Faculty & Staff

Dr. Lavada Taylor


Office: ED 320

Email: ltaylo46@csu.edu

Phone: (773) 995-3988

Barbara Belisle

Licensure Officer

Email: bbelisle@csu.edu

Phone: (773) 995-2492

Ms. Lakisha Hillard

Director of Field Placement

Email: lhillard@csu.edu

Phone: (773) 995-2570 


Inna Dolzhenko

Inna Dolzhenko

Assistant Professor    

Early Childhood Education

Office: ED 217           

Phone: (773) 995-2191 

Research/Service Interests: Early Childhood Education (social and emotional development of young children), Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development (teaching SEL skills to young children), Special Education (development of young children with disabilities), Mindfulness (development of awareness of self and others), Multicultural education (anti-bias education, culturally responsive pedagogy), Teacher preparation, Quantitative research methodologies (multiple regression, multivariate analyses, hierarchical linear modeling), Qualitative research methodologies

Nancy Grim

Nancy Grim, PhD

Interim Department Chairperson | Associate Professor

Elementary, Middle Level, and Secondary Education

Email: ngrim@csu.edu 

Office: ED 318

Phone: (773) 995-2097

Research/Service Interest: Life-threatening Allergies in Schools, Science & Technology Education (Teacher Candidate Preparation / Pre-K to 12 Schools), Assessment & Accreditation, University Assessment Steering Committee - Evidence Committee Co-Chair

Jacquelien Osborne

Jacquelyn Benchik-Osborne, PhD

Assistant Professor Elementary Education

Phone: (773) 995-2006

Research/Service Interests:  Democratic teaching and classroom practice within the tradition of the field, social foundations of education, integrating voice, perspective, and point-of-view in the Deweyan tradition

of classrooms, literacies across all disciplines of subject study, social and emotional learning in the area of STEM for both elementary and middle-level students.

Michael Williams, EdD

Assistant Professor

Elementary Education

Office: ED 324

Email: mwillj12@csu.edu

Micahel Wannah

Michael Wannah

Associate Professor, Bilingual Education

Phone: (773) 995-2073

Chyrese Wolf

Chyrese Wolf, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Elementary and Middle Education & Graduate Reading

Office: ED 229

Phone: (773) 995-2370 (Prefer email communication cwolf@csu.edu)

Research/Service Interests: International comparative literacy teacher development using large-scale assessments, PISA and PIRLS, in the development of the public's perception of teacher effectiveness. Impact of dialogical teaching in the literacy classroom: examining the teacher-student relationship.

Sarah Buck

Sarah Buck, Ph.D.

Health Education, Physical Education & Recreation

Office: JDC 220

Phone: (773) 995-3651

Research/Service Interests: My research interests are currently cultural factors related to sedentary lifestyles in African American females. For service, I am Academic Affairs Committee Chair, the General Education Committee Secretary, and a member of Faculty Senate and the COE Admissions and Standards committees (all CSU). I am Past-President of IAHPERD (Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) and currently on the Executive Board as well as editor of the semi-annual publication, the Illinois Journal. I am a member of Rotary1 Chicago as well as co-Chair of the Community Service committee.

Mark Kutame

Mark A. Kutame, Ph.D.

Department ChairpersonProfessor

Health Education, Physical Education & Recreation

Office: JDC 216

Phone: (773) 995-3650

Research/Service Interests: My research interests are in Teacher Content and  Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Curriculum and Instruction, and international physical education.

June Price – Shingles

June Price – Shingles

Associate Professor

Health Education, Physical Education & Recreation

Office: JDC 223

Phone: (773) 995-3779

Research/Service Interests:

My research interest consist of creating a new programming module for recreation faculty nationwide for instruction during the program design course using the 40 Developmental Assets as the core criteria.  Other interests are in leadership and professional development modules for undergraduate students independent of the core curriculum for parks, recreation and sports management and therapeutic recreation while matriculating through undergraduate studies.

Michael McNicholas

Michael McNicholas 

Assistant Professor

Health Education, Physical Education & Recreation

Office: JDC 219

Phone: (773) 995-2294 

Research/Service Interests:

Community therapeutic recreation and community mental health.

Florah Luseno

Department Chairperson


Special Education

ED 319

fluseno@csu.edu 773.995.2086

Rasha Elhage

Rasha ElSaheli Elhage, PhD

Associate Professor

Special Education

Office: ED 234

Phone: (773) 995-3538

Research/Service Interests: Employment of youth with disabilities, Special Education transition services, Vocational Education for youth with disabilities, Co-teaching, Special Education teachers retention.

Athanase Gahungu

Athanase Gahungu


Principal Preparations

Office: ED 237

Phone: (773) 995-2009 

Garrard McClendon

Garrard McClendon, Ph.D.


Principal Preparation, Higher Education Administration, Doctoral Studies

Office: ED 231

Phone: (773)821-2579

Research/Service Interests: Perceptions, Expectations, and Language, Ebonics, Education, School Choice, Critical Race Theory, Politics, Education, Law and Finance


Olanipekun Laosebikan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Higher Education Administration

Office: ED 226

Phone: (773)821-2832

Research/Service Interests: Black international education exchange, international student organizations and political activism, HBCUs and international education.

Chandra Cabraal

Chandra Cabraal

Associate Professor

Doctoral Studies

Office: ED 238

Phone: (773)821-2832 

Byung-in Seo

Byung-in Seo, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor

Doctoral Studies 

Office: ED 228

Phone: (773)821-2181

Research/Service Interests: Content area literacy, Secondary education, Curriculum, Instruction, Bridging the learning divide between English/language arts and mathematics. 



Education Building Room: 320

Office Hours: 10am to 6pm. Monday through Friday

Telephone: (773) 995-3988 Fax: (773) 995-2473