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Cultural Competence Research Area:

Refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, particularly in the context of human resources, non-profit organizations, and government agencies whose employees work with persons from different cultural/ethnic backgrounds

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Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Wolfgang Althof was the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education and served as the Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Clearing House (CECH) at the College of Education and the Co-Director (with Marvin W. Berkowitz) of the Center for Character and Citizenship from 2005-2016. ...
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Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D.
Chair

Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty in 2001, she taught psychology at Drake University...
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Shea Kerkhoff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Kerkhoff utilizes mixed methods to investigate critical, digital, and global literacies. For her dissertation study, she was named an International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation Finalist. Her work has been published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Reading and Writing: An ...
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Erin Michelle McClure, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. McClure is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the College of Education's Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a licensed psychologist in Louisiana and Missouri. Dr. McClure com...
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Virginia L. Navarro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus

Virginia Navarro, Associate Professor in the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation & Research at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington University in 1994. A former high school English and journalism teacher in both public and ...
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Mark Pope, Ed.D.
Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Mark Pope, Ed.D. received his A.B. (Political Science and Sociology) and M.Ed. (Counseling and Personnel Services) from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ed.D. (Counseling and Educational Psychology) from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Pope is a National Certified Counselor, Master C...
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Alina Slapac, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Alina Slapac, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educator Preparation & Leadership (2017-presently) who received The Chancellor's Award of Excellence in Teaching (UMSL, 2020),  Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award (UMSL, 2013), O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction...
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Nermin Vehabovic, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow