Welcome from the dean’s office

We in the dean’s office of the College of Human Sciences and Education are excited to welcome students, staff and faculty back to campus. The energy and anticipation have been building all summer and now that classes are in session, the campus is bustling with activity. There are endless opportunities for you to meet new people and develop meaningful connections.

In this newsletter, we will introduce you to the new faces of faculty joining our college this semester. Please join us in welcoming them to the NDSU community.

New faces of faculty

Join us in welcoming the newest faculty members to the College of Human Sciences and Education. We are excited to have them on board.

Amber O’Shea

Department: School of Education

Get to know me: O’Shea earned her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also earned her master’s degree in educational psychology and her doctorate in educational studies with a specialization in teaching, curriculum and learning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. O’Shea previously taught in kindergarten and first grade classrooms for a total of 10 years in Lincoln, Nebraska. She uses qualitative research and focuses on social emotional learning and school improvement. She is a wife and mother of a two-year-old son and seven-month-old daughter.

Lei Jiang

Department: School of Education

Get to know me: Jiang’s primary research interests focus on equitable and inclusive educational leadership, multilingual and multicultural education, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. He recently published articles in Applied Linguistics, Language and Education, TESOL Quarterly, and Research in Science Education. He is a former K-12 English and Mandarin teacher. Before moving to North Dakota, he lived in California, Massachusetts and Georgia. He is excited to join the NDSU family, and looks forward to working with educators, students and communities here. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, running and watching football games.

Hyeongjin “Harry” Jeon

Department: Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design and Hospitality Management

Get to know me: Jeon enjoys settling into new experiences. As a teacher, he wants to assist students in identifying their career goals and gaining the knowledge that they need to achieve their objectives. As a hospitality and tourism researcher, his specialty is event and tourism management and marketing. Jeon’s goal is to continually grow as a teacher and researcher so that he can better serve students and the academy.


Seungmin Kang

Department: Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Get to know me: Kang’s research focuses on examining the role of shared leadership in different human resource-related constructs in the context of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) to help achieve desired social change goals of nonprofit sport organizations. His prior experience includes work in the sponsorship sector of international sporting events as well as teaching physical education courses and soccer teams as a middle school teacher. 

Kelsey Slater

Department: Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Get to know me: Originally from Pennsylvania, Slater earned a degree in environmental studies and political science from Lafayette College, where she also was a two-sport varsity athlete in volleyball and track and field. She worked in hospitality and event facility management for four years before returning to school to pursue her master’s degree in sport administration at Mississippi State University. It was there that she became interested in sport management research and decided to complete her doctoral degree. Slater completed her dissertation on the social media use of non-governmental sport organizations based in Sub-Saharan Africa in summer 2021. As an assistant professor at NDSU she will pursue research in sport for development, sport diplomacy and sport communication.

Katelyn Nicolay

Department: Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Get to know me: Nicolay is originally from Winnipeg, but has lived in the Boston area for the past seven years. She earned her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba, Master of Science from Illinois State University Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University. She holds dual certifications in athletic training/athletic therapy in the U.S. and Canada, and has mainly practiced clinically in the high school setting. Her research is focused on improving the authenticity of simulations in athletic training education. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, travelling and baking.


Wen Wang

Department: Human Development and Family Science

Get to know me: Wang is interested in using quantitative methods to understand the diversity of socialization processes in families and the inequality among children. In particular, her research aims to advance the research regarding how culture and ethnicity shape parenting and its effects on child mastery motivation, communication and prosocial behaviors since infancy. Wang is excited to join the College of Human Sciences and Education this fall.

Joseph Smith

Department: Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Get to know me: Smith is an assistant professor of athletic training and a sports medicine health care professional holding national certifications as an athletic trainer, orthopedic technologist and emergency medical technician.

Smith has cared for patients and athletes in sports medicine hospitals and clinics, such as Stanford University Medical Center, University of California San Francisco Orthopedic Institute and JACO Physical Rehabilitation.His areas of expertise include clinical and practical athletic training application, exercise science testing and human performance, orthopedic injury prevention and treatment, emergency care and post-op and injury rehabilitation.

He completed his athletic training internship and Bachelor of Arts in east Asian studies and exercise science at the University of California-Santa Barbara, and his Master of Science in advanced athletic training and doctorate in kinesiology and rehabilitation science at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

Joel White

Department: Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Get to know me: White joined NDSU after being an associate professor for four years at Mayville State University. Prior to that, he taught at Rogers State University in Oklahoma for nine years. He and his wife have four children, ages 13 to 20.

Next steps for Nancy

Nancy Kaler recently retired after teaching in the College of Human Sciences and Education for 33 years. She taught students in many ways, from a college introduction class to coordinating field experiences.

“It was the best career I could imagine,” said Kaler. “Some of my favorite teaching memories include coordinating human development and family science field experience. Helping students match their skill set with their career path was so fulfilling.”

Kaler found the community was highly receptive to having HDFS interns in their organizations. She said the ultimate success was when former students became field experience supervisors, giving back to NDSU by hosting more interns.

“I want my students to find a career that uses their skills, challenges them, allows for a balanced lifestyle, recognition for their achievements and be lifelong learners,” Kaler said. “I also want them to be grateful. I am forever grateful for my career at NDSU.”

Since retirement, Kaler and her husband took a road trip from the east coast this summer and have more plans for future trips. They intend to spend their winters in Arizona, where they can spend time with their newest granddaughter.


Dr. Jim Deal, Interim Dean

Email:  Jim.Deal@ndsu.edu

Dr. Jill Nelson, Interim Dean

Email:  Jill.R.Nelson@ndsu.edu

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