Curriculum and Instruction Faculty
Norma Hafenstein, Clinical Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Denver; MS, Kansas State University; BS, Emporia State University, gifted and talented education
Career highlights: Founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children; has been an active leader with the National Association for Gifted Children for more than 20 years; founded the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education; serves as a member of the Colorado Department of Education Gifted and Talented Endorsement Standards Committee.
Research interests: young gifted children, information-processing styles, social and emotional development, mathematical ability, individualized educational planning.
Professional affiliations: American Educational Research Association, National Association for Gifted Children, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Kimberly Hartnett-Edwards, Assistant Professor
Dr. Hartnett-Edwards previously held a faculty-directorship at California State University, San Bernardino in the Reading Language Arts Graduate Program. Recent publication of her book "Stress Matters: The Social Psychology and Physiology of Reading/Language Arts Achievement" is the culmination of her doctoral work on the effects of affect and emotion on L/A achievement. Her current research includes work with early intervention models, written language acquisition and Hawaiian NCLB restructuring models. Her degrees are PhD, educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University; MA, Education, California State University, San Bernardino; and BA, Literature & Writing, University of California, San Diego.
Jessica Lerner, Lecturer, Teacher Education Program
Jessica Lerner formerly worked with Denver Public Schools as a literacy coach and with The New Teacher Project as a teacher evaluator. Her professional interests include improving teacher effectiveness through pre-service preparation, coaching, and mentoring. Jessica’s academic degrees include: EDS in Urban School Leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver, MA in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and BA in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Paul Michalec, Clinical Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Program and Program Director, Teacher Education Program
PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder; MA, Mankato State University; BS, Cornell University
Career highlights: Former director of student teaching, Skidmore College; developed an innovative institution-to-institution K-16 partnership between Skidmore College and a local school district; served on editorial board for the newsletter EnCouragement; received Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award in 2005 at DU; founding member of Colorado Courage To Teach; Courage to Teach facilitator leading year-long retreat series for Denver Public School teachers and building leaders focusing on renewal and teacher formation; published in Curriculum & Teaching Dialogue; faculty advisor for the Dual Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program; Morgridge College of Education teaching coach.
Research interests: teacher education, effective instruction in higher education, spiritual dimensions of teaching, teacher renewal/formation.
Professional affiliations: American Association of Teaching and Curriculum, Center for Courage and Renewal.
Nicole Russell, Assistant Professor
Dr. Russell previously held a mathematics instructional coach position at TAF Academy, a STEM and college readiness school in Seattle. She has over 10 years of teaching and coaching experience in urban schools. Her research interests include examining the role of race and culture in mathematics teaching and learning specifically for African American students, working with pre-service and in-service teachers to operationalize components of culturally responsive mathematics teaching into explicit instructional practices, and the history of mathematics education of African Americans (1860s to 20th century). Nicole has a PhD in curriculum and instruction (University of Washington), a MA in Human Development (Pacific Oaks College), a BA in Business Economics/Mathematics, and she is a National Board Certification Candidate
Maria del Carmen Salazar, Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder; MA, University of Denver; BA, University of Colorado-Denver
Career highlights: Publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Bilingual Research Journal, Borderlands Journal, and The High School Journal; national conference presentations for American Educational Research Association, National Association for Bilingual Education, Latino Critical Race Theory, Coalition of Essential Schools, and National Council of Teachers of English; currently appointed to the Colorado Department of Education NCLB English Language Acquisition Advisory Council, Colorado Department of Education Reading First Leadership Team and Governor Ritter's Teacher Quality Commission; serves as co-chair of Morgridge College of Education Diversity Committee; faculty representative for the University of Denver Latina/o Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship.
Research interests: teacher education, urban education, linguistically diverse education, cultural competency, teacher as researcher, academic resiliency of Chicana/o & Mexicana/o youth.
Professional affiliations: American Educational Research Association, National Association for Bilingual Education, Colorado Association for Bilingual Education, American Association of University Women.
Suzy Thompson, Lecturer, Teacher Education Program
Ms. Thompson spent thirty-one years in urban education with Denver Public Schools as an elementary school principal, curriculum/instruction/assessment specialist, and classroom teacher. Through a federal grant, awarded to a partnership of four Colorado universities, she presented at the national AACTE conference in 2007 and the national SITE conference in 2006. She has been an adjunct faculty member with the Teacher Education Program at DU for the last eight years. Passionate about teaching and learning - today and tomorrow, Suzy's areas of professional interest include responsible data use in elementary school environments, 21st Century Teaching and Learning, and the role of technology in K-20 education environments. She has an MA, Reading, University of Colorado-Denver and a BA, Elementary Education / Psychology, University of Denver.
Bruce Uhrmacher, Professor and Program Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction
PhD, Stanford University; MEd, Harvard University; BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Career highlights: Factotum (leaderless leader), Professors of Curriculum (2012-2013); Co-editor of two books: Beyond the One Room School; Intricate Palette: Working the Ideas of Elliot Eisner. Also, Co-Editor of Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue (volumes 13-14); faculty advisor for the Aesthetic Education Institute of Colorado (AEIC); served as the book review editor for the International Journal of Leadership in Education; served as President of the American Association For Teaching and Curriculum; honored with the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award, 2004.
Research interests: alternative school settings, curriculum theory and practice, Waldorf education, issues in qualitative research, arts-based research.
Professional affiliations: American Educational Research Association, John Dewey Society; Professors of Curriculum, American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC).
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