college of education | fall 2001

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New Faculty

Ellen Altermatt, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) joins the College of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where she completed her doctoral degree in educational psychology. In her research, she aims to uncover the sources of children’s self-evaluative and motivational beliefs.

David Arsen, Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley) has transferred from James Madison College to an appointment in the Department of Educational Administration. An economist with a specialization in public policy analysis, Dr. Arsen’s current research focuses on school choice, charter schools and the privatization of education services.

Roger Baldwin, Ph.D. (University of Michigan) also has joined the Department of Educational Administration. Previously, he was an associate professor at the College of William and Mary’s Division of Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership. His interests include instructional strategies and curriculum planning, faculty career development, and transformation of higher education systems.
Lynn Fendler, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin at Madison) came to MSU in 2000 as a visiting professor and this year joins the faculty in the Department of Teacher Education. Her research explores what it means to be educated in particular historical and political contexts.
Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) spent the 2000–01 academic year as a visiting professor in the College of Education, and now joins the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration. Her research examines race, ethnicity, and gender issues in post-secondary education.
Ernest Morrell, Ph.D. (University of California at Berkeley) joins the faculty after two years as a research associate at the Institute for Democracy and Education Access (idea) at the University of California at Los Angeles. His work examines the potential of using new and popular literacies to increase academic achievement and critical consciousness among urban youth.
Cynthia Okolo, Ph.D. (Indiana University) comes to MSU from the University of Delaware, where she was an associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies. A professor of special education, Dr. Okolo’s research focuses on improving literacy and historical understanding of diverse students in inclusive classroom settings.
Kristen Renn, Ph.D. (Boston College) joins the college from Southern Illinois University, where she was a member of the faculty at the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education. Her research centers on identity in higher education, as well as college student learning and student affairs administration.
Steve Ryan, Ph.D. (University of California at Los Angeles) comes to MSU from the University of Louisville, where he was an assistant professor of teacher education. Dr. Ryan’s research interests include teacher collaboration, teacher learning, equity-minded school reform, and urban teacher preparation and induction.
Randi Nevins Stanulis, Ph.D. (Michigan State University) returns to MSU after having been an associate professor and head of the program in early childhood education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Stanulis’ teaching and research interests focus on teacher learning, from the perspective of novices learning to teach, and from experienced teachers learning about their own practice while mentoring others.
Kavin Tsang, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University) is the newest faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology. He has assumed responsibilities for clinical instruction of undergraduates in athletic training. His research focuses on the study of the physiologic mechanisms of effusion in response to cryotherapy and elevation interventions.

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