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Meet Education Faculty

Karen Dunnagan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Since joining the College of Education in 2001, Karen has been teaching methods courses in K-12 literacy and literature in the B. S. and MAT initial teacher certification programs. She serves as academic advisor for teacher candidates, university supervisor for student teachers, and faculty sponsor for the Kentucky Education Association Student Program, while being active in professional organizations and educational service groups as an advocate for universal literacy. Dr. Dunnagan earned the B. A. degree in Communication and Secondary Teaching Certification and the M. A. degree in Communication with a K-12 Reading Specialist’s Certification. She taught speech communication, English language arts and directed literacy programs before beginning her career in teacher education at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI. She completed the Ph. D. at The Ohio State University in Educational Theory & Practice.

Dr. Barbara Foster, EdD

Associate Professor

Dr. Barbara Foster shares her expertise in classroom management and instructional design with teachers in local school systems and frequently presents at state, national, and international conferences including presentations in Taiwan and Australia. Her current research interests include topics related to dialogue, reflection, behavior management, assessment, mathematics education, and brain-based teaching and learning. Dr. Foster earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership Education from Spalding University and received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Elementary Education, as well as an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Indiana University. She served as an elementary and middle school teacher and principal in both public and parochial schools in the 25 years prior to joining the College of Education faculty.


Kristen Harris, PhD

Director of the Teacher Leadership Program

Dr. Kristen Harris earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland-College Park. During her tenure in Maryland, she researched and worked with pre-service and veteran teachers in urban high schools. Prior to that experience, Dr. Harris earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Centre College. She then taught high school history and geography in Boyle County, Kentucky. Dr. Harris has also worked with the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, and her scholarship focuses on college access and choice for high school students in Kentucky.

H.A. Hasan, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. H.A. Hasan earned his B.A. Degree from Washington State University (Pullman) in Political Science, his M.Ed. Degree from the University of Washington (Seattle), and his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Washington (Seattle). With more than 25 years of experience in Education, Dr. Hasan’s public school experience in the Seattle Public School District includes self-contained programs designed for students classified as Seriously Behaviorally Disabled (SBD) in grades 4-12. He spent two years with the Hawaii Department of Education in a self-contained high school program for students in the category of Emotionally Disturbed (ED). During his career, Dr. Hasan has worked extensively with gang involved students, and other troubled children, adolescents, and youth. Further, Dr. Hasan has worked with the Special Education teacher preparation programs of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Washington.

Linda LaPinta, EdD

Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership

Dr. Linda LaPinta earned a B.A. from Beloit College in English Composition, English Literature, and Oral History; an M.A. in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication; an M.A.T. in English from the University of Louisville; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Spalding University. LaPinta (under her maiden name, Beattie) is the author of four books—Conversations with Kentucky Writers (1996), Savory Memories (1998), Conversations with Kentucky Writers II (1999), and Sisters in Pain:  Battered Women Fight Back (co-authored with M.A. Shaughnessy, 2000).  She has published more than 700 feature articles and book reviews in regional and national journals, magazines, and newspapers, and is a member of the International Leadership Association. Prior to moving to Kentucky, LaPinta’s career included writing, editing, oral history, and social service positions in Washington, D.C., and in Columbia, South Carolina.

Jennifer Mangeot, MEd

Director of Field Experiences

Jennifer Mangeot received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville and her M.Ed. from the University of Kentucky. She spent eight years as an elementary school teacher in Fayette County Public Schools and in the Archdiocese of Louisville. In 2000, she began work as a student teacher supervisor at Bellarmine University, where she also worked as an adjunct professor in the School of Education. In 2007, Jennifer began work as a university supervisor here at Spalding, as well as taught the student teaching capstone course before becoming the current Director of Field Experiences and the Certification Officer.

Christopher J. Walsh, EdD

Associate Dean

Chris Walsh Before joining the leadership team at Spalding, Dr. Walsh served as Assistant Professor of Education in the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education at Bellarmine University. Dr. Walsh is an experienced educational leader having served in the Archdiocese of Louisville as an assistant principal and principal prior to his transition into higher education. Dr. Walsh earned his undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University. Later, he earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Spalding University, a Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership and School Administration degree from Bellarmine University, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership Education degree from Spalding University.  Dr. Walsh’s research interests are focused on the ethical domains of educational leadership, as well as motivation and decision-making theory in educational leadership.