Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Jill Jacobi-Vessels, assistant professor, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Dr. Jill Jacobi-Vessels received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in early childhood education and her M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education from UofL. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Speech/Theatre and German, at Indiana University Southeast and the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Dr. Jacobi-Vessels most recently held the position of Director, Early Learning Campus.
She is excited to be part of the CEHD faculty because of its strong reputation in quality education preparation and research focus, and the opportunity to work in an urban setting.
Ingrid Weiland, assistant professor, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Dr. Ingrid Weiland received a Ph.D. in Science Education from Indiana University, a Master of Science in Curriculum with an emphasis on Environmental Education from Cal State East Bay, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz.
She graduated from IU in May, taught four years of bilingual (English/Spanish) to the 2nd and 3rd grade in San Francisco Bay Area, and the Peace Corps in Guatemala.
She came to UofL because of the focus in environmental education; the wonderful things she heard about Louisville, and its proximity to Bloomington.
Deborah Jinkins, Instructor, Literacy
Dr. Deborah Jinkins received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Reading at Texas A&M College Station, a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision at Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Howard Payne University.
Most recently, she held a position at Texas A&M Central Texas as Associate Professor teaching reading, early childhood, and curriculum courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Jenkins relocated to Louisville a year ago with her husband’s new job. While getting to know the area, she met some of the faculty and became convinced that the school’s program was coherent and rigorous, and focused on preparing excellent teachers for our schools.
Dianna Zink, Director of the Early Learning Campus
Dianna received a master’s degree in Early Childhood from Eastern Michigan University. She lived in Michigan for 30 years and for 20 of those years, worked as Director for the Oxford Child Care and Early Childhood Center in the Oxford School District.
She was born in Louisville and grew up in the Highlands. Her daughter currently lives in Louisville as do Dianna’s sisters, many nieces and nephews. As the Louisville headlines were screaming about the problems with child abuse, her daughter called her and said, “Mom, they need you down here”. That was all that it took, and she started packing.
Department of Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education
Bradley Carpenter, Assistant Professor, Educational Administration/Leadership Programs
Dr. Bradley Carpenter received a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning from the University of Texas. He served as an Educational Specialist at a School Improvement Resource Center and an elementary school principal in Texas.
Dr. Carpenter’s research interests include educational leadership, education reform, politics of education, and shared decision making.
Jacob Gross, Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration Program
Dr. Jacob Gross received a Ph.D. in History, Philosophy and Policy Studies: Concentration Higher Education from Indiana University.
He previously held a position of Policy and Planning Research Analyst at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
Dr. Jacob Gross’ research interests include educational attainment of underrepresented groups; postsecondary access and student success; financial aid; interplay between state and institutional postsecondary policy.
Donna Pearson – Associate Professor, Workforce and Human Resource Education – Career and Technical Education
Dr. Donna Pearson received a Ph.D. in Vocational Teacher Education from the University of Minnesota.
She was previously the Associate Director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE), which is located in the CEHD.
Dr. Pearson’s research interests include curriculum integration in career and technical education, currently in the areas of math and science.
Department of Health and Sport Sciences
Jessica Schilero, Instructor, Exercise Physiology
Jessica completed her bachelor’s degree at Ohio University and her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at UofL. As a graduate student, Jessica assisted with the accreditation self-study for the Exercise Physiology Program.
She will be teaching a variety of Undergraduate classes in the Exercise physiology program including laboratory instruction in the program’s state-of-the-art Exercise Physiology Lab.
Daniela Terson De Paleville, Instructor, Exercise Physiology
Daniela completed her Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Louisville and has two master’s degrees from UofL, Physiology and Biophysics, and Exercise Physiology. Daniela also has a M.Ed. from the Citadel; and a B.S. in Exercise Science and PE from Institute of Education in Mendoza, Argentina.
During her Ph.D. program, Daniela was a graduate research assistant at the Neuroscience Collaborative Center and Frazier Rehab Hospital in Louisville, KY and will continue to develop this collaboration as an instructor. Daniela will be teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in the Exercise Physiology Program and pursing an active research agenda.
Gary Bernstein, Practitioner/Instructor, Sport Administration
Gary Bernstein has returned to the Sport Administration Faculty as a Practitioner/Instructor. He was a part-time instructor in the program four years ago before leaving for a full-time position at Old Dominion University. Gary has 29 years experience in the non-profit sector as a CEO and consultant.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Slippery Rock University and a Master of Science in Sports Administration from the University of North Texas.
Gary will be teaching in the areas of Sports Facility Management, Event Management, Sports Issues and Ethics, and Management of Non-Profits. Gary will also serve as the Sport Administration Internship Director working with the community in creating industry partnerships and enhancing student experiential learning opportunities.
Meg Hancock, Instructor, Sport Administration
Meg is completing at UofL her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with an emphasis in Sport Administration. Meg has a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Randolph College and an Master of Science in Higher Education from Miami University.
Meg’s research interests include gender and diversity in the workplace, sport management education, and sport for development. Her professional experience includes assistant athletic director, assistant dean of first-year students and director of orientation at Dartmouth College.
Marion Hambrick , Assistant Professor, Sport Administration
Dr. Marion Hambrick completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development with an emphasis in Sport Administration at UofL. Dr. Hambrick also has an MBA in Finance from the University of Kentucky, and a B.A. in Finance from Transylvania University.
Marion has more than 14 years professional experience as a Financial Analyst and Corporate Auditor. Prior to becoming an assistant professor, he was an instructor for the Sport Administration program.
His research focus is in innovation and social media in sport. He will be teaching doctoral seminars in organizational theory and behavior; undergraduate senior capstone classes, and directing several special projects for the program.
Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology
Stephanie Budge, Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology
Dr. Stephanie Budge received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary research interests include working with LGBTQ populations–specifically transgender individuals’ emotional and coping processes and their experiences of psychotherapy. She also focuses on psychotherapy process and outcome research, primarily regarding therapist effects and effectiveness of interventions.
John Dewell, Assistant Professor, Counselor Education
John received his doctoral degree from the College of William and Mary in August 2011. His primary area of research interest lies in promoting healthy development and providing effective therapy for adolescents both exhibiting and exposed to aggressive and violent behaviors. A secondary of research interest lies in training counselors to effectively work with adolescents.