Teaching and Learning Faculty

Name &Title




Sally Alcoze, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville 1995)


NAU 1995


Barbara A. Austin, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.S. University of Arizona, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 2004)

Science Education, teacher growth and development, equity, teacher evaluation


Jeffrey Bloom, Ed.D., Professor

(B.S., Guilford College; M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Houston 1987)

Science education


NAU 1999


Ward A. Cockrum, Ph.D., Professor

(B.A., M.Ed., University of Arizona; Ph.D., Arizona State University 1987)

Reading, children’s literature


NAU 1987


Jim R. Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Missouri 1976)

Social studies education, values education


NAU 1976


Jean Ann Foley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

(B.F.A., M.F.A., University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., University of Tulsa 1992)

Engaged learning, indigenous education, critical consciousness in education


NAU 2001  


Paula Greene, Ed.D., Associate Professor

(B.A., California State University-Long Beach; M.Ed., Ed.D., Peabody College of Vanderbilt University 1995)

Social studies, mathematics education


NAU 1995  


Glenn M. Hookstra, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Coordinator of NAU-Yuma Education Programs

(B.S., M.Ed., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., Oregon State University 1989)


Reading, curriculum and instruction


NAU 1989  


Patty J. Horn, Ed.D., Professor

(B.S., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Northern Arizona University; Ed.D., Arizona State University 1979)

Science education, teacher certification, curriculum, professional development


NAU 1998


Don Trent Jacobs, Ed.D., Associate Professor

(B.S., Southwest Missouri State University; Ed.D., Boise State University 1997)

Indigenous theories of mind and approaches to learning


NAU 2001


Gae Johnson, Ph.D., Professor

(B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 1991)

Mathematics education


NAU 1994


Daniel L. Kain, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Dean of College of Education

(B.A., Montana State University; M.A., University of Washington; Ph.D., University of British Columbia 1993)

Secondary education, problem-based learning, teacher collaboration


NAU 1993  


Sherry Markel, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.A., Georgia State University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Arizona 1995)

Mathematics education, curriculum, technology integration


NAU 1995


Gretchen McAllister, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.A., Wells College; M.A., Lesley College; Ph.D., Emory University 1999)

Social studies education, multicultural education


NAU 1999


Karen V. Packard, Ed.D., Assistant Professor

(B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.E., Seattle Pacific University; Ed.D., University of Arizona 1996)

Reading, curriculum and instruction, elementary education


NAU 1998


Jennifer O. Prior, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

(B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.E., Seattle Pacific University; Ed.D., University of Arizona 1996)

Early childhood education, literary

NAU 2003

Peggy A. Raines, Ph.D., Professor

(B.S., M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado 1991)


Reflection in teacher preparation, alternative assessments, site-based programs, integrated secondary education

NAU 1991  


Emilie Rodger, M.A., Associate Professor

(B.A., University of California-Davis; M.A., Sonoma State University 1977)

Elementary education, literacy, multi-age schooling


NAU 1993  


Sandra J. Stone, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Chair

(B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Arizona State University 1992)

Reading, literacy, early childhood education


NAU 1993  


Garry R. Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Professor

(B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Arizona State University 1976)

Mathematics, learning theory


NAU 1978


Faculty Emeriti

Martha Brady, M.A., Associate Professor

(B.S., Texas Christian University; M.Ed., University of Houston 1979)

Integration of the arts


NAU 1988  

(retired 2007)

Ray R. Hagelberg, Ph.D., Professor

(B.A., Cornell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa 1957)


NAU 1957 (retired 1989)

Harlan R. Johnson, Ed.D., Professor

(B.S., Dickinson State College; M.L.S., George Peabody College; Ed.D., University of Arizona 1975)

Media centers


NAU 1968 (retired 2001)  

Sam F. McClanahan, Ed.D., Professor

(B.S.Ed., Southeast Missouri State University; M.A., George Peabody College; Ed.D., University of Missouri)


NAU 1967 (retired 1992)


Margaret A. Miller, M.A.Ed., Assistant Professor

(B.S., University of Minnesota; M.A.Ed., Northern Arizona University)


NAU 1969 (retired 1986)


Ronald James Piotrowski, Ed.D., Professor

(B.S., University of Wisconsin; M.F.A., Pratt Institute; Ed.D., Ball State University)


NAU 1977

(retired 1999)

Eddie E. Sage, Ed.D., Professor

(B.A., M.A., University of Northern Iowa; Ed.D., Wayne State University)



NAU 1966-68, 1971 (retired 1995)

Margaret G. VerVelde, Ed.D., Professor

(B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Arizona 1976)

Language, reading


NAU 1981 (retired 2000)  

Raymond B. VerVelde, Ed.D., Professor

(B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Arizona 1974)

Elementary education


NAU 1981 (retired 2000)