Stephanie Knight, Dean of Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Stephanie Knight, Ed.D.

Leon Simmons Endowed Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Well-respected in her field, Knight began her service as the Simmons School dean in August 2017. Prior to this, she joined Pennsylvania State University in 2009 as professor of educational psychology, where she taught courses in educational psychology and effective learning. In 2013 she became associate dean at Penn State, leading the College of Education’s undergraduate and graduate studies programs. Prior to that, she held a 20-year tenure at Texas A&M.

Knight’s scholarship includes interest in relationships between instructional strategies, classroom processes, learning environments and student outcomes; teacher professional development, and the use of observational techniques to study classroom processes. She recently concluded five years as co-editor of the Journal of Teacher Education and also served from 2004 to 2006 as co-editor of the Teaching, Learning and Human Development section of the American Educational Research Journal. She currently serves as associate editor of the Review of Educational Research. Read more

Stephanie Al Otaiba, Patsy and Ray Caldwell Centennial Chair

Stephanie Al Otaiba, Ph.D.

Patsy and Ray Caldwell Centennial Chair

She’s passionate about helping children learn to read successfully by providing them with reading interventions that have evidence behind them and by developing an evidence base for new interventions.

Her research team has attracted federally funded grants to support this line of research, which is conducted in Dallas ISD schools. Impact can be seen in these schools, where historically many children have not been able to read on grade level. Read more.

"Support for the work we do at Simmons translates directly into improving the knowledge of teachers. Further, this translates into increasing students’ reading abilities and, in turn, their preparedness to succeed in school and as citizens.”

Akihito Kamata. Ph.D. Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Endowed Professor

Akihito Kamata, Ph.D.

Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Endowed Professor

Dr. Kamata is a Professor at Southern Methodist University (Department of Education Policy & Leadership, Center on Research and Evaluation, Simmons School of Education & Human Development; Department of Psychology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences). Prior to joining SMU in 2013, Dr. Kamata was a Professor at the University of Oregon and Florida State University. Dr. Kamata's primary research interest is psychometrics and educational and psychological measurement, focusing on implementation of item-level test data analysis methodology through various modeling framework, including item response theory, multilevel modeling, and structural equation modeling. Read more.

Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Texas Instruments Endowed Chair

Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Ph.D.

Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Education

Dr. Ketterlin Geller is a professor in Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership department and is director of the K-12 STEM Initiatives project in the Lyle School of Engineering. Her scholarship contributes to understanding and closing the gap in mathematics education by emphasizing the role that educational systems play in supporting teachers’ instructional decision making.

Her work includes creating assessments that teachers can use to make meaningful decisions and understanding what makes tests more (or less) accessible for some students. Read more.

“Because we know that pressing problems are multi-dimensional and multi-faceted, our faculty works together to harness our unique perspectives to make a difference in shaping the education of tomorrow.”

Peter Weyand, Glenn Simmons Endowed Professor

Peter Weyand, Ph.D.

Glenn Simmons Endowed Professor

Dr. Weyand is an internationally recognized expert in human speed.

His research at SMU's Locomotor Performance Laboratory explores the scientific basis of fitness, performance, and health using whole-body biomechanical and physiological approaches.

On a daily basis, research can involve anything from running Olympic athletes on the turbo-treadmill to conducting walking metabolic tests at Flag Pole Hill. Read more.

“We are having quite a productive time doing cowboy science in the Lone Star state thanks to the support made possible by the Simmons School and SMU."

Full Professors

Jill Allor, Ed.D

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Jill Allor is a professor with the Department of Teaching and Learning. She received her Ed.D. in special education with an emphasis on reading and reading disabilities from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1996. A former special education teacher, her research is school-based and focuses on reading acquisition for students with and without disabilities, including students with learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Prior to arriving at SMU in 2004, she held faculty appointments at Florida State University and Louisiana State University. Read more.


Eric Bing, MD, Ph.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management, Global Leadership Institute

Eric G. Bing, MD, Ph.D., MBA is a professor of global health in the Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management in the Simmons School and in the Department of Anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at SMU. He has a concurrent appointment with the George W. Bush Institute as senior fellow and director of global health. Read more.


Michael S. Harris, Ed.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Michael S. Harris is a Professor of higher education, Department Chair of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, and director of SMU's Center for Teaching Excellence. His research investigates the impact of economic, political, and social changes influence on the culture, strategy, and behavior of higher education institutions. His current research focuses on differences in behaviors with respect to different missions and organizational cultures.Read more.


Tim Jacobbe, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Tim Jacobbe is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. He also has a courtesy appointment as a Professor in the Department of Statistical Science at SMU. Prior to serving as a faculty member, Dr. Jacobbe was an assessment specialist for Educational Testing Service where he served as one of the primary test developers for the AP Statistics program as well as the SAT and GRE. As PI on the NSF-funded Levels of Conceptual Understanding in Statistics (LOCUS) project, Dr. Jacobbe helped lead a team of tremendous statistics educators in transforming the way statistics is assessed on high stakes assessments. Read more.


Lin Lin Lipsmeyer, Ed.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Lin Lipsmeyer has conducted interdisciplinary research in learning sciences, cognition, and innovative technologies. Her research has resulted in over 110 scholarly publications including journal articles, books, and book chapters. In addition, she has been PI, Co-PI, or researcher on numerous NSF and foundation grants bridging learning sciences, artificial intelligence, and STEAM learning. Lin also serves as the Development Editor-in-Chief of one of the top journals in education and educational research, the Educational Technology Research and Development. Read more.


Anthony Petrosino, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Petrosino serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Outreach in SMU’s Simmons School and Professor in the Simmons Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Petrosino has received more than 17 million dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education and the McDonnel Foundation for Cognitive Studies. His research interests include students understanding of experimentation, engineering education and the development of expertise. He is Co-Founder of the nationally recognized UTeach Program. Dr. Petrosino has published over 40 peer reviewed journal articles, made over 100 national and international conference presentations and has supervised a dozen doctoral dissertations. Read more.


Paige Ware, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Paige Ware is a professor in the Department of Teaching & Learning and Associate Provost at Southern Methodist University. Prior to earning her doctorate in Education, Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of California at Berkeley, she was an English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher. Her research focuses both on the use of multimedia technologies for fostering language and literacy growth among adolescents, as well as on the use of Internet-based communication for promoting intercultural awareness through international and domestic online language and culture partnerships. Read more.


Associate and Assistant Professors

Dominique Baker, Ph.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Dominique Baker is an Associate Professor of Education Policy in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Her research focuses on the way that education policy affects and shapes the access and success of underrepresented students in higher education. She has received an AERA research grant for 2020-2021 to study course-taking and student loan debt in Texas. She primarily investigates student financial aid, affirmative action, and policies that influence the ability to create an inclusive and equitable campus climate. Read more.


Sondra Barringer, Ph.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership, Dr. Sondra N. Barringer teaches courses in statistics and academic governance. She was awarded her Ph.D. and Master of Art in Sociology from the University of Arizona where her research was funded by the Association for Institutional Research and an Excellence Graduate Fellowship in the Social Sciences. Read more.


Scott L. Davis, Ph.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Associate Professor Scott Davis is a physiologist who joined the faculty of SMU in the Fall of 2010. He is the Director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management. He is also currently an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Read more.


Anne Garrision Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Annie Wilhelm is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the department of Teaching and Learning. She holds B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Santa Clara University, an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Washington, and an M.Ed and a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership and Mathematics Education from Vanderbilt University. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Dr. Wilhelm taught high school mathematics, ranging from Algebra 1 to AP Calculus, for four years in the Seattle area. Read more.


Magdalena Pando, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Magdalena Pando is an Associate Professor of Bilingual Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. in Romance Languages: Spanish, and a B.A. in Spanish from Texas Tech University. Read more.


Alexandra Pavlakis, Ph.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Dr. Pavlakis is an Associate Professor of Education Policy and Leadership. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.Sc. in Social Policy and Planning from The London School of Economics and Political Science, an M.Sc. in Teaching from Pace University through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, and a B.A. in History from Brown University. Read more.


Meredith Richards, Ph.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Dr. Meredith Richards is an Associate Professor of Education Policy and Leadership. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy from the University of Texas at Austin and was an IES Post-doctoral Fellow in Education Policy and Methods at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more.


Amy Gillespie Rouse, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Amy Gillespie Rouse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia, Dr. Gillespie Rouse was a teacher, primarily in Tier 1 and Tier 2 elementary settings, in Virginia public schools for five years. She subsequently earned her doctorate in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, where she was an IES predoctoral fellow. Read more.


Quentin Sedlacek, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Quentin Sedlacek is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Harvard University, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Race, Inequality, and Language in Education and Teacher Education from Stanford University. Prior to attending Stanford, he taught science and mathematics for five years at public schools in Mississippi and American Sāmoa. During his doctoral studies, he co-founded a peer mentorship program for graduate students and organized a yearlong event series centering the perspectives of LGBTQ+ people of color in education. After completing his Ph.D., he served as a postdoctoral STEM education researcher in the College of Science at California State University, Monterey Bay. Read more.


Candace Walkington, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Candace Walkington is an Associate Professor and a Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University, specializing in mathematics education. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University, and she is a former NSF-GK12 Fellow and college mathematics professor. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from University of Texas at Austin. She was also an IES Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematical Thinking, Learning, and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Walkington was a recipient of a Spencer Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant. In 2019, Dr. Walkington received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more.


Jeanna Wieselmann, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Jeanna R. Wieselmann is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southern Methodist University. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education Foundations, B.A. in Child Psychology, M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, all from the University of Minnesota. She was a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Read more.

Clinical Professors and Lecturers

Kristie Abt

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Kristie Abt, PhD, ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management. Dr. Abt completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Over the last 19 years she has broad teaching, mentoring, and advising experience in undergraduate and graduate programs in Applied Physiology and Health Management, Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Exercise Physiology, Health and Exercise Science, and Rehabilitation Sciences. Read more.


Caitlin Anderson

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Dr. Caitlin Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management. She earned her doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from Southern Methodist University and earned her master's degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. Dr. Anderson has been teaching at SMU since 2012, and she has been honored with several teaching awards, including the student-nominated Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence (HOPE) Award. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Anderson was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Hilltop Scholars Program out of the Office of the Provost in 2019. Read more.


David Bertrand

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Dr. David W. Bertrand is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Sport Performance Leadership (SPL) program. He is an award-winning scholar and leadership coach with two decades of blended experience in human development, high-performance coaching, and education. Read more.


Watt Lesley Black, Jr., Ph.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Watt Lesley Black, Jr. joined the SMU faculty after a 26-year career in public schools, where he began as a foreign language teacher and ended with a successful 8-year tenure as principal at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Read more.


Sarah Brown, Ph.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Sarah Brown joined the SMU Sport Management faculty in January 2020. She teaches Applied Management in Sport, Contemporary Issues in Sport, Senior Project, and Sport Data Analytics in the undergraduate program and Research Design in the graduate program. Prior to joining SMU, Dr. Brown taught courses at Texas A&M University (where she completed her doctoral work) and Texas Women’s University. Previously, Dr. Brown worked as a corporate attorney. She has experience working for the Texas Rangers and multiple fortunate 100 companies including Nike. Read more.


Roxanne Burleson, Ph.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Roxanne Burleson is a Clinical Associate Professor as well as the Director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and M.Ed. in Accelerated Leadership Program within the Simmons School of Education & Human Development. Her research interests include education policy and governance of public and non-profit organizations. Roxanne spent thirty-one years in public education as a teacher, middle school and high school principal, and assistant superintendent for Plano ISD. In her assistant superintendent position in Plano, she worked closely with other administrators to improve test scores on state assessments, as well as develop strategies and best practices to lower failure rates and increase graduation rates in Plano high schools. Currently, Roxanne serves on the Board of Directors for Library Foundation of the Plano Public Libraries and is the Treasurer for the Plano Metro Rotary Club. She is a member of the “Women Making a Difference” nonprofit in Plano, and she serves as past-president of the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano. Read more.


Peter Carton Jr., J.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Peter Carton, J.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Sport Management in the department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management. He received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, NJ and his experience includes working for Major League Baseball (MLB). Read more.


Anthony Cuevas, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Tony Cuevas is a Clinical Professor and director of the Teacher Development Studio. Dr. Cuevas began his career in education as a secondary teacher in Louisiana and earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University. He worked as an Instructional Designer and Curriculum Director at EDS and A.T. Kearney for several years before joining SMU. He designed the curriculum for the SMU Guildhall Master of Interactive Technology degree program, rated one of the top programs in the U.S., and served as Academic Director for several years before transferring to Simmons School. Read more.


Damion Davis, Ph.D.

Counseling Graduate Studies

Dr. Damion Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and is trained to work with adolescents and adults with differing degrees of emotional and behavioral issues. In addition to working with adolescents and adults, Dr. Davis works with court related cases. Dr. Davis is a member of several counseling organizations and frequently speaks at professional counseling conferences. Read more.


Greta Davis, Ph.D.

Counseling Graduate Studies

Dr. Greta Davis is a counselor educator, career counselor, and executive coach with over 20 years of experience in career development providing services to individual clients, organizations, academic institutions, and the federal government. Read more.


Mario De La Garza, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Counseling Graduate Studies, Ph.D.

Dr. De La Garza earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling from the University of North Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Abilene Christian University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a supervisor credential in the state of Texas as well as a National Certified Counselor. Read more.


S. Kiersten Ferguson, Ph.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Dr. S. Kiersten Ferguson is a Clinical Associate Professor and the higher education program director in the department of Education Policy & Leadership. Dr. Ferguson is also a Faculty Fellow for Inclusion and Equity in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, where she assists the vice president and associate vice president with research on campus-wide diversity initiatives. Read more.


Brian Fennig, Ph.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Professor Fennig is a four-time HOPE honoree (2002, 2011, 2012, 2021) and has been recognized as an outstanding faculty member by the National Residence Hall Honorary (2008). He ranked No. 4 (nationally) on the annual mtvU's Rate My Professor Top 25 Professors List for 2015-16 and No. 11 for 2014-15. He was awarded SMU's Provost's Teaching Recognition Award for 2016. He has participated in many Discover Dallas sessions with first-year students, and he spends his volunteer time with Reading Partners of North Texas. He currently serves as a Faculty Affiliate for Boaz Hall. Read more.


Mag Gabbert, Ph.D.

Graduate Liberal Studies

Dr. Mag Gabbert is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Graduate Liberal Studies. Dr. Gabbert has a Ph.D. in English, with a focus in creative writing, from Texas Tech University, an MFA in creative writing from the University of California at Riverside, and a BA in English from Trinity University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Honors in English. Read more.


Diane Gifford, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Diane Gifford is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Teaching and Learning. In 2013, she earned her a Ph.D. in Educational Research with a focus on literacy and, more specifically, specific reading comprehension deficits in children. During her doctoral studies at SMU, she was one of ten students chosen nationwide for the Council of Exceptional Children’s Division of Research Outstanding Doctoral Student Scholars for 2010. Read more.


Francesca Go, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Francesca Go received her Ph.D. in Special Education with emphasis on behavioral disorders, from the University of North Texas in 2005. Prior to that, she taught students with behavioral disorders in upper elementary and middle school. Dr. Go received her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Vanderbilt University, and her B.A. in Government and History from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Go's research and teaching interests center on behavior, reading, cognitive disabilities, autism, assessment and measurement. Read more.


Donna Gober, Ed.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Dr. Donna Gober joined the faculty of the Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management in the fall of 2008 after earning an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a cognate in Higher Education from Lamar University. She has been teaching full time in higher education since 1995. Dr. Gober earned a Master of Science in Wellness with minors in Exercise Physiology and Counseling from the University of Mississippi while employed as a graduate instructor in the Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management. Read more.


Thomas L. Hartsell, J.D.

Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

Thomas L. Hartsell, Jr. is a lawyer and mediator in private practice with a specialty in family law and mental health practice issues. He has been active in the mediation field since 1986. He is a coauthor of "The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals, an A-Z Guide to Protecting your Clients, Your Practice and Yourself" and "The Portable Ethicist, An A-Z Guide to Responsible Practice" published by John Wiley & Sons and is a frequent lecturer to mental health professionals and organizations. Read more.


Margaret Jacome, Ph.D.

Counseling Graduate Studies

Dr. Jacome received her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech in 2005. Prior to becoming a therapist, Dr. Jacome taught for several years in secondary schools and served as a missionary for 10 years in Indonesia. She has bachelor's degrees in advertising art from Texas A & M Commerce and in secondary education/journalism from Southwest Texas State University. Dr. Jacome obtained her master's degree in Social Sciences from Azusa Pacific University in 1994 while residing overseas. Dr. Jacome is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in Texas and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor. Read more.


Johnitha Watkins Johnson, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Johnitha Watkins Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Urban Education in 2013. During her doctoral studies at Texas A&M University, she mentored pre-service and in-service teachers in various contexts, and began her research agenda, which focuses on equity in education. She also holds a M.S. in Juvenile Forensic Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. Read more.


Haemin Kim-Breunig, Ph.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Dr. Haemin Kim-Breunig is a Lecturer in the Department of Applied Physiology and Sport Management. She earned her doctorate in Child Development and Early Education from Texas Woman’s University, master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of North Texas, and bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining SMU, Dr. Kim-Breunig had worked at Dallas College and Texas Woman’s University as an adjunct faculty, teaching various courses including General Psychology, Lifespan Growth & Human Development, Infant & Toddler Development, Family, School, & Community, and Care & Education. Dr. Kim-Breunig is committed and passionate about education. As such, she was recognized as an outstanding faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 2021. Read more.


Ryan Kota, Ph.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Ryan Kota, PhD, MBA is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Sport Management Program. He completed his MBA at St. Bonaventure University, M.S. in Sport Management at Baylor University, and PhD in Sport Management at Florida State University. His research interests include sport cultural studies and consumer motivations with new technologies. Specifically to cultural studies, he is interested in exploring how sport organizations can address barriers to entry for underrepresented populations, while his interests in consumer motivations range from daily fantasy sport and eSports, to the new entertainment tactics implemented by minor league franchises. Read more.


Megan Murphy, Ph.D.

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Dr. Megan Murphy joined the faculty at SMU in the fall of 2011 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Murphy completed her Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in 2008. While at UNTHSC, Dr. Murphy served as a SCORE and MKITS fellow volunteering in ninth grade science classes in the Fort Worth school system with the goal of increasing the students' interest in and awareness of science as a career. Read more.


Farnoosh Nouri, Ph.D.

Counseling Graduate Studies

Dr. Nouri is an educator, author, researcher, and presenter. She has been a practitioner since 1997. In addition to teaching, her major area of research has been on the Electromagnetic Aftereffects of Near-Death Experiences. She is the author of the book "So Long Depression". Read more.


Chalie Patarapichayatham, Ph.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Dr. Chalie Patarapichayatham is a Research Assistant Professor in Simmons School. She received a Ph.D. degree in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand in 2010. Read more.


John Potter

Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

John Potter, O.D., M.A., is an active practitioner in dispute resolution and conflict management. He has mediated more than 3,000 disputes including many in the health care field. He received a Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University and an M.A. in Dispute Resolution from SMU. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Distinguished Clinical Scholar at the State University of New York’s State College of Optometry. Read more.


Abigail Pruitt, Ed.D.

Teaching and Learning

Abigail Pruitt, Ed.D., serves as a Clinical Professor in the department of teaching and Learning. Dr. Pruitt earned a she earned a B.A. in Political Science and Italian Area Studies in 1994. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses with a focus on applied linguistics, cross-cultural communication, and human development. Read more.


Amy Richardson, Ed.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Amy Richardson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Annette Simmons School of Education and Human Development and the Director of Educator Preparation and the Scholarship of Teaching. Prior to earning her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University, she was a secondary social studies and English teacher and a research assistant for the New Jersey Center for Character Education. Her areas of expertise include teacher education, social studies education, and the use of technology, specifically mixed reality simulations, to support teacher learning and development. Amy is principal investigator on the Raising Texas Teachers grant funded by Raise Your Hand Texas. Read more.


Laura Robinson-Doyle

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

Laura Robinson-Doyle, M.S., is a lecturer in the Sport Performance Leadership (SPL) program. She is completing her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Kinesiology at Texas Woman’s University, with an emphasis in population and global health. Laura’s research interests include physical (in)activity, food insecurity, vulnerable populations (to include military and homeless), and global and community health programming. Laura earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Texas Woman’s University, with an emphasis in addictions, and adolescent and young adult counseling. Read more.


Karla del Rosal, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Karla del Rosal, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the Annette Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on bilingual education, ESL instruction, student diversity, and classroom assessment. Karla del Rosal has a Ph.D. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her areas of expertise are teacher education, second language acquisition, cultural responsiveness, and formative assessment. She also has specialized in best practices for English learners in Mathematics and Science classrooms. Read more.


Robert Rouse, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Rouse joined the Simmons School after completing a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Rouse worked with pre-service and in-service teachers in various roles, including as a graduate teaching assistant, university field mentor, and course co-instructor. Read more.


Edita Ruzgyte, Ph.D.

Counseling Graduate Studies

Dr. Edita Ruzgyte is a couples and marriage therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. After coming to the United States from Lithuania, Dr. Ruzgyte received a Ph.D in family therapy. In her dissertation she explored the cultural and social aspects of relationships and sexuality. She continues to do research examining social influences in relationship dynamics and sexual expression in post- Soviet Union countries. Read more.


Brandy Schumann, Ph.D.

Counseling Graduate Studies

Dr. Brandy Schumann is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, Professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU), and the President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Schumann holds a Doctoral degree in Counseling, with a specialty in Play Therapy from the top ranked play therapy program in the world, which is at the University of North Texas. Read more.


Milan Sevak, Ed.D.

Education Policy and Leadership

Milan Sevak has served in school and district roles in a variety of settings. Most recently, Milan worked as Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Leadership in Dallas ISD, where he led the District’s efforts to reform teacher evaluation, compensation, and support systems. Previously, he served as a Division Assistant Superintendent who was responsible for student outcomes in 41 schools that enrolled 30,000 students. Read more.


Misty Solt, Ph.D.

Counseling Graduate Studies

Misty Solt, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor as well as a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Solt is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in 2003 where she was an Adjunct Professor in the Counseling Department. Dr. Solt has served as the director for SMU's Center for Family Counseling from 2008-2011, and taught courses in the area of Practicum and Child Counseling. Read more.


Terra Wagner, Ph.D.

Counseling Graduate Studies

Dr. Terra Wagner received her PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Dr. Wagner primarily teaches practicum, group counseling, and diverse communities as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Additionally, she serves as the Clinic Director, overseeing operations at all SMU counseling clinics. Read more.


Bradley Warren

Applied Physiology and Sport Management

BJ “Coach” Warren has been with the Applied Physiology and Sport Management Department since January of 2013. Previously, BJ taught at Collin College, West Virginia University, and various middle school and high schools. BJ has coached 10 State Champions, 7 All-Americans, 11 All-American considerations, 3 Academic All-Americans and broke over 150 team records.Read more.


Christine Woodbury, Ph.D.

Teaching and Learning

Dr. Christine Woodbury is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of the Learning Therapy Program at Southern Methodist University. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University and M.S. in Special Education from National University. Her Ph.D. is in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to her appointment as clinical professor and director in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dr. Woodbury was an assistant professor and program coordinator of the Educational Diagnostician program at Houston Baptist University. Dr. Woodbury has 15+ years of experience as a general education teacher, special education teacher, educational diagnostician, and university professor. Read more.