Associate Core Faculty

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Associate Core Faculty

Associate Core Faculty are appointed from among Adjunct Faculty who have taught with high degrees of success online, on campus, or both, and provide important supplemental support to the University's programs and to the Core Faculty. In addition to their teaching duties, Associate Core Faculty serve as content area coordinators, peer reviewers, new faculty mentors, student mentors, doctoral dissertation committee members, academic governance committee members, clinical supervisors of students in practica and internships (for licensure track programs) and are voting members of School Faculty Councils. Associate Core Faculty members, like Core/Ranked Faculty, play significant roles in course, curriculum and program development and governance, supporting the achievement, assessment and improvement of student learning, and advancing the scholarship of the University.

Denise Antoon, JD

Education
Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina; Master of Science in Human Services, Capella University; JD, McGeorge School of Law

Professional
California Association of Licensed Private Investigators, member; American Society of Trial Consultants, member; National Criminal Justice Association, member, American Psychology and Law Society, member; American Judicature society, member; Association for Criminal Justice Research, member, Society for Human Resource Management, member; Ladies Who Launch, member

Specializations
Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Criminology, Legal Research

Kristin Ballard, PhD

Education
PhD in Human Services, Capella University

Professional
American Psychological Association; Society for Military Psychology; Sigma Mu Psychology Honor Society.

Specializations
Human Services; Lifespan Development; Qualitative Research; Non-Traditional Student Development; Social Psychology; Development and Learning.

Justin Carter, PhD

Education
Bachelor of Arts, University of Phoenix; Master of Arts in Distance Education Instruction and Design, University of Phoenix; PhD in Leadership in Higher Education, Capella University

Professional
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), member; Association of Student Conduct Administration, member

Specializations
Educational Leadership, Research

Jim Castleberry

Education
Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin; Master of Science, Minnesota State University; PhD, Cappella University; JD, William Mitchell College of Law.

Professional
American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, member; Arizona Bar Association, member; Maricopa County Bar Association, member; Veterans Administration Community Advisory Board, member; Naval Academy Information Officer Program, reserve officer; US Department of Agriculture, mediator; Mental Health Commitment Hearings, hearing officer; consultant and pro bono counsel to the regional housing coalition; 20 years experience in labor law, regulatory law, and administrative law; served as a legal officer (JAG) for the Coast Guard.

Specializations
Human Services Administration, Crisis Intervention ,Social Problems, Criminology, Ethics and Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Ronald J. Curtis, Jr., EdD

Education
BS, International College (Hodges University); MPA, Florida Gulf Coast University; EdD, Nova Southeastern University

Professional
Lee County Florida Sheriff's Deputy (Captain); Commander of Professional Standards Division; Florida Internal Affairs Investigators Association, member; National Internal Affairs Investigators Association, member.

Specializations
Organizational Leadership and Management, Criminology and Justice Studies, Conflict Resolution, Business, Human Resources and Public Safety.

Deborah Elliott-DeSorbo, PhD

Education
Bachelor of Science, Rutgers University; PhD Clinical Psychology, George Washington University

Professional
Psychology Society of the Pikes Peak Region, president; American Psychological Association, member; former military clinical psychologist

Specializations
Clinical & Counseling with a focus on Health, Health Psychology, Trauma, Alternative Medicine

Publications
Elliott-DeSorbo, D., Martin, S., & Wolters, P. L. (2009). Stressful life events and their relationship to psychological and medical functioning in children and adolescents with HIV infection. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 52(3): 364-370.

Ciccone, D., Elliott, D., Chandler, H., Nayak, S., & Raphael, K. (2005). Sexual and physical abuse in women with fibromyalgia syndrome: A test of the trauma hypothesis. The Journal of Clinical Pain, 21(5): 378-386.

Chen, K., Shiflett, S., Ponzio, N., He, B., Elliott, D., & Keller, S. (2002). A preliminary study of the effect of external qigong on lymphoma growth in mice. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 8(5): 615-21.

Andrea Goldstein, PsyD

Education
BA, Florida Atlantic University; MS, Nova Southeastern University; MS, Miami Institute of Psychology; PsyD, Miami Institute of Psychology

Professional
American Psychological Association, member

Specializations
Forensic Psychology, Criminal Justice, Conflict Resolution, Neuropsychology, Abnormal Psychology

Amy Hakim, PhD

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Florida International University; Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Florida International University; PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Florida International University

Professional
Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, member; American Psychological Association, member

Specializations
Business Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Consulting

Eric Muenks, PhD

Education
BA, Stetson University; MS, Troy State University; PhD, Capella University

Professional
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Florida

Specializations
Counseling, Human Development, Mental Health Administration, Family Systems, Social Psychology, Business Psychology, Grant Writing, Executive Coaching, Organizational Development.

Rena M. Palloff

Education
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MA, Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University; PhD, Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University.

Professional
State of California, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Member, Sloan-C; Member, Advisory Board, Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, Madison, WI.

Specializations
Distance Learning; Online Teaching and Learning; Online Community Building; Assessment; Educational Technology; Learning Theory; Faculty/Professional Development; Organizational Development; Group Process; Substance Abuse and Addiction; Action Research; Qualitative Research.

Georgia Pappas

Education
BS, University of Wyoming; MS, Regis University; MA & PhD, Fielding Graduate University.

Professional
International Leadership Association.

Specializations
Leader Development, Curriculum Development, Non-profit Management, Executive Coaching, Adult Human Development, Facilitation, Qualitative Research.

Debora L. Scheffel, PhD

Education
BA, Bob Jones University (with honors); MA, University of Denver; PhD, Northwestern University; Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego. 

Professional
Elected Official, Colorado State Board of Education, 6th Congressional District Seat (R); Special Assistant to the Colorado Commissioner of Education; Director, Competitive Grants and Awards/Literacy Grants and Initiatives, Colorado Department of Education; Director of Academic Assessment, University of Northern Colorado; Special Education Due Process Hearing Officer, Kansas; Board, The Book Trust; Invited Reviewer, Journal of Research in Childhood Education; Advisory Board, Global Media Journal; Editorial Board, Colorado Reading Council Journal; Editorial Board, Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition; Editorial Board, Learning Disabilities Research in Practice; Member, International Dyslexia Society, International Neuropsychological Society, Council for Exceptional Children; post-doctoral fellow, University of California, San Diego, Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition; visiting scholar, United States Air Force Academy.

Specializations
Education Policy and Reform; Literacy/Oral Language Disabilities; Higher Education Accreditation; Neuropsychology; Education Leadership Development and Training; Higher Education and Cognitive Assessment; Research Design and Evaluation.

Recent Publications & Presentations

Della Noce, D., Scheffel, D., & Lowry, M. (in press). Questions that get answered: The construction of instructional conversations in asynchronous discussion boards, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.

Lefly, D., Scheffel, D. (2013, April). Building bridges for English learners: Proficiency, achievement and time, Center for Scholastic Inquiry, Scottsdale, AZ.

Scheffel, D. (2012, May). Comprehensive policy frameworks that impact student achievement. Plain talk about reading, Center for development and learning, New Orleans, LA.

Scheffel, D., Lefly, D. & Houser, J. (2012) Predictive utility of the DIBELS reading assessment for reading comprehension among third grade English language learners and English speaking children. Reading Improvement, 49(3), 75-92.

Wiznitzer, M. & Scheffel, D. (2010). Learning Disabilities. In R. David (Ed.). Child and adolescent neurology. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell.

Professional Service
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, invited reviewer
Global Media Journal, Advisory Board
Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, Editorial Board
Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, Editorial Board

Irene F. Stein, PhD

Education
Master's degree in Computer Science, Virginia Tech; Master's degree in Communication Development, Colorado State University; PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University

Professional
International Coach Federation (ICF), host of Coaching Research Special Interest Group; Graduate School Alliance of Executive Coaching (GSAEC), board member; 20 years experience in high tech industry as firmware programmer and manager

Specializations
Executive Coaching, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Diversity (Qualitative Research Methods)
Publications

Stein, I. F., & Page, L. J. (in press). Graduate study in executive and organizational coaching: Considerations for program development. Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture.

Stein, I. F., & Stetler, R. (in press). Coaching and communication. In D. Brennan & L. Wildflower (Eds.). The theory and practice of evidence based coaching: A comprehensive handbook. Jossey-Bass.

Stein, I. F. (2009). Which hat am I wearing now?: An evidence-based tool for coaching self-reflection. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 2(2), 182-194.

Page, L. J., & Stein, I. F. (2006). Framing the dialogue: Unlocking issues surrounding coaching research. In F. Campone & J. L. Bennett (Eds.), Proceedings of the third ICF coaching research symposium (pp. 141-151). Lexington, KY: International Coach Federation.

Stein, I. F., Campone, F., & Page, L. J. (Eds.). (2005). Proceedings of the second ICF coaching research symposium. Washington, DC: International Coach Federation.

Stein, I. F. (2004). The "coach-approach" as dialogic discourse. In I. F. Stein & L. A. Belsten (Eds.), Proceedings of the first ICF coaching research symposium (pp. 130-139). Mooresville, NC: Paw Print Press.

Stein, I. F., & Belsten, L. A. (Eds.). (2004). Proceedings of the first ICF coaching research symposium. Mooresville, NC: Paw Print Press.

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