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Poonam Dev

Dr. Poonam Dev

Department Chair/Professor
(585) 389-2620

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Dr. Poonam Dev is Professor of Education and has been at Nazareth College since 1997. She has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and served on a number of committees. She completed a Ph.D. in special education, with an emphasis in learning disabilities, from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) in 1996. Before emigrating to the USA, Poonam taught students with and without special needs in Grades 1-12 in New Delhi, India, for about 12 years. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hays scholarship for a seminar in South Africa in July-August, 2008. Her publications and presentations focus on topics related to teacher education, and self-concept and intrinsic motivation of
students with learning disabilities.

Tim GlanderDr. Timothy Glander

(585) 389-2996

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A former high school English teacher in New York City, Dr. Glander spent an early part of his career with the Professional Examination Service, developing licensure and certification examinations for health-related fields. He has also held teaching, research, and administrative positions at Marist College, Ithaca College, University of Illinois at U-C, and Rockhurst University. A graduate of Michigan State University, he holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Education from Teachers College/Columbia University and a Ph.D. in History of Education/Educational Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And he is the author of Origins of Mass Communications Research During the American Cold War: Educational Effects and Contemporary Implications (Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers, 2000) and co-editor (with Karen Graves and Christine Shea) of Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship (New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2001). His articles and reviews have appeared in Educational Studies, Educational Theory, Educational Change, History of Education Quarterly and other journals.

Rachel Jones

Dr. Rachel Bailey Jones

Assistant Professor
(585) 389-5139

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Dr. Rachel Bailey Jones is Assistant Professor of Education and has been at Nazareth College since 2007. She taught art at the elementary level in North Carolina before receiving her PhD in Curriculum and Teaching with a Specialization in Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007. Rachel's main research interests include colonial and post-colonial forms of education, gender and sexuality in education, and the relationship between popular culture and education. She has a special fascination with Disney and its role in shaping and educating us about normal and appropriate gender and sexual roles.

Shirley Sommers

Dr. Shirley Sommers

Assistant Professor
(585) 389-2958

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Dr. Shirley Sommers is Assistant Professor of Education, and has been at Nazareth College since 2007. She is from South Africa. Shirley also works as the Nazareth College Administrator for GEAR UP Programs and a Coordinator for Urban Education Initiatives at the Frontier Center for Urban Education. Her main research interests include implementation of social justice education to achieve success for historically marginalized populations.

Shawgi Tell

Dr. Shawgi Tell

Associate Professor
(585) 389-2623

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Dr. Shawgi Tell is Associate Professor of Education, and has been at Nazareth College since 1998. Since then, he has been teaching in-service and pre-service teachers. Shawgi received his Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University at Buffalo in 1997. His main research interests include education reform, educational governance, and the political economy of schooling. His classes combine lively lectures and presentations with small-group and large-group discussions where all are free to express their views and learn and grow together.

Lenora Thomas

Ms. Lenora Thomas


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Lenora has worked for the School of Education for six years, first in the Field Placement office before moving to her current position. Lenora thinks the best part of her job is developing relationships with the students. Every year she enjoys volunteering for commencement to celebrate their achievement. "The best thing about working at Nazareth," she notes, "is the sincere warmth and friendliness of the faculty and students."
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