College of Education and Leadership Newsletter

Posted By Cardinal Stritch University April 27, 2017


Note from the Dean

Dr. Freda R. Russell
Dean, College of Education and Leadership


Response to Teacher Shortage in Wisconsin and the Nation

Public concerns about fewer teachers entering the profession, along with high teacher turnover in schools throughout Wisconsin, challenges the College of Education and Leadership to reimagine how collaborative partnerships and flexibility in our current programming can be a conduit for attracting teacher candidates and leaders to our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. With a bold vision and in the context of the University’s preferred future, the College of Education and Leadership will Reach Forward to contribute to an educational system that aims to make our K-12 and Post-Secondary school communities successful.


CAEP National Accreditation

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is an evidence-based organization whose role is to evaluate educator preparation programs in the U.S. and hold accredited institutions accountable for meeting high-quality standards. We believe that accreditation provides a framework for excellence for the University’s administrators, faculty, and staff to continually self-assess and conduct evidence-based analyses of our programs and their efficacy. This level of scrutiny will not continue voluntarily, given competing priorities. On-going, evidence-based shifts rooted in continuous improvement will give us national benchmarks against which to align our programs. The self-study report is due to the accreditors in Fall 2018, and a full site visit will take place in 2019. 


Welcome to the New Associate Dean

On July 1, 2016, the College of Education and Leadership welcomed its new associate dean, Dr. Mitra Fallahi, Ph. D. Dr. Fallahi received her Ph. D. from Marquette University in May of 1993. She came to Cardinal Stritch University with more than 25 years of experience as a faculty member and administrator in teacher and leader preparation universities. She has served in leadership positions at various institutions, and for the past 14 years she was associate dean at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL.  In addition to her leadership roles, Mitra is a scholar with the rank of full professor and has a record of publications and presentations at national and international conferences. Her other notable accomplishments include academic program design and development (online and face-to-face), state and national accreditation program reviews, and extensive work as an edTPA coordinator and CAEP reviewer. She also enjoys collaborating with school districts as partners in the professional learning community.

I am fortunate to have Mitra on our leadership team. She has already contributed to helping move the college forward by bringing a “systems thinking” mindset to our daily operations and has implemented new program designs and processes.

Please join me in welcoming Mitra Fallahi to the Wisconsin community. 

Award-winning Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service

Cardinal Stritch University’s Ph.D. program in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service won the prestigious LEAD Award of 2017 that recognizes exceptional academic programs nationally. For more than 35 years, Leadership Excellence has identified and recognized the top leadership programs in organizations and their strategies and solutions. and Leadership Excellence were proud to announce the top leadership programs that were recognized at the 2017 LEAD Awards Gala on February 8, 2017. Academic programs were selected based upon a nomination process and ratings from students and participants. The rating was completed by individuals who have participated in and been impacted by Cardinal Stritch University’s leadership program. This program now celebrates 20 years of positive impact on the greater Milwaukee community. 


New Programs  

English as a Second Language (ESL) Licensure for Teachers and Teacher Candidates  

In an effort to respond to the needs of the community and the state, and in line with the historical tradition of the University in preparing teachers, the College of Education and Leadership reorganized the ESL program at the graduate level. The ESL program includes 14 credits of coursework leading to ESL licensure for current teachers or for teacher candidates enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Additionally, a proposal to offer the ESL licensure track at the undergraduate level as a minor along with the elementary or secondary licensure (major) beginning in Fall 2017 has been submitted to the state.

Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership

The Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) program has been approved by the University Board of Trustees to begin in Fall 2017. This program will be offered in 100% online format and is focused on preparing employees of academic institutions to work with students of different ages, gender, ethnicities, religion, sexual identity, abilities, socioeconomic status, language, and customs. This program is in demand nationally and is being marketed to a broader audience than just individuals interested in higher education and student affairs jobs on two- and four-year campuses. We intend to reach individuals employed at different types of academic institutions and settings, such as technical colleges and learning centers. For more information on this new program, please visit our website.


Awards and Recognitions

Outstanding Principal of the Year

The College of Education and Leadership, along with the faculty and staff at Brookfield- Elmbrook Elementary School in Brookfield, is pleased to celebrate the recognition of Dr. Dan Westfahl as the recipient of the Wisconsin 2017 Elementary Principal of the Year award announced by the state superintendent of public instruction and executive director for the Association of Wisconsin Schools Administrators. Dr. Westfahl was the recipient of the Herb Kohl Award for excellence earlier this academic year. Dr. Westfahl received his Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University. Dr. Janice Jones, chair of the Leadership Division in the College of Education and Leadership, described Dr. Westfahl as a “kind and compassionate person who truly cares about the success of his students. He is a true servant leader.”


Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award

Mr. Greg Lemmerman, a special education teacher at Milwaukee Hamilton High School and 2015 Project METRO graduate, won the Teacher of the Year Award for teachers in their first two years. This was a school-based award given by Milwaukee Hamilton High School during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Outstanding Early Career Educators and Pre-Service Educator Mentor

The 4th Annual Recognition of Outstanding Early Career Educators and Pre-Service Educator Mentors, sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (WACTE), was held in Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sunday, April 2, 2017.   Two Cardinal Stritch alumni were among the award recipients.

Brittany Moen, an elementary school teacher at Madison Elementary School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, received the Early Career Educator Award. Brittany has had a positive impact on her school community during her three-year tenure. Her leadership skills and assistance to school administrators in serving the community and her leadership in providing behavior management skills for her colleagues were named as her areas of strength.

Jane Borden, a graduate of the College of Education and Leadership, was nominated by two institutions of higher education as an outstanding Pre-Service Educator Mentor. She is a first grade teacher at Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts. Jane has made outstanding contributions to teacher education at Stritch through her overall support of our programs and her willingness to support our teacher candidates by rallying the teachers in her building to accept field students from Stritch. We are thrilled to count Jane and Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts as one of our most valued partners in teacher preparation.


Promotion to the Highest Rank

Janice E. Jones, Ph.D., was recently awarded the rank of Full Professor in the College of Education and Leadership. Dr. Jones received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Janice teaches in the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department in both leadership and higher education, in addition to the Master’s In Educational Leadership program. Janice’s areas of expertise and research interests overlap and include issues around early childcare, foster care, adoption, students with disabilities, and work/family conflict. Janice has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally at various research conferences. Janice has published two books, Strength-Based Clinical Supervision and Mixed Methods Research for Improved Scientific Study. Janice is currently working on two books that will be published in 2017. The first book focuses on work/family conflict, with data gathered internationally with her colleague Dr. Mette Baran. The second is a book she is co-editing with Dr. Baran and Dr. Cosgrove, with chapters written by the Leadership Division faculty on adult teaching techniques. Janice serves as the Leadership Division Chair of the College of Education and Leadership.


Stritch Recognized Overseas

Dr. Tony Frontier, Assistant Professor in the Leadership Division of the College of Education and Leadership, recently traveled to Manila in the Philippines to present workshops to over 400 principals. Dr. Frontier shared concepts and practices from his books, Five Levers to Improve Learning, published in 2014 by ASCD, and Creating Passionate Learners, published in 2015 by Corwin Press. Creating Passionate Learners was written by Kim Brown, one of Tony’s former doctoral students, along with Tony Frontier and Donald J. Viegut. The central premise of this book is that schools need a common engagement literacy, a simple way to make the most of student engagement. Feedback from the workshop participants that the ideas that Dr. Frontier was sharing were greatly appreciated and that student engagement is an issue facing schools around the world.

Sabbatical Leave

The University’s faculty members have the opportunity to apply for and, if approved, embark on scholarly activities during a semester of sabbatical leave. Two faculty members from the College of Education and Leadership are on sabbatical leave this spring. Faculty members use the sabbatical leave to spend time on research and scholarly activities.


Dr. Darnell Bradley

During his sabbatical leave, Darnell is conducting both a document analysis and a qualitative analysis of student questionnaires to determine the instructor behaviors that create effective online learning in doctoral research courses. The participants in his research are students who have taken research courses offered via the Canvas learning management system. These courses include Advanced Research and Theory (EDP 800), Literature Review (EDP 880), and Theory and Model Building (EDP 899). The data analysis will result in an article to be published in an edited volume on adult learning.  

Dr. Julie Steuber

The purpose of Julie’s sabbatical leave is to write a manuscript based on the three comprehensive models of vocabulary instruction that were implemented as part of her dissertation research. Dr. Steuber designed each of the three research-based models of vocabulary instruction and assessed the effectiveness of each model on kindergartners’ vocabulary knowledge. Ideally, the manuscript can serve as an early childhood teacher’s resource guide; for example, pre-service or practicing teachers could utilize her lesson plans and assessments and follow her theoretical framework for selecting narrative manuscripts, identifying Tier Two target words for instruction, and writing their own lesson plans.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Commencement: May 21, 2017, 10 am and 2pm at the Wisconsin Center
  • 20 years celebration of our Doctoral programs in the Leadership of Advancement and service: June 22, 2017
  • Celebrating Teachers and Teaching Awards: October 26, 2017, MATC Campus , hosted by the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM)
  • Stritch Service Day: On April 28, 2017, the entire CSU community will be engaged in service both on campus and within the greater Milwaukee Community; faculty, staff, and students will be serving at multiple sites, including some of CSU’s partnership schools such as Jo’s Early Childhood Center, and serving as a host site for MPS juniors and seniors visiting our campus as part of the GEAR UP program.

Degree Programs in the College of Education and Leadership

Stritch offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. FInd a full list at

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Inclusive Education (Regular and Special Education)
  • Master of Arts in Language and Literacy/316 Certification
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Urban Education
  • Master of Arts in Urban Special Education
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctorate in Language and Literacy
  • Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service (Ph.D. or Ed.D.)
  • Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education (Ph.D. or Ed.D)
  • Doctorate in Special Education

Licensure and Certificate Programs

  • Bilingual Education Certification
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Certification
  • District Administrator Licensure

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About Cardinal Stritch University

Cardinal Stritch University began as a teaching institution for the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1937. Today, Stritch offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help students develop new skills, gain career-related experience and build professional networks.

Stritch is known as an excellent choice for studying businesseducationliberal artsleadershipnursing, and the sciences. Students with diverse faith and cultural backgrounds embrace and live our core Franciscan values of creating a caring community, showing compassion, reverencing creation and making peace. On campus, students cheer on our athletic teams, the Stritch Wolves, as they compete in 17 men’s and women’s sports. Students from all majors are engaged in artistic opportunities and participate in gallery exhibitions, theater performances and music concerts.

The University offers courses at our campus in the North Shore of MilwaukeeBrookfieldMadison and online. Undergraduate and graduate classes are also available through partnerships with technical colleges and employers.

With more than 34,000 alumni, our graduates are known for their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures. Through education, academic support, mentoring, and career opportunities, we help students find their mission in life.

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