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"Call me Staci"

Editorial Review Board, The Online Learning Journal
2023 - Present


The Online Learning Consortium's premier journal is dedicated to developing and disseminating new knowledge at the intersection of pedagogy, emerging technology, policy, and practice in online environments. OLJ is indexed in the Web of Science (ESCI) with a Journal Citation Indicator of 1.32 and Scopus citescore of 5.7 for 2021, ranking it in the 93rd percentile of all journals in Education. OLJ is ranked among the top 3% of all open-access journals in the field of Education.

Contributor, Feminist Pedagogy for Online Teaching - A Digital Guide
2023 - Present

This guide is crafted to seamlessly blend feminist pedagogy with technology in online, hybrid, and traditional undergraduate classes, focusing on active learning within social sciences, liberal arts, and humanities. The editors emphasize interdisciplinary approaches and maintain a steadfast commitment to the key principles of feminist pedagogy. They aim to create an inclusive, participatory, and empowering educational resource.

Founding Member, Culture Think Micro-conferences
2023 - Present

We are passionate about connecting with like-minded professionals who are dedicated to culturally responsive teaching and design. We seek to collaborate, share best practices, and build lasting connections with individuals who are as committed as we are to bridging the gap between teaching, design, and culture. Our goal is to engage in meaningful dialogue, exchange innovative ideas, and work together to create educational environments that are inclusive and reflective of our diverse cultures.

Part-time Faculty, The University of North Dakota
2022 - Present

I teach two graduate-level courses in the Educational Foundations & Research (EFR) Program. (1) EFR 535: Data Analytics and Visualization with R, which is part of the Learning Analytics Certificate. (2) EFR 511: Program and Policy Evaluation, which focuses on how to utilize research methodologies to assess the effectiveness and impact of educational programs ranging from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary levels, as well as related programs in government, nonprofit, and industry sectors pertinent to public health and policy.

I also continue to engage in mixed-methods research around open pedagogy, social media, artificial intelligence, and connections to student persistence. At present, I have two studies that are supported by grant funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Senior Lecturer, The University of Wisconsin-Superior
2022 - Present

I teach graduate-level research methods and special education licensure courses. I also supervise pre-service student teachers in various special education settings across WI and MN. Additionally, I received grant funding to curate an OER textbook for one of my courses.

Special Education OER Project, Normandale Community College
2022 - Present

I design Open Educational Resource (OER) friendly special education courses for community college students who are on a path to becoming licensed special educators. 

OER Fellow, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
I was provided funding and coaching support via the Open Education Group in researching OER-related topics, including open pedagogy, and publishing the results. 
Graduate Research Assistant, The University of North Dakota

​2021 - 2022

I supported the work of the Initiative for Rural Education, Equity, & Economic Development (I-REEED), a research collaborative comprised of faculty and doctoral students from the University of North Dakota. They partner with school districts in all six regions of North Dakota to study state and local level issues (e.g., teacher retention and recruitment, special education teacher shortages, dyslexia legislation, juvenile justice reform impacts, etc.) that are important to rural communities.  I assisted with grant writing, literature reviews, survey design, interviews of participants, and data analysis.

Assistant Professor, The College of St. Scholastica

​2019 - 2021

I taught and designed various face-to-face and online special education courses for pre-service and practicing teachers.

Senior Lecturer, The University of Wisconsin-Superior

​2017 - 2019


I taught and designed online courses for students pursuing graduate degrees with teaching licensure in special education.​


Literacy Consultant

​2017 - 2018


I provided coaching for K-12 educators around implementing research-based best practices to ensure success for all learners.

Director of Special Education,
The Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC)

​2014 - 2017


I oversaw special education and related services for approximately 1000 students with disabilities across six school districts. As part of these responsibilities, I evaluated special education teachers and administered multi-million dollar IDEA Grants and several mental health contracts. 

Instructional Coach, School District of Superior, WI

​2012 - 2014

I designed and delivered professional development to PK-12 staff around implementing research-based literacy programming and designing programming for students with disabilities.

Teacher, Iowa, Minnesota, & Wisconsin

​2000 - 2012

I taught various grades and student populations, from 3rd-grade general ed to middle school special education.​

University of North Dakota

​2018 - 2022


Doctor of Philosophy - Ph.D.: Educational Foundations & Research

Dissertation: "Fostering emerging online learner persistence in teacher candidates: The role of online discussions."

Committee: Virginia Clinton-Lisell (chair), Diana D'Amico Pawlewicz, Steven LeMire,

Kathy Smart

University of North Dakota

​2020 - 2021

College Teaching Certificate

Coursework in online course design with a focus on accessibly, adult learning theory, and assessment

St. Mary's University 

​2011 - 2012

K-12 Administrator Licensure: Principal, Director of Special Education & Pupil Services, Director of Instruction  


University of Wisconsin-Superior

​2004 - 2006


Master of Science - MSE: Special Education

University of Iowa
Post BA Teacher Licensure: Elementary Education 
University of Iowa

​1992 - 1997

Bachelor of Science - BS: Health Promotion

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