Phone:
810-762-3260
Email:
ealmasy@umich.edu

Edith Almasy

Administrative Assistant Assoc.

Linda Blakey - Program Manager/Academic Advisor

Program Manager/Academic Advisor

Susan Borrego - Professor

Professor, Ph.D

Phone:
810-762-3458
Email:
tbynoe@umich.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:
810-762-3060
Email:
ecommon@umich.edu

Eric Common , Assistant Professor, Ph.D, BCBA-D, LBA

Assistant Professor

Dr. Eric Alan Common joined the Education Department in September 2017 and teaches primarily in the inclusive education graduate program. Dr. Common earned his bachelor's degree in medical anthropology and liberal studies from Sonoma State University, where he studied human development and disability studies. He went on to earn his master’s degree in early childhood, special education, and literacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his doctorate in special education at University of Kansas. Dr. Common is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked for eight years as a clinician providing applied behavior analytic services in residential, clinical, and school settings. Dr. Common’s scholarship revolves around the active role schools play in child development and prevention efforts through their use of tiered interventions and supports at the earliest indication of need. More specifically, his research examines (a) socio-emotional and behavior supports within comprehensive, integrated three-tiered models of prevention (Ci3T); and (b) school-based applied behavior analytic services and supports. On these topics, his publications can be found in Assessment for Effective Intervention, Behavioral Disorders, Education and Treatment of Children, Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and Remedial and Special Education. He serves on the editorial boards of Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and Remedial and Special Education.

Phone:
810-424-5359
Email:
epcunnin@umich.edu

Elizabeth Cunningham, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Cunningham joined the University of Michigan-Flint in September 2015 and teaches mathematics education courses in the elementary education program and the mathematics education graduate program. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a mathematics education specialization from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Cunningham’s previous experience includes 10 years as an elementary classroom teacher. She is a national facilitator for the Ongoing Assessment Project, working with teachers in South Carolina, Philadelphia, and Michigan. Her research focuses on formative assessment and on developing pre-service teachers ability to use learning progressions to make sense of mathematics and children’s learning.

Jeramy Donovan - Lecturer IV

Lecturer IV

Phone:
810-424-5213
Email:
adorfman@umich.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.

Katherine Eaton - Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Phone:
810-424-5217
Email:
bemihovi@umich.edu

Benjamin Emihovich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Welcome to the University of Michigan-Flint. My name is Dr. Benjamin Emihovich and I am excited for your future career as an educator! 

 

I chose to pursue an academic career because of my passion for learning and technology which originated from early adolescent interests with PC and video games. Video Gameplay motivated me to interact and socialize with fellow peers while learning a set of skills to master game objectives. This type of learning design model informs educators about the collaborative nature of play and learning taking place in online forums, networks, gaming platforms, and the cloud. This year, I look forward to working with the next generation of great minds hoping to find their place in education.

 

In the educational technology program you will have the opportunity to engage with fellow students who share your passion for technology and learning. You will take courses on instructional design, multimedia development, and learning theory to provide a solid foundation for either the course developer or curriculum and instructional specialist track. There will be multiple opportunities to design and implement innovative interventions with the help and guidance of supportive faculty. Start your journey today!

Phone:
810-762-0852
Email:
mjfinney@umich.edu

Mary Jo Finney, Ph.D

Education Department Chair, 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:
810-766-6656
Email:
ckmeyer@umich.edu

Christine Kenney, Ph.D

Associate 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 as well as in the masters in inclusion program.  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.  Her current research interests include examining instructional strategies to foster motivation and studiousness in undergraduate and graduate students and looking at the role of developing learning communities in higher education teaching contexts. Dr. Kenney’s most recent publications can be found in Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Childhood Education, and Research-Based Practices in Special Education. .

Phone:
810-424-5208
Email:
knezek@umich.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.

Catherine Lesinski - Pop-Up School Manager

Pop-Up School Manager

Phone:
810-762-3260
Email:
namcclai@umich.edu

Nathaniel McClain, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nathaniel B. McClain recently joined the Education Department in September 2019 after completing U of M Flint’s Ed.D. Program. He brings a wealth of experience with over twenty-two years as a public school educator serving in the following capacities: Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, various middle and high school principalships, and classroom experience as a high school English Language Arts teacher. His research interests involve promoting social justice and equity to ensure that underserved populations of students receive access to services and resources that promote student achievement. He considers himself to be a servant-leader devoted to implementing successful educational programs and experiences for students and staff by cultivating trusting relationships with all stakeholders.     

Phone:
810-424-5536
Email:
toshio@umich.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:
810-762-3299
Email:
lorirath@umich.edu

Lori Rathbun

Administrative Assistant Inter.

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

Pamela Ross McClain, Ph.D

Associate 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:
810-762-0601
Email:
ksippert@umich.edu

Karin Sippert, MA

Lecturer IV

Mrs. Karin Sippert joined the Education Department at the University of Michigan-Flint in 2007. Prior to this, she held teaching appointments in the Mathematics Department at UM-Flint since 1989.  Mrs. Sippert is a native of Genesee County and earned a B.A. in Secondary Education at UM-Flint majoring in mathematics and minoring in psychology.  She earned a M.A. in Mathematics Education K-6 at Western Governors University. She currently teaches elementary mathematics education courses, as well as, supervises pre-service elementary education teachers in the field for their practicum.  Mrs. Sippert’s focus include providing pre-service teachers opportunities for making sense of mathematics and developing a growth mindset.   

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

Melissa Sreckovic, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sreckovic joined the University of Michigan-Flint in September 2015 and is the director of the MA in Inclusive Education program. She primarily teaches in the Inclusive Education program, but also teaches courses in 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 students with ASD and their peers. Dr. Sreckovic has published several peer-reviewed articles in journals including Journal of Autism and Developmental DisabilitiesJournal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Teacher Education and Special Education, Teaching Exceptional Children, Young Children, Behavioral Disorders, and others. In addition, she published an entry in the Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (2019) on the efficacy of peer network interventions and has co-authored book chapters on educational and social challenges experienced by individuals with ASD and recommendations.

Phone:
810-762-3068
Email:
sapnav@umich.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:
chadwald@umich.edu

Chad Waldron, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

 

Dr. Waldron joined the University of Michigan-Flint in September 2016 and teaches literacy coursework in the literacy education graduate program and the elementary education undergraduate program. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education with a Language and Literacy Studies Specialization from Michigan State University in May 2014. Prior to UM-Flint, he was an assistant professor of Language and Literacy Studies at Penn State Behrend. His research focuses on improving teacher learning and professional development for elementary school teachers, analyzing how educational policy and reforms have impacted instructional practices in literacy education and assessment, and promoting family and community involvement in young children’s literacy development. His scholarly work has been featured in Childhood Education: Innovations, Reading Psychology, and in Theoretical Models and Processes in Reading, Sixth Edition. 

Phone:
810-766-6618
Email:
anwhitl@umich.edu

Annie McMahon Whitlock, Ph.D

Associate 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. In addition to teaching courses in elementary social studies methods, student teaching and internship, and integrated curriculum, she is the co-coordinator for the Elementrary Education Program. She also teaches in the Secondary Education program and is the coordinator of the Secondary Social Studies TCP program. Her research is centered on teaching elementary social studies through civic engagement, place-based inquiry, and curriculum integration. Her scholarship has been published in Social Studies and the Young Learner, Journal of Social Studies Research, and The Social Studies, among others. Dr. Whitlock has been very active in social studies at the state level as she previously served as the President of the Michigan Council for Social Studies and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council for the Social Studies.

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

Matthew Wyneken, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Dr. Matt Wyneken has served as associate professor of mathematics education in the Department of Education since 2007. Previously, he served in the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University (2004-2007) and in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan-Flint (1985-2004). Dr. Wyneken holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan. His academic interests include promoting growth mindset and systems thinking in mathematics education, as well as the study of general orthogonal polynomials and number theory. He presently teaches in four programs: Mathematics Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Educators (MA), Secondary Education with Certification (MA), and the Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Programs (BA/BS). He is a past chair of the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America and a past president of the Michigan Associaton of Mathematics Teacher Educators. 

 

 

 

Lecturers

     

Scott Atkinson

810-762-3260 

satkinso@umich.edu

Linda Blakey 

810-762-3260 

lblakey@umich.edu 

Jordan Boeve

810-762-3260

jboeve@umich.edu

Brian Boggs

810-762-3260

brboggs@umich.edu 

Barbara Cherem

810-762-3260

bcherem@umflint.edu

Michele Cook 

810-762-3260

michelco@umich.edu 

Paul Deschamps 

810-762-3260

schamper@umich.edu 

Robert Dietzel

810-762-3260

dietzel@umich.edu

Kimberly Duffy 

810-762-3260

kimduffy@umich.edu

Kathleen Dunham

810-762-3260

kdunham@umich.edu

William Duso

810-762-3260

duso@umich.edu

Shamarion Grace

810-762-3260

gracesha@umich.edu

Edward Graham

810-762-3260

edgraham@umich.edu

Linda Grinnell

810-762-3260

lingrinn@umich.edu

Donald Hammond

810-762-3260

donjames@umich.edu

Bruce Holladay

810-762-3260

bhollada@umich.edu

Jennifer Holladay

810-762-3260

jehollad@umich.edu

Mary Howell

810-762-3260

msehowel@umich.edu

Dawn Jones

810-762-3260

dawjones@umich.edu

Raena Kalfayan

810-762-3260

rkalfaya@umich.edu

Alan Krohn

810-762-3260

akrohn@umich.edu

Nicholas Lange

810-762-3260

nlange@umich.edu

Jennifer Lee

810-762-3260

leejen@umich.edu

Amanda Magnuson

810-762-3260

almagnus@umich.edu

Robert Martin

810-762-3260

ramarti@umich.edu

Jennifer Mason

810-762-3260

jvaneyck@umich.edu

Mark Miller

810-762-3260

markemil@umich.edu

Elizabeth Parker

810-762-3260

elizabpa@umich.edu

Marliese Peltier

810-762-3260

marliese@umich.edu

Joyce Piert

810-762-3260

piertjoy@umich.edu

Amanda Pratt

810-762-3260

amapratt@umich.edu

Richard Russell

810-762-3260

richardr@umich.edu

Timothy Saunders

810-762-3260

tisaunde@umich.edu

Josha Talison

810-762-3260

talison@umich.edu

Winona Tinholt

810-762-3260

wtinholt@umich.edu

Steven Tunnicliff

810-762-3260

swt@umich.edu

Claire Vandenburg

810-762-3260

claireva@umich.edu

Tanya White

810-762-3260

tanyawh@umich.edu