Faculty

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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 mindfulness courses in both the graduate department. She has published many articles in the areas of creativity, multiple intelligences, spirituality and mindfulness as they relate to human development and education. She has also co-edited a book on religious diversity and spiritual development and "Educating from the Heart".


Mary Beth Doyle
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
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 teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary literacy, and supervises students in local schools.  Areas of professional interest and scholarship include children’s literature, nonfiction, and first-hand learning experiences.  Her recent work includes articles and presentations about the intersection of gardens, literacy, and children’s literature.  She is the coauthor of two books exploring connections between science and children’s literature.  Together with her writing collaborator, Professor of Biology, Mark Lubkowitz, she founded and develops the Teaching Gardens of Saint Michael’s College.


Claudine R. Bedell
Associate 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 Educator as Researcher and Capstone 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. Dr. Bedell is Director of Graduate Studies.  She is interested in personalized learning, teacher and classroom assessment and larger scale assessment.


Kristin M. Gehsmann
Associate 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. literacy 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
Associate Professor of Education
B.A. Georgetown University; J.D. Suffolk University Law School; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

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

James Nagle is associate professor of education and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in middle and secondary education, new literacies, and educational policy and research. He is co-director of the Middle Grades Collaborative, a professional development organization serving middle school teachers throughout Vermont. James also serves as co-editor of the Middle Grades Review, an international, peer-reviewed journal for scholars and practitioners who wish to broaden the discourse of middle grades education in the areas of democratic education, innovation, and social justice. His research interests are new literacies, personalized learning for students and pre-service teachers, and professional development learning networks. He received his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in educational policy and research.


Jonathan Silverman
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 Chair of the Education Department and Coordinator of the Arts in Education Program.  His area of expertise is aesthetic education, interdisciplinary learning, and integrated curriculum that emphasize the interplay between the arts, history, literature, and sustainability.  He has authored articles and presented workshops at national and international conferences on arts education, interdisciplinary curriculum, the creative process, and environmental education.  He has worked with many districts to design curriculum, most recently helping launch an arts magnet school in Burlington, Vermont, the Integrated Arts Academy at H. O. Wheeler Elementary School.


Jenny Stearns
Instructor of Education
B.A. (Hons); M.Ed.; M.A. (Ed. Management), Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Saint Edmund’s Hall 318
802.654.2648
Box 281
jstearns@smcvt.edu

Jenny Stearns joined the Education Department at Saint Michael’s College in 2012. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in child and adolescent development and educational foundations. She is from Sheffield, England, where she taught in the university and supervised student teachers for over 20 years. Jenny has also worked in child and family health and she is a qualified nurse, midwife and children’s play therapist. She is the author of several books about children’s play, development and early learning and she currently writes and reviews teaching materials for the National Early Years Advisory Board in the UK. Her main areas of research have been in children’s emotional literacy and reflective educational practice. 


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 in the graduate program 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 at the elementary level in Costa Rica and high school students in the Eckerd Wilderness System. Karen currently teaches GED 661 Special Education Practicum and Seminar: Part 1 and GED 662 Special Education Practicum and Seminar: Part 2.


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 and supervising student teachers. 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. 

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Daniel French, Ed.D.
School Leadership Program Coordinator
B.A. University of Connecticut; M.Ed. Plymouth State University; Honors Diploma, Defense Language Institute; Ed.D. University of Vermont

Saint Edmund's Hall 312
802.654.2362
Box 281
dfrench@smcvt.edu 

Dan is an experienced Vermont educational leader whose research interests are focused on various dimensions of educational systems change including ethics and leadership, board governance, Policy Governance, innovation, and Open Education.  He is frequently consulted by school districts and policy makers on issues surrounding the impact of technology on the future of education.

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Tania P. Hayes
Special Education Instructor


Saint Edmund's Hall 316
802.654.2716
Box 281
thayes@smcvt.edu



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
B.A., University of California, M.A. Santa Cruz; Ph.D., University of Montana;
Postdoctoral fellowship, 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



Part Time Faculty:

Mariel G. Adsit
B.A. Saint Lawrence University; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Vermont Licensed School Psychologist)


Cynthia A. Cole
B.A. University of Vermont; M.A. University of Connecticut; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Psychological Assessment and School Psychology)


Jaime Elliott
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Group Therapy; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)


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
(Areas of expertise: Archetypal Pattern Analysis and Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents and Adults)


Tara McCuin
B.S. Saint Michael's College; M.A. Saint Michael's College; Ph.D. University of Vermont
(Area of expertise: Psychotherapy with Adults)


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

 


Phyllis Paro
B.S. Canegie-Mellon University; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: School Psychologist FNWSU and Diplomate, American Board of Neuropsychology)


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

 

 


 

Gregory Tomasulo
B.S. St. Joseph's University; M.S. Ohio University;  Ph.D. Ohio University
(Areas of expertise: Psychotherapy and Psychological Assessment)


 

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