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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.

Associate Professor Kenneth L. Johnson
Adjunct
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.

Susan Perna
Adjunct
B.A., University of Detroit
M.A., Oakland University
Ed.S., University of Detroit Mercy

Ms. Perna has extensive experience as a principal and teacher in Archdiocese of DetroitCatholic Schools. She teaches EDU 5760: Financing Public and Private Education.

Karen Piper
Adjunct
B.A., Wayne State University
J.D., The University of Michigan

Ms. Piper is an attorney and partner with Bodman, LLP. She focuses on counseling and training employers and schools in all aspects of employment and education law. The Archdiocese of Detroit, Catholic Schools Office and several schools and universities are among her clients. Piper teaches the Catholic School law portion of EDU 5890: Legal and Ethical Issues in Educational Leadership.

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.

Faculty members of Sacred Heart Major Seminary teach selected courses in the program:

Rev. Wayne James Jorgenson
M.Div., Ph.D., School of Theology, Associate Professor of Biblical Languages and Church History
M. Div., St. Vladimir Seminary, 1969: Ph.D. (History of Theology), Boston University, 1979; Ordained priest, 1969
At Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 1988

Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., School of Theology, Associate Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology
B.A., (English), Marygrove College, 1967
M.A., (Religious Studies), 1973
Special Studies, Shalem
Two Year Ecumenical Institute in Spiritual Direction, Washington, D.C., 1980
Ph.D., (Systematic Theology, Psychology, Spirituality), The Catholic University of America, 1987
At Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 1988

Dr. Robert Fastiggi
A.B., M.A., Ph.D., School of Theology, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
A.B., (Religion), Dartmouth College, 1974
M.A., (Theology), Fordham University, 1976
Ph.D., (Historical Theology) Fordham University, 1987
At Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 1999

Sr. Mary Louise Putrow
O.P., B.A., M.A., Ph.D., School of Theology, Assistant Professor of Religious Education
B.A., (Latin), Sienna Heights College, 1956
M.A., (Guidance and Counseling), Sienna Heights College, 1963
M.A., (Religious Studies), The Catholic University of America, 1971
Ph.D., (Adult and Continuing Education and Religious Studies), Michigan State University, 1986
Final religious profession, 1956
At Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 1988



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