New Faculty Join College of Education Fall 2020

Effective August 17, four new faculty in four departments for the University of Northern Iowa College of Education bring a wide range of experience reflecting the diversity of COE faculty expertise and degree offerings.

In addition to Lori Norton-Meier, who has joined as a faculty member in curriculum and instruction while assuming the post of director, Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, new to the College of Education this year are: 

Kelsey Bourbeau KinesiologyKelsey Bourbeau, instructor, Department of Kinesiology. She most recently served as a teaching assistant, teaching undergraduate kinesiology and motor learning courses while studying for her doctorate at the University of New Mexico.  A graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and minor in leadership, and a master’s degree in exercise physiology, she plans to complete her doctoral degree in exercise science in 2021. In research and publications, she has explored the molecular mechanism responsible for the anti-depressive and anti-anxiety effects of exercise.                             


Whitney Hanley Special EducationWhitney Hanley, assistant professor, Department of Special Education. Hanley completed her Ph.D. in exceptional education in summer 2020 from the University of Central Florida. She has previously served in teaching roles for special and general education for schools in Georgia and Kentucky prior to turning to higher education. She is focused on community-embedded action research to inform cross-system models for females with or at risk of emotional or behavioral disorders who are multiply served by the education, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Her educational background includes a Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont College; an M.Ed. in early childhood students with moderate/severe disabilities, Georgia State University; and  a B.S. in elementary education, learning and behavior disorders, University of Louisville. 


Shelley Price-WilliamsShelley Price-Williams, assistant professor, postsecondary education, Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies. Price-Williams completed her Ph.D. in higher education administration from St. Louis University, after earning her master’s in counseling (student personnel services) and bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Memphis. She comes to UNI from Northern Illinois University where she was an instructor from 2019-2020. Price-Williams has focused her research on non-cognitive factors of college student development and persistence, inclusion of non-dominant groups in the college environment and multicultural organizational development. 


Kelly Rohlf TeachingKelly Rohlf, Southeast Iowa student teaching coordinator, Department of Teaching. Rohlf will oversee student teaching and other field placements in southeast Iowa. He’ll draw on more than 40 years of experience, with more than 20 years as a principal within the North Scott and Washington, Iowa, school districts following his initial role as a middle school science teacher in Pella, Red Oak and Corning, Iowa.