People

Faculty

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Full-time Faculty

Photo of William C. Diehl, Ph.D., Chair, Clinical Professor of Education, Coordinator of Online Graduate Programs, University of New England

Chair, Education Department

Clinical Professor of Education

Coordinator of Online Graduate Programs

(207) 602-2681

wdiehl@une.edu

Expertise

Distance Education

Adult Education

Educational Technology

Elementary Education

Audrey Bartholomew

Assistant Professor

(207) 602-2685

abartholomew1@une.edu

Decary Hall
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Audrey Bartholomew is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department.  Prior to coming to UNE, Audrey was a graduate assistant for the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center in Charlotte, North Carolina where she worked with states on improving secondary transition practices for students with disabilities.  Audrey has taught both middle and high school and has worked with a wide range of students with disabilities in both segregated and inclusive settings. 

Expertise

Secondary transition for students with disabilities

inclusive practices and schools

positive behavior support

effective online teaching practices

Assistant Professor Literacy

(207) 602-2682

lclarke1@une.edu

Decary Hall
149

I taught fourth grade in Rochester, NY, Willamston, SC, and then reading intervention in Cincinnati, OH. I completed my doctorate in Literacy at the University of Cincinnati. Upon completion I taught courses in Literacy Education at the College of Mt. St. Joseph and Northern Kentucky University before coming to the University of New England. I have published two books, one edited book called High Tech Teaching Success (Prufrock Press)  with Dr. Kevin Besnoy and The Reading Turn Around  (Teachers College...

Expertise

Literacy

Struggling Readers

Literacy and Technology

Course Development

Literature Circles

Gender and Education

Director, Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Professor

(207) 602-2010

mcollay@une.edu

Decary Hall

Michelle Collay is professor in the Department of Education. A former public school music teacher, she is a scholar-practitioner who integrates teaching and scholarship in higher education and PK-12 settings. Her research interests include teacher professional socialization with attention to how life experience shapes teachers' professional identities. Collay has worked as a school leadership coach in urban and rural settings, with school leaders engaged in developing professional learning communities. She continues to study constructivist teaching, leading, and equity-focused inquiry in...

Associate Lecturer

(207) 602-2844

kdavis11@une.edu

Decary Hall
149

Dr. Kathleen V. Davis has served in increasingly responsible professional/academic positions in higher education universities, community colleges and in K-12 school settings with a career of successful and accomplished achievements and commitment to leadership in the academy. Through her service as an associate vice president, dean, chief academic officer, community college president, and associate professor she has dedicated her time and talents to advancing the mission of higher education. She is proficient in the most state-of-the-art technology associated with sound...

Expertise

higher education administration

Women in Higher Education Administration

Organizational leadership

Visiting Assistant Lecturer

(207) 602-2683

pflood@une.edu

Decary Hall
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Pam Flood is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of New England, and facilitates courses and advises dissertation research in the Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

Pam has served as leader in a variety of capacities: teacher leader, school administrator, assistant director at a University Center on Disability Studies, and assistant director/ research faculty for several non-profit organizations.  She has worked with schools to improve instruction and assessment, school climate, and student engagement in schools throughout the state of...

Expertise

Leadership development in heart

mind and spirit

organizational change

modeling/sharing leadership to facilitate leadership skills among all community members

development of culturally proficient leaders

Professor

(207) 602-2228

shillman@une.edu

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Susan Hillman is the founding director of the Center for the Enrichment of Teaching and Learning and full professor at the University of New England.  She has taught in higher education since 1983 when she received her Ph.D. from Indiana University (IU) in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in law (IU Law School).  She has taught extensively in the areas of science pedagogy, mathematics pedagogy, school law, and general curriculum and instruction methodology.  Her research interests include evolving issues...

Expertise

School law

measuring dispositions in pre-service teachers

teacher education effectiveness

math and science elementary methods

social justice mediation.

Carolyn Marie Marcotte

Ph.D., CAS, MS

Associate Lecturer, Department of Education, MSE and CAGS Online Programs

(207) 602-2242

cmarcotte@une.edu

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Dr. Carol Marcotte completed her doctorate in School Administration & Supervision at Berne University International Graduate School in St. Kitts, West Indies. Her primary specialty areas include literacy and educational leadership.


Carol’s education started as a regular classroom and special education teacher. Multi-age and looping schedules were part of her classroom expertise.  In addition to working as a classroom teacher, she was a principal for 8 years. Her first role at University of New...

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2566

hsadlier@une.edu

Decary Hall

Dr. Heather Dwyer Sadlier is an Associate Professor and Diversity Educator. She teaches the following courses: American Education, Causes & Cost of Inequity, Educational Psychology & Classroom Management, Literacy for Diverse Learners, and Social Studies Methods. Dr. Sadlier worked with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity to contribute to the development of the University of New England's Diversity Leadership Certificate program. She teaches two of the program's required workshops: Bias & Stereotypes and Socioeconomic Class-Classism. Prior to earning her...

Expertise

Diversity educator: exploring biases & stereotypes; bullying

harassment

& hate prevention. Creating inclusive classroom & school climates; respecting differences; challenging assumptions; critical thinking; teaching strategies for active learning; colla

Adjunct

Adjunct Professor

(207) 602-2692

dakerman@une.edu

Off-Campus

Darren Akerman earned his MSEd and his CAGS in Educational Leadership as distance learning programs at the University of New England. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor teaching Motivational Theory and Classroom Management. He is also employed as Gifted and Talented Coordinator for MSAD 75. Darren's experience includes teaching grades one, five, and nine (English, Language Arts), Elementary and Middle School Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, and Technology Integrator. He is certified as a Superintendent as well. Darren has published fiction...

Expertise

School Administration

Educational leadership

Gifted & Talented

Ella Benson

Ed. D.

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer

(207) 602-2631

ebenson2@une.edu

Off-Campus

Ella Benson has taught graduate level courses online and in person for several colleges and universities since 2003. Dr. Benson is a 2003 graduate of the of the University of Virginia’s Educational Leadership program where her dissertation work focused on the relationship between school climate and student achievement in low income elementary schools. Prior to her work in higher education Ella was a middle and high school special education teacher.

Expertise

Transformative Leadership

Higher Education Leadership

Classroom Management

Don Cannan

Ed.D.

Adjunct Professor

dcannan@une.edu

Off-Campus

Dr. Cannan has worked in the field of Education for 34 years. He is currently the Executive Director for the Maine Administrators of Career & Technical Education, MACTE. He has worked for University of New England for 20 semesters teaching five different courses in the MSEd & CAGS programs. Don also teaches for Husson University located in Bangor, Maine.

Dr. Cannan has been a teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator in public education. His forte has been aligned to Career &...

Expertise

Career & Technical Education

Educational leadership

Guidance & Counseling

Associate Adjunct Lecturer

(207) 602-2692

dcannan1@une.edu

Off-Campus

David Cannan completed his undergraduate degree at a small private university (Dakota Wesleyan University) in Mitchell, South Dakota.  He went on to complete his graduate work at the University of Southern Maine (Gorham, Maine) while adding to his studies with additional courses and leadership activities (participant and presenter) at Wayne State University (Michigan) and Eastern Michigan University. After a brief stint as a Navy pilot in the early 70's, David began his teaching career at the high school level.  He...

Expertise

Secondary School Education

Educational leadership

Professional Learning Communities

Seconday Science Education

Secondary School Administration

Teaching Methodology

Carey S. Clark

PhD, RN, AHN-BC, RYT

Adjunct Associate Lecturer

(207) 602-2631

cclark14@une.edu

Off-Campus

Dr. Clark has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and she has worked as a nurse in a variety of healthcare settings including acute nursing, hospice nursing, and community health settings.

Dr. Clark completed a qualitative research internship at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and she is actively involved with the grassroots research of the Nurse Manifest Project, which focuses on the emancipation of the nursing profession. She has multiple journal articles exploring caring in nursing and nursing...

Expertise

Transformative Leadership and Change

Nursing Curriculum Development

Holistic Healing Modalities

Healthcare Systems

Healthcare Policy

Policy Analysis

Adjunct Associate Lecturer

Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii at Manoa

(207) 602-2631

jcooper5@une.edu

Off-Campus

Joanne Cooper is a professor emeritus from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, where she taught for twenty-one years in the Department of Educational Administration.  She served as head of the higher education program, as well as Chair of the Faculty Senate in 2001 and Associate Dean of the College in 2002.  She is the recipient of the Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994 and the University’s Mentoring Award in 2011 for her work with graduate students. She...

Expertise

Leadership in higher education

reflection in adult development.

Albert J. Cunningham

Ed. D., J.D.

Adjunct Professor

Junior High Social Studies teacher, Museum teacher at Independence Hall, 1966-1981.  Attorney-at-Law, Doylestown, Pa., Administrator and Adjunct Professor, Temple University School of Law, 1981-1989, Commissioner of Abington Township, Pa., Vice Chairman of the Board, 1984-1988; Adjunct Professor at 5 Pennsylvania Universities, beginning in 1996, taught undergraduate and graduate education and graduate School Law courses.  Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, Kutztown Area and Twin Valley School Districts, Pa. 1989-2002.  Superintendent, Montoursville Area School District, 2002-2007, retired. Teach on-line graduate Education courses...

Expertise

Education Law

Educational Leadership & Policy

Adjunct Professor

cgraffius@une.edu

Off-Campus

This is my sixteenth year teaching in public education. My current position is as a technology instructional coach in Scarborough, Maine. Prior to this I taught in the primary grades for thirteen years where I specialized in teaching literacy and did my graduate work in this area. I have been teaching in the Literacy Concentration at UNE since 2008. I live with my husband, four year old daughter and fourteen year old son in Portland, Maine.

Expertise

Elementary Education

Coaching Teachers for Continuous Growth

Technology Integration for Transformational Change

Adjunct Professor

gholman@une.edu

Off-Campus

Dr. Holman has lived, studied and worked abroad and was fortunate enough to enter college with Advanced Placement credit in German, French and Spanish. While attending Auburn, she taught as Faculty Aerobics Instructor, was a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), served as the President of the Women’s Chorus, performed with the Opera Workshop and the Concert Choir, and was also a member of the Fine Arts Committee, as well as Sigma Delta Pi and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Societies. Dr. Holman...

Expertise

Educational leadership

Literacy

Pedagogy & Methods

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer

(207) 602-2631

cholmquist@une.edu

Off-Campus

Carol Holmquist is an adjunct professor for the Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at UNE, as well as a Research Fellow at Johnson & Wales University. A former CEO for over 25 years serving several nonprofit organizations, Holmquist has also been an instructor and consultant in organizational development and non-profit startups.

Holmquist’s academic research focuses on adult remedial education, non-traditional student transition to college, adult academic self-efficacy, and the role of education in fostering self-sufficiency and independence....

Expertise

Research and implementation strategies for organizational and personal change

Adjunct Professor

tkopetskie@une.edu

Off-Campus

Thomas P. Kopetskie worked in Pennsylvania public schools for 35+ years as a teacher, K-12 building-level administrator and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and pupil services. He began teaching at UNE in 2008. Mr. Kopetskie also worked as an adjunct professor at East Stroudsburg University, supervising student teachers as well as serving as a mentor with the Pennsylvania Department of Education for new K-12 principals.

Expertise

Supervision of Instruction

Curriculum & Instruction

Educational Reform

Educational leadership

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer

(207) 602-2631

smoskowitz@une.edu

Off-Campus

Dr. Steven Moskowitz is currently Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Human Resources in New York and serves as an adjunct professor at several colleges and higher education institutions.  Recently, he completed his doctorate degree in Educational Administration, researching how instructors transition from traditional instructional environments to online environments.  He has been published in numerous national technology publications and presented many technology conferences. He was also a semi-finalist for Technology and Learning’s Tech Leader of the Year Program, and has served...

Expertise

Educational Technology

Online Education

School Administration

Staff Development

School Leadership

Instructional Design

Total Cost of Ownership

Adjunct Professor

(207) 602-2857

Decary Hall

Dr. Dave Murphy is currently finishing his 10th year as the Superintendent of Schools in MSAD #44. Prior to that, Dr. Murphy had been an elementary, middle and high school principal in the same district for 18 years and was selected by the Maine PrincipalsÕ Association as MaineÕs National Distinguished Principal in 1987. Dr. Murphy is a Past President of the New England Association of School Superintendents (NEASS) and sits on the Executive Committee of the Maine School SuperintendentsÕ Association...

Expertise

School Administration<br />Educational Leadership<br />Differentiation

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer

(207) 602-2631

bparsons4@une.edu

Off-Campus

Brianna Parsons is an Adjunct Assistant Lecturer at the University of New England, in the department of Education.  In addition to teaching at UNE, Parsons works as an English Instructor for the Maine Community Colleges, as well as an Educational Consultant.  In the role of consultant, she fuses the need and value of education with the demands of the business environment, and as an English instructor, develops and teaches both live and online course curriculum, focusing on writing, scholarship and...

Expertise

Motivational theory

academic & social integration with emphasis on first-generation

low-income students. Non-traditional students and the role of gender with regard to academic persistence.

Kelly Samson-Rickert

Ed. D., SPHR

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer

(207) 602-2631

ksamsonrickert@une.edu

Off-Campus

Kelly Samson-Rickert is the Director of Workforce Development for the State of Maine, Office of Information Technology (OIT).  In this role, she oversees and develops the strategic planning for the OIT workforce needs in this fast-changing technology field. She provides guidance and the focus on training and development of the existing workforce, to ensure that OIT has the right skills to do the right jobs for the State’s technology needs of the future. Another initiative in this role is establishing...

Expertise

Workforce Strategies

Organizational leadership

Five Generations in the Workplace

Adjunct Professor

dtrevaskis@une.edu

Off-Campus

David Keller Trevaskis, Esquire, is an attorney and former third grade teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education.   Trevaskis is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), responsible for assisting local bar associations, legal services programs and other groups who offer pro bono legal services across the Commonwealth to help improve the access to justice for the neediest among us.  His work in poverty law informs his teaching.  Trevaskis staffs the PBA’s Immigration Law...

Expertise

School law

Bullying Prevention

School Crises

Adjunct Professor

mwallace1@une.edu

Off-Campus

I have been teaching at the elementary level for 29 years. I have a passion for the development of reading skills and have spent my career pursuing this passion. I began my career as a Montessori teacher and feel that this training has formed my philosophy of teaching. I lived and worked in Hawaii for eight years before returning to Maine. I began my public school career in a K-2  multi-age classroom, and in 2001 I began my work in...

Expertise

K-12 Literacy

K-2 Math Intervention

Literacy Education

Montessori

Staff

Tony Hanson

BA. MA, Ed.D.

Curriculum Development Manager

(207) 602-2441

hhanson1@une.edu

Decary Hall
146

Tony grew up in Minnesota but now resides in Westbrook Maine with his Wife, Daughter and Son.   

Tony holds a double B.A. from Mankato State University in Communications and Humanities, a M.A. in Religious History from Hamline University, a M.A. in Comparative Theology from Boston University and is in the process of completing his Ed.D. at Boston University.  

Tony is the instructional designer for the Department of Education at UNE and comes from a long history of IT and Training...

Expertise

Instructional Design

Distance Education

Cyberethics

Comparative Theology

Audio Visual

Telecommunications

Help Desk

Software and Hardware Training.

Staff Assistant, Online Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

(207) 602-2631

mpettengill@une.edu

Decary Hall
144

Matt is a 2008 graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he double-majored in English Language & Literature and History. He has worked for independant bookstores in various capacities for over 10 years, as both a part-time bookseller and management.

Emeriti

Professor Emeritus

(207) 602-2685

mbeaudoin@une.edu

Decary Hall

Expertise

Distance / online education

adult/continuing education

international education

program planning/evaluation

accreditation

educational leadership.