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  • Doyle, Lori Doyle, Lori
  • Director, M.A. Educational Leadership 
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  • (949) 214-3348
Doyle, Lori

Director, M.A. Educational Leadership

Biography

Dr. Lori Doyle works as Associate Professor of Education and serves as Director of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership: Social Emotional Learning, Character, and Ethics and Cognition, Motivation, and Development programs. Lori is also the Assistant Director of the Servant Leadership Institute and her roles include framework integration, curriculum updates, and assessment measures. She has worked on extensive curriculum development projects in multiple programs for the university and is the Subject Matter Expert for EDEL 510, EDEL 550, EDCE 543, EDCE 553, and EDCM 549. Lori has taught at several universities over the past 20 years, but her career began in 1999 as a high school English and Theology teacher, curriculum writer, communications director, and basketball coach. Lori has a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology -Emphasis in Cognition
  • MAEd Curriculum Design & Instruction
  • BA English


Licenses and Credentials

  • Christ College / Colloquy Certificate                                                                
  • CA Clear Teaching Credential


Courses Taught

  • EDEL 510
  • EDEL 550
  • EDCE 543
  • EDCE 553
  • EDCM 549
  • EDU 547
  • EDU 550

Recent Publlications and Presentations

  • Doyle, L. (2024, May 17). 2 Pillars of the Educator Leadership Academy [Conference presentation]. 3rd Annual Educator Leadership Academy, Irvine, CA, United States.
  • Doyle, L, & Chism, K. (2024, May 14). I Have a Friend in You: Critical Friendship at Work in Higher Education. [Conference presentation]. 5th Annual Higher Education Character Convening, Pensacola, FL, United States.
  • Swisher, J., & Doyle, L. (2024). Using Trentham’s principle of inverse consistency to vet models of human development for use in Christian educator preparation programs. International Journal of Christianity & Education, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/20569971241252376
  • Swisher, J. L., & Doyle, L. B. (2024). The CASEL Framework and Christian schools: Using a hermeneutical tool to determine worldview alignment. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/10656219.2024.2345634
  • Tarbutton, T. M., & Doyle, L. B. (2024, Apr 25). Cultivating a Sense of Belonging Among Online Adult Learners [Conference presentation]. Conference on Postsecondary Learning & Teaching, Calgary, AB, Canada.
  • Doyle, L. (2024, Feb 20). Lutherans have been doing SEL all along [Conference presentation]. Best Practices in Ministry, Phoenix, AZ, United States.
  • Tarbutton, T. M., & Doyle, L. B. (Eds.). (2023). Adjunct Faculty in Online Higher Education: Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners. IGI Global. https://www.igi-global.com/book/adjunct-faculty-online-higher-education/320509
  • Doyle, L. B. & Swisher, J. L. (2023). Impacting the workplace: A new conceptual
     framework where vocational calling meets missional competencies. Lutheran Mission Matters, 2(63), 256-267. https://www.lsfm.global/uploads/Nov%202023/00_Nov%202023%20Issue_Web.pdf
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. (2023). Contemporary applications for leading accountably following a study of Nehemiah as a servant leader. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business 26(1). https://cbfa-jbib.org/index.php/jbib/article/view/655/649
  • Tarbutton, T. M., & Doyle, L. B. (2023). Higher education institutions: Education programs to acknowledge a new learning landscape. International Journal of Education, Technology and Science 3(4). https://globets.org/journal/index.php/IJETS/index
  • Doyle, L. & Mercier, S. (2023, Oct 20). Research-based strategies for a school-wide approach to professional wellbeing [Conference presentation]. Lutheran Educators Conference, San Diego, CA, United States.
  • Doyle, L. & Schafer, M. (2023, Oct 20). Lutherans have been doing SEL all along [Conference presentation]. Lutheran Educators Conference, San Diego, CA, United States.
  • Swisher, J., & Doyle, L. (2023, Oct 25-27). Using a Hermeneutical Tool for Evaluating and Navigating Potential Ecclesial Discord [Conference presentation]. Baylor Symposium on Faith & Culture, Waco, TX, United States. https://ifl.web.baylor.edu/conferences-and-symposiums/baylor-symposium-faith-and-culture/2023-called-together-age-discord-3
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. (2023, Oct. 7). At and Along One’s Vocation: Implications for Christian Liberal Arts Universities.[Conference presentation]. Association for Lutheran College Faculties, Des Moines, IA, United States.
  • Tarbutton, T. M., & Doyle, L. B. (2023, Sept 10). Language Acquisition and Social Presence: Implications for Virtual Learning Spaces. [Virtual conference presentation]. GlobELT 2023: 9th International Conference on Teaching English as an Additional Language. https://globets.org/globeltconference/scientific-program.html
  • Doyle, L. B., Playter, K. L., & Andrew, A. J. (2023). Advancing women in leadership: Three perspectives, one goal. Academic Leader. Magna Publications, Inc. https://www.academic-leader.com/topics/leadership/advancing-women-in-leadership-three-perspectives-one-goal/
  • Doyle, L. B., Tarbutton, T., & Albrecht, K. (2023, August 10-11). Scholarship with a reach [Conference presentation]. Research and Assessment Days, Concordia University Irvine, CA, United States.
  • Doyle, L. B., Tarbutton, T. M., & Albrecht, K. L. (2023). Scholarship with a reach. The Journal of Advancing Education Practice, 4(1). https://openriver.winona.edu/jaep/vol4/iss1/6
  • Tarbutton, T., & Doyle, L. (2023). Virtual Teacher Presence for Enhanced Learning. In E. Langran, P. Christensen & J. Sanson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1365-1370). New Orleans, LA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/222005/
  • Doyle, L. B., & Swisher, J. L. (2023). A creative approach to promoting and discussing social emotional learning. Journal of Organizational & Educational Leadership, 8(2),1-11. https://digitalcommons.gardner-webb.edu/joel/vol8/iss2/1
  • Doyle, L. B., & Tarbutton, T. M. (2023, Mar 14). Virtual Teacher Presence for Enhanced Learning. [Conference presentation]. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE).
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. (2023, Feb. 27). Haikus to Teachers: Social Emotional Learning Interpreted Through Poetry. [Conference presentation]. Critical Questions in Education Conference, San Diego, CA, United States.
  • Tarbutton, T. M., & Doyle, L. B. (2023, Jan 27). Global citizenship in the online learning environment. [Virtual conference presentation]. World Council for Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Doyle, L. B., & Tarbutton, T. M. (2022). Virtual ancillary faculty: A model of support to avoid burnout and foster self-efficacy. In J. S. Keengwe (Ed.), Handbook of research on facilitating collaborative learning through digital content and learning technologies. IGI Global. https://doi.org//10.4018/978-1-6684-5709-2
  • Tarbutton, T. M., & Doyle, L. B. (2022). Using teacher presence in online higher education to foster global citizenship among adult learners. Athens Journal of Education, 9, 1-15.       https://doi.org//10.30958/aje.X-Y-Z
  • Doyle, L. (2022, October 24). Serving a suffering population. Perfecting the Practice. https://www.cui.edu/academicprograms/education/servant-leadership-institute/perfecting-the-practice/blog/post/serving-suffering-population
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. (2022, Oct 20-22). Using Trentham's principle of inverse consistency for improved teaching of secular state standards in Christian educator preparation programs [Conference presentation]. SPCE Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, United States. 
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. (2022, Oct. 10-12). Determining worldview alignment using the Inverse Consistency Protocol: A method for Lutheran educators for evaluating teaching resources. [Conference presentation]. Making Disciples for Life, St. Louis, MO, United States.
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. (2022, Sept. 30-Oct. 1). Accountable leadership as human responsibility: Contemporary applications following an empirical study of Nehemiah as servant leader [Conference presentation]. Association of Lutheran College Faculties, Irvine, CA, United States. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#label/Lori+%2F+Jill%2FALCF?projector=1
  • Tarbutton, T., & Doyle, L. (2022, July 4-7). Using Online Education to Foster Global Citizenship in Higher Education [Conference presentation]. 6th annual international symposium on “Higher education in a global world,” Athens, Greece.
  • Schlichtemeier, K., & Doyle, L. (2022). Attracting, equipping, and supporting: One partnership at work. CASUP California Association of School-University Partnerships, 11(1), 9. http://www.casup.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/2022-11-1_Spring-Summer.pdf
  • Tarbutton, T., & Doyle, L. (2022). Where theoretical assumptions meet best practices in support of online adult learners. HICE 2022 Conference Proceedings. 705-720. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ON9XF0Em7oiOePMlNP1Zeo6xyOaO-zyO/view 
  • Tarbutton, T., & Doyle, L. (2022, Jan 5-7). Where theoretical assumptions meet best practices in support of online adult learners [Conference presentation]. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Kona, HI, United States.
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. L. (2021). Unity in the diaspora: An innovative application of a validated instrument to biblical text and contemporary implications for leaders. Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership, 11(1), 92-103. https://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/jbpl/ 
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. (2021, Oct 14-16). Flourishing in the diaspora: An empirical study of Queen Esther’s leadership behaviors offers contemporary implications for leading in diverse settings [Conference presentation]. SPCE Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, United States. https://www.spceonline.org/ 
  • Doyle, L., & Swisher, J. (2021, Oct 27-29). Quantifying accountability: Contemporary insights for living accountably following an empirical study of Nehemiah as servant leader [Conference presentation]. Baylor Symposium on Faith & Culture, Waco, TX, United States. https://www.baylor.edu/ifl/index.php?id=967086
  • Robin Gomes Gomes, Robin
  • Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • M.A.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University- Irvine
  • Beta 207E
  • (949) 214-3342
Kellie Albrecht

Assistant Professor of Education

Biography

Robin Gomes has been serving in Lutheran education for over 20 years. Before serving at Concordia University, Robin worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Lutheran elementary schools in Nevada and California. Throughout that time, Robin led in the areas of teacher recruitment and retention, curriculum and assessment, and school consultancy in the Pacific Southwest District.

Robin is married to Domingo, a middle school teacher who she met as a student at Concordia University. They have two college-age children. Their pastimes include musical theater, going to Disneyland, enjoying the beach, and baseball.

Education

  • M.A.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University- Irvine, 2007
  • California Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential, 2000
  • B.A., Behavioral Science: Anthropology, Concordia University- Irvine, 1999
  • Belinda Karge Karge, Belinda
  • Professor of Education, Doctoral Program
  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Quantitative Methods and Special Education University of California Riverside
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  • (949) 214-3333
Belinda Karge

Professor of Education, Doctoral Program

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Quantitative Methods and Special Education University of California Riverside
  • M. S. Education, Emphasis in Special Education and Reading, University of California, Riverside
  • B. S. Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • A. A. Long Beach City College

Biography

True to her values for all children and youth, Dr. Belinda Karge devotes her career to ensuring that all students have the best success opportunities and leaders are equipped with necessary tools to transform education environments. She is the Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction and a Professor in the doctoral program at Concordia University Irvine and is a Professor Emeritus from California State University, Fullerton. At CUI she is responsible for EDD program development and improvement, faculty professional learning, curriculum development and assessment, and advising doctoral dissertations. She teaches research courses in the doctoral program and coordinates the Special Education Specialization. Dr. Karge was an Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL) Fellow and leads the CUI Policy class trip to Washington DC every summer.

Dr. Karge received her Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods, Special Education and Educational Psychology, and her Master’s Degree in Reading from the University of California, Riverside. She taught at both the elementary and high school levels and served in various leadership roles in public education subsequent to moving to the university. Prior to joining the faculty at CUI in 2015, she worked at several research universities, both as faculty and in administrative roles. Her professional record demonstrates a consistent pattern of scholarly and creative activities including research, publications (three textbooks, five curriculum texts, four book chapters, several educational tools, over 135 articles), and numerous grants (totaling over twenty million dollars).

Dr. Karge is an expert in research based instructional strategies. She is a sought-after presenter and coach in the areas of whole school reform, higher education engagement strategies, inclusive practices, Prek-12 co-teaching, on-line and face-to-face student engagement, pedagogical strategies, effective teaching and learning in diverse classroom groups. She has received a multitude of awards for her teaching and service to the profession. She was honored with the National Council for Learning Disabilities Floyd Hudson Outstanding Service to the Field of Learning Disabilities award and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) service to the profession award. She is Past-President of the National Association for Alternative Certification. During her career, Dr. Karge has made multiple referred presentations to international, state, and local groups of school district employees and has keynoted several conferences. She travels extensively as a consultant for the U. S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools.

Dr. Karge spends most mornings hiking or walking with her husband Doug. She is Lutheran and has led many mission trips both in the USA and abroad.

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Evaluation Research
  • Special Education
  • International Education
  • Education Reform
  • New Teacher Induction
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Mercier, Sandra Mercier, Sandra
  • Director, MAEd Learning, Design, and Technology & Curriculum & Instruction
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  • (949) 214-3597
Mercier, Sandra

Director, MAEd Learning, Design, and Technology & Curriculum & Instruction

Biography

Professor Sandy Mercier has been a full-time faculty member in the School of Education since 2014. Sandy attended Concordia University, Irvine both as an undergraduate and graduate student. She currently teaches MAEd online courses for both the Curriculum & Instruction and Learning, Design, and Technology programs. She is also the Director of CUI's Learning, Design, and Technology program. Prior to moving into higher education, she taught various grade levels including Kindergarten, 6th, 7th-8th Literature, and K-8 Computers. Sandra's passion is sharing her love of teaching, implementing fun technology, and creating engaging lessons with her MAEd students. Sandy and her husband, Nathan, have been blessed with three children. Their family is very involved with St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Orange, CA.

Education

  • Master of Arts in Education – Awarded May 2006, CUI - Major: Curriculum and Instruction; Concentration: K-12 Instruction
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education – Awarded May 1999, CUI - Major: Liberal Studies; Concentration: Child Development; Christ College Certificate
  • California Clear Multiple Subject Credential – Awarded August 2003, CUI - Supplementary Authorization: English/Literature

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational Technology
  • Innovative, Technology-based Tools
  • Enhancement Strategies for K-12 Curriculum
  • Brain-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • Coping with Stress and Violence
  • Social and Emotional Learning/Mental Health Support
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Morgan, Sara Morgan, Sara
  • Assistant Professor of Special Education Credentials
  • Beta 109 B
  • (949) 214-3537

Assistant Professor of Special Education Credentials

Sara Morgan is a graduate of Chapman University, where she earned a B.A. in Communications. After graduation, she continued on to receive two teaching credentials (Multiple Subject and Education Specialist) and a Master's Degree in Special Education. She taught, as a resource teacher, for Lutheran Special Education Ministries, a special day class teacher, for the Westminster School District, and served as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and Program Specialist, for the Garden Grove Unified School District.

Sara is pursuing advanced education in Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and continuously strives to sharpen her teaching practices to model universally designed learning experiences.

Education

  • B.A.: 1999, Chapman University, Communications: Speech Communications
  • MAEd.: 2003, Chapman University, Special Education

Teaching

  • Introduction to teaching Diverse Populations
  • Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Populations
  • Advanced Curriculum Methods for Teaching Special Populations
  • Coping with Stress and Violence in Today's Diverse Classroom
  • Teresa Hess Hess, Teresa
  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Beta 206 B
  • 949-214-3599
Teresa Hess

Director of Student Teaching and Induction
Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Hess guides students through the process to become a teacher from student teacher placement to a Clear Credential.

Dr. Teresa Hess leads the student teaching program, which is the final requirement before filing for a Preliminary credential. 

Dr. Hess holds a Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis in Disability Studies, from Chapman University in Orange, CA, a Master of Science Degree from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her work at the university level, Dr. Hess has over 30 years of elementary teaching experience in both general and special education classrooms.

Teaching Credentials and Certificates

  • Ryan Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Learning Handicapped Credential
  • Resource Specialist Credential
  • Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD)
  • Autism Authorization Certificate
  • Vezner, Heather Vezner, Heather
  • Dean, School of Education | Associate Professor of Education
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  • (949) 214-3352
Vezner, Heather

Dean, School of Education | Assistant Professor of Education

Biography

Dr. Heather Vezner first began her teaching career in 1993 as an early childhood teacher. She has now served as an educator for 30 years. Her experiences include being an early childhood and elementary education teacher, early childhood program administrator, and parent educator for a grant-funded early education program. She first came to Concordia University Irvine in 2009 as the Field Experience Coordinator and CalTPA Assistant Coordinator. She has also served as Director of Student Teaching, Director of Preliminary Teacher Credential Programs, Assistant Dean, and currently serves as Dean of the School of Education. Her areas of research and expertise include early childhood education, literacy development, mentoring, teacher preparation, and leadership development. Thanks be to God for the opportunity to serve and support students in their calling to become educational leaders who make a positive impact in our school communities.

Education

  • Ed.D. - Organizational Leadership, Northeastern University, Boston, 2022
  • M.A. - Early Childhood Education, Concordia University, Chicago, 1996
  • >B.A. - Elementary Education, Concordia University, Chicago, 1993

Teaching Credentials

  • California Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential, 2009
  • Illinois Early Childhood Teaching Credential, 2007
  • Illinois Elementary Education Teaching Credential, 1993
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