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Faculty & Staff

natalie cobb

Natalie Cobb, M.S.Ed.
Director of Clinical and Field-Based Experiences
Office: 909, Foyle

B.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas
M.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas

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Mrs. Cobb is the Director of Clinical and Field-Based Experiences for graduate and undergraduate programs. Within this role, she supervises teacher candidates and interns, and she is the instructor for the Final Clinical Experience Seminar class. Previously, Mrs. Cobb taught high school English for ten years in the Shawnee Mission and De Soto school districts. She also served on the Curriculum Council, and she was the Department Chairperson. She has certifications in secondary English and social studies. Her areas of expertise are curriculum, instruction, and teacher development. Mrs. Cobb is currently finishing her Doctoral degree at the University of Kansas.

Wendy Donnell, Ph.D.

Wendy Johnson Donnell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor for Literacy
Office: 918, Foyle

B.S.E., University of Kansas
M.S.E., Kansas State University
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Dr. Donnell's area of expertise is literacy acquisition, with emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse students. She comes to Avila after 30 years in the public schools; during that tenure, she held positions at the classroom, school, and district level. She has participated in international reading research conferences as invited guest and presenter. Dr. Donnell currently teaches undergraduate classes in foundations of literacy and the diagnostic and reflective teaching of reading.

Sue Ellen McCalley, Ph.D.

Sue Ellen McCalley, Ph.D.
Professor of Education and Psychology
Office: 922, Foyle
B.S., Northwestern University
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Ph.D., University of Kansas

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Dr. McCalley's expertise is in special education. She has traveled internationally with educational groups to consult on special education development and treatment programs. In recent years, she has traveled to China, Russia, South Africa, India and Singapore. She is also a member of the Oxford Round Table on Children with Disabilities, Oxford University, England. Dr. McCalley teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in both education and psychology. She serves as the academic advisor for middle school and secondary education students and supervisor of student teachers. Dr. McCalley serves on the executive board of the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.

Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education
Office: 914, Foyle
B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
M.A., Southern Nazarene University
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Dr. Garber-Miller is the Dean in the School of Education. She specializes in reading and the language arts. She teaches a variety of literacy, language arts, ESOL, and practicum courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is a certified teacher in Kansas and Missouri. In recent years she has taught and participated in international education projects in Armenia, Botswana, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Hungary, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Thailand, Ukraine, and Zambia. She presents for the International Reading Association and other educational organizations as well as consults and provides professional development for K-12 school districts. Dr. Garber-Miller served as President Elect of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and serves on the board for the Kansas City Urban Youth Center. She advises elementary education students and supervises clinical experiences, student teachers, and interns.

Bradley Poos, Ph.D.

Bradley Poos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: 916, Foyle
B.A., University of Kansas
M.Ed., Rockhurst University
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Dr. Poos specializes in the historical and sociological foundations of education and has particular expertise in the areas of race and schooling in the United States. His research has largely focused on using oral history to explore the lived experiences of people of color around issues of segregation and desegregation. Dr. Poos began his career in education as a middle school and high school social studies teacher, before working as a middle school counselor and is certified in both secondary social studies and K-12 counseling and guidance. Dr. Poos teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and advises middle and secondary education students, as well as student teachers. Additionally, Dr. Poos serves as the faculty sponsor for the Avila Education Association (AEA) and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society (KDPi).

Nilufer Guler, Ph.D.

Nilufer Guler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: 912, Foyle
B.A. - Middle East Technical University
M.A. - Ohio University
Ph.D. - University of Missouri-Columbia

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Dr. Guler specializes in TESOL, ELL education and teacher education. She taught ESL/EFL courses both in the United States and abroad. Her research mainly focuses on preparing pre-service and in-service teachers to teach English Language Learners. She is widely published, has presented at numerous conferences, and has more than 10 years of ESL/ELL teaching experience at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Guler teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses. She serves as the academic advisor for middle school and secondary education students and supervisor of student teachers.

Staff & Administrators

Stacy Keith, Ph.D.

Stacy Keith, Ed.D.
Director of Graduate Education
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: 906, Foyle
B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.S.E. Graceland University
Ed.D., Saint Louis University

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Dr. Keith serves as the Director of the Graduate Education programs. She is also the academic advisor for the School of Educations’ master's programs: International Education and Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Teaching English as a Second Language. During her years of service at Avila, Dr. Keith has taught undergraduate and graduate education classes and supervised student teachers. Dr. Keith serves on the advisory council for the School of Graduate Studies, the Teacher Preparation Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Board. She is also a member of Avila University’s Faculty Assembly.

Alicia Murillo

Alicia Murillo, M.A.
Assessment Coordinator & Certification Officer
Office: 910, Foyle
B.A., M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Mrs. Murillo assists students with the completion of the state teacher certification process. Additionally, she coordinates the collection and dissemination of assessment data for university, state, and federal reporting needs.

Tena Saucedo

Cory Roup, M.S. Ed
Graduate Education Enrollment & Academic Advisor
Office: 908, Foyle
B.S., Northwest Missouri State University M.S. Ed., Northwest Missouri State University

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Mr. Roup has an educational background in psychology and education, focusing on guidance and counseling. He has earned his certification as a 7-12 School Counselor and has been trained in the developmental approach to school counseling and the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program. Mr. Roup began his career advising and teaching psychology students as a Graduate Assistant, and has gone on to teach a variety of Student Success and Academic Strategies courses in higher education. His expertise is in the areas of student engagement and development, course scheduling, and the admissions process. Mr. Roup coordinates the enrollment of all graduate education students, and serves as the academic advisor for Graduate Initial Teacher Certification students.

Tena Saucedo

Tena Saucedo
Placement Coordinator for Clinical and Field-based Experiences
Office: 907, Foyle

B.A. in Psychology – Columbia College, Certificated in Mental Health and Wellness

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Mrs. Saucedo is the placement coordinator for all field-based and clinical experiences for Avila University’s School of Education. She serves as the liaison between the School of Education, teacher candidates, and school districts. She also handles field-based and student teaching correspondence and related administrative duties.

Julie Saviano

Julie Saviano
Office Manager for the School of Education
Office: 91, Foyle

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Mrs. Saviano is the office manager for the School of Education. She began her career at Avila in August 1999 where she served as Director of the Child Care for five years. In August 2004 she joined the School of Education.