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Here you will find current listings for the following School of Education personnel:

M Cecil Smith
Dean of the School of Education

Dean Smith 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 seven scholarly books, including the forthcoming Teaching Human Development for Educators (Information Age Publishing). He is the former 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.
Office: Wham 115
Phone: 618-453-2415
Email: soedean@siu.edu

Saran Donahoo
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Saran Donahoo
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.
Office: Wham 115
Phone: 618-453-7314
Email: donahoo@siu.edu

Stacy D. Thompson
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Curriculum

Stacy ThompsonDr. Stacy Thompson
has a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from Oklahoma State University, a M.S in Child Development and Family Relations from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Child Development from Iowa State University. Her areas of expertise include developmental assessment of young children, infant development, and sensory integration. Her research interests include adolescent pregnancy especially from the father’s perspective, adolescent risk-taking, and feeding in young children.

Office: Wham 110b
Phone: 618-453-4254
Email: stacyt@siu.edu

Christie McIntyre
Director of Teacher Education

Christie McIntyre
Dr. Christie McIntyre is an Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction.

She earned her Ph.D. in Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University. As a former K-1 teacher in the Atlanta area, she explored methods teachers use to document and assess what children are learning. Understanding how and why educators choose various assessments continues to dominate her inquiries in higher education. She was an Assessment Fellow in the Associate Provost of Academic Programs office at SIU and facilitated Conversations about Student Learning and Engagement (CASTLE) professional learning community on campus for two years. She was the Associate Director for Program Review and Assessment for SIU and led a faculty task force that developed a set of Institutional Learning Outcomes using a mixed-methods research approach.

Dr. McIntyre also seeks opportunities to provide meaningful and authentic experiences for learning. As the advisor of educ8kdz, she led three service-learning trips to New Orleans, where teacher candidates worked in schools and childcare centers impacted by hurricanes in that area. She also assisted the educ8kdz members in local projects that supported young children. Her current endeavors are focused on the development of the Saluki Teacher Residency Partnerships, which will embed course assignments into the clinical practice experiences.
Office: Wham 135
Phone: 618-453-2354
Email: christie.mcintyre@siu.edu