Education Department Staff

Lori Rathbun, Department Secretary,  810-762-3260

Candice Faith, Undergraduate Field Coordinator, 810-424-5359

Cheryl Godmar, Undergraduate Elementary Education Advisor, 810-762-3299

Rachel Gutierrez, Graduate Education Program Advisor, 810-424-5215

Patricia Cutter, Graduate Special Education Field Coordinator,  810-424-5222

Faculty & Lecturers

Phone:
810-766-6617
Email:
mjfinney@umflint.edu

Mary Jo Finney, Ph.D

Education Department Chair, Associate Professor

Dr. Mary Jo Finney joined the University of Michigan-Flint in 1998, after earning her Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University. Dr. Finney has an extensive professorial and administrative history with the Education Department, the School of Education and Human Services and the University in general. In addition to her current role as Department Chair of the Education Department, Dr. Finney has served in administrative positions such as: Dean of the School of Education and Human Services, Director for the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching, and Director of the Secondary Master of Arts with Certification (Detroit MAC) program. She has also served as a Research Consultant for multiple organizations and PreK-12 schools state-wide. She teaches the bulk of the courses for the Detroit MAC program and Education Literacy program. Dr. Finney has a vast amount of print and media publications and presentations regarding her research in literacy and urban education methods. A few of her publications have appeared in Michigan Reading Journal and the Language Arts Journal of Michigan.

Phone:
810-762-3068
Email:
sapnav@umflint.edu

Sapna Thwaite, Ph.D

Associate Professor, SEHS Associate Dean

Dr. Sapna Thwaite joined the Education Department at the University of Michigan-Flint in 2001 after obtaining her Ph.D in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Thwaite was recently appointed Associate Dean of the School of Education and Human Services and has served in other administrative leadership roles such as: Education Unit Assessment Coordinator and Director of CAEP Accreditation. Her research interests include how to approach multicultural education, educational psychology techniques and international learning experiences. Her publications can be found in Encounter, Multicultural Perspectives and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. She currently teaches courses in the Detroit MAC program.

Phone:
810-762-3261
Email:
sharmans@umflint.edu

Sharman Siebenthal Adams, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Dr. Sharman Siebenthal Adams joined the Education Department at the University of Michigan-Flint as an Assistant Professor in 2004. She obtained her Ph.D in Teacher Education with a concentration in Teaching, Curriculum, Educational Policy and Social Analysis from Michigan State University in 2004. Prior to her experience at the University, Dr. Siebenthal Adams has been a Project Coordinator for MLPP Evaluation Team, Senior Research Associate for CIERA and an Instructor at Michigan State University. Her research interests include Educational technology, web design, digital video, folklore and storytelling, literacy and foundations. She has published numerous papers and presented at many conferences. Her most recent publications can be found in Designing Games for Ethics: Models, techniques and frameworks, Michigan Reading Journal and Technology in the College Classroom. She currently teaches Education Technology and Education Literacy courses.

Phone:
810-424-5213
Email:
adorfman@umflint.edu

Aviva Dorfman, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Dr. Aviva Dorfman came to the University of Michigan-Flint’s Education Department in September of 2002. She reecieved her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to her professorial experience with the University, Dr. Dorfman has served as Senior Research Associate, Professional Development Consultant and Project Coordinator during her studies at U of M. Aviva has presented at numerous conferences and workshops throughout her career on her main research interests which include: early childhood education, early childhood development and the impact of play on learning. Dr. Dorfman recently has visited Reggio, Italy and has a current publication in preparation that details her first-hand experiences studying the acclaimed Reggio Emilia educational model. Her other publications can be found in the International Journal of Learning Technology, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Early Childhood Research Quaterly.

Phone:
810-424-5208
Email:
knezek@umflint.edu

Suzanne Knezek, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Dr. Suzanne Knezek joined the Education Department in September 2006. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, with a concentration in Literacy in 2007 from Michigan State University. Dr. Knezek’s scholarship interests are in representations of diversity in children's and adolescent literature, literacy teacher education, and field experiences for pre-service and practicing literacy teachers. In the past, Dr. Knezek has been a K-2 school teacher, Research Associate for CIERA (Center for the Improvement in Reading Achievement), and Research Consultant for the Review of the Michigan Literacy Progress Profile (MLPP) and Early Head Start Longitudinal Study-Post First Grade. She currently teaches Literacy education (EDR) courses, including undergraduate and graduate courses in reading methods, children's literature, and literacy foundations. She also teaches UNV 100, a new course which she helped to develop that is focused on social justice and the community. Her most recent publications can be found in: The English Journal, WILLA: A Journal of the Women in Literacy and Life Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English  and The Michigan Reading Journal.

Phone:
810-424-5217
Email:
jkupp@umflint.edu

Jeffrey Kupperman, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Kupperman became a member of the Education Department faculty in 2002 after obtaining his Pd.D. in Educational Technology from the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kupperman is a core member of the University of Michigan's Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS) group and the Institute for Innovation in Education (iiE).  A major focus of his work involves the development of technology-mediated programs that allow K-12 and university students to push the boundaries of play, communication, social action, and culture. Kupperman has been instrumental in the design and implementation of numerous web-based educational programs, including DevInfo GameWorks (recipient of a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Award), the Arab Israeli Conflict Simulation, Place Out Of Time, RiverWalk, and the Michigan Student Caucus.  His resume includes a wide range of teaching experiences as well as museum exhibit planning and professional software engineering. Kupperman’s research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of the Learning Sciences and the International Journal of Media and Learning. Dr. Kupperman teaches many of the Educational Technology courses for the Education Department.

Phone:
810-424-5478
Email:
mwyneken@umflint.edu

Matthew Wyneken, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Dr. Matt Wyneken joined the University of Michigan-Flint in the Mathematics Department in 1986. It was not until 2007 when he joined the Education Department. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1985. Dr. Wyneken’s research interests include examining how children make sense of mathematics and how our society has become so math anxious. Dr. Wyneken has worked as a classical complex analyst and number theorist, and now works as a mathematics teacher educator. During his three years at Grand Valley State University from 2004 – 2007 he asserts that he earned his “informal master’s degree in math education” by working with and studying under some of the finest math educators anywhere.  He began working in math education in 1995, nearly full time beginning around 2001, and full time since 2004. Dr. Wyneken is the coordinator of the Elementary Education Mathematics programs and a faculty member in the Detroit Teacher Project.

Phone:
810-762-3458
Email:
tbynoe@umflint.edu

Tyrone Bynoe, EdD, MA, MS Ed, and 2nd MA

Assistant Professor

Dr. Tyrone Bynoe joined the Education Department at the University of Michigan-Flint in 2015. Previously, he held teaching and educational leadership responsibilities with the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. Dr. Bynoe earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Teachers College-Columbia University. He also earned a B.A. in American History, M.A. in Social Sciences, M.S. Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, and an M.A. in American History, all from the University of Albany, NY. He has several administrative and teaching licenses in Kentucky and New York. Dr. Bynoe has a rich background in supervisory and pedagogical practice. He has been a New York State public school administrator involving grades K-12, and has experience as a History and Social Studies teacher.

Dr. Bynoe's written work has been  published by the Journal of Education Finance, the Encyclopedia of Education-Economics-and-Finance, and the Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. He authored a book chapter in October 2015 entitled Mentoring  for School Quality: How Educators Can Be More Professional and Effective. His academic interests include school finance, effective schools, teacher quality, organizational behavior, public school supervision, educational history, and computer applications.

Phone:
810-424-5291
Email:
epcunnin@umflint.edu

Elizabeth Cunningham, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Phone:
810-766-6656
Email:
ckmeyer@umflint.edu

Christine Kenney, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Christine Kenney became a member of the Education Department faculty in September of 2012 and teaches classes in the Early Childhood graduate and undergraduate programs. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies in 2012 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before joining UM-Flint, she taught Early Childhood Special Education and was also a Teacher Consultant and Summer School Administrator for the Ann Arbor Preschool and Family Center. Her current research interests are diverse and include examining the use of two instructional strategies (text connections and contribution roles) to foster motivation and studiousness in Undergraduate and Graduate Early Childhood Education students; looking at quality childcare settings and how such settings assist children in kindergarten readiness and examining the family and home connections to early literacy development.

Dr. Kenney most recently published a chapter “Vocabulary instruction for students with or at risk for learning disabilities: Promising approaches for learning words from texts” in Research-based practices in special education and has two articles under review “Learning here and there: Teaching strategies to foster studiousness in and out of the university classroom” and “It’s OK to play: The importance of playing while reading aloud to young children”.

Phone:
810-237-6543
Email:
rosspam@umflint.edu

Pamela Ross McClain, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Pamela Ross-McClain joined the Education Department as a core faculty member of the Education Leadership program in September 2012. She completed her doctoral studies at Michigan State University, earning a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Policy with a cognate in Teacher and Staff Development in 2001. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan-Flint, Dr. Ross-McClain was a central office administrator serving as the Director of Grants, Secondary Compensatory Education and Evaluation and Quality Measurement for Saginaw Public School District. Her research interests are varied and include multiculturalism in relation to the students and the instructors and instructional practice. Dr. Ross-McClain teaches many of the courses in the Education Leadership and Education Doctorate program. Her publications can be found in Journal of Multiculturalism in Education and Society, the classroom and instructional practice: Perspectives on issues affecting the secondary classroom in the 21st century.

Phone:
810-762-3260
Email:
anwhitl@umflint.edu

Annie McMahon Whitlock, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Annie Whitlock joined the Education Department in September 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education from Michigan State University in 2013. Dr. Whitlock’s scholarship interests are in the field of elementary social studies and curriculum integration with social studies and literacy. She also conducts research on using social media with pre-service and in-service teachers. In the past, Dr. Whitlock has taught middle school social studies and worked as a social studies and ELA curriculum specialist for a large charter school company in West Michigan. She has also taught courses in the teacher preparation program at Michigan State as a doctoral student and Grand Valley State University as an adjunct.

Dr. Whitlock is currently teaching the undergraduate elementary social studies methods course and the writing methods course. In the past, she has taught the Women, Globalization, and Education course. In 2015-2016, she began teaching Community, Family, Self, the first course offered for the new secondary redesigned program. She also serves as the Elementary Program Coordinator, and does frequent work with the Center for Educator Prep on our student teaching experience. Her current publications can be found in: Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Social Studies, Ohio Social Studies Review and the MACUL Journal.

Phone:
810-424-5536
Email:
toshio@umflint.edu

Toko Oshio, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Oshio joined the University of Michigan-Flint in July 2015 and teaches Early Childhood courses, focusing on child development and infant and toddler development and assessment. She earned both her MA in Child Development and her Ph.D. in Family and Child Ecology from Michigan State University in 2008, specializing in Child Development. Prior to coming to UM-Flint, she was a post-doctoral research associate at University of Notre Dame and an assistant professor for the Department of Education at the University of Hartford. Dr. Oshio has published numerous articles, focusing on child development in journals including Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Infant and Child Development, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Attachment and Human Development, and others.

Phone:
810-424-5218
Email:
dlshepar@umflint.edu

De'Andre Shepard, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Phone:
810-424-5222
Email:
msreck@umflint.edu

Melissa Sreckovic, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sreckovic joined the University of Michigan-Flint in September 2015 and teaches classes in the special education graduate program and the elementary education undergraduate program. Her research focuses on evidence-based practices for individuals with ASD, best practices for inclusive classroom instruction, and school-based bullying prevention and intervention. Dr. Sreckovic earned her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her research primarily focusing on designing and implementing social interventions to increase positive social interactions between secondary students with ASD and their peers. Dr. Sreckovic has published many articles in journals including Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Teacher Education and Special Education, Teaching Exceptional Children, Behavioral Disorders, and others.

Lecturers

Name Phone Email
Adesola Akinleye

810-762-3260

adesola@umflint.edu

Della Becker-Cornell

810-762-3260

dellac@umflint.edu

Susan Bentley

810-762-3260

smbentle@umflint.edu

Deborah Chapman

810-762-3260

ddwyre@umflint.edu

Barb Cherem

810-762-3260

bcherem@umflint.edu

Kasey Cronin

810-762-3260

kcronin@umflint.edu

Patti Cutter

810-762-3260

pcutter@umflint.edu

Jeramy Donovan

810-762-3260

jeramyd@umflint.edu

Kathy Dunham

810-762-3260

kdunham@umflint.edu

William Duso

810-762-3260

duso@umflint.edu

Deborah Fredericks

810-762-3260

dfreder@umflint.edu

William Haley

810-762-3260

haleyw@umflint.edu

Jane Healey

810-762-3260

jahealey@umflint.edu

Jennifer Holladay

810-762-3260

jehollad@umflint.edu

Mary Howell

810-762-3260

msehowel@umflint.edu

Francis Hudson

810-762-3260

hudsonf@umflint.edu

Dawn Jones

810-762-3260

dawjones@umflint.edu

Nicholas Lange

810-762-3260

nlange@umflint.edu

Jennifer Lee

810-762-3260

jemile@umflint.edu

Tammi Lysher

810-762-3260

tameram@umflint.edu

Amanda Magnuson

810-762-3260

almagnus@umflint.edu

Robert Martin

810-762-3260

ramarti@umflint.edu

Jennifer Mason

810-762-3260

jvaneyck@umflint.edu

Johnson McDowell

810-762-3260

jomcdowe@umflint.edu

Donna McIntosh

810-762-3260

donmci@umflint.edu

Deborah Miller

810-762-3260

dfmiller@umflint.edu

Mark Miller

810-762-3260

markemil@umflint.edu

Judy Miracle

810-762-3260

jidmira@umflint.edu

Yolanda Mojica

810-762-3260

ymojica@umflint.edu

Cathy Oosterhoff

810-762-3260

catheriv@umflint.edu

Kathy Palmer

810-762-3260

kathpalm@umflint.edu

Clay Perkins

810-762-3260

rclayper@umflint.edu

Dean Pratt

810-762-3260

deanprat@umflint.edu

Sandra Ritter

810-762-3260

saritter@umflint.edu

Karin Sippert

810-762-3260

ksippert@umflint.edu

Josha Talison

810-762-3260

talison@umflint.edu

Mixsy Trinidad

810-762-3260

mtrinida@umflint.edu

Steven Tunnicliff

810-762-3260

swt@umflint.edu

Claire Vandenburg

810-762-3260

claireva@umflint.edu

Susan Yates

810-762-3260

yatessu@umflint.edu