As lifelong learners our faculty are highly trained and have substantial experience in P-12 schools. Each of our faculty display intellectual vitality and competence in one or more areas of research. The faculty research is diverse and informs both the educational community and our own teaching. Faculty are currently involved in studies of school organization, metacognitive judgments, technology in teacher education, language disorders, science training in teacher education, and cultural responses to learning disabilities among others.

School of Education Full-Time Faculty

John Watzke, PhD
Dean & Professor

Bruce Weitzel, PhD
Associate Dean & Associate Professor

Eric Anctil, PhD
Associate Professor

Ellyn Arwood, EdD

Gary Beckley, PhD
PACE Director

Katie Danielson, PhD
Assistant Professor

Karen Eifler, PhD
Professor & Co-Director, Garaventa Center

Joan Flora
Instructor & Director of Student Placements

Benjamin Gallegos, PhD
Assistant Professor

Thomas Greene, EdD
Professor & Provost

Peter Hamilton, MAT
Coordinator, Educational Leadership Network

Randy Hetherington, EdD
Assistant Professor

Sally Hood, PhD
Associate Professor

Julie Kalnin, PhD
Associate Professor

Deirdre Katz, PhD
Assistant Professor

Hillary Merk, PhD
Associate Professor

Nicole Ralston, PhD
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Smith, EdD
Assistant Professor

Patricia Thompson, EdD

Jacqueline Waggoner, PhD

School of Education Faculty with Concurrent Positions in Other Departments

Eduardo Contreras, EdD
Director, Studies Abroad

David Houglum, PhD
Director for Leadership, Franz Center

Master of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs (MA HESA) Affiliated Faculty

Eric Barger, MBA, CPA
Associate Vice President & Controller

John Donato, CSC, JD
Vice President, Student Affairs

Bobbi Lindahl, MBA