New Faculty/Staff

Welcome our 2013-2014 new faculty and staff!

Ric Brown, Ed.D.

Ric Brown, Ed.D.
Department of Educational Psychology
Visiting Clinical Professor
Office 178A
Phone ??
Email ric.brown@nau.edu

Dr. Ric Brown served 6 years as the Chief Academic Officer (Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs) at California State University, Sacramento until his retirement in 2007.  In addition to being a professor for over 30 years, he also held the positions of Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research at Sacramento and Director of University Grants and Research at California State University, Fresno.  His academic areas include statistics, research, measurement, evaluation and higher education. He currently serves as adjunct faculty in the EPS department.

Nicholas Clement, Ed.D.

Clement

Nicholas Clement, Ed.D.
Department of Educational Leadership
Earnest W. McFarland Citizen’s Chair
Office Tucson-Bonita
Phone 520-879-7902
Email Nicholas.Clement@nau.edu

Nic Clement recently retired after nine years as Superintendent of Flowing Wells School District in Tucson, Arizona. In 2010, Nic was selected as the Arizona Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Clement has presented and been published nationally in the areas of after-school programs, brain based leadership, marketing, customer service and legendary teaching. In his 37 year public school career, Dr. Clement has also served as a Special Education Teacher, High School Assistant Principal, Junior High Principal, High School Principal and Assistant Superintendent.  Nic has also served 15 years as an Adjunct Professor with NAU in the Educational Leadership Department.
Dr. Clement earned his doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of Arizona, his master’s degree in Educational Administration at the University of Nevada, and his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan.

Daniel Eadens, Ed.D.

Eadens, Daniel

Daniel Eadens, Ed.D.
Department of Educational Leadership
Associate Professor
Office 209-K
Phone 523-6242
Email Daniel.Eadens@nau.edu

Daniel W. Eadens, Ed.D. is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. He was named ‘Runner-Up Teacher of the Year’ in his first year of public school teaching, was one of five Florida public school teachers to win a 1997 Fulbright Memorial Fund to Tskuba Science City prefecture to learn the education system, was a secondary Special Education teacher, and has served as an administrator at different locations. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BSME, M.Ed., and Ed.D. from the University of South Florida and is a retired Army Major with foreign service in Japan and a combat tour teaching the New Iraqi Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as content leader in Sweden learning the education system for the International School Connection. In 2011, he was named the ELSC’s recipient of the Hampton E. Williams ‘Research Award’ and the Jack Mulcahy Award for ‘Best Doctoral Dissertation’, presented by The Association for the Advancement of Educational Research. He passionately researches Special Education, Brain Research, Graduate Reform, and Shared Leadership, is actively involved in various professional associations, maintains a driven record of scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals, and routinely presents at regional, national, and international professional conferences.
Dr. Daniel Wayne Eadens is married to Dr. Danielle Maya Eadens, who works in the Special Education.  Drs Eadens have three boys, aged seventeen, eight, and five.  Dan enjoys spending time with family, Karate, jazz trumpet, and interfacing with new technologies.

Danielle Eadens, Ph.D

Eadens, Danielle

Danielle Eadens, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Specialties
Associate Professor of Practice
Office 202-B
Phone 928-523-9134
Email Danielle.Eadens@nau.edu

Danielle Eadens, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Educational Specialties at Northern Arizona University. Prior to that, she served as a Professor of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) at St. Petersburg College (SPC) for eight years. Dr. Eadens worked on two Florida Department of Education grant-funded projects building autism courses for special education teachers and ESE courses for secondary content teachers.  Currently, Dr. Eadens is researching the development of technology standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the impact of learning styles, particularly Visual Spatial Learners, on academic achievement. Her past research has focused on the use of technology in instruction, sensory processing disorders, and the perceptions of teachers and parents on the education of students with autism. While in Florida, she spent three years serving on the board of an elementary arts charter school and held the highest recency rate of all professors within SPC’s College of Education for her work with the Principal, faculty of the school, parents, and students.  She spent five years serving as a member representing gifted students on the ESE advisory board of the seventh largest district in Florida and also served as a surrogate parent for ESE students, serving that role in Individual Education Plan meetings for students who have no one representing them.

Dr. Eadens' undergraduate work was in Mass Communications, specifically Magazine Journalism. Her graduate work from the University of South Florida includes a Master's in Special Education, specializing in Varying Exceptionalities and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, studying Interdisciplinary Education.  Dr. Eadens' dissertation focused on perspectives of police officers regarding intellectual disability.  Her teaching experience in K-12 schools including co-teaching in an inclusion setting,  instructing students with moderate intellectual disabilities in a Supported Varying Exceptionalities classroom, and pioneering a reverse mainstreaming program for journalism/yearbook. As a teacher, she was involved in Special Olympics, technology training and instruction, the Council for Exceptional Students, and was a multiple-year grant winner. 

Dr. Danielle Eadens is married to Dr. Daniel Eadens, who works at NAU as an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.  Dr. and Dr. Eadens have three sons.

Andrew Fitzgerald, M.Ed.

Fitzgerald

Andrew Fitzgerald, M.Ed.
Department of Educational Psychology
Instructor
Office 207-C
Phone 928-523-8228
Email Andrew.Fitzgerald@nau.edu

I am currently in the final year of my Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology doing a teaching and psychology internship.  I am also finishing up my dissertation on dissertation stress.  I recognize and relish the irony.

Ron Glazier, Ph.D.

Glazier

Ron Glazier, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Psychology
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office North Valley 137
Phone 602-776-4626
Email Ronald.Glazier@nau.edu

Dr. Glazier received his doctorate in school psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009. He just completed his term as President of the Arizona Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Glazier has worked as a school psychologist in the public school system for the past six years. His research interests included the mental health issues of LGBT youth, students anxiety disorders, and adjudicated youth.

Tom Hughes, Ph.D.

Hughes

Tom Hughes, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Leadership
Associate Professor
Office 209-L
Phone 928-523-0258
Email Thomas.Hughes@nau.edu

Dr. Hughes has over 27 years of educational experience at all levels, having served as a School Psychologist, Special Education Director and most recently as Superintendent of Schools for the past 14 years.  He has experience with building, district, multi-district, local, state, as well as tribal level relations, policy and governance issues. Dr. Hughes graduated Summo Cum Honore from Winona State University with a Bachelor's in Psychology, earned a Master's in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in Educational Administration.  He is an avid scuba diver, Harley Davison motorcycle rider, is interested in leadership and organizational growth issues, and loves anything that has to do with technology and how it can be used to support student learning.

Kim Kalas, Ed.D.

Kalas

Kim Kalas, Ed.D.
Department of Educational Psychology
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office 206-L
Phone 928-523-8206
Email Kim.Kalas@nau.edu

I am an Arizona native and a Licensed Psychologist. I graduated from NAU with a B.S. in psychology in 1982, John F. Kennedy University with a M.A. in clinical psychology in 1988 and a doctorate degree from NAU in 1999. I have been in private practice in Flagstaff for 23 years, and while I specialize in child and adolescent counseling, my practice encompasses a wide variety of clients and therapuetic issues. I am very excited to be joining the faculty at NAU and for the opportunity to share my skills and knowledge with others in the helping professions.

Sarah Kondratuk, M.Ed.

Kondratuk

Sarah Kondratuk, M.Ed.
Department of Teaching and Learning
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office 207-B
Phone 928-523-5884
Email Sarah.Kondratuk@nau.edu

Sarah Kondratuk joins the NAU College of Education with 20 years experience in Early Childhood and Special Education.  She received her M.Ed from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and is also a National Board Certified Teacher with a focus on Exceptional Needs-Early Childhood through Young Adult.
Sarah moved to Flagstaff from Wisconsin with her husband John.  They have four grown children and two beautiful grandchildren. One of her favorite quotes is "Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!"

Octavio A. Molera, PhD, LPC

Molera

Octavio Molera, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Psychology
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office Tucson
Phone: TBD
Email Octavio.Molera@nau.edu

Octavio is an NAU alum, having received a BS in business administration , with a major in accounting, and a PhD in educational psychology, with an emphasis in counseling psychology.  After 25 years in banking, finance, and real estate, Octavio completed a Masters of Counseling at Arizona State University, launching his current career as a therapist working with children, adolescents, and adults, with specialty in depression, anxiety, behavior related disorders, and relationship challenges.

Martha Munoz, Ph.D.

Munoz

Martha Munoz, Ph.D.
Department of Teaching and Learning
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office Phoenix
Phone: TBD
Email Marth.Munoz@nau.edu

Dr. Martha Muñoz brings over thirty years experience in education that includes teaching preschool, Head Start, kindergarten, and serving as a college administrator.  Additionally, Martha has taught  at the community college and university level for many years residentially and on-line. Martha currently serves as the Vice-President of Professional Development of the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children Affiliate and sits on the Arizona BUILD Early Childhood Professional Development Workgroup. She is a member of numerous professional associations including the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).  Her interests include Early Childhood Leadership, Teacher Preparation, Adult Learners and Diversity.

Jody Marie Pirtle, Ph.D

Pirtle

Jody Pirtle, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Specialties
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office 202-I
Phone 928-523-7125
Email Jody.Pirtle@nau.edu

Jody Marie Pirtle completed her Ph.D. in Disability and Psychoeducational Studies with a major emphasis in early childhood special education and a minor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. As the aunt of two nephews with autism, Jody is known as a strong advocate and is passionate about ensuring inclusive educational opportunities, especially for children with significant support needs. Her research agenda includes studying the effects of family involvement as well as the impact of educational, community, medical, and familial collaboration on outcomes for children with special health care needs and disabilities.

Danielle Richards, Ph.D.

Richards

Danielle Richards, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Psychology
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office 207-I
Phone 928-523-0354
Email Danielle.Richards@nau.edu

Danielle Richards is an assistant clinical professor at NAU. She holds a bachelors degree in Psychology, a masters degree in elementary education, a masters degree in community counseling and a doctorate in counseling psychology. She is a nationally certified counselor.

Trina Spencer, Ph.D.
Trina Spencer, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Psychology
Assistant Research Professor
Office Institute, Human Development
Phone 928-523-8103
Email Trina.Spencer@nau.edu
Shawn Thomas, M.B.A., M.S.
Shawn Thomas, M.B.A., M.S.
Department of Teaching and Learning
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office 202-N
Phone 928-523-9456
Email Shawn.Thomas@nau.edu
Kim VanDerLinden, Ph.D

VanDerLinden

Kim VanDerLinden, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Leadership
Assistant Professor
Office 209-B
Phone 928-523-8603
Email Kim.Vanderlinden@nau.edu

Kim VanDerLinden, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Department’s Community College Higher Education (CCHE) program at Northern Arizona University (NAU). She worked previously for 10 years in the private sector as Vice President of Assessment Programs at Campus Labs (formerly StudentVoice).
While at Campus Labs, Dr. VanDerLinden was instrumental in the creation, execution, and support of the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) online Assurance System, which all HLC campuses will use in accordance with the Pathways model of accreditation. She also oversaw the development of the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Assessment and Knowledge Consortium (naspaconsortium.org), a benchmarking initiative that focuses on key areas of student affairs.
Dr. VanDerLinden held administrative positions in assessment and institutional research at the University of Utah and at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. And she was an adjunct faculty member at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY from 2007-10, where she taught Methods of Research and Assessment, a required course in the College Student Personnel Program.
Dr. VanDerLinden has presented at over 100 conferences and regularly conducts on-campus workshops related to assessment in higher education. She has published in Research in Higher Education, the Community College Review, and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice.
Her research is focused on assessment strategies and organizational processes that support college student success, as well as administrative leadership in community colleges and the ways in which data-driven leadership and data analytics can transform higher education.
She holds a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University, an M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.