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.

Dr. Heather Schilling
Chair and Director of Teacher 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. 


Mike Martynowicz

Professor Martynowicz earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2004, and a M.S. in Psychology from the University of Saint Francis in 2010. He will earn his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Ball State University in May 2018. He teaches educational psychology, developmental psychology, educational research, and classroom management and conflict resolution for elementary and secondary teachers. Professor Martynowicz’s area of interest within educational psychology is human development and learning, and he is actively engaged in research both independently and with students. As a quantitative researcher, he studies motivational interventions, students’ cognitive self-regulation, and active learning strategies that engage memory retrieval processes. He loves spending time with his wife and three children, and enjoys sports, history, civic engagement, and the outdoors.


Dr. Stacy Stetzel

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.  


Heidi Wieland
Field Experience and Assessment Coordinator

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.


 Kurt Kurtzhals
 Visiting Instructor of Education

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.