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Sally Beisser, Ph.D.

Levitt Distinguished Professor of Education

Contact Information

Email: sally.beisser@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-4850
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

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

Honors & Professional Memberships

Honors

  • The Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professorship 2017
  • National Association for Gifted Children Teaching for High Potential Board, 2016
  • Provost Ronald Troyer Research Award Fellowship, 2016
  • Madelyn Levitt Teacher of the Year Award, 2016
  • Inaugual Iowa Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow, 2013
  • Iowa Distance Learning Innovation Award, 2009
  • Iowa Distance Learning Point of Presence Award, 2008
  • Oxford Round Table Debate, University of Oxford, 2008
  • National Association for Gifted Children Delegation to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, 2006
  • Iowa Talented & Gifted Distinguished Service Award, 2004

Professional Memberships

  • Iowa Talented & Gifted Association (ITAG)
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  • National Association for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  • Iowa Council of Social Studies (ICSS)
  • National Association for the Education in Young Childhood (NAEYC)
  • Delta Kappa Gamma-International Education Society
  • International Society for Technology in Education (SITE)
  • American Associate of University Professors (AAUP)

Prior Positions

  • Ames Community Schools Extended Learning Program (ELP)
  • West Des Moines Schools Extended Learning Program (ELP)
  • Iowa State University Doctoral Scholar and Visiting Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Pedagogy and Classroom Management
  • Service-Learning and Community Based Learning
  • Health and Wellness among School Administrators
  • Instruction Using Online Technology

Courses Taught

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Social Studies Methods
  • Advanced Seminar: Ethics
  • Doctoral Qualitative Research Methods
  • Creativity and Gifted Education
  • ITAG Conference Course for Credit
  • Ohio - OAGC Conference Course for Credit
  • FYS Courses - Make a Difference: Though Service-Learning, Money Matters: Financial Literacy Skills for College Students, Constructivist Teaching & Learning
  • J-Term Global Engagement: Service Learning in Belize
  • Honors Course - Service-Learning: Building a Legacy at Drake University
 

Matt Bruinekool, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – Author unknown

Contact Information

Email: matt.bruinekool@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-4507
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

BS: University of Iowa
MS: Drake University
Ed.D: Drake University

Honors & Professional Memberships

I have been a member of the faculty at Drake since 1999 and the Director of the National Rehabilitation Institute at Drake University since 2000. Prior to that I served as the Technology Director for the Region VII RCEP and CRP-RCEP (now call the Region VII TACE) where I was responsible for the development of web-based educational training. I also provided face-to-face training to administrative staff of community rehabilitation programs and state VR agency counselors and administrative staff. Before my work with the TACE I served as Project Coordinator for the National Rehabilitation Institute, and worked in the field in various settings serving individuals with disabilities.

I consult to business and industry on organizational culture, work-life balance, the multi-generational workforce, strategic planning, and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. I consult to community rehabilitation agencies on workflow and the development of Information Management Systems to reduce overhead and improve services to individuals with disabilities.

I worked with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Iowa Workforce Development on two different system change grants that resulted in significant changes in how services are provided to individuals with disabilities within the state as well as the accessibility of services for individuals with disabilities.

I have been the Project Director for 5 Rehabilitation Services Administration Long Term Training Grants and in collaboration with Dr. Stensrud have secured over $7,000,000 for Drake University to provide scholarships to individuals interested in working in the state-federal sector of the Rehabilitation Counseling profession after graduation.

I currently serve on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, am President of the Iowa Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association, and a board member of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association. I am a past president of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association and the Job Development Job Placement Division of the Iowa Rehabilitation Association.

Areas of Expertise

My research agenda builds on the history of the National Rehabilitation Job Placement/Job Development Institute at Drake. Established in 1976 the Institute established the first Job Placement MS degree program in the country. In 1992, Drake faculty published “Demand-side job development: A model for the 1990s,” that revolutionized the frame of reference of rehabilitation counseling professionals. Today my colleagues and I continue to conduct research that evolves the demand-side model. I have focused on utilizing a sector-based model and building social capital within sectors through social networking.

Tied closely to the employment of individuals with disabilities is my interest in working to continually improve the quality of services that our state-federal rehabilitation program and its partners provide to individuals with disabilities so higher quality employment outcomes can be achieved. 

Courses Taught

The courses I typically teach are: Introduction to Counseling, Disability Policy and the ADA, Human Resource Fieldwork, Advanced Placement, Rehabilitation Administration, Program Evaluation, Strategic Planning, and Internship. I feel that my purpose as a professor is not to tell students what to memorize and regurgitate in the course assessments but rather to give them opportunities to open their minds, think, learn, experience, and grow as professionals. I believe that in order to be successful and enjoy your professional life you must develop a passion for it, and my role is to help students find and grow their passion. Without passion it is difficult to have a positive impact on the profession and the individuals with disabilities we assist need people who want to positively impact the world in which they live. Students in my courses spend a significant amount of time in the field connecting classroom dialogue with real world experience.  

 

Tom Buckmiller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Contact Information

Email: thomas.buckmiller@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-4989
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

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

Honors & Professional Memberships

Principal, Sacred Heart Elementary (PreK-4) and Middle School (5-8), Yankton, SD; Board Member of South Dakota Christian Schools Association

Areas of Expertise

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

Courses Taught

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

 

Jill Caton Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor

Contact Information

Email: jill.johnson@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.3992
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.A., M.A., University of Iowa

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Honors & Professional Memberships

Honors

  • Director of Graduate Programs, Teaching and Learning
  • Coordinator of Educational Programming in Ghana
  • West Des Moines School Board vice President

Professional Membership

  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • National Associaon for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Prior Positions

Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Comprehension
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Literacy Conferences
  • Elementary Writing Instruction
  • Early Childhood Literacy Development

Courses Taught

  • Effective Teaching
  • Reading Research and Theory
  • Writing Research and Theory
 

Robyn Cooper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor / Director of Doctoral Program / Chair Leadership & Counseling Dept.

Contact Information

Email: robyn.cooper@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-4535
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Courses Taught

Quantitative Research Methods, Advanced Quantitative Research Methods, Doctoral Foundations Seminar, Dissertation Seminar, Philosophies & Epistemologies of Education; Data Analysis in Educational Research: Educational Psychology for Teaching and Learning, Assessment of Learning, Educational Research Methods, and Student Development & Learning Theories.  

 

Michael Couvillon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Contact Information

Email: michael.couvillon@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-4690
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.A.:  University of Nebraska-Kearney
M.Ed.:  University of North Texas
Ph.D.:  University of North Texas

Prior Positions

  • Drake University – Des Moines, IA (Associate Professor of Education)
  • Richardson Independent School District – Richardson, TX (Behavior Specialist)
  • Region 10 Education Service Center – Dallas, TX (Behavior Specialist)
  • Father Flanagan’s Boys Home – Omaha, NE (Teacher and Consultant)

Areas of Expertise

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

Courses Taught

Introduction to Special Education, Introduction to Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities, Methods and Strategies for Exceptional Learners, Evidence Based Interventions for Students with Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities,  Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions, Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities, Consultation and In-Service Training, Professional Seminar in Special Education

 

Thomas Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email: thomas.davis@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.3946
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.A., Luther College

M.S., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • International Literacy Association
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Prior Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Central College
  • Instructor, Cornell College
  • Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Heartland Area Education Agency 11
  • Elementary Teacher and Reading Specialist, West Des Moines and Central-Clinton Community Schools

Areas of Expertise

  • Literacy Methods
  • Children's Literature
  • Inquiry
  • Teacher Development

Courses Taught

  • Content Area Reading
  • Literacy Assessment and Instruction I
  • Secondary Reading and Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Education Planning and Assessment
  • Literacy Assessment and Instruction II
  • Teaching Communicative Arts in Elementary Classrooms
  • Language and Culture
 

Ashley Delaney

Adjunct Instructor, Education Teaching and Learning

Contact Information

Email: ashley.delaney@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-4803
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

M.S. Ed in Gifted Education – Drake University

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Content facilitator at Ankeny CSD
  • ITAG Board member
  • NAGC member
  • 2012 and 2013 ITAG Conference chair
  • Staff development leader and provider
  • Presenter at ITAG and various districts nationwide 

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Gifted Education
  • Practicum in Gifted Education
 

Arlene DeVries

Adjunct Instructor, Online Learning School of Education

Contact Information

Email: arlene.devries@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-3726
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

M.S.E. in Guidance and Counseling - Drake University

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Gifted and Talented Consultant Des Moines Public Schools for more than 24 years
  • Private Gifted and Talented Consultant
  • Co-Chair ITAG conference
  • Past board member/President – ITAG
  • Past board member/President – SENG
  • Past board member - NAGC
  • Past chair, Parent Community Division, NAGC
  • Co-Author “Parents’ Guide to Gifted Children”
  • Sr. Author “Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model”
  • Conducted 70 10-week guided discussion groups for parents of gifted
  • Presented 2-day workshops on the SENG model throughout the US and in five foreign countries
  • Attended and presented at more than 80 Gifted and Talented Conferences
  • SENG Outstanding Leadership Award
  • ITAG Distinguished Service Award
  • Drake University School of Education Outstanding Alumnae Award

Courses Taught

Social Emotional Needs of the Gifted

 

Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

“What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!” Alfred Adler

Contact Information

Email: bengu.tekinalp@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-2170
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

BS: Middle East Technical University
MS: Middle East Technical University
PhD: Auburn University

Honors & Professional Memberships

I am active in the School of Education, at Drake University and in my professional organizations in general. Currently I am the State President for the North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NAACES), a division of national Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). I also serve on the Board of Iowa Safe Schools. In the past, I served in the American Counseling Association, International Committee; Counselors for Social Justice Ethics and Human Rights committee, I also served as a board member of Iowa (formerly Iraqi) Refugee Support Project. I am on the editorial board of Journal of School Counseling, Journal of Happiness Studies, Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal and Educational Sciences Theory and Practice. I have counseling experiences at various settings including university counseling center, a center for traumatized children and adjudicated adolescents as well as elementary and middle school settings. I am a member of American Counseling Association, North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association. I am a Parent Teacher Organization President of Sayre Montessori School.

Areas of Expertise

My research agenda evolves in three interconnecting areas of research: cross-cultural research, positive psychology and school counseling. The overarching theme that integrates these areas is multicultural counseling. I have conducted research and published works in school counseling, multicultural counseling and diversity, as well as, cross-cultural psychology. In the last couple of years, I have rediscovered myself as an Adlerian. Consequently, lately my research has focused on Adlerian Theory. Currently I am investigating resilience and utilizing Adlerian framework, exploring birth order and personality differences on early recollections (are we really what we remember?) and social interest as a positive determinant of psychological well-being.

Courses Taught

The courses I typically teach are: Counseling Diverse Populations, Methods of Counseling, Theories of Counseling, Assessment in Counseling, Introduction to Counseling, Human Development and Life Span Issues.  My main philosophy of teaching is setting a safe environment of exploring and letting ourselves strive for learning, not perfection. Teaching is my element! I enjoy being in the classroom, exploring, discovering, and learning with my students.  I enjoy learning and trying new strategies as I strive to be more present for my students, to be more understanding, to be more caring, to share my knowledge and insight; and to create a better learning experience for my students. I approach teaching holistically. Learning is not only a cognitive process but it is also physical, emotional and spiritual. For this reason, I took many approaches to learning in the courses that I teach. We write poems about our lives.  We interview and try to connect with people whom we deem impossible to connect. We force ourselves to try something different, try to do things out of our comfort zones. We administer and take different psychological tests, including an IQ test, to develop empathy for how it feels to take a psychological test. We role-play counseling sessions. We experiment with different techniques from different theories. We have a simulation where students make and sell paper bags to understand survival in poverty conditions. In my courses we analyze cognitively and connect emotionally. We enjoy learning.

 

Shelley Fairbairn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email: shelley.fairbairn@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.1954
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.M.E., M.A., Oral Roberts University; Ph.D., University of Iowa

Areas of Expertise

ESL

 

Sheila Grebert

Adjunct Instructor, Leadership

Contact Information

Email: sheila.grebert@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.2054
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD)

Prior Positions

  • Currently the Director of Learning and Development at Principal and an employee of Principal for 16 years in various training and development roles
  • Prior to working at Principal, Sheila was a certified athletic trainers at Mercy Des Moines Sports Medicine for 6 years

Courses Taught

  • Performance Consulting
  • Understanding Self and Others
  • Organizational Politics and Influence
 

Trent Grundmeyer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Contact Information

Email: trent.grundmeyer@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-3719
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

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

Honors & Professional Memberships

Honors

  • Drake University Digital Faculty Member of the Month (Sept. 2017)
  • School Administrators of Iowa Executive Leader (2016)
  • United State Department of Education Innovation Datapalooza, Invited Participant (2014)                        
  • Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year by School Administrators of Iowa (2013)
  • Mason City Globe Gazette Top 20 under age 40 honorer (October 2009)
  • Named 2007 Character Counts! Administrator of the Year

Professional Memberships

  • Iowa Consortium of Professors of Education Administration (ICPEA)
  • The School Superintendents Association (AASA)
  • National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP)
  • Iowa Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (IASCD)
  • School Administrators of Iowa (SAI) Leadership Partnership Committee Member
  • Character Counts! Coalition of Iowa
  • Area Education Agency (AEA) Advisory Board Member
  • Buena Vista University Alumni Board Member
  • Visionary Talk Radio Guest
  • Mentor for new administrators in Iowa

Prior Positions

  • Indianola High School Principal (2010-2013)
  • Hampton-Dumont High School Principal (2006-2010)

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology adoption
  • Teaching and learning
  • School leadership
  • Education reform
  • Hiring school leaders

Courses Taught

  • Leadership and the Profession
  • Applications of School Law, Mandates, and Policies
  • Policy, Influence, and Legal Issues
  • Supervision of Instruction
  • Education Specialist Clinical Field Experience
  • Technology and Organizational Leadership
 

Matthew Hayden, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education Director, SOE International Programs

Contact Information

Email: matthew.hayden@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-3040
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: CS 115

Education

B.A., M.A., University of St. Thomas; M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Teachers College-Columbia University

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, moral philosophy, moral psychology, philosophy of education, sociology of education, educational psychology, cosmopolitan education, international education, early adolescent psychology, ethics of testing and assessment, morality of schooling, global citizenship, influence of educational philosophies and philosophy of human nature on teaching.

Courses Taught

Doctoral Seminar in Foundations in Education; Global Citizenship (Honors); Theories, Isms, and Folderol (Honors); Secondary Special Methods in Social Studies; Educational Psychology; Foundations in Education; Cyprus: Centuries of Globalization, Culture, and Education (J-Term Travel Seminar); Kosovo: Repairing and Rebuilding (Travel Seminar)

 

Todd Hodgkinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email: todd.hodgkinson@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.4565
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.A., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Northern Colorado
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • American Association for Teaching and Curriculum
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted - SENG

Prior Positions

  • English Language Arts Teacher and Gifted and Talented Coordinator in the public school setting for over 12 years
  • Affiliate Faculty, Regis University, Denver, CO
  • Adjunct Faculty, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City IA

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum theory and design
  • Literacy education
  • Gifted education
  • Public school reform

Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Education
  • Writing Instruction for Intermediate/Secondary Grades
  • Early Adolescent Growth and Development
  • Teaching in the Middle School
  • Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools
  • Methods of Teaching English Language Arts
  • Effective Teaching I
  • Foundations of Gifted Education
  • Development and Administration of Gifted Programs
  • Practicum in Gifted Education
 

Laura Kieran, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email: laura.kieran@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-2168
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.S., State University of New York, College at Oswego; M.E.D., Lesley University; Ph.D., Walden University

Prior Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University
  • Special Education Teacher, Assistive Technology Coordinator: Duluth Public Schools

Areas of Expertise

Overall I am interested in increasing the fidelity of teachers’ use of research-based interventions to support at-risk learners.  Specifically I have researched the impacts of assistive and instructional technologies to support at-risk learners, differentiated literacy instruction with at-risk learners, and the preparation of teacher candidates to teach exceptional learners.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Special Education, Assessment, Methods and Strategies for Exceptional Learners 

 

Michelle Krogulski

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Student Teaching

Contact Information

Email: michelle.krogulski@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.1890
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.S., Iowa State University; M.A., Viterbo University

 

Jerrid Kruse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Contact Information

Email: jerrid.kruse@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-3912
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.A., Augustana College; M.A.T., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise

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

Courses 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.

 

Kevin Lam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Urban and Diversity Education Director of the Social Justice in Urban Education Concentration

Contact Information

Email: kevin.lam@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.2324
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.A., University of California-Los Angeles

M.A., California State University-Los Angeles

Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Honors & Professional Memberships

Honors

Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Studies Association
  • American Educational Research Association

Areas of Expertise

  • Vietnamese/Asian American Youth
  • Youth Violence
  • Critical Theories of Racism
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Urban Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Economy

Courses Taught

  • Critical Theory and Pedagogy (independent study)
  • Critical Theories of Racism (independent study)
  • Applications for Teaching in Urban Schools
  • Cultural Proficiency II
  • Cultural Proficiency I
  • Urban Education and Immigration (honors)
  • Social Context of Urban Schools (honors)
  • Youth, Culture, and Society (honors)
  • Foundations of Education
  • Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
 

Tonia Land, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email: tonia.land@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.2321
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Iowa State University

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Department Chair, Teaching and Learning

Professional Membership

  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • American Educational Research Association

Prior Positions

  • Elementary School Teacher

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematics Education
  • Technology Education

Her recent interests include supporting pre-service teachers in their reading of curriculum materials and developing teachers’ capacity to be responsive to children’s mathematical thinking.

Courses Taught

  • The Teaching of Mathematics
  • Educational Technology
  • Mathematical Practices Equity in Mathematics Teaching
  • Algebra and Geometry for Elementary and Middle School
  • Measurement and Statistics for Elementary and Middle School
  • Academic Research and Writing
 

Wade Leuwerke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email: wade.leuwerke@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-3943
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

BA: Gustavus Aldolphus College
MS: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
PhD: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Honors & Professional Memberships

I am on the editorial board of the Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. I am also a member of the Behavioral Sciences Licensure Board in the state of Iowa. I have experience working with federal agencies providing executive and career coaching. I have worked with career development companies to examine the effectiveness and impact of their assessment tools. I also have experience working with colleges and universities to examine issues around student retention, student success, and career development while also working with programs to explore and document program effectiveness.

Areas of Expertise

I am currently working on the role of noncognitive factors in student success in school and college. Along with colleagues I developed the Student Strengths Inventory, a measure of noncognitive factors predictive of academic success and retention in college. The SSI has been used at dozens of institutions across the country and in Canada to identify at risk students and to then guide programming to support those students to be successful in college. I am currently working on a student success textbook for first year students to help them develop skills and attitudes to persist and graduate from college.

I have been researching and writing about different aspects of career development for my entire career. This work has included the influence of technology in the provision of career counseling, the role and use of computer based career development tools, measures of career development outcomes, and the ethics of online career counseling. I have also conducted research with students and colleagues at Drake University on the roles, responsibilities, and perceptions of professional school counselors. Career development is one of three areas of emphasis in the practice of school counseling, positioning counselors to have a tremendous impact on the college and career readiness of their students. 

Courses Taught

I regularly teach Methods of Counseling, Ethics for Counselors, Human Growth and Development, School Counseling Internship and Mental Health Counseling Internship. I strive to create meaningful learning experiences in class. This often occurs when students read before class and we use class time for discussion and projects. In Ethics for Counselors we explore ethical dilemmas and students work on a large project to explore the complexities of ethical dilemmas through a simulation of bringing ethical charges against a counselor for ethically questionable behavior. In Human Growth and Development students create an individual and follow their development throughout the lifespan. In Methods and Internship students practice their counseling skills and bring in real world counseling experiences from internship to discuss and build their skills through discussion with classmates.

 

Sarah Noll-Wilson

Adjunct Professor

Contact Information

Email: sarah.noll-wilson@drake.edu
Phone: 563-590-0039
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

BA: University of Northern Iowa
MS: Drake University

Honors & Professional Memberships

Certified Co-Active Coach, Certified in Conversational Intelligence, Trained in Narrative Coaching,

Professional Membership

  • Association of Talent Development
  • FemCity Des Moines
  • NAWBO
  • Applied Improvisation Network

Areas of Expertise

  • Coaching
  • The neuroscience of trust
  • Adaptive leadership
  • Personal resilience and self efficacy
  • Creativity and innovation

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Development and Leading Change
  • Innovation and Future Thinking
 

Kathy Paul

Adjunct Instructor, Online Learning School of Education

Contact Information

Email: kathy.paul@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-2736
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

M.S. in Ed. Psychology with Gifted Endorsement  - University of Nebraska

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Extended Learning Program coordinator for Johnston Community Schools for over 25 years
  • Staff Development leader in differentiation
  • Presenter at NAGC, ITAG and other state and local districts
  • Received certificate for Professional Achievement from NAGC
  • Recipient of ITAG Distinguished Service Award 

Courses Taught

  • Curriculum & Assessment of Giftedness
  • Administration of Gifted Programs
  • Challenging the Young Gifted Child
 

Sacha Pence, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director of the ABA Program

Contact Information

Email: sacha.pence@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.3026
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.S., Northern Michigan University; M.S., Northeastern University; Ph.D., West Virginia University

 

Randal Peters, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Educational Administration

Contact Information

Email: randal.peters@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-2082
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

BS: Grand Canyon University
MS: Indiana University
EdD: Drake University

Honors & Professional Memberships

School Improvement Coordinator, Diocese of Des Moines; Principal, Holy Rosary School (PK-8), Seattle, WA; Principal, Holy Trinity School (PK-8), Des Moines; Iowa Child Welfare Advisory Board Member (co-chair, education subcommittee).

Areas of Expertise

School and community wellness initiatives/impact of physical activity on cognition and student achievement, standards-based assessment and grading practices, functions and structures of Educational Service Agencies, sustainability of parochial school models

Courses Taught

Professional and Personal Seminar; Leadership and the Profession; Community and Society; Systems Thinking; Clinical I & II; Foundations of Education; Models, Theories and Instructional Strategies; Professional Certification Seminar I & II

 

Jean Saveraid

Adjunct Instructor, Online Learning School of Education

Contact Information

Email: jean.saveraid@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-2736
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

M.S. Elementary Education with GT Emphasis – Iowa State University

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Coordinator/instructor at Gilbert C.S.D. for 28 years
  • Co-Chair 1994 ITAG Conference
  • Presenter at ITAG
  • Ballard CSD board member
  • Led district staff development at local schools
  • 2003 ITAG Distinguished Service award
  • 2003 Belin-Blank Excellence in Education award

Courses Taught

  • Gifted Readers: Literacy Strategies
  • ITAG Conference for Credit
 

DeDe Small, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email: dede.small@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.3059
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.S., Creighton University

M.S., University of Nebraska-Omaha

Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • International Literacy Association
  • ILA Special Interest Group - Children's Literature and Reading
  • National Council of Teachers of English Children's Literature Assembly
  • Literacy Research Association

Areas of Expertise

  • Diversity in Children's Literature
  • Reader Response Choice
  • Reading Motivation
  • Text Complexity

Courses Taught

  • Literature of Childhood and Youth
  • Communicative Arts in the Elementary Classroom
  • Language and Literacy
  • Reading in the Content Area
  • Today's Children's Literature
 

Robert Stensrud, Ph.D.

Professor; Collier Baker Endowed Professorship

The introduction into any profession involves learning the language of that profession and the critical thinking skills to reason with that language. This is especially true of the counseling profession because our language so permeates the popular culture that everyone thinks they can be counselors. Beyond that, the Internet is awash with information and the ability to critically search and select relevant information has become an essential skill. My intention is to introduce students to the language of our profession and the lived experiences of the people we serve. From that, I expect students to develop the critical thinking skills to understand how to work effectively with any clients they encounter regardless of their heritage of situation.

Contact Information

Email: robert.stensrud@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-3061
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

BA: Wartburg College
MA: University of Northern Iowa
EdD: Drake University

Honors & Professional Memberships

I have worked in the field of counseling and disability for over 30 years as a counselor, consultant, and professor. A substantial aspect of my experience has involved working with people with serious and persistent mental illness and all of the related educational, treatment, legal, and vocational issues they confront. I have consulted to private and public organizations regarding organizational change, program evaluation, and quality improvement.

Areas of Expertise

I have conducted research on disability since 1977. My focus has evolved and included disability in higher education and public institutions, disability and the health care delivery system, and disability employment. My interest is in understanding the pervasive impact of disability on individuals and families and how it can be addressed through systemic interventions that do not perpetuate stigmatizing stereotypes. My current research focuses on social network analysis and the development of social capital as a way for people with disabilities to improve their integration into work and community settings.

 

Douglas Stilwell, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email: doug.stilwell@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271- 3726
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

BA       Buena Vista University
MS       Northwest Missouri State University
EdD     Drake University 

Honors & Professional Memberships

Honors

  • 2018 Iowa High School Athletic Association Administrator Award
  • 2011 Drake School of Education Alumni Award

Professional Membership

  • American Society for Quality Member
  • Iowa Quality Center Board Member

Prior Positions

  • Superintendent Urbandale Community School District
  • Associate Superintendent/Director of Human Resources Urbandale Community School District
  • Elementary Principal West Des Moines Community School District
  • Elementary Teacher West Des Moines Community School District
  • Elementary Teacher Storm Lake Community School District
  • Elementary Teacher Estherville Community School District

Areas of Expertise

  • Systems thinking and leadership
  • Continual improvement
  • Organizational trust
  • Impact of fear in the workplace

Courses Taught

  • Personal and Professional Assessment Seminar
  • Leadership and the Profession
  • Organizational and System Behavior
  • Instruction and Learning
  • Clinical Experience I and II
  • Systems Thinking
  • Advanced Leadership
 

Lynn Roth Taylor

Adjunct Instructor, Education Teaching and Learning

Contact Information

Email: lynn.rothtaylor@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-4803
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

  • B.A. History and English – Holy Names University
  • M.S. Gifted Education and Early Childhood – Old Dominion University and University of Virginia

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Taught middle and high school gifted students in California for 14 years
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Virginia for 14 years for the Virginia Gifted Endorsement
  • Gifted and Talented specialist for the Norfolk Public Schools for 12 years
  • “Teacher of the Year” three times while teaching special population students
  • Research interests include giftedness and autism

Courses Taught

Special Populations of Gifted

 

Jennifer Thoma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email: jennifer.thoma@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.2599
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.A., Wartburg College

B.A., University of Northern Iowa

M.Ed., Viterbo University

Ph.D., Iowa State University

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • National Staff Development Council (NSDC)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Prior Positions

  • Elementary Instructor, Ankeny Community Schools
  • Elementary Instructor and Supplemental Reading Coach, Des Moines Public Schools
  • K-5 Instructional Coach, Ankeny Community Schools

Areas of Expertise

  • Literacy
  • Early Childhood
  • Technology Integration in a Professional Learning Community

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Elementary Reading
  • Literacy Assessment and Instruction II
  • Curriculum in Early Childhood
  • Balanced Literacy
 

Thomas Westbrook, Ph.D.

Professor of Lead Studies / Dir of LDEV

Contact Information

Email: thomas.westbrook@drake.edu
Phone: (515) 271-3078
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.S.: Tusculum College
M.S.: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Ph.D.: University of Iowa

Honors & Professional Memberships

Chair of undergraduate concentration in Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD); served as assistant provost and assistant dean at Drake; served as dean at Simpson College.

Areas of Expertise

Organizational political acumen, adult learning, and the impact of learning on personal and organizational change

Courses Taught

Graduate: Living, Leading and Learning in the 21st Century; Adult and Organizational Learning; Leadership Essentials; Organizational Savvy and Communications; Leadership in Organizations

Undergraduate: Leadership Foundations; FYS; honors courses; Leaders, Followers and Power Wielders

 

Jesse Wilcox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email: jesse.wilcox@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.3697
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.S., M.A.T., Ph.D., Iowa State University

Honors & Professional Memberships

Honors

  • 2016 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award Awarded by Grand View University
  • 2011 Excellence in Science Teaching Award Awarded by the Iowa Academy of Sciences
  • 2007 Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers Awarded by the National Science Teachers Association

Professional Memberships

  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Iowa Academy of Science (IAS)
  • Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
  • International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (IHPST)
  • North Central Association for Science Teacher Education (NC-ASTE)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

Prior Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Education Grand View University, Des Moines, IA

Areas of Expertise

  • Nature of Science
  • Teacher Induction
  • Epistemological Beliefs
  • Research-based Pedagogical Decision-making
  • Pre-service and In-service Teacher Education
  • Elementary Science Teaching
  • STEM Education

Courses Taught

  • Problem-based Learning
  • Effective Teaching II
  • Culturally Proficient Capstone
  • Engineering and Technological Design
  • Introduction to Education
  • Elementary Science Methods
  • Secondary Science Methods
  • Science Methods & the Nature of Science
  • Essentials of Effective Instruction
  • Critical Issues in Teacher Leadership
  • Student Development and Learning Theory 
 

Cris Wildermuth, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Contact Information

Email: cris.wildermuth@drake.edu
Phone: (515) 271-4701
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

B.A.: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
ME.d.: Boling Green State University
M.A.: The Ohio State University
Ed.D.: Bowling Green State University

Honors & Professional Memberships

Certification Director, Iowa Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Council; Diversity Director, Central Iowa SHRM; Community Chair, Linked:HR (online HR community with 650,000 members worldwide) 

Areas of Expertise

Employee engagement, personality in the workplace, adaptive leadership, and the case-in-point method

Courses Taught

Capstone Research, Ethics, Designing Learning Interventions, Organizational Development and Leading Change, Contemporary Workplace Issues

 

Lindsay Woodward, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email: lindsay.woodward@drake.edu
Phone: 515.271.3006
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: CS 117

Education

  • B.A., M.A.E., Truman State University
  • Ph.D., Iowa State University

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • 2019 Drake Sabbatical Research Fellow
  • 2016 Research Excellence Award, Graduate College, Iowa State University
  • 2014 Teaching Excellence Award, Graduate College, Iowa State University
  • American Education Research Association
  • International Literacy Association
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English

Areas of Expertise

My areas of interest involve adolescent literacy and technology in literacy education. My research focuses on the potential of digital tools to support effective literacy instruction, especially when situated in professional development for teachers. I am also interested in the nature of reading in digital spaces, particularly how secondary students locate and make sense of conflicting information. My work has appeared in such journals as the American Educational Research Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, and Teachers College Record.

Courses Taught

  • Literacy Assessment & Instruction I
  • Secondary Reading & Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Issues in Adolescent Literacy
  • Secondary Reading Methods
  • Models of Effective Literacy
 

Susan Wouters

Adjunct Instructor, Teaching and Learning

Contact Information

Email: susan.wouters@drake.edu
Phone: 515-271-3726
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office:

Education

  • B.A. Elementary Education - Graceland University
  • Gifted and Talented Endorsement – University of Iowa
  • M.S. Ed. Effective Teaching, Curriculum Leadership – Drake University

Honors & Professional Memberships

  • Extended Learning Program Teacher for Waukee Community Schools for 16 years
  • ITAG Board member
  • Co-Chair ITAG Conference
  • Presenter at ITAG Conferences
  • Facilitator for Extended Learning Program Shared Leadership Team
  • Mentor to teachers new to gifted education
  • Facilitator for SENG Model Parent Group
  • Professional development leader

Courses Taught

Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners

SOE News
May 7, 2018
Wayne Ford, a longtime Iowa elected official and nonprofit leader, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during Drake’s 144th Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Degree Recipients at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, in The Knapp Center.