Alphabetical Listing
Tracy Barbera
Barbera, Tracy
Research Project Coordinator
  • BA Psychology, University of North Carolina, 2012
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Bertsche, Jason
Software Developer, Center for Connected Learning
Randee Blair
Blair, Randee
Project Coordinator, Center for Talent Development
  • MS, Educational Leadership, National-Louis University, 1990
  • BS, Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972
Dana Boutin
Boutin, Dana
Marketing and Communications Assistant, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, English and Arts & Ideas in the Humanities, University of Michigan
  • MA, Arts Journalism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Elliott Cady
Cady, Elliott
Center for Talent Development Middle School Coordinator, Summer Program
  • BA, Economics and Spanish, Northwestern University
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1997
Eric Calvert
Calvert, Eric
Associate Director, Center for Talent Development
Instructor, Master of Science in Education
  • MSE, Educational Psychology - Gifted Emphasis, Purdue University
  • BSE, Secondary Education, University of Central Missouri
  • EdD, Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University
Kate Cichon
Cichon, Kate
Apogee Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999
Coleen Coleman
Coleman, Coleen
Associate Dean, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BS, Communication, Northwestern University, 1988
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1991
Susan Corwith
Corwith, Susan
Associate Director, Center for Talent Development
Instructor, Master of Science in Education
  • PhD, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • MS, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
  • BS, Secondary Education, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
Terri Cramer
Cramer, Terri
Assistant Director, Master's Program in Learning & Organizational Change
Program Adviser, Master's Program in Learning & Organizational Change
  • MS, Organizational Development, Loyola University Chicago, 2003
Linsey Crowninshield
Crowninshield, Linsey
Assistant Program Director, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development
  • MS, Human Services Administration, Spertus College
  • BA, Psychology and Education, Ripon College
Myra Cruz
Cruz, Myra
Program Assistant, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Pryce Davis
Davis, Pryce
  • BA, Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2002
  • MA, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2009
  • PhD, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2015
Research Interests
Public understanding of science; informal learning (particularly through media); scientific thinking and communication; models of cognition and epistemology; and the social and contextual nuances of learning.
Katy DiGiulio
DiGiulio, Katy
Graduate Assistant, MS in Higher Education and Policy Program
  • MS, Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University, 2016
  • BA, English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2014
Elizabeth Dirkes-Jacks
Dirkes-Jacks, Elizabeth
Leapfrog Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development
  • BS, Human Dev & Social Pol, Northwestern University, 1985
Elora Ditton
Ditton, Elora
MPES Program Coordinator, Research Analyst
  • BA, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
Ruth Doan
Doan, Ruth
Equinox Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development
  • MFA, Poetry, Western Michigan University
  • BA, Secondary Education, Western Michigan University
Denise Doerschel
Doerschel, Denise
Program Assistant, NUMATS, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Communication, Santa Clara University
  • MS, Marital and Family Therapy, Northwestern University
Timothy Dohrer
Dohrer, Timothy
Director, Master of Science in Education Program
Assistant Professor, School of Education and Social Policy
  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Penn State University, 1999
  • MA, English, Northwestern University, 1995
  • BA, English and Journalism, Indiana University, 1990
Research Interests
Leadership development, curriculum and instruction, and curriculum integration.
Amalia  Donovan
Donovan, Amalia
Research Analyst, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BA, Psychology, University of Southern California, 2013
  • MA, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2014
Stephen  Dowling
Steve Drey
Drey, Steve
Senior Web Designer
  • BA in Art - Emphasis in Design - Art Education Teaching Certification, University of Iowa, 1999
Frank Duncan
Duncan, Frank
Systems Analyst/Programmer, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BS, Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
Alyssa Dyar
Dyar, Alyssa
School of Education and Social Policy Instructional Technologist
  • MEd, Educational Technology, Loyola University Chicago, 2013
  • BA, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010
Ellen Esrick
Esrick, Ellen
Instructor, Master of Science in Education
Adviser, Elementary Teaching
  • MEd, Reading Specialist Degree, National Louis University, 1980
  • BA, English, Simmons College, 1966
Emily Ferrin
Ferrin, Emily
Teacher Development Specialist, Office of STEM Education Partnerships
  • PhD, Biochemistry, Dartmouth College, 2012
  • BS, Biology, Marlboro College, 2003
Michelle Flowers
Flowers, Michelle
Financial Assistant, Center for Talent Development
  • AA, Business Administration, Robert Morris College
Juliet Frate
Frate, Juliet
Coordinator, NUMATS, Center for Talent Development
  • MSEd, Educational Psychology, University of Mississippi
  • BA, Russian Language and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Nathan Frideres
Frideres, Nathan
Coordinator, Civic Engagement Certificate Program
Coordinator, Field Studies Program
  • MA, Student Development in Postsecondary Education, University of Iowa
  • BA, Elementary Education, University of Iowa
Ann Gadzikowski
Gadzikowski, Ann
Early Childhood Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development
  • MS, Erikson Institute for the Advanced Study of Child Development
  • BA, Music and English, Northwestern University
Mary Gajewski
Gajewski, Mary
Co-Director of School Partnerships
  • BA, Secondary Social Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Russell Gillespie
Gillespie, Russell
User Support Specialist, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BA, Music in Composition, Oakland University, 2005
Mark Glenn
Glenn, Mark
Program Assistant, Human Development and Social Policy
  • BS, Business Administration, Economics/Accounting/Marketing, MacMurray College
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Grider, Robert
Software Developer
  • BS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2010
Jamie Guess
Guess, Jamie
Program Coordinator, Saturday Enrichment Program, Center for Talent Development
  • MS, Education, University of California-San Diego
  • BA, Human Development, emphasis on Child Development, University of California-San Diego
Amy Gyarmathy
Gyarmathy, Amy
Program Coordinator, Gifted LearningLinks, Center for Talent Development
  • BS, English Education, Illinois State University
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Michael Hannen
Hannen, Michael
Director, Information Technology, School of Education and Social Policy
  • MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2008
  • BFA, Theater, DePaul University, 1994
Camelia Hostinar
Hostinar, Camelia
Postdoctoral Fellow
  • BS, Psychology, Towson University, 2008
  • PhD, Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota
Veronica House
House, Veronica
Program Assistant, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development
  • BS, Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2008
Jeanne Hughes
Hughes, Jeanne
Assistant Dean
  • BA, Grinnell College
Elizabeth (Liz) Hurtig
Hurtig, Elizabeth (Liz)
Co-Director of School Partnerships
  • MEd, Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 1977
  • MA, United States History, University of Chicago, 1967
  • BA, European & United States History, University of Chicago, 1964
David Johnson
Johnson, David
Manager, Marketing & Communications, Center for Talent Development
  • BS, Marketing , Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
  • MEd, Higher Education Administration, Upper Iowa University
Kemi Jona
Jona, Kemi
Research Professor, Learning Sciences and Computer Science
Director, Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP)
  • PhD, Computer Science, Northwestern University, 1995
  • BS (Honors), Computer Science and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
Research Interests
Online learning, virtual schools, technologies to support online learning and collaboration, online laboratory science course design, corporate e-learning strategy and design.
Susan Kasper
Kasper, Susan
Program Coordinator, Gifted LearningLinks, Center for Talent Development
  • MS, Economics, Northern Illinois University
  • BS, Economics, Northern Illinois University
Anne Kerins
Kerins, Anne
Director of Business and Finance
  • MS in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
  • AB, Kenyon College
Meg Kreuser
Kreuser, Meg
Manager, Teacher Certification and Licensure
Academic Adviser
  • BA, English - Secondary Education, Indiana State University
Peg Kritzler
Kritzler, Peg
Instructor, Master of Science in Education
Adviser, NU-Teach Completers (Secondary) and Secondary Teaching (English)
  • MA, English: English Education Concentration, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BA, Secondary Education: English , University of Kentucky
Joanna Lasso
Lasso, Joanna
Program Assistant, MS in Learning and Organizational Change
  • BS, Journalism, Kent State University
Leslie Lepeska
Lepeska, Leslie
Program Assistant, Master of Science in Education
  • MS, Anthropology and Education, University of Chicago, 1990
  • BA, Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago, 1987
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Amy Lindgren
Lindgren, Amy
Assistant Coordinator, Saturday Enrichment Program, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Communication, French and International Business, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2011
Phong Luu
Luu, Phong
Program Coordinator
  • BA, Economics & International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
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Macnamara, Sara (Sally)
Department Assistant, Saturday Enrichment Program and Gifted Learning Links
Henry Mann
Mann, Henry
Research Analyst, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BA, Communication Systems, Northwestern University, 2016
Kristin McCann
McCann, Kristin
Assistant Director, MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy
  • PhD, Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago , 2014
  • MA, English/Writing Studies , University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2009
  • BA, English/Rhetoric & Composition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
Research Interests
Curriculum in graduate preparation programs (GPPs), women faculty/women faculty of color, STEM/health-science pipeline programs, visual methods in higher education research. 
Erin McNulty
McNulty, Erin
Program Assistant, Higher Education Administration and Policy
  • MA, Creative Writing, Northwestern University, 2012
  • BA, Film/Communications, Columbia College
Ann Merrell
Merrell, Ann
Graduate Assistant, Higher Education Administration and Policy
  • MS, Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University, 2016
  • BA, International Studies, Spanish, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2012
Jeff Merrell
Merrell, Jeff
Associate Director, Master's Program in Learning & Organizational Change
  • MS, Learning and Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2006
  • MBA, Marketing, Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, 1989
  • BA, English, Michigan State University, 1977
Research Interests
Organizational learning and knowledge management, digital networked learning, personal learning networks, social media and social collaboration technologies.
Ross Middleton
Middleton, Ross
Program Assistant, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development
  • MFA, Writing, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Associate of Arts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
  • BA, English, Wesleyan University
Sondra Morin
Morin, Sondra
Program Assistant, NUMATS, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, English Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Leslie Morrison
Morrison, Leslie
Leapfrog Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Loyola University
Audra Nelson
Nelson, Audra
Career Coach, MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy
  • B.A. in Psychology, DePauw University, 1994
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2001
Ryan Nix
Nix, Ryan
Senior IT Consultant, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BS, Organizational Communication, Minor in Marketing, Southern Illinois University, 1998
  • MS in Computer Information Studies (in progress), Northwestern University
Susan Olson
Olson, Susan
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Coordinator of Student Programs
Adviser, Human Development and Psychological Services
  • MA, College Student Personnel, University of Maryland - College Park
  • AB, Albion College, Speech Communication
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius
Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula
Professor, Education and Social Policy
Director, Center for Talent Development
  • PhD, Educational Psychology, Northwestern University, 1983
  • MA, Educational Psychology, Northwestern University, 1981
  • BA, Elementary Education, St. Xavier University, 1977
Research Interests
Talent development, accelerated educational programs, needs of special populations of gifted children.
Kai Orton
Orton, Kai
Research Assistant Professor
  • PhD, Molecular/Computational Biology, Northwestern University, 2010
  • BS, Psychology, Harvard University, 2001
  • BS, Biochemistry/Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, 2000
Tania Pachuta
Pachuta, Tania
Assistant Coordinator, Saturday Enrichment Program, Center for Talent Development
  • Gifted Endorsement, University of Georgia
  • BA, Education, University of Akron
  • MEd, Adolescent Education/Science, Kennesaw State University
Jennifer Pasek
Pasek, Jennifer
Program Assistant, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program
  • BS, Communications, Mundelein College, 1989
Michelle Paulsen
Paulsen, Michelle
Adjunct Faculty
Program Director, Reach for the Stars (an NSF GK12 Program) and Ready, Set, Go
  • CAS, Educational Leadership, National Louis University, 2001
  • ME, Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1997
  • BS, Teaching of Chemistry, University of Illinois, 1991
Margo Pearson
Pearson, Margo
Financial Administrator, Center for Talent Development
  • MBA, Boston University
  • BA, Mathematics, Boston University
Kristen Perkins
Perkins, Kristen
Northwestern-ETHS Partnership Coordinator
Project Coordinator, Office of STEM Education Partnerships
  • BS, Biology Education, Purdue University
Penelope Peterson
Peterson, Penelope
Eleanor R. Baldwin Professor, Education
Dean, School of Education and Social Policy
Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Professor, Learning Sciences
  • MA, Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University, 1976
  • PhD, Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University, 1976
  • BS, Psychology and Philosophy, Iowa State University, 1971
Research Interests
Learning and teaching in schools and classrooms, particularly in literacy and mathematics; student and teacher learning in reform contexts; relations among educational research, policy and practice.
Kenneth Powers
Powers, Kenneth
Adviser, Social Policy
  • Master's in Public Policy (MPP), American University, 1999
  • BS, Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1995
Sachin Pradhan
Pradhan, Sachin
Software Developer, School of Education and Social Policy
  • MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2013
  • BS, Computer Engineering, University of Washington, 2006
Amy Pratt
Pratt, Amy
Associate Director, Office of STEM Education Partnerships
  • PhD, Geography, West Virginia University, 2006
  • MA, Geography, West Virginia University, 1999
  • BA, International Studies, West Virginia University, 1995
Deborah Puntenney
Puntenney, Deborah
Research Associate Professor
  • Bachelor of Arts, California State University at Humboldt, 1982
  • MA, Human Dev & Social Pol, Northwestern University, 1992
  • PhD, Human Dev & Social Pol, Northwestern University, 1997
Research Interests
Community engagement and community development, examining the application of asset-based community development principles and practices in local development efforts for the broader lessons specific projects produce.
Megan Redfearn
Redfearn, Megan
Adviser, Learning and Organizational Change
Administrative Coordinator, Learning Sciences Master's Program
  • BA, Environmental Geo-science, Boston College, 2003
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2012
Lisa Renaud
Renaud, Lisa
Research Project Data Coordinator, Foley Center for the Study of Lives
  • AB, Sociology, University of Michigan
David Renz
Renz, David
Instructor, Master of Science in Education
Adviser, Secondary Teaching and Teacher Leadership
  • MAT, Northwestern University, 1967
  • BA, History, Wittenberg University, 1966
Matthew Rich
Rich, Matthew
Lead Software Developer
  • MS, Financial Markets, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2004
  • BS, International Economics, Georgetown University, 1997
Carmen Robinson
Robinson, Carmen
Research Coordinator, Sponsored Programs
Anna Rodriguez
Rhoda Rosen
Rosen, Rhoda
Associate Director, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, MA, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Laura Salus
Salus, Laura
Executive Assistant to the Dean
  • BA, English, Pace University
  • MS, Teaching, Pace University
  • MA, Literature, Northwestern University
Elfi Sanderson
Sanderson, Elfi
Coordinator, Gifted LearningLinks, Center for Talent Development
  • MSEd, Educational Leadership, National-Louis University, 2004
  • BA, Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1970
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Scalf, Juli
Adviser, Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools
  • BA, French, Kalamazoo College, 2009
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2017
Kimberly Scott
Scott, Kimberly
Assistant Professor, Master's Program in Learning and Organizational Change
Director, Master's Program Learning & Organizational Change
  • PhD, Business Administration, Organizational Behavior, The Ohio State University, 1995
  • MA, Business Administration, The Ohio State University, 1994
  • BA, Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1991
Research Interests
Improving workplace environments and practices that foster employee wellness, learning and success; relationships between organizational practices and individual engagement and well-being; transitions of individuals into leadership roles and how learning techniques can be designed to accelerate leadership development.
Colin Sheaff
Sheaff, Colin
Web Software Developer
  • BA, Computer Science, Kalamazoo College, 1997
Marilyn Sherman
Sherman, Marilyn
Director of Communications and Outreach
  • BA, English, University of Illinois
  • MS, Education, Northwestern University
Matthew Shirrell
Shirrell, Matthew
Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education and Social Policy
MPES 2 Cohort 2
  • MS, Early Childhood Education, Erikson Institute, 2007
  • BA, English, Grinnell College, 1998
  • PhD, Human Dev & Social Pol, Northwestern University, 2014
Research Interests
School working conditions; teacher recruitment, turnover, and attrition; teachers' social networks; student teaching.  
Ryan Smerek
Smerek, Ryan
Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, MS Learning and Organizational Change
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2009
  • Ed.M., Harvard University, 2004
  • A.B., Dartmouth College, 2000
Keeley Sorokti
Sorokti, Keeley
Assistant Director of Academic Services, MS in Learning and Organizational Change
  • BA, International Relations & Spanish, Tufts University, 1994
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2011
Cassie Sparkman
Sparkman, Cassie
Program Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Poetry, University of Washington
Saiying Steenbergen-Hu
Steenbergen-Hu, Saiying
Research Director, Center for Talent Development
Research Assistant Professor, Education and Social Policy
  • PhD, Educational Psychology, Purdue University
Marlee Stein
Stein, Marlee
Graduate Assistant, MS in Higher Education and Policy
  • MS, Higher Education Administration and Policy , Northwestern University, 2016
  • BS, Psychology, Spanish, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2013
Tammie Stewart
Stewart, Tammie
Manager, Community Outreach, Center for Talent Development
  • MS, Communication, Northwestern University
  • BA, Communications, Northern Illinois University
Victoria Swaney
Swaney, Victoria
Program Assistant, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BA, Marketing, Focus on Nonprofit Public Relations, Columbia College Chicago, 2012
Natalie Talbert
Talbert, Natalie
Project Coordinator
  • BA, Psychology & Spanish, Lake Forest College, 2010
Derek Thurber
Thurber, Derek
Graduate Assistant, Higher Education Administration and Policy Program
  • MS, Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University, 2016
  • BA, History, Whitman College, 2011
Lois Trautvetter
Trautvetter, Lois
Director, MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy
Associate Professor, Education and Social Policy
  • PhD, Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan, 1991
  • MS, Polymer Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, 1986
  • BA, Chemistry, College of Wooster, 1982
Research Interests
Engineering education research including retention and recruitment of female and underrepresented undergraduate students and faculty, interdisciplinary skills, contextual competence skills, and design and problem solving skills.
Faculty productivity, enhancing research and teaching, faculty motivation, enhancing faculty-student interaction, and new and junior faculty issues.
Student development research that includes holistic and spiritual development of undergraduates.
Gender issues, females in STEM disciplines.
Bradley Wadle
Wadle, Bradley
Program Coordinator, Master of Science in Education
  • BS, Theater, Northwestern University, 1997
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2003
Margaret Waldron
Waldron, Margaret
Fuse Project Coordinator, Office of STEM Education Partnerships
  • BS, Biology and Environmental Science, Lawrence University, 2008
Lindsay Wall Succari
Wall Succari, Lindsay
Assistant Program Director, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development
  • MS, Social Work and Nonprofit Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • BA, Economics and Political Science, Augustana College
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Ashley Walter
Walter, Ashley
Curriculum Developer, Office of STEM Education Partnerships
  • MS, Entomology, Purdue University, 2007
  • BS, Entomology, Purdue University, 2005
Katrina Weimholt
Weimholt, Katrina
Program Director, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Sociology and Political Communication, Northwestern University
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