Fall 2021 New Faculty and Staff

Dr. Genia Bettencourt

Dr. Genia Bettencourt, LEAD

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor of Higher and Adult Education
  • Previous Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Southern California
  • Research/Teaching Area: Access and equity in higher education, particularly related to social class
  • Fun Fact: Has been to 49 of the 50 U.S. states (only Alaska left to go!)
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Dr. Brenna Breshears, CEPR

  • Current position: Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Previous position:  CMH/SA Counselor at Cognitive Consultants and doctoral student at Michigan State University
  • Teaching/Research Area: Incarcerated /formerly incarcerated adults, psychiatric disability, substance use, mandated counseling interventions
  • Fun Fact: Has lived on both coasts, but never this far south 

Katelyn Chambers, ICL

  • Current Position: Clinical Instructor-ELED and Math Education Program.
  • Previous Position: 3rd Grade Math & Science teacher, Early Childhood teacher
  • Research Area: Teachers’ CRT self-efficacy-forming experiences
  • Teaching Area: Elementary social studies education
  • Fun Fact: Learned to say the ABCs backwards during a SPED course at the UofM!
Daniel Collier

Dr. Daniel Collier, LEAD

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor of Higher and Adult Education
  • Previous Position:  Research Associate for the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
  • Research/Teaching Areas: Student Loan Debt, Tuition-Free Policy, Student Retention, and Student Distress and Non-Cognitive Attributes 
    •Fun Fact: I was asked to leave community college the first time around - returned to college at 24 years old.  I also love working on and modifying cars. 

Dr. Frances Ellmo, CEPR

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor of Addiction Counseling
  • Previous Position:  Visiting Assistant Professor of Counseling at UofM
  • Teaching/Research Area: Addiction Counseling
  • Fun Fact: Dr. Ellmo has lived in 8 different states.  

Dr. Brian Fitzpatrick, CREP

  • Current Position: Post Doc for CREP, begins September 1
  • Previous Position:  Recently completed his PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame
  • Research Area: Sociology of education, Stratification and Quantitative methods
  • Fun Fact: One of his favorite activities is walking his six-year-old rescue puppy named Arya.

Dr. Taneshia Greenidge, CEPR

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Previous Position: Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Placement Director
  • Research Area: The advancement of African American women’s mental health.
  • Teaching Area: group supervision courses.
  • Fun Fact: Dr. Greenidge recently got a Cavapoo puppy, and they have the same birthday! (March 3)
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Dr. LaSheba Hilliard, ICL

  • Current Position: Instructor of Special Education
  • Previous Position:  Special Education Teacher, Special Education Department Chair, IEP/504 Compliance Specialist,
  • Research Area: Culturally Responsiveness
  • Teaching Areas: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Special Education, Student Teaching
  • Fun Fact: Dr. Hilliard loves horseback riding
Susan Mascari 

Susan Kasperbauer Mascari, Dean's Office

  • Current Position: Shared Services, Dean’s Office
  • Previous Position: Reception and Outreach, CEPR
  • Fun Fact: She loves to travel with her family. She has been to 5 continents and is hoping to make it to South America in the next couple of years!
Alycia Taylor

Dr. Alycia Taylor, ICL

  • Current Position: Clinical Instructor of Literacy
  • Previous Position: Adjunct Instructor at UofM
  • Research Area: Inclusion, culturally sustaining pedagogy and evidence-based literacy instruction
  • Teaching Area: literacy instructional strategies and assessment procedures for diverse learners
  • Fun Fact: Dr. Taylor enjoys reading and writing poetry and devotionals. 
Tracy Williams

Tracy Williams, Dean's Office

  • Current Position: Business Officer III
  • Previous Position:  Senior Accountant with Shelby County Schools.
  • Fun Fact:  At the end of the day, she likes to unwind by putting down her calculator and picking up her helmet to ride in the wind on her Prince-themed Can Am Spyder.