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Professor Marjorie Checkoway
Director of Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership
B.A., Simmons College
M.S., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D.,The University of Michigan

Dr. Checkoway is a Professor of Education teaching in the Teacher Education program and serves as Director of the Graduate Educational Leadership Program. Checkoway began her professional career in pre-K-12 education as a teacher and administrator in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Illinois. She worked as a research assistant in the Bureau of Accreditation and School Improvement Studies at the University of Michigan while pursuing her doctorate in educational policy and administration. Checkoway was the co-director of several National Endowment for the Humanities projects including, "Bridging the Gap Between Knowing and Teaching in the Humanities," a collaborative venture between higher education and K-12 faculty, and "Our Urban Identity: Interpreting Detroit through the Humanities," a project involving secondary school teachers developing curricular units around Detroit history and culture. She has served with the State Department of Education on the Professional Standards Board for School Administrators, on State Accreditation Teams for Michigan Universities, and as team chair for North Central Association accreditation. Her research interests are in teacher education, educational leadership, educational policy, and educational equity. Checkoway teaches EDU 5220: Essentials of Educational Leadership, EDU 5650: Education and the Community, and EDU 6930: Seminar in Educational Leadership.

Professor Lorraine I. Jakubielski
B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
M.A., Wayne State University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. Jakubielski has been a Madonna University faculty member since 1986. Before joining the Madonna community, she held appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Ball State University, Northern Michigan University, University of Northern Iowa, Union College (Kentucky), and Pahlavi University (Iran). Early in her career, Jakubielski was a secondary school teacher in the Detroit Public School System and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran. She teaches two courses in the Literacy Education Program: EDU 5050: American Education: Historical, Social, and Political Perspectives, and EDU 5070: Schooling in Comparative and International Perspectives.

Associate Professor Kenneth L. Johnson
B.A., Eastern Michigan University
M.A., The University of Michigan

Mr. Johnson joined the Madonna University faculty in 1998. Prior to this, he was Superintendent of Redford Union Schools. His experiences in the field of education include special education teacher, school social worker, special education administrator, and director of instruction. Johnson has been a faculty member at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He teaches EDU 5890: Legal and Ethical Issues in Educational Leadership and EDU 6320/EDU 6330: Internship Project and Seminars.

G. Douglas Sutherland
B.A., Alma College
M.Ed., Wayne State University
Ed. Sp., Wayne State University

After beginning his educational career as an English, Journalism, and Social Studies teacher, Mr. Sutherland has served for more than 20 years as an administrator in Michigan, New Mexico, New Hampshire and Indiana. He also taught at Saginaw Valley State University and Baker College. Sutherland currently teaches EDU 5950: Curriculum Leadership at Madonna University.

Richard Witkowski
B.S., Michigan State University
M.A., The University of Michigan
M.S., Walsh College
Ph.D., The University of Michigan

Dr. Witkowski is the Superintendent of Garden City Schools and teaches EDU 5100: Data Management for School Leaders and EDU 5750: Financing of Education.

Associate Professor Stewart Wood
B.Ed. (Hons.), University of Nottingham, England
M.A., University of Sheffield, England
Ph.D., The University of Michigan

Dr. Wood taught in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England for seven years (five years in special education). He was an Instructor and Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Michigan from 1986 to 1994. His research interests include the areas of motivation, educational psychology, and special education. Wood developed and teaches EDU/RDG 515: Human Development and Schooling. Wood also teaches EDU 5000: Current Issues in Teaching and Learning Theory.

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