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Foreign Language Education Program Faculty

The faculty members and instructors in the Foreign Language teacher education program at KU are dedicated to providing robust learning opportunities.

Bruce Frey
Professor
785-864-9706
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 643

Bruce Frey, Ph.D. was trained at the University of Kansas in the areas of statistics, measurement and research design. His areas of research include classroom assessment, instrument development and program evaluation. Dr. Frey is the author of several books, including Statistics Hacks and Modern... more

David Hansen
Associate Professor
785-864-1874
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 642

Dr. Hansen is an associate professor at the University of Kansas in the School of Education where he teaches and maintains an active research program as a graduate faculty member. He completed his doctorate (2001) and post-doctorate experience (2001 to 2007) at the University of Illinois at... more

Steve Lee
Professor, Chair, Department of Educational Psychology
785-864-9701
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 618

Steven Lee received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in School Psychology in 1986. He has been on the faculty of the University of Kansas for 28 years. He is a Professor in the School Psychology Training Program. He teaches courses in psychological consultation, therapeutic... more

Young-Jin Lee
Associate Professor
785-864-0625
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 413

Young-Jin Lee is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Kansas (KU). He received his doctorate in Educational Psychology focusing on Educational Computing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and participated in various research projects at... more

Suzanne Robinson
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 544

Suzanne Robinson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and the Area Coordinator for High Incidence Special Education teacher education. Dr. Robinson earned her doctoral degree with a major in Special Education and a minor in Cognitive... more

John Rury
Professor of Education (ELPS) and (by courtesy) History and African & African American Studies
785-864-9697
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 423

John Rury is a historian of American education and also conducts research in education policy studies, especially regarding metropolitan schools. He is particularly concerned with inequality in education, past and present.

He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1982... more

Nicole Babalola
Lecturer
785-864-2874
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 331

Nicole S. Babalola, lecturer, joined the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the fall of 2013. Previously she worked as an Educational Technology Specialist in online learning at Ottawa University and a early childhood teacher in a public charter school. Babalola earned her Ph.D. from the... more

James Ellis
Associate Professor, Accreditation Coordinator, Middle Science Education Program Coordinator
785-864-9847
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 346

Jim Ellis, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 1997. Prior to joining the KU faculty, he worked for two years as a program officer at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, for thirteen years as a senior staff associate at the... more

Reva Friedman
Associate Professor
785-864-9724
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 446

Reva C. Friedman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas, where she was responsible for degree and graduate certificate programs in gifted/talented/creative child education for 35 years. A former high school teacher and teacher of gifted students... more

Manuela Gonzalez-Bueno
Associate Professor, Foreign Language Education Program Coordinator
785-864-9674
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 342

I obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Spanish at The Pennsylvania State University in May 1994. My major field was Spanish Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition. I had previously obtained an undergraduate degree (Licenciatura) in Hispanic Philology (concentration in... more

Heidi Hallman
Associate Professor, Secondary English Education Program Coordinator
785-864-9670
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 338

Heidi L. Hallman, associate professor of English education, joined the faculty in 2007. Hallman received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include studying “at risk” students’ literacy learning as well as how prospective English teachers are... more

Lauri Herrmann-Ginsberg
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 340

Lauri Herrmann-Ginsberg, lecturer, joined the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the fall of 2005. Previously she had worked as an Instructional Designer and Lecturer at Colorado State University and as an English teacher in a public high school. She received a BA in English with Education... more

Dorothy Hines-Datiri
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 306

Dr. Dorothy Hines-Datiri holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in African and African American Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the School of Education. She received a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Michigan State University. Dr.... more

Paul Markham
Associate Professor
785-864-9677
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 440

Paul Markham completed his doctorate at The Ohio State University in 1984.

He had taught foreign languages and ESL prior to that time in Idaho and Utah.

Dr. Markham came to the University of Kansas in 1990. Since that time, the program course offerings and the number of ESOL... more

Lizette Peter
Associate Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 439

Lizette Peter, associate professor, joined the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at KU in the fall of 2005. Peter earned a BA in French with secondary teaching certification from the University of Montana, an MA in anthropology from the University of Kansas, and a PhD in Curriculum and... more

M'Balia Thomas
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 308

M’Balia B. Thomas, Assistant Professor of TESOL, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2014. Dr. Thomas holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Arizona. As an Applied Linguist, Dr. Thomas investigates language use by speakers of English as a second/foreign... more


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