Meet Your Faculty and Directors

All programs in the Division 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.

Julie Luecke
Associate Dean for the Division of Education
School of Education
Julie Luecke

Julie C. Luecke, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the Division 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. Julie joined the Edgewood faculty in 2006, teaching 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 expansive students and their peers, both through educational policy and practice and through children's and young adult literature.

Directors

 

Suzanne Otte
Interim Director of Educational Leadership
School of Education
Suzanne Otte

Suzanne serves as the Interim Director of the EdD and MA Educational Leadership programs. She leads the EdD Research and Writing Center by coordinating consultation and academic writing programming. She is also a Sr. Lecturer who teaches courses in both the Higher Education and Leadership Studies and Doctoral Completion concentrations. Suzanne’s research interests focus on gender inclusive leadership, ethical leadership, and ethical leadership development. She brings over 20 years teaching experience that spans from 6th grade to post- secondary education and in diverse settings. She is a first-generation student who earned her BA from the College of St. Benedict, her MA from Cardinal Stritch University, and her EdD from Edgewood College.

Tom Holub
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
School of Education
Tom Holub

Tom Holub is the Director of the department of Curriculum and Instruction and a professor in the Division of Education.  He routinely teaches Education 306, 614, 671A, and 616. Tom has facilitated a partnership with Cabrini Green, in Chicago, IL and has hosted two Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 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.

Coordinators and Faculty Members

 

Kirsten Brown
Lecturer of Research Design and Methods
School of Education
Kirsten Brown

Dr. Kirsten Brown’s research agenda engages topics of disability, educational access, and postsecondary outcomes. Dr. Brown is interested in neurodiversity and practices that support the retention and success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education. Selected publications include a co-authored book, Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach and articles in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Community College Research and Practice and Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. Dr. Brown’s teaching background is in Higher Education Administration, Sociology, and Disability Studies; she teaches research methodology courses for the Ed.D. Program. Dr. Brown is active in several professional organizations and has presented nationally at ASHE, AHEAD, and ACPA. She holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.

K12 Leadership/Master of Arts/Licensing Coordinator
Brian Busler

Brian S. Busler is a recently retired school superintendent from Oregon School District and has over thirty-five years of experience as an administrator.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  In 1992, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.  His researched focused on strategic planning, decision-making and school culture.  He has taught graduate classes at Edgewood College and other universities for the past thirty years.  His public-school experiences include improving educational outcomes for all students, leading numerous school/community planning sessions, advancing equity work, leading school referenda and  construction projects, mentoring and training school administrators and a special interest of serving as a Schools of Hope mentor in his previous district.  In his free time, you can find him spending time with his wife and adult children, training on his bicycle and fly fishing in Wisconsin and Montana.

Coordinator, Undergraduate Education Program
Elizabeth Dohrn

Elizabeth Dohrn received her BA from Arizona State University (after 3 years at the University of Northern Iowa), her MA from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership, and her PhD from the University of Illinois-Chicago in Philosophy of Education. She was a Special Education teacher in Mesa, Arizona and Madison, Wisconsin. Elizabeth was a Behavior Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education and an Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University. She was a Director of Student Services in Lake Mills and has coordinated research projects at the University of Oregon and UW-Madison. Her doctoral dissertation focus was on Attribution Training where she worked with parents of students guiding responses to academics which focused on an internal locus of control. Other research interests include co-teaching and collaborative teams, behavior methods and serving student’s needs in inclusive environments. She is the co-author of a textbook for methods of teaching students with behavioral challenges and an author/co-author on research publications.

Maggie Dunn
Professional Advisor for Undergraduate Programs
Maggie Dunn

Maggie earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Industry from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in Sport Administration from Bowling Green State University. Before moving to Madison, she was an athletic academic advisor at Florida State University. In addition, Maggie spent time working with the Madison School and Community Recreation’s Cares program prior to her time at Edgewood College. As an advisor, Maggie loves to help students become independent and confident in the classroom and beyond!

Frances Johnson
Coordinator of Special Education
School of Education
Frances Johnson

Fran Johnson is the Coordinator of the Cross-categorical Special Education Program. 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.

Lecturer of Research Design and Methods
Yen Lee

Dr. Lee’s research focuses on evaluating and resolving the challenges empirical researchers may encounter in data analysis, such as evaluating the violation of normality assumption and obtaining trustworthy conclusions when complex statistical models are adopted with a small sample size. She enjoys collaborating with empirical researchers and has worked with researchers in the fields of educational leadership, policy analysis, health education, psychology, human development, and disabilities. She has a M.S. in Psychology from Chengchi University in Taiwan, focusing on psychometrics, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on statistical methods.

Gerardo Mancilla
Assistant Professor
School of Education
Gerardo Mancilla

Gerardo Mancilla is an Assistant Professor of Education for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, M.S. in Counseling Psychology, and Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working at Edgewood College, Gerardo was working for the Madison Metropolitan School District where he was a Dual Language Immersion teacher. Gerardo teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Edgewood College. Gerardo’s research interests include Critical Race Theory, LatCrit, the school-to-prison pipeline, bilingual education, and immigration. Gerardo has also been active in the Madison community for many years.

Michael Meissen
Coordinator, Secondary Education and Accelerated Secondary Program (ASP) and Associate Director of Clinical Experiences
Michael Meissen

Michael Meissen, a native of Madison, is a second-generation educator who has served in public education for 38 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, coach, athletic director, middle school principal, high school principal, college level adjunct professor, school superintendent and, educational leadership consultant. Dr. Meissen earned a doctorate degree in educational administration and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Meissen joined the Edgewood College Division of Education in July 2019 and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Experiences.

Meissen’s daughter, Katelyn, BA ‘10, School of Education – Edgewood College, is a third-generation teacher in the family.

Tamara Mouw
Assistant Coordinator of Language and Literacy
Tamara Mouw

Tamara Mouw, M.H.R., M.Ed., is a systems-level, equity-focused innovative instructional leader. She has served as a high school English teacher, an instructional coach, and an administrator in curriculum and instruction where she led district-wide professional learning in literacy. Tamara is currently serving as the Director of Partnerships and Equitable Practices at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction where she enacts an anti-bias, anti-racist approach to creating just and equitable learning environments.

Bethsaida Nieves
Professional Advisor for Graduate Programs
Bethsaida Nieves

Dr. Nieves graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2019 with her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  Her area of expertise is Curriculum Theory and Research with an emphasis on the history of race science in Puerto Rico and the United States.  Her teaching interests include Curriculum Theory & Research, Social & Cultural Foundations of Education, and Critical Pedagogy.  Dr. Nieves has 7 years of teaching experience at the middle school, high school, and college level.  She has taught in college prep programs aimed at recruiting and retaining first-generation college students, and she has taught multicultural education courses for pre-service teachers.  In her new graduate advising role, Dr. Nieves will provide student academic advising and mentoring for prospective and admitted students in graduate licensure and MA programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  She will also work to create resources to support early-career teachers who have graduated from Edgewood College.  Dr. Nieves enjoys helping graduate students achieve their professional, academic, and research goals.  In addition to her role
as graduate advisor, Dr. Nieves is also creating and teaching a new course for the Educational Leadership Program titled, ED 863 Multicultural Leadership Ethics. If you have questions about your career path at Edgewood College and beyond, you can contact her at bnieves@edgewood.edu 

Drew Silver
Coordinator, Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE) Graduate Program and Clinical and Advising Coordinator
Drew Silver

Drew Silver, ACE program Coordinator and Clinical and Advising Coordinator, received her bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, and her master’s degree from the University of Florida in Botany Teaching with a certificate in environmental education. She is currently writing her PhD dissertation at UW-Madison on anti-racist science teacher education, where she also served as a secondary science student teacher supervisor and program coordinator. Before coming to Wisconsin, Drew worked in science teacher professional learning at the University of Florida and was a high school math and science teacher for students with nonverbal learning disabilities in Connecticut. She focuses on equity and social justice in her work with teachers, particularly in decentering whiteness in teacher education programs.

Donna Vukelich-Selva
Associate Professor
School of Education
Donna Vukelich-Selva

Donna Vukelich-Selva received her Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies from UW-Madison.  Before coming to Edgewood College in 2008, she taught at a K-12 bilingual school in Managua, Nicaragua, where she also founded and ran a study abroad program for US college students.  Vukelich-Selva teaches both undergraduate courses in the Division of Education, as well as bilingual and ESL education graduate courses in the Language and Literacy program.  She also teaches in Edgewood’s COR program for first year students and piloted 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.

Emily Zoeller
Coordinator of Language and Literacy
School of Education
Emily Zoeller

Dr. Emily Zoeller is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of ESL, Bilingual, and Reading Education. Emily holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of San Diego. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College, where she researched teacher leadership in two-way dual language education. Emily’s research interests include biliteracy development, educational leadership, and bilingual teacher preparation. Prior to her role at Edgewood College, Emily worked in Madison Metropolitan School District as a bilingual teacher, a reading specialist, and an instructional coach. She is passionate about leading for equity among teachers of multilingual learners.