M Cecil Smith
Dean of the School of Education
Office: Wham 115
The Dean's bio will be available shortly.
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 Teacher Education
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1992
Dr. Mundschenk provides leadership on educator preparation in the School of Education 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.