New faculty hires

Anita Bright, PhD, is a new assistant professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department who will be teaching secondary bilingual instruction. Dr. Bright most recently held a position at American University in Washington, DC. She also worked for the Fairfax County Public Schools as a secondary ESOL mathematics teacher educator. Dr. Bright received her PhD in multicultural/multilingual education from George Mason University in 2009. Her background includes English as a second language, math methods (both elementary and secondary), and extensive work experience in professional development with practicing teachers.

Becky Boesch, EdD, is a new assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. Her teaching and research will focus on at-risk, first generation, and immigrant students, especially as those populations access the K12-higher education pipeline. She is a PSU alum who earned a master’s degree in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and has a doctoral degree with a Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education (PACE) specialization. She has worked at PSU for the last 20 years in the Applied Linguistics Department as an ESL instructor, and most recently, in University Studies in various areas, such as freshman and sophomore inquiry and senior capstone. Her bachelor’s degree is in English in secondary education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK.

Karen Haley, EdD, is an assistant professor in the Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and coordinates the Student Affairs certificate. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington State University, a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Western Washington University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from North Carolina State University. Her student affairs experience includes work in orientation, residence life, career services, and student retention.

Jean Henscheld, PhD, is a new faculty member and associate professor in the Departments of Educational Leadership and Policy and University Studies. She will work on special projects related to enhancing the undergraduate experience for Student Affairs and the Center for Academic Excellence. She will also continue in her national work as executive editor of the Jossey-Bass/American College Personnel Association publication About Campus and as a fellow with the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Prior to accepting her position at PSU, Dr. Henscheld served as director of the Core Curriculum at the University of Idaho. She has authored and edited monographs, book chapters, and articles on various topics related to the college student experience and conducts workshops across the U.S. and abroad with a primary focus on learning communities, general education, curriculum design, and learning assessment.

Sybil Kelley, PhD, is joining the GSE this fall as an assistant professor of science education and sustainable systems in the Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. She will also provide Science Teaching Methods support for Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Kelley was a National Science Foundation doctoral fellow with the Center for Learning and Teaching in the West (CLTW) and has extensive experience coordinating teacher and student support between the Center for Science Education and Portland Public Schools.

Deborah Peterson, PhD, is a new faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. She is a recent graduate of Lewis and Clark’s doctoral program in education. She is a former Roosevelt High School teacher and will be working in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department as an assistant professor in the Initial Administrator License (IAL) program.

Howard Yank, MA, is a secondary cohort leader and instructor in the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP). He is a former curriculum administrator for advanced programs, a teacher mentor, and an instructional coach. Mr. Yank graduated from U.C. Berkeley and holds a master’s degree in history from San Francisco State University. Since 1986, he has been teaching in urban schools of high poverty, and in select international schools in Latin America. His focus is on the development of strategies for effective student collaboration, techniques for high engagement and rigor, and building an inquiry based classroom environment. He continues to lead workshops and facilitate professional development for teachers in western states and in Mexico.

Kerry Goldstein, MA, is an academic professional and new program manager in Continuing Education. He has a master’s degree in counseling from George Fox and an undergraduate degree in business and organizational leadership from the University of Oregon. He is a former director of finance and technology from the Process Work Institute. He will be working with the part-time GTEP, Added Elementary Endorsement, Service-Learning, and Deepening Mathematical Understanding programs.

Tracy Williams-Murphy, MS, received her master’s degree in special education from PSU in 1996. She has been involved in various facets of education and worked in a variety of educational delivery systems since then, including time as a teacher in the Beaverton School District, a school administrator for a Portland Public Schools-contracted alternative school, a health educator for the state of Oregon in its HIV/STD/TB division of DHS and as an educational representative for publishers McDougal Littell and Reed Elsevier. She now manages CEED’s Autism, Asperger’s, AddSped, and Special Educator programs.

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