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Jingjing Lou Jingjing Lou Fall 2017

Associate Professor, obtained a B.A. from Peking University (China) in Russian Language and Literature, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Russian and East European Studies, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from Indiana University at Bloomington.

Jingjing's expertise is in international and comparative education. She has researched on girls' education, migrant children's education, and rural youth's education and identity development in China. She has also done research on the privatization of higher education in Russia, US and China, and internationalization of education in US , China and Africa.

Currently, Jingjing is particularly interested in urbanization and its impact on rural and migrant Chinese youth and their education, and their perception of the change of the environmental, social and moral ecology surrounding them. In addition to teaching and research, Jingjing has also served as a research consultant for a few international and domestic NGOs. She received various fellowships and awards including a Spencer Fellowship (2007-2008), a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad (2007-2008), and a few other research and travel grants. Her CV can be accessed from the following site:

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  • Phone: 608-363-2078
  • Office: Morse Ingersoll 221
  • Office Hours: Fall 2018, 2:30-3pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays Wednesdays from 3:30-4pm or by appointment.

William New

Headshot of Willaim NewProfessor of Education and Youth Studies,Department Chair and Certifying officer received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in history, and an M.A. (Reading), an M.Ed. (Neuroscience & Education), and a Ph.D. (Educational and Applied Developmental Psychology) from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Prior to becoming a college professor, he was a special education teacher and therapist in New York City for more than a decade. Professor New was on the faculty of DePauw University from 1993-1997, visiting professor at the ACM Urban Studies Program in Chicago in 2000, and led the ACM Central Europe Program in the Czech Republic in 2002.  He served as Senior Fulbright Fellow in Greece in 2003, and in Slovakia in 2010, where he taught university courses and conducted research on Romani education.

Professor New has published and presented widely in the field of comparative education policy and law, focusing on immigrant issues in the United States, and Romani education in Greece and Central Europe. He is currently at work on a book exploring alternate frameworks of social justice in international educational context. Professor New is the founder and current board member of a local charter school. He teaches courses in educational psychology, literacy development, and education policy and law.

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  • Office: Morse Ingersoll 008
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Michelle Garcia-Olp

Michelle Garcia OlpAssistant Professor in Education and Youth Studies, Michelle identifies as an Indigenous Chicana-Genizara. She has a B.A in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico (UNM), a M.A. in Bilingual Education from UNM, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.

Michelle's expertise is in curriculum design and development, arts-based practices and research and uncovering the settler narrative in K-20 institutions. Michelle worked as an elementary teacher for six years in New Mexico. She has worked with local community members developing curriculum for the Native American Community Relations and Programs Department at the University of Denver, the American Indian Academy of Denver, the Jeffco Indian Education Department and local Colorado Elders. Her current research interests include race and identity in curriculum, education and research as well as Indigenizing the STEM field.

Michelle has published in the area of STEM and mathematics. She is currently focusing her scholarly interests on arts based forms of communication in Indigenous groups as well as her work in the area of IndigiLogic: Mathematics|Culture|Education (M|C|E).


David Segura

   Assistant Professor, obtained a BS/BA in Biology and Chemistry (double major), M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Secondary Education, M.Ed. Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Social Foundations from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was also a science teacher in a neighborhood high school in Chicago Public Schools where he taught various science courses.               

     David's current research involves examining how science teachers navigate identity, to engage in high-quality science instruction while also teaching to empower students to have agency in their lives. In addition to science teacher preparation, his other research interests include the persistence of underrepresented groups in STEM majors, mixed-method approaches to understanding science identity and social capital.

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Emeritus Faculty of Education

Thomas F. Warren


Tom has dived into writing since his retirement from the College in 2001. Check out his website for details. He also stays very active in Beloit and spends as much warm weather as possible at the family cabin on Lake Superior. Tom is presently well along on the second draft of a fictional novel called The Learner. It takes place in a town called Belle Waters, Wisconsin, modeled after you-know-where. The plot features a young man who is a beginning minister with all of the accompanying expectations. This "Pastor EK" is also challenged by trying to master golf and address homelessness in the town.

Kathleen Greene

Professor of education and chemistry, obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in curriculum and instruction, with a focus on science education, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research and teaching interests span areas of higher education, science education, gender and schooling, and educational policy and practice for public democracy and social justice. 

Sonja Darlington

Headshot of Sonja DarlingtonProfessor of Education and Youth Studies, received her B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College, and an M.A. in English Literature and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Iowa State University.  She taught German Language and Literature at Ames High School and Grinnell College and was President of the National Teachers of German—Iowa Chapter.

While serving as the Beloit College Faculty Advisor for the ACM Tanzanian and Botswana Study Abroad programs, she directed their Tanzania Program in Dar es Salaam (2004) and Botswana Program in Gaborone (2013).  Her research in African Literature, Gender Studies, and Curriculum includes presentations at conferences and universities in the US, Germany, Egypt, Tanzania, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.  Professor Darlington has published in Research in African Literatures, Journal of the Association of African Literatures, African Studies Quarterly, African Journal of Teacher Education, ALAN Review, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Middle School Journal, and Journal of International Literacy. 

In the last five years, she has focused her scholarly interests and activism in the field of Youth Studies and taught a series of four special topic courses: Education in Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Urban Education: The Chicago Public Schools; Working Class Youth and Community Engagement; and Youth Resistance and Activism.