Faculty Directory

Primary Program Faculty

Susan L. Amato-Henderson

  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Motivation Science
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Impact of Values on Behavior
  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Individual Differences in STEM Learning

Briana Bettin

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • User experience
  • Human factors
  • Human-computer Interactions
  • Mental models
  • Information representation
  • Rural digital literacy
  • Education, engagement, and retention
  • Digital anthropology 

Kedmon N. Hungwe

  • Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Cultural foundations of cognition 
  •  Media theory and criticism
  • Lifespan development theory
  • STEM education

Shane T. Mueller

  • Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Computational Modeling
  • Recognitional Decision Making
  • Perceptual and Memory Processes
  • Representations of Cultural Knowledge

Erich Petushek

  • Assistant Professor, Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors

Research Interests

  • Injury/Illness Prevention
  • Implementation Science
  • Information Design
  • Risk Assessment and Communication 
Destaney Sauls

Destaney Sauls

  • Visiting Instructor

Research Interests

  • Dark personality traits
  • Basic emotional systems
  • Platonic friendships and alliances
  • Motivation and influence
  • Social values and worldviews

Samantha Smith

  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Cognitive demand of physical tasks
  • Cognitive state assessment
  • Multitasking
  • Sustained attention 

Kelly S. Steelman

  • Department Chair and Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science

Research Interests

  • Basic and applied attention
  • Models of attention
  • Human performance in aviation
  • Display design
  • Tech adoption
  • Technology training

Shari Stockero

  • Assistant Provost for Faculty Development
  • Professor, Mathematics Education
  • Director of Teacher Education, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests  

  • Mathematics Teacher Noticing
  • Mathematics Teaching Practice
  • Teacher Professional Development
Kay Tislar

Kay Tislar

  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Undergraduate Advisor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Multimedia and e-learning
  • Software interface design and usability
  • Software requirements and other documentation
  • Technical communications 

Kevin M. Trewartha

  • Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • Graduate Program Director, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Lab Website

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Aging
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Motor Learning
  • Sensorimotor Control
  • Memory
  • Cognitive Control

Leo C. Ureel II

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Coordinator, College of Computing Learning Center

Area of Expertise

  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science Education
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Elizabeth Veinott

  • Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Director, Center for Human-Centered Computing

Research Interests

  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Learning and Video Games for STEM
  • CSCW
  • Structured Analytic Techniques

Allied Faculty

Bradley H. Baltensperger

  • Emeritus Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Research Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • STEM Learning and Teaching
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Earth Science Education

Amber Bennett

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Trauma & Complex Trauma
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Children and Families
  • Mental Health Outcomes for LGBTQIA+ youth

Joan Chadde-Schumaker

  • Director, Family Engineering Program
  • Staff, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes education and stewardship
  • Environmental education
  • K-5 engineering and STEM outreach
  • K-12 science education
  • K-12 teacher professional learning
    Communicating Science to a lay audience
  • Co-facilitator of biannual Lake Superior Youth Symposium students in grades 8-12
  • Producer and disseminater of 85+ Great Lakes floor maps and Lake Superior floor maps
  • Coordinator of 9 Water Festivals for Gr. 4-12 students in the western Upper Peninsula
  • Coordinator of 15 Western Upper Peninsula STEM Festivals for Gr. 4-8 students (2004-2019)

Paul Charlesworth

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Chemical education
  • Technology-supported learning
  • Online and Blended Classrooms
  • Flipped Classrooms
  • Spatial Ability
Thomas Freeman

Thomas Freeman

  • Sr. Instructional Designer, Online Learning Specialist, Adjunct Instructor

Education

Master of Arts -Education and Human Dev.
The George Washington University

Specialties

  • Specializes in the design, development and improvement of online learning courses
  • Provides instructional design services and teaches current best practices for teaching and learning online
  • Specializes in and assists with the development and improvement of online learning degree and certificate programs
  • Conducts training sessions and designs and delivers workshops and instructional materials covering online learning course design and development and Learning Management Systems use
Amanda Gonczi

Amanda Gonczi

  • Associate Research Scientist, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director of Research and Evaluation, Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform

Areas of Expertise 

  • Design and implementation of professional development for K-12 and undergraduate STEM teachers
  • K-12 STEM education research 
  • Program evaluation 

Amanda's CV

Research Interests

  • Instructional practices that support environmental literacy and stewardship
  • Integration of computing into STEM education
  • Teachers beliefs about reforms-based science instruction including nature of science, inquiry, engineering, Next Generation Science Standards, and technology integration
  • Professional development elements (remote and face-to-face) that support instructional change, teacher leadership and reforms-based science instruction
  • Using levels of inquiry to support teachers' understanding and integration of mathematical and scientific inquiry in k-12 education
  • Teachers' understandings regarding key concepts in science including respiration and photosynthesis

Jacqueline E. Huntoon

  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Specialties

  • Geoscience
  • Teacher Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment

John L. Irwin

  • Professor and Chair, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Director, Research and Innovation in STEAM Education Institute (RISE)

Research Interests

  • Problem-based learning methods applied in the areas of CAD/CAM
  • Static and dynamic model simulation
  • Product and manufacturing work cell verification

Teaching Interests

  • Parametric Modeling
  • Statics and Strength of Materials
  • Product Design and Development
  • CAE and FEA Methods
  • Computer-aided Manufacturing
  • Senior Design

Michelle Jarvie-Eggart

  • Assistant Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Technology Adoption
  • Online Learning
  • Service Learning
  • First-year Engineering
  • Sustainability

John A Jaszczak

  • Professor of Physics
  • Director and John and Phyllis Seaman Endowed Curator, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Nanotechnology Education
  • Assessment in STEM education

Research Interests

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices
  • Modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials
  • Atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics
  • Crystal growth
  • Mineralogy of natural graphite

Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Computer Science and CLS

Research Interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction/ Human-Robot Interaction
  • Auditory Displays/ Sonification
  • Affective Computing/ Emotional Design
  • Automotive User Interfaces
  • Assistive Technology for Special Populations
  • Aesthetic Computing/ Media Art

William A. Kennedy

  • Emeritus Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience of Learning and Memory
  • Educational Reform and Redesign
  • Persuasion and Attitude Change

Lorelle A. Meadows

  • Founding Dean, Pavlis Honors College
  • Research Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Specialties

  • STEM Education Research
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Service-Learning
Michael Meyer

Michael R. Meyer

  • Teaching Professor
  • Faculty Development

Education

  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Physics, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Specialties

  • Provides instructional support including learning technologies, student surveys, and instructional workshops
  • Holds pedagogical consultations with faculty and staff from all departments
  • Conducts training for graduate teaching assistants
  • 50% appointment as physics teaching professor

Robert Pastel

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Faculty Advisor, Humane Interface Design Enterprise

Links of Interest

Area of Expertise

  • Mobile App Design and Usability
  • Software Development and Processes
  • Computer Science Education

Jon Sticklen

  • Associate Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Jon Sticklen CV

Innovation in Education

  • Infusion of systems viewpoints to applied engineering sciences
  • Growth in enrollment achievement
  • Led a strong faculty team to systemically reimagine and implement the Tech First-Year Engineering Program

Research Interests

  • Factors enhancing student engagement in their own learning
  • Systemic approaches to distance learning that enhance active learning, and 
  • Applications of Design Thinking as an exemplar of client-centered design with application to Problem/Project-based learning
Carla Strome

Carla Strome

  • Adjunct Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Charles Wallace

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction, College of Computing
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • software usability & accessibility
  • gerontechnology
  • smart & connected communities
  • communication in software development
  • agile development methods
  • applied formal methods
  • computing ethics
  • sustainable computing
  • computer science & software engineering education

Paul Ward

  • Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Study of Expertise
  • Perceptual-Cognitive Skills
  • Training
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Applied Cognition
  • Cognitive Engineering
  • Human Factors
  • Sports Science