Meet Our Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Christie Magoulias, PhD                                                                               

Interim Director, School of Education

Associate Professor

Ed.D. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Educational Administration

Areas of Specialization: Education Administration

Areas of Interest: School and District Leadership, Practitioner Research, Student Engagement in Online Learning

Phone: (217) 206-8522

Office: BRK 377

Dr. Kerry Cox, Ph.D. 

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Illinois State University, Educational Leadership

CAS  University of Illinois at Springfield

M.S. Western Illinois University, Elementary Education

Areas of Specialization: Superintendent and Principal

Areas of Interest: Gifted Education, PK-12 School Policy and Legislation, PK-12 School Leadership


Phone: (217) 206-7520

Office: BRK 385

Dr. Leonard Bogle, Ed.D.Leonard Bogle

Associate Professor

Ed.D. Illinois State University, Educational Administration


Phone: (217) 206-7824

Office: BRK 384


Dr. William Phillips, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Ed.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Educational Organization and Leadership

MA. Illinois State University, Guidance and Counseling

Areas of Specialization: Chief School Business Official, Superintendent

Areas of Interest: School reorganization, Finance, and Law


Phone: (217) 206-7155

Office: BRK 386

Dr. Vickie Cook, Ph.D.

Research Professor

Executive Director, Online, Professional and Engaged Learning (OPEL)

Ph. D. Capella University

Areas of Specialization: Education Technology Specialist, Higher Education Online Pedagogy

Areas of Interest:


Phone: (217) 206-8303

Office: BRK 426

Dr. Karen Swan, Ed.D.

The James J. Stukel Presidential Professor of Educational Leadership

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University – Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education

Areas of Specialization: Education Technology Specialist, Higher Education Online Pedagogy

Areas of Interest: Online learning involving the Community of Inquiry framework and social presence,  understanding issues affecting the retention and progression of undergraduate students using big data and learning analytics


Phone: (217) 206-7424

Office: BRK 388

Internship Supervisor

Maureen Talbert, M.A.

Principal Supervisor

M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Springfield

Principal Endorsement, University of Illinois at Springfield

Superintendent Endorsement, Western Illinois University

Areas of Specialization: Principal Endorsement


Phone: (217) 206-6696

Office: BRK 380

Adjunct Faculty

Brian D. Schwartz, J.D.

J.D., Creighton University School of Law

Areas of Specialization: Legal Aspects of Education

Areas of Interest: School Law, Advanced Law Seminar


Phone: (217) 206-7522

Office: BRK 389

Leslie Arnold, M.Ed.

M.Ed., Central State University/University of Central Oklahoma – Special Education with emphasis in Cognitive Disabilities and Physically Handicapped

Certified in Emotional Disturbance, Learning Disabilities, Administration – District Level (Special Education)

Areas of Specialization:

Areas of Interest: Transition, Administration and Cognitive Disabilities/Multiple Handicapped



Jill Billingsley, M.A.

M.A. University of Illinois – Teacher Leadership
B.S. Winona State University – Teaching


Areas of Specialization: Leadership and Learning

Areas of Interest: Incorporating technology into Early Childhood Education, Developmentally appropriate practices in Early Childhood Education, Developing Balanced Curriculum


Hattie Llewellyn, Degree


Nicole Gales, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Illinois State University – Education

Areas of Specialization: Leadership and Learning

Areas of Interest: School Improvement


Kevin Garcia, M.A.

M.A. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – School Psychology

Areas of Specialization: Special Education


Michael Sennert, M.A.

M.A. University of Illinois – Technology Education-CTER program

Areas of Specialization: Leadership and Learning


Marcy Dutton, J.D.

Areas of Specialization: Legal Aspects of Education


Mary Loken, Ph.D.

Ph.D. University of Iowa – Education/Psychology

Areas of Specialization: Legal Aspects of Education, Special Education






Aaron K. Mattox, Ed.D.

Ed.D. Oakland City University – Educational Leadership

Areas of Specialization: Legal Aspects of Education


Francena Turner


Randy Krepel, M.A.

M.A. Concordia University Chicago, Curriculum and Instruction – ESL and Bilingual Certification

M.S. Eastern Illinois University, Educational Leadership – Principal Certification

B.A. Northern Illinois University – Spanish / Teacher Certification

B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University – Hispanic Studies


Areas of Interest: Teaching methodology and assessment in language classrooms, Development of ELL and bilingual programs, Teacher induction programs and the effect they have on the success of beginning teachers (or teachers new to a district)


Emeritus Faculty

B. Douglas Anderson

Dr. Daniel Matthews, Ph.D. 

Mathews was approved to change from TEP to EDL in November of 2000.  He became EDL chair about 2001 and worked for EDL through Dec. 2015. His Emeritus status was approved Jan. 13, 2016.

Dr. Scott L. Day, Ed.D.