Augustana education professors are all former teachers in the elementary, secondary and special education fields. They continue to stay active in the Sioux Falls school district making connections and working on cutting-edge research.
Dr. Sharon E. Andrews
Madsen Center #218
Dr. Sharon E. Andrews received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota and joined the Education Department in 1989. She teaches a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, supervises student teachers, serves as the program’s Chalk and Wire ePortfolio Administrator, and teaches the ePortfolio Labs (EDUC 200L, 300L, and 400L).
Dr. Julie Ashworth
Madsen Center #211
Dr. Julie Ashworth teaches EDUC 275 Teaching, Learning and Connecting in Today’s Classroom, EDUC 350 Social Studies Methods for the Elementary and Middle School, and EDUC 355 Human Relations in Education. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Special Education and Deaf Education from Augustana College, her master's degree in Education with an emphasis in science and technology from Augustana College, and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Adult Higher Education from the University of South Dakota. Her research and passion involves preparing future teachers to be prepared to teach all students, especially students from diverse backgrounds, students living in poverty and students with disabilities. Dr. Ashworth was named the Sioux Falls School District Teacher of the Year in 1992 and the South Dakota Teacher of the Year in 1993. Dr. Ashworth received the 2009 Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award which recognizes brilliance in the classroom and the 2009 Augustana Student Association Professor of the Year. She created and directs Augustana FRIENDSLink, which is a United Way Partner Agency that establishes authentic friendships between college students and their peers with disabilities. She is also the Children’s Choir Director at Asbury Methodist Church.
Madsen Center #232
Marlee Dyce received her master's degree from Northeastern University in Boston where she studied education and sign language interpreting. She currently teaches courses in Sign Language Interpreting, Process Models, and Translation. She holds certifications in interpreting including an NAD IV, NIC Advanced, and SD State Level 5. Marlee has been a community interpreter for 16 years working in a variety of settings, including medical, legal, mental health and Video Relay Service. She has spent recent years studying the effects of gender on interpretation and is currently researching academic acceptance of American Sign Language in post-secondary settings.
Dr. Tony Durr
Madsen Center #216
Dr. Tony Durr has had a well-traveled and diverse career path thus far. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska in marketing. After working in computer network sales, he returned to the University of Nebraska for a Master of Secondary Teaching. Dr. Durr began his teaching career in Houston, Texas, where he spent two years teaching high school mathematics. His next stop was Columbus, Ohio, where he continued to teach high school mathematics while he attended The Ohio State University and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in teacher education and educational psychology. Upon completion of his doctorate he worked as an Assistant Professor at Capital University. Dr. Durr joined the Augustana faculty in 2010. His research is focused on teacher education, motivation, and urban education. He has presented his findings at several regional and national conference and has coauthored a book chapter. He also manages the Educational esearch for Teachers Facebook page dedicated to connecting the latest educational research to practicing teachers. Dr. Durr is married and has three children.
Becky Hatch Fiala
Field Placement Coordinator
Madsen Center #210
Becky Hatch Fiala joined the Education Department in the fall of 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree at Augustana College in 1983 with majors in Business Administration and Business Education. In 1989, she returned to complete a major in elementary education. Becky taught in the Sioux Falls Public Schools at the middle school level in science, language arts, reading and mathematics. She was a middle level and varsity coach. In 2002, Becky earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Southwest State University. Currently, she serves as the Field Placement Coordinator and course instructor in the Education Department. She serves as a liaison between the Education Department and local school districts coordinating field experiences and student teaching experiences. Other positions that she has held include, Admissions Representative – Augustana College; Director of Operations, U.S. Senator James Abdnor – Washington, DC; Management Intern at Citibank, Sioux Falls. She is originally from Tracy, Minn.
Madsen Center #234
Christa Gunderson teaches American Sign Language I, Introduction to Interpreting, Building Translation Skills and a variety of other interpreting-related courses. Prior to joining Augustana College Faculty, she worked as a Sign Language Interpreter for 20 years. Christa received her M.Ed. from South Dakota State University and holds certifications in interpreting that include NAD V, NIC Advanced, SD State Level 5, and EIPA level 4.5. She has served in a variety of roles with the SD Interpreters Association, most recently as vice-president.
Dr. Mark Hallenbeck
Madsen Center #213
Dr. Hallenbeck teaches courses in foundations of American education, learning disabilities, and curriculum and instruction for students with disabilities. Prior to joining the Augustana faculty, he taught high school English in Michigan for six years and secondary level special education in Iowa for 16 years. His primary area of research interest is effective writing instruction for students with severe writing disabilities; he has conducted writing instruction research in both special education and general education classrooms. Dr. Hallenbeck received his Ph.D. in special education from Michigan State University.
Dr. Perry C. Hanavan
Madsen Center #219
Dr. Perry C. Hanavan teaches Introduction to Audiology, Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation, Speech Science I, Speech Science II, Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Processes, and Technology in Education. His interests include audiologic rehabilitation, hearing assistive technologies, and technology applications in education and communication disorders. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and his Au.D. from Central Michigan University.
Dr. Matt Johnson
Madsen Center #217
Prior to coming to the Augustana Education Department, Dr. Matt Johnson was a special education teacher in Omaha, Neb., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Chicago, Ill. In his 13 years of public school teaching, Matt has K-12 experience in teaching students with learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, physical disabilities, autism, emotional disturbance, and behavior disorders. Matt received his B.A. and M.A. from Augustana and also has coaching experience as an assistant and head coach at the high school level. Courses that Matt teaches at Augustana are: Foundations of Special Education, Secondary Programs in Special Education, and Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms. Matt recently compled his doctoral studies where his research focused on interventions for high school students with behavior disorders. Matt and his wife Melissa have two children Katie and Ryan.
Dr. Lindsay Laurich
Madsen Center #215
Dr. Lindsay Laurich earned her doctorate in Teaching and Learning (Language, Literacy, and Culture) from the University of Iowa in 2012. She holds an M.A. in Developmental Reading from the University of Iowa, as well as a B.A. in Elementary Education from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. Dr. Laurich has taught in elementary and middle schools in Minnesota and Iowa. Her research interests include investigating the sociocultural underpinnings of literacy teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on the role of relationships in learning environments.
Dr. Karen Mahan
Madsen Center #233
Dr. Karen Mahan is certified as a Speech/Language Pathologist with the Amercian Speech and Hearing Association. She received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University. She received her Master of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota. Professor Mahan’s areas of specialization include language development, language disorders in children, and autism spectrum disorders. She serves on the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities’ Autism Advisory Committee, and is the Special Education Division Head for the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders program with the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. Professor Mahan advises students in the Communication Disorders program who are interested in becoming Speech/Language Pathologists or Audiologists.
Dr. Monica Soukup
Associate Professor & Certification Officer
Madsen Center #231
Dr. Monica Soukup is an alumna of Augustana, receiving her bachelor's degree with an emphasis in Deaf Education and Elementary Education and her master's degree in Special Education. She received an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. She taught in the elementary and secondary grades at the South Dakota School for the Deaf for 23 years. While teaching at the SD School for the Deaf, she was involved in additional activities such as the Family Learning Weekends, SDSD Summer Camps, Summer School, and various curriculum committees. Her involvement with Deaf individuals also includes her life-long experiences with various family members and friends who are Deaf. Her course load at Augustana includes Foundations in Deafness and Culture, ASL 1, ASL 2, Language and Reading Assessment and Instruction of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Curriculum and Instruction of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, and supervision of practicum and student teachers. In addition to teaching, she has worked with her colleagues and other members from the Deaf community to plan the Midwest Conference on Deaf Education and serves as the program's Certification Officer. She collaborates with the South Dakota School for the Deaf outreach consultants by participating and encouraging Augustana students to participate in social gatherings for deaf and hard of hearing youth and their families. Her areas of research and interest include language and literacy development of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Deaf and Hard of Hearing students who have additional disabilities, Curriculum Based Assessment, and creating enriching educational environments for deaf and hard of hearing students using the Circle of Courage model.
Madsen Center #230
Professor Carmen Steen is a 1991 graduate of Augustana College, receiving her bachelor's degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education. She teaches courses in American Sign Language. Carmen is also responsible for the SLPI (Sign Language Proficiency Interview). She received her M.A. in Education from the University of Sioux Falls. Prior to coming to Augustana, she taught at the SD School for the Deaf (SDSD) for 17 years. While at SDSD, she served on several committees and brought programs such as the Shared Reading Project and the Sign Language Proficiency Interview to campus. She holds certification in interpreting including NAD level 5 and EIPA level 4.8 and has been interpreting in the Sioux Falls community for more than 25 years and has been a Video Relay Service Interpreter for over 10 years. In addition to teaching, Professor Steen is the Coordinator for the Summer Enrichment Program which brings together Deaf and Hard of Hearing children from the Sioux Falls area for 4 weeks each summer and is the Coordinator for the Shared Reading Project at the SD School for the Deaf.
Dr. Steve Van Bockern
Madsen Center #214
Dr. Steve Van Bockern is a professor of education at Augustana College. He directs the Augustana Institute for Reclaiming Students (AIRS), an education department outreach program that works with schools to support the success of students placed at risk. Steve was a teacher in Sioux Falls, S.D., and a principal in Sleepy Eye, Minn. He has directed programs for talented students and grants funded by the National Science and Kellogg foundations. Along with colleagues Larry Brendtro and Martin Brokenleg, Steve co-authored the book Reclaiming Youth At Risk. The most recent edition has a forward by Desmond Tutu. In 1997, the three authors founded the non-profit organization Reclaiming Youth International, located in Lennox, S.D. The organization conducts research and does youth and family advocacy work and training. Steve serves as President of Reclaiming Youth International. The work of the authors has been shared in over 23 countries and extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. Steve is married to Sarah Drennan. Steve has two children, Matt and Maggie.