College of Education and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Nina Asher Nina Asher

In the mid-1980s, armed with my master’s degree in social work (from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Bombay, India), I began working as a research assistant on intervention projects focused on improving the educational achievement levels…

Nina Asher

Erin Baldinger Erin Baldinger

My research agenda centers on the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers. I focus on two primary lines of inquiry: (1) novice teacher development of mathematical knowledge for teaching; and (2) supporting novice teachers to learn high-leverage…

Erin Baldinger

John Bartucz John Bartucz

I believe that everything that is meaningful in life is built through connections and relationships. Nothing is learned or accomplished in a vacuum.

John Bartucz

Annette Beauchamp Annette Beauchamp

Annette Beauchamp’s work focuses on fostering inclusive environmental, cultural, and historical literacy through BIPOC and multilingual storytelling, critical global media literacy, relational pedagogy, and ethnic studies.


James Bequette James Bequette

My current inquiry in art education centers on Minnesota Native populations and is inspired by 15 years spent teaching in K-12 schools with mostly American Indian students.

James Bequette

Martha Bigelow Martha Bigelow

  • Department Chair, Carmen Starkson Campbell Endowed Chair for Innovation in Teacher Development
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  • 612-624-7087

My research interests span fields of education, applied linguistics, and cultural studies.

Martha Bigelow

Abby Boehm-Turner Abby Boehm-Turner

Abby Boehm-Turner is a lecturer in English education and the Licensure Program Lead for the secondary English education licensure program.

Abby Boehm-Turner

Linda Buturian Linda Buturian

Stories and students inspire my teaching. I am sustained by the process of analyzing and creating narratives, from literature to students’ stories.

Linda Buturian

Blanca Caldas Chumbes Blanca Caldas Chumbes

Blanca Caldas is an assistant professor in Multilingual Education and Elementary Education—College of Education and Human Development at The University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She completed her Ph.D.

Blanca Caldas Chumbes

Vichet Chhuon Vichet Chhuon

My research has broadly focused on the experiences of immigrant youth and students of color to understand how school institutions might better help them realize their promise.

Vichet Chhuon

Lesa Clarkson Lesa Clarkson

The foundation of my research agenda is mathematics in urban classrooms. This interest evolved from my initial study which examined a middle school reform mathematics curriculum to determine if mathematics achievement, as determined by the state…

Lesa Clarkson

Colleen Clements Colleen Clements

Santa Barbara Independent Innovation in Theatre Award ICQI, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry NWSA, National Women’s Studies Association AERA, American Educational Research Association, Division G – Social Context of Education SIG -…

colleen clements

Samuel David Samuel David

Sam David is an assistant professor of Second Language Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Samuel David

Irene Duranczyk Irene Duranczyk

What motivates me in my work? Being a member of a community that is working to advance an engaged, multicultural peaceful world is my passion.

Irene Duranczyk

Justin Grinage Justin Grinage

The focus of my research centers on analyzing processes of racialization in school and classroom spaces through several areas of inquiry including critical whiteness studies, Black education, neoliberal multiculturalism, and critical literacy.

Justin Grinage

Jeff Henning-Smith Jeff Henning-Smith

Jeff Henning-Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the Elementary Education and Social Studies program areas.

Jeff Henning-Smith

Mary Hermes Mary Hermes

Mary Hermes' research focuses on language revitalization and how it can connect people to the land and the planet. She explores different ways of knowing and being through feminist and indigenous lenses.

Mary Hermes

Kendall King Kendall King

  • Professor of Multilingual Education, Director of Graduate Studies
  • 612-625-3692

Schools play a crucial role in determining the life trajectories of minoritized language students as well as the status of minoritized languages and the future of linguistic diversity.

Kendall King

Jana LoBello Miller Jana LoBello Miller

Jana LoBello Miller is the Elementary Teacher Education Licensure Program Lead in the department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Betsy Maloney Leaf Betsy Maloney Leaf

Betsy Maloney Leaf, PhD, MFA, is the co-License Program Lead in the Arts in Education program.

Betsy Maloney Leaf

Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr

Keitha-Gail received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota in 2016. Her research interests live at the intersection of collective memory work, elementary education, teacher education, being Black, and living queerly.

Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr

J.B. Mayo J.B. Mayo

I am an Associate Professor in social studies education. I hold a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida, where my focus of study was gender and sexuality within the social studies, specifically on the formation and…

J.B. Mayo

Bic Ngo Bic Ngo

  • Professor, Rodney S. Wallace Professor for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
  • 612-625-7520

My research and teaching interests focus on culturally relevant pedagogy, urban and multicultural education in general, and immigrant education in particular.

Bic Ngo

Marek Oziewicz Marek Oziewicz

  • Professor - Literacy Education, Sidney and Marguerite Henry Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Director of the Center for Climate Literacy
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  • 612-625-3310

I believe that literature is the most complex vehicle for sharing stories. Literature matters because stories are humanity’s oldest technology for social transformation. Stories are how we learn, how we know, and how we care.

Marek Oziewicz

Angelica Pazurek Angelica Pazurek

I have a very personal appreciation for the empowering potential of education and am interested in leveraging learning technologies, especially online learning affordances and mobile technologies, to improve access to education and learning…

Angelica Pazurek

Robert Poch Robert Poch

What motivates me in my work? The exploration of challenging questions concerning human diversity is a strong motivating force in my teaching and research.

Robert Poch

Gillian Roehrig Gillian Roehrig

My research and teaching interests are centered on understanding how teachers translate national and state standards into their classrooms.

Gillian Roehrig

Abigail Rombalski Abigail Rombalski

Abby Rombalski works to cultivate university-community partnerships and opportunities for public scholarship that work towards racial justice in education with youth at the center.

Abigail Rombalski

Cassie Scharber Cassie Scharber

  • Associate Professor of Learning Technologies, Director of the L+T Collaborative, Bonnie Westby Huebner Chair in Education and Technology
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  • 612-625-6607

I am troubled by the narrow conceptions and practices of literacy and learning that proliferate in schools and current educational inequalities that are rooted in the gendered, racist, and classist histories of U.S. schooling.

Cassie Scharber

Susan Staats Susan Staats

As a cultural anthropologist with research and teaching responsibilities in mathematics, my academic pathway is varied and unusual.

Susan Staats

Karla Stone Karla Stone

Dr. Karla Stone is a Senior Lecturer in Multilingual Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In that role, she coordinates the initial license and M.Ed. program for MN K-12 ESL and World Language teacher candidates.

Karla Stone

Mark Vagle Mark Vagle

My research, teaching, and service are intentionally linked as I study, teach, and lead efforts designed to critically examine some of the broad social and philosophical concerns that take concrete (lived) shape in the curriculum and pedagogies of…

Mark Vagle

Ramon Vasquez Ramon Vasquez

Dr. Vasquez is an Assistant Professor of Critical Elementary Education. Before working in higher education, he served as an elementary school teacher in California.

Ramon Vasquez

George Veletsianos George Veletsianos

  • Professor of Learning Technologies, Bonnie Westby Huebner Chair in Education and Technology
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I pursue a socially responsible and critical research agenda focused on responding to complex education problems in online and blended contexts, such as inequitable access, participation divides, and online harassment.


Ranza Veltri Torres Ranza Veltri Torres

My research takes a humanizing approach to investigating how school mathematics can function as a gatekeeper by centering the stories of math learners and doers.

Ranza Veltri Torres

Crystal Wise Crystal Wise

Dr. Wise’s work as a kindergarten and second-grade teacher informs her research and post-secondary teaching in early literacy, culturally responsive pedagogies, and historical and contemporary literacy practices of African Americans.

Crystal Wise

Terrence Wyberg Terrence Wyberg

My teaching experience began as a high school mathematics teacher in Yuma, Arizona. Since that time, I have taught mathematics at the high school and college levels and mathematics education at the college level.

Terrence Wyberg

Cynthia Zwicky Cynthia Zwicky

Cynthia Zwicky has been an educator for more than 25 years. In this time she has worked as a classroom teacher, a mentor to new teachers, and as a coordinator for various programs and initiatives, primarily with Minneapolis Public Schools.

Cynthia Zwicky