, Dr. Slekar was at Pennsylvania State Altoona for ten years where he was responsible for building an elementary education program and leading the Division of Education, Human Development and Social Sciences. His wife, Michelle, is the CEO of the Slekar household. She and he are the parents of Luke and Lacey.

 

Associate Deans

 

 

Peter Burke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) Program

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaches: ED 701 Proseminar I: Introduction to Doctoral Studies
ED 901 Proseminar III: Research & Dissertation
pburke@edgewood.edu
608-663-2351 office
608-695-7301 cell

Peter Burke is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Edgewood College doctoral program in educational leadership. He began his career as a high school mathematics teacher in Middleton, Wisconsin, and spent 11 years in program administration at UW-Madison before joining the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He was section chief for the school improvement section at DPI before becoming the director of the licensing bureau. While at the DPI he participated in the promulgation of Chapters PI 8 and PI 34 of the Wisconsin Administrative code. Author, co-author or co-editor of six textbooks, eight monographs, 10 book chapters, and 22 journal publications, his interests are in teacher development, education policy, research methods, and supervision.

Annette Hemmings, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaches: ED 603: Introduction to Educational Research
ED 692: Research Capstone Project
ahemmings@edgewood.edu

Dr. Annette Hemmings is a Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the School of Education. She teaches graduate research courses. Before joining the Edgewood College faculty in 2011, Dr. Hemmings was a professor and researcher at the University of Cincinnati where she conducted several studies in public high schools on adolescent coming of age processes, teachers’ classroom authority, urban high school reform and other topics. She has numerous publications including refereed journal articles, adjudicated book chapters, a co-edited book entitled Classroom Authority: Theory, Research and Practice, and two other books - Coming of Age in U.S. High Schools: Economic, Kinship, Religious, and Political Crosscurrents  and Urban Public High Schools: Foundations and Possibilities.

Dana Hagerman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program

PhD: UW-Madison Curriculum and Instruction with Literacy Emphasis
Teaches: ED 201: Teacher as Inquirer
ED 435: Literacy I
ED 436: Literacy II
ED 624: Reading Diagnosis and Intervention
ED 683A: Literacy I (ACE Program)
ED 683B: Literacy II (ACE Program)
dhagerman@edgewood.edu 608-663-3259

Dana Hagerman is an Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for undergraduate programs in the School of Education. She earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in December of 2013 from the 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 edTPA Teacher Performance Assessment.

 

 

Faculty Members and Directors

Courtney Moffatt, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Co-director Special Education and Coordinator of Academic

Inclusion Cutting-Edge Program
PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaches: ED 91: Safety in the Community
ED 92: Friends Dating and Diversity
ED 634: Cross Categorical Classroom Organization and Management
ED 673: Behavior and Emotional Disorders
ED 676: Methods and Materials in Learning Disabilities
ED 677: Methods and Materials in Behavior and Emotional Disorders
ED 678: Curriculum for Managing and Teaching Students with Special Needs
COR 224
cmoffatt@edgewood.edu 608-663-2831

Courtney Moffatt has been a Special Education professor in the School of Education at Edgewood College since 1994. She earned her PhD. from the University of Wisconsin Madison in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education and her MA in Behavior Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin as well. She is certified to teach children with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities and emotional disturbance. She is the author of two books: How to get a Teaching Job and Handbook for the Beginning Teacher both published by Allyn and Bacon. Courtney is a co-founder of the Cutting Edge and serves as the Integration Coordinator of the Cutting Edge Program while maintaining her teaching and professorship at Edgewood College and co-directorship with Tom Holub of the Special Education program at Edgewood College.

 

Cynthia Perry, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Teaches:  ED 306: Exceptional Children and Youth
ED 425: Methods: Reading/Language Arts
ED 635: Diversity in the Classroom
ED 681: Child Development
cperry@edgewood.edu

Cynthia Perry, EdD, 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

 

Donna Vukelich-Selva, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Education

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaches:   ED 330 Teaching and Learning
ED 383 Literature for Adolescents and Young Adults
ED 605B Issues in Bilingual/Bicultural Education: Paradigms of Multicultural Education
ED 605F Paradigms of ESL/Bilingual Education (Language Arts/Social Studies) [predominantly online]
ED 660 Policy Studies in Education [Accelerated Secondary Program]
ETHS 150B Rethinking the Border: Racial Faultlines in the History of US Immigration [COR1]
ED 200 / 201
dvukelich-Selva@edgewood.edu 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.

Sharon Besser, PhD
Assistant Professor, Literacy
  
Ph.D.: Univerisity of California at Berkeley

Teaches: ED 435 Literacy I
 ED 624 Reading Diagnosis and Intervention

sbesser@edgewood.edu

Dr. Sharon Besser is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education specializing in literacy and language development. She teaches graduate courses in the Reading Program and undergraduate classes in literacy methodology. Her teaching explores ways to integrate language learning and literacy development.  This focus grew out of her teaching both in the US and overseas.  She taught middle school in San Francisco and third grade in Hong Kong.  She earned her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of California at Berkeley.  Prior to coming to Edgewood, Dr. Besser was an instructor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education where she taught Hong Kong teachers how to teach English literacy development in a foreign language context.  Her research is grounded in sociocultural theory and systemic functional linguistics.  Particular areas of interests are boys' literacy development and applications of genre pedagogy in the elementary classroom

Talonda Lipsey, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Education

Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaches: ED 200 Education and Identity in a Pluralistic Society
 ED 201 Teacher as Inquirer I

 tlipsey@edgewood.edu    

 Dr. Talonda Lipsey earned her doctorate in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She was a student and teacher in Milwaukee public schools and as an Assistant Professor at Edgewood brings a strong commitment to preparing K-12 teachers able to guide, support and advocate for students.  Her dissertation is a qualitative case study on teachers' identities, ideologies and commitment to teaching in urban and suburban schools. 

 

 

Frances M. Johnson, M.S.
Director of the Accelerated Secondary Program and Student Teacher Supervisor

M.S.: University of Wiscosnin-Madison
Teaches:  ED 625 Inclusive School Law (PK-12 & Higher Education) Education Leadership Program
ED 635B Diversity in Education Mid/Secondary Schools: Culturally Responsive Practices (Accelerated Secondary Program)
ED 660A Education Policy Seminar & edTPA (Accelerated Secondary Program)
ED 675 Diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities (Special Education)
  fjohnson@edgewood.edu 608-663-3417

Fran has a long association with the School of Education at Edgewood College. She began her career as one of the four original Early Childhood Home Visitors with the Portage Project. She earned her Master’s from the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education while teaching in the Madison Metropolitan School District where she served as a Special Education teacher, Program Support Teacher, and Positive Behavior Support Team Middle School Teacher. Fran was an investigator on several Federal Grants, designed and implemented administrator and faculty staff development on K-12 Language Arts Standards, changes in IDEA (1991,1997,2001 & 2004) and developed and taught multiple Professional Development courses for general educators and special educators. During her public school career, Fran served as Cooperating Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Supervising Teacher to many students and teachers. In addition to her work at Edgewood, Fran serves as a trainer and consultant in the area of Positive Behavior Supports for area school districts. Current research focus is on Brain Targeted Teaching, Executive Function Strategy Instruction, and Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices.

 

Jed Hopkins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Masters Degree Program in Reading

PhD: University of Minnesota
Teaches:  ED 605A: Study of Language and Linguistics
ED 611: Approaches to Reading
ED 618: Culture, Literacy and Diversity
ED 686: Writing and Reading Literature
 jhopkins@edgewood.edu

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.

 

Julie Luecke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
jluecke@edgewood.edu

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.

 

Katie Glass, M.Ed, CCLS
Program Director/Faculty Child Life Program

MEd:  Norwich University
Teaches:  ED 301 Introduction to Child Life
ED 360 Medical Terminology for Child Life
ED 370 Psychosocial Care of the Hospitalized Child/Adolescent
ED 372 Child Life Material and Methods
ED 375 Pediatric Conditions
ED 376 Crisis Intervention
ED 475 Child Life Internship
Faculty Advisor of Edgewood College student Child Life Association
KGlass@edgewood.edu 608-663-4433

An Edgewood graduate, Katie has been apart of the Edgewood College faculty since 2008. She is Certified Child Life Specialist and has practiced clinically both at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon, New Hampshire and the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI. She is an active member of the Child Life Council and sits on multiple national committees promoting the profession and national academic standards. Katie has created several liaison programs which provide actual experience within the Child Life Program for students at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison as well as various community health organizations.

 

Lisa Carey, MEd
Director, Advanced Certification Elementary, School of Education

MEd: Loyola University
lcarey@edgewood.edu 608-663-6718

Lisa Carey is the Director of the Master of Arts in Education: Advanced Certification Elementary program. She holds a BS in Elementary Education which she earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from Loyola University. She teaches social studies methods courses and other courses for graduate and undergraduate education programs.

 

Patrick Delmore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Educational Leadership Master of Arts Program

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaches:  ED 622: The Principalship
ED 631: Supervision of Instruction
ED 637: District Administration of Program Planning/Evaluation/Staff Development
ED 668: Introduction to Public Schools in the U.S.
ED 696: Supervised Field Experience: Educational Administration
pdelmore@edgewood.edu

Dr. Patrick Delmore is the Director of the Master of Arts in Education Educational Leadership Program. Before joining the faculty at Edgewood College, Pat was a principal and teacher for 33 years in the Madison Metropolitan School District. He has published articles in teacher and principal education journals.

 

Sara Jimenez Soffa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Research, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaches: ED 701: Introduction to the Doctoral Program
ED 801: Foundations of Research Methods
ED 830: Research Design and Methodology
ED 910: Dissertation Preparation Seminar
ED 920: Dissertation Writing
ED 930: Dissertation Defense
sjimenezsoffa@edgewood.edu

Sara Jimenez Soffa is the Director of Research for the Edgewood College Ed.D. program. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Ripon College, a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Adult Education from Alverno College, and a Ph.D. from UW-Madison in Educational Leadership specializing in higher education administration. Sara is an accomplished researcher specializing in research design, data analysis, and outcomes-based assessment. Sara began her work in the doctoral program as the Coordinator for the Higher Education concentration of the program. Since 2010, Sara has been the Director of Research responsible for developing and teaching the research sequence of the program, both in blended and online formats. Her research interests include exploring research self-efficacy in students navigating the doctoral experience, cultivating inclusive collegiate classrooms through the implementation of multicultural pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning, and exploring features of quality graduate programs that prepare leaders in all educational settings (PreK-20). Outside of the classroom, Sara lives in Madison with her husband Gerardo and three beautiful boys, and is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys running marathons and triathlons. She believes by modeling her commitment and enthusiasm for education, her boys will become lifelong learners as well.

 

Sheila Hopkins, MA
TESOL Program Director and Full-time Faculty
MA: Edgewood College
Teaches:  ED 307: Working with English Language Learners in the Regular Classroom
ED 605B: Paradigms of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
ED 693A: ESL Field Experience
shopkins@edgewood.edu 

Sheila Hopkins has worked in the School of Education at Edgewood College since 2003. She completed graduate work at both Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and Edgewood College.  She is certified to teach elementary education and English as a Second Language. Sheila helped establish the ESL and bilingual licensing programs, Master of Arts in Education: TESOL and Bilingual Education, and the Dual Immersion Certificate at Edgewood College. She is the current Director of a federal National Professional Development grant from the Office of English Language Acquisition under which she has helped to establish the Wisconsin Alliance for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (WISACALD) and an online professional development program called Connecting Teachers of English Language Learners (CTELL). She has been instrumental in developing and coordinating student teaching in the Cuernavaca study abroad program.

 

Tom Holub, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Special Education Program

Teaches: ED 306: Exceptional Children and Youth
ED 614: Cross-categorical Children and Youth
ED 671A: Introduction to Cognitive, Emotional and Learning Disabilities
ED 616: Cross-categorical Transitions
tholub@edgewood.edu

Dr. Tom Holub is a full professor in the School of Education. Dr. Holub also serves as the Director of the Special Education program and as the convener for the School of Education Faculty Association. Tom advises in the Graduate Special Education Program. He routinely teaches Education 306, 614, 671A, and 616. Dr. Holub facilitates the partnership with Cabrini Green, in Chicago, IL and hosts two WDPI grants at Edgewood. Tom recently returned from a visiting scholar experience at the U.S Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and is interested in patterns of oppression toward individuals with disabilities.