College of Education Welcomes New Dean!


GSU is pleased to announce that Andrea E. Evans has been named Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Evans has spent the last two years as an associate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as the Ph. D. Program coordinator in the department of educational policy studies. Prior to UIC, Dr. Evans served as department chair of educational administration and higher education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She also taught as an assistant professor of educational administration at Northern Illinois University. In 2007, she was appointed program coordinator of educational administration at NIU and oversaw master's and doctoral degree programs. 

Dr. Evans' research has focused on educational leadership, school context, diversity and equity in schools, and more recently, chronic school absenteeism. She has published in several major journals including Educational Administration Quarterly, Education and Urban Society, and Journal of School Leadership and served as associate editor of the Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity (2013). She served as the 2010 program chair for the Division A (Administration, Organization, and Leadership) of the American Educational Research Association and as a member of Division A Executive Council. In addition, she has sat on several statewide committees including the Illinois School Leader Redesign Team and Truancy in Chicago Public School Taskforce. Dr. Evans is the former president of the UIC Black Alumni Advisory Council and former vice-president of the UIC College of Education Alumni Board.

In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Evans has been an educational consultant in the Chicago metropolitan area and across the state of Illinois and provides professional development to teachers and school leaders, and mentored middle school, high school, and college students. Also, she has mentored graduate students and early career faculty members from around the country. Finally, Dr. Evans has collaborated with Illinois school districts to provide guidance and support for their school improvement efforts.

Dr. Evans holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and Ph.D. in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a master's degree in curriculum and program development from DePaul University. She spent 11 years as a high school science teacher and administrator in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. 

GSU Counseling Student Receives Scholarship From NBCC Foundation

NBCC Foundation 2014 Minority Scholarship

Awarded to GSU's Khadijah Bradford

    The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded a 2014 NBCC Foundation minority scholarship to Khadijah Bradford of Chicago Heights, Illinois. The minority scholarship is awarded to counseling students who commit to serving minority populations upon graduation. 
    The mission of the NBCC Foundation is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The minority scholarship was created in 2013 to help ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture. This program provides financial support to students who have substantial experience with the minority community they commit to serving after graduation. The Foundation received applications from 150 students from across the country for the five minority scholarships, and the Board of Trustees awarded an additional scholarship due to the high caliber of the applicants.
    As one of six 2014 minority scholarship recipients, Ms. Bradford will receive $5,000 to support her counseling education and facilitate her service to minority populations. Ms. Bradford is a graduate of Chicago State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at Governors State University. She works as the vocational job coach with Thornton Township High Schools District 205. She primarily works with students with varying abilities, both physical and cognitive, helping them learn valuable work and life skills. Her goal is to prepare her students to be productive and self-sustaining members of society. Ms. Bradford looks forward to completing her degree and working with at-risk students and their families to decrease the achievement gap and promote academic excellence.
    The NBCC Foundation has also awarded six $5,000 military scholarships to increase the number of counselors available to serve military service members, veterans and their families, as well as six $5,000 rural scholarships to increase the number of counselors serving rural areas.
    The NBCC Foundation plans to continue offering scholarships to increase the number of counselors in the areas where they are needed most. For more information or to make a gift in support of the Foundation’s mission, please visit NBCC Foundation is an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 52,000 National Certified Counselors (NCCs) in the United States and more than 50 countries.

Professor Jon Carlson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

GSU Professor Jon Carlson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

  GSU psychology professor Jon Carlson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology at its 62nd Annual Conference May 22-25 in Chicago.

    The organization said Carlson received the award, "In recognition of the many significant contributions that he has made to Individual Psychology and NASAP; for sharing his extensive knowledge of therapy and clinical skills through articles, books, films and other media, and for pushing Adlerian psychology beyond Adler."

This is yet another award for the oft-feted professor. He has earned recognition from the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. He was named Distinguished Psychologist by the APA Division of Psychotherapy in 2009 and received the APA Distinguished Career Contribution to Education and Training Award in 2011. In 2004, the American Counseling Association conferred upon him the title of "Living Legend." His presence as a public figure and his promotion of mental wellness has afforded him counsel with the Dalai Lama and an appearance on NBC’s "The Today Show."

    Professor Carlson has authored more than 50 books, including "Never Be Lonely Again," and "Time for a Better Marriage," and has written more than 170 scholarly articles. Congratulations to him on another well-deserved award.

New Fall 2014 Faculty

Division of Psychology and Counseling 

Sasha N. Cervantes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

sasha_cervantes_photoI spent the last year as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California University of Pennsylvania, where I was the Visiting Frederick Douglass Institute Scholar. I completed my bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley, a master's degree at New York University, and both an MA and PhD at the University of Chicago. I have been strongly involved in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students to higher education and the professoriate, and have mentored undergraduate, younger graduate students, and early career professionals.

Much of my research has centered on normal human aging both through behavioral and neuroimaging methods, investigating the factors such as shifts in perception, subjective experience, and biases in older adults’ memory performance. I am also applying these same factors to memory performance across the life span, exploring individual differences. In the future, I would like to investigate the role of memory in creativity; as well as research effective practices in the instruction of Online Courses.

Alli Cipra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

 alli_cipra_photoAlli Cipra earned a dual bachelor degree in Psychology and Law & Society from Purdue University. She commenced her graduate education at Indiana University focusing on Human Development with a minor in clinical behavioral psychology. Her research interests include human development in the family context, temperament, effortful control, toddler sleep, personality, gender issues, and neurological foundations of behavior. Her current research investigates the paternal role in predicting child anxiety and depression.


Division of Education

Katy Hisrich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

hisrich_photoDr. Katy Hisrich received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University in December 2010.  She has 14 years of experience in the field of education, including 7 years as a kindergarten teacher and 7 years as a university professor.  As a professor at both the community college and university levels (undergraduate and graduate courses), she has taught classes in online and classroom environments for Education and Psychology Departments.  Courses include: Educational Psychology, Learning and the Brain, Instructional Methods in Early Childhood Education, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Integrating Instruction, Assessments in Education, Exceptional Learners, Child Development, Introduction to Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. In addition to teaching at the college level, Katy also designs curriculum and develops programs in child development, educational administration, and early childhood education for various universities and publishing companies.  One of her past positions was a parent educator for New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development, which involved developing parenting programs and teaching workshops to parents and families under a First Things First grant from the State of Arizona.  Katy received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University.  

Katy conducts research in learning and the brain, instruction, parent education, early childhood education, and teacher preparation.   Previously, she was engaged in research in parent education, learning, and child development for the Office of Parent Development International at ASU, as well as served as the Executive Editor for ASU’s online education journal, Current Issues in Education, for three years.  She also was nominated for the National PEO Scholar Award in 2008.  Her publications & presentations include: Digital Media and Emergent Literacy published in Computers in the Schools, November 2009; Using Internet Polls to Understand Student Perspectives for School Improvement: An Exploration of Adolescents’ Views on Tutoring published in ProQuest Interdisciplinary Dissertations and Theses database, December 2010; The Influence of L1 Language Proficiency in Cross-Language Transfer: A Four-Year Longitudinal Study in L2 Immersion-Only Classrooms (kindergarten-3rd grade) presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, July 2008; Play & Literature in Early Childhood presented at the State Conference for the Future Educators Association of Arizona, March 2012; and the website Parents Educate Children,


Megan McCaffrey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

As an educator in a graduate teacher program, I strive to help classroom teachers gain the professional knowledge required to succeed within all types of sociocultural environments. Teachers can serve as agents of social change. Well trained teachers reduce the education achievement gap by providing their students access to a quality education. Well trained teachers possess a thorough and updated understanding of educational theory and research-based best practices. Thus, my teaching philosophy focuses on ensuring teachers acquire the perspective of literacy pedagogy as a research-based field continuously enhanced through ongoing scholarship. I seek to influence my students to embrace the study of literacy theory and best practices as an ongoing endeavor throughout their careers.
My well-rounded background in Reading education includes a combined 20 years teaching at the post- secondary, secondary, and primary school levels. I also worked as an educational consultant helping teachers and administrators improve literacy in the underprivileged area of the Mississippi, Delta. My areas of research interest include the ways in which literature affects the reading process, capitalizing on individual’s oral language strengths, and critical content analysis of children’s and adolescent literature.
While a graduate student in Tucson, Arizona I was fortunate to be able to volunteer and work in the Worlds of Words (WOW) library at the University of Arizona. The World of Words library is the second largest international children’s library in the country. Its mission is to build bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature. The library regularly hosts authors and illustrators from around the world, and has built especially close ties with Arizona authors and illustrators. The library also regularly host activities for elementary and preschool students, as well as elementary pre-service teachers, and teachers in the local community. I was able to work in several facets within the library and feel privileged to have helped foster a love of reading for all students and broadened the knowledge base of literature for pre-service teachers.