New Faculty Members, 2017-2018

April 5, 2018

The Department of Teacher Education welcomed two new faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year. In their own words, they share the impact that they hope to make at Michigan State University.

Lucía Cárdenas Curiel headshot

Lucía Cárdenas CurielAssistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

Area of impact: Enhancing linguistically diverse students’ learning experiences

“My research highlights new types of intellectual engagement with multimodal texts in the curriculum facilitating emergent bilinguals’ biliteracy and bilingual development. It also introduces innovative pedagogical practices in the elementary classroom for the benefit of culturally and linguistically diverse students.”


Shana Cinquemani headshot

Shana CinquemaniAssistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Area of impact: Reconceptualizing early childhood art education

“I hope my research will help educators and researchers to consider new and different ways to being and engaging with young children in spaces of art education and research. I aim to inspire people to think about how they can engage with young children in ways that allow for children’s voices and ideas to grow.”


Katharine Strunk headshotKatharine O. Strunk, Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University

Strunk joined the College of Education in fall 2017 as the Clifford E. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Education. She serves as co-director of the new Education Policy Innovation Collaborative. Learn more about EPIC, including ongoing research and more, on their website.