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  1. Jason Snyder, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - School of Education

    Jason Snyder’s teaching and research focuses on education law and education policy. Prior to joining American University’s faculty, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Seco… More

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    (202) 885-6209

Faculty & Staff

  1. Lela Gant, Grants and Contracts Administrator

    CAS - School of Education

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    (202) 885-3639

  2. Jennifer Green, Adjunct Instructor

    Jennifer Green is an Assistant Principal of Literacy for DC Public Schools. Prior to working as an administrator, she taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in DCPS and served as a Reading Specialist. She also spent two years as an Instructional Coach … More

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  3. Donna Hollingshead, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Donna Shimoda Hollingshead serves as the Associate Superintendent for School Administration in the Office of School Support and Improvement for Montgomery County Public Schools. Her previous professional experiences include: community superintendent,… More

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  4. Thomas Husted, Professor and Department Chair, Economics

    CAS - Economics

    My research examines the political economy of various government expenditure programs, including primary and secondary education, income redistribution, and federal disaster aid.

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    (202) 885-3773

  5. Sarah Irvine Belson, Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Education

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with disabilities and teacher education policy. Her focus on applied interventions for children at risk attends to two major… More

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    (202) 885-3714

  6. Frederic Jacobs, Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Research and Teaching Interests: The role, function, and impact of higher education; theory and practice in adult learning; public policy and education; quantitative research.

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    (202) 885-2124

  7. Erick Lang, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Erick Lang serves as the associate superintendent for the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs for Montgomery County Public Schools. Prior to his current assignment, he served as a teacher, school-based administrator, and in several roles … More

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  8. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor of Education at American University in Washington, DC. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary… More

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    (202) 885-3762

  9. Melissa Turner, Adjunct Instructor

    Melissa Turner is an adjunct faculty member in American University’s School of Education, Teaching, and Health, teaching courses in education policy and management. She currently works on education and disability policy and budget issues as a Program… More

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  10. Vivian Vasquez, Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Vivian Maria Vasquez is a Professor of Education at American University. She has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. Her research interests are in critical literacy, early literacy and information communication technology. Her pub… More

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    (202) 885-3719