Teacher Education

Faculty Directory

Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson

Associate Professor and Chair
Teacher Education
COE, B183
(308) 865-8971
andersonke@unk.edu

Biography

Education

Ph.D. University of Nebraska
M.A. University of Nebraska Omaha
B.A. North Park College


Teaching areas:  Educational Research, Educational Philosophy

Jane Strawhecker

Jane Strawhecker

Professor and Assistant Department Chair
Teacher Education
COE, B160
(308) 865-8958
strawheckeje@unk.edu

Biography

Education

PhD, K-8 Mathematics Education, University of Nebraska Lincoln
MA, Mid-America Nazarene University
BA, Kearney State College

Sarah Bartling

Sarah Bartling

Office Associate
Teacher Education
COE, B117
(308) 865-8513
bartlingseg@unk.edu

Biography

BA, University of Nebraska Kearney

Mary Volker

Mary Volker

Office Associate
Teacher Education
COE, B117
(308) 865-8825
volkermc@unk.edu

Biography
Kim Rehtus

Kim Rehtus

Office Associate
Teacher Education
COE, B117
(308) 865-8825
rehtuskk@unk.edu

Biography
Julie Agard

Julie Agard

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B165
(308) 865-8556
agardj@unk.edu

Biography

Education

MS, Kearney State College
BS, Mankato State

Teaching areas:  Reading
Brian Alber

Brian Alber

Assistant Professor and Interim Assistant Director of Bands
Teacher Education
FAB, 225
(308) 865-8607
alberbw@unk.edu

Biography

D.A. University of Northern Colorado, Masters of Music
B.A. University of Nebraska Kearney, Education

 

Teaching areas:  Music, Teacher Education

Chilene Black

Chilene Black

ECU Grant, Transition to Teaching
Teacher Education
COE, B117
(308) 865-8007
blackc@unk.edu

Biography
Patsy Bruner

Patsy Bruner

Lecturer
Teacher Education
COE, B168
(308) 865-8511
brunerpk@unk.edu

Biography

Education

M.A. University of Nebraska at Omaha
B.A. Wayne State College

Teaching areas:  Literacy, Classroom Management, Middle School

Jude Matyo-Cepero

Jude Matyo-Cepero

Assistant Professor and Director of Gifted Education
Teacher Education
COE, B190
(308) 865-8547
matyoceperja@unk.edu

Biography

Education
Ph.D. Capella University
M.A. Nova Southeastern University
B.A. Montclair State College

 

Teaching areas:  Special Education and Teacher Education

Sherry Crow

Sherry Crow

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B194
(308) 865-8540
crowsr@unk.edu

Biography

Link to Dr. Sherry Crow's Webpage

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Library and Information Management, Emporia State University
MLS, Library Science, Brigham Young University
BS, Elementary Education, Ft. Hays State University



REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Crow, S. R.
(2013). “Researching stuff is the best!”: Designing assignments that foster intrinsic motivation. Teacher Librarian, 40(6), 34-41.

Knoell, C., & Crow, S. R. (2013). Exploring teacher influence on the lives of students from diverse elementary schools in a rural Midwestern community. International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach. 

Crow, S. R., & Robins, J. (2012, June). Play in the library: Primordial learning. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 36-45. 

Crow, S. R. (2011, March). Exploring the experiences of upper elementary school children who are intrinsically motivated to seek information. School Library Research, 14. Retrieved June 25, 2012 from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol14/SLR_ExploringtheExperiences_V14.pdf

Crow, S. R., & Small, R. V. (2011, February). Developing the motivation within: Using praise and rewards effectively. School Library Monthly, 27(5), 5-7.

Crow, S. R. (2010, January). Fostering the curiosity spark. School Library Monthly, 26(5), 50-52. Retrieved June 25, from http://www.schoollibrarymonthly.com/articles/Crow2010-v26n5p50.html

Crow, S. R. (2009). Exploring the experiences of upper elementary school children who are intrinsically motivated to seek information. Proceedings of the 13th International Forum on Research in School Librarianship, The 38th Annual IASL Conference, and the IASL-IFLA Joint Meeting. Retrieved October 22, 2009, from http://www.iasl-online.org/members/papers/2009conference.htm [member access only] 

Crow, S. R. (2009). Relationships that foster intrinsic motivation for information seeking. School Libraries Worldwide, 15(2), 91-112. Retrieved June 25, 2012 from http://selfdeterminationtheory.org/SDT/documents/2009_Crow_RelationshipsThatFosterIM.pdf

Crow, S. R. (2006). What motivates a lifelong learner? School Libraries Worldwide, 12(1), 22-34.                                                                                                              

BOOKS

Thomas, N. P., Crow, S. R., & Franklin, L. L. (2011). Information literacy and information skills instruction: Applying research to practice in the 21st century school library (3rd ed.). Westport, CN: ABC-Clio/Libraries Unlimited.

Crow, S. R. (2005). Information literacy: A guide for the library media specialist. Marion, IL: Pieces of Learning.

COMPETITIVELY SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

International

Crow, S. R. (2013, June 29). Exploring the experiences of upper elementary school children who are intrinsically motivated to seek information. Presentation at the 5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, Rochester, NY.

Crow, S. R., & Robins, J. (2012, October 3). Play in the library: An incubator for learning. Presentation at the Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference, library2012.com.

Crow, S. R. (2009, September 2). Exploring the experiences of upper elementary school children who are intrinsically motivated to seek information. Presentation at the 38th International Association of School Librarianship Conference incorporating the 13th Research Forum on School Librarianship. Abano Terme, Italy.

Crow, S. R. (2007, May 24-27). What motivates a lifelong learner? Poster presented at the Third International Conference on Self-Determination Theory. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

National

McCarty, W. L., Crow, S. R., Harvey, J. S., Mims, G. (2013, March 22). Professional development initiative: Promoting differentiated teaching methods with university students through experiential/applied learning. Presentation at the 8th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO.

Potthoff, D., Ziebarth, J., McCarty, W., & Crow, S. R. (2011, October 21). Reinventing our own teaching: Curriculum differentiation and the college classroom. Presentation at the National Network for Educational Renewal 2011 Annual Conference, Hartford, CT.

Crow, S. R. (2009, November 6). Exploring the experiences of upper elementary school children who are intrinsically motivated to seek information. Part of the Educators of School Library Media Section’s, What does school library research tell us? Presentation at the American Association of School Librarians 14th National Conference, Charlotte, NC.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

National

Crow, S. R. (2014, January 24). AASL/NCATE program reviewer training: The Standards. Presentation at the 2014 American Library Association MidWinter Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Crow, S. R. (2013, June 28). AASL/NCATE program reviewer training: Program report writing tips. Presentation at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Regional

Crow, S. R. (2014, March). A close look at the Standards for the Initial Preparation of School Librarians. Presentation at the Region IX Reviewer Training, sponsored by COE UNK and the American Association of School Librarians, Kearney, NE.

Crow, S. R. (2004, April). Collaboration: Unleashing the power of information literacy. Presentation at the Arkansas Valley Regional Library Service System 18th Annual Institute, Pueblo, CO.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Nebraska Library Commissioner (Gubernatorial Appointment, 2010-present) 
Board of Program Reviewers, AASL/NCATE  
Chair, AASL/CAEP Coordinating Committee  
Member, School Library Research Editorial Board
President Nebraska School Librarians Association 
Chair, UNK Faculty Senate Library Committee 
Member, Kearney Area Storytelling Festival Board

 

Scott Fredrickson

Scott Fredrickson

Professor
Teacher Education
COE , B193
(308) 865-8833
fredricksons@unk.edu

Biography

Education

Ed.D. Texas Tech University

 

Teaching areas:  Instructional Technology

Martonia Gaskill

Martonia Gaskill

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE , B187
(308) 865-8813
gaskillmc@unk.edu

Biography

Education

Ph.D.  - University of Nebraska Lincoln
M.S.Ed. - University of Nebraska at Kearney
B.S. -  Universidade Federal do Piaui, Brazil

Teaching areas:  General Education and Instructional Technology

Tommy Hansen

Tommy Hansen

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B169
(308) 865-8537
hansent@unk.edu

Biography

Education

EdD, University of South Dakota
MS, South Dakota State University
BA, Northern State College

Dena Harshbarger

Dena Harshbarger

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE , B165
(308) 865-8914
harshbargedk@unk.edu

Biography

Education

PhD University of Nebraska Lincoln
M.A. University of Nebraska Kearney
B.A. University of Nebraska Kearney


Teaching areas:
  Elementary Science Methods, Reading in the Content Areas

Chris Knoell

Chris Knoell

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE , B164
(308) 865-8339
knoellcm@unk.edu

Biography

Education

Ph.D. University of Nebraska Lincoln
M.A. University of Nebraska-Kearney
B.S. University of Nebraska Lincoln

 

Teaching areas:  Math Methods for Elementary Teachers, Typical/Atypical Growth & Development

Carrie Kracl

Carrie Kracl

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
COE , B161
(308) 865-8181
kraclcl@unk.edu

Biography

Education

Ph.D. University of Nebraska Lincoln
M.S. University of Nebraska Omaha
B.S. Nebraska Wesleyan University


Teaching areas:
  Elementary Education, Literacy

Jeff Kritzer

Jeff Kritzer

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B192
(308) 865-8329
kritzerjb@unk.edu

Biography

Education

Ph.D. University of California-Riverside
MA California State University
MA California State University
BA University of Oregon

 

Teaching areas:  Special Education Law, Medical Aspects of Individuals with Disabilities, Bilingual Special Education, Schooling Across the World

Linda Lilienthal

Linda Lilienthal

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B162
(308) 865-8805
lilienthallk@unk.edu

Biography

Education

Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado 
M.A. University of Nebraska Kearney
B.A. Kearney State College 



Teaching areas:
  Literacy 

Wendy McCarty

Wendy McCarty

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B161
(308) 865-8074
mccartywl@unk.edu

Biography

Education

EdD University of Nebraska at Lincoln
MA Kearney State College
BS Concordia University

Teaching areas:  Transitional Certification, Education Professional Sequence

Dawn Mollenkopf

Dawn Mollenkopf

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B188
(308) 865-8362
mollenkopfdl@unk.edu

Biography

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of Kansas
M.S. University of Oregon
B.S. Andrews University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Moore, T. & Mollenkopf, D. (2014). Computer instruction: A place in Piaget’s and Vygotsy’s Worlds? International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society. Madrid, Spain. 

Mollenkopf, D. (2014). Bridging the Gap in the Mid-Plains Area: Providing Quality Professional Development for Time and Place Bound Early Childhood Teachers. In Peoples of the Plains: An Atlas of Great Plains Culture & History. University of Nebraska—Kearney; Kearney, NE.

Mollenkopf, D. (2009) Creating Highly Qualified Teachers: Maximizing university resources to provide professional development in rural areas. Rural Educator30(3), 34-39. 

Mollenkopf, D., Elliott, M, & Monden, K. (2008) Effects of a professional development model on preschool teachers' literacy practices in Early Reading First classrooms: Journal of Research Methodology, 21(3), 273-294. 

ABOUT
As an Associate Professor here at UNK, I direct the Early Childhood Inclusive (ECI) program and also teach the Early Childhood specialization in the Curriculum and Instruction Master's program.  I grew up in Oregon, but came to the Midwest to attend the University of Kansas where I graduated with the Ph.D. in Special Education Policy Integration with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education in 2002.  Since coming to UNK in 2003, I have worked with five different Federal U.S. Department of Education grants to help early childhood teachers and young children.  The first grant helped low-income preschools develop quality literacy programs, and the second helped early childhood teachers across Nebraska finish early childhood college degrees.  Two other grants helped create and support the ECI Online program, which allows individuals to complete BA degrees or Initial Certification, or to add the ECI Endorsement to their current teaching degree.  The fifth grant was a partnership with Nebraska Indian Community College to help their students complete ECI BA degrees. 

I also try to make a difference in policies affecting young children and their families. I have served as president of the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children and am now serving as the Higher Education representative for the Early Childhood Inter-agency Coordinating Council, which makes recommendations about early childhood policy to the Governor. On that committee I head up the Workforce and Development subcommittee and sit in on the steering committee.  I have contributed to the state's Preschool Early Learning Guidelines and early childhood policy handbooks, and I am part of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, a university-wide, interdisciplinary effort to improve the lives of young children and their families. I have also served UNK as Faculty Senate president and am the Graduate Program Chair for Teacher Education. Although I am busy, I make it a priority to have time for my students.  If you would like to learn a little more about my teaching style and philosophy, feel free to explore the following link:
http://unknews.unk.edu/2014/04/30/passion-for-teaching-earns-dawn-mollenkopf-otica-award/

Donna Montgomery

Donna Montgomery

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B195
(308) 865-1546
montgomerydj@unk.edu

Biography

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Purdue University
M.S. Johns Hopkins University
B.S. University of Maryland

SELECTED REFERRED PUBLICATIONS
Montgomery, D. J., & Marks, L. J. (2006). Building Student Independence in Writing with Technology. Preventing School Failure, 50(3). 

Montgomery, D. J. (2005). Communicating Without Harm. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 37(5), 50-55.  

Grskovic, J. A., Hall, A. M., Montgomery, D. J., Vargas, A. U., Zentall, S. S., & Belfiore, P. J., (2004). Reducing time-out assignments for students with emotional/behavioral disorders in a self-contained classroom: Class-wide implications. Journal of Behavioral Education, 13, 25-36.

Montgomery, D., Karlan, G., & Coutinho, M. (2001). The Effectiveness of Word Processor Spell Checker Programs to Produce Target Words for Misspellings Generated by  Students with Learning Disabilities. Journal of Special Education Technology, 16(2), 27-42.

ABOUT
I am an associate professor of Teacher Education in the Special Education Program. I am also the Coordinator of the Online Certification Program in Mild/Moderate K-6 & 7-12.

My areas of interest include assistive technology, assessment, writing disabilities, and attention disorders.

My two top goals are:

  1. to ensure that every teacher who is teaching in special education holds the appropriate certification in special education and
  2. to increase awareness of instructional techniques that are appropriate for all children who are struggling, regardless of their label.
Roger Nyffeler

Roger Nyffeler

Director of Network for Partner Schools
Teacher Education
COE, B195
(308) 865-8456
nyffelerra@unk.edu

Biography

EDUCATION
Ed.S. University of Nebraska at Lincoln
M.S. University of Nebraksa at Omaha
B.A. Midlands University

Gerry Stirtz

Gerry Stirtz

Senior Lecturer
Teacher Education
COE, B185
(308) 865-8957
stirtzg@unk.edu

Biography

Education

MA, Kearney State College, 1991
BS, Kearney State College, 1989 

Paula Thompson

Paula Thompson

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B186
(308) 865-8142
thompsonpj@unk.edu

Biography

Education

M.A. University of Nebraska Kearney
B.A. University of Nebraska Kearney
A.A. Central Community College

Teaching areas:  Early Childhood

Miriam Siegal

Miriam Siegal

Lecturer
Teacher Education
COE, B151
(308) 865-8930
siegalm2@unk.edu

Biography

EDUCATION

M.A. University of South Florida
B.S. Illinois State University

Teaching areas:  Social Studies Methods, Reading
Joy Slaughter

Joy Slaughter

Lecturer
Teacher Education
COE, B108
(308) 865-8328
slaughterj@unk.edu

Biography

Education

M.S. University of Nebraska Omaha
B.A. University of Nebraska Omaha

Teaching areas:  Atypical Development & Collaboration and Teamwork

Glenn Tracy

Glenn Tracy

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B158
(308) 865-8821
tracyge@unk.edu

Biography

EDUCATION

B.S.E. Truman State University
M.A. Truman State University
Ed.D. Oklahoma State University

SELECTED REFEREED PUBLICATIONS     

Tracy, G.E. (2003)  Service Learning as a Tool to Enhance Cultural Sensitivity. In Practice (Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning)  University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Potthoff,  D.E, Fredrickson, S.,  Batenhorst, E., and Tracy, G.E. (2001)  Learning about Cohorts – A Study of a Master’s Degree Program for Teachers.  Action in Teacher Education, 23 (2), 36-42.   

Li Xiaobing,  Zhang Zujian, Tracy, G.E., and Duffy D. Trans.  (1994)  Chinese Generals Recall the Korean War.   Chinese Historians. Spring & Fall,1994. 13-14. 123-162.

Tracy, Glenn,  and Li Xiaobing.  Trans. (1992) Mao’s Telegrams During the Korean War, October-December, 1950.  Chinese Historians,  1, 65-85.

Chapter in a book

Tracy, G.E. & Li, Xiaobing.Trans. (2001)  Chapter 4: Political Mobilization and Control Lieutenant General (Ret.) Du Ping.  In Xiaobing Li, Allan R. Millett, & Bing Yu (Eds), Mao’s Generals Remember Korea.  Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, 2001. (pp. 61 – 78).

Xi Wang,  Li Xiaobing, and Tracy, Glenn. Trans. (1996)  Party Three: Origins of China’s Intervention in the Korean War, June-December  1950  In Shuguang Zhang & Jian Chen (Eds.),  Chinese Communist Foreign Policy and the Cold War in Asia.  Chicago: Imprint Publications, 1996. (pp.197 – 219).

Presentations and Papers Presented
International/National

Tracy, G.E.  (2003, April). Title: Service Learning as a Tool to Help English LanguageLearners in K-12 Schools. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Youth Leadership Council,  Minneapolis,  Minnesota.

Ziebarth, J., Potthoff, D., Tracy, G., & Albrecht, J. (2003, January). Title: The Impact of Cohorts: Looking Back at the first year of a Renewed Program for Prospective Teachers. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education,  New Orleans, LA.  
 
Moore, Tami, Dinsmore, J., Tracy, G.E., Shelton, D., Lopez, S. (2002, May) Title: The Platte River Corridor Project: Enhancing ESL Student Success. Presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Region VII Conference, University of Missouri at Kansas City, MO.

Tracy, G.E (2001, October) Title: .Advocacy for Teachers of K-12  Limited English Proficiency Students.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Network for Educational Renewal, Denver, CO.

Local/State

Tracy, G.E. (2002, February)  Title: Enhancing Your Classroom: Strategies for Diverse Language Populations. Presented for the Center for Teaching Excellence Symposium. University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE.

Tracy, G.E. (2000, May) Title: Working with Latino Youth.  Presented at the Annual Meeting Of the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association, Kearney, NE.

Current Professional and Academic Association Memberships                                 

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
MIDTESOL (Midwest Affiliate of TESOL)
NABE (National Association of Bilingual Educators)
ATE    (Association of Teacher Educators)
NAME (National Association of Multicultural Educators)

ABOUT
I collect books about baseball,  religion, literature, and  medieval history.  Many books I have are autographed copies by famous scientists, actors, poets and sports figures including Jane Goodall, Jim Barnes (Native-American poet),  JamesTate (Pulitzer Prize winning poet),  Kirk Douglas, and Buck O’Neill (former Negro Leagues manager). Theoretical physics including the “string theory” has caught my imagination lately.   I enjoy thinking about things that most people never bother with whether its theology, physics, morality, or cryptozoology.  Our culture now tries to crush the ourinnate originality and creativity.  As teachers we must not betray our students to this  juggernaut  of standards, high-stakes  testing, and mediocrity.   The wisdom of other cultures can save us.  I see immigration as a stimulating and healthy force in our culture.  I believe the following:  “You cannot begin to appreciate another culture unless you can see beauty in it.  Our goal as teachers is to help our students see this beauty in other cultures as well as in our own.” 

Phu Vu

Phu Vu

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B166
(308) 865-1597
vuph@unk.edu
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Biography

EDUCATION
PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
MA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Summer Grant (2013- 2014) by the U.S. Embassy to Vietnam to establish a MOOC-oriented program "Knowledge Bridge": Primary Investigator
  • Civil Society Grant (2011- 2012) to establish an E-center for Teachers' Professional Development: Primary Investigator
  • Fulbright Award (2008- 2010)


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS         

Articles

  • Vu, P., & Fadde, P. (2014). Ring of engagement: A model for MOOC enrollment. Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies. 2(3), 240-247. 
  • Vu, P., Cao, V., Vu, L., & Capero, J. (2014). Factors driving learner success in online professional development. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 15 (3). 
  • Fredrickson, S., Vu, P., & Crow, S. (2014). Availability and use of digital technologies in P-12 classrooms of selected countries. Issues and Trends in Educational Technology. 2(1).
  • Vu, P., McIntyre, J ., & Cepero, J. (2014). Teachers' Use of the iPad in Classrooms and Their Attitudes toward Using It. Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies.2(2), 58-74. 
  • Vu, P., & Fadde, P. (2013). When to Talk, When to Chat: Student Interactions in Live Virtual Classrooms. Journal of Interactive Online Learning. 12(2), 41-52.
  • Vu, P., & Vu, L. (2013). Videotape and reflection -based feedback to student teachers: A case study. Critical Issues in Teacher Education20, 5-13.
  • Vu, P., & Fadde, P. (2012). Traits of effective instructors in an online setting. Bulletin of IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology. 14(4), 50-53.
  • Howard, J., Vu, P., & Vu, L. (2012). How do undergraduate students use their iPads? Journal of Technology Integration in the Classroom. 4(3), 5- 12.
  • Vu, P., & Vu, L. (2012). Teaching English as a foreign language major to gifted students. The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies.18(2), 57- 66.
  • Vu, P., & Vu, L. (2012). Techniques to bring humor and create a pleasant learning environment in ESL adult classroom. Journal of Research and   Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 1(1), 50-53.
  • Vu, P. (2011). Gifted students' profiles and their attitudes toward a gifted program: The case of Vietnam. Gifted and Talented International, 26(1), 81-87.

Book Chapters

  • Vu, P., Vu, L., Cao, V., & Fadde, P. (2014). An Exploratory Study in an Emerging approach to E-learning: MOOC. In M. Limbu & B. Gurung (Eds.), Emerging pedagogy in the networked knowledge society: Practice integrating social media and globalization (162-174). IGI Global.
  • Fadde, P., & Vu, P. (2014). Blended Online Learning: Misconceptions, Benefits, and Challenges. In P. Lowenthal., C. S. York & J. Richardson (Eds.), Online Learning: Common Misconceptions, Benefits, and Challenges. Nova Science Publisher.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Vu, P., Gaskill, M., & Fredrickson, S. (2014, November). Peer Review in Online Leaning. Paper presented at the Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference - Florida.
  • Nguyen, H., Vu, P., Vu, L.,& Nguyen, T. (2014, May). A Move From Version 1.0 to Version 2.0 of An Open Online EFL Learning Program. Paper presented at the JALCALL conference - Japan.
  • Vu, P.,& Fredrickson, S. (2014, April). A Description and Analysis of the Transformation of an Online Learning Course from 1.0 to 2.0 Version. Paper presented at the Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology Symposium - Lincoln, NE.
  • Vu, P.,& Fadde, P. (2014, Feb). Technology Integration Training in Illinois and Nebraska Teacher Education Programs. Paper presented at the  Association of Teacher Educators Conference - St. Louis, MO.
  • Vu, P. (2013, Feb). What Makes an Effective Online Instructor? Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Conference - Atlanta, GA.
  • Fadde, P., & Vu, P. (2012, Feb). Backchannel in an Adobe Connect Class. Paper presented at the Midwest Education Technology Conference - St. Louis, MO.
  • Vu, P., & Howard, J. (2012, Feb). Reflection and Videotape-Based Feedback to Student Teachers. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Conference - San Antonio, TX.
  • Howard, J., & Vu, P. (2012, Feb). Changing Faces: A Reflection on Cultural Competencies in Education. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Conference - San Antonio, TX.
  • Vu, P., & Howard, J. (2011, August). Multi- dimensional Evaluation of Teacher: a New Approach to Teacher Evaluation. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Conference- Philadelphia, PA.
  • Phi Delta Kappa Panel Presentation on international education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. March 29, 2011.
  • A combination of asynchronous and synchronous online ESL learning at the Southern Illinois University 2012 Research Showcase.
Stathene Varisotis

Stathene Varisotis

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE , B193
(308) 865-8833
varvisotiss2@unk.edu

Biography

Ph.D.   Capella University-Minneapolis
M.Ed. William Paterson College-Wayne
B.A.    Wittenberg University-Springfield

Brian Wojcik

Brian Wojcik

Assistant Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B189
(308) 865-8613
wojcikbw@unk.edu

Biography

EDUCATION

2011                            Illinois State University, Normal IL
                                    Doctor of Education
2004                            Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP)
                                    Rehabilitation Society of North America
2002                            Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program
                                    California State University, Northridge
1998                            Illinois State University, Normal, IL
                                    Master of Science in Education
Major : Special Education - Learning Disabilities/Behavior Disorders with a concentration in teaching students with multiple disabilities and assistive technology.
1995                            Illinois State University, Normal, IL
                                    Bachelor of Science in Education
                                    Major : Special Education - Deaf and Hard of Hearing , Elementary Education
                                    Minor : Chemistry Education

SCHOLARSHIP
Publications:
Wojcik, B. W., (2013, December/January). As I see AT: Delivering on the promise of AT. Learning and Leading with Technology, 41(4), 40-41.
Parette, H. P., Blum, C., Watts, E. H., Stoner, J. B., Wojcik, B. W., & Chrismore, S. B. (2013). Technology user groups and early childhood education professionals. Early Childhood Education Journal, 41(3), 171-179.
Douglas, K. H., Wojcik, B. W., & Thompson, J. R. (2012). Is there an app for that?  Journal of Special Education Technology, 27(2), 59-70.
Wojcik, B. W., Douglas, K. H., & Kulaga, B. M. (2013). Illinois assistive technology guidance manual: An introduction for parents. Retrieved from http://www.at4il.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=6bdebf3c-5cb2-4c5d-9756-9c04681c1faa&groupId=487045.
Wojcik, B. W., & Douglas, K. H. (2012). Illinois assistive technology guidance manual.  Retrieved from http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed/pdfs/assist-tech-guidance-manual.pdf.

Presentations:
Wojcik, B.W., & Howery K. (2014, April). UDL: What we can do now and where we are going.  Presented at the Eastern Iowa Building Bridges Conference, Iowa City, IA.
Wojcik, B. W., & Holulin, D. (2014, January). Technology supported evidence-based practices:  Meeting the needs of every student. Presented at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) – Orlando Annul Meeting, Orlando, FL.
Marotta, M., Behnke, K., Janowski, K., & Wojcik, B.W., (2014, January). App smackdown – 2014 edition.  Presented at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) – Orlando Annul Meeting, Orlando, FL.
Wojcik, B.W., Dalton, E., Bowser, G., & Basham, J. (2014, June). Digital literacy for all: A global view of technology access. Presented at the  International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Wojcik, B. W., & Bardi, N. (2013, October). Getting students on board: A student-lead model of AT integration. Presented at the Closing the Gap Annual Conference, Bloomington, MN.
Behnke, K., Marotta, M., & Wojcik, B. W. (2013, January). AT Bootcamp (Preconference session). Presented at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) -  Orlando Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
Hohulin, D., Wojcik, B. W., & Bettlach, M. (2013, January).  Beyond the ‘wow’ – Managing, maintaining, and making the most of your apps! (Preconference session).  Presented at the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) – Orlando Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL

Present Interests:

  • Building systems that support effective use of technologies in school settings to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Preparation for future teachers to use technology effectively in school to meet the needs of students with diverse learning needs

 ACTIVITIES
International Society of Technology in Education
Special Education Technology Special Interest Group
Teacher Education Special Interest Group
Assistive Technology Industry Association
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois
Council for Exceptional Children
Universal Design for Learning Implementation Research Network

Camie West

Camie West

Lecturer
Teacher Education
COE, B191
(308) 865-8691
westcs@unk.edu

Biography

Education

M.A. University of Nebraska at Kearney
B.A. Kearney State College

Teaching areas:  Special Education K-12

Jane Ziebarth-Bovill

Jane Ziebarth-Bovill

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
COE, B163
(308) 865-8815
ziebarthj@unk.edu

Biography
EDUCATION

PhD University of Nebraska at Lincoln
MA Kearney State College
BS Kearney State College