Faculty


SOE - Counselor Education

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Dr. Elisabeth Bennett

Professor, Program Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3512
Fax: (509) 313-5964

Office Location
RC 244

Dr. Elisabeth Bennett (Lisa) earned a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Utah. She has been teaching for Gonzaga since 1994 and serves as Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

 
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Dr. Paul Hastings

Associate Professor

502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 025
Spokane, Washington 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3515
Fax: (509) 313-5964

Office Location
RC 246

Dr. Paul Hastings earned a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Washington State Unviersity. He has been teaching for Gonzaga since 1977.

 
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Dr. Adriana Wissel

Assistant Professor; Director of School Counseling Program

714 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3851

Office Location
RC 258

Office Hours
Tuesdays 1:00-3:00PM
Thursdays 10:00AM-12:00PM
Also available by appointment

 
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Mark Young

Associate Professor, Program Director of the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling, and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education

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

Phone: (509) 313-3658
Fax: (509) 313-5964

Office Location
RC 254

Dr. Mark Young earned a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University. He serves as Director of the Marriage and Family Counseling program and current Chair for the Department of Counselor Education.

 
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Melanie Person
Ast Prof, Counselor Ed

AD Box 025

Phone: (509) 313-3631

Office Location
256

 
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Cynthia Messier
Lect-IR, Counselor Ed

AD Box 089

 

SOE - Educational Leadership and Administration

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Dr. Cynthia Johnson

Chair / Director of British Columbia and Alberta Advisory Boards

502 E. Boone, Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99250-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3650

Office Location
RC 128

Cynthia Johnson is an Associate 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 School 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. She is passionate about mentoring and coaching struggling principals. Her areas of interest in education have been creating collaborative teaming in PreK-12 schools, school relationships, culture, and morale, PreK-12 instructional practices, transformational school leadership, technology and online/blended learning, and working with at-risk students and families.

 
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Dan Mahoney

Professor

502 E. Boone, Avenue
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99250-0025

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 primary area of research is the practical and professional ethics of teachers and administrators. This research has evolved into designing and teaching courses in ethics for the Department of Leadership and Administration, and it has resulted in five books, each of which examines the role of organizational dynamics in shaping ethically compromising situations. These books are designed to help teachers and administrators understand, and more effectively deal with, the ethical compromises that arise from the complex organizational and interpersonal demands of their leadership roles.

In my preparation for, and in my practice of, teaching in K-12 classrooms, I believed the primary task of the classroom teacher was to create and maintain an environment that ensured that students' individual talents and strengths were recognized and encouraged to flourish; an environment that supported students in their attempts to work through the difficult developmental tasks and academic challenges of growing up; an environment that assisted parents in developing perspective as they raised their children.

The role of the educational leader is much the same, but on a larger, organizational level.  Educational leadership expands the realm of responsibility and, consequently, intensifies the total impact one has on the learning environment.  I believe in a systemic approach to the necessary transformation of schools.  I believe if we educate and encourage educators to use their professional and expert power, schools can become a self-shaping environment in which parents, teachers, administrators, and students share both the responsibilities and the opportunities for making meaningful decisions about schools.

I am professionally dedicated to school renewal, not school reform.  The difference between reform and renewal is that reform is about whatever is politically fashionable, pendulum-like in popularity, and usually under-funded, lacking in professional development, and short-lived.  Renewal is about the process of individual connections in the lives of educators working together to understand and improve their professional practice.  Renewal is not about a point in time; it is about all points in time.  Renewal is about continuous critical inquiry in action related to principled innovation, including current practices, that might improve education.  Through the courses I teach in the various programs in the School of Education, my job is to be engaged in, and help engage teachers in, an ongoing process of educational renewal.

 
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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

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

Jerri 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 Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, and undergraduate courses on campus and in Zambia, Africa. 

 Jerri graduated from The University of San Francisco, with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.  She spent 20 years working as a psychologist and counselor in schools, hospitals and juvenile justice systems, supporting marginalized and disenfranchised youth.  She was the Director of The Institute for Action Against Hate, a human rights organization at Gonzaga University, and currently serves on their Advisory Board.

Jerri’s courses on Intercultural Competence Development address culture from a wide spectrum, including race and ethnicity, socio-economic status, ability level, national origin, Indigenous heritage, gender and sexual orientation, and religion.  She incorporates visual arts and personal narratives in her teaching. Jerri has a long-standing interest in human rights and social justice, which support the mission of Gonzaga University.

 

SOE - Special Education

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Anjali Barretto

Professor

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

Phone: (509) 313-3492
Fax: (509) 313-5965

Office Location
RC 204B

Office Hours
For Spring 2013
Tuesday 4:00-6:00pm & Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm

I began my career in special education in India where I worked in a residential school for children with disabilities. My areas of interest include behavior disorders and feeding disorders. My area of expertise is in functional analysis and food refusal in young children. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2001 with a Ph.D. in Special Education.

 
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Cyndi Caniglia

Lecturer-AT, Special Ed

AD Box 025

Phone: 313-4287

Office Location
RC 106

Cyndi Caniglia is a Lecturer and Graduate Director for the Department of Special Education. Cyndi has worked as an early childhood special education teacher, a resource room teacher, and an education specialist. For the past 20 years, Cyndi has worked with schools as an education consultant, assisting with effective literacy and instructional practices and with implementation of multi-tiered systems of support, including multi-factored assessment and data based instructional and decision making. Cyndi’s current research interests include teacher education preparation and Universal Design for Instruction in Higher Education and K-12. Cyndi also enjoys collaborating with students in action research related to effective academic and behavioral interventions using single-subject design.

 
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Dr. Mark Derby

Professor and Program Director of the Master of Education in Special Education, Master of Initial Teaching in Special Education, and Gonzaga ABA Lab

502 E Boone Ave
Department of Special Education
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258-0025

Phone: (509) 313-3633
Fax: (509) 313-5965

Office Location
RC 124

Office Hours
Tues 1-3 Thurs 1-3

I earned my AA Degree from Spokane Falls Community College, Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University, and my Doctor's Degree from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to Gonzaga, I worked at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

 
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Dr. Tim McLaughlin

Professor

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

Phone: (509) 313-3508
Fax: (509) 313-5965

Office Location
RC 102

Office Hours
See Office Hours Schedule Posted on My Door in RC 102

Professor, Department of Special Education. At Gonzaga University since 1976. Specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis, ADHD, Behavior Disorders, Functional Behavioral Assessment. Earned Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology, Univ. of Kansas, MS in Psychology, Eastern Washington University, B. Ed. in Elementary Education, Eastern Washington University.

 
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Jennifer Neyman
Lecturer for the Department of Special Education

AD Box 025

Office Location
RC 108

 
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Dr. Kimberly Weber

Professor, Department of Special Education

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

Phone: (509) 313-3661

Office Location
RC 104

Office Hours
During the academic year, my office hours are posted on my door and do change weekly.  Please feel free to email me to set up an appointment.

I've been working at Gonzaga University since 1998.

My research and interests include preparing teachers to utilize effective reading strategies and to manage classroom and challenging behaviors.

Since 2015 I have extended some of my research to include the use of physical movement, specifically writing, and it's possible links to the development of neural pathways as determined by QEEGs.    

 

SOE - Sport and Physical Education

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Heidi Nordstrom

Asst Prof, Sprt & Phys Ed

714 E Boone Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-6283
Fax: 509.313.3482

Office Location
RC 154

Dr. Heidi Nordstrom is excited to bring her enthusiasm for sports and education to Gonzaga University. Heidi grew up in Western Washington on a small farm near Mt. Rainier. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Washington University in Recreation Management in 2003. Heidi used her recreation degree in the following positions: campus recreation, outdoor education, organizing sports leagues and community events for the City of Federal Way Parks and Recreation department, and working for the climbing company Rainier Mountaineering.
 
Heidi completed her Masters of Education Degree from the University of Washington Tacoma campus in 2008. She taught sixth grade for one year and Physical Education/Health in grades K-12 for two years. Heidi was an assistant girl’s high school basketball coach for two years and an assistant basketball coach at an NAIA college in Montana.
 
Heidi received her doctorate in Sports Administration with a minor in Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico in June, 2013. While at UNM she worked as a Teaching Assistant in the physical activity program and in the athletics department for academic support. She worked primarily with the football and men’s basketball teams. During the 2012-2013 school year, Heidi worked for the University of Washington Athletic Department in Student-Athlete Development.
 
Heidi’s dissertation topic was looking at the experiences of high school and college female football officials and she continues to do research in the area of sports officiating and gender studies.

 
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Dr. Karen Rickel

Associate Professor

School of Education
502 E. Boone Avenue
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3502
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
RC 150

Dr. Rickel was born and raised in the California Bay Area.  She moved to Spokane in 1992. She loves being in the Northwest and still plays "Let it Snow" the first snowfall of the year.  She new she wouldn't leave after running along the river in the fall.  Her 4 siblings are all still in California, but her parents moved to Poulsbo, Washington and enjoys having them closer to visit and camp with.

Dr. Rickel received her Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Washington University, in Health and Wellness Promotion and her Master's and PhD in Education from the University of Idaho.  Most of her in-laws are here in Spokane and her husband is back at Gonzaga University (previously in 1998) as the women's golf coach.  Dr. Rickel and her husband have two daughters and enjoy spending time and playing together as a family camping, golfing, and kayaking.

 
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Jimmy Smith
Asst Prof, Sport & Phys Ed

School of Education 502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3483
Fax: (509) 313-3482

Office Location
RC 156

 
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Nichole Calkins
Assistant Professor of Physical Education Pedagogy / Program Director Kinesiology & Physical Education Department

502 E. Boone, Ave
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5762

Office Location
158

Dr. Calkins was a high school health and physical education teacher for 14.5 years and a P.E. & Health Instructional Specialist for 2 years in the public-school system.  She also coached a variety of sports teams at the middle and high school level.

Dr. Calkins was a key contributor to the 2016 Washington State Health and Physical Education standards. She enjoys curriculum development and conducting professional development for health and physical education teachers.  She has authored a CPR in the Schools curriculum for Public-Health King County & Seattle, and a Fuel Up to Play 60 nutrition and physical activity curriculum for the Washington Dairy Council.  

 She is a certified ACSM Personal Trainer and has worked with clients in group training sessions and in individual training sessions.  She is also an Army Reserves veteran.

 

SOE - Teacher Education

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Dr. Deborah Nieding

Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education

E. 502 Boone
Gonzaga University
AD Box 025
Spokane, Washington 99258-0099

Phone: 509-313-3663
Fax: 509-313-3472

Office Location
RC 214

Office Hours
Office hours available by appointment.

Dr. Deborah Nieding is an Associate Professor at Gonzaga University in the Department of Teacher Education where she specializes in literacy instruction/assessment. Dr. Nieding has thirty-nine years teaching experience, ranging from elementary school to college graduate, and she has been at Gonzaga University for 22 years. Six of those years have been as an administrator serving as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, as the Acting Dean for the School of Education, and as the Associate Academic Vice President. Dr. Nieding completed her Ph. D. from the University of Missouri. She has been on advisory boards for the Office of the Superintendent since 1997. Dr. Nieding is a member of the National Faculty and has published and presented her research at the local, national, and international levels. Dr. Nieding was an independent educational consultant in Canada and various states as well as on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico.

 
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Anny Case

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

AD Box 025

Office Location
RC 224

Anny Case received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  Prior to her doctoral studies she was an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) teacher in private and public schools in Utah.  As a high school teacher, she was involved in school-wide efforts to improve the educational opportunities for immigrant students.  She has taught English to children in Russia, to international students at Brigham Young University, and to refugees in Lansing, Michigan.  Anny enjoys traveling, cooking, music, writing, and considers herself an amateur techie.  Anny and her husband recently relocated to Spokane.

 
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Dr. Jonas Cox

Associate Professor

Gonzaga University
School of Education
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-3505
Fax: (509) 313-3472

Office Location
RC 220

Office Hours
Office hours available by appointment.

I was born in Medford Oregon and raised in a small town in the Rouge Valley. I have lived in the Washington D.C. Area and Boston Massachusetts but call Oregon Home. I have had several occupations including Banking, Construction and Farm Management, prior to enrolling in the Masters of Arts and Teaching at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon. I taught elementary and middle school for 6 years before moving to Iowa where I completed my Ph.D. I enjoy researching the development of logical thought in children and have twice presented papers at the International Jean Piaget Society annual conference. The logical structures I study are those which underlie math and science concepts commonly taught in school including space, time, number and classification. I teach three classes here at Gonzaga including, Learning Theories, Instruction, Assessment and Technology in Mathematics and Elementary Math and Science methods.

 
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Catherine Dieter

Director of Field Experience, Program Director of Elementary Certification

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

Phone: (509) 313-3516
Fax: (509) 313-3491

Office Location
RC 204A

Cathy Dieter is the Program Director of Elementary Certification and the Director of Field Experience for the department of Teacher Education. She received her B.A. in Education from Washington State University and M.A. in Literacy from Gonzaga University. Cathy taught at both the elementary and middle school level.  Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Certification for the School of Education for 12 years.   Any spare time, she loves spending with her family and friends.  She is learning to play golf, loves tennis and wine tasting.

 
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Suzann Girtz

Associate Professor

714 East Boone
Rosauer Center for Education
AD Box 025
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-3400

Office Location
RC 212

Dr. Suzann Girtz is an Associate Professor at Gonzaga University in the Teacher Education department.  She specializes in research and assessment.  Suzann began her education career in the late 90's, teaching high school math and science in a local school district.  From 2005 on, Suzann has worked at GU's School of Education in a variety of capacities:  in the Department of Educational Leadership & Administration – traveling to BC and AB to teach inservice teachers at the graduate level, in the Teacher Education program – teaching preservice undergraduates and graduates, as well as acting as the School's Director of Assessment.  Suzann was awarded as an Emerging Leader of the ASCD as well as Outstanding Young Educator in Washington State, and regularly presents and publishes her research work across the professional community.  In addition, she works as a consultant in grant and program evaluation.

 
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Kathleen Nitta

Lecturer-IR, Teacher Ed


Office Location
RC 226

Kathy Nitta is a Lecturer at Gonzaga University in the Teacher Education department. She received her B.A. in Biology and M.A. in Educational Administration from Gonzaga University.  Kathy’s 26 years of math and science teaching experience includes 14 years at the middle/elementary level and 12 years and the secondary level.  At Gonzaga University, Kathy has served as an adjunct instructor for secondary mathematics methods. She joined the faculty as a fulltime lecturer with a focus of elementary math and science methods.  Kathy’s interests include the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola and experimenting with cooking by trying new recipes on family and friends.

 
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Dr. John Traynor

Assistant Professor

AD Box 025

Phone: 313 3632

Office Location
RC 222

Office Hours
Office hours available by appointment.

Dr. John Traynor is an Assistant Professor at Gonzaga University in the Department of Teacher Education where he specializes in the Foundations of Education, Teaching in the Middle School and Jesuit Education.  John received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Political Science, went on to receive his Masters of Initial Teaching in Secondary Social Studies from Seattle University, and finally received his PhD in Culture Studies and Social Thought in Education from Washington State University.  Prior to coming to Gonzaga, John taught for nine years as a high school social studies teacher.    John is an avid outdoorsmen with passions for skiing, biking and fly fishing.