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  • Karin Sconzert

    Chair, Education Department; Associate Professor of Education

    Karin Sconzert was a 6-12 grade teacher of history, theater, and computer applications at the Latin School of Chicago, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Princeton Day School (NJ), and Forest Ridge Academy (IN) between 1987-1996. She conducted qualitative research with the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago from 1994-2001.

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  • Patricia Rieman

    Chair, Master in Education Program; Associate Professor of Education

    Professor Patricia Rieman holds degrees in special education and curriculum and instruction, and was a special education teacher for more than 15 years in Oklahoma and Illinois. She teaches courses in education and society, characteristics of exceptional learners, and reading and language arts.

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  • Jacqueline Easley

    Co-Director, Teaching Commons; Professor of Education

    Professor Jacqueline Easley received her Ed.D. from Northern Illinois, M.A. from Concordia University, and B.A. from Concordia College. She joined the Carthage faculty in 2006.

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  • Frances Chatman

    Director of Student Teaching

    Frances Chatman has worked as a special education assistant, ISS assistant, elementary school and HR secretary, substitute teacher, summer school clerk, and as an elementary school teacher at Edward Bain School of Language and Art, where she retired after 19 years. Throughout the years, she’s also covered for principal absences, coached the EBSOLA cheerleading squad for six years, directed a girls group that performed community service at local nursing homes, and served as a cooperating teacher for Carthage, UW-Parkside, UW-Whitewater, and Concordia University.

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  • Michele Hancock

    Vice President of College Culture for Inclusion; Director of the Administrator Preparation Program; Professor of Practice in Education

    Michele Hancock’s research interests focus on teacher leadership in urban settings and how teacher leaders collaborate to recognize and challenge deficit thinking.

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  • Dennis Munk

    Professor of Psychological Science and Education

    Professor Dennis D. Munk teaches undergraduate courses in classroom management, educational psychology, and instructional methods for special education, as well as graduate courses in research methods. He has conducted research in the areas of functional assessment, grading practices, reading instruction, and inclusive practices.

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  • Jun Wang

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Prof. Wang was an English teacher in China for almost three years. Since she came to the United States, she has taught students with mild to severe disabilities, students who are struggling, and students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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  • Marilyn Ward

    Director, Center for Children’s Literature; Professor of Education

    Professor Marilyn Ward teaches courses in creative arts and social studies in the elementary/middle school and children’s and early adolescents’ literature, and is the director of the Center for Children’s Literature.

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  • Nina Weisling

    Assistant Professor of Education

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  • Siovahn Williams

    Director of the Urban Teaching Preparation Program; Director of Accelerated Certification in Teaching; Assistant Professor of Education

    Siovahn Williams has worked in urban education for eighteen years. She began her career as an outreach specialist in the Chicago Public Schools and moved onto teaching in higher education at Trinity Higher Education Organization through the Federal TRIO program. In her role at Carthage, Siovahn works as the program manager for the Urban Education Preparation Program and an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department.

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Additional Faculty

Susan Akina 
Adjunct Faculty, Education and Natural and Social Sciences 

Melissa Jakubowski 
Adjunct Faculty, Education 

Shebaniah Muhammed
Adjunct Faculty, Education 

LouAnn Pitts 
Adjunct Faculty, Education 

Mercilie Toney
Adjunct Faculty, Education 

Department Support Staff

Frances Chatman
Director of Student Teaching

Josie Kick
Administrative Assistant
Lentz Hall 324

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Looking to teach? Count on becoming a familiar face in local schools. Carthage students accumulate 135 hours in local classrooms before their student teaching semester. Make that 450+ for those entering our new urban teacher program.

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …