Here you will find current listings for the following School of Education personnel.
- Professional and Support Staff
M Cecil Smith
Dean of the School of Education
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 earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988.
Office: Wham 115
Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Research, and Faculty Development
Dr. Brad Colwell is a Professor in Educational Administration and Higher Education.
Office: Wham 115
Stacy D. Thompson
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Curriculum
Dr. 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
Director of Teacher Education
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