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Dr. Cynthia Johnson

Assistant Professor and Program Director / Supervisor for Principal / Program Administrator Certification (Washington State), DELA

502 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3650

Office Location
RC 118

Cynthia Johnson is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Principal Certification at Gonzaga University.  She has been involved in education since 1994 with seven years of experience as a school administrator for both elementary and intermediate schools, achieving recognition in 2013 as the Jeanne Foster Wardian Leadership in Education Award from the School of Education at G.U., the 2012 winner of the Leading for Professional Learning Award through Learning Forward, and one of five finalists for the 2007 Texas Principal of the Year. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a cognate focus on the role of Superintendent in Schools from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She has two master’s degrees, one in School Administration and the other in Special Education. She also holds state certifications in Elementary Education, Special Education, Biology, School Administrator, and Superintendent. Dr. Johnson has also contributed to the development of future school administrators through Partners for Educational Leadership at the service center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her areas of interest in education have been creating effective teaching teams, implementing action research, building school morale, online learning, and working with at-risk students and families.

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Dan Mahoney

Professor and University Program Director of Master of Anesthesiology Education

502 East Boone Avenue
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3584
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
RC 128

Office Hours
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

My career at Gonzaga started in 1991 when I taught as an adjunct professor. I have taught full time here since 1992.

I currently present courses in two programs: The Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration, and the Master of Anesthesiology Education. Please look at the links on my website to learn more about these programs.

The main courses I teach are ethics, research, leadership, teaching strategies, educational evaluation, and curricular design.
My primary area of research is the practical and professional ethics of teachers and administrators. This research evolved into designing and teaching courses in ethics for the Department of Leadership and Administration, and it has evolved into two books.
One of the books, Ethics and the School Administrator: Balancing Today's Complex Issues, published in 2006, has been adopted in several colleges and universities as a text for administration and leadership programs. This book helps administrators understand and more effectively deal with the ethical compromises that arise from the complex organizational and interpersonal demands of their leadership roles.
The other book, Ethics in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice, was published in 2008. This book, too, has been adopted in several colleges and universities as a text for teacher training programs and master's degree programs. This book helps show educators how they might choose among ethical approaches to decision-making as they face the difficult choices they make every day.
Another recent publication is Overload and Collapse in the K-12 System, an edited book my colleague, Al Fein, and I wrote and published in 2008. That collaboration was designed to help get the profound messages of our Canadian students' research findings into the hands of educators and policy makers.
My first book, An Organizational, Social Psychological, and Ethical Analysis of School Administrators' use of Deception, was published in 2003. This book examines the role of organizational dynamics in shaping ethically compromising situations.
Whether teaching in the Master of Anesthesiology Education program or the Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration program, I feel truly blessed to be with my colleagues here at Gonzaga as we focus on our most important work - which is to help nurse anesthetists, teachers, school administrators, and other educators transform their professional practice in order to improve the lives of others.

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Elaine Radmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

502 E Boone Ave Spokane, WA 99258-0025
AD Box 025

Office Location
RC 136

Elaine has taught high school math and science as well as English in China.  She has a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Washington State University and recently worked as a Science Assessment Specialist for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), overseeing the development of state science assessments. 

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Dr. Chuck Salina

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration

502 E Boone Ave Spokane, WA 99258-0025
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3643

Office Location
RC 144

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Jerri Shepard

Associate Professor and Program Director of MALA (BC)

502 E Boone Ave Spokane, WA 99258-0025
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3471
Fax: (509) 313-3472

Office Location
RC 116

Office Hours
Tuesday, 10-12 Thursday 11-12 & by appointment

Dr. Shepard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration and the Director of the British Columbia Advisory Board.  She teaches graduate courses in British Columbia and Alberta in the Leadership Program, specializing in Culture, Diversity and Resilience. She also teaches an undergraduate course on campus, Cultural Competence Development.  Dr. Shepard has a long-standing interest in Human Rights and Social Justice.

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Dr. Thomas V. Trotter

Clinical Placement Coordinator, Counselor Education

AD Box 25

Phone: (509) 313-3840

Office Location
RC 250