ELPS Department Faculty

Susan Twombly
Professor, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
785-864-9721
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 418

Susan B. Twombly is professor of higher education and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her PhD is in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include postsecondary faculty member’s careers, international higher education... more

Ron Aust
Associate Professor
785-864-3466
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room #408

Ron Aust holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington where he focused Educational Technology. His research and teaching at the University of Kansas focuses on the design of technology-rich learning environments and internationalizing education with technology. Dr. Aust has extensive... more

Timothy Caboni
Courtesy Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs
785-864-7100
Thomas DeLuca, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
785-864-9844
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 409

Thomas DeLuca serves as an assistant professor with the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. Dr. DeLuca earned his PhD at Michigan State University, as well as earning an MEd in Educational Leadership and an MBA from... more

Rick Ginsberg
Professor, Dean, School of Education
785-864-4297
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 214K

Rick Ginsberg, Ph.D., has served as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Kansas since August, 2005. He served three years as the Chair of the Kansas Professional Standards Board, is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education... more

Michael Imber
Professor
785-864-9734
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room #406
Robert Isaacson
Multi-term Lecturer
913-897-8591
Edwards Campus Administration, Room 350N

Robert Isaacson is a lecturer in educational technology at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas. He has a wide range of professional experience that includes K-12 classroom teacher, staff development trainer, instructional designer, and faculty member at the... more

Young-Jin Lee
Associate Professor
785-864-0625
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 413

Young-Jin Lee is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Kansas (KU). He received his doctorate in Educational Psychology focusing on Educational Computing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and participated in various research projects at... more

Jennifer Ng
Associate Professor
785-864-9660
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 424
Joseph Novak
Senior Lecturer, Director, Professional Development School Program Coordinator of Hybrid and Online ELPS Master's program in Building Level Leadership.
785-864-7204
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 404
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 414

Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of Iowa

MBA, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A. in Biological Sciences, University of Iowa

Eugene (Gene) T. Parker is an assistant professor of higher education in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He... more

Professor of the Practice, Program Coordinator of EdD Program
785-864-9647
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 411

Deborah Perbeck serves as the program coordinator for the doctorate program in Educational Administration and teaches courses in district-level leadership. She earned her EdD at Wichita State University In Educational Leadership. She served over 30 years in a variety of positions in PK-12... more

Suzanne Rice
Professor
785-864-4458
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 435

Suzanne Rice has taught courses in foundations of education (philosophy, history, and sociology of education), as well as in curriculum, pedagogy and the organization and governance of schools. Rice conducts research mainly in foundations of education with an emphasis in philosophy of education... more

Marlesa Roney
Professor of the Practice
785-864-9727
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 410

Marlesa A. Roney, Ph.D., serves as Professor of Practice in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department of the School of Education at the University of Kansas, a position she has held since January 2012. She currently teaches graduate courses in student affairs administration,... more

John Rury
Professor of Education (ELPS) and (by courtesy) History and African & African American Studies
785-864-9697
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 423

John Rury is a historian of American education and also conducts research in education policy studies, especially regarding metropolitan schools. He is particularly concerned with inequality in education, past and present.

He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.... more

Argun Saatcioglu
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
785-864-1826
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 407

I received my Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, specializing in sociology of organizations and education. I teach and conduct research on educational and organizational stratification, educational policy and governance, and quantitative methods... more

Lisa Wolf-Wendel
Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
785-864-9722
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 214 H

Lisa Wolf-Wendel, PhD is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She is also the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Education. Dr. Wolf-Wendel joined the faculty of the University of Kansas (KU) in 1995.... more

Foundation Distinguished Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia. He previously served... more

Lecturer, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
Professor Lisa Wolf-Wendel is president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education
Alumni of the department head higher education institutions, school districts, and schools across the nation
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