Curriculum and Instruction Faculty and Staff


Early Childhood Education

Dr. Anita Ede, Associate Professor; Program Chair

Anita Ede, PhD., joined the faculty at Northeastern State University in 2006. Her research interest centers on in developing greater understanding of teacher-candidate dispositions towards children, families, and teaching and how those dispositions may impact future practice. Dr. Ede is deeply committed to empowering others to become effective and developmentally appropriate early childhood educators.

Dr. Susan Patrick, Assistant Professor

Dr. Susan Patrick joined the faculty of Northeastern State University in 2016. She is a former NSU graduate from both the B.S. and M. Ed. Early Childhood Education Programs. Susan has over 25 years of experience in the field, working as a teacher, child care center director, and school principal before receiving a Ph. D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma. She co-authored the book Being with Infants and Toddlers and follows a research agenda in the area of teacher-child interactions in infant and toddler settings.

Dr. Christy Reed

Dr. Christy Reed joined the faculty at Northeastern State University in 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2012. She has over 14 years experience teaching in public schools and at the university level. Her research interests are in the areas of Literacy, Early Childhood Education, and teaching English Language Learners.

Ms. Kimberly Phillips

Kimberly Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and currently working her PhD through the University of Oklahoma. Before her employment with Northeastern State University, Mrs. Phillips worked at Connors State College and the Cherokee Nation. Kimberly has been an adjunct Instructor for Northeastern State University off for the last ten years and is excited to be serving her alma mater as a full-time faculty member in the College of Education. In her free time, she sits on numerous advisory boards, is a Certified Appreciate Advisor, has been nominated twice for the Oklahoma Journal’s Achievers under 40, contributor writer for the PULSE magazine, Partners in Policymaking 2015 Graduate, 2015 Impact Award winner at her previous Institution, and currently serves as the President for Delta Kappa Gamma Epsilon Chapter. Kimberly was awarded one of nine scholarships for her Doctoral program from the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Kimberly has an adoring husband, two beautiful daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, three fluffy cats, and two dogs that complete the family. She enjoys coffee breaks, shopping with her oldest daughter, watching her youngest daughter golf, and Karen Kingsbury novels.

Elementary Education

Dr. Sherry Been, Assistant Professor; Program Chair

Dr. Sherry Been joined Northeastern State University in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education. She received a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. and M.S. in Education from the University of Oklahoma. She has taught public school, university courses, and professional development courses over the past 20 years. Her research interests are in the areas of Early Literacy, Early Childhood, Teacher Professional Identity, Diversity, and Teacher Advocacy.

Dr. Samantha Benn-Duke, Assistant Professor

Samantha Benn-Duke, PhD, joined the C&I faculty in January 2015. She earned her doctorate in curriculum studies from OSU. An alum with both a bachelor's and master's degree from NSU, she is the granddaughter of a student of the Cherokee National Female Seminary upon which NSU was established. She has been an educator for more than a quarter century, serving 17 of those years in public school classrooms and 7 years as an administrator. Samantha's research and passion include advocating for Native American and other minority children and more effectively meeting their learning needs. She was named the 2017 Oklahoma Indian Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education.


Dr. Ingrid Massey, Assistant Professor; Program Chair

Ingrid Ahrens Massey, EdD joined the faculty of NSU full-time in 2009 after serving as an adjunct instructor since 2005. An alum of NSU, she holds a bachelor's degree  in early childhood education, a master's degree in reading education from Oklahoma State University, and a doctorate in higher education and adult learning. Ingrid's research interests include teacher preparation in reading and early literacy. Dr. Massey is passionate about sharing her love of classroom teaching, especially working with beginning and struggling readers.

Dr. Meagan Moreland, Associate Professor; Department Chair

Meagan Moreland joined the faculty at Northeastern State University in 2008. Her research interests include engagement and motivation in reading, clinical work and reading assessment. She has a passion for the reciprocal nature of reading clinics which create supportive experiences for NSU students and children and their parents.

Dr. Sarah Ramsey, Assistant Professor

Sarah Ramsey has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Oral Roberts University as well as a Masters of Education in Reading from Northeastern State University, and recently completed a doctoral degree in College and Higher Education Administration.. Dr. Ramsey is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi. She holds current Oklahoma elementary teaching and reading specialist certificates and was chosen by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year in 2006. Dr. Ramsey is a passionate about working with both future and current educators on creative and innovative ways to engage students in thinking and learning.

Dr. Stephan Sargent, Professor

After graduation from Oklahoma State University ( with a Bachelor's in Education and a minor in science education, Dr. Sargent taught public school teacher in Ponca City, Oklahoma ( While there, he taught science as well as all elementary school subjects in homeroom courses. Dr. Sargent graduated from The University of Tulsa ( with a Master's in School Guidance and Counseling. While working on a doctorate at Oklahoma State University ( in Reading/Literacy Education, Dr. Sargent taught developmental reading to adults (ranging in age from 18 to over 60). He also taught reading methods courses, study skills courses, and served as a reading specialist for an athletic team. Later, Dr. Sargent began work at Northeastern State University ( as a professor of reading methods. Currently, he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in reading/literacy methods. He also directs the Northeastern State University Reading Clinic. While teaching university courses in reading methods for current and future teachers, Dr. Sargent works closely with area schools, teaching the majority of his courses in a clinical setting. Dr. Sargent works closely with school accreditation at all levels. He is currently working with North Central's AdvancED for PK-12 schools. Moreover, he reviews graduate reading programs for the International Reading Association (the 'SPA' for NCATE) and serves as an CAEP/NCATE reviewer for universities that prepare teachers. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sargent at

Dr. Mindy Smith, Professor

Melinda (Mindy) L. Smith, EdD., is a Professor of Reading Education. She joined the faculty of Northeastern State University in 2004. Her over 30 years in education include public school teaching and extensive experience working with primary grade struggling readers in a clinical setting. Her research interests are in the areas of Early Literacy, Motivating and Engaging Struggling Readers and Teacher Efficacy in Reading. Dr. Smith strives to provide educators with tools needed to close the reading achievement gap while instilling a love of reading in their students.

Dr. Tobi Thompson, Associate Professor

Tobi S. Thompson, PhD and alum of NSU, joined the faculty of NSU in 2010. She serves as the director of the Northeastern State University (Tahlequah) Reading Clinic and teaches courses in reading/literacy. Her research interests include graphic novels to increase student motivation to read, improving teacher effectiveness, and rural education. Dr. Thompson is passionate about making education accessible and relevant to all children and their families.

Special Education

Jarilyn Haney, Instructor; Program Chair

Jarilyn Haney, M. Ed., joined the faculty at Northeastern State University in 2016 as an Instructor of Special Education. She is currently completing a doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University in Professional Education Studies with a focus in Special Education. She currently holds a Master’s degree of Education in Reading and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mild/Moderate Disabilities from NSU. Her research interests include the inclusion of students with disabilities and the multi-sensory approach to literacy instruction and how this approach improves literacy skills for students with dyslexia.

Dr. Min-Chi Yan, Assistant Professor

Dr. Min-Chi Yan joined the College of Education at NSU in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Special Education. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to joining NSU, she has taught older students in the alternative school setting and supervised pre-school teachers on-site teaching. Her current research interest include (a) evidence-based practices (EBP) for secondary students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), learning disabilities (LD), and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), particularly in the areas of reading, transition, and social skills; (b) improving special education services for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students with disabilities; and (c) knowledge translation of EBP.

Jameie Combs, Lecturer

Jameie Combs joined Northeastern State University in 2003 as an adjunct lecturer teaching American Sign Language (ASL). Currently she is a full time faculty member teaching ASL course levels I-IV and Deaf Community and Career Seminar within the American Sign Language Studies Program. In the classroom she practices a total immersion method in which the use of speech is not allowed. In addition to her love of teaching, Jameie also serves as a Nationally Certified Interpreter for the Deaf. With over twenty years of professional experience Jameie holds two national certifications (CI and CT) and is a Member of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Oklahoma Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She also holds a Level V Quality Assurance Screening Evaluation by the Oklahoma State Department of Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Jameie's experience working in the Deaf Community exposes her to varied settings and language models as well as specialized vocabulary such as Legal, Medical, Scientific, Mental Health, and Educational terminology. This active participation in the Deaf Community allows her to share current trends in the language and Deaf Culture with her students.

Dr. Lisa Bisogno, Associate Professor

Dr. Bisogno joined the College of Education at NSU in the Fall of 2012. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of the College of Education on the Broken Arrow campus and has served as the Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair and Special Education Program Chair in the past. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exceptional Student Education and she received her Ph.D. in Leadership and Education with an emphasis in Exceptional Student Education from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She taught in the public school setting for ten years as a teacher of students with mild/moderate disabilities and severe/profound disabilities in the states of Florida and Alabama. Her area of expertise and research is in working with children with Autism. She loves instilling her passion of teaching children with disabilities to her undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates.