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.

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Michele McConnell, PhD

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Michele McConnell is Program Coordinator for the online Master of Education degree program. Prior to that, Michele served as the Assistant Director of Field Experiences in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego where she worked with teacher candidates for field placements. In addition, Michele teaches English methodologies courses and online courses for the M.Ed. program. Previously, Michele served as a Peer Assistance and Review Consulting teacher for San Diego Unified School District, a high school English teacher, BTSA Support Provider, and has taught English courses at local community colleges. She has earned her Masters of Education in Literacy and Reading from San Diego State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reyes Quezada

Faculty

Degree Program

  • Master of Education

Reyes Quezada writes and teaches in the areas of Bilingual Education, K-12 Teacher Recruitment, and Issues on Faculty of Color, Instructional Models, Home-School Community Partnerships, Experiential Education and Physical Education Through Adventure Based Programs. Previously he held positions at University of Redlands and California State University, Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino, San Diego State University and the Washington Center for Academic Seminars in Washington D.C. Among his articles are “K-12 Teacher Recruitment: Implications for Teacher Education” (Teacher Education Quarterly), “Developing Diverse Faculty in Culturally Proficient Education Programs” (Journal of Multicultural Education), and “Forming Home-School Community Partnerships Among Bilingual Communities“(The School Community Journal).

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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!

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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.

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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

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