Wayne State University

Faculty Profiles

W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship
Wayne State University


Elsie Babcock - Program Director
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Science Education
Office: 279 Education
E-mail: elsiebabcock@wayne.edu
Phone: (313) 577-0902
Fax: (313) 577-4091

Elsie Babcock is the director of The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship at WSU.

Program Responsibilities: Program Director; Curriculum Planning Team; SCE 5070 Methods & Materials for Teaching Science; Mentor (Science)

Poonam Arya Ph.D., Associate Professor
Office: 279 Education Building
Phone: 313-577-1643
Fax: 313-577-4091
E-mail: parya@wayne.edu

Dr. Arya is a tenured faculty member in Reading, Language, and Literature in the Teacher Education Division. She teaches masters, education specialist, and doctoral courses in reading theory and practice. Her areas of expertise are Miscue Analysis, Emergent Literacy, Comprehension – Retellings, Eye Movements and Reading, and Reading Programs and Assessments. Her research interests are Text Features, Comprehension – Retellings, Peer Discussions of Literature, and Eye Movement Miscue Analysis Research

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; RLL 6121 Reading in Content Areas &    RLL 6802 – Assessment and Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners

Jennifer M. Lewis PhD, Assistant Professor
Office: 223 College of Education
E-mail: jmlewis@wayne.edu
Phone: 313-577-1765
Fax: 313-577-4091

Dr. Lewis’s areas of expertise are Teacher Learning; Professional Development; and Mathematics Education. Her research interest is in how teachers learn about teaching and learn mathematics from their daily work. She is especially interested in the conditions and constraints of the everyday work of teaching and how teachers can learn and grow in their regular classroom contexts. She also focuses on the practices that lead to equitable outcomes in mathematics learning for all children.

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; TED 7000 Research Methods in Education; ED7999 Action Research in Educational Settings

S. Aslı Özgün-Koca Ph.D., Associate Professor
Office: 295 Education
Phone: 313-577-0944
e-mail: aokoca@wayne.edu
Fax: 313-577-4091

Dr. Özgün-Koca is currently working at the College of Education at Wayne State University (WSU). After receiving a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, in 1993, Dr. Koca pursued graduate studies in applied mathematics at Middle East Technical University, Ankara. A scholarship from the Turkish Higher Education Council and the World Bank led Dr. Özgün-Koca to pursue doctoral work with Sigrid Wagner at Ohio State University where Dr. Özgün-Koca further developed her expertise in using technology in mathematics education. Her dissertation topic was on the effects of linked multiple representations in a computer software environment. She has published articles or manuscripts that address the use of technology in mathematics education in Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, OnMath, School Science and Mathematics, The Mathematics Educator, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; TED 6380 Content Integration: Mathematics, Science and Technology; MAE 5150 Methods & Materials for Teaching Math; Mentor (Mathematics)

Cheryl Leigh Somers PhD, Associate Professor
Office: 345 College of Education
E-mail: c.somers@wayne.edu
Phone: 313-577-1670
Fax: 313-577-5235

Dr. Somers is the Director of the School and Community Psychology Program. She is Fully Licensed Psychologist (LP) in Michigan and Fully Certified School Psychologist in Michigan.

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; EDP 5480 – Adolescent Psychology


Maryfrances Barber, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry
Office: 123.01 LS
E-mail: mbarber@chem.wayne.edu
Phone: (313)577-3513

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; MTTC Test Preparation (Chemistry); Faculty mentor (Chemistry)



David Cinabro Ph.D., Professor
Office: 333 Physics
Phone: (313) 577-2918
E-mail: cinabro@physics.wayne.edu

Dr. Cinabro earned Undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Chicago, Masters and PhD in Particle Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Post-doc at Harvard. He was appointed Professor in Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State since 1995.
He does research in particle physics, studies the properties of heavy quarks, and astrophysics, cosmology with supernovae, funded by the Dept of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; MTTC Test Preparation (Physics); Faculty mentor (Physics)


Catherine Lebiedzik, Faculty, Department of Mathematics,
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Office: 1137 Faculty/Administration Building
E-mail: kate@math.wayne.edu
Phone: 577-3171

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; MTTC Test Preparation (Mathematics); Faculty mentor (Mathematics)


Edmond Van Hees, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Research
Office: 0224 Old Main
E-mail: midas@wayne.edu
Website: www.clas.wayne.edu/faculty/midas
Phone: (313) 577-9436

Dr. Van Hees research areas are Economic Geology, Mineralogy, and Stable Isotope Geochemistry.

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; MTTC Test Preparation (Geology); Faculty mentor (Geology)


Dr. Karen Myhr, Ph. D., Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences
Office: 2113 Biological Sciences Building
Email: kmyhr@wayne.edu
Phone: (313)577-1504
Fax: (313)577-6891

Dr. Myhr’s research interests are in the plasticity of neurons, especially the development and homeostasis of intrinsic excitability in diverse retinal neurons. She is currently focusing on teaching introductory biology and physiology, and running a learning community for undergraduate students interested in neuroscience. Another project is to develop new ways to teach introductory biology more effectively with active-learning in class with the assistance of peer mentors and learning communities integrated with active-learning in homework assignments. She is also developing a new format for comparative physiology in which groups of students work together to create a wiki describing the physiology of organisms, then as a group orally describe and compare the different organisms.

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; MTTC Test Preparation (Biology); Faculty mentor (Biology)


Alycia Meriweather, Interim Director, Detroit Mathematics and Science Center, Detroit Public Schools
E-Mail: ac2370@wayne.edu
Phone: 313/873-4519

Alycia Meriweather has worked in Detroit Public Schools for the last 15 years, and is a life-long resident of the city of Detroit. Originally a middle school science classroom teacher, she became a lead teacher, a professional development facilitator, the Supervisor for Middle School Science for the district, and now serves as the Interim Director for the Detroit Mathematics and Science Center, a proud member of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network (http://www.mimathandscience.org).
Mrs. Meriweather is passionate about ensuring equitable education and unique learning experiences for Detroit teachers and students and has worked diligently toward this goal. Alycia is also very involved in her Southwest Detroit community, teaches as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University, and is currently the board president of the non-profit arts organization, Living Arts. Alycia Meriweather is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools, the University of Michigan (undergraduate), and Wayne State University (graduate).

Program Responsibilities: Curriculum Planning Team; TED 6350 – Analysis of Teaching in Urban Schools; TED 5160 Analysis of Secondary Schools