The following individuals from the Teachers College are active program mentors.

Dr. Sheron Fraser-Burgess

Associate Professor of Social Foundations/Multicultural Education

Dr. Azar Hadadian

Professor, Department of Special Education

Education: MA & PhD, Educational Psychology & Special Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Areas of Expertise: Dr. Hadadian has served in the field of Special Education for over 25 years. She has over 75 publications and presentations. She was the recipient of the College Research Award in 2001. She is currently on various boards and committees. Her areas of expertise include deaf education and early childhood special education. 

Research Interests: Her research interests lay in the areas of attachment, infant mental health, parent and child interaction, parental stress and pre-service training.

Dr. Michael Harvey

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Education: Dr. Harvey got his PhD in Workforce Education and Development at the Pennsylvania State University, his M.S. in Educational Administration at the University of Southern Maine. He also has his masters in Special Education from the University of Southern Maine. He got his B.S. in Special Ed K-12 and Elementary Ed K-8 at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Areas of Expertise: Dr. Harvey specializes in Special Education Law and Policy, Educational Administration and Organization, Secondary Programming and Transition, Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development, Post-school Follow-up and Survey Research.

Research Interests: Dr. Harvey's research interests are in the areas of Special Education Administration and Organization, Public Policy and School Based Application, Secondary Programming, Transition and Post-School Follow-up, and Special Education Teacher/Administration Training.

Professional Affiliations: Dr. Harvey serves as Associate Editor of CEC - CASE - Journal of Special Education and serves as an Editorial Board Member for ACTE-R Career and Technical Education Research, CEC - DCDT Career Development Transition for Exceptional Individuals, and Workforce Education Forum (WEF).

Hobbies: He enjoys reading, politics, and history.

Karen Kessler

Associate Professor of Theatre

Dr. Linda Martin

Professor, Department of Elementary Education

Areas of Expertise: Dr. Martin's areas of expertise focus on students’ reading strategies across the grades and context, teachers’ instructional strategies to facilitate comprehension of text and teachers’ professional development

Research Interests: She is completing a text (as the initial editor) titled The Handbook of Professional Development for Educators: Successful Models and Practices, PK-12.She is also getting ready to conduct a study to examine what materials 4th grade teachers are using to teach science and social studies. This is important because of the implementation of the Common Core standards. 

Professional Affiliations: Dr. Martin is an affiliate of the International Reading Association (IRA); Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER); Literacy Research Association (LRA); Phi Delta Kappa; The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Hobbies: She enjoys reading, gardening and travelling.

More About Dr. Martin: Dr. Martin loves working with students and knowing that she has contributed to their success as an educator and/or researcher. She also considers herself a learner. As a result, she meets as often as possible with her students and is always humbled by what she learns from students as they conduct inquiry.

Dr. Renae Mayes

Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services

Education: She completed her PhD in counselor education at The Ohio State University, after completing degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park (MEd in school counseling) and University of Missouri (BS in middle school math and social studies education).

Research Interests: Dr. Mayes' interests focus on students of color in the educational pipeline (K-16), special education, gifted education, and urban education. She is currently investigating the intersection of gifted and special education in K-12 schools.

Professional Affiliations: She is an affiliate of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the American School Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association, the National Association for Gifted Children, and the American Educational Research Association.

Hobbies: Her hobbies include traveling, singing, playing with her dog, and watching college sports.

More About Dr. Mayes: As a first generation college student, she realizes how important it was for her to connect with faculty, particularly faculty who looked like her and could speak to her experience. They provided such great insight and helped her to navigate college and graduate school successfully. She hopes to be able to provide that kind of support to a future mentee.

Dr. Thalia Mulvihill

Professor of Social Foundations of Education/Higher Education

Academic Interests: Dr. Mulvihill is interested in the areas of history and sociology of higher education, qualitative research methods, educational biography, Autoethnography, narratives, women and gender issues in higher education.

Professional Affiliations: Dr. Mulvihill is affiliated with AERA, ASHE, ISEB, ACPA, NASPA, AESA

Hobbies: She enjoys reading, walking, sports, storytelling arts, etc.

More about Dr. Mulvihill: Before arriving at Ball State University she served in the Office of Residence Life and the Counseling Center at Syracuse University. Dr. Mulvihill is an Affiliate Faculty member in the Women's & Gender Studies Program and the Honors College, and is currently serving as the Director of the Adult, Higher and Community Education Doctoral Program. She is also the recipient of several awards, including University Excellence in Teaching Award, Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Fellowship, Dept. Award for Outstanding Research, Graduate School Fellow, Diversity Associate, Ray Williams Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Higher Education Faculty and the Dr. Robert O. Foster Faculty/Prof. Staff Award (Multicultural Center).

Dr. Serena Salloum

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Education: She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies, masters in Educational Research Methods, and a PhD in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Michigan.

Areas of Expertise: Dr. Salloum was a Teach for America Corps member and taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District; she also taught elementary school at a Chicago Charter School for immigrant and refugee students.

Research Interests: Her research interests focus on how school culture and organization relate to student achievement and promote equity.

Professional Affiliations: Dr. Salloum is a member of AERA, UCEA, on the EAQ editorial board, and part of the Teach for America alumni board.

Hobbies: She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, watching movies, running, practicing yoga and crossfitting.

More About Dr. Salloum: She is excited to be part of the pathways program and looks forward to mentoring young scholars.

Dr. Matthew Stuve

Associate Professor of Psychology--Educational Psychology

Dr. Eva Zygmunt

Associate Professor, Department of Elementary Education

Education: She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies, masters in Educational Research Methods, and a PhD in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Michigan.

Research Interests: My current research interests focus on community-based teacher education and the processes through which preservice teachers incorporate concepts relative to multiculturalism, social justice, race, power, privilege, and culturally relevant pedagogy. 

Professional Affiliations: I am a member of the National Association of the Education for Young Children, and its state and local affiliates. I am also a member of the Midwest Educational Research Association, and the American Educational Research Association. I recently served as a commissioner on the Indiana Commission on Childhood Poverty. I am also very involved in United Way of Delaware County, chairing its Community Solutions Team on Economic Stability and Basic Needs. I have been very involved in the work of the Muncie Action Plan. I also co-chair the Fundraising Committee of the Whitely Community Council, and serve on the Advisory Board of the Roy C. Buley Community Center.

Hobbies: I run and swim, as they are joyful activities which provide my life with balance. I also play piano. I enjoy caring for my home and garden.

More About Dr. Salloum: I am passionate about issues of social justice, and very much enjoy the process of mentoring students with similar interests. I enjoy learning from students throughout their educational journey. I believe that relationships are the foundation for all of teaching and learning.