The Master of Science degree program in Human Development provides students
with opportunities to pursue advanced study of the growth and development of
individuals at various periods in the life span (e.g., early childhood,
adolescence, adulthood), and of the family in its various forms and as a system
of relationships. Current concern with issues such as child abuse, day care,
divorce, family financial resources, human sexuality, adolescent pregnancy, and
family care of the elderly underscores the importance of study in this field.
The program prepares students for careers in preventive and developmental
family services, program planning and evaluation, and supervision of agencies
serving children and families.
students accepted into this program have diverse backgrounds, most often they
have an undergraduate degree in one of the social sciences and a basic
understanding of research procedures. Course requirements are flexible. In
consultation with faculty advisors, students develop a program of study based
on their experience and research interests. A minimum of 30 credits hours of
coursework, including six thesis credits, as well as one course in research
methods and one in statistics is required to complete the degree. Students are
encouraged to include relevant courses from related academic areas in their
plan of study. The Child Development Learning Center provides the opportunity
to work with young children. Numerous community agencies offer opportunities
for selected students to work with adults and children in a variety of
limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis
each year. Students interested in an assistantship should send a letter to the
Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Development, requesting to be
Robert A. Cobb, Ed.D. (Springfield, 1969), Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Professor of Education. Aspirations of youth and adults, school policy development, educational leadership.
Elizabeth J. Allan, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University, 1999), Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership. Higher education, equity policy, gender and education, policy discourse analysis.
James Artesani, Ed.D. (West Virginia University, 1992), Associate Professor, Special Education. Positive behavioral practices, severe disabilities, transition programs.
Ann Asbeck, Ed.D. (University of N. Dakota, 1993). Coordinator, Graduate Outreach Program. Curriculum and instruction, integrated curriculum, multicultural education.
Rosemary Bamford, Ed.D. (Georgia, 1977), Professor, Literacy, and Site Coordinator for Reading Recovery. Literature for children and young adults, language arts and writing processes.
Marc D. Baranowski, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State, 1977), Associate Professor of Human Development. Adolescent and adult development, gerontology, family stress.
Mary Bird, M.Ed. (Harvard University, 1987), Instructor, Science Education and Environmental Education. Learning/teaching science in informal settings.
Edward N. Brazee, Ed.D. (Northern Colorado, 1975), Professor, Middle level education. Curriculum development, young adolescents.
Phyllis E. Brazee, Ed.D. (Northern Colorado, 1976), Associate Professor, Teacher Education. Curriculum and Foundations with emphases in gender studies and peace education.
Dorothy Tysse Breen, Ph.D. (Wisconsin, 1987), Associate Professor, Counseling Education. Children and adolescents, developmental guidance, rural counseling.
David Brown, Ed.D. (Vanderbilt University, 1980), Associate Professor, Educational Leadership. Planning, policy analysis in local district and state governance.
Stephen A. Butterfield, Ph.D. (Ohio State, 1984), Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education. Adaptive physical education, motor skills development, special education.
Sandra Caron, Ph.D. (Syracuse, 1986), Professor, Family Relations. Human sexuality, AIDS and families, sexuality education and curriculum development.
James Chiavacci, Ph.D. (University of Colorado-Denver, 1987), Instructional Technologist. Technology in the classroom.Theodore Coladarci, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1980), Professor, Educational Psychology. Statistics, research methodology.
Nellie Cyr, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh, 1997), Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education. Exercise physiology and epidemiology.
William E. Davis, Ph.D. (Connecticut, 1968), Director, Institute for the Study of Students At Risk; Professor, Special Education. Issues in special education, at-risk children and families, school reform.
Gordon A. Donaldson, Jr., Ed.D. (Harvard, 1976), Professor, Educational Leadership. Rural school administration, the principalship.
John Donovan, Ph.D. (University of Buffalo, 2002), Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education. Secondary, post-mathematics education.
Suzanne Estler, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1978), Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Higher Education. Decision-making, change and policy processes, diversity in colleges and universities.
Janet Fairman, Ph.D. (Rutgers, 1999), Assistant Research Professor. Public policy, school reform, assessment.
Abigail Garthwait, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 2000). Assistant Professor, Instructional Technology. Appropriate integration of technology in K-12 classrooms.
Dianne L. Hoff, Ed.D. (University of Louisville, 1998). Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership. School legal issues, special school populations, the superintendency and the principalship.
Walter J. Harris, Ph.D. (Syracuse, 1973), Director, Center for Research and Evaluation; Professor, Special Education. Educational policy, behavior disorders in children and adolescents, issues in special education.
Diane Jackson, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 2000), Clinical Instructor, Special Education. Adapting instruction for students with special needs, math methods in special education.
Edward Jadallah, Ph.D. (Ohio State, 1984), Associate Professor, Social Studies Education. Curriculum and instructional design/evaluation.
Janice V. Kristo, Ph.D. (Connecticut, 1979), Professor, Literacy. Integration of the language arts, literature, reading development, and classroom-based research.
Robert A. Lehnhard, Ph.D. (Ohio State, 1984), Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education. Exercise physiology.
Mary Ellin Logue, Ed.D. (University of Massachusetts, 1984), Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education. Social development, special education.
Owen J. Logue, Ed.D. (Vanderbilt, 1992), Assistant Dean for Academic Services. Recruitment and retention factors impacting educators, predictors of success among deaf higher education leaders.
Mary Ann McGarry, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 1994), Assistant Professor, Science and Environmental Education. Wetlands, water research for teachers.
John Maddaus, Ph.D. (Syracuse, 1987), Associate Professor, Teacher Education. Social and historical foundations of education, educational policy, school choice, parent- teacher communications.
Mary Madden, Ph.D. (University of Maine, 2001), Assistant Research Professor. Development and education of adolescent girls.
Craig Mason, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1993), Associate Professor, Educational Psychology. Quantitative/developmental psychology.
Robert M. Milardo, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State, 1982), Professor, Human Development. Family/domestic violence, social networks, friendship/kin relationships.
Sidney Mitchell, Ph.D. (McGill, 2001), Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology. Student motivation and low achievement, teacher as researcher.
Paula Moore, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 1991), Director, Center for Early Literacy; Assistant Professor, Literacy. Reading Recovery, Vygotskian interpretation, redesigning primary education.
Gert Nesin, Ph.D. (University of Georgia, 2000), Clinical instructor, Teacher Education. Middle level education, curriculum integration, students at risk.
Eric A. Pandiscio, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin, 1994), Associate Professor, Math Education. Secondary math education, geometric construction software.
Constance M. Perry, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 1976), Professor, Teacher Education. Values education, moral development, instructional strategies.
Anne E. Pooler, Ed.D. (University of Maine, 1975), Associate Dean for Academic Services; Associate Professor. Curriculum development with emphasis on social studies.
Glenn Reif, Ed.D. (Virginia Tech., 1990), Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education. Physical fitness of children, pedagogy, psychomotor domain activities, standards-based instruction and assessment.
James A. Rog, Ed.D. (Massachusetts, 1979), Associate Professor. Teacher Education Staff Development, creating successful working conditions, instruction/assessment.
Gary Schilmoeller, Ph.D. (University of Kansas, 1977), Associate Professor, Human Development. Support for families with members with a disability.
Janet E. Spector, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1983), Assistant Professor, Special Education.
Measurement and evaluation, research methodology, dyslexia/learning disabilities,
Sydney Carroll Thomas, Ph.D. (University of Rochester, 1993), Associate Professor, Counseling Education. Human development in educational contexts, counseling philosophy and theory, politics of social class in schools.
Shihfen Tu, Ph.D. (University of Washington, 1994). Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology. Cognition and perception.
Herman G. Weller, Ed.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1990), Associate Professor, Science Education. Computer-based science learning, students’ misconceptions of science.
Jane Wellman-Little, (CAS, University of Maine, 1997), Clinical Instructor, Teacher Education. Developmental reading, Reading Recovery.
Lucille Zeph, Ed.D. (Vanderbilt, 1983), Director, University Affiliated Program; Associate Professor, Special Education. Severe disabilities, public school integration, educational leadership.