Faculty

This listing includes all faculty (professors, instructors, adjuncts, lecturers, etc.) that teach in program specific courses within the major. This does not necessarily include those who teach general education classes.

Katie Anderson
Katie Anderson
Katie Anderson

Position: Instructor of Reading and Language Arts

Department: College of Education

Education:
ABD, Walden University
M.S., Black Hills State University
B.S., University of South Dakota

Currently pursuing her Ed.D in Reading and Literacy Leadership through Walden University, Katie Anderson is an Instructor of both Reading and Language Arts Methods in the College of Education at Dakota State University. Prior to joining the DSU team, Katie taught middle school reading and science in Rapid City, South Dakota for ten years. She has her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, is Nationally Board Certified and was recognized as the SD State Teacher of the Year in 2013.

Richard Avery
Richard Avery
Richard Avery

Position: Professor of Mathematics

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:

Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 1997

M.S., University of Nebraska, 1996

M.A.T., University of New Hampshire, 1992

B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1991

Dr. Avery is a mathematics faculty member who works in fixed point theory. He currently serves as an editor for three mathematics journals, has published over fifty papers in mathematics journals and has been cited over fifteen hundred times. Originally trained as a high school mathematics teacher, he advises most of the math education majors at DSU, helps college students prepare for the Praxis mathematics content exams and also works with high school students preparing for the math portion of the ACT exam.

Sandra Champion
Sandra Champion
Sandra Champion

Position: Director of Music Programs/ Instructor

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Education:
M.M., University of Southern California
B.A., Arizona State University

Timothy Fiegen
Timothy Fiegen
Timothy Fiegen

Position: Associate Professor of Special Education

Department: College of Education

Education:
Ed.D., University of South Dakota
M.A., University of South Dakota
B.S., South Dakota State University

Mark Geary
Mark Geary
Mark Geary

Position: Associate Professor of Education

Department: College of Education

Education:
Ed.D. Instructional Technology, University of Central Florida
M.A. Education, University of Central Florida
B.A., University of Central Florida

Mark has over 30 hrs of additional graduate coursework in Literacy and Administration. He has over 25 years as a teacher, administrator and professor, including 10 years as a K-12 classroom teacher. His research focuses on Educational Technology, Sequential Art applied to education and the impact of Common Core initiatives in schools.

Mark Hawkes
Mark Hawkes
Mark Hawkes

Position: Dean of Graduate Studies & Research / Professor of Instructional Technology / CTL Director

Department: Graduate Office

Education:
Ph.D., Syracuse University
M.S., Brigham Young University
B.S., Brigham Young University

Mark Hawkes is Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Dakota State University, also holding the rank of Professor of Instructional Technology. Previous positions were held at the Evaluation and Policy Information Center of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory in Chicago and the Center for Instructional Development at Syracuse University where he also received a Ph.D.  Mark has led and participated in a number of district and statewide studies and evaluations of educational technology fueling his research interests in the outcomes of educational technology application on student learning and teacher professional development. Additional research is also applied to understand optimal instructional design in distributed learning environments. In 2002, Mark was recognized by the South Dakota Higher Education Board of Regents with their inaugural “Best Practice in E-Learning” Award. Mark also has the only distinction of having been recognized with both DSU’s Researcher of Year Award (2007), and Teacher of the Year Award (2016). Mark serves on the editorial boards of the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, the Journal of Interactive Learning Research, and the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.  Recent publications have appeared in American School Board Journal, Technology Horizons in Education Journal, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Technology, Journal of Research in Rural Education, the Journal of Educational Technology Systems and Journal of Research on Technology in Education, and a recent book entitled “Toys, Tools, and Teachers: The Challenges of Technology” published by Scarecrow Education Press.

Robert Honomichl
Robert Honomichl
Robert Honomichl

Position: Instructor of Information Systems

Department: The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Education:
M.S.Ed., Dakota State University
B.S., Dakota State University

Daniel Klumper
Daniel Klumper
Daniel Klumper

Position: Instructor of Social Science Pedagogy

Department: College of Education

Education:
M.S.Ed., Dakota State University
B.A., Augustana College

Gabe Mydland
Gabe Mydland
Gabe Mydland

Position: Associate Professor of Education

Department: College of Education

Education:
Ed.D., University of South Dakota
M.S., South Dakota State University
B.S., Augustana College

As a member of the College of Education faculty Gabe teaches General Psychology, Lifespan Development, Human Relations, and Abnormal Psychology. He also works closely with the staff of the Student Success Center to help students meet their academic potential.

Jennifer Nash
Jennifer Nash
Jennifer Nash

Position: Associate Professor of Science Education

Department: College of Education

Education:
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
B.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato

Jennifer Nash is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Dakota State University where she has been a faculty member since 2005. Her research interests lie in the area of science education, specifically utilizing technology in the K-12 classroom to augment K-12 student learning outcomes in content area literacy and STEM education. Jennifer currently teaches courses in K-12 science methods, STEM, and earth/physical science content.

Crystal Pauli
Crystal Pauli
Crystal Pauli

Position: Dean of College of Education

Department: College of Education

Education:
Ph.D., Capella University
Ed.S., Minnesota State University-Moorhead
M.S., Northern State University
B.A., Dakota Wesleyan University

Dr. Pauli works with Level III students and student teachers, and makes field experience placements for education majors. Other responsibilities include student advising, coordination of the online elementary education/special education program, yearlong residency program, and elementary certification cooperative program. Prior to coming to DSU, Dr. Pauli was a special education coordinator for a cooperative of 10 school districts in Minnesota.

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

Position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Department: College of Education

Education:
E.D., University of Memphis
M.Ed., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S.Ed., Dakota State University

Kevin teaches math education, STEM, and educational technology courses in the College of Education. He is also the Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Educational Technology (MSET) program in the College of Education. Prior to his work at DSU, he was a Learning Technologist and Instructional Designer for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Council for Economic Education. Kevin began his career as a high school math teacher. ​

Sandi Steinhoff-Muller
Sandi Steinhoff-Muller
Sandi Steinhoff-Muller

Position: Instructor of Special Education

Department: College of Education

Education:
M.S., Southwest State University
B.S., Dakota State University

Amy Veenhof
Amy Veenhof
Amy Veenhof

Position: Head Volleyball Coach

Department: Athletics