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  • Kellie Albrecht Albrecht, Kellie L.
  • Assistant Dean, School of Education
  • Ph.D. in Education, Chapman University
  • Beta 207 B
  • (949) 214-3354
Kellie Albrecht

Assistant Dean | Senior Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Program

Dr. Kellie Albrecht is the Assistant Dean for the School of Education, Senior Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership program, and a Professor of Education. She is responsible for Ed.D. program operations, program development and improvement, faculty training, curriculum development and assessment, and advising doctoral students with their dissertation research. Dr. Albrecht served as the Chair of the Educational Effectiveness Committee (EEC), a member of the Academic Council and Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Prior to teaching in higher education, Dr. Albrecht was an elementary school educator having taught in grades 1, 4, 5, and 6. Dr. Albrecht's experience teaching in urban schools sparked her passion for educating in diverse settings. Her experience working with culturally diverse and underrepresented children led to an interest in English language development and differentiated instructional practices. Additionally, Dr. Albrecht is the mother of four children, her oldest being identical twin boys. Dr. Albrecht's doctoral dissertation was an interpretive phenomenological analysis focused on identifying twins as a cultural group, which investigated individual needs for educating twins. The dissertation is titled, Beyond Bonded Voices: A Qualitative Study with Adult Monozygotic (Identical) Twins.

Dr. Albrecht's experience in higher education includes MAEd program development and improvement, faculty training and professional development, advising graduate and postgraduate qualitative research projects, teaching undergraduate, graduate, and multiple and single subject credential courses, supervising student teachers in the field, assessing teaching performance assessments (TPAs), and facilitating TPA student workshops.

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative Research Methodologies: Action Research, Grounded Theory, Interpretive
  • Phenomenological Analysis, Case Study
  • Twins’ Research
  • Differentiated Instructional Practices
  • English Language Development
  • Classroom Management
  • Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Distance Learning: Online Asynchronous & Synchronous, Blended/Hybrid
  • Program/Course Development, Design, and Improvement
  • Technological Pedagogy
  • Jamie Briner Briner, Jamie
  • Lead Graduate Advisor | Credential Analyst
  • Credential Analyst
Jamie Briner initials

Lead Graduate Advisor | Credential Analyst

Heather Churney

Director, MAED PPS Programs

 

Education:

Ed.D., Concordia University, Irvine (estimated graduation-May 2026)
M.A, Azusa Pacific University
B.A., Chapman University
PPS Credential - School Counseling (CA & AZ)

Courses Taught:

EDSC 531: Theory and Practice of Groups in Schools
EDSC 535: Academic Development and Support
EDSC 541: Mental Health Interventions
EDSC 561: Crisis Prevention and Intervention
EDSC 562: College and Career Counseling 
EDSC 590: School Counseling Practicum
EDSC 591: School Counseling Fieldwork 

Biography

Heather Churney serves as Program Director for School Counseling in the School of Education. She began her career as a school counselor in Lutheran Education in 2010 and has continued her career in Secondary School Counseling in Arizona where she and her family reside. She has had the opportunity to build two high school counseling programs from the ground up, which gave her a unique experience in program development. Her experience is mostly in 9-12 grade in the areas of personal/social development, academic, college/career guidance and crisis management. The Lord has given her a passion for working with teens and she loves to mentor the next generation of school counselors. She has served as an Adjunct Faculty with Concordia University since 2019, has served as a Subject Matter Expert, served as a fieldwork/practicum supervisor and assisted in course writing. Heather enjoys spending time with her husband Robert, and two children, Collin and Hailee. She is active in her church, Risen Savior Lutheran, and has a heart for women's ministry. 

  • Doyle, Lori Doyle, Lori
  • Director, M.A. Educational Leadership 
  • Remote
  • (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 Publications and Presentations

  • Doyle, L. B., & Morgan, S. (2024). The vocation of teaching. In D. W. Loy (Ed.), Faith at work: Christian vocation in the professions. Concordia Publishing House. https://www.cph.org/faith-at-work-christian-vocation-in-the-professions
  • 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
  • Mercier, Sandra Mercier, Sandra
  • Director, MAEd Learning, Design, and Technology & Curriculum & Instruction
  • Beta 207 D
  • (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
  • Kathy Mueller Mueller, Kathy
  • Administrative Assistant to the Dean/Assistant Director of Events and Partnerships
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  • Beta 205 A
  • (949) 214-3336
Kathy Mueller

Administrative Assistant to the Dean/Assistant Director of Events and Partnerships

  • Rodrigues, Charlie Rodrigues, Charlie
  • Coordinator, MOUs & Faculty Onboarding
  • Beta 109 E
  • (949) 214-3087
Rodrigues, Charlie

Coordinator, MOUs & Faculty Onboarding

Biography

Prior to his full time faculty appointment, Charlie Rodrigues most recently served Concordia University Irvine as Assistant Registrar in addition to his adjunct faculty role in the M.A. Education program. His doctoral research is investigating the effectiveness of the onboarding process for incoming full and part time university faculty. As a proud alum of Concordia for both undergraduate and graduate degrees, he also spent 10 years as an educator in public and Lutheran schools. His breadth of experience will serve him well as he will be teaching in the M.A. Education and teacher credential programs. Charlie and his wife Melissa – also an educator – are raising two active boys (ages 6 and 2) and attend Bethany Lutheran Church in Long Beach. They enjoy spending time with extended family, reading, and traveling.

  • Kent Schlichtemeier Schlichtemeier, Kent
  • Director, Servant Leadership Institute
  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Beta 107 A/B
  • (949) 214-3256

Director, Servant Leadership Institute

Kent Schlichtemeier

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Denver University
  • B.A., Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE

Biography

Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier is a teacher. He started his teaching career in 1978 teaching 6th-8th grades in Oxnard, CA. After completing his Master’s degree at Denver University in 1984, he continued his teaching career at the high school level in Orlando, FL. Dr. Schlichtemeier served in the School of Education at Concordia University, Irvine from 1988-2003 where he mentored future teachers. In addition to teaching at Concordia, Dr. Schlichtemeier was the women’s basketball coach until retiring in 1993 to pursue his doctorate degree. During the final two seasons of his tenure as coach, the Lady Eagle Basketball team made two consecutive appearances at the NAIA National Basketball Tournament after winning the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships. Dr. Schlichtemeier was voted the District Three NAIA Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and was voted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Dr. Schlichtemeier has served as a teacher and assistant principal at Orange Lutheran High School from 2003-2007, before returning to teach at Concordia University. He enjoys frequent opportunities to speak at sports banquets, school graduations, athletic camps, teacher conferences, and leadership retreats.

Areas of Expertise

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Organizational Culture
  • School Climate
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Action Research
  • Michael Schulteis Schulteis, Michael
  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Teacher Credential Programs | Director of M.Ed. | Professor of Science Education
  • ScEdD, Doctor of Science Education, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia
  • Beta 203 D
  • (949) 214-3351
Michael Schulteis

Professor of Science Education | Co-Director of Undergraduate Teacher Credential Programs | Director of M.Ed. | Professor of Science Education

Dr. Michael Schulteis has been a full-time faculty member in the School of Education since 2003 specializing in science and math education, teaching instructional methods, classroom management and research methods courses, and supervising graduate research projects. His educational research has focused on evolution education in parochial schools.

Dr. Schulteis is currently a mentor for the American Meteorological Society Datastreme program. He also conducts seminars and makes presentations to educators across the United States and from Korea, Japan, China, South Africa, and Australia on such topics as instructional methods and evolution education. Prior to arriving at Concordia University, Dr. Schulteis taught multiple subjects at the junior high and senior high school levels.

Education

  • ScEdD, Doctor of Science Education, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University Irvine
  • B.A., Biology, Concordia University Irvine

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Common Core Standards
  • School Climate
  • Assessment of Programs and Student Learning
  • Statistics
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Science Education
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Action Research
  • Lutheran Education
  • International Teaching
  • MaryAnn Seng Seng, MaryAnn
  • Full Time Faculty, PPS Programs
  • Full Time Faculty, PPS Programs
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MaryAnn Seng

Full Time Faculty, PPS Programs

Degrees Earned

  • PHD in Education (School Psychology emphasis) from Chapman University - 2020
  • M.A. in School Counseling and M.A. in School Psychology from Chapman University - 1999
  • B.A. in Psychology from Biola University - 1996

Biography

Dr. MaryAnn Seng is a professor of education in the area of school counseling. Prior to her arrival at Concordia University, Seng was a counselor briefly and a school psychologist for 20 years in the Long Beach Unified School District. Her roles in the district included being a bilingual consultant (for the Khmer language), crisis team member, and the coordinator of the school psychology internship program. She also served as a faculty coordinator/counselor at Webster University's Irvine campus. Her knowledge of the Khmer language/culture allowed her to be a community member advisor to the Long Beach Police Department and the Department of Mental Health's Asian Unit for several years. She is currently a board member of the Pediatric Arthritis and Lupus Foundation. Her current research interest involves the educational needs of children with medical conditions.

  • Yvette Stuewe Stuewe, Yvette
  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • EdD Candidate: Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Nova Southeastern University
  • Beta 203 A
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Yvette Stuewe

Assistant Professor of Education

Assistant Professor Yvette Stuewe teaches courses in the MA and Teacher Credential programs. Professor Stuewe has served in Lutheran education for 28 years. Her educational experience spans across St. John’s Lutheran School, Orange Lutheran High School, and Concordia University Irvine. In addition to 27 years of classroom experience, Professor Stuewe served in various leadership roles including Curriculum Leadership Chair, Induction mentor, Induction Assistant Lead Mentor for the Orange County Department of Education Private School Cohort, Conference Presenter, President of the Lutheran Educators Conference Committee, Director of Curriculum, WASC Visiting Team Member, and Associate Director of Orange Lutheran Online. In February of 2023, she presented at the national Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC) in Austin, Texas.

Professor Stuewe was part of a team that piloted a one-to-one middle school laptop program, and she taught in a one-to-one setting for fourteen years, gaining experience with many different learning platforms and digital tools. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. She truly sees teaching as an art and values reflective teaching practices. Not only does she find passion in crafting effective lessons and building relationships with students, she also finds great value in collaborating with other educators. Professor Stuewe is currently working towards a doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Education

  • EdD Candidate: Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Nova Southeastern University
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction,Concordia University Irvine
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Concordia University Irvine
  • B.S. Bachelor of Science, History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 401/501 Planning and Assessment for the Inclusive Classroom
  • EDUC 402/502 Creating Positive & Inclusive Learning Environments
  • EDUC 424/524 Secondary Curriculum Methods
  • EDUC 200 Technology and the Teacher
  • EDU 547 Brain-Based Teaching and Learning
  • EDUT 531 Nurturing Learning Communities
  • EDUT 570 Reflective Practice
  • EDUT 586 Education Technology
  • EDSC 580 Education Research: Methods and Analysis
  • EDSC 605 Exploratory Capstone Project

Areas of Expertise

  • Instructional Design
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Instructional Technology
  • Online and Distance Learning
  • Reflective Teaching Practices
  • Tarbutton, Tanya Tarbutton, Tanya
  • Senior Director, MA Programs
  • Beta 207 E
  • (949) 214-3593
Tarbutton, Tanya

Senior Director, MA Programs

Biography

Dr. Tanya Tarbutton serves as an Assistant Professor of Education and Program Director for MAED, School Administration emphasis. Prior to joining Concordia University, Dr. Tarbutton worked as a supervisor and instructor at several higher education institutions in Southern California, mentoring and supporting new administrators and teachers. In this capacity she evaluated and prepared administrative candidates as well as teacher candidates for teaching and learning in the 21st Century. Dr. Tarbutton has also participated on Academic Advisory Boards focused on transformational change and presented at international conferences. Before entering higher education, Dr. Tarbutton worked as a site based school administrator, resource teacher and general education teacher. As an immigrant, she brings a unique perspective grounded in more than 20 years of career experience.

Education

  • Ed.D, Educational Leadership & Management, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA.
  • M.A., School Administration, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.
  • M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.
  • B.A., Elementary Education, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • B.A., Sociology Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum Development and Alignment
  • Mentorship and Support of Administrators and Teachers
  • Instructional Platforms and Strategies
  • Vezner, Heather Vezner, Heather
  • Dean, School of Education | Associate Professor of Education
  • Beta 107 D
  • (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
  • Catherine Webb Webb, Catherine
  • Director, MAEd Educational Administration
  • Ed.D. Instructional Leadership, Argosy University
  • Beta 107 B
  • (949) 214-3598
Webb, Catherine

Professor

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D., Instructional Leadership, Argosy University, 2007
  • MAEd., Supervision and Administration, University of Phoenix, 2002
  • B. A., History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
  • B. A., Geography/Environmental Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1995

Biography

Dr. Catherine Webb is a Professor of Education and Coordinator of the California Administrator Performance Assessment (CalAPA). She serves on the Institutional Review Board at Concordia University Irvine and is the Subject Matter Expert for EDUA 516, EDUA 517, EDUA 561, EDUA562 and EDUA563 (5 of the 8 Administrative courses in the MAEd. program). Dr. Webb serves as a generalist currently teaching Education Technology, Administration, and Curriculum and Instruction courses in the MAEd program as well as Dissertation Seminars for the Doctoral Program.

Dr. Webb served as a K-8 teacher, special education teacher, site administrator, and district administrator for over 15 years in California and Arizona. She holds a Clear Administrative Services credential and Clear Teaching credential in both states. Dr. Webb defended her dissertation on the efficacy of professional learning communities and the impact school improvement initiatives have on student academic achievement. Dr. Webb’s expertise lies in curriculum, Instruction and assessment, administration, and technology. Dr. Webb served as a consultant and professional development presenter, serving school districts nationwide. Dr. Webb has worked in Higher Education since 2007.

Areas of Expertise

  • Technology
  • 21st century Teaching and Learning
  • Classroom Management
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Diverse Learners
  • School Improvement
  • Common Core Standards
  • Action Research
  • APA
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