College of Education Welcomes New Faculty for Fall 2011

Released: 8/29/11

The College of Education is pleased to welcome two new tenure-line faculty members beginning in Fall 2011.

Dr. Kevin Tate will be joining the department of counselor education an counseling psychology as an assistant professor. Kevin  received his B.S. in Psychology, M.Ed. and an Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education all from the University of Florida - Gainesville. He has worked as a case management assistant in a homeless shelter, a crisis counselor and on-site responder for a government agency, a leadership development graduate assistant in a community college, and as a university career counselor. He has taught an alcohol and drug course, as well as several career development courses for undergraduate students. His research interests include group counseling and dynamics, the career development of marginalized individuals, and counselors' learning and competence. Kevin and his wife, Tyson, have a 1 1/2 year old daughter named Mercy and are expecting a new baby boy December. He is also an avid fan of music, art, and enjoying the outdoors.

Dr. Jill Birren will begin her career at Marquette as an Assistant Professor in the department of educational policy and leadership. Jill earned her B.S. in biochemistry from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. After graduation she traveled to Seattle to work in the pharmaceutical industry, where she discovered that she was passionate about life as a bench scientist and was inspired by her work with high school students. She returned to her home state of Oklahoma to pursue her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction and science teaching certification at Oklahoma State University. After a rewarding five or so years of teaching science at a large public and then a small alternative high school in Tulsa, OK, Jill became interested in combining her passion for science teaching with a growing desire to explore broader societal challenges that impact classroom learning. Through her doctoral program at Washington University she was able to combine those interests by exploring contexts where communities confront environmental threats and continues to interrogate ways that such dilemmas are important for science education. When she is not busy teaching, writing, or doing other university work, Jill tries to keep up with her running, drinks lots of coffee, and spends as much time as she can exploring Wisconsin with her husband and two rescue dogs.



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