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  1. Alida Anderson, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Alida Anderson earned her PhD in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Research and teaching interests focus on contextual factors associated with language development and literacy acquisition in children from diverse backg… More

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    (202) 885-6214

  2. Christian Bracho, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Christian Bracho is a faculty member in the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education. His dissertation focused on the relationships between education reform, nationalism, and teacher movements, via a case study of a… More

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  3. Cathy Crocker, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - School of Education

    Cathy Crocker began her career in 1974 as a teacher of mathematics at McLean High School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. She ended her career with FCPS when she retired in 2004 as principal of Mount Vernon High School. In September 2004 Dr.… More

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    (202) 885-6259

  4. Traci Dennis, Instructor

    CAS - School of Education

    Traci Dennis joined AU in 2016 as a Term Faculty. Traci has a strong record of teaching and leadership experience in K-12 urban schools. Previous to this role, Traci was a Manager of Professional Services with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) educatio… More

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  5. Marilyn Goldhammer, Educator in Residence

    CAS - School of Education

    Marilyn joined CTRL in January, 2012 as the Coordinator of Program Initiatives and Teaching Resources. She had previously worked with CTRL to conduct noontime conversations, co-lead the Adjunct orientation and prepare a faculty resource on Teaching a… More

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    (202) 885-2068

  6. Cheryl Holcomb-Mccoy, Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy joined AU in 2016 as the Dean of the School of Education. In concert with her colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences, she concentrates her efforts on recruiting and supporting a more research-active and diverse facult… More

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  7. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Associate Professor of Education and Sociology

    CAS - School of Education

    Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Associate Professor of Education and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education. Professor Miller-Idriss earned her bachelor's deg… More

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    (202) 885-3740

  8. Sarah Irvine Belson, Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Education

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instructional with a cognate in Special Education. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with disabilities and teacher education policy. Her focu… More

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    (202) 885-3714

  9. Frederic Jacobs, Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Research and Teaching Interests: The role, function, and impact of higher education; theory and practice in adult learning; public policy and education; quantitative research.

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    (202) 885-2124

  10. Laura Owen, Researcher in Residence

    Dr. Laura Owen joins AU as a researcher in residence, where she will focus on researching evidence based practices for school counselors and college advisors aimed at addressing the persistent equity and access issues that so many students across the… More

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  11. Jason Snyder, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - School of Education

    Jason Snyder’s teaching and research focuses on education law and education policy. Prior to joining American University’s faculty, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Seco… More

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    (202) 885-6209

  12. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor of Education at American University in Washington, DC. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary… More

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    (202) 885-3762

  13. Amelia Tseng, Scholar in Residence

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Amelia Tseng holds her Ph.D and M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, her M.A. in Spanish linguistics from Arizona State University, and her B.A. in English Honors and Spanish Magna Cum Laude from Wellesley College. Dr. Tseng direc… More

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    (202) 885-3098

  14. Vivian Vasquez, Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Vivian Maria Vasquez is a Professor of Education at American University. She has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. Her research interests are in critical literacy, early literacy and information communication technology. Her pub… More

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    (202) 885-3719

  15. Stephen Vassallo, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    In his teaching and scholarship, Vassallo works to merge perspectives to critically explore issues related to teaching and learning, especially in the context of academic self-regulation. He draws from sociology, philosophy and educational psychology… More

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    (202) 885-3048

  16. Lauren Wells, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - School of Education

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  17. Elizabeth A. Worden, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Elizabeth Anderson Worden joined American University as an assistant professor in the fall of 2007 after earning her PhD in International Education from New York University. Her primary research examines how governments foster identities and belo… More

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    (202) 885-3723

Emeritus Faculty

  1. Lynn Fox, Associate Professor Emerita

  2. Lawrence Nyce, Associate Professor Emeritus

  3. David Sadker, Professor Emeritus

  4. Charles Tesconi, Professor Emeritus

    Charles Tesconi, Jr., is a Professor of Education at American University, Washington, DC, where he served as Dean of the School of Education from 1989-1993 and 1996-2000. He was Dean of the College of Education and Social Services and Professor of Ed… More

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    (202) 885-3740