Doctoral Program Faculty Bios


Faculty Head Shot - Robyn Cooper

Dr. Robyn Cooper, Director

B.S.: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
M.Ed.: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ph.D.: Iowa State University

Research interests

Youth and Adult Development; Neuroscience of Learning; Epistemic Development; Wellness; Underrepresented populations in STEM; Leadership; and Campus Environments.

Classes taught

Quantitative Research Methods, Advanced Quantitative Research Methods, Doctoral Foundations Seminar, Dissertation Seminar, Educational Psychology for Teaching and Learning, Assessment of Learning, Educational Research Methods, Student Development & Learning Theories and Advanced Research.

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Dr. Sally Beisser

B.A.: Iowa State University
M.S.:  Iowa State University
Ph.D.:  Iowa State University

Research Interests
Gifted and talented, service-learning, pedagogy, qualitative research

Classes Taught
Qualitative Research, Advanced Qualitative Research, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Elementary Social Studies Methods, Contemporary Issues in Education, Personal Finance for College Students, Money Matters for Teachers, Honors Service-Learning, First Year Seminar, Team Belize Practicum for Teaching and Learning in Belize

 Faculty Headshot - Thomas Buckmiller

Dr. Tom Buckmiller

B.A.: Mount Marty College
M.A.: Iowa State University
Ph.D.: Penn State University

Research interests
Native American education, nature of technology in education, non-public schools, critical pedagogy

Classes taught
The Needs of Diverse Learners; Educational Management; Research, Evaluation, Planning and Measurement; Leadership and the Profession; Professional and Personal Seminar; Clinical I & II


Dr. Michael Couvillon

B.A.: University of Nebraska, Kearney
M.S.: University of North Texas
Ph.D.: University of North Texas

Research Interests
Emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD), functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans, policy and standards on the use of time out seclusion, juvenile justice

Classes Taught
Introduction to Special Education, Introduction to Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities, Learning Disabilities and Differentiated Instruction, Evidence Based Interventions for Students with Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities, Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities, Consultation and In-Service Training, Professional Seminar in Special Education

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Dr. Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp

B.S.: Middle East Technical University
M.S.: Middle East Technical University
Ph.D.: Auburn University

Research Interests
Adlerian counseling, multicultural counseling, school counselor roles and program effectiveness, positive psychology

Classes Taught
Methods of Counseling, Counseling Diverse Populations, Introduction to Counseling, Assessment, Doctoral Seminar on Ethics and Diversity

Faculty Head Shot - Trent Grundmeyer

Dr. Trent Grundmeyer 
(515) 271-3719 

BA: Buena Visita University
MA: Drake University
PhD: Iowa State State University

Research interests
Technology adoption, school safety, teaching and learning, school leadership, education reform‌

Classes taught
Leadership and the Profession; Applications of School Law, Mandates, and Policies; Policy, Influence, and Legal Issues; Supervising Instruction; Technology and Organizational Leadership


Headshot Matthew Hayden 

Dr. Matthew Hayden

B.A.: University of St. Thomas
M.A.: University of St. Thomas
M.A.: Teachers College, Columbia University
Ph.D.: Teachers College, Columbia University 

Research interests
Ethics, moral philosophy, moral psychology, philosophy of education, sociology of education, educational psychology, cosmopolitan education, international education, politics of education, educational policy, ethics of testing and assessment, morality of schooling, influence of educational philosophies on teaching.

Classes taught
Doctoral Seminar in Foundations in Education; Honors Paths To Knowledge–Global Citizenship; Secondary Special Methods in Social Studies; Educational Psychology; Foundations in Education; Learning and Assessment; Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools; Freshman Year Seminar–Education, What’s It Good For; Cyprus: Centuries of Globalization, Culture, and Education (J-Term Travel Seminar).

Head Shot of Jerrid Kruse 

Dr. Jerrid Kruse

B.S.: Augustana College, SD
M.A.T.: Iowa State University
Ph.D.: Iowa State University

Research Interests:

Science teacher education; natures of science & technology instruction; epistemological belief instruction.

Classes Taught:

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods; Technology and Organizational Leadership; Inquiry and the Natures of Science, Technology, & Engineering; Methods of Engineering and Technological Design; Elementary Science Methods; Secondary Science Methods; Educational Technology; Educational Psychology.