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Aostre Johnson
Professor of Education
A.B., M.Ed. Harvard University; Ed.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Saint Edmund's Hall 322A
802.654.2436
Box 281
ajohnson@smcvt.edu

Dr. Johnson is currently the coordinator of the graduate concentrations in curriculum. She teaches curriculum and pedagogy courses in both the undergraduate and the graduate departments. She has published many articles in the areas of creativity, multiple intelligences and spirituality as they relate to human development and education. She has also co-piloted a book on religious diversity and spiritual development.


Mary Beth Doyle
Associate Professor of Education
B.S., M.Ed. State University College of New York at Buffalo; Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Saint Edmund's Hall 317
802.654.2279
Box 281
mdoyle@smcvt.edu

Dr. Doyle's primary teaching responsibilities at Saint Michael’s are with secondary education undergraduate and graduate students. Her areas of specialty include working with students who experience severe disabilities and collaborative teaming. This work involves creating curricular adaptations to support students in inclusive classroom communities. In addition, Dr. Doyle presents and writes extensively on the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals in public schools.


Valerie Bang-Jensen
Associate Professor of Education
A.B. Smith College; M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University

Saint Edmund’s Hall 320
802.654.2822
Box 281
vbang-jensen@smcvt.edu

Dr. Bang-Jensen joined the Education Department at Saint Michael’s College in 2001. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary literacy and supervises student teachers in local schools. Areas of professional interest include children’s literature, nonfiction, and first-hand learning experiences. She hopes to develop a children’s literature garden at Saint Michael’s with Biology Department colleague, Mark Lubkowitz. Before joining the Saint Michael’s faculty, she taught literacy courses to pre-service and in-service teachers at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught kindergarten through grade 6 in public and independent schools and served as a literacy and assessment consultant for schools, districts and museums.

Claudine R. Bedell
Assistant Professor of Education
B.S. Purdue University; M.Ed. Saint Michael's College; Ed.D. Indiana University

Saint Edmund's Hall 304
802.654.2741
Box 281
cprairie@smcvt.edu

Dr. Bedell teaches Adolescent Development for undergraduates, and The Decision to Teach, Classroom Assessment Design and Practice, and the Student Teaching Seminar for graduate students. She also supervises student teachers in the field. Her doctorate is from Indiana University in Bloomington, in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her dissertation is titled, "A Qualitative Study of Teacher Interpretation and Instructional Decision-Making in Response to Student Voice." Dr. Bedell co-authored a teacher's guide, "Using Standards in Your Classroom: A Teacher Resource Guide," for the Vermont Department of Education, and she made conference presentations with colleagues titled "Teacher Quality Enhancement" and "Middle Frame for School Improvement." She is particularly interested in personalized learning and the concept of teacher dispositions.


Kristin M. Gehsmann
Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., M.A. Central Connecticut State University; Ph.D. University of Vermont

Saint Edmund's Hall 322B
802-654-2412
Box 281
kgehsmann@smcvt.edu

Dr. Gehsmann joined the Education Department at Saint Michael's College in 2006. She teaches courses on literacy development, literacy instruction and reading assessment. Dr. Gehsmann also coordinates the M.Ed. reading concentration for K-12 educators and aspiring Reading Specialists. Dr. Gehsmann's research interests include early literacy, assessment, narrowing the achievement gap, teacher education and professional development.


James Nagle
Assistant Professor of Education
B.A. Georgetown University; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, J.D. Suffolk University Law School

Saint Edmund's Hall 302
802.654.2636
Box 281
jnagle2@smcvt.edu

Dr. Nagle joined the Education Department at Saint Michael's College in 2004. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary education and supervises student teachers in local schools. Areas of professional interest include teacher learning, professional learning communities and teacher professional development. Before joining the Saint Michael's faculty, he taught science education courses to pre-service teachers at University of California, Berkeley and professional development courses to middle and high school teachers. He has taught biology, ecology, chemistry and physics in public and independent schools and served as a science and assessment consultant for schools.

Jonathan Silverman
Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., M.A., Ed.D. University of Vermont

Saint Edmund's Hall 308
802.654.2306
Box 281
jsilverman@smcvt.edu

Dr. Silverman is the Coordinator of Arts in Education program as well as the summer director of the Graduate Education Program. His area of expertise is aesthetic education and integrating arts into the classroom. He has presented many workshops at national and international conferences and has authored various articles on the creative process and aesthetic education. He has served as chair of the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education and has worked with many school districts in helping them design arts curriculum.


Brian O'Regan
Instrutor of Education, School Leadership Coordinator
B.A. Fairfield University; M.Ed. Teachers College, Columbia University; M.Ed., C.A.S. and Ed.D. University of Vermont

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 312
802.654.2362
Box 281
boregan@smcvt.edu

Dr. O'Regan has served as a special educator, principal and superintendent of schools over a 36 year career in New York and Vermont. O'Regan also served as the Deputy Commissioner of Education for Vermont before joining Saint Michael's College full-time in 2009. Graduate instructional responsibilities include Legal and Financial Management of Schools, Supervision and Evaluation, the Leadership Practicum, the School Superintendents' Summer Institute and other school leadership development courses for current practitioners. Dr. O'Regan coordinates the School Leadership component of the Graduate Education Program including off-site, contracted courses.

O'Regan specializes in systems thinking, strategic planning and school organizational and leadership development. He is a staunch advocate of student-centered leadership.

Outside Saint Michael's: The veteran educator enjoys photography, outdoor activities, travel and the new addition of grandchildren in his life.


Amy Saks Pavese
Instructor of Education
B.A., M.Ed. University of Notre Dame

Saint Edmund's Hall 318
802.654.2648
Box 281
asakspavese@smcvt.edu 

Ms. Saks Pavese joined the education faculty at Saint Michael’s College in August of 2007. She teaches GED 516: The Decision to Teach, GED 689: Student Teaching Seminar, and supervises student teachers. Her dissertation research is on the preparation of teachers to work with students from culturally diverse backgrounds. Her interest in this area stemmed from her undergraduate study of anthropology and her experiences as a classroom teacher in diverse urban schools. Before joining the Saint Michael’s faculty, she taught social foundations of education, supervised student teachers, and worked with the College Assistance Migrant Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she will be completing her Ph.D. in the fall of 2008.


Karen Donovan
Licensing/Special Education Coordinator
B.S. Keene State College; M.Ed. University of Vermont

Saint Edmund's Hall 306
802.654.2826
Box 281
kdonovan@smcvt.edu

Ms. Donovan is responsible for advising students and teaching graduate courses in the area of Special Education. She is also interviewing graduate students and placing student teachers for the Education Department. She worked as a Special Educator for 12 years in CESU prior to coming to the college. Ms. Donovan has also taught in Costa Rica and in the Eckerd Wilderness System. Karen currently teaches GED 661 Designing programs for Children with Disabilities; and GED 662 Implementing and Evaluating Instructional Programs.


Elizabeth Peterson
Visiting Instructor
B.S., University of Delaware; M.Ed. Saint Michael’s College

Saint Edmund’s Hall 312
802-654-2718
Box 281
epeterson@smcvt.edu

Ms. Peterson began teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in special education at Saint Michael's in 2005. She has taught or administered programs for students with special needs for more than twenty years in public, private and clinical settings. She has extensive experience working with school districts on literacy, differentiating instruction and special education issues across the northeast. She teaches ED 340 Individual Differences; GED 641 Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom; GED 633 Legal and Professional Issues; GED 542 Teaching in a Differentiated Classroom K-12; and GED 699 Capstone in addition to supervising student teachers.


Rebecca Wigglesworth
Visiting Instructor of Education
B.A. Stanford University; M.A.T. Brown University

Saint Edmund's Hall 335
802.654.2495
Box 281
bwigglesworth@smcvt.edu

Ms. Wigglesworth has taught in the Education Department since 1999, when she began teaching Content Area Literacy for the graduate program. She is a part-time instructor teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. Ms. Wigglesworth is particularly interested in literacy at the middle and secondary levels. She began her career as a secondary English teacher, most recently at Champlain Valley Union High School in Vermont. She assists with placements at CVU and other schools in the area.

Our MATESOL faculty members hold their advanced degrees in linguistics or related fields and have extensive experience in TESOL.


Mahmoud T. Arani
Chair, Applied Linguistics Department
Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. Teachers' Training University, Iran; M.A., Ph. D. State University of New York at Buffalo

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 117
802.654.2277
Box 253
marani@smcvt.edu


Carolyn B. Duffy
Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. Pennsylvania State University; M.A. American University; Ph.D. Georgetown University

Campus Office Saint Edmund's Hall 137
802.654.2646
Box 253
cduffy@smcvt.edu


M. Elizabeth O'Dowd
Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. University of Lancaster, England; M.A. New Mexico State University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 122
802.654.2276
Box 253
eodowd@smcvt.edu


Sally E. Cummings
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.S. University of Vermont; M.A. Saint Michael's College; Ed.D. University of Vermont

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 126
802.654.2366
Box 253
scummings@smcvt.edu


Daniel W. Evans
Director, English Language Programs
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.J. University of Missouri; M.A., Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 124
802.654.2264
Box 253
devans@smcvt.edu


Richard Gamache
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.A., M.Ed. Saint Michael's College

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 115
802.654.2356
Box 253
rgamache@smcvt.edu


Christine Bauer-Ramazani
Instructor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. University of Trier, Germany; M.A. University of Mainz, Germany; M.B.A. University of Vermont; M.Ed., University of Missouri

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 127
802.654.2642
Box 253
cbauer-ramazani@smcvt.edu  
http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/


Sheena Macpherson
Retired Instructor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. McGill University; M.A. Saint Michael’s College

Campus Office
Box 253
smacpherson@smcvt.edu


Robert P. Fox
Retired Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.S.L., M.S.L. Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

Campus Office
Saint Edmund’s Hall 111
802.654.2823
Box 253
rfox@smcvt.edu  

Jeffrey B. Adams 
Associate Professor of Psychology
A.B. Gordon College; M.A., Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo
(Areas of expertise: Social, Industrial/Organizational and the Psychology of Religion)
Saint Edmund's Hall 202B
802.654.2473
Box 217
jadams@smcvt.edu


Renee Carrico
Associate Professor of Psychology
Psychology Department Chair
B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.S., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amhurst
(Areas of expertise: Cognitive and perceptual motor development in infancy, Development of attention in infancy and early childhood, Development of reaching during infancy)
Saint Edmund's Hall 212
802.654.2383
rcarrico@smcvt.edu


Susan Kuntz
Professor of Psychology
B.A. Albion College; M.A. University of Vermont; Ph.D. Syracuse University
(Areas of expertise: Qualitative Research, Gender Studies)
Saint Edmund's Hall 210
802.654.2269
Box 244
skuntz@smcvt.edu


Ronald B. Miller
Professor of Psychology
Director, Master's Program in Clinical Psychology
B.A. Oberlin College; Ph.D. University of Vermont
(Areas of expertise: Theories of Psychotherapy and Personality, Individual Psychotherapy)
Saint Edmund's Hall 202A
802.654.2288
Box 288
rmiller@smcvt.edu


Molly Millwood
Associate Professor of Psychology
M.A., Ph.D., University of Montana; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
Postdoctoral followship, Stanford University Medical Center
Predoctoral Internship, San Francisco VA Medical Center
(Areas of expertise: As a clinical psychologist, I have expertise in the origins, manifestations, and treatments of psychological distress in human beings.  My particular focus has been in the area of intimate relationships and the ways in which we encounter challenges and struggles as we navigate the rich interpersonal territory of marriage and parenthood.
Saint Edmund's Hall 210
802.654.2446
Box 122
mmillwood@smcvt.edu


Melissa M. VanderKaay Tomasulo
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A. Baldwin-Wallace College; M.S., Ph.D. Ohio University
(Areas of expertise: Physiological and psychological effects of positive and negative health behaviors)
Saint Edmund's Hall 216
802.654.2921
Box 381
mvanderkaay@smcvt.edu


Part Time Faculty:

Mariel G. Adsit
B.A. Saint Lawrence University; M.A. Saint Michael's College


Cynthia A. Cole
B.A. University of Vermont; M.A. University of Connecticut; M.A. Saint Michael's College
Box 288


Jaime Elliott
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A. Saint Michael's College


Jason Fechter
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A., University of West Georgia; M.A., Saint Michael's College; Ed.D. University of Vermont
(Areas of expertise: Humanistic/Existential Approaches in Psychotherapy/Qualitative Research Methodology)


Bradie Hansen
B.S. University of Florida; M.A. Saint Michael's College


Leila McVeigh
B.A. Middlbury College; M.A. Saint Michael's College


Helene Susanne Nilsen
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College; M.S.N. University of Colorado; Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Vermont; Psy.D. Antioch/New England
(areas: Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents)


Naomi Shapiro
B.S.W. University of Vermont; L.I.C.S.W. from University of Connecticut
(Areas of expertise: Play Therapy, School Consultation, Depression in Children)
802.654.7075


Note: All faculty listed above may not teach in the program, but are available for research opportunities.

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