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Faculty for Master of Education

Our M.Ed faculty bring a passion for teaching combined with decades of professional expertise in higher education and K-12 education field experiences to learning in the classroom and online.

From our robust faculty, you will learn from Augustana professors to K-12 educators and administrators, to innovators, and managers who share their inside view of their respective fields with the aspiring next generation of professional educators.

The M.Ed faculty bring problems of practice into the curriculum, class assignments, and discussions. Students work through solutions guided by the unique perspective of professionals who lead in their fields and teach in a university online environment.

 

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 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 M.Ed 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 and  Teacher Education Program Director
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 School of Education 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 is the Teacher Education Program Director and also supervises student teachers.

MEd course(s) 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 School of Education 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Kathleen CookKathleen Cook, Ph.D.
Associate 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 Associate Professor in the School of Education 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 holds Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate (BCBA-D) certification and serves on the editorial board of TEACHING Exceptional Children. Prior to her doctoral studies, Kathleen taught students with disabilities 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 607: Foundations and Principles of Curriculum; EDUC 695:  Research Synthesis Project; SPED 621:  Collaboration with Families & Professionals


Laurie DailyLaurie Daily, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Dean, School of Education
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, Dean of the School of Education, 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC/SPED 600: Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Becky FialaBecky Fiala
Field Placement Coordinator
605.274.4617
Madsen Center #210
becky.fiala@augie.edu

 

 

Professor Becky Hatch Fiala joined the School of Education in the fall of 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree at Augustana College in 1983 with majors in Business Administration and Business Education. Currently, she serves as the Field Placement Coordinator and course instructor in the School of Education. She serves as a liaison between the Education Department and local school districts coordinating field experiences and student teaching experiences.

MEd courses taught: EDUC 610: Issues 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 School of Education 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 600:  Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Dr. Anita ManningAnita Manning, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
605.274.4817
Madsen Center #215
anita.manning@augie.edu

 

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

After completing her B.A. degree in Elementary Education and Psychology at the University of Sioux Falls, Dr. Manning taught in various grade levels in the Sioux Falls School District.  While teaching in 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. Dr. Manning became a Reading Specialist 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 taught part-time in the Master of Arts in Education program at Augustana University.  In August of 2018, she joined the faculty in the School of Education at Augustana as an Assistant Professor..

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 600: Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 610: Issues in Education; EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


Dr. Michelle PowersMichelle Powers, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
605.274.4632
Madsen Center #218
michelle.powers@augie.edu

 

 

Ed.D. (Educational Leadership), University of South Dakota

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

Dr. Michelle Powers joined the School of Education 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 recently completed 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 610: Issues in Education; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


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 School of Education. 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education


Dr. Brad UhingBrad Uhing, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
605.274.5410
Madsen Center #213
brad.uhing@augie.edu

 

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 School of Education at Augustana in August 2018 as an Assistant Professor.  He taught part-time in the Master of ARts in Education Program since August 2015.  Dr. Uhing received his doctoral degree in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC/SPED 600: Introduction to Graduate Research; EDUC 695:  Research Synthesis Project


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

Assistant Professor
605.274.5477
Madsen Center #229
Celeste.UtheBurow@augie.edu

 

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 School of Education at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. During the 2019-2020 academic year Dr. Uthe-Burow will join the Education Department as a full-time faculty member.  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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education; EDUC 610: Issues in Education; EDUC 607:  Foundations and Principles of Curriculum; EDUC 695:  Research Synthesis Project


Part-Time Faculty Bio

Michael AmolinsMichael Amolins, Ed.D.

 

 

 

 

Ed.D. (Curriculum & Instruction), University of South Dakota
M.S. (Medicinal Chemistry), University of Kansas

Dr. Amolins joined the faculty in the School of Education at Augustana University in February 2019 as a part-time faculty member in the undergraduate and Master of Education Programs. He received his Doctorate of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of South Dakota, a Master’s Degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College (University). 

Dr. Amolins serves as the Curriculum Director for the Harrisburg School District, where he previously taught chemistry and physics.  His research and passions involve professional development, best instructional practices, teacher ethics, and science education.  He was named the 2019 South Dakota Curriculum Director of the Year, in 2013 received the American Chemical Society Midwest Region Award for Excellence in Teaching High School Chemistry, and is a Goldwater Scholar.  Dr. Amolins has developed numerous instructional programs and community partnerships for the Harrisburg School District, focused on providing opportunities and pathways for all learners.

MEd courses taught: EDUC 607: Foundations and Principles of Curriculum


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 School of Education 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.

MEd course(s) 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 School of Education 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.

MEd course(s) 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 School of Education 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity


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 School of Education 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education


saraSara Klawonn, Ed. S.
 

 

 

 

Ed. S. (Education Administration), University of South Dakota
M.S. (Educational Leadership), Southwest Minnesota State University

Sara Klawonn joined the faculty in the School of Education at Augustana University in May 2021 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Education Program.  She received her Specialists degree in Educational Administration at the University of South Dakota and  Master's degree in Educational Leadership at Southwest Minnesota State University.  Currently, Sara teachers English at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, SD, where she also serves as English Department Chair.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


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 School of Education 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity


Dr. Summer SchultzAnn Robertson, Ed.D.

 

 

 

 

Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction), University of South Dakota

M.S. (Elementary Education), University of South Dakota

Dr. Ann Robertson joined the faculty in the School of Education at Augustana University in August 2018 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program at Augustana University.  She is a Native American Studies teacher for the Sioux Falls School District.  She earned an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota.  Ann is co-writer of Native American middle school and high school curriculums regarding the origins, histories, and cultures of the Oceti Sakowin people.  She has presented at conferences around the nation and in South Dakota and provides professional development about teaching Oceti Sakowin content.  Ann also teaches Native American Studies for Educators for the Sioux Falls School District’s Red Apple classes.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 607:  Foundations and Principles of Curriculum


CorySCory Sengsouvanna, Ed.D.

 

 

 

 

Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction) Capella University

M.Ed. (Educational Leadership) University of Sioux Falls

Dr. Cory Sengsouvanna joined the faculty in the School of Education at Augustana University in January of 2021 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Education program. She completed her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Capella University, while also earning her post-doctoral certificate in Organizational Leadership and Accountability. As an Augustana University alumnus, Dr. Sengsouvanna spent a majority of her teaching career in the Sioux Falls area teaching secondary science courses at the middle school and high school level while also serving as an on-site faculty supervisor to many student-teachers in the tri-state area earning their teaching degree online. Dr. Sengsouvanna is currently the principal for Calvert Academy, a subsidiary school of Weld North Education, where she trains educators and serves international families in over 55 countries. With a global presence in education, Dr. Sengsouvanna specializes in the development and implementation of online learning strategies and advocates for diverse learning platforms for students of all backgrounds and capabilities.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 611: Differentiation and Diversity; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


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 School of Education 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:  Our Hope for the Future. The work of the authors has been shared in over 23 countries. In 1997, he helped create the non-profit organization Reclaiming Youth International. He works in juvenile justice as an expert witness. His research interests include alternative education and creating well-being in school settings.  In 2018, his book Schools That Matter: Teaching the Mind, Reaching the Heart was published.  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 and two grandchildren, Finley and Ursuline.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 601: History & Philosophy of Education; EDUC 695: Research Synthesis Project


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 School of Education 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.

MEd course(s) taught: EDUC 615: Technology in Education