Administrators | College of Education and Human Services | SIU

Southern Illinois University




Matthew W. Keefer

Dean of the College of Education and Human Services

Dean Matthew W. Keefer

Dean's Office
Office: Wham 115
Phone: 618-453-2415

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.

Saran Donahoo

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Saran Donahoo

Dean's Office
Office: Wham 115
Phone: 618-453-7314

Dr. Saran Donahoo is Professor in Educational Administration and Higher Education and Director of the College Student Personnel Program. She earned both her doctorate in Educational Organization and Leadership and her M. A. in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her B. A. in secondary education at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include legal issues affecting education, educational policy, international/comparative education, and educational diversity and equity for both K-12 and postsecondary education. She has also served as Associate Editor for Media Reviews for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Her published works include co-editing Teaching Leaders to Lead Teachers: Educational Administration in the Era of Constant Crisis and articles in Teachers College Record, Equity & Excellence in Education, Christian Higher Education, Urban Education, Education and Urban Society, and Race & Justice as well as an array of book chapters. Her recent research examines connections between hair, identity, careers, and postsecondary education. Her professional activities focus on helping students to navigate campus life, complete their degrees, and transition into their careers.

Nancy Mundschenk

Director of Teacher Education

Nancy Mundschenk

Office: Wham 135
Phone: 618-453-2354

Nancy Mundschenk Vita

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.