Education: Meet the Faculty

School of Education Faculty by department:


 

 

Department of Teacher Education


Ted Green, Ph.D.
Professor
(314)246-7971
tgreen@webster.edu
Webster Hall 347


Sheila Anglin Jordan
Coordinator; Adjunct Faculty
(314)968-6946
anglinsh@webster.edu
Webster Hall 250


Stephanie Mahfood, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(314)246-8610
smahfood03@webster.edu
Webster Hall 242

Dr. Mahfood is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Multidisciplinary Studies Department. She coordinates the special education certification program at the graduate level. She has taught K-12 learners with special needs in a variety of settings including Tunisia, North Africa where she was assigned for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. She is currently engaged in a research project addressing the effects of a school-wide approach to building peer supports on the executive function skills of the students involved. She is a co-author of a research study addressing interventions for dental phobia in individuals with severe developmental disabilities that was recently accepted for publication. She is presently working on an article summarizing the results of an investigation examining effectively preparing student teachers to work with paraeducators in the classroom. Recently, Dr. Mahfood worked with a group of faculty members to secure a grant from the Boeing Company to embed an innovative early field experience within the initial course for graduate students seeking teacher certification. The grant will be implemented during the spring of 2015.


Victoria McMullen, Ph.D.
Professor; Chairperson
(314)968-7093
mcmullen@webster.edu
Webster Hall 232

Dr. McMullen is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Webster University. She teaches undergraduate courses on language development and behavior management, as well as graduate courses concerning the education of individuals with significant developmental disabilities and autism and a graduate course on disabilities and ethics. Dr. McMullen is a board member of the International Association for Positive Behavior Support. She is an advocate for disability services and funding at the local, state and national levels. She has recently published Scholarship of Teaching and Learning articles relating to strategies for increasing student participation and engagement. Her recent disciplinary research has focused on three topics: video self-modeling, pain and medical management and positive behavior support for individuals with significant developmental disabilities and the relationship between staff training and behavior and quality of life outcomes for individuals with complex support needs.


Basiyr RodneyBasiyr Rodney, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
(314)246-8718
desmondrodney62@webster.edu
Webster Hall 228

Dr. Rodney is Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Webster University where he prepares a new generation of caring, reflective and innovative teachers. His main areas of expertise are the professional development of educators and the enhancement of learning environments with digital-age technologies. Basiyr also researches strategies for improving Technology Pedagogy and Content Knowledge (TPACK) using mobile and cloud-based technologies. Dr. Rodney is recognized as a visionary who continually explores ways in which digital-age technologies accelerate self-regulation and student learning. An evangelist for the advancement of democratic learning environments, Basiyr is passionate about the role technology plays in supporting the thinkers of tomorrow. Of additional importance to him is the equity of access and the level of personalization that mobile technologies provide for traditionally underserved and marginalized learners.


Joe Sencibaugh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(314)246-7072
jsencibaugh77@webster.edu
Webster Hall 244


Carol Williams, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
(314)968-8058
crwilliams@webster.edu
Webster Hall 344

Dr. Williams began her post-secondary academic career as a Religion/Theatre major. She received her M.A.T. in Communication Arts with certification in English from Webster University in 1990. She then pursued a Doctorate of Education Degree in Educational Process from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1998. She taught English, Theatre and Speech Communication at the middle school and secondary level. At Webster University, Dr. Williams teaches courses in Language Arts, Children's Literature, Young Adult Literature, Communication in Education and Methods of Teaching Secondary English as well as coursework in Storytelling and Creative Drama. Her research interests are in the areas of arts integration across the curriculum and in the impact of standardized testing on educational practice.


Paula Witkowski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(314)968-7070
paulaw@webster.edu
Webster Hall 241

Dr. Witkowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Leadership. She is also the Coordinator of the MAT in Elementary Education program, which is for individuals seeking initial certification as an elementary school teacher. She began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist and worked in both public and private settings before coming to Webster University. Her research has focused on the implementation of content area literacy classes for struggling adolescent readers in high school settings, on intervention strategies for students with dyslexia, and on issues of motivation and engagement in adolescent and adult learners. She has presented numerous workshops for area schools and has presented at both regional and international conferences on these topics.


 

 

Language, Literacy, and Leadership Department


Ginny Altrogge, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor; Coordinator, Ed.S.
(314)246-8725
valtrogge75@webster.edu
Webster Hall 226B


Mary Bevel, Ed.D.
Associate Professor; Coordinator, Ed.S.
(314)246-7504
bevelma@webster.edu
Webster Hall 227B


Marlene Birkman, Ph.D.
Professor
(314)968-7094
birkmama@webster.edu
Webster Hall 238

Dr. Birkman, Professor of Education at Webster University, teaches writing, poetry, and folklore in the Communication Arts graduate program. Her passion for teaching began during her Indiana childhood when she transformed her family's double garage into a school for neighborhood children. She received her M.A. in English and Ph.D. in Education at Purdue University, where she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Education when she completed her degree. At Purdue, Marlene discovered her zeal for the arts and for engaging others to explore the wonder of words and the power of the imagination. She is an author of professional articles and book reviews for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Gyo Obata: Architect/Clients/Reflections, The Images Publishing Group, 2010 and Ruth Lynford My Life in Design, the Images Publishing Group, 2013. Marlene delights in working with others as they experience the sparks and surprises of the creative process.


Cheryl Breig-Allen, Ed.D.
Associate Professor; Coordinator, MAT Early Childhood Education
(314)246-7652
allencb@webster.edu
Webster Hall 236

Dr. Breig-Allen has been a part of the St. Louis early childhood community for more than 40 years. She began her career as an early childhood special educator and has worked with infants, toddlers, three-to-five-year-old children, and those in kindergarten and in the early primary grades in both public and private school settings. She believes that her most transforming work has taken place in the last 25 years through her collaboration with colleagues in school districts, at the university, and directly with the educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy to more deeply understand their pedagogical principles and to be inspired to adapt her practice. At Webster Cheryl works with both undergraduate and graduate students and serves as coordinator for both the MA and MAT in Early Childhood Education. She has presented at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally and has co-authored an article, "The Language of Lines," in The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s professional journal, Young Children and a chapter in the book, First Steps Toward Teaching the Reggio Way.


Thomas Cornell, Ed.D.
Associate Professor; Chairperson
(314)968-7087
thomascornell28@webster.edu
Webster Hall 232B

Tom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts, Reading, and Early Childhood. He also serves as the program coordinator for the MA in Communication Arts. He has extensive experience in K-12 education having worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Title I Director, and Communication Arts/Library Media Services Curriculum Coordinator before coming to Webster University. He serves as a consultant for assisting with the writing of curriculum for schools and also has received numerous grants in the area of literacy. He has presented at numerous regional and international conferences on the topics of reading, writing, comprehension strategies, and student engagement. Currently, Tom serves as a Board of Examiner with the Council for the Association of Educator Preparation. He also serves as an IRB Board member for the university and was selected to serve on the Military Affairs Task Force. He is a past graduate of the Global Leadership Academy at Webster University as well. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Suburban Council of the International Reading Association and is a past president of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association.


Yin Lam Lee-Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor(314)246-7643
yleejohnson31@webster.edu
Webster Hall WH 346
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Dr. Lee-Johnson is an Assistant Professor of TESL in the Department of Communication Arts, Reading, and Early Childhood. Her research interests include discourse analysis, TESOL methods, non-native English speaking teachers, second language identities, and out-of-class literacy practices of ELLs. She has applied her findings about out-of-class learning to pre K-12 as well as adult ESL education. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education; The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy; The Reading Matrix; and many others. Also, she has presented at international and national conferences such as TESOL, AERA, AAAL, LRA, and NCTE. Her calling is to help immigrant children and adults adapt to mainstream society and become legitimate participants through ESL education.


DJ Kaiser, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Teaching English as a Second Language
(314)246-7153
djkaiser@webster.edu
Webster Hall WH 240

DJ is an Associate Professor and the program coordinator for the MA in Teaching English as a Second Language at Webster University. He serves on the Standards standing committee for TESOL international and serves as a site visitor on accreditation teams for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE). With St. Louis Public Schools, he worked on a three-year grant to prepare K-5 math teachers to work with English language learners and is currently working on a five-year Department of Education grant with the Kansas City Public Schools to lead K-12 teachers to earn ESOL certification. He has taught ESL at the University of Illinois, Parkland Community College, and Washington University in St. Louis and has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona. He has presented on topics such as pronunciation, translation studies, English language teaching, and program development throughout the USA and in China, Mexico, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, and Canada. He has received two research grants to study English Language Teaching in Uruguay, a faculty research grant for 2015 and a U.S. Fulbright Scholars Grant for 2016.


Phyllis Wilkinson, Ed.D.
Professor; Coordinator, MA Reading, MA Communication Arts
(314)968-7096
wilkinsp@webster.edu
Webster Hall 227C


Paula Witkowski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(314)968-7070
paulaw@webster.edu
Webster Hall 241

Dr. Witkowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Leadership. She is also the Coordinator of the MAT in Elementary Education program, which is for individuals seeking initial certification as an elementary school teacher. She began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist and worked in both public and private settings before coming to Webster University. Her research has focused on the implementation of content area literacy classes for struggling adolescent readers in high school settings, on intervention strategies for students with dyslexia, and on issues of motivation and engagement in adolescent and adult learners. She has presented numerous workshops for area schools and has presented at both regional and international conferences on these topics.


 

 

Multidisciplinary Studies Department


Donna Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor; Coordinator, Special Education
(314)246-7642
campbedm@webster.edu
Webster Hall 249

Donna Campbell, Ph. D, Professor of Psychology and Special Education, coordinates the MA in Special Education, as well as the Advanced Graduate Certificates in Leadership in Tiered Systems of Support: PBIS RTI, and in Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently teaches graduate courses in socio-emotional development, behavior and classroom management, applied behavior analysis, and global issues in special education. Her passionate interest and commitment to persons with disabilities was sparked during her undergraduate years in Toronto while volunteering in a hospital for children with orthopaedic disabilities, and continued throughout her graduate studies, as she volunteered at clinics for youth with intellectual disorders and learning disabilities in South Africa and Ottawa. She received her B.A. (Hon), M.A., and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto and Carleton University, in Ontario, Canada. She is a member and regular presenter with numerous professional organizations, having made over sixty professional presentations in her career with Webster.


Ralph Olliges, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Coordinator, MET Educational Technology; Chairperson
(314)246-7502
rolliges@webster.edu
Webster Hall 246

Dr. Olliges is Associate Professor of Education at Webster University in Saint Louis. He is also the program coordinator for Educational Technology, with over 100 students in the master's-level program. He coordinates the M.E.T. in Educational Technology, the Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, and the Ed.S. in Technology Leadership. Dr. Olliges possesses over thirty-four years of teaching experience in the classroom and online. His area of expertise deals with how to successfully integrate technology in the classroom. He teaches courses on educational technology in the classroom, databases in the classroom, building web sites for teachers, and the use of many different software packages in the classroom. He is a nationally recognized technological educator and researcher in the field of web-based and web-enhanced learning.


Andrea Rothbart, Ph.D.
Professor; Coordinator, MA in Mathematics for Educators
(314)968-6976
rothbart@webster.edu
Webster Hall 248

Dr. Rothbart develops graduate level mathematical curriculum for use with secondary/community college math teachers in courses in Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Analysis, Logic, Probability, Vector Geometry, Problem Solving Strategies and Algebraic Structures. Also, for many years, she has helped create the national examinations given by the Mathematical Association of America to bright high school students.


Deborah Stiles, Ph.D.
Professor; Coordinator, Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology
(314)968-7056
stilesda@webster.edu
Loretto Hall 152

Dr. Debbie Stiles is a psychologist, professor, and researcher who has dedicated her professional life to understanding and helping children and adolescents in schools. She began teaching in the Child Study Program at Webster College in 1981. Over the years Webster University gave her the opportunity to visit schools, consult, and conduct research in eleven countries of the world. Her goal now is to “give back” to Webster by encouraging students to challenge themselves, work collaboratively, present at professional conferences, and publish their work. Dr. Stiles developed and now coordinates programs in applied educational psychology and school psychology (LH 152). Dr. Stiles, a Fulbright scholar, is the author of one book and numerous articles that focus on the cross-cultural psychology, adolescent gender roles, psychology in schools, and children’s drawings. Her 2015 publications include the following co-authored articles: Practicing Psychology in Challenging Times: Schools and the Ferguson Crisis; Educating for Social Justice: Perspectives from Three Professional Programs in the U.S.A.; and Adolescents’ Drawings about School and School Subjects: Perspectives of Youth from India Compared with Youth from Seven Other Countries. She teaches courses such as Intercultural Communication; Applied Research; and Advanced Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Stiles is the Director of the Intercultural Research Center located in Loretto Hall 152. The goal of the Center is to build an academic and professional community for graduate students and professors.


Roy Tamashiro, Ed.D.
Professor; Coordinator, Education and Innovation
(314)968-7098
tamashiro@webster.edu
Webster Hall 226