Department chair:  Kate Kauper  |  Contact info

Faculty & Staff

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    Kate Kauper

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Taught middle and high school social studies for nine years, as well as courses in mythology, health education, and anthropology. Her research interests include the history of American education, curriculum theory, educational criticism and connoisseurship, social and emotional learning, civic engagement, and equity and social justice in educational opportunity. Ph.D., Social Studies Education, University of Iowa; M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado-Boulder; B.A., Anthropology, University of Colorado-Boulder.

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    Kerry Botswick

    Professor of Education

    Taught elementary school classes for nine years and is the recipient of a National Council of Teachers of English grant for teacher research. Her research interests are teachers as researchers, humanistic classroom environment, and preservice teachers. Ph.D., educational psychology, curriculum, and instruction, The Union Institute; M.Ed., curriculum and instruction, National-Louis University; B.G.S., elementary education, University of Iowa.

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    Jill Heinrich

    Associate Professor of Education

    Taught high school English for 12 years and has taught a variety of education, literature, and composition courses at the secondary through college level. Her research interests are masculinity studies, religious literacy, and separation of church and state in the realm of public education. Ph.D., English education, University of Iowa; M.S., English education, Illinois State University; B.A., English, Northern Illinois University.

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    Meg Jacobs

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Was an elementary teacher for 15 years, serving in the roles of classroom teacher, literacy coach, and Title 1 reading teacher. Her research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy, the role of identity and agency in learning, classroom discourse, the literacy practices of culturally and linguistically diverse learners underrepresented in schools, and the relationship between literacy, power, and inequality. Ph.D., language, literacy, and culture, University of Iowa; M.A., developmental reading; B.A., elementary education.

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    Cindy Postler

    Director of Teacher Education

    Taught high school English for three years, and supervised student teachers for four years before joining Cornell in 2008. M.A., educational administration, University of Iowa; B.A., English education, University of Northern Iowa.

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    Jessica Dopler

    Academic Program Assistant

Additional instructors


  • S. Gayle Luck

    Professor of Education Emerita

    Ph.D. and M.A., The University of Iowa; B.S., University of Colorado.

  • Richard Peters

    Professor of Education Emeritus

    M.A. and B.A., The University of Iowa; Walden University; A.A., Muscatine Junior College.