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Faculty Profiles

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  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Frim Ampaw, Ed.D.
    Frimpomaa Ampaw, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor for the department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. Dr. Ampaw teaches Quantitative Analysis, Advanced Quantitative Analysis, and Finance in Higher Education. Dr. Ampaw’s research interests include retention and persistence in higher education; minorities and women in science education, and labor market outcomes of higher education.
  • Eric Bus​chlen, Ed.D.
    Eric Buschlen, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor for the department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. Dr. Buschlen has taught the American College Student, Student Affairs Administration, Academic Profession, and Leadership: Theory & Practice. Dr. Buschlen’s research interests include leadership education, youth leadership development, leadership through community service and service learning experiences, and the impact youth sports have on developing leadership capacities in both coaches and players.
  • Nan Clapp
  • Mark E. Deschaine, Ph.D.
    Mark E. Deschaine, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, and Coordinator for Assessment, Certification, and Accreditation for the Department. Dr. Deschaine has taught Teacher Leadership, Administration of School Curriculum, Leadership Internship, Organizational Change in Educational Institutions, Instructional Supervision and Leadership, and Doctoral Seminar. Dr. Deschaine’s research agenda examines how theory, policy, and processes support educational leaders in their implementation of effective differentiated programs and instruction for all students. In addition to serving as a graduate faculty at CMU, he is also a Research Fellow with the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, the research arm of Michigan Virtual whose State of Michigan mandate is to “strengthen teaching and learning for K-12 education by supporting and accelerating innovation and providing leadership in online and blended learning”.
  • Patrick Graham, Ed.D.
  • ​​Anne M. Hornak, Ph.D.
    Anne M. Hornak, Ph.D., is a Professor in the department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. Her focus is on higher education administration and student affairs. Dr. Hornak has taught Ethics, Social Justice, Helping Skills, Qualitative Research, and Student Development Theory. Her research interests include ethics and decision making, student affairs in community colleges, and the impact of college cost on engagement and persistence.
  • ​​Benjamin P. Jankens, Ed.D.
    Benjamin P. Jankens, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor and the Department Chair for Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. Dr. Janken’s has taught School and Community Relations, The Principalship, Leadership Capstone, Leadership Internship, Organizational Change, Public School Finance, Educational Policy Analysis, and Culture and Change in Educational Institutions. Dr. Janken’s research interests include school culture and climate, school performance, organizational leadership, charter schools and authorizing, and reform efforts in education.
  • ​​Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
    Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor for the department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan. Dr. Johnson has taught Critical Perspectives of Development Theory, Educational Research Design, Leadership Theory and Practice, College Student Development, and Student Development Theory. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on the intersections of leadership, civic engagement and social justice. He is interested in how college experiences help students learn and develop into civically engaged citizens who work effectively across differences.
  • ​​Barbara Klocko, Ph.D.​
  • Ethan A. Kolek, Ed.D.
    Ethan A. Kolek, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor for the department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan. Dr. Kolek has taught Assessment in Higher Education, Readings in Higher Education, Master’s Colloquium, Survey Research Methods, Educational Research Design, and Quantitative Analysis in Educational Leadership. Dr. Kolek’s research interests include knowledge production, research methods in higher education, the college student experience, and civic engagement.
  • ​​Sarah Marshall, Ph.D.
  • Kaleb Patrick, Ed.D.
  • ​​Megan Taylor
  • ​​Regina Umpstead​, J.D., Ph.D.​​
    Regina Umpstead, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor and Program Director for the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Umpstead regularly teaches Public School Law, Advanced School Law, Educational Policy Analysis, and Writing and Inquiry. Dr. Umpstead’s research interests include education law & policy issues related to equal educational opportunities (especially for students with disabilities), teacher workforce reforms, and educational innovation.
  • David Whale, Ed.D.​​​​
    David E. Whale, Ed.D., is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. He has been with the university for over 20 years, starting in 1997. Dr. Whale came to CMU following a 20-year career in the K-12 public schools as a high school teacher and principal. His research interests are college affordability student engagement in online courses. He also is the program director for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree program for the department. The main courses taught by Dr. Whale are The Principalship, School and Community Relations, and Principles of Educational Administration.
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    Central Michigan University
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