Faculty for Master of Arts in Education

Augustana faculty members

Get to Know Our Faculty

With full- and part-time faculty in a wide variety of undergraduate and masters programs, Augustana University’s Master of Arts in Education caters to motivated learners looking to take the next step in their educational and professional development.

Following are the bios of our full-time and part-time MAE faculty members, whose primary commitment is teaching, but who also lead and participate in activities such as:

  • Mentor and advise students and help them build their professional networks
  • Lead grant-funded programs, research and teaching initiatives
  • Serve in leadership positions in their fields of expertise
  • Author books, book chapters, and journal articles related to their academic and professional fields
  • Present scholarly work and research at local, regional, national and international conferences.
  • Provide faculty service to support the functioning of the Education Department and the University

Full-Time Faculty Bios

Part-Time Faculty Bios


Full-Time Faculty Bios
 

Dr. Sharon AndrewsSharon E. Andrews, Ed.D.
Associate Professor & Certification Officer
605.274.4627
Madsen Center #209
sharon.andrews@augie.edu

Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction), University of South Dakota
M.A. (Secondary Education), University of South Dakota

Dr. Sharon E. Andrews received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota and joined the Education Department at Augustana in 1989. Prior to joining the faculty at Augustana, Dr. Andrews spent five years teaching MS/HS English and mathematics in Burke, SD and Brush, Colorado. She teaches/has taught a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level; and she is the Lead Professor for EDUC 607: Foundations and Principles of Curriculum. Dr. Andrews also supervises student teachers, serves as the program’s Chalk and Wire ePortfolio Administrator, and teaches the ePortfolio Labs (EDUC 200L, 300L, and 400L). In addition, she provides leadership for the undergraduate program's national accreditation process (CAEP/NCATE) and state-level program review process (SD DOE); and she also serves as the Education Department's Assessment Coordinator and Certification Officer.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education; EDUC 607: Foundations and Principles of Curriculum; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Dr. Julie AshworthJulie Ashworth, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
605.274.4036
Madsen Center #211
julie.ashworth@augie.edu

Ed.D. (Educational Administration: Adult & Higher Edu.), University of South Dakota
M.A. (Special Education), Augustana University

Dr. Julie Ashworth received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Special Education and Deaf Education from Augustana; her master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in science and technology from Augustana; and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Adult Higher Education from the University of South Dakota. She joined the Education Department at Augustana in the fall of 2002 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Ashworth research and passion involves preparing future teachers to be prepared to teach all students, especially students from diverse backgrounds, students living in poverty and students with disabilities. She was named the Sioux Falls School District Teacher of the Year in 1992 and the South Dakota Teacher of the Year in 1993. She received the 2009 Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award which recognizes brilliance in the classroom and the 2009 Augustana Student Association Professor of the Year. Dr. Ashworth created and directs Augustana FRIENDSLink, which is a United Way Partner Agency that establishes authentic friendships between college students and their peers with disabilities. She is also the Children’s Choir Director at Asbury Methodist Church.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Kathleen CookKathleen Cook, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
605.274.4623
Madsen Center #212
kathleen.cook@augie.edu

Ph.D. (Special Education), University of Georgia
M.A. (Audiology), Louisiana State University

Dr. Kathleen Cook is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Augustana University. She received her doctoral degree in special education with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis from the University of Georgia. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), an executive director for the South Dakota Association of Behavior Analysis, and serves on the editorial board of TEACHING Exceptional Children. Before coming to Augustana in the fall of 2015, Kathleen taught students with special needs in Georgia public schools for 10 years. Her research interests include self-management and applied behavior analysis with teens and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.

MAE course taught: EDUC 607: Foundations and Principles of Curriculum


Laurie DailyLaurie Daily, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
605.274.5211
Madsen Center #208
laurie.daily@augie.edu

Ed.D. (Education Leadership), Argosy University
M.S. (Special Education), University of North Carolina

Dr. Laurie Daily is an Associate Professor, Education Department Chair and Director of the Master of Arts in Education Program at Augustana. She received her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Argosy University and earned a master’s degree in special education at the University of North Carolina. Coming to Augustana in the fall of 2015, Laurie Daily had been the education chairperson at Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa), where she was chair for seven years and also taught for twelve years. Before that, she directed a field-based special education teacher training program in New Hampshire, coordinated the special education program at Plymouth State College, and taught children with special needs in North Carolina.

MAE course taught: EDUC 600:Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Dr. Perry HanavanPerry C. Hanavan, Au.D.
Assistant Professor
605.274.4629
Madsen Center #223
perry.hanavan@augie.edu

Au.D. (Audiology), Central Michigan University
M.A. (Audiology), University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Perry C. Hanavan is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Augustana. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Audiology; a M.A. in Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado and a doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) from Central Michigan University. Perry C. Hanavan came to Augustana in the fall of 1975 and was tenured in 1982. He has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate workshops on technology applications in the classroom, taught programming with LOGO in elementary schools and tech camps, and served on school district technology committees. In addition, he presents learning labs on smartphone and hearing assistance technology applications for professionals and persons with hearing loss at national and international conferences.

MAE course taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education


Sandra Hoover-Kinsinger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
605.274.5317
Madsen Center #219
sandra.hoover-kinsinger@augie.edu

Ph.D. (Human Development and Educational Psychology), University of South Dakota
M.A. (Art Therapy), University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Sandra Hoover-Kinsinger is an Assistant Professor in the Augustana Education Department. Dr. Hoover-Kinsinger joined the Augustana faculty in the fall of 2016. Prior to this she was an Assistant Professor of psychology at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She began her career as a child and adolescent art therapist in inpatient psychiatric facilities and outpatient rehabilitation centers. She also worked extensively with at-risk students and their families through district-based, grant-funded prevention programs. Her research involves the identification of factors that predict academic hopefulness and empirically-based faith development pedagogy with children.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 600: Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project.


Matt JohnsonMatt Johnson, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
605.274.4733
Madsen Center #217
matthew.johnson@augie.edu

Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction), University of South Dakota
M.A. (Elementary Education), Augustana University

Dr. Matt Johnson received his bachelors and masters from Augustana and his doctorate from the University of South Dakota. He joined the Education Department at Augustana in 2006. Matt is an Assistant Professor and faculty advisor for the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC); and also a Co-PI of Augie Access, a post-secondary education program that allows adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to attend college. Matt is also a Discipline Head in the LEND program through the USD Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities.

MAE course taught: EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Dr. Michelle PowersMichelle Powers, Ed.S.

Ed.S. (Educational Administration, PK-12 Principal), University of South Dakota
M.A. (Special Education), University of South Dakota

Dr. Michelle Powers joined the Education Department in August of 2017 as an Assistant Professor. She received her master’s degree in special education and her educational specialist degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is currently in the process of completion of her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Dakota.

Prior to joining the faculty at Augustana, Michelle served as the director of special education for the Brookings School District for twelve years. Before that experience, she was the state director of special education for the state of South Dakota and worked for the department for thirteen years. She has also taught in public schools in the area of special education in South Dakota and Nebraska.

MAE Course taught: EDUC 610: Issues in Education


Heidi Sackreiter, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
605.274.5477
Madsen Center #213
heidi.sackreiter@augie.edu

Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction), University of South Dakota
M.S. (Teaching and Learning), Northern State University

Dr. Heidi Sackreiter has an Ed.D. in education from the University of South Dakota with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction. She joined the Education Department at Augustana in the fall of 2016 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Sackreiter has taught courses in curriculum, classroom management, K-8 methods, content literacy, and English as a New Language. Her professional interests include multicultural education, particularly collaboration between International students and English-speaking university students, and the self-efficacy of pre-service teachers.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 607: Foundations and Principles of Curriculum; EDUC 610: Issues in Education


Li Sun, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
605.274.4611
Madsen Center #216
li.sun@augie.edu

Ed.D. (Mathematics Education), University of Houston
M.Ed. (Education), Liaoning Normal University

Dr. Li Sun is an Assistant Professor in the Augustana Education Department. Dr. Sun has her Ed.D. in mathematics education from the University of Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Augustana in the fall of 2016, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Houston and also worked as a certified mathematics quality of instruction (MQI) rater at Harvard University.

MAE course taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education


Dr. Steve VanBockernSteve Van Bockern, Ed.D.
Professor
605.274.5491
Madsen Center #214
steve.vanbockern@augie.edu

Ed.D. (Elementary Education), University of South Dakota
M.S. (Educational Administration), University of South Dakota

Dr. Steve Van Bockern is a tenured professor of education and special education at Augustana. He joined the Education Department in 1983. Steve has been a teacher and a principal. He has directed programs and grants for talented and at risk students funded by the National Science and Kellogg foundations. Along with colleagues Larry Brendtro and Martin Brokenleg, Steve co-authored the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk. The work of the authors has been shared in over 23 countries. In 1997, he helped create the non-profit organization Reclaiming Youth International. In 2015, Steve became associated with CF Learning, an organization that conducts research, training, and youth advocacy work. He works in juvenile justice as an expert witness. His research interests include alternative education and creating well-being in school settings. He is a recipient of the Crazy Horse Award and an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Winnipeg. Steve and Sarah have four children, Matthew, Margaret, Daniel and Anna.

MAE course taught: EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project; EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education


Part-Time Faculty Bios
 

Lisa BrunickLisa Brunick
Reference Librarian/Instruction Coordinator Librarian
605.274.4921
lisa.brunick@augie.edu

M.S. (Library Science), Emporia State University

Lisa Brunick joined the Education Department in June 2017 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. Lisa is a reference librarian and the instruction coordinator at Mikkelsen Library. She provides classroom instruction on information literacy skills and is a member of the Masters of Arts in Education committee.

In 1999, Lisa received her Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University. She has participated in the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Immersion programs including the Teaching with Technology Track. Lisa received her Instructional Design certificate from the Online Learning Consortium in June 2017.

MAE course taught: EDUC 600: Introduction to Graduate Research


Daniela Cambetas-SyedDaniela Cambetas-Syed, Ph.D.

 

Ph.D. (Educational Psychology), University of South Dakota
 

Dr. Daniela Syed received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Research Methodology and Statistics from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. and a B.A. from Hunter College in New York, NY. Dr. Syed joined the faculty in the Education Departments at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education, psychology, statistics, and research for over a decade. Previously, she served as an Assistant Professor of Psychology for Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 600: Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Dr. Poornima D'SouzaPoornima D’Souza, Ed.D.

 

Ed.D. (Education Leadership), University of St. Thomas
M.Com (Banking), Karnatak University, India

Dr. Poornima D’Souza joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program at Augustana. She received her doctoral degree in educational leadership at University of St. Thomas, MN and earned a masters degree in banking at Karnatak University. Dr. D’Souza is a School-Home Liaison and a Parent Educator with the Sioux Falls School District. As a liaison, she tries to bridge the communication and cultural gap between the refugee and immigrant parents and the school system. As a parent educator, she empowers immigrant parents with computer skills, builds their proficiency in the English language, and teaches American social skills in order to help parents learn ways to support their children's education.

MAE course taught: EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity


Dr. Emily DykstraEmily Dykstra, Ph.D.

Ph.D. (Human Development & Educational Psychology) University of South Dakota
M.A. (Human Development & Educational Psychology), University of South Dakota

Dr. Emily Dykstra joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana University in February 2018 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program.

Dr. Dykstra received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Research Methodology and Statistics from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. She has previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education, psychology, human development, statistics, and research at the University of South Dakota and Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Dr. Mark GierachMark Gierach, MS.E.

 

M.S. (Education), Capella University


Mark Gierach joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in March 2017 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. He received his Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design for Online Learning at Capella University. Mark currently works at D2L (also known as Desire2Learn) and travels the country to work with K12 and Higher Education professionals to help identify ways to utilize technology, which offers the right balance of institutional goals with preferences in teaching modalities. In his spare time he enjoys sharing his experiences while teaching at Augustana, coaching soccer at Tempo Soccer Club, and spending time with his wife and four boys.

MAE course taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education


Sharon GraySharon Gray
Instructor and Instructional Technologist
605.274.4907
sharon.gray@augie.edu

M.S. (Selected Studies), University of South Dakota

Sharon Gray joined the Education Department in June 2017 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. Sharon is the Director of Instructional Technology and also the WebCT administrator at Augustana. She teaches Ethical Issues in Technology for the Computer Science Department and Technology in Education for the Masters of Arts in Education program. Sharon received her masters from the University of South Dakota. She has been at Augustana since 1999. Prior to arriving to Augustana, she was Director of Instructional Technology at Briar Cliff College (Sioux City, Iowa) and an Instructional Technologist at Kennesaw State College (Marietta, Georgia). She has more than 20 years of experience in online instruction and faculty development. Her emphasis is upon equipping instructors to effectively use technology as a tool.

MAE course taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education


Dr. Vikki HennardVikki Hennard, Ph.D.

 

Ph.D. (Education Leadership), Eastern Michigan University
M.A. (Special Education), Oakland University

Dr. Vikki Hennard joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. Dr. Hennard is a behavior specialist at Char-Em Intermediate School District. She received her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Eastern Michigan University and earned a master’s degree in special education at Oakland University. Prior to joining Augustana, she taught introductory special education and inclusion classes for Central Michigan University for seven years. For 25 years she has worked in K-12 education as a teacher, professional learning instructor and trainer, and as an educational coach in the area of school climate and behavior.

MAE course taught: EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project; EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education


Dr. Pam HomanPamela Homan, Ed.D.


Ed.D. (Educational Administration), University of South Dakota
M.A. (Special Education), Augustana University
 

Dr. Pam Homan is the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Augustana, an initiative designed to build strategic partnerships with industry leaders, business heads and curators of creativity. In the August 2016, she joined the faculty in the Education Department as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. In her role, Dr. Homan develops collaborations to enhance Augustana’s experiential learning opportunities for students and strengthens connections to the growing and changing needs of the Sioux Falls business community. Before joining the Augustana leadership team, Dr. Homan served as Superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District from 2004 to 2015. There, she was responsible for more than 25,000 students at 23 elementary schools, five middle schools, three traditional high schools, an alternative high school, a project-based learning high school, a career and technical education academy and a post-secondary technical institute.

MAE course taught: EDUC 610: Issues in Education


Dr. Anita ManningAnita Manning, Ed.D.


Ed.D. (Educational Administration: Adult & Higher Edu.) University of South Dakota
M.A. (Education/Reading Specialist), University of Sioux Falls

Dr. Anita Manning joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. After completing her B.A. degree in Elementary Education and Psychology at the University of Sioux Falls, Dr. Manning taught in a second grade classroom, in the Sioux Falls School District. While teaching at the Sioux Falls School District, she completed her M.A. in Reading at the University of Sioux Falls and became certified, by the State of South Dakota, as a Reading Specialist. She became a Reading Recovery Teacher for the Sioux Falls School District. After completing her Ed.D. in Educational Administration/Adult and Higher Education degree at the University of South Dakota, Dr. Manning and 11 teachers from the Sioux Falls School District created a Literacy in Action Intervention. She has been implementing this intervention since its creation. Dr. Manning has also been an adjunct instructor for the University of Sioux Falls for four years.

MAE course taught: EDUC 600: Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education; EDUC 610: Issues in Education; EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity


Dr. Kristi Oskar-GroenKristi Oskar-Groen, Ed.D.

 

Ed.D. (Curriculum & Instruction/SPED) University of South Dakota
M.A. (Special Education), University of South Dakota

Dr. Kristi Oskar-Groen joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. Prior to joining Augustana, Dr. Oskar-Groen is currently teaching at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, S.D.

MAE course taught: EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity


Dr. Summer SchultzSummer Schultz, Ed.D.


Ed.D. (Educational Admin.: School Superintendency) University of South Dakota
M.S. (Computer Education and Technology), Dakota State University

Dr. Summer Schultz joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. Dr. Schultz received her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota; her Administrative Licensure was obtained from Saint Mary’s University of MN; and both her M.S. in Computer Education/Technology and B.S. in Elementary Education/Special Education were earned from Dakota State University. Dr. Schultz is the Superintendent at Dell Rapids Public School.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education; EDUC 610: Issues in Education


Dr. Cate SommervoldCate Sommervold, Ed.D.

 

Ed.D. (Education Leadership), University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN
M.A. (Plant Physiology), University of South Dakota

Dr. Cate Sommervold joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in February 2015 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. She received her doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of St. Thomas and earned a master’s degree in biology/plant physiology at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Sommervold is currently the Director of the Doctorate of Education Program for Doane University. Prior to Doane, she served as the Academic Dean for National American University in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Sommervold has post-secondary teaching experience in science, education, leadership and research and worked with teachers and administrators as a Cognitive Coach, through East Dakota Educational Cooperative. In 2010, Dr. Sommervold co-authored a book about increasing creativity, critical thinking and communication in students. When not creating, teaching or presenting, she spends her time consulting, reading, gardening, cooking or spending time with her husband and three sons.

MAE course taught: EDUC 600: Introduction to Graduate Research


Dr. Monica SoukupMonica Soukup, Ed.D.
 

Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction), University of South Dakota
M.A. (Special Education), Augustana University

Dr. Monica Soukup received her bachelors in deaf education and elementary education and her masters degree in special education from Augustana. She received an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Dakota. Prior to teaching at Augustana, she taught in the elementary and secondary grades at the South Dakota School for the Deaf for 23 years. She joined Augustana in 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Education Department. She has taught a variety of courses at Augustana University pertaining to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students, American Sign Language, and General Education. She has also supervised student teachers and practicum students. In addition to teaching at Augustana, she is a member of the planning committee for the Midwest Conference on Deaf Education. Her areas of interest include language and literacy development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Deaf and Hard of Hearing students with disabilities, and addressing the nation-wide shortage of teachers of the Deaf.

MAE course taught: EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education


Dr. Lila SybesmaLila Sybesma, Ed.D.

Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction), University of South Dakota
M.A. (Reading ), University of Sioux Falls

Dr. Lila Sybesma joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana University in February 2018 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program.

Dr. Sybesma is an Associate Professor, specializing in reading and early childhood. She received her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of South Dakota and earned a master’s degree in reading at Sioux Falls University.

Dr. Sybesma began her career serving as an elementary education teacher. Presently, she teaches at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. During her career, Lila designed numerous online classes, led many workshops, and taught both bachelor’s and master’s level courses.

A former president of the Northwest Iowa Reading Council, and an active leader in early childhood education, Lila has a heart for children and a passion for teacher training.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Dr. Aaron ThomasAaron Thomas, Ph.D.

Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction/Educational Technology), University of Florida
M.A. (Classics), University of Florida

Dr. Aaron Thomas joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana University in February 2018 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program.

Dr. Thomas received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis upon educational technology. His K12 public school teaching experience includes working in low Socio-Economic Schools (SES) within Florida and at the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), one of the largest public virtual schools in the United States. His work at Florida Virtual School led him to advanced study and pursuit of a terminal degree in the area of educational research and educational technology.

In addition, he has significant experience as an instructional designer and architect in which he has designed instructional materials and platforms for K12, post-secondary schools, and medical applications. His research target focuses upon how digital technologies impact metacognitive accuracy and how to leverage learning analytics to improve self-regulatory learning.

Currently, Dr. Thomas leads efforts at the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy to develop a learning analytics that evaluates professionalism, soft-skills in medical scenarios, and learning performance. He looks forward to working with current and future educators at Augustana University to improve educational quality for all.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education


Dr. Brad UhingBrad Uhing, Ph.D.

Ph.D. (Mental Health: Psychological Studies), University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.Ed. (Mental Health: Emotion/Behavioral Disorders), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Brad Uhing joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in August 2015 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. Dr. Uhing received his doctoral degree in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 600: Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 607: Foundations and Principles of Curriculum


Dr. Celeste Uthe-BurowCeleste Uthe-Burow, Ed.D.


Ed.D. (Counseling Psychology in Education), University of South Dakota
M.Ed. (Education Administration), South Dakota State University
M.S. (Counseling and Human Resources), South Dakota State University

Dr. Celeste Uthe-Burow joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. Dr. Uthe-Burow received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of South Dakota and earned two master’s degrees in education administration and counseling and human resources at the South Dakota State University. Prior to joining Augustana, Dr. Uthe-Burow has been in the field of education since 1985 serving as a teacher, principal and district coordinator for the Sioux Falls School District. In addition to her work in the school setting, Dr. Uthe-Burow is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has worked as a counselor for Lutheran Social Services where she served the communities of Mitchell, SD and surrounding communities as well as the Sioux Falls, S.D. area counseling office.

MAE courses taught: EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education; EDUC 610: Issues in Education


Dr. Jason WhitingJason Whiting, M.A.Ed.


M.A.Ed. (Education Leadership and Instructional Technology), University of Sioux Falls
B.A. (Elementary Education K-8), Augustana University

Jason Whiting joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana University in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. He received his masters degree in educational leadership and instructional technology at the University of Sioux Falls and is earning an educational specialist degree in administration at the University of Sioux Falls. Prior to coming to Augustana, Jason had been a 3rd and 4th grade teacher in the Sioux Falls School District. Currently, Jason is teaching middle school Information Communication and Technology (ICT/Computer Science) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls.

MAE course taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education