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M.S.E. Faculty

Steve White
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Curriculum & Teaching
785-864-9662
330 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Steven H. White, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 1994. White earned a BS.Ed. from Angelo State University in elementary education, an MS.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University, and the Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M... more

Arlene Barry
Associate Professor
785-864-9661
447 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Arlene Barry, associate professor, joined the University of Kansas faculty in the fall of 1992. Barry earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in curriculum with an emphasis in reading. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy at KU and served as a... more

Barbara Bradley
Associate Professor
785-864-4435
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Barbara A. Bradley, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2004. Bradley earned a BS degree from SUNY at Stony Brook in biology and psychology, an MA degree in physical education from Adelphi University, and a PhD in reading education from The University of Georgia. She has... more

Hyesun Cho
Assistant Professor
785-864-9729
438 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

TESOL:

Hyesun Cho, assistant professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2011.

Her previous experience was in the Hawaii State Department of Education as a curriculum developer and instructor. Cho earned the BA degree from Korea University in Seoul, Korea, the MA degree in... more

Jim Ellis
Associate Professor, NCATE Coordinator
785-864-9847
346 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Jim Ellis, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 1997. Prior to joining the KU faculty, he worked for two years as a program officer at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, for thirteen years as a senior staff associate at the... more

Reva Friedman
Associate Professor
785-864-9724
446 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Reva C. Friedman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas, where she has been responsible for degree and graduate certificate programs in gifted/talented/creative child education for 35 years. A former high school teacher and teacher of gifted... more

Susan Gay
Associate Professor
785-864-9676
341 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Mathematics Education:

A. Susan Gay, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in January 1991. Previously, she was the mathematics state supervisor for the Oklahoma State Department of Education and a mathematics teacher in Stillwater, OK Public Schools. From Oklahoma State University,... more

Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno
Associate Professor
785-864-9674
342 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

I obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Spanish at The Pennsylvania State University in May 1994. My major field was Spanish Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition. I had previously obtained an undergraduate degree (Licenciatura) in Hispanic Philology (concentration in... more

Heidi Hallman
Associate Professor
785-864-9670
338 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Heidi L. Hallman, associate professor of English education, joined the faculty in 2007. Hallman received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include studying “at risk” students’ literacy learning as well as how prospective English teachers are... more

Mary Lynn Hamilton
Professor
785-864-9667
344 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Mary Lynn Hamilton, professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 1989 after receiving her PhD in teacher education from The University of Arizona. Since 2009 she has served as the Co-Editor of Teaching and Teacher Education, an International... more

Douglas Huffman
785-864-9675
347 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Douglas Huffman is a Professor of Science Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. Huffman joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2002 coming to the university from the University of Minnesota. He has a background in civil engineering, science education, and program evaluation. His primary area... more

Marc Mahlios
Professor
785-864-9666
437 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Marc C. Mahlios is a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Leadership, School of Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 66045-2340. His specializations are teacher education, teacher cognition and curriculum studies. Professor Mahlios has served as an academic administrator for teacher... more

Paul Markham
Associate Professor
785-864-9677
440 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Paul Markham completed his doctorate at The Ohio State University in 1984.

He had taught foreign languages and ESL prior to that time in Idaho and Utah.

Dr. Markham came to the University of Kansas in 1990. Since that time, the program course offerings and the number of ESOL... more

Phil McKnight
Professor
441 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Phil McKnight, Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas since 1971, graduated with a B.A. in History and English in 1963 from the University of Kansas. His Masters and Ph.D work was taken at Stanford University, where he graduated in 1969. During 1970 he was a Leverhulme... more

Diane Nielsen
Associate Professor
785-864-9664
446 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Diane Corcoran Nielsen, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in fall of 1990. Nielsen earned her BA in Elementary and Special Education at the University of Iowa, MS in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Education at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and PhD in Curriculum and... more

Joe O'Brien
Associate Professor
785-864-9663
337 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Joe O’Brien, an associate professor in middle/secondary social studies, joined KU’s Curriculum & Teaching department in the spring of 1992. Prior to arriving in Lawrence, he was on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he directed the Virginia Institute for Law &... more

Lizette Peter
Associate Professor
439 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Lizette Peter, associate professor, joined the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at KU in the fall of 2005. Peter earned a BA in French with secondary teaching certification from the University of Montana, an MA in anthropology from the University of Kansas, and a PhD in Curriculum and... more

Barbara Phipps
Associate Professor
785-864-9685
309 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Barbara Phipps, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Curriculum & Teaching and Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Kansas. She holds graduate degrees in microeconomics and family economics. She teaches economics concepts and teaching methods to educators and teacher... more

Donita Shaw
Associate Professor
785-864-9671
323 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Donita Massengill Shaw, associate professor, joined the KU Curriculum & Teaching faculty in the fall of 2002. Dr. Shaw earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Reading Education from Andrews University. Her Ph.D. was awarded from the University of Kansas.

Kelli Thomas
Associate Professor
785-864-9681
343 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Dr. Kelli Thomas is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Kansas, Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Thomas’ professional work has focused on mathematics and science teaching, learning, and assessment in schools for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the... more


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  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
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  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award