Manchester University's education faculty is devoted to teaching. All draw upon their classroom experiences as well as current research and trends in education to enhance their instruction. They work closely with candidates in their classes as well as other College faculty. Education faculty members also serve the candidates as academic advisors.
Dr. Heather Schilling
Chair, Department of Education
Dr. Schilling earned her B.A. degree in 1990 from Manchester University, her M.A. of Administration in 1998 from Indiana Purdue University, Fort Wayne and her Ed.D. from Ball State University in 2011. She joined the Manchester University faculty in 2003. Her areas of interest and expertise include social studies and language arts secondary education, elementary education, children's literature, reading, and adolescent learners. She is especially interested in project based learning and the bridge between high school and college. Dr. Schilling loves to spend time with her family, traveling, and baking.
Dr. Michael Slavkin
Director of Teacher Education
Dr. Slavkin earned his B.A. degree in 1993 from DePauw University, his Master's of Research in Education and Counseling Education from Saint Louis University in 1995, and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Indiana University in 2000. He has experience teaching and counseling at-risk and exceptional elementary and middle school students in inner city St. Louis, Missouri, and Indianapolis, Indiana. A native of St. Louis, Dr. Slavkin has two children and a patient wife, who also is a secondary teacher of history, English, and special education. Dr. Slavkin's principle research interests include service-learning, experiential education, juvenile fire setting, and authentic assessment. In whatever spare time exists, Dr. Slavkin likes to read historic nonfiction, play video games with his children, and watch reality television. He is a die-hard fan of all things Disney and Harry Potter.
Dr. Victoria Eastman
Assistant Professor Eastman earned her B.A. degree in Elementary Education in 1973 from Anderson University, her M.A. in Elementary Education in 1990 from Ball State University, and her Ph.D. in 2010 from Ball State. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, needlepoint crafts (mostly duplicate stitch), working out, spending time with her husband and children, and being involved in community and church.
Instructor Martynowicz earned his B.S. degree in Secondary Education from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2004 and an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2010. After teaching at Huntington North High School for seven years, he joined the Manchester University Education Department in the fall of 2011. His areas of interest and expertise include developmental psychology, adolescent mental health, social studies secondary education, educational psychology, and substance abuse counseling. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family and learning about psychology, history, and education.
Instructor Stacy Stetzel received her B.S. in education with a specialization in reading in 1998 from the University of Saint Francis. She completed her Masters of Education in 2003 from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. In her spare time, she enjoys bike riding, vacationing, cooking, playing with her two children Kindra and Lane, and shopping. Professionally, she strives to make the world a better place by focusing on child development, specifically cognitive development.