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 Teacher Education
Office: Wham 135
Ph.D., University of Iowa
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.