Matthew W. Keefer
Dean of the College of Education and Human Services
Dr. Matthew Keefer is Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Prior to his arrival at SIU Carbondale Dr. Keefer was Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Missouri St Louis (UMSL), part of the University of Missouri (UM) System. During his time within the UM System Dr. Keefer undertook a wide variety of academic and administrative roles providing leadership on several strategic initiatives and programmatic decisions for his college, the UMSL campus, and UM University System. Dr. Keefer’s research focuses on the design and assessment of pedagogical strategies for teaching professional ethics, studies of moral reasoning and character education, and professional development for implementing problem-based learning programs. He has also published theoretical papers on moral reasoning and investigations of collaborative discussion and informal argument. Dr. Keefer has been the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI for several different research projects, including four National Science Foundation awards and three from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. He earned his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto.
Cynthia H. Sims
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Cynthia Sims, Ed.D., Associate Dean, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Workforce Education and Development, where she served as the Department Chair during 2014-2016. She has served in faculty and staff positions in institutions of higher education for over 25 years. Dr. Sims is an active member of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) and has presented and published numerous papers and articles in the areas of diversity & inclusion, unearned privilege in the workplace, and the impacts of lookism and colorism on women's careers. Dr. Sims has been a governor-appointed Commissioner for the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for seven years, and in 2012, she received a Service Award from the Association for Career and Technical Education. Dr. Sims was also presented the Lifelong Learning Award from the School for New Learning at DePaul University in 2014.
Interim Associate Dean Sims earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisville, a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University, and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She received her Doctor of Education in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University.
Director of Teacher Education
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1992
Dr. Mundschenk provides leadership on educator preparation in the College of Education and Humans Services and across the university. Nancy is committed to working collaboratively with program coordinators, department chairs, academic advisors, and college administrators, developing programs that help educator candidates make meaningful connections between theory and current research, in order to implement evidence-based practices that will positively impact student learning. She cultivates partnerships with P-12 school principals and superintendents to ensure strong clinical preparation programs.
Dr. Mundschenk chairs the Unit Accreditation Coordinating Council and the Advisory Board for Teacher Education, serves as the NCATE/CAEP Coordinator, and acts as the liaison to the Illinois State Board of Education, and is the Licensure Officer.