All Staff

All Staff

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Bischoff, Danny

Program Coordinator


I can help with:

  • Salesforce Administration
  • Marketing Automations
  • Data Management
Diane Knoepke

Knoepke, Diane

Associate Director of Student Affairs, MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program

Building on two decades as a consultant and chief of staff focused on transforming organizations, Diane now partners with change leaders as an Associate Director in Northwestern's MS in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) graduate program. As an advisor, instructor, team leader, and coach, Diane drives people-centered outcomes by using her skills and experience in talent and workforce development, enterprise strategy, program design, partnership creation, and impact measurement. Diane currently co-teaches two courses in MSLOC’s Leading Equity and Inclusion in Organizations Certificate: Leading Global Change and Developing for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.  

Prior to joining MSLOC, Diane worked both inside organizations and as an external advisor, counseling more than 100 organizations and corporations on organizational strategy, performance measurement, and fundraising partnership creation. Her past roles include consulting with private, public, and social sector organizations, as well as executive leadership experiences ranging from directing a nonprofit’s regional expansion to merging multi-country, multidisciplinary consulting teams.

Diane earned both her graduate (MSLOC) and undergraduate degrees at Northwestern. Diane is an active volunteer and supporter of Springboard to Success, Chicago Women in Philanthropy, and the Chicago Foundation for Women South Side Giving Circle. Diane is also a member of Northwestern University’s Council of One Hundred.


Degrees

  • BA, English, Northwestern University
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2016
Joanna Lasso

Lasso, Joanna

Student Affairs Coordinator


Degrees

  • BS, Journalism, Kent State University, 1995
Jeff Merrell

Merrell, Jeff

Associate Director, MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program

Instructor, MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • 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.

Jennifer Pasek

Pasek, Jennifer

Strategic Operations Manager


Degrees

  • BS, Communications, Mundelein College, 1989
Kimberly Scott

Scott, Kimberly

Director, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Assistant Professor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • 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.

Ryan Smerek

Smerek, Ryan

Associate Professor, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 2009
  • EdM, Harvard University, 2004
  • AB, Dartmouth College, 2000
Melinda Turnley

Turnley, Melinda

Assistant Director, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program

Assistant Professor, MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program


Degrees

  • PhD, English, Purdue University, 2001
  • MA, English, Ohio State University, 1995
  • BA, English, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
Timothy Dohrer

Dohrer, Timothy

Director, Master of Science in Education Program

Assistant Professor, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • 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.

Danna Dotson

Dotson, Danna

Teacher Education Coordinator and Student Advisor


Degrees

Leslie Lepeska

Lepeska, Leslie

Program Assistant, Master of Science in Education


Degrees

  • MS, Anthropology and Education, University of Chicago, 1990
  • BA, Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago, 1987
Kavita Matsko

Matsko, Kavita

Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Teacher Education


Degrees

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Chicago, 2007
  • MSEd, Advanced Teaching, Northwestern University, 1997
  • BS, Elementary Education, University of Illinois, 1993

Research Interests

Teacher education, mentoring, and induction; clinical preparation; features of preparation that promote candidate learning and teacher effectiveness

Bradley Wadle

Wadle, Bradley

Assistant Director, Master of Science in Education


Degrees

  • BS, Theater, Northwestern University, 1997
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2003
Jeanine Breen

Breen, Jeanine

Program Assistant, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • BS Speech, Northwestern University, 1990
Lauren Faucette

Faucette, Lauren

Senior Career Advisor, School of Education and Social Policy


Biography

Lauren Faucette is a higher education professional with a commitment to serving and supporting students, with a focus in career services and preparation. Prior to coming to the MSHE program, Lauren has experience in student preparation, career advising, and programming as a Director of Career Preparation at the University of Chicago’s Career Advancement office, as well as in executive recruiting for marketing analytics and data science professionals.

Degrees

  • MS, Higher Education Administration, Northwestern University, 2014
  • BA, Communications and Psychology, High Point University, 2006

I can help with:

  • Career Advising and Support
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Graduate Internship Program
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Hoffman, Mark P.

Senior Academic Advisor and Enrollment Manager


Degrees

  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2009
  • MS, Iowa State University, 1990
  • BA, Colorado State University, 1987
Chris Neary

Neary, Chris

Instructional Design and Technology Consultant


Degrees

  • PhD, Educational Leadership, Iowa State University, 2019
  • MA, Political Science, Iowa State University, 2015
  • BA, Journalism, Michigan State University, 2009
Lois Trautvetter

Trautvetter, Lois

Director, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Professor, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • MS, Polymer Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
  • BA, Chemistry, College of Wooster
  • PhD, Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan

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.

 

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Bauer, Andrew

Online Programs Content Manager, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

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Cady, Elliott

Manager of Admissions, Assessment and Pathyways Advising, Center for Talent Development


Biography

Elliott Cady is Manager of Admissions, Assessment and Pathways Advising at Center for Talent Development. In addition to his 7 years with CTD, he brings with him 20 years of experience in the American public, international and non-profit education sectors. He completed his undergraduate degrees in economics and Spanish at Northwestern, returned to earn his master’s in education and is thrilled to be back on campus as part of the CTD team.

Degrees

  • BA, Economics and Spanish, Northwestern University
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1997

I can help with:

  • Navigating the admissions processes at CTD and assisting students and families with course selections that best align with their interests and educational needs
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Calvert, Eric

Associate Director, Center for Talent Development

Instructor, Master of Science in Education


Degrees

  • MSE, Educational Psychology - Gifted Emphasis, Purdue University
  • BSE, Secondary Education, University of Central Missouri
  • EdD, Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University
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Cichon, Kate

Coordinator of Academic Year Advanced Enrichment Programs, Center for Talent Development


Biography

Kate Cichon has proudly served youth, families and communities around the country since 2000. After moving to Chicago after college, Kate taught reading enrichment classes to students of all ages and trained and supervised new reading teachers. She spent several years developing and coordinating programs for students in grades 6 through 12 and their families at a public charter school on the south side of Chicago. In 2012 Kate joined Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development (CTD) team, where she coordinated summer residential programs for a number of years before moving into the position of Coordinator of Academic Year Advanced Enrichment Programs. Currently, Kate oversees CTD's weekend programming which focuses primarily on students pre-K through 8th grade.

Degrees

  • BA, English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999
Susan Corwith

Corwith, Susan

Associate Director, Center for Talent Development

Instructor, Master of Science in Education


Degrees

  • 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
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Crowninshield, Linsey

Assistant Coordinator – Team Lead, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS, Human Services Administration, Spertus College
  • BA, Psychology and Education, Ripon College
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Dirkes, Beth

Senior Program Administrator and Family Education Specialist


Degrees

  • BS, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1985
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Doan, Ruth

Equinox Coordinator, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MFA, Poetry, Western Michigan University
  • BA, Secondary Education, Western Michigan University
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Dowling, Stephen

Coordinator of Summer Programs, Grades 4-12, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS, Higher Education Administration & Policy, Northwestern University, 2022
  • MMEd, Music Education, Northwestern University, 2011
  • BA, Music, Kenyon College, 2008

I can help with:

  • Overseeing academic and residential operations for CTD's on-campus summer programs for grades 4-12, which welcome over 1600 students and 300 staff to Evanston every summer.
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Flowers, Michelle

Financial Assistant, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • AA, Business Administration, Robert Morris College
Suzanne Goebel

Goebel, Suzanne

Assistant Coordinator, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA Peace, Justice, & Conflict Studies, DePaul University, 2013
Susan Hammerman

Hammerman, Susan

Program Assistant, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • Certificate, Chicago School of Violinmaking, 1987
  • BS, Geography, University of Chicago, 1980

I can help with:

  • Answering questions about the Advanced Enrichment program
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Hinshaw, Melissa

Assessment Coordinator


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Danielle Holtz

Holtz, Danielle

Assistant Coordinator for the Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA, Theatre Studies, Kent State University
  • MAT, Elementary Education, Columbia College Chicago
Veronica House

House, Veronica

Program Assistant, Summer Program, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BS, Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2008
Gail Ivanauskas

Ivanauskas, Gail

Senior Financial Administrator, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BS, Finance, Northern Illinois University
  • MBA, Finance, DePaul University
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Kasper, Susan

Program Coordinator, Gifted LearningLinks, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS, Economics, Northern Illinois University
  • BS, Economics, Northern Illinois University

I can help with:

  • Assisting parents and students in determining the honors and/or AP® courses that best fit the student's needs
Eudald Lerga

Lerga, Eudald

Lead Developer, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS in Information Technology, Northwestern University, 2018
  • MA, Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media, Media Center d'Art i Disseny
  • BA, Political Science, Complutense University
Amy Lindgren

Lindgren, Amy

Assistant Coordinator – Team Lead Academic Year Advanced Enrichment Programs, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA, Communication, International Business, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

I can help with:

  • Providing instructional coaching and support for our program staff (site coordinators, teachers, and classroom assistants)
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Morrison, Leslie

Coordinator of Summer Programs, PreK - Grade 5, Center for Talent Development 

CTD Enrichment Curriculum Developer


Biography

Leslie Morrison earned her master’s degree in education, with a focus on curriculum and instruction, from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Leslie taught elementary and middle school for several years, and then entered the field of educational publishing, where she designed and wrote curriculum for preschool through grade 8. In 2010, Leslie served as an instructor in the Leapfrog Program at Center for Talent Development. Working with Leapfrog children and families turned her focus to gifted education, and, as Program Coordinator, she has opportunities to apply her background in education to working with students and their families, curriculum development, and program management.

Degrees

  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • BSEd, Elementary Education, Loyola University
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula

Professor, Education and Social Policy

Director, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • 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.

MIshal Qureshi

Qureshi, MIshal

Program Assistant, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA, International Studies, DePaul University, 2015 

I can help with:

  • Providing programmatic, logistical, and front-line communication support to the Center for Talent Development's Civic Education Project, Online Program, and Summer 4 - 12 Program
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Rentfro, Mark

Program Assistant – Admissions, Assessment, and Pathways Advising, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

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Rosen, Rhoda

Associate Director, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • BA, MA, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Schalke, Adam

Program Assistant


I can help with:

  • Marketing Communications
  • Administrative Support
Saiying Steenbergen-Hu

Steenbergen-Hu, Saiying

Research Director, Center for Talent Development

Research Associate Professor, Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • PhD, Educational Psychology, Purdue University, 2009
  • MA, University of Science & Technology of China, 2000

Research Interests

Academic achievement, psychological and social-emotional development, educational measurement and assessment, meta-analysis and research synthesis, quantitative research methods, executive functions, gifted education and talent development

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Stewart, Tammie

Outreach Manager, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • Coaching Certification, ELOC, Northwestern University
  • MS, Communication, Northwestern University
  • BA, Communications, Northern Illinois University

I can help with:

  •  Assisting and supporting students, families, schools and organizations as they learn about the opportunities provided through the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program and the Center for Talent Development
Qili Sui

Sui, Qili

Developer


Degrees

  • BS, Computer Science, DePaul Univeristy
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Tryling, Nick

Assistant Coordinator – Team Lead, Grades 6-8, Center for Talent Development

Senior Editor, RHINO poetry


Degrees

  • MFA, Creative Writing, The American University
  • BA, Studio Art and English Literature, Austin College

I can help with:

  • Creating high quality educational experiences for academically talented middle school students and their families.
Lindsay Wall Succari

Wall Succari, Lindsay

Coordinator, Civic Education Project, Center for Talent Development


Biography

Lindsay was introduced to the power of service-learning as a high school student volunteering in rural Appalachia. Since then, she has facilitated and designed service-learning and leadership programming as a City Year corps member in Cleveland, OH, and at sites across the country for thousands of student leaders. Lindsay also has experience with youth organizing and community development, both in the U.S. and internationally. As Coordinator of CTD’s Civic Education Project, Lindsay gets to help provide educational opportunities for students to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

Degrees

  • MSSA, Social Work and Nonprofit Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • BA, Economics and Political Science, Augustana College
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Watt, Erin

Coordinator of Communications


Degrees

  • MA, Sound Arts and Industries, Northwestern University
  • MPA, International Public Management, DePaul University
  • BA, Sociology, Roosevelt University

I can help with:

  • Coordinating the marketing and communications needs of the center
Larry Brown

Brown, Larry

Lead Developer


Degrees

  • BA, Computer Information Systems, Western Michigan University, 2001
Coleen Coleman

Coleman, Coleen

Associate Dean, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • BS, Communication, Northwestern University, 1988
  • MS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 1991
Julie Deardorff

Deardorff, Julie

Director of Communications and Outreach


Degrees

  • MBA, University of Iowa
  • BA, Journalism, University of Iowa
Steve Drey

Drey, Steve

Lead UX Designer/Digital Strategist


Degrees

  • BA in Art - Emphasis in Design - Art Education Teaching Certification, University of Iowa, 1999
David Figlio

Figlio, David

Dean, School of Education and Social Policy

Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy

Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research


Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
  • MS, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992
  • BS, Business Economics and Public Policy, George Washington University, 1991

Research Interests

Accountability policy; economics of education; teacher quality; teacher labor markets; anti-poverty policy; intergenerational transmission of human capital; evaluation design.

Carrie Gibson

Gibson, Carrie

Program Assistant


Degrees

  • MA, School Counseling, University of San Francisco
  • BA, Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Russell Gillespie

Gillespie, Russell

User Support Specialist, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • MA, Sound Arts and Industries, Northwestern University, 2018
  • BA, Music in Composition, Oakland University, 2005
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Manley, Allison

Program Assistant, Faculty Services and Doctoral Student Affairs 


I can help with:

  • Supporting both faculty and students in general areas such as registration, milestones, and events
  • Assisting prospective students interested in our doctoral programs
Michael Hannen

Hannen, Michael

Director, Information Technology, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2008
  • BFA, Theater, DePaul University, 1994
Jeanne Hughes

Hughes, Jeanne

Assistant Dean for Research


Degrees

  • BA, Grinnell College
David Johnson

Johnson, David

Director of Marketing, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • MSC, Communication, Northwestern University
  • MEd, Higher Education Administration, Upper Iowa University
  • BS, Marketing, Indiana University
Karen Kellams

Kellams, Karen

Program Assistant, Doctoral Student Affairs

Program Coordinator, Office of the Dean


Degrees

  • BA, Journalism, Eastern Illinois University, 1996
Pauline Kenly

Kenly, Pauline

User Support Specialist, Sr.


Degrees

  • MS Library Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • BS Information Systems, DePaul University, 1999
Anne Kerins

Kerins, Anne

Director of Business and Finance


Degrees

  • MS in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
  • AB, Kenyon College
De-Anthony King

King, De-Anthony

Director of Development


Degrees

  • MBA, Operations Management: Supply chain/logistics, Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, 2009
  • BS, Computer Science, Shaw University, 1999
  • BS, Mathematics, Shaw University, 1999
Susan Olson

Olson, Susan

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs


Degrees

  • MA, College Student Personnel, University of Maryland - College Park
  • AB, Albion College, Speech Communication
Amy Pratt

Pratt, Amy

Assistant Dean for Community Education Partnerships


Degrees

  • PhD, Geography, West Virginia University, 2006
  • MA, Geography, West Virginia University, 1999
  • BA, International Studies, West Virginia University, 1995
Megan Redfearn

Redfearn, Megan

Director, Faculty Support and Doctoral Student Affairs


Degrees

  • BA, Environmental Geo-science, Boston College
  • MS, Learning & Organizational Change, Northwestern University, 2012
Carmen Robinson Miner

Robinson Miner, Carmen

Senior Research Administrator


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Laura Salus

Salus, Laura

Executive Assistant to the Dean


Degrees

  • BA, English, Pace University
  • MS, Teaching, Pace University
  • MA, Literature, Northwestern University
Matt Wagner

Wagner, Matt

Associate Research Administrator


Degrees

  • BA, Politics, Messiah College, 2014
  • BA, Music Composition, Messiah College, 2014
Melissa Weidman

Weidman, Melissa

Director of Administration


Degrees

  • M.Ed., Instructional Leadership, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2009
  • BA, Education, Eastern Kentucky University , 2006
Larry Brown

Brown, Larry

Lead Developer


Degrees

  • BA, Computer Information Systems, Western Michigan University, 2001
Steve Drey

Drey, Steve

Lead UX Designer/Digital Strategist


Degrees

  • BA in Art - Emphasis in Design - Art Education Teaching Certification, University of Iowa, 1999
Russell Gillespie

Gillespie, Russell

User Support Specialist, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • MA, Sound Arts and Industries, Northwestern University, 2018
  • BA, Music in Composition, Oakland University, 2005
Michael Hannen

Hannen, Michael

Director, Information Technology, School of Education and Social Policy


Degrees

  • MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2008
  • BFA, Theater, DePaul University, 1994
Pauline Kenly

Kenly, Pauline

User Support Specialist, Sr.


Degrees

  • MS Library Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • BS Information Systems, DePaul University, 1999
Eudald Lerga

Lerga, Eudald

Lead Developer, Center for Talent Development


Degrees

  • MS in Information Technology, Northwestern University, 2018
  • MA, Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media, Media Center d'Art i Disseny
  • BA, Political Science, Complutense University
Nathan Frideres

Frideres, Nathan

Senior Practicum Adviser

Coordinator, Civic Engagement Certificate Program

n-frideres@northwestern.edu 


Degrees

  • MA, Student Development in Postsecondary Education, University of Iowa
  • BA, Elementary Education, University of Iowa
Susan Olson

Olson, Susan

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

susan-olson@northwestern.edu 


Degrees

  • MA, College Student Personnel, University of Maryland - College Park
  • AB, Albion College, Speech Communication
Ken Powers

Powers, Ken

Senior Academic Adviser

kenneth-powers@northwestern.edu 


Degrees

  • BS in Social Policy, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
  • Master's in Public Policy (MPP), American University
Jasmine Tucker

Tucker, Jasmine

Program Coordinator

jasmine.tucker@northwestern.edu 


Degrees

  • M.A. Cultural and Educational Policy, Loyola University Chicago, 2015
  • B.A. Sociology , Howard University, 2013
Eleanor Anderson

Anderson, Eleanor

Lecturer & Research Fellow


Degrees

  • BA, Linguistics, Yale University, 2006
  • PhD, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2017

Research Interests

How do educational innovations get implemented, institutionalized and scaled up in K-12 schools?  How do micro-level social and material interactions constitute, facilitate or obstruct these processes? 

More specifically, my dissertation focused on changing models of school discipline.

My research program addresses the broad questions: How are research-based programs and policies developed, translated, implemented, and scaled up? What modes of reinforcement and reproduction support persistence and change in existing practices? How might researchers work with teachers, school leaders and policymakers to better bridge the 'research-practice gap'?

I investigate these questions in empirical contexts ranging from comprehensive school reforms, to online teacher PD, to research-practice partnerships, with a special focus on school-based restorative justice practices.

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Baker, Jeremy

Software Developer


Degrees

  • MS in Computer Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 2014
  • BS in Mathematics, Illinois State University, 2005
Amartya  Banerjee

Banerjee, Amartya

UI/UX Research Scientist


Degrees

  • Ph.D. | Computer Science, Northwestern University, 2018
  • M.Sc. |, Queen's University (Canada), 2012
Aneta Baran

Baran, Aneta

Learning Experiences Coordinator

Learning Experience Coordinator


Degrees

  • BS in Interactive and Social Media (design), DePaul University
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Brandes, Aaron

Developer


Degrees

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Buell, Jason


Degrees

  • PhD STEM Education, University of Colorado Boulder, 2020
  • BA Psychology, University of California San Diego, 2001
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Crego, Cortney

Program Coordinator, Education Research Program


I can help with:

  • Onboarding schools and facilitators to our program and providing ongoing programmatic and technical support
Kelsey Edwards

Edwards, Kelsey

Research Program Coordinator


Degrees

  • BS, Human Dev & Psych Services, Northwestern University, 2013
Zena Ellison

Ellison, Zena

Senior Research Study Coordinator


Degrees

  • MA, Public Policy Administration, Northwestern University, 2009
  • BA, Sociology, University of Georgia, 2001
Bethany Elston

Elston, Bethany

Senior Research Study Coordinator


Degrees

  • Masters of Social Work and Social Welfare, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, 2011
  • BS, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2004
James Freetly

Freetly, James

Program Assistant, FUSE


Degrees

  • B.A. Honors Philosophy, Gustavus Adolphus, 2012
Cassandra Salgado

Salgado, Cassandra

Director, Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools


Degrees

  • MEd, School Counseling, DePaul University
  • BA, Psychology, DePaul University
Paul Goren

Goren, Paul

Director and Lecturer, Center for Education Efficacy, Excellence, and Equity


Degrees

  • PhD - Stanford University School of Education (1991)
  • Master of Public Affairs - The LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas-Austin (1984)
  • BA - Williams College (1980)

Research Interests

Implementation of Education Policy in Districts and Schools; School Districts as Learning Organizations; Understanding the linkages between policy and practice; leadership in public schools.

Christa Haverly

Haverly, Christa

Postdoctoral Scholar


Degrees

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2019
  • M.S., Nova Southeastern University, 2008
  • B.A., Boston College, 2002
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Hinshaw, Melissa

Assessment Coordinator


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Jamie Hoddinott

Hoddinott, Jamie

Research Study Coordinator


Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Human Development , DePaul University , 2017
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Housman, Gail

Curriculum Development Specialist


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Joy Hsu

Hsu, Joy

Post Baccalaureate Research Fellow


Degrees

  • B.S. Communication Studies and Psychology, Northwestern University, 2020
Sihua (Adrienne) Hu

Hu, Sihua (Adrienne)

Postdoctoral Fellow


Degrees

  • PhD, Mathematics Education, Michigan State University, 2016
  • MS, Statistics, Michigan State University, 2015
  • BS, Mathematics and Statistics, Sichuan University, 2010

Research Interests

Mathematics and statistics education, observational measures of teaching quality, teachers' engagement and social networks in virtual spaces

Christina Murzynski

Murzynski, Christina

Research Study Coordinator, SESP


Degrees

  • Psychology, B.A., Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 2018
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Noll, Jamie

Curriculum Development Specialist


Degrees

  • Masters in Teaching, University of Washington, 2011
  • Bachelors of Science, Dickinson College, 2005
Amanda Peel

Peel, Amanda

Postdoctoral Scholar


Degrees

  • Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum; Science Education Emphasis Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2019
  • Molecular Biology M.S., New Mexico State University, 2015
  • Agricultural Biology B.S., New Mexico State University, 2012
Lizzie Perkins

Perkins, Lizzie

Director, FUSE


Degrees

  • B.S. in Theatre, Northwestern University
Kay Ramey

Ramey, Kay

Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer


Degrees

  • MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2010
  • BA, Psychology and Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University, 2007
  • PhD, Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2017

Research Interests

My research examines how young people organize their own learning and how to design spaces and activities that allow equitable access for them to do so. Most of this research has been conducted in the context of STEAM activities and maker spaces, drawing on my own personal background in the arts. One line of my work investigates interest development and the role of interest in learning. This includes how interest-driven learning supports the development of 21st century skills, how young people pursue interests and learning across contextual boundaries, and how interest-driven learning environments might be designed to support equitable engagement. A second line of work examines how young people organize and make use of social and material resources to make sense of spatial phenomena in the context of STEAM learning activities. And a third line examines how educators make sense of and adapt innovative STEAM programming to meet their needs and the needs of their students.

My work primarily draws upon distributed perspectives on thinking and learning, and as a result, is largely qualitative, relying on interviews, video-ethnography, and interaction analysis. However, I also have a background in quantitative analysis and have conducted a number of mixed methods studies involving surveys, assessments, and web-log data.

David Rompilla

Rompilla, David

Research Project Coordinator


Degrees

  • MA, Experimental Psychology, Towson University, 2017
  • BA, Psychology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania , 2015

Research Interests

 Emotion Regulation, Emotion, Motivation

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Russak-Pribble, Aubrey

Research Study Assistant


Degrees

  • BS, behavioral neuroscience, Centre College, 2016
Colin Sheaff

Sheaff, Colin

Web Software Developer


Degrees

  • BA, Computer Science, Kalamazoo College, 1997
Anne Stevens

Stevens, Anne

Creative Director, FUSE


Degrees

  • BFA, Printmaking and Drawing, California College of the Arts
  • MA, Visual Studies, University of California at Berkeley
Naomi Thompson

Thompson, Naomi

Postdoctoral Scholar


Degrees

  • PhD Learning Sciences, Indiana University 2020
  • MSEd Learning Sciences, Indiana University 2017
  • BA Psychology, University of Alabama 2013
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Vick, Nicole

Curriculum Development Specialist II


Degrees

  • B.S. Biological Sciences, Northern Illinois University
  • P.M.A. Environmental Science Education, Bradley University

I can help with:

  • Development of high school OpenSciEd chemistry curriculum
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Voss, Dan

Curriculum Development Specialist


Brian Ward

Ward, Brian

Academy Advisor, Northwestern Academy


Degrees

  • M.Ed Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.S. Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Melanie West

West, Melanie

Curriculum Development Specialist


Degrees

  • MPS Interactive Telecommunications, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, 1995
  • BS Music & Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1982
Sally Wu

Wu, Sally

Curriculum Development Specialist


Degrees

  • PhD, Educational Psychology—Learning Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
  • BA, Psychology, Haverford College, 2011
Michelle Yin

Yin, Michelle

Director, Dual Masters of Science in Applied Economics and Social and Economic Policy

Assistant Professor, SESP


Degrees

  • PhD, Economics, University of Florida, 2010
  • MA, Economics, University of Florida, 2006
  • BA, Finance, Capital University of Economics and Business, 2004

Research Interests

Social inclusion of children with disabilities, disability employment, diversity and equity of people with disabilities; teacher effectiveness in adult education, return on investment of higher education; high school and college course taking patterns and STEM enrollment and career pathway

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Zhao, Lexie

Post Bacc Fellow

CT-STEM Web Development Lead