Our Faculty

Sara Bano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 210E

Education: Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2020


Justin Benna, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 216
(701) 231-5930

Areas of Specialization: PK-12 School Leadership; Social and Political Contexts of Schools; Educator Development and Professional Learning

Education: PhD, Education, University of New Hampshire, 2018

Curriculum Vitae


Amanda Cordova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 210I


Sarah Crary, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 216A
(701) 231-5498

Areas of Specialization: Information Literacy; K-12 Education Change; Post-Secondary Readiness; Leadership

Education: Ph.D., PK-12 Educational Leadership, University of North Dakota, 2018

Curriculum Vitae


Laura S. Dahl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 210B

Areas of Specialization: College Student Learning and Development; Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education and Student Affairs; Collegiate Bystander Intervention; Educational Measurement through Rasch Modeling

Education: Ph.D., Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University, 2019

Curriculum Vitae


Liza Gilblom, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 210D

Areas of Specialization: Geographic Information Systems; Privatization in Education; Equity in Education; Critical Social Theory

Education: Ph.D., Urban Education, Cleveland State University, 2017


Brent Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 210K
(701) 231-8664

Areas of Specialization: Monte Carlo Simulations; Educational and Psychological Measurement; Learning Theory; Structural Equation Modeling; Q Methodology; Time Series Analysis

Education: Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2011


Hollie Mackey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 210K
(701) 231-5775

Areas of specialization: Indigenous theory and methodology, critical policy analysis, self-determination in education, ethical leadership, and education law

Education: Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2010


Cailen O’Shea, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 216

Areas of Specialization: School Transformation, Innovation for Equitable Education, PK-12 School Leadership, Quantitative Methods

Education: Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Higher Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2020


Laura Parson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator
Family Life Center (FLC) 210H

Areas of Specialization: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (SoTL); Women in Higher Education; Women in STEM; Ethnographic and Discourse Methods of Inquiry

Education: Ph.D., Teaching and Learning (Higher Education), University of North Dakota, 2016

Curriculum Vitae


Chris Ray, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Head, School of Education
Family Life Center (FLC) 210F
(701) 231-7104

Areas of Specialization: Institutional Effectiveness; Learning Outcomes Assessment; Instrument Development; Moral Development and Education; College Student Development

Education: Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2007

Curriculum Vitae


Nathan Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Family Life Center 210G
(701) 231-9771

Research Interests: Socio-cultural Issues in Education; Identity Development; Preparation of Educational Researchers

Education: Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction/Science Education, University of Minnesota, 2006

Curriculum Vitae

Affiliated & Part-Time Academic Faculty

  • Erika Beseler Thompson, Ph.D., Director of the Academic Support Center, Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Jeff Boyer, Ph.D., Director of Assessment and Accreditation, North Dakota State University
  • Dean Bresciani, Ph.D., President, North Dakota State University
  • Laura Oster-Aaland, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, North Dakota State University
  • Miriam Tobola, Ed.D., Director of Innovation & Learning at Breckenridge Public Schools
  • Jane Vangsness Frisch, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs at North Dakota State College of Science
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