Education & Social Sciences

Education

Faculty

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 University faculty. Education faculty members also serve the candidates as academic advisors.
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Dr. Heather Schilling
Chair and Director of Teacher Education
HASchilling@manchester.edu
260-982-5265

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. 

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Mike Martynowicz
MJMartynowicz@manchester.edu
260-982-5261

Professor Martynowicz earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from IPFW in 2004 with a focus in Psychology and U.S. History and a M.S. in Psychology from the University of Saint Francis in 2010. After teaching at Huntington North High School for seven years, he joined the Manchester University Education Department in 2011. Professor Martynowicz’s teaching and research areas of interest and expertise include: educational psychology, curriculum development, classroom management and conflict resolution, politics in education, connecting higher education and P-12 schools, adolescent mental health issues, perceptions of what constitutes quality teaching, and the impact of emotional support on academic performance. He enjoys sports, spending time with his family, and the outdoors.


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Dr. Stacy Stetzel
SSStetzel@manchester.edu
260-982-5421

Dr. Stetzel earned her B.S. degree 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, specializing in curriculum development.  Dr. Stetzel’s Ph.D. was earned in 2015 from Indiana State University with a concentration in administration and leadership.  Her current areas of research include science education, curriculum and assessment, and the transition from practitioner to administrator.  Classes taught by Dr. Stetzel include elementary education methods, assessment, corrective reading, and foundations.  In her spare time, she enjoys running and biking with her family.  


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Heidi Wieland
Field Experience and Assessment Coordinator
hewieland@manchester.edu
260-982-5961

Ms. Wieland received her B.S. in Criminal Justice in 2001 from Saint Joseph's College.  Prior to joining the Manchester University Education Department in 2014, she spent time as a supervisor at a juvenile detention center, a felony probation officer and most recently, spent over nine years as a legal assistant.  In her spare time, she enjoys coaching a 10U travel softball team, baking, working out, vacationing and spending time with her family, including her two children, Kaidyn and Trey.


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 Kurt Kurtzhals
 Visiting Instructor of Education
 KLKurtzhals@manchester.edu
 260-982-5262

Professor Kurtzhals earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Purdue University with an endorsement in Kindergarten in 1996.  He completed his Master of Education in 2003 from Boston University, specializing in Character and Ethics Education.  After teaching in early childhood and early elementary classrooms in Indiana, Illinois, and Massachusetts for 18 years, Professor Kurtzhals returned to his North Manchester roots in 2014.  Professor Kurtzhals joined the Manchester University Education Department in 2015 and he is currently working toward his doctorate in Elementary Education with a focus in Special Education at Ball State University.  Professor Kurtzhals teaches the Introduction to Special Education course, as well as, all Mild Interventions and High Ability courses.  He also teaches Creativity and Learning Through Movement, two courses that allow him to incorporate his local farm into the university learning process.  Professor Kurtzhals enjoys working outdoors, coaching basketball, and listening to his extensive music collection.