M Cecil Smith
Dean of the School of Education
Office: Wham 115
M Cecil Smith began his tenure as dean of the new School of Education in July, 2020. He came to Southern Illinois University from West Virginia University, where he served as associate dean for research and graduate education and a faculty member in the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development, from 2013 to 2020. During his service as associate dean, he led an effort to establish a robust faculty development program for new faculty members, create policies to ensure strong advising support for students, and he directed a college research office that saw a 28% increase in external research funding. Prior to his work at WVU, he was a faculty member in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University, where he co-created the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy. A scholar of adult literacy, his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, and the U.S. Department of Education. He has published more than 50 research articles and is the editor or co-editor of six scholarly books, including the forthcoming 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education (Stylus Publishing). He also serves as editor of the journal, New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. He earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988.
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Office: Wham 115
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.
Director of the Office of Teacher Education
Office: Wham 135
Dr. Christie McIntyre is also Associate Director, Program Review and Assessment, and Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction.
Her research interests include teacher development, assessment for student learning (Pre-K to College), and applications of constructivism. She is currently engaged in a longitudinal study of pre-service teachers’ constructions of becoming teachers, and she is working on a collective case study that is documenting how two teachers are applying constructivism in their classrooms. Dr. McIntyre has been invited to share her work related to assessments of teacher candidates at local, state, and national conferences. She has served on college level and university level assessment committees. As the advisor of educ8kdz, she has led two service learning trips to New Orleans, where teacher candidates have worked in schools and child care centers impacted by hurricanes in that area. She also assists the educ8kdz members in local projects that support young children.