Student Profiles

Graduate Students

Ph.D., Educational Leadership, in Leadership, Culture and Curriculum

Dustin Hornbeck

Dustin Hornbeck Your Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Yellow Springs, Ohio

Degrees Earned: B.A. in History at the Ohio State University (2007)

M.A. in Education at the University of Findlay (2008)

M.A. in American History and Government at Ashland University (2016)

James Madison Graduate Fellowship at Georgetown University (Summer of 2016)

Research Interests: Education policy, the liberal arts curriculum, citizenship and civic education, educational equity, labor relations, political movements, and philosophy of education.

Publications or Presentations: Cooperative Learning in the High School History Class Room. Presented at the Ohio Council for the Social Studies annual conference (2009).

"What is Race to the Top?" Presented to teachers in Miami County, Ohio (2011).

"Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution" Presented to the Philosophers Roundtable at Antioch College (2015).

"Know your rights." Presented to Piqua City Schools Teachers (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014).

Masters Thesis - Abraham Lincoln and The Founders: How Abraham Lincoln Used the American Founding to solve the problems of the Antebellum Age.

"Democracy cannot work without respect for the rule of law." Published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer in January 2015.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Cedarville High School, Teacher of AP Government, AP European History, and United States History

Piqua High School, Teacher of world and U.S. history, international relations, sociology; Speech and Debate Team Coach

Gilead Friends High School, Teacher of history, geography, economics, government, speech and drama coach, National Honors Society Advisor

Marion Technical College, Part-time Instructor of psychology and sociology

Ohio Northern University, Instructor of American History

What are your goals after the program? I would like to work in education policy in some way. Prior to my career in education I worked for a state senator, the Ohio Auditor, and several statewide and national political campaigns. Education policy can help foster change at the macro level, which is where my interest is.

Why did you choose Miami? I am fond of their dedication to the principles of social justice, and their faculty research is well rounded.

Matthew Moyer

Matthew MoyerYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Mason

Degrees Earned: B.S., Miami University, Elementary Education (1-8) 1999

M.S., University of Dayton, Technology in Education, 2005

Research Interests: Contemplative Education, Educational Technology

Publications or Presentations: Book review, Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Urban Activists and Teachers are Reclaiming Matters of the Heart in Educational Studies (AESA)

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: West Carrollton City Schools 4th grade classroom teacher (2 yrs.)

Centerville City Schools 5th grade classroom teacher (15 yrs.)

Ohio Department of Education, Technology Model Curriculum Writing Team (2004-2006)

What are your goals after the program? Research Center or Tenure-Track Faculty

Why did you choose Miami? The principles of the Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum program are very inspiring and aligned to my professional ideals. The school was foundational in my becoming an educator and I returned for a doctoral degree to a place that feels like home.

Richelle Frabotta

Richelle FrabottaYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Degrees Earned: B.A. in Communication, Ethnic Studies minor, Women's Studies minor, Bowling Green State University, 1985

MSEd Master of Science in Education, Social Agency Counseling, University of Dayton, 1996

Research Interests: sexuality education, methods, curricula, training, mentoring pre-service / professional teachers and other human service professions, disabilities studies, crip theory

Publications or Presentations: Annual Conference of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) - San Juan, Puerto Rico 2016 panel: Intersections in Sex/ual/ity Education: bringing voices together for disabilities in the classroom (research presentation)

Health Care Education and Training (HCET) --Indianapolis, IN 2016 Training: Sex/ual/ity Education: a brief history and teaching considerations for divergent learners

Congregation Beth Adam - Loveland, OH 2016 present: What’s Up with this ‘Teen Changes’ Stuff? [6hr pgm for bar/bat mitzvah students] present: The Birds, Bees and Beyond: tackling the tough talk for parents who care

“Breaking Silences, Demanding Crip Justice: sex, sexuality, disability” - Wright State University 2015 present: So What Exactly IS “Appropriate”?!: the historical struggle for disabled peoples’ sexual autonomy panel: Exposing Undergrads in Human Sexuality Courses to Sexual Health among People with Varied Abilities

Annual Conference of the Study for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) - Albuquerque, NM 2015 poster: So What Exactly IS “Appropriate”?!: the historical struggle for disabled peoples’ sexual autonomy

Miami University Office of Diversity Affairs, GLBTQ Services 2015 moderator: Pleasure Palace: please in pleasure!

Miami University Education Department Professional Development Series 2015 present: Rolling in the Deep: navigating sexual health and wellness in curricula & classroom

Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities - Norwalk, OH 2015 training: Invested in Me: Sex/ual/ity Education Services for AWDs [Module 1]

St. Ursula Academy - Cincinnati, OH 2015 present: No Need to Whisper, We’re Talking Women’s Repro Health: just the facts, m’am

Western Hills High School - Cincinnati, OH 2016 present: Reproductive and Sexual Health and Wellness: a four lesson series for 9th – 12th graders addressing anatomy & physiology, birth control, sexually transmitted infections and risk reduction for unwanted and unplanned outcomes

Miami University Office of Diversity Affairs, GLBTQ Services 2014 present: Pizza is Better Than Baseball: frank chat about healthy sexuality

Annual Conference of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) - Monterey, CA 2014 co-present: Don’t Stand So Close To Me: exploring ethics in sexuality education

Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities - Norwalk, OH 2014 training: Invested in Me: Sex/ual/ity Education Services for AWDs [12 hours]

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Visiting Instructor, Family Studies & Social Work, Miami University (2009-2014)

Adjunct Instructor, Sociology, Miami University, Middletown Campus (1999-2011)

Southern Ohio Sexuality Education & Consultation Services (SOSECS), Director of Education Services (2007-present)

Social Health Education, Education Director & Special Populations Program Coordinator, (1997-2000, 2003-2007)

What are your goals after the program? Having been a Sexuality Educator for 25 years with an established career, I intend on continuing my work in my field. I plan to continue teaching in higher ed as well as local 4th - 12th grade classes; provide training for professionals/para professional; and publish.

Why did you choose Miami? I chose MU because the EDL department is historic, nationally notable, with amazingly thoughtful scholars and kind mentors who are dedicated to social justice.

Molly Sawyer

Molly SawyerYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Centerville,OH

Degrees Earned: B.S. Elementary Education, Ball State University, (1994)

M.S.E. Educational Leadership, University of Dayton, (2008) 

Principal Licensure, University of Dayton, (2010)

Research Interests: Meeting the unique educational and healthcare needs of youth in foster care

Publications or Presentations: 2015 Poster Presentation, Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) Conference, Washington DC

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Teacher, Centerville City Schools (1996-2016)

Family Specialist Trainee and Presenter, Cincinnati Children's Hospital-Leadership Education in Neutodevelopmental Disabilities

Foster Parent Trainer, Monthomery County Children Services

What are your goals after the program? Teach

Why did you choose Miami? Recommended by a graduate

Dan Mamlok

Dan MamlokYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Tel-Aviv

Degrees Earned: M.A. in Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University 2003-2006

B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University, 1999-2001

Research Interests: My research interest includes philosophy of education, aesthetics, democracy and education, technology and education, and critical pedagogy.

Publications or Presentations: Mamlok, D. (2016). Negative and positive freedom: Considering education and the digital world. Philosophical Studies in Education. 47.

Mamlok, D. (2016). Education of and for Difference: Re-thinking of critical Pedagogy. In T. Poetter, K. Waldrop, C. Bolyard, & V. Bell-Robinson (Eds). Curriculum Windows: What Curriculum Theorists of the 1980s Can Teach Us About Schools and Society Today (pp.1-14). Charlotte, NC. Information Age Publishing.

Mamlok, D. (2015). The loss of aura in education. Philosophical Studies in Education. 46, pp. 101-110.

Mamlok, D., & Coy Smith, K. (2016). Aesthetic education: The quest for freedom in public education. Paper presented at the EDL Graduate Student Conference. Oxford, OH.

Mamlok, D. (2016). Education of and for Difference: Re-thinking of Critical Pedagogy. Paper presented at the EDL Graduate Student Conference. Oxford, OH.

Mamlok, D. (2015). Education of and for Difference: Re-thinking of Critical Pedagogy. Paper presented in a book event session at the annual meeting of the Curriculum and Pedagogy Group Society. Cleveland, OH.

Mamlok, D. (2015). Negative and Positive Freedom in Education: Berlin and Dewey on Freedom in Teacher and Student Work. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society. Dayton, OH.

Mamlok, D. (2014). The loss of aura in education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society. Dayton, OH.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Prior to my doctorate studies, I worked as a senior supervisor and Instructor at a National program for Arts Education of the Israeli Ministry of Education. In addition, I served as a teacher assistant in the philosophy Department at Tel-Aviv University.

What are your goals after the program? I intend to continue my research in the academia, and to expand my investigations in philosophy of education, technology and education, and aesthetics. I wish contribute not only to academic life, but also to the community in which I leave, and promote to the efforts of making education more equitable and based on democratic virtues.

Why did you choose Miami? The Educational Leadership Department at Miami University is an excellent place to explore both the foundations and the practical aspects of education. As an educator who is committed to the values of democracy, equity, and equality, I have found that EDL has the sources to support a critical exploration of the myriad dimensions of education to foster civic democratic values, and has helped me to develop a better notion of consolidating between theory and practice.

Yvania Garcia-Pusateri

Yvania Garcia-PusateriYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: San Dimas, CA

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies with an emphasis in Journalism, Azusa Pacific University (May 2007)

Master of Science, College Counseling and Student Development, Azusa Pacific University (May 2009)

Research Interests: Multicultural Centers, Curriculum Theory, Place Theory, Identity Development, Students of Color at Predominately White Institutions, Educational Policy (i.e., ethnic studies debate), Latinx Identity Development, Intersectionality, Colleges and Higher Education

Publications or Presentations: Garcia-Pusateri, Y (2016) Soy Latina, donde estas mi gente? In B. Marina & S. Ross (Eds.), Beyond retention: Cultivating spaces of equity, justice, and fairness for women of color in U.S. higher education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Garcia-Pusateri, Y. (2015) My Lens, My Landscape. In T. Poetter (Ed)., Curriculum windows. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Beard, K., Bass, L., Garcia-Pusateri, Y., & Jackson, J., (2013). The politics of policy: Consideration of practice promoting social justice in k-12 and higher education. Paper presented at the University Council Education Administrators Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: First Year Adviser, Office of Residence Life, Miami University (2009-2011)

Assistant Director of Diversity Affairs and Coordinator of Diverse Student Development, Office of Diversity Affairs, Miami University (2011-2016)

Executive Director of Multicultural Programs, Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center, Missouri State University (Present)

What are your goals after the program? Serve in a dual role of administration, research, teaching focused on diversity and inclusion.

Why did you choose Miami? The Educational Leadership Department and the Leadership, Culture and Curriculum program.

Kevin Fitzgerald

Kevin FitzgeraldYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Cincinnati

Degrees Earned: Masters of International Affairs: Latin American Studies, Ohio University, 2010

BA in Philosophy, Politics and the Public, Minors in Peace Studies, International Affairs, Xavier University, 2006

Research Interests: I am currently researching best practices for study abroad programs including pre-departure orientations, critical reflections and re-entry programming.

Publications or Presentations: 4th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, 2016 “The Right Money in the Right Hands” Co-presented with Michael Tyson, Wake Forest University

NAFSA VI Regional Conference, Fall 2015 “Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig… Re-Entry Programming, Insights and more” co-presented with Jill Resiter, University of Minnesota and Shannon O’Neill, Xavier University

“Glocal, Going Local in Support of International Education Professionals" co-presented with Kim Diehl de Yanes, Xavier University, and Heather Schieman, University of Dayton.

NAFSA VI Regional Conference, Fall 2014 “Needle in a Haystack: Initial Student Advising and Program Selection” co-presented with Jill Reister, University of Cincinnati and Seth Reiker, University of Kentucky

“What are we Evaluating Anyway?” co-presented Aubrey Tranter, Arcadia University, Serenity Wright, Transylvania University, and Kelly Brannan Trail, Antioch University

Wheeling Jesuit University’s “After Immersion: Keeping the Fire Burning”, Fall 2014 “Deepening the Learning: Against the ‘Globalization of Superficiality’” co-presented with Dr. Irene Hodgson, Xavier University

NAFSA Ohio Drive 2014, Spring 2014 “More efficient office with less staff” co-presented with Erin Brandyberry, Miami University

South Western Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association: State of the Plate 2013; “The role of a CSA on a small farm”

Latin Americanists of Ohio Conference, Spring 2010 Central American Immigration: “Where are the Gangs?”

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Study Abroad Advisor, Miami University (December 2013 – Present)

Assistant to the Director, Xavier University, Academic Service Learning Semesters (July 2007 – August 2008/ December 2011- June 2013)

Faculty Leader: Urban, Xavier University, Academic Service Learning Semesters (Fall Semester 2012)

What are your goals after the program? My goal is to be a leader within international education and be the director of a programming office or head of academics for a study abroad provider.

Why did you choose Miami? I choose Miami because it is one of the best institutions for the number of students who study abroad and has a great EDL department.

Nicholas Elam

Nicholas ElamYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Science (Adolescent-to-Young-Adult Education, Mathematics); 2004; University of Dayton

Master of Science (Educational Leadership); 2010; University of Dayton

Principal Licensure; 2011; University of Dayton

Superintendent Licensure; 2013; Miami University

Research Interests: Teacher evaluation systems (quantitative research)

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Principal, Esther Dennis Middle School (grades 4-6); Northridge Local Schools; Dayton, OH (Present)

Co-Teacher, Data-Driven Decision-Making (EDL 648), Miami University

Assistant Principal, Northridge High School (grades 7-12)

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Utica High School; North Fork Local Schools; Utica, OH

Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics, Sinclair Community College

Classroom Teacher/Clinical Educator (Calculus/Trigonometry/Algebra/Geometry), Northridge High School

Math Tutor/ACT Prep Instructor, Sylvan Learning Center

Baseball Coach, Northridge High School

Baseball Coach, Bellbrook High School; Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools; Bellbrook, OH

Teaching Assistant (Calculus III)/Peer Mentor, University of Dayton

Robyn Charlton

Robyn CharltonYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Lena, Ohio

Degrees Earned: B.S. Elementary Education, 2001, Wright State University

M.Ed. Advanced Classroom Teacher, 2007, Wright State University

Research Interests: Educational Leadership, Faculty Culture, Online Learning, Participatory Education, Community-based Leadership

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Regional Coordinator of Online Faculty, Miami University, 2015 - Present

Adjunct Faculty, Project Dragonfly, Department of Biology, Miami University, 2013 - Present

Assistant Director of Education, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2012 - 2014

Director of Professional Development For Educators, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2010 - 2012

Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University, 2008 - 2012

Nicole Collins

Nicole CollinsYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Degrees Earned: Master of Arts in Communication, Wake Forest University, 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and International Studies, Case Western Reserve University, 2005

Research Interests: Access and barriers to study abroad in higher education, student resilience in intercultural education experiences abroad.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Associate Director of Global Programs at Miami University of Ohio (current)

Assistant Dean of Students, IES Abroad

What are your goals after the program? After the program, I plan to continue work in international education and global programs. My PhD experience will give me additional knowledge and skills to build stronger international programs and global programming in a university setting.

Why did you choose Miami? In my work at Miami, I have the opportunity to affect and shape intercultural and international learning opportunities on campus. Miami's Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum Program will allow me to explore education from a new angle, while giving me further depth and experience in my current work.

Courtney Allen

Courtney AllenYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Degrees earned: B.S. Agriculture/Animal Science, Prairie View A&M University, May 2011
M. Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Research Interests: Critical Race Theory, Social Justice Education, Spirituality & Education, Ethnography of Hip Hop Culture

Publications or Presentations:
•5 Dysfunctions of a Team – UTSA Student Affairs Conference, San Antonio, TX March 2015
•SIM Hall: An Interactive Approach during RA Training - TACUHO, Knoxville, TN October 2013
•Good to Great – UTC National Pan-Hellenic Council Retreat – Chattanooga, TN Sept. 2013
•Multicultural Leadership: Not Just for Minority Students - Multicultural Student Leadership Summit - Baylor University April 2013
•Multicultural Leadership: Not Just for Minority Students - 8th Annual Leadership NOW! Conference - UT-San Antonio Feb. 2013

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Resident Director, UTC Housing and Residence Life, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (June 2013-June 2014)
Complex Coordinator, UTSA Housing and Residence Life, The University of Texas at San Antonio (July 2014-August 2016)

What are your goals after the program? University Administrator

Why did you choose Miami? Return on Education Investment

Lateasha Meyers

Lateasha MeyersYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Tacoma

Degrees earned: 2011-AA-Pierce Community College
2013-BA-Children's Studies and Sociology-Eastern Washington University
2016-MA-Educational Leadership-Washington State University

Research Interests: My research interest includes; the K-12 educational system, Critical Race Theory, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and issues of race and social justice in the education. Specifically, I would like my future work to help create a more inclusive and equitable spaces in education especially, for students of color.

Publications or Presentations: 2016 Lewis, L. Educators perspectives on culturally responsive teaching. Globalization, Diversity, and Education conference.
2015 Poppen, M. , Lewis, L. External Audit of grading practices. Learning and Performance Research Center. Presentation to Wenatchee Board of Education and Administrators.
2013 Lewis, L. This kind of thing happens every day: The emotions bullying produces. Oral presentation at the 16th Annual EWU student Research and Creative Works Symposium
2013 Lewis, L. A Data Analysis: Bullying From Current Middle School Students Perspective. Oral presentation at National Conference on Undergraduate Research .La Crosse, Wisconsin.
2013 Liebing, T., Lewis, L., & Wright, S. Keep reaching for more success: Engaging youth academically. Paper Presentation at Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.
2012 Lewis, L., Liebing, T., & Wright, S. Spokane Youth Services: How Engagement Fosters Success. Poster presentation at Eastern Washington University Research Symposium. Cheney, WA.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: 2013-2016 First Scholars Program Assistant, Pullman, WA
2015 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate, Spokane WA
2010-2013 Boys and Girls Club Member Service Specialist, Spokane, WA
2012-2013 Student Specialist for Student Involvement and Leadership, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA.

What are your goals after the program? For my future goals, I hope to work in either the educational policy sector or at an educational research institute.

Why did you choose Miami? I wanted to come to Miami because of the great faculty in the program, the focus on K-12, and I felt it was the best fit for me.

Jody Googins

Jody GooginsYour Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Degrees earned: BA in Political Science, 1996, Xavier University
M.Ed. in Secondary Education, 2005, Miami University
M.Ed. in Sports Administration, 2009, Xavier University

Research Interests: High School Culture
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Equity and School Finance

Publications or Presentations:

Poetter, T., Googins, J., Tracey, N., Li, S., Schoen, T., Winn, V., Cooper, K., Larrick, P., Murray, D., Young, C., Ellerbe, J., Smith, C., Blathers, B., Jenkins, K., Coy Smith, K., Cawein, P. S. (Eds.). (2015). Was someone mean to you today? The impact of standardization, corporatization, and high stakes testing on students, teachers, communities, schools, and democracy. Cincinnati, OH: Van-Griner Publishing.

Googins, J. (in press). Central Park East—The power of their ideas and the possibilities of school change. In Poetter’s (Ed.) Curriculum windows: What curriculum theorists of the 1990s can teach us about schools and society today. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

Rose, B., Mills, J., Blamer, M., & Googins, J. (2014, October). Empowering Promising Future Teachers for Leadership: The High School Teacher Academy-University Partnership. Presented at National Network for Educational Renewal, 2014 Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Poetter, T., Googins, J., Blathers, R., Cooper, K., Ellerbe, J., Jenkins, K., Larrick, P. Smith, C., Smith, K., & Tracey, N. (2015, November). Was Someone Mean to You Today? The Impact of Standardization, Corporatization, and High Stakes Testing: Book Talk. Presented at National Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Poetter, T., Baldridge, A., Banks, L., Bayamna, T., Blathers, R. Bryant, R., Bolyard, C., Dittman, C., Ellerbe, J., Googins, J., Li, S., Li, Y., Mamlok, D. Ross, G., Ross, S., Smith, K., Stephenson, B., Trubceac, A. Weiland, C., Ying, H. (2015, November). Curriculum Window Series: Book Talk. Presented at National Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Poetter, T., & Googins, J. (2015, November). Was Someone Mean to You Today? The Impact of Standardization, Corporatization, and High Stakes Testing; Book Talk. Presented at OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show, Columbus, OH.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment:
Hamilton High School, Hamilton City Schools, English Teacher - 2001-2006
Lakota West High School, Lakota Local Schools, English Teacher - 2006-2013
Sycamore High School, Sycamore City Schools & Great Oaks, Teaching Professions Instructor - 2013-present

What are your goals after the program? To continue to influence pre-service teachers in the classroom and through publication.

Why did you choose Miami? Miami has an excellent reputation and has a focus on social justice that fosters my interests


Interdisciplinary Studies in Education

Mary Kovach

Mary Kovach

Your Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Baldwin Wallace University

Master of Business Administration, Cleveland State University

Research Interests: Motivational theories, group dynamics, emotional intelligence, conflict and power dynamics

Publications or Presentations: "The Power Dynamics that Facilitate or Inhibit Organizational Success" was accepted into the Journal of Organizational Psychology (volume 16(2), 2016)

Ohio Educational Teaching Conference (OETC)

  • Spring 2016: "Hey you! Go develop an online class!" (Columbus, OH)

North American Management Society (NAMS), as part of MBAA Conference

  • Spring 2016: "The Power Dynamics that Facilitate or Inhibit Organizational Success" (Chicago, IL)

Ohio Association for Two-Year Colleges (OATYC)

  • Fall 2014: "Is It Will or Is It Skill?" (Celina, OH)
  • Fall 2015: "One Assignment: A Game, A Review, A Presentation, A Lot of Fun!" (Zanesville, OH)

Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO)

  • Spring 2015: "Creating a Business Network and Securing Jobs in the Marketplace: A Class Project" (Salem, OH)

Ohio Business Teacher’s Association (OBTA)

  • Fall 2015: "Using Agile Methodology to Improve Student Group Performance" (Hamilton, OH)

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Adjunct Instructor (Miami University), Fall 2007 - Spring 2014

Assistant Professor (Miami University), Fall 2014 - Present

What are your goals after the program? This program will allow me the flexibility to capitalize on the Educational Leadership program and add a Psychology component. This will add value to the Managerial dynamic of the business courses I teach, provide greater support in growing and developing my students, thus delivering excellence in the classroom. The dynamic of Leadership and Psychology will also allow me to create unique seminars and develop research projects for publication.

Why did you choose Miami? The value and support the faculty brings, as well as learning excellence.

Lauren Smallwood

Lauren Smallwood

Your Program: Leadership, Culture and Curriculum, PhD

Hometown: Hamilton, OH

Degrees Earned: Interdisciplinary Studies Doctoral Program, Miami University (August 2016- Current). Concentration: Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership and Family Studies and Social Work

M.S. School Psychology, Miami University (August 2015- August 2016)

M.Ed. Elementary Education (PK-5th), Miami University (June 2012- August 2013) 

B.S. in Early Childhood Education (PK-3rd), Miami University (Sept. 2009- May 2012)

Research Interests: Mindfulness as a cognitive-based therapy intervention

Publications or Presentations: • Co-present with Dr. Amity Noltemeyer for the International Association of School Psychology for July of 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

• Accepted proposal to co-present with colleagues from the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs (Miami University) for the 21st School Mental Health Conference for September of 2016 in San Diego, California.

• Presented a mini Youth Mental Health First Aid/FLIP IT training at Highland Elementary in Hamilton City School District in fall of 2015 and co-presented a Youth Mental Health First Aid/ Safety and Violence Prevention Training to West Clermont School District in January of 2016 and co-presented Positive Behavior Intervention Supports/Motivation training at City Day in March of 2016.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Teacher within the Hamilton City School District (2012-2015)

What are your goals after the program? Interim goals after completion of the program would include practicing as a school psychologist within a public school system, with the possibility of obtaining a position within academia.

Why did you choose Miami? Miami University offers the educational experience that I wish to pursue for my professional goals.


Ed.D., Educational Leadership

Andrea Cook

Andrea CookYour Program: EdD, Educational Leadership

Hometown: Springboro, OH

Degrees Earned: Miami University, Ed.D student (expected completion, Spring 2019)

Miami University, Superintendent Licensure (Spring 2016)

Wright State University, Master’s Degree, Educational Administration (1996)

The Ohio State University, Bachelor’s Degree, Education (1993)

Research Interests: Stem fields and gender equity for a balanced workforce.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Springboro Community City School District, Director of Instruction, 2016-Present

Springboro Community City School District, Secondary Curriculum Specialist, 2013—2016

Springboro Junior High School, Principal, 2006—2013

Springboro High School, Assistant Principal, 2002—2006

Sycamore High School, Teacher/Administrative Assist (Dean), 1999—2002

University of Cinicnnati, Raymond Walters College, Adjunct Instructor, 1998—2001

Hamilton High School, Teacher/Department Chair, 1994—1999

IKG INDUSTRIES, A Division of HARSCO Corporation, Newark, New Jersey, Trainer, Summer 1996

Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus, Teacher, 1993—1994

What are your goals after the program? I am interested, at this time, in two different avenues. I would like to explore possibilities within higher education, as well as positions in the superintendent field.

Why did you choose Miami? Miami has an outstanding reputation, near and far. I learned a lot from my superintendent classes and expect the same from those within the EdD program. It is important to me to have my coursework delivered face to face and many educational doctorate programs do not have that option.

Marilee Tanner

Marilee TannerYour Program: EdD, Educational Leadership

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Degrees Earned: Master of Education, Elementary Administration, Xavier University (2002-2004)      

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Xavier University (1995-1999)

Research Interests: My research interests are the effects of a mental illness on a student's school and teacher ownership of students.

Publications or Presentations: Presented to the Cincinnati Apex Users group best practices used within Aves Academy, Topic: Success of Aves Academy

Key Speaker at the Ohio Southwestern Apex Blended Learning Conference, Topic: Aves Academy’s Process

Break-out Session Co- Presenter at the Blended Learning Conference in Chicago, IL, Topic: Student Success Through Constant Collaboration

Presenter at Apex Blended Learning Conference, Mason, OH, Topic: A Holistic Approach to Student Success with Blended Learning

Presented at the National Schools to Watch Conference on Collaborative Teaching and Learning Model for the 21st Century Learner

Upcoming Panel presentation at the iNACOL Symposium (October 2016); Topic: Ignite Success: Design a Blended Program that Yields Powerful Results

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Sycamore Community Schools Cincinnati, OH EH Greene Intermediate School (5th-6th grades) Assistant Principal (2009-present)

Sycamore Community Schools Cincinnati, OH Sycamore High School/Aves Academy Director (2008-2015)

Sycamore Community Schools Cincinnati, OH Maple Dale Elementary (K-4th grade), Assistant Principal (2006-2009)

What are your goals after the program? After the program, I wish to use my knowledge to become a well-researched leader furthering my career either as a building principal or in a district office. I also would like to share my knowledge and experience with upcoming leaders at the collegiate level. Finally, I would be interested in sharing my leadership experiences by writing a book.

Why did you choose Miami? I chose Miami because it fit my philosophy around leadership. It was also very attractive in that they were cognizant of putting programs together so that you can work and go to school.

Ty Smallwood

Ty SmallwoodYour Program: EdD, Educational Leadership

Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education - English (2008) - Miami University

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (2014) - Miami University

Research Interests: Instructional Leadership, Educational Technology, Adaptive Instructional Strategies / Programming (Digital and Non-Digital)

Publications or Presentations: Variety of Educational Professional Development for the Hamilton City Schools:

Educational Technology Software / Apps

Blended Learning Models

Formative Instructional Practices

Effective Writing Strategies

21st Century Collaborative Classrooms

Increasing Rigor through Project Based Learning

Feedback Practices through Technology Tools

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: English Teacher, Edgewood Middle School (2008 - 2011)

English Teacher, Hamilton City Schools (2011 - 2014)

Assistant Principal, Wilson Middle School (2014 - 2016)

Principal, Highland Elementary School (Present)

What are your goals after the program? After the program, I would like to continue my work as a building level administrator. In following years, I would like to move to a district level instructional leadership position and possibly work at the post-secondary level.

Why did you choose Miami? Miami is highly reputable, I attended Miami for my master's program, and I wanted to pursue my EdD through this dynamic program.

Andrea Townsend

Andrea TownsendYour Program: EdD, Educational Leadership

Hometown: Union City, OH

Degrees Earned: M.S. Educational Leadership, University of Dayton (2004)

K-12 Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist License

Principal’s License 2010

Bachelor of Science Agriculture Ed, The Ohio State University (2000)

Golden Key National Honor Society Member

Agriscience, Agribusiness, Agricultural Production 7-12 License

Research Interests: Special Education, RtI, Instruction and Pedagogy

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Director of Administrative & Pupil Personnel Services, Greenville City School District, (2003 - Present)

Building Principal Greenville City School District, (2003 - Present)

Intervention Specialist, Greenville City School District, (2003 - Present)

Miami Valley CTC, Clayton, Ohio (2000-2003)

Satellite Agricultural Education Instructor at Tri-Village High School (2000-2003)        

What are your goals after the program? I am called to instructional leadership. I am a compassionate and inspirational leader and I have the persistence and integrity to set high standards for students and staff. I understand and utilize data for the improvement of education for all students. In this time of change and challenge in education, it is my goal to facilitate instructional leadership at the district level.

Why did you choose Miami? Miami's reputation for excellence and cohort program meet my needs as a learner and a leader.

Lauren Gentene

Lauren GenteneYour Program: EdD, Educational Leadership

Hometown: Mason, OH

Degrees Earned: B.A. (Integrated Language Arts Education, grades 7-12) - Ohio Wesleyan University

M.A. (English) - Xavier University

Research Interests: Instructional leadership; healthy and meaningful academic rigor for students; cultivating student engagement rather than compliance; pedagogical strategies in a 1:1 classroom; 

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Mason High School English teacher (4 years); Indian Hill High School teacher (1 year); Mason Middle School assistant principal (1-current)

What are your goals after the program? I hope to continue growing as an instructional leader who looks for innovative ways to increase students' opportunities and student achievement.

Why did you choose Miami? The opportunity to study with a cohort and in a program designed for full-time educators.

Katherine Sabo

Katherine SaboYour Program: EdD, Educational Leadership

Hometown: Norwood, Ohio

Degrees Earned: May 1990 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Indiana Wesleyan University

May 1999 Master of Education in Educational Administration, Xavier University

Anticipated December 2016 Ed.D. of Educational Leadership, Miami University

Research Interests: The return of alumni to teach in the school district where they grew up and graduated.

Publications or Presentations: "Principal Navigator" August 2016, Back to School Success!

2016 Norwood Middle School Hall of Fame by OAESA.

2012 Norwood Middle School High Progress Site Award by Ohio Department of Education.

2015 Ohio School Improvement Conference, Columbus, Ohio "Norwood Middle School Career Dinner"

2015 High Schools and Middle Schools That Work Conference, Atlanta, Georgia "Norwood Middle School Career Dinner"

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Teacher at Norwood Middle School, Norwood City Schools 1990-1995

Teacher at South Lebanon Elementary, Kings Local School District 1995-1997

Teacher at Columbia Elementary, Kings Local School District 1997-2000

Assistant Principal of Columbia Elementary, Kings Local School District 2000-2005

Principal of Clermont Northeastern Middle School, Clermont Northeastern School District 2005-2008

Principal of Norwood Middle School, Norwood City Schools 2008-Present

What are your goals after the program? My desire to provide the most amazing learning experience to all involved in the school setting remains strong. I want to be found being supportive of all as they walk their own path during the learning journey.

Why did you choose Miami? Miami has proved to be all that I wanted and hoped for in a transformative environment. I was looking for intellectual stimulation with guidance from professors who were interested in leading me through the study of theory in education. My experience has been to be surrounded by very caring, supportive and intellectual giants.

M.Ed., School Leadership

Kristi Murphy

Kristi MurphyYour Program: School Leadership

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Degrees Earned: B.S. Speech Pathology & Audiology, Miami University (Oxford, OH)

M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, University of Akron (Akron, OH)       

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: School Speech Language Pathologist - Oak Hills Local School District (Aug 2008 - present)

Miami University Adjunct Professor - Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology (January 2006 - May 2008)

What are your goals after the program? It is my hope that the education I gain through the School Leadership program at Miami will help better prepare me to lead by example and cultivate an educational system and community environment in which collaboration and equality are the keys to successful futures for all our students. Ultimately, I hope to gain a leadership position in special services within my current school district.

Why did you choose Miami? Miami has an excellent reputation for quality education. In addition, I received very positive feedback about the program from a co-worker who completed the same program. The program is fairly close to home and flexible with a full time work schedule.

Kevin Patton

Kevin PattonYour Program: School Leadership

Hometown: Heath, OH

Degrees Earned: B.S. in Marketing, Miami University (May 2005)

Master's in School Counseling, University of Dayton (May 2012)

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Management Trainee/Sales, Cintas Corporation (2005-2007)

Sales/Marketing, Unum Corporation (2007-2010)

Paraprofessional, Tremont Elementary (Spring 2012)

School Counselor, Dublin Coffman High School (2012 - Present)

What are your goals after the program? To explore various opportunities with regard to primary and secondary school administration.

Why did you choose Miami? Great cohort program that meets at my high school once a week.

Marty Assmann

Marty AssmannYour Program: School Leadership

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Degrees Earned: Bachelors degree, Capital University (2010)

Research Interests: I love the philosophy: knowledge for the sake of knowledge.

I am interested in researching all ways to succeed in the classroom/school that will improve student success and the overall environment of my building.

I am very interested in strategies that teachers can use to put themselves ahead of the game as teachers and make learning fun and engaging.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Eastland Performance Academy - Math Teacher (Grades 6-7) (2010-2011).

Bishop Hartley High School - Math Teacher (Grades 9-12), Football and Baseball coach. (2011-2013)

John Sells Middle School - Science Teacher (Grade 7) (2013-2016), Team Leader, Football, Baseball and Basketball coach.

What are your goals after the program? To become an Administrator.

Why did you choose Miami? The program has such a high reputation and great reviews from my colleagues. I have been told the program is challenging, educational, beneficial and great for working teachers.

Mackenzie Andrews

Mackenzie AndrewsYour Program: School Leadership

Hometown: Zionsville, IN

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood Education, 4th/5th Generalist Endorsement, Miami University

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Third Grade Teacher at Oakdale Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH (2014-present)

What are your goals after the program? I hope to broaden my opportunities to serve in the field of education.

Why did you choose Miami? As an undergrad, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Miami's College of Education. I knew that continuing my education at Miami was the best choice I could make.

Stephanie Aerni

Stephanie AerniYour Program: School Leadership

Hometown: Oxford, OH

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Science in Education, Integrated Social Studies Education (Miami University 2005)

Master of Arts in Teaching (Miami University 2008)

Research Interests: I hope to research building-wide programs that establish mentor relationships between students in need and staff members.

Publications or Presentations: Professional presentations with the Ohio Council for the Social Studies, High Schools That Work, and the Ohio Writing Project.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Social Studies Teacher at Talawanda High School (2005-present)

What are your goals after the program? I hope to become a teacher leader that fosters positive relationships and sets high, yet achievable standards for both staff and students.

Why did you choose Miami? With two previous degrees from Miami University, I know that this is the best place for me to continue with my education.

Steve Gentil

Steve GentilYour Program: School Leadership

Hometown: Worthington, Ohio

Degrees Earned: Graduate of Hanover College with a major in Mathematics

Publications or Presentations: I have not been published, but one of my students posted a video of me singing the quadratic formula to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel.

I am regularly asked to present at faculty meetings regarding student engagement and teaching strategies used in my classroom.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: 7th grade math (5 years)

High School math (7 years at a traditional high school)

High School math (8 years at a career-tech high school)

What are your goals after the program? To be certified to be a high school administrator.

Why did you choose Miami? For the convenience and the quality of education.

M.Ed., Transformative Education

Sarah Unger

Sarah UngerYour Program: Transformative Education

Hometown: Baltimore, Ohio

Degrees Earned: B.A., Capital University (May 2011)

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Assistant Director / Transfer Coordinator, Office of Admission, Miami University

What are your goals after the program? I would love to continue to work with transfer and community college students. My eventual goal is to work in academic advising at a community college.

Marla Kay Conley

Marla Kay ConleyYour Program: Transformative Education

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts in Business, Muskingum University, New Concord, OH (May 2015)

Research Interests: Multicultural education, student involvement

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Currently an Admission Counselor for Miami University Regionals, Hamilton Campus.

What are your goals after the program? Hoping to stay in Higher Education, but find a position somewhere in Student Life.

Why did you choose Miami? Miami is a great university and they have the degree I wish to pursue.

Marianne Cotugno

Marianne CotugnoYour Program: Transformative Education          

Degrees Earned: BA, English, Rutgers University

MA, English, Penn State University

PhD, English, Penn State University

Research Interests: pedagogy, postsecondary education opportunities for secondary students, twentieth century American literature

Abigail Lyons

Abigail LyonsYour Program: Transformative Education

Hometown: Mount Vernon, Ohio

Degrees Earned: B.S. Early Childhood Education, Miami University, 2015

M.Ed. Transformative Education, Miami University, 2017

Research Interests: Study abroad, Teacher Education curriculum, K-12 Education

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Graduate Assistant, Spring 2016

What are your goals after the program? K-3 Teaching, Ph.D

Why did you choose Miami? Through my undergraduate program in Teacher Education, I developed relationships with faculty and administration that continued to grow through my work in the Master's Program. EDT and EDL have an outstanding group of faculty who have supported me throughout every endeavor. I also received a grant from the University Honors Program, which is allowing me to work with Study Abroad at Miami.

Tichaona Stanley Kamba

Tichaona Stanley KambaYour Program: Transformative Education

Hometown: Murewa, Zimbabwe

Degrees Earned: Master of Technology:Education(Structured), 2004, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

Bachelor of Technology Education:Management, 2001, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

Certificate In Education, 1988, University of Zimbabwe(U.Z), Zimbabwe

Research Interests: Curriculum specialism, innovation and designing, the role of the educator in curriculum leadership, tests research and development in changing curriculum in Zimbabwe, environmental science syllabus interpretation and structure analysis in primary schools, use of E-learning in the teaching of curriculum learning areas in Zimbabwe.

Publications or Presentations: 

Primary School Publications:
1.Time Revision Environmental Science Grade 7, PH 2011.
2.Agriculture Time Series for Primary Schools:ZPH.
2.1 Grade 7 Pupil`s Book and Teacher`s Book,2012.
2.2 Grade 6 Pupil`s Book and Teacher`s Book,2012.
2.3 Grade 5 Pupil`s Book and Teacher`s Book,2012.
2.4 Grade 4 Pupil`s Book and Teacher`s Book,2012.

Oxford University Press Publications:
3.1 Oxford Discover Environmental Science
*Pupil`s Book Grade 6, 2014
*Teacher`s Book Grade 6, 2014

Presentations:
4.1 Environmental Science Syllabus Interpretation and Structure for Primary School,Zimbabwe.
4.1 Questioning Techniques in Teaching and Learning of Environmental Science.
4.3 Hints on Teaching of Environmental Science at Grade 6-7 Levels.
4.4 Teaching of Mathematics in Primary Schools
4.5 Item writing and setting of General Paper in Primary Schools, Murewa.
4.6 Subject Specialist teaching in Primary Schools, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Senior Teacher and ACting Deputy Head Chitekwe Primary School (1995-1996)

Head Designate Chinzanga Primary School,Mutoko, Zimbabwe (1997)

General Paper Teaching Subject Coordinator, Murewa Central Primary School (1997-2014)

Acting Head, Murewa Central Primary School (2005-2007)

School Resource Teacher INSET (1998-2004)

Chief Examiner for Murewa Central Primary School (1998-2001)

Examiner General Paper Murewa District

Examiner Mathematics with Zimbabwe Schools

Examination Council (ZIMSEC)

Subject Head General Paper, Wise Owl Primary School

What are your goals after the program? Lecturing at Universities in my country, Zimbabwe and providing consultancy in curriculum issues besetting it and setting up model academic institution for changing times.

Why did you choose Miami? Its educational leadership programmes are relevant to international needs. The University offers multiculturalism fro international students.I have been inspired by former graduates in the likes of Dr. Moses Rumano, Dr. Emmanuel Banda and Dr. Trevor Ngorosha to mention. Miami can make attain my goals to become an international educator.

Ph.D., Student Affairs in Higher Education

Shamika Karikari

Shamika KarikariYour Program: SAHE, PhD

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Degrees Earned: BA in History (2008) Bowling Green State University

MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education (2010) Miami University

Research Interests: Black women, activism, and women of color in the academy.

Publications or Presentations: •Abes, E.& Karikari, S. (March 2015). Intersectionality and Intergroup Dialogue. ACPA. Annual Convention, Tampa, FL.

•Cilente Skendall, K, Karikari, S., Mudragada, S., & Porter, P., (March 2015). Talking About Race: Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and Intergroup Dialogue as Tools to Have Difficult Conversations. ACPA. Annual Convention, Tampa, FL.

•Magolda, P., Carnaghi, J., & Johnson, S. (2014). There's No Place Like Home? In Job One 2.0: Understanding the Next Generation of Student Affairs Professionals (pp. 120-127). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

•Dicicco, J., Johnson, S., Morin, B., & Ratcliff, J. (March 2014). Get on the Bus to a Career in Student Affairs. NODA: Association for Orientation, Transition & Retention in Higher Education. Regional Conference, Columbus, OH.

•Johnson, S., Kwiatkowski, M., Reas Hall, M., & Simpkins, W. (March 2014). Job One: Understanding and Optimizing the work experiences of New Professionals in Student Affairs. NASPA. National Conference, Baltimore, MD.

•Johnson, S., & Magolda, P. (January 2014). Job One: Understanding the Work Experiences of New Professionals in Student Affairs. OCPA. State Conference, Columbus, OH.

•Walsh, E., Johnson, S. & Stoll Turton, B. (March 2013). Orientation leader outcomes: A research-based approach to identifying and pursuing learning and growth. NODA: Association for Orientation, Transition & Retention in Higher Education. National Conference, San Antonio, TX.

•Johnson, S. & Okello, W. (January 2013).Spiritual Art: The Essence of Community. OCPA. State Conference Columbus, OH.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: First Year Adviser, Office of Residence Life, Miami University (2010-2013)

Assistant Director, Orientation & New Student Programs, Miami University (2013-2015)

What are your goals after the program? Still deciding

Why did you choose Miami? Program, faculty and funding.

Aeriel Ashlee

Aeriel AshleeYour Program: SAHE, PhD

Hometown: Roseville, Minnesota

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota, 2007

Master's of Education, University of Maryland, 2009

Research Interests: Asian American transracial adoptees racial identity development in college. Experiences of woke womxn of color in higher education.

Publications or Presentations: Ashlee, A. A. (forthcoming). Consistently excluded: An Asian American womxn’s counter narrative to academic microaggressions in student affairs doctoral programs. In K. McKee & D. Delgado (Eds.), Don’t air the dirty laundry: Reflections of women of color on graduate school.

Ashlee, K. C., & Ashlee, A. A. (2016). Positioning privileged white men in social justice: Exploring barriers and strategies for privileged white men and those who work with them. ACPA Developments, 14(1), 6-12.

McClure, K. R., Szelenyi, K., Niehaus, E., Anderson, A. A. & Reed, J. (2010). “We just don’t have the possibility yet”: U.S. Latina/o narratives on study abroad. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 47(3), 367-386.

Ashlee, A. A., & Ashlee, K. C. (2016, May). Transitions: Make your own path, trust the process, and your story is your strength. Keynote for Public Allies’ Presentations of Learning, Cincinnati, OH.

Ashlee, A. A., & Ashlee, K. C. (2016, May). Identity-driven leadership. Invited speakers at Bush Foundation’s BushConnect Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Ashlee, A. A., & Ashlee, K. C. (2016, May). How to talk about race. Invited speakers at Shelter Care for Kids, Minneapolis, MN.

Ashlee, A. A. (2016, January). Experiences of transracial Asian American college students. Invited speaker at Scripps College, Claremont, CA.

Ashlee, A. A. (2016, June). Transracial adoptees in college: Transformation and inclusivity. Presentation at the Annual Korean American Adoptive Family Network Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Ashlee, A. A., Kim, J., & Kruse, J. (2016, June). Am I ready to search for my birth family? Presentation at the Annual Korean American Adoptive Family Network Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Ashlee, A. A., Burdan, M., & Hagland, M. (2016, June). Dealing with microaggressions in high school and college. Presentation at the Annual Korean American Adoptive Family Network Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Estera, A., Ashlee, A. A., Poon, O., Furr, S., Desai, S. & Yee, J. H. (2016, March). Sisters in scholarship: Doctoral narratives of APIDA womyn of color in higher education. Presentation at the ACPA College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Ashlee, A. A., Washington, J., Wall, V., martinez, b. & Ashlee, K. C. (2016, March). Notes from the road: Becoming a social justice consultant. Presentation at the ACPA College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Ashlee, A. A., Poon, O., Perez, R., Maramba, D., Shek, Y., & Kodama, C. (2016, March). Paving a pathway for APIDA scholars. Presentation at the ACPA College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Ashlee, A. A., Washington, J., Wall, V., martinez, b. & Ashlee, K. C. (2016, March). Notes from the road: Becoming a social justice consultant. Presentation at the NASPA Student Affairs Educators in Higher Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Ashlee, A. A., Ruzicka, S., Desai, S., Yee, J., & Bagunu, G. (2016, March). APIKC scholars collective panel. Presentation at the NASPA Student Affairs Educators in Higher Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Ashlee, A. A., Ashlee, K. C., Karikari, S., & Okello, W. (2016, February). A critique of self-authorship and the Learning Partnerships Model: The absence of identity and practical limitations of an adult development theory. Paper presentation at Miami University Educational Leadership Graduate Student Conference, Oxford, OH.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Ashlee Consulting LLC, Co-Founder

Semester at Sea, Resident Director

Dartmouth College, Assistant Dean/Advisor to Pan Asian Students

Adjunct Faculty, Washington Internship Institute

Georgetown University, Program Coordinator

Sigma Kappa Sorority, Inc., House Director

Graduate Coordinator for Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland

What are your goals after the program? Continue my racial justice consulting practice. Potentially explore faculty positions.

Why did you choose Miami? SAHE faculty and program values.

Kyle Ashlee

Kyle AshleeYour Program: SAHE, PhD

Hometown: Owosso, Michigan

Degrees Earned: M.A. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University, 2009

B.A. Majors: Philosophy and Political Science, University of Michigan, 2007

Research Interests: Broadly, my research interests are related to engaging college students and educators with privileged identities in an effort to dismantle systems of oppression in higher education. Looking specifically at race, my research will examine the impact of critically analyzing White privilege and Whiteness in the classroom.

Publications or Presentations: Perez, D., Ashlee, K., & Pontius, M. (2016). Preparing to engage Low-Income and First-Generation college students. Session presented at the 2016 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, College Park, MD.

Ashlee, A. & Ashlee, K. (2016, May). Identity Driven Leadership. Session presented at the Bush Foundation’s Bush Connect Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Ashlee, A., Ashlee, K., martinez, b., Wall, V., Washington, J. (2016, March). Notes from the road: Becoming a Social Justice Consultant. Session presented at the 2016 ACPA National Convention, Montreal, Canada.

Ashlee, A., Ashlee, K., martinez, b., Wall, V., Washington, J. (2016, March). Notes from the road: Becoming a Social Justice Consultant. Session presented at the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Perez, D., Ashlee, K., Doe, V., Karikari, S., & Sim, C. (2016). Teaching about student success: Shaping a new vision for student affairs in higher education. Session presented at the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Ashlee, A., Ashlee, K., Karikari, S., & Okello, W. (2016). Critical perspectives on self-authorship: The absence of identity and practical limitations of an adult development theory. Miami University Educational Leadership Graduate Student Conference. Oxford, OH.

Ashlee, A. & Ashlee, K. (2015, November). VITAL Strategies for Inclusive Leadership. Session presented at the Miami University Multicultural Student Leadership Conference. Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Ashlee, K. (2015, October). No Mud, No Lotus: Developing Empathy with College Men to End Sexual Violence on Campus. Session presented at the 2015 Ohio Consortium of Multicultural Centers in Higher Education, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.

Ashlee, K. (2015, June). No Mud, No Lotus: Meeting college men where they are so we can be where we are. Session presented at the 2015 Conference on College Men. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA.

Books: Ashlee, K. & Ashlee, A. (2016). VITAL: A Torch For Your Social Justice Journey. Brave Space Publishing. Cincinnati, OH.

Journal Articles: Ashlee, A. & Ashlee, K. (2016). Positioning privileged white men in social justice work. ACPA Developments. 14(1), 6-12.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Co-Founder, Ashlee Consulting LLC, 2014-present, Cincinnati, Ohio

Resident Director, Semester at Sea, January 2015 - June 2015, Institute for Shipboard Education, MV Explorer

Interim Director, Center for Gender and Student Engagement, 2013-2014, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Coordinator of Health Education Programs, Office of Student Health Promotion and Wellness, 2012-2013, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Director of Student Leadership, Office of Student Life and Learning, 2010-2012, Franklin College Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland

Learning Community Coordinator, Office of Student Life and Learning, 2009-2010, Franklin College Switzerland, Lugano, Switzerland

What are your goals after the program? Given that I am only in the first year of PhD coursework, my goals after the program are still uncertain. I'm eager to get more experience doing research and teaching. Additionally, I find rich meaning and purpose in applying what I've learned in the practical setting of my doctoral associateship. Without a doubt, I look forward to implementing both theory and practice through the consulting work that I do with my partner, Aeriel Ashlee.

Why did you choose Miami? I chose Miami for the Student Affairs and Higher Education program and faculty. The values of the program are very much in line with my personal values, which was a top priority for me in the search for doctoral programs.

Kirk Robinson

Kirk RobinsonYour Program: SAHE, PhD

Hometown: Vero Beach, FL

Degrees earned: M.A. Social Science Education, 2009, University of Central Florida
B.A. Political Science, 2007, University of Central Florida
A.A. General Studies, 2005, Indian River State College

Research Interests: Graduate student development, how graduate students prepare to teach for higher education settings, teaching and learning in higher education, student affairs/academic affairs partnerships, symbolic interactionism, and ethnography as methodology in higher education research.

Publications or Presentations:

Robinson, K. S. (2016, September). Avoid the dentist! Strategies and resources for graduate students preparing to teach [Weblog post]. Retrieved from https://ashegrads.wordpress.com/blog/september-2016-blog-post/.
(Note: Association for the Study of Higher Education [ASHE] Graduate Student Weblog)

Robinson, K. S. (2016). A declaration on how to think about ethnography [Book review for For ethnography, by P. Atkinson]. Symbolic Interaction, 39(3), 513-515.

Robinson, K. S. (2015). [Book review for Education and schooling: Myth, heresy and misconception, by J. MacBeath]. The Journal of Educational Research, 108(2), 173-174.

Boyd, K. D., Robinson, K. S., & Cawthon, T. W. (2014). The cultures of student affairs and academic affairs collaboration: An examination of typology in higher education subcultures. New York Journal of Student Affairs, 14(2), 18-34.

Robinson, K. S. (2017, April). A Symbolic Interactionist Ethnographic Exploration into How Graduate Students Prepare to Teach for Higher Education. Presentation at the annual conference for the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Robinson, K. S. (2016, October). The stories of graduate students preparing to teach in higher education: An ethnographic investigation. Presentation at the annual conference for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Los Angeles, CA.

Robinson, K. S., & Goodman, K. M. (2016, March). Using the learning partnerships model to illustrate co-teaching possibilities. Presentation at the annual conference for the Association College Personnel Association, Montreal, QC.

Robinson, K. S. (2015, November). Understanding, assessing, and facilitating self-authorship development in graduate students who teach. Research paper presentation at the annual Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Oxford, OH.

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Career Advisor, Valencia College, Orlando, FL (2011-2013)

What are your goals after the program? Obtain a position as a faculty or graduate student teaching developer. Or, work as a faculty member in a higher education/student affairs program.

Why did you choose Miami? I chose the SAHE program because of the possibility for personal transformational learning and development. What was a possibility is now a reality.

M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education

Claire Leitzen

Claire LeitzenYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Degrees Earned: BA in Spanish, BA in Communication, Hope College, Holland, MI (2016)

Research Interests: First generation college students and the internationalization of Student Affairs.

What are your goals after the program? Get a job in the field and eventually pursue my doctorate.

Why did you choose Miami? Impressive faculty, research opportunities, assistantship pairing.

Meghan Bullard

Meghan BullardYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: Springfield, MO

Degrees Earned: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, Creighton University (2016)

Research Interests: Advertising for first year students in correlation with self care

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Undergraduate student work on Creighton's campus

What are your goals after the program? Pursue doctorate in Student Affairs

Why did you choose Miami? Cohort model, new experience, strong program and diverse experiences

Maria Cambone

Maria CamboneYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: McLean, VA

Degrees Earned: B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, James Madison University (2012)

Research Interests: Student leadership, community service learning, disability studies

What are your goals after the program? To pursue a position with an Office of Community Engagement & Service (or similar), or with a Disability Services office.

Why did you choose Miami? For its program's reputation, and out of a desire to study with the professors and prospective students who I met at my interview days.

Uma Joshi

Uma JoshiYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: Pennington, NJ

Degrees Earned: Bachelors of Science, Business Administration (Marketing) 2016, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Research Interests: Technology in Higher Education, Southeast Asian Women in Higher Education, Orientation, Transition, and Retention

Publications or Presentations: "Struggle is Real" - NASPA Region II (NYIT) 2015

"Using Technology to Enhance Student Engagement and Success" - NASPA National (Inndiapolis) 2016

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Center for Student Success Intern, Peer Advisor, Peer Facilitation Intern, Orientation Program Coordinator

What are your goals after the program? Full-time job in New Student intiatives

Why did you choose Miami? Location, program, and it's people!

Natasha Young

Natasha YoungYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: Goffstown, NH

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Keene State College (2016)

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Keene State College (2016)

Research Interests: Student Development Theory

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Keene State College Resident Assistant/Head Resident Assistant (2013-2016)

What are your goals after the program? Working as a full time professional, then looking to get my PhD 10-15 years later.

Why did you choose Miami? Curriculum, assistanships, faculty, staff, current GAs, region, size, overall fit to exactly what I was looking for.

Brandon Cash

Brandon CashYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: St. Cloud, Minnesota

Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Arts: Psychology and Bachelor of Music: Elective Studies from St. Olaf College (2012-2016)

Research Interests: Masculinity, first-year populations, late-night event culture, Title IX

Publications or Presentations: "Proactive Programming" - St. Olaf College 2014

"Marketing in a Nutshell" - St. Olaf College 2015

"Keeping Everything Balanced" - MINNESPIRE Conference 2015

"Mental Health and Residence Life" - St. Olaf College 2016

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: First-year Resident Assistant (x2), Student Hall Coordinator, Student Activities Committee Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Assistant

What are your goals after the program? I hope to start serving students at an institution in either Residence Life or Student Activities after graduation, with the intention of enrolling in a doctoral program in the future. My dream job is to be a Dean of Students someday!

Why did you choose Miami? Honestly, it felt right. Being on campus, meeting people, and getting a genuine Miami experience got me hooked from interview days. Beautiful campus, outstanding faculty, and an excellent program. I knew that this was the place I belonged.

Lisa Combs

Lisa CombsYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: Cuyahoga Heights, OH

Degrees Earned: B.A. in Political Science and English at Ohio State, May 2016

Research Interests: Leadership Self-Efficacy

Previous Academic or Education Positions/Employment: Orientation Leader-First Year Experience - Ohio State

Student Project Lead- Student Activities- Leadership Programming and Student Organizations - Ohio State

Resident Advisor- Residence Life - Ohio State

Summer Intern - Center for Leadership and Involvement - Denison University

What are your goals after the program? My goals for after the program are to be working in Student Activities at a university.

Why did you choose Miami? I chose Miami because I felt like I could be myself in this program. I knew it would help me grow but also make me feel loved and that was really important to me. I really resonated with the value of self-authorship.

Jenn Islam

Jenn IslamYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: Astoria, NY

Degrees Earned: Stony Brook University - Sociology B.A., Women's and Gender Studies B.A.         

Why did you choose Miami? I enjoyed the community I felt here during interview days. I appreciated that others had a similar passion for discussing diversity, inclusion, and social justice issues, as I did.

Kara Strass

Kara StrassYour Program: SAHE, MS

Hometown: Huntington, Indiana

Degrees Earned: Bachelors of Science, May 2011, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests: Academic success of Native American Students in Higher Education

What are your goals after the program? I would like to work in Multicultural Student Programming, especially with Native American Students

Why did you choose Miami? I chose Miami because having an assistanship at the Myaamia center will allow me to work with my own trive (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) while studying for my masters