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DILE Faculty and Staff

Margolis

Jason Margolis, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
413 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6106
margolisj@duq.edu
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Jason Margolis (Ph.D. Teacher Education, University of Michigan, ‘03) has served as DILE Department Chair since 2011. A former New York City public high school English teacher (1993-1999), Dr. Margolis focuses his teacher education classes around "3rd space approaches" to engage diverse learners. His research explores the intersection of school change, teacher professional development, and teacher leadership.

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Ayieko

Rachel A. Ayieko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
106A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1164
ayiekor@duq.edu
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Rachel Ayieko (Ph.D. Mathematics Education, Michigan State University, '14) has a devotion to understanding students' thinking, as well as ways to create better understanding through collaborative learning. She was a recent grant awardee of the American Educational Research Association, with her work exploring the opportunities and beliefs of pre-service teachers in learning to teach elementary school mathematics.

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Boston

Melissa D. Boston, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
G14 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6109
bostonm@duq.edu
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Melissa Boston (Ed.D. Mathematics Education, University of Pittsburgh, '06) is the lead developer of the Instructional Quality Assessment (IQA) Toolkit in Mathematics, a classroom observation instrument used to assess the quality of tasks and talk in mathematics lessons. She focuses her mathematics education courses and research on teaching mathematics using cognitively challenging tasks and engaging students in rich mathematical discussions.

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Carbonara

David D. Carbonara, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
327A Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4039
carbonara@duq.edu
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David D. Carbonara (Ed.D. Science Education, Educational Research & Methodology, University of Pittsburgh, '90) is committed to preparing teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms and specialists to serve as technology coaches in schools, colleges, universities and private industry. He leads the effort to offer the PDE Online Teacher Endorsement and to incorporate Spiritan Pedagogy to describe how students and teachers walk together in life.

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Chao

Xia Chao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
102E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.2329
chaox@duq.edu
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Xia Chao (Ph.D. Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Alabama, '13) has taught elementary to college age students in the fields of English as a second/foreign language in the U.S. and China, K-12 English language learners instruction, and graduate level courses in TESOL and literacy education. Her research focuses on exploring sociocultural second language and literacy acquisition in accordance with critical applied linguistics. Her work targets the intersection of language, power, identity, class, race, and religion in multilingual and multicultural settings with emphasis on immigrant family literacy and second language teacher education.

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Heo

Misook Heo, Ph.D.

Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
327B Fisher Hall 
Phone: 412.396.1662
heom@duq.edu
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Misook Heo (Ph.D. Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, '00) serves as the Director of the Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership. She teaches courses focusing on the design and development of learning environments. Her research interests include information visualization, knowledge sharing and motivation, online social awareness, and informal learning.

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Kush

Joseph Kush, Ph.D.

Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
327C Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1151
kush@duq.edu
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Joseph C. Kush (Ph.D. School Psychology, Arizona State University, ‘84) teaches within the Instructional Technology Program, and his research interests include issues related to assessment, test fairness, and using technology to assess cognitive processing and enhance learning. He has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles, written several books and book chapters, and frequently presents papers at national and international conferences. He is a Visiting Professor at the Shaanxi Institute of International Trade and Commerce in Xi'an China, an accomplished guitarist, and uses Macintosh computers exclusively.

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Levitt

Karen Levitt, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
409A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6103
levitt@duq.edu
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Karen Levitt (Ed.D. Science Education, University of Pittsburgh, '96) serves as the Director of the Leading Teacher Program (LTP), the teacher education program at Duquesne University. Dr. Levitt's primary content area of expertise is science education from Pre-K through middle grades. She has become known for a course and workshop titled, Teaching Science with Toys, for which she has been awarded a Creative Teaching Award. She was also selected as a Teaching Fellow for the Exploratorium's Institute for Inquiry in San Francisco. Dr. Levitt has consulted with area school districts on issues of science education, strategic planning, student assessment, and curriculum development. She has made scholarly and teaching presentations at state, national, and international conferences and has published in the areas of professional development, teacher education, and science education.

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Mahalingappa

Laura Mahalingappa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
101A Canevin Hall 
Phone: 412.396.6111
mahalingappal@duq.edu
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Laura Mahalingappa (Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, '09) serves as the Director of the ESL M.S. Ed., ESL Specialist Certificate, and TESOL Certificate Program. She has taught ESL/EFL in the U.S., Former Soviet Union, and Turkey, and now teaches courses supporting linguistically and culturally diverse learners. Her research on learning and teaching in marginalized communities includes grammatical and sociocultural aspects of bilingual language acquisition. Specifically teachers' beliefs about teaching linguistically and culturally diverse populations; using virtual field experiences to prepare preservice teachers to work with English learners; notions of race, ethnicity, and language in ESL teacher preparation programs; and supporting Muslim refugee students through community-based organizations.

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Mautino

Rose Mary Mautino, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
G11 Canevin Hall 
Phone: 412.396.6088
mautino@duq.edu
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Rose Mary Mautino (Ph.D. Reading and Language Arts, University of Pittsburgh,'94) focuses on several research interests. The first is designing and carrying out the teaching methodology of inquiry in both face-to-face classrooms and on-line in higher education. The second area is professional development practices for leadership roles in schools and higher education in both the United States and China. Dr. Mautino is also the Director of the teaching Reading Clinic, a non-profit teaching and educational service of the Duquesne University School of Education. Her third research interest is in students who are struggling readers, whether it be assessment or practices that can improve the reading process. A portion of this interest takes place while directing the Reading Clinic, which is devoted to building confidence for those struggling readers while improving strengths and correcting weaknesses in language arts.

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Meidl

Christopher J. Meidl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
103A Canevin Hall 
Phone: 412.396.2620
meidlc@duq.edu
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Christopher J. Meidl (Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education, Pennsylvania State University, '08) has taught at public schools in Wisconsin, Louisiana, Texas, and Pennsylvania. His teaching methods encourage future teachers to establish identities built upon knowledge, skills, and dispositions as empowering early childhood educators. His areas of research include character/moral education, classroom management, early childhood pre-service teacher identity, and dispositional development.

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Meyer

Carla K. Meyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Literacy Education
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
106D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5837
meyerc2@duq.edu
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Carla Meyer (Ph.D. Literacy Development and Learning Problems, University of Delaware, '09) focuses her research and teaching on preparing and supporting students to become life-long learners, collaborators, and problem-solvers. She explores issues concerning the literacy needs of children in schools, greater literacy demands on adolescents, and developing instruction that will foster student engagement.

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Polat

Nihat Polat, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Associate Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
412B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4464
polatn@duq.edu
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Nihat Polat (Ph.D. Foreign Language Education and Applied linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, '07) has two research tracks. The first area concerns applied linguistics and L2 acquisition while the second one focuses on teacher education. His research has appeared in journals like Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning & Technology, Linguistics and Education, Teaching Education, Foreign Language Annals, Language Learning Journal, System, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, International Journal of Educational Research, and Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. He is a consulting editor for the Journal of Educational Research while also serving as the Chair of TESOL Applied Linguistics Interest Section.

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Quinones

Sandra Quiñones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
410A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4517
quinoness@duq.edu
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Sandra Quinones (Ph.D. Teaching and Curriculum, University of Rochester, '12) works to create learning experiences that support individuality and collaboration in and out of the classroom. She challenges her students to expand notions of literacy in a diverse, rapidly-changing world so they may gain the confidence and skills necessary to thrive in a complex and demanding profession.

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Ritter

Jason K. Ritter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
102A Canevin
Phone: 412.396.4515
ritterj@duq.edu
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Jason K. Ritter (Ph.D. Social Studies Education, University of Georgia, '08) focuses his research and teaching on better understanding and promoting the view of social studies education as a process of critical inquiry capable of fulfilling the democratic mission of schooling. He explores issues of diversity, citizenship, and culture as they relate to the professional learning, development, and pedagogy of teacher educators and teachers.

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Santau

Alexandra Santau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
110A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4516
santaua@duq.edu
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Alexandra O. Santau (Ph.D. Science Education, University of Miami, '08) has been researching the effectiveness of pre-service teacher education, as well as professional development for in-service science teachers, all within the context of inquiry-based, constructivist, and student-led science teaching. Most of her efforts involve collaborations with scientists, educators from other content areas, and local schools.

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Williams

Julia Ann Williams, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
409B Canevin Hall 
Phone: 412.396.6098
williamsj@duq.edu
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Julia Williams (Ed.D. Instructional Leadership, Duquesne University, ‘07) focuses on preparing teachers to create developmentally appropriate, engaging, and culturally relevant environments for young children. She was an inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Fellow at Duquesne University and seeks to engage all stakeholders, teachers, parents, and the community to enhance the lives of young children. She currently serves as the Director of the PreK-4 program.

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Komal Rizvi

Assistant to the Directors, Instructional Technology; ESL
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
327 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1995
rizvik@duq.edu

Kristy Lee MullenKristy Lee Mullen

Assistant to the Department Chair
Assistant to the Director
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
414B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4779
mullenk2@duq.edu

Ashley Young

Assistant to the Directors: Reading Clinic, Reading and Language Arts, Secondary, Middle Level
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
G14 Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6088
younga8@duq.edu