Office of the Dean

Office of the Dean

Larry Brown

Brown, Larry

Lead Developer


  • BA, Computer Information Systems, Western Michigan University, 2001
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
Julie Deardorff

Deardorff, Julie

Director of Communications and Outreach


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

Drey, Steve

Lead UX Designer/Digital Strategist


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

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


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

Hughes, Jeanne

Assistant Dean for Research


  • BA, Grinnell College
David Johnson

Johnson, David

Director of Marketing, School of Education and Social Policy


  • 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


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

Kenly, Pauline

User Support Specialist, Sr.


  • 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


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

King, De-Anthony

Director of Development


  • 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


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

Pratt, Amy

Assistant Dean for Community Education Partnerships


  • 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


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

Robinson Miner, Carmen

Senior Research Administrator


Laura Salus

Salus, Laura

Executive Assistant to the Dean


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

Wagner, Matt

Associate Research Administrator


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

Weidman, Melissa

Director of Administration


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