Faculty

Dr. Mary Ellen Bardsley

Chairperson, Early Childhood and Childhood Education Department (B-6)

Phone:
716.286.8695
Office Location:
Academic Complex, Room 329A
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Current Research I currently the co-researcher on a study regarding educator collaboration and another study looking at art in early childhood settings. My most recent publications focus on teaching. My research interests include how early childhood educators make curriculum decisions and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Educational Background B.S. in Consumer Economics...

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Dr. Sherrianne Cianca

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone:
716.286.8756
Office Location:
Academic Complex, 330E
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Current Research My current research interests include inquiry-based learning in science and mathematics, backward planning design and prospective teachers creation of quality WebQuests, social studies and social justice, and teacher education in developing countries. Educational Background I received a Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, an M.A. from...

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Dr. Michelle Ciminelli

Assistant Professor

Phone:
716.286.8184
Office Location:
Academic Complex, Room 326B
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Current Research Teacher decision making in reading instruction; impact of federal policies on teacher instruction and student achievement; students perceptions of reading; culturally responsive teaching practices. Educational Background Ph.D., Reading Education, University at Buffalo-SUNY, 2010 M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University at Maryland-College Park, 1993 B.A., Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University,...

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Dr. Chandra Foote

Dean, College of Education

Phone:
716.286.8560
Office Location:
Academic Complex, 323D
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I am a professor in the Department of Early Childhood/Childhood Education and an educational psychologist with special focus on learning, motivation, and assessment. I am also a certified elementary teacher in New York State with administrative experience in head start programming.  Current Research I have great interest in inclusive special education with...

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Dr. Michael Smith

Associate Professor of Education

Phone:
716.286.8591
Office Location:
Academic Complex, 325D
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Dr. R. Michael (Mike) Smith joined Niagara University as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Education in 1994.Prior to his teaching appointment, he received his B.A. in sociology and business from Brock University in Canada, and his master of science in advanced studies, foundations of education, from Niagara University. In...

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Dr. Sylvia Valentin, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Phone:
716.286.7387
Office Location:
Academic Complex, 330D
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Associate professor of early childhood/childhood education at Niagara University. Teaches courses in elementary education teaching methods, special education, TESOL and multicultural education. Experienced educator of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations (k-6).  Holds New York State certifications in B-6 and Bilingual Education. J.D., from UB Law School (1997), concentrations in...

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Dennis Garland, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone:
716.286.8330
Office Location:
Academic Complex 333A
Office Hours:
Tues.- Thurs. 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Dennis Garland is an assistant professor in the College of Education. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. While there, he also earned his graduate certification in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As a classroom teacher, Dr. Garland taught students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and learning...

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