Our Faculty

Justin Benna, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
E M Lebedeff 155F
(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


Dean Bresciani, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 210C
(701) 231-7211

Areas of Specialization: Higher Education Finance; Higher Education Administration; Student Affairs Administration

Education: PhD, Higher Education FInance, University of Arizona, 1996

Curriculum Vitae


Amanda Cordova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Family Life Center (FLC) 210I


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) 210E

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.

Associate Professor
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.

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 & Program Coordinator
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
  • 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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