Faculty

Faculty

Students learn from a highly experienced and caring group of faculty members.  Each instructor possesses a background that strengthens his or her academic skills.  Faculty members are active in research and writing, and they participate in workshops and seminars to stay current in their chosen fields.  They are leaders in the state of North Dakota in the fields of education and psychology, and their experience and abilities are recognized by their peers with appointments to professional responsibilities.

Ninety percent of the faculty members in the department have earned doctorate degrees (the highest academic degree), and others have experience which equates.

Students are assigned to an advisor who works closely with the individual each semester.  Caring and dedicated faculty members offer individualized attention and help to train the kind of teachers who reflect creditably upon American education and the kind of psychology academics and practitioners qualified to contribute to the discipline.


Kevin Moberg

Mr. Kevin Moberg
Chair of the Department of Teacher Education
Assistant Professor of Education
office: Klinefelter Hall 203
telephone: 701-483-2178
e-mail: kevin.moberg@dickinsonstate.edu 
M.A. in English, University of North Dakota
B.A. in English and Honors, University of North Dakota 
            • Teaches: ASC 100 - Freshman Seminar (for education students); EDUC 210 - Educational Technology; SEED 300 - Secondary Curriculum & Effective Teaching; SEED 490L - Methods of Teaching Secondary Language Arts; ENGL 382 - Adolescent Literature
            • experience teaching at the high school and university level
            • served as coordinator for the writing center and for Supplemental Instruction at DSU's Academic Success Center
            • Serves as DSU Assessment Coordinator
            • Faculty member since 2008 
                   

Dan Conner

Dr. Dan Conner
Coordinator of Education for DSU-Bismarck
Professor of Education and Psychology
office: Horizon Building, 1815 Schafer St., Bismarck, ND 58506
telephone: 701- 224-5631
e-mail: dan.conner@dickinsonstate.edu
Ph.D. in Education, Oregon State University
M.Ed. in Education, Oregon State University
B.S. in Elementary Education, Oregon State University
            • Teaches EDUC 405: Educational Psychology and Evaluation
            • Supervises pre-teachers & Field Experience
            • Experience as a teacher in grades kindergarten – graduate school, and as an administrator in elementary and middle schools in Oregon and Alaska
            •  Faculty member since 1998

               

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Dr. Lisa Daniels
Director of Field Experiences
Office: Klinefelter 212
Phone: (701) 483-2048
Email: lisa.daniels@dickinsonstate.edu

Texas A&M University, Ed.D. (Educational Leadership)
Oklahoma City University, M.Ed. (Gifted/Talented Education)
Oklahoma City University, B.A. (English)
Oklahoma City University, B.S. (Theater)

Curriculum Vita 

 

Renae Ekstrand

Ms. Renae Ekstrand

Assistant Professor of Education
Office: Klinefelter Hall 211
Phone: 483-2424
Email: Renae.Ekstrand@dickinsonstate.edu
M.S.Ed., K-12 Education, Winona State University 
B.S. – Elementary Education, Bemidji State University 

            • Teaches ELED 238 - Children's Literature; ELED 300 - Elementary Curriculum & Language Arts; ELED 310 - Elementary Social Studies Methods; ELED 323 - Observation & Assessment in Kindergarten; ELED 324 - Kindergarten Curriculum, Methods, & Materials; EDUC 360 - Managing the Learning Environment; EC 310 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education; EC 313 - Language & Literacy in Early Childhood; ELED 398A - Kindergarten Pre-Professional Experience; supervises pre-service teachers
            • Experience as a sign language interpreter, as an elementary and middle school teacher, and at the post-secondary level prior to coming to DSU
            • Faculty member since 2011

 
Christine McCoy Dr. Christine McCoy
Associate Professor of Education
Office: Klinefelter Hall 210
Phone: 483-2317
Email: Christine.Mccoy@dickinsonstate.edu
M.A., Ed.S. and Ed.D. with certification in curriculum and instruction and specialization in reading, University of South Dakota
B.A., Secondary Education with concentration in Speech and Theatre, Southwest State University, Marshall MN 
 

            • Teaches EDUC 300 – Teaching for Diversity; ELED 281 - Reading for the Elementary Teacher; ELED 282 - Reading Across the Curriculum and Content Area; EDUC 350 – Portfolio Preparation; ELED 383 – Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Disabilities; ELED 484 –Practicum in Reading; ELED 390S - Elementary Education Science Methods
            • Supervises students in ELED 498 – Teaching in the Elementary School
            • Experience teaching at the elementary, middle school, secondary and university level. Also has extensive training and experience as a reading specialist
            • Faculty member since 2007


Andrew McGarva Dr. Andrew McGarva
Professor of Psychology
Office: Klinefelter Hall 227
Phone: 483-2519
Email: Andrew.McGarva@dickinsonstate.edu
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of New Hampshire
M.A., Psychology, University of New Hampshire
B.A., Psychology, State University of New York at Plattsburgh 

Curriculum Vitae

            • Teaches PSYC 111 – Introduction to Psychology; PSYC 240 - Human Sexuality; PSYC 260 – History and Systems; PSYC 365 – Social Psychology; PSYC 355 – Psychology of Learning; PSYC 345 - Research and Experimentation in Psychology; PSYC 491 – Seminar in Psychology; PSYC 497 – Psychology Internship
            • Faculty member since 1997

 

Dorothy RennerMs. Dorothy Renner 
Instructor of German and Psychology
Office: May Hall 205
Phone: (701) 483-2832
Email: Dorothy.l.renner@dickinsonstate.edu 
Capella University, M.S
University of Maryland, B.S.
Dickinson State University, B.A., B.S.
 

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Suzanne Russ Dr. Suzanne Russ
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: Klinefelter Hall 226
Phone: 483-2518
Email: Suzanne.Russ@dickinsonstate.edu
Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Social Psychology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 
M.S.Ed., Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 
B.A., Humanistic Studies and Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay  

Curriculum Vita

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Peter WilsonDr. Peter Wilson

Assistant Professor of Education
Office: Klinefelter Hall 208
Phone: 483-2517
Email: peter.a.wilson@dickinsonstate.edu
Ed.D. Teacher Education, University of Tennessee
M.A., University of South Florida
M.Ed., Boston University
B.A.,
Social Psychology, Park College

Teaches EDUC 250 - Introduction to Education; SEED 370 - Reading in the Content Areas; EDUC 360 - Managing the Learning Environment; SEED 490D - Methods of Teaching Social Science; supervises pre-service teachers

  • Experience in higher education at the University of Tennessee
  • Has worked as an elementary school guidance counselor and in special education
  • Taught high school Social Studies and served as a Guidance Counselor 
  • Faculty member since 2012

Wendy WilsonDr. Wendy Wilson
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: Klinefelter Hall 225
Phone: 483-2386
Email: Wendy.L.Wilson@dickinsonstate.edu
Ph.D., M.S., B.S. - Psychology, Washington State University

Teaches PSYC 289H - Group Dynamics; PSYC 320 - Health Psychology; PSYC 335 - Biological Psychology; PSYC 370 - Abnormal Psychology; PSYC 491 - Seminar in Psychology

            • Experience as a research technician at the University of Washington and as a Veterinary Technician in the state of Washington
            • Experience at the post-secondary level at the University of South Florida, the University of British Columbia, the University of Idaho, Washington State University, and Spokane Community College
            • Faculty member since 2011