COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT – College of Education

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COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT – College of Education

Left to right: Michael McVey, Wendy Burke, Rhonda Kraai, William Price, Beth Kubitskey, Martha Kinney-Sedgwick, Stephen Wellinski, Janet Fisher, Lizbeth Stevens, Perry Francis, Linda Lewis-White. (Not shown Ron Flowers)

Reported by: Kristina Reppert

On September 21, 2016, I had the pleasure of attending the College of Education Council meeting. Dr. McVey welcomed me and introduced me to a very professional and vibrant group of people that represented their 74 members of faculty. While in attendance I found that the College of Education Council is very passionate group of people who have Eastern Michigan University and its students’ best interests at heart. Below is some information the College of Education would like to share with all of you.

New Programs

The College of Education is proud to announce the following two new undergraduate programs in the department of Special Education:

  • The Autism Spectrum Disorder undergraduate program prepares teachers to work with students on the autism spectrum and is offered as a K-12 major for elementary or secondary teaching certificates. For more information, contact Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle; 487.3300.
  • The Learning Disabilities undergraduate program prepares teachers to work with students with learning disabilities and is offered as a K-12 major for elementary or secondary teaching certificates. For more information, contact Dr. David Winters or Dr. Rhonda Kraai;487.3300.

Both of the new undergraduate programs are also available at the graduate level for those interested in earning a master’s degree in either disability area.

  • The Major in Children and Families prepares individuals to work in early childhood programs as a lead teacher or administrator. Graduates are prepared to also work in agencies that advocate for children and families and other organizations caring for and educating children from birth to age five specifically Great Start Readiness Programs and Head Start Centers. For more information contact Dr. Karen Paciorek at: or 734-487-2763

New Faculty – Leadership & Counseling

The COE welcomes Dr. Patrice Bounds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. Dr. Bounds’ degree is in Counselor Education & Supervision from the University of Iowa. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors in Illinois. Dr. Bounds has over 9 years of experience providing clinical counseling services including, community and school-based counseling, trauma- focused cognitive behavioral therapy with at-risk youth in urban areas, and restorative practice coaching. Her research focuses on multicultural issues in counseling, academic achievement and self-concept of ethnic minorities grades K-12, and career decision- making. To date, she has presented at over 20 national, regional, state, and local professional conferences and has published several book chapters in counseling textbooks, with one book chapter and journal article in-press for publication.

Dr. Dibya Choudhuri, Ph.D., Associate Professor also joins the Leadership & Counseling department. Dr. Choudhuri’s degree is in Counselor Education & Supervision from Syracuse University. She specializes in multicultural and cross-cultural issues and is currently teaching in the graduate program in Counseling at Eastern Michigan University. A licensed professional counselor in Michigan and Connecticut, she has over 15 years of experience working with clients individually, as well as in couples, families, and groups. She carries the National Certified Counselor and Clinical Mental Health Counselor credentials as well as the Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is also a certified coach, consultant, and frequent presenter on cultural competence, diversity and ethical issues, as well as trauma and loss. Her research and publications have focused on the areas of multicultural client issues, counselor supervision and pedagogy. She has published a textbook on multicultural counseling, and edited a set of 8 monographs in the series, as well as published over 20 journal articles and book chapters, and over 50 national and international presentations and workshops. Dr. Choudhuri has served on the National Board of Certified Counselors Board of Directors and has been the Chair of the international counseling credentialing organization.

Dr. Carmen McCallum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor comes to the Department of Leadership and Counseling from Buffalo State, SUNY where she worked as an Assistant Professor the last three years. Dr. McCallum completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Her undergraduate degree is in sociology from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree is in social work from Wayne State University. Her research interests include access and retention within graduate education; African American students and faculty; programmatic assessment and evaluation and graduate students mentoring experiences. She is particularly interested in understanding how race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status influence students’ graduate school experiences. This fall she will be teaching Introduction to Student Affairs and Assessment and Program Evaluation in Student Affairs.

Dr. Rema Reynolds, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership and Counseling, is a former teacher, counselor, administrator, and currently organizes Black parents for the improvement of student achievement in various schools. Dr. Reynolds’ research is centered in urban schools serving culturally diverse students and families. Specifically, Rema examines issues of parent engagement as they relate to Black families and student achievement, instructional strategies educators employ to honor and incorporate literacies students bring to the classroom, cultural competencies counselors and school counselors acquire through their respective preparatory programs, and the roles of school administrators in community and civic development. Her forthcoming books focus on engaging underrepresented parents in schools and provide practical guides and strategies for parents and school officials. With a focus on developing servant leaders, Dr. Reynolds has also taught and presented at professional conferences throughout the United States and in over 20 countries.

New Faculty – Teacher Education

Dr. Christina Mirtes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor comes to us from Adrian College with an earned Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Toledo with a major in Early Childhood and concentration in Special Education. Her research interests are in the area of Contemporary Play focusing on best practice with the use of technology among preschool children. Dr. Mirtes also brings over 20 years of classroom teaching experience and 11 years in higher education to share with our ECE pre-service teachers in both our undergraduate and masters programs.

New Programs

EMU is now has a Carnegie Status of Research Three based partially on the number of Ph.D.s awarded. For the last three years, the COE has awarded more than 50% of all the doctoral degrees and last year we awarded almost 3/4s of them. Educational Leadership has been awarding doctoral degrees for the past 25 years and this past year saw their 200th graduate.


The College of Education has a number of plans and programs underway:

  • Pathways program which builds relationships with urban high schools to help guide those interested in teaching into the profession
  • We are considering a model for an accelerated carousel-style masters program delivered online.



Our Michael G. Morris Chair project this past year was titled Building sustainable communities: Fostering student success at EMU, Brotherhood Initiative. It is led by Philip Bowman (director of the Diversity Research and Policy Program at the University of Michigan). The project coordinators are Raul Leon (Educational Leadership) and Regi Barns (EMU Office of Diversity and Community Involvement). The Michael Morris Chair provides up to $50,000 in funding to a faculty member or visiting faculty from the top echelons in their disciplines to assist the EMU College of Education in achieving its vision of playing a leadership role in transforming education.