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About the faculty

  • All faculty are professionally and personally involved in the community.
  • Many are consultants for area school districts
  • All hold current Illinois teaching certificates.
  • All are recognized specialists in their field of study.
  • All have practical/applied experience in their field of study and teaching.
Faculty


Karen Walker

Karen Walker
, Ph.D.

815-394-5025

MAT Director, Assistant Professor of Education

Karen P. Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education. She has served as an educator and consultant in public and private schools and holds State of Illinois teaching and administrator certificates. Karen has a Master’s degree in Language and Literacy and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. She combines her experiences as a classroom teacher and school administrator with her knowledge of literacy and educational leadership to increase student achievement. Dr. Walker’s research interests are focused on policy advocacy and independent student reading.



Dr. Debra Dew


Dr. Debra Dew

815-394-5204
Dean of the college

Debra Dew is a former public school music teacher. She teaches middle and secondary education methods courses and specializes in effective practice related to teacher education. An active member of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Dr. Dew has served on several national committees.




Dr. Debra DewKimberlee Wagner

815-226-4178
Education Unit Head & Assistant Professor of Education








Lynn Stafford


Lynn Stafford

815-226-4181
Director of Special Education Program
Associate Professor of Education

Lynn Stafford is the Director of Special Education Program which leads to an Illinois State Professional Educator Licensure as a Learning Behavior Specialist 1. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and received the "Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership Award” at Rockford University in 2013. Lynn has extensive experience in classroom teaching recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education in appreciation of "Those Who Excel” in teaching for commitment and service. She has expertise in the administration and development of special education programs.




Dr. Robin Miller Young
, Ed.D

815-226-4162
Director of Early Childhood Education








Office of Graduate Studies Staff


Michele Mehren
815-226-4041
Asst. Director of Graduate Programs

 








Elizabeth Johnson-Lovett
815-226-4046
Licensure Officer




Lauren Kepler
815-226-4021

Training Coordinator/Assistant Manager





Jacob Hardesty
815-226-4097
Assistant Professor of Education









Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner

815-394-5172
edTPA Faculty Coordinator

Assistant Professor of Education


Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education. She has served as an educator and consultant in public and private schools and holds State of Illinois teaching and administrator certificates. Karen has a Master’s degree in Reading and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. She has presented at both national and international conferences. Dr. Ruffner’s research interests are focused on standards-based instruction, authentic assessment, and education reform.

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