Our talented and experienced faculty members are some of our greatest resources.

The faculty for the Master of Education online degree program are not only accomplished teachers and scholars committed to academic excellence, but they are also engaged in improving practices in a broad range of fields and interests. Our graduates consistently indicate that ready access to supportive faculty is one of the things they value the most about their educational experience.

Reyes Quezada, PhD Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching Read More

Reyes Quezada, PhD

Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Dr. Reyes Limon Quezada is the Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching. He writes and teaches on the topics of Cultural Proficiency in k-12 and higher Education, English Language Learners, Internationalization, K-12 Teacher Diversity Recruitment, Issues on Faculty of Color, and Family-School Community Engagement and Partnerships, and Action Research. Born in Jalisco, Mexico he came to the U.S. at the age of 7 and resided in Imperial County. He came to USD in 1999 from the University of Redlands and prior to that he taught at California State University, Stanislaus. He began his career as a 5th grade bilingual teacher, was a community college counselor, including being an Outdoor Education principal/coordinator.

Some of his co-authored published books include Teaching and supporting migrant children in our schools: A culturally proficient approach with Rowman & Littlefield, Internationalization of teacher education: Creating global competent teachers and teacher educators for the 21st. Century also with Reutledge, Family, school, community engagement and partnerships: An imperative for k-12, and colleges of education in the development of 21stcentury educators also with Reutledge, and Culturally proficient practice-Supporting educators of English learning students, with Corwin Press. He has also published over ten chapters, guest edited five journals, and has published over twenty articles including Teacher Education Quarterly, Teaching Education, Issues in Teacher Education, Multilingual Educator, Principal, School Community Journal and many more.

His current professional service includes being on multiple local, national and international boards including the Board of Directors of Real Journey Academies Charter School, the Board of Directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation-(CAEP), the Board of Directors-American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), he is the Chair of the International Council for the Education of Teachers (ICET), and former Commissioner and Chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing-Committee on Accreditation (COA).

Learn More About the Program
Joi Spencer, PhD Associate Dean & Associate Professor Read More

Joi Spencer, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Joi Spencer is focusing on mathematics education, teacher education and educational equity in urban and minority communities. Her research has examined mathematics learning opportunities in the poorest middle schools in Los Angeles, as well as the impact of video-based mathematics professional development on student learning and teacher development. Dr. Spencer was a member of the National Science Foundation’s Diversity in Mathematics Education Center for Learning and Teaching, and a research associate for the LessonLab Research Institute, which conducted the TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study) Video study. She received an AERA dissertation year fellowship for her thesis, “Balancing the Equation: African American Students’ Opportunities to Learn Mathematics with Understanding in Two Central City Middle Schools.” In 2011, Dr. Spencer was selected as the Greater San Diego Mathematics Council’s Outstanding Post Secondary Mathematics Teacher of the Year. Most recently she led a team of graduate students from SOLES to Ghana, West Africa to conduct academic needs assessments and to provide teacher professional development in affordable private schools. Her latest publication, “Views from the Black of the Mathematics Classroom” appears in Dissent Magazine.

Learn More About the Program
Sandy Buczynski, PhD Professor Read More

Sandy Buczynski, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Sandy Buczynski teaches graduate courses in the Curriculum and Instruction and Math, Science, and Technology Education programs. She is coauthor of a scholarly book entitled, Story Starters and Science Notebooking: Developing children’s thinking through literacy and inquiry. Sandy has a driving force to bring joy, excitement, and a sense of satisfaction for those in her classes who are currently teaching or studying to become teachers. Prior to joining USD, she taught biology for 10 years in a large, urban school in Alief, Texas and for 14 years in a small, rural school on Maui, Hawaii where she served as chair of the science department.

Learn More About the Program
Michael Corke, PhD Professor Read More

Michael Corke, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Michael Corke brings 15 years of experience leading evaluation and research projects in education settings. His academic preparation includes undergraduate and master level training in psychology and exercise science from San Diego State University as well as a PhD in education research methodology from Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State. Dr. Corke’s research interests include: STEM, student resilience, informal education and technology in schools. Prior to this appointment, he spent 13 years doing research and evaluation in a public-private partnership focused on community redevelopment through the education system.

Learn More About the Program
Bobbi Hansen, PhD Professor Read More

Bobbi Hansen, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Specializations

  • STEAM
  • Curriculum & Instruction

Areas of Interest

STEAM, Educational Psychology, Project-based learning, Evidence-based Instruction, Social-Emotional Learning, Creativity, Digital Learning

Why USD?

I consider myself, first a learner, then a teacher. When online learning first came available, I was tentative as I so thoroughly enjoyed the relationship-building of face-to-face instruction. However, I soon learned that the online format also has the capacity to build community. When one person shares their thoughts via the discussion post, others begin to see spaces of contact and will feel comfortable in sharing their own academic and personal learning reflections. And, it the end-everyone is enriched!

Advice for Future Students?

I have found that everyone finds a place of entry and acceptance into the learning community and thereby grows both as a teacher and as a learner.

Favorite quote?

The teacher as talent scout metaphor is appealing to me as we are honored with the opportunity to celebrate the unique talents of every single student under our care.

Learn More About the Program
Chris Garcia Professor Read More

Chris Garcia

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Chris Garcia received a Bachelor¹s degree in Sociology from the University of California Davis; a Master’s in Education with a focus on Curriculum & Instruction from the University of San Diego. Chris’ action research focus, while at USD focused on supporting struggling readers through the use of mobile technology. Chris is also a Google Certified Educator. He has taught students who widely range in age, ability levels, and socioeconomic status. Currently, Chris teaches 6th grade at Lilian J. Rice Elementary in Chula Vista, California. As a part of an iPad rollout Global Expedition project with the University of San Diego in 2012 in the savannahs of Nanyuki, Kenya, Chris worked closely with a team of teachers and other graduate students to provide professional development in teaching pedagogy through the use of mobile technology. In addition, Chris was a part of a brand new team of teachers that opened up a state-of-the-art school in Chula Vista, California, Enrique S. Camarena in 2013. Chris have enjoyed working closely with my community and implementing 21st century technology skills in and outside of the classroom.

Learn More About the Program
Suzzane Stolz, EdD Adjunct Professor Read More

Suzzane Stolz, EdD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Specializations

  • Inclusive Learning

Areas of Interest

Online instruction, curriculum design, school culture, inclusive education, and disability studies

Why USD?

USD has a social justice focus which aligns with my purpose as an educator. The Online MEd program gives me the opportunity to work with teachers who work all over the world who share the goal of improving learning environments for students with disabilities.

Advice for Future Students?

Fully engage with instructors and fellow students online. They bring a variety of perspectives that will enrich your experience.

Fun fact about yourself?

While visiting Seoul last summer, Dr. Stolz met for the first time in person a former online MEd graduate who teaches in Korea.

Learn More About the Program
Tess Nunn Eves, MEd Adjunct Professor Read More

Tess Nunn Eves, MEd

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Specializations

  • Curriculum & Instruction

Areas of Interest

Multicultural Education, Synthesizing Curricular and Co-Curricular Education to Support Student Persistence, and Racial Identity Development Among College Students

Why USD?

As a social justice educator, the idea of access and inclusion are of the utmost importance to me. The online MEd program does just that: it grants access to students from across the country and the globe to USD, and in so doing, creates a rich, diverse learning community. Your peers are an incredible source of knowledge – the more diverse the lived experiences of the students in the class, the more each of us will be challenged, grow, and learn. Having worked full-time while pursuing my graduate degree in the evenings, I know the challenge of balancing the demands of personal, professional, and academic. The flexibility afforded to the online MEd students offers professionals a “seat at the table” whenever you are able to join the conversation.

Advice for Future Students?

Having burned the candle at both ends being a full-time professional and part-time graduate student, I know that at times, it can be A LOT. But remind yourself (as I often had to do!): You get out of this experience what you put in. Re-frame things that may feel like “hoops” to be opportunities for empathy and learning. Re-frame your challenges to “adventures” in developing tenacity and grit. Just know – the grass is greener where you water it!

Fun fact about yourself?

I dream in black and white – which is odd because I spend my waking hours as an artisan indulging in super vivid colors!

Anything else about yourself?

I have a website (www.tessnunneves.com) that may or may not be of interest!

Learn More About the Program
Kim Hunt, PhD Adjunct Professor Read More

Kim Hunt, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Specializations

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Literacy & Digital Learning

Scholarly Work

Education of Military Children, Experiences of highly mobile populations, particularly military and Third Culture (TCK) and Cross Culture Kids (CCK), distance learning/ Hunt, K. D. (2017). The resiliency of highly mobile military children: Implications for military and education leadership. Dissertation, University of San Diego., Dauber, A.S. & Hunt, K. (2017). Private for-profit universities: Inflating academic degrees and hurting the economy. In Gause, C.P. (Ed). Leadership, equity, and social justice in American higher education. New York, NY. Peter Lang.

Why USD?

USD is a strong university committed to a quality education for its students. As a military spouse who moved every 2-3 years, the options for quality online education was difficult, if not impossible, to find. Supporting USD’s efforts to provide a quality online MEd program for those who may not be able to attend in person is vital to aid those who are passionate about the education of our children no matter where they reside.

Advice for Future Students?

Always remember what drew you to education. Your desire to provide a quality education to our children will provide support for you when challenges arise.

Favorite quote?

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats

Anything else about yourself?

As a military spouse and mom, we have moved throughout the US and Europe which gave me the opportunity to see and experience first-hand the challenges and strengths of highly mobile students, particularly military-connected children. I have taught and worked at every grade level throughout the US and Europe in public, private, international, and DoDEA schools so I have a wide breadth of experience I hope to share with my students. I truly believe there is nothing more important to our communities and our nation than providing the best education possible for our children.

Learn More About the Program
Dean Adams, PhD Adjunct Professor Read More

Dean Adams, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Dean Adams has been a special education teacher for 10 years working in a variety of placements at the secondary level, these include special classes in math and social studies for students with cognitive disabilities, resource teacher for grades 9–12, segregated placement for students with emotional and behavioral needs, and as a special education teacher in correctional facility for boys. He recently finished his doctorate in special education, disability studies, and women and gender studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. His research is on positive behavior supports, school reform, and the school to prison pipeline. He has been teaching in the Inclusive Education program at Syracuse University specializing in behavior management. He is looking forward to working with you through this course.

Course taught: EDUC 538

Learn More About the Program

Scroll Down