College of Education Faculty

Professor Kathy Canfield Davis, Ph.D.
canfield@uidaho.edu 208.292.1286

Biography:
Dr. Canfield-Davis’ professional career spans K-12 and higher education. Within K-12, she has been a teacher, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Within higher education, she has held administrative liaison and coordinator positions in addition to professorial assignments. In 2010, the University of Idaho recognized her achievements with the prestigious Excellence in Outreach and Engagement Award. The Idaho Association of School Administrators awarded her the Dedicated Editorial Volunteer Award in 2010. She also received the College of Education Outstanding Contributions to Public Service Award in 2009. She is the current editor of Perspectives, the journal of the Idaho Association of School Administrators and Interim Editor for the Researcher, a journal of the Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association. Her community activism is extensive and has included membership on human rights commissions, civic boards, community development councils, and higher education human rights advisory committees. Within the private sector, she is a national consultant on school facilities.

Professor and Chair Paul Gathercoal, Ph.D
gatherco@uidaho.edu, 208.885.5707

Biography:
Paul Gathercoal is Professor & Chair, of the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Previously he served as professor and program director for curriculum & instruction, educational technology, and assessment in the School of Education at California Lutheran University. Before earning his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Oregon, Gathercoal taught in public schools in Oregon and South Australia and served as a State-wide curriculum consultant in the area of Media Studies. He has been in teacher education and preparation for the last thirty years, teaching at Flinders University, Sturt Campus, in Adelaide, South Australia, the University of Oregon, Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota; and, California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, California.

Professor Julie Amador, Ph.D
jamador@uidaho.edu , 208.664.7010

Biography:
Julie Amador is an Assistant Professor of elementary/middle school mathematics and technology education, in the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Amador came to northern Idaho from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology. She has taught in elementary and in university classrooms, served as an instructional coach for new mathematics teachers, trained adult volunteers to serve as tutors, and has served on district and state department of education boards, shaping district and state teaching standards and policies. Her research focuses on the design and enactment of mathematics lessons with an emphasis on student thinking and reasoning. She is specifically interested in how practicing and preservice teachers construct models of student mathematical thinking and engage in Lesson Study.  Dr. Amador holds a doctoral degree in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from California State University, Fresno.

Professor Anne Kern, Ph.D.
akern@uidaho.edu 208.292.1402

Biography:
Dr. Kern is an assistant professor in Science Education with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene.  She earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction-Science Education at the University of Minnesota in 2007.  Prior to entering graduate school, she taught High School chemistry for 10 years in Oregon.  She also has 10 years of experience in chemistry research focusing on Water Quality and Environmental Protection Agency projects.  Dr. Kern's research interest focuses on science learning and knowledge development.  She is particularly interested in the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Her current research projects include the development and exploration of place-based education practices for STEM with American Indian youth.  She is the Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation-Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) project Back to the Earth (BTTE).  The BTTE project will engage and study ninety students living on local American Indian Reservations (Coeur d'Alene and Spokane) and their teachers in a three year summer and after-school experience aimed to merge indigenous knowledge systems with Western science in developing an understanding of the local watershed and build interest for a STEM workforce to serve the community.  As a research, Dr. Kern has been involved in a number of research and outreach programs that draw on her experience in teaching and learning in STEM disciplines in public and informal educational settings.