Alphabetical Listing
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Bertsche, Jason
Software Developer, Center for Connected Learning
Kate Shannon Biddle
Biddle, Kate Shannon
Admissions and Academic Coordinator, Higher Education Administration and Policy
Academic Adviser, Higher Education Administration and Policy
  • BA, English and Spanish, Cornell College, 2006
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2009
Randee Blair
Blair, Randee
Associate Director, 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
Celishia Bussey
Bussey, Celishia
Project EXCITE Adviser and Coordinator, Center for Talent Development
  • MEd, Human Services and Counseling, DePaul University
  • BA, Psychology and African and Afro-American Studies, Washington University
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
Jill Clouse
Clouse, Jill
Career Adviser, Higher Education Administration and Policy
  • BA, Saint Mary's College, 1999
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2005
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
Emily Crosby
Crosby, Emily
Graduate Assistant, Higher Education Administration and Policy Program
  • MS, Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University, 2014
  • BA English, University of Notre Dame, 2011
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
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Cruz, Myra
Program Assistant, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland
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.
Jessica Drew Odom
Drew Odom, Jessica
Program Assistant, Gifted LearningLinks, Center for Talent Development
  • MA, Theatre History, Theory & Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2013
  • BA, Theatre & Art History, Knox College, 2007
Steve Drey
Drey, Steve
Senior Web Designer
  • BA in Art - Emphasis in Design - Art Education Teaching Certification, University of Iowa, 1999
Molly Dull
Dull, Molly
Program Assistant, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Women's Studies/Gender Studies and International Studies, Loyola University-Chicago
Frank Duncan
Duncan, Frank
Systems Analyst/Programmer, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BS, Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
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
Cassandra Geiger
Geiger, Cassandra
Coordinator, Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools
  • MEd, School Counseling, DePaul University
  • BA, Psychology, DePaul University
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Giese, Cameron
Program Assistant, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program
  • BA, Liberal Studies, Portland State University, 2011
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Mark Glenn
Glenn, Mark
Program Assistant, Human Development and Social Policy
  • BS, Business Administration, Economics/Accounting/Marketing, MacMurray College
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
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
Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon
Haroutunian-Gordon, Sophie
Professor, Education and Social Policy
  • PhD, Philosophy of Education, University of Chicago, 1976
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1966
  • BA, Music, Religion/Philosophy, Cornell College, 1965
Research Interests
Philosophy of education, teacher education, interpretive discussion, philosophy of psychology.
Katie Headrick Taylor
Headrick Taylor, Katie
Postdoctoral Fellow
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2013
  • BA, New York University, 2003
Research Interests
Adults and youth learning in a variety of contexts; mobility as the process and content of learning; mobile methods; geospatial technologies for civic engagement.
Gloria Hernandez
Hernandez, Gloria
Program Assistant, School of Education and Social Policy
  • BA, English, Roosevelt University
Jenise Holloway
Holloway, Jenise
Project EXCITE Adviser, Center for Talent Development
  • MEd, Education, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • BA, Economics, Williams College
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
Camille Irvine
Irvine, Camille
Program Assistant, Secondary Teaching
  • BA, Liberal Arts, Columbia College Chicago, 2005
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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
Tunde Kelani
Kelani, Tunde
Part-Time Assistant, Higher Education Administration and Policy Program
Anne Kerins
Kerins, Anne
Director of Business and Finance
  • MS in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
  • AB, Kenyon College
John Kretzmann
Kretzmann, John
Research Associate Professor, Learning Sciences
Research Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
  • MA, University of Virginia
  • BA, Princeton University
  • PhD, Sociology and Urban Affairs, Norrthwestern University
Research Interests
Community development, asset building in communities.
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)
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
Amy Lindgren
Lindgren, Amy
Assistant Coordinator, Saturday Enrichment Program, Center for Talent Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, French and International Business, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2011
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Luu, Phong
Research 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
Lisa Malvin
Malvin, Lisa
Graduate Assistant, MS in Higher Education and Policy Program
  • MS, Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University, 2014
  • BA, English and Creative Writing, University of Illinois , 2011
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Mann, Henry
Research Analyst, School of Education and Social Policy
Erin McNulty
McNulty, Erin
Program Assistant, Higher Education Administration and Policy
  • MA, Creative Writing, Northwestern University, 2012
  • BA, Film/Communications, Columbia College
Jeff Merrell
Merrell, Jeff
Associate Director, Master's Program in Learning & Organizational Change
  • MBA, Marketing, Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, 1989
  • BA, English, Michigan State University, 1977
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2006
Research Interests
Organizational learning and knowledge management, digital networked learning, personal learning networks, social media and social collaboration technologies.
Katie Mertz
Mertz, Katie
Research Project Coordinator
  • BA, Economics, Macalester College, 2010
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
Guillermo Munoz
Munoz, Guillermo
Program Assistant, Learning Sciences
  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BA, Lebanon Valley College
Nicky Newton
Newton, Nicky
Research Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
  • PhD, Personality and Social Contexts Psychology, University of Michigan, 2011
  • MA, Psychology, University of Michigan, 2007
  • BA, Psychology, University of California-Berkeley, 2004
Research Interests
Life span development, developmental life transitions, the influence of social roles on personality, aging and well-being, women’s midlife personality development, women’s life path choices (career, family) and their outcomes in later life.
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
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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
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.
Jasper Pierson
Pierson, Jasper
Graduate Assistant, MS in Higher Education and Policy Program
  • MS, Higher Education Administration and Policy, Northwestern University, 2015
  • BA, Advertising, University of Illinois, 2010
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
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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
Rhoda Rosen
Rosen, Rhoda
Associate Director, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, MA, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Salman, Cengiz
Project Coordinator
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
Kimberly Scott
Scott, Kimberly
Director, Master's Program Learning & Organizational Change
Assistant Professor, Master's Program in Learning and 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
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 and retention; teacher quality; urban schools.  
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
Tammie Stewart
Stewart, Tammie
Manager, Community Outreach, Center for Talent Development
  • MS, Communication, Northwestern University
  • BA, Communications, Northern Illinois University
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Marc Temkin
Temkin, Marc
Senior IT Administrator, Center for Talent Development
  • BA, Music, Indiana University
  • MA, Music, Northwestern University
Seth Tisue
Tisue, Seth
Software Engineer, Center for Connected Learning
  • MS, Computer Science, Northwestern University, 2000
  • BS, Applied Mathematics/Computer Science, University of Chicago, 1993
Research Interests
Design and implementation of programming languages
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.
Tiffany Tuck
Tuck, Tiffany
Assistant Coordinator, NUMATS, Center for Talent Development
  • MA, Northwestern University
  • BA, University of Georgia
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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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