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Department of Curriculum & Instruction

The primary mission of the Curriculum & Instruction (C & I) Department in the Kremen School of Education & Human Development (KSOEHD) is the preparation and continuing education of K-12 educators, particularly teachers. Coursework and field experiences are designed to prepare teachers who are reflective thinkers, problem solvers, and decision makers to meet the challenges of teaching in a rapidly changing world characterized by social, economic, and cultural/linguistic diversity.

The coursework offers students opportunities to develop and refine their understanding of the teaching/learning process while experiencing the best of the world of practice. Supervised field experiences along with instructional planning and evaluation techniques provide the foundation for productive and responsive teaching. In this context, all faculty promote teaching as a science and an art. Programs offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are identified within two major categories: teaching credential programs and master's degree programs.

Department Chair and Staff

Carol Fry Bohlin
Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CI) 
Director, Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative
Office: Education Building, Rm250
Phone: 559.278.0237

Martha Lomeli
Administrative Analyst Specialist
Office: Education Building, Rm250
Phone: 559.278.0252

Department Faculty

Aguilera, Earl

Dr. Earl Aguilera
Office: Education Building, Rm233
Phone: 559.278.0236

Behrend, Jean

 Jeanie Behrend
Office: Education Building, Rm 231
Phone: 559.278.0235

Benninga, Jacques S.

Jacques Benninga
Director, Bonner Center for Character Education and Citizenship

Office: Education Building, Rm 373
Phone: 559.278.0253

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction; Minor in Developmental Psychology, George Peabody College for Teachers (now of Vanderbilt University), Nashville, TN, 1976.
M.A., Early Childhood Education, George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, TN, 1973
B.A., Early Childhood Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, 1972.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1967-70.

Link to Dr. Benninga's Faculty Page

Areas of Expertise:
Character Education, Moral Education, Early Childhood Education

Biacindo, Kathryn

Office: Education Building, Rm 250
Phone: 559.278.0250

Areas of Expertise:
Learning, Cognition, and Development
Educational Statistics and Measurement
Psycholinguistics (Reading and ESL)
Life Span Development
Karst and Hydrology Research

Bohlin, Carol Fry: Department Chair and Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program

Carol Fry Bohlin
Office: Education Building, Rm 234
Phone: 559.278.0237

B.A. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.H.D.L. The University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Ph.D. The Ohio State University

Areas of Expertise:
Mathematics education; professional development for math teachers; educational neuroscience; mathematics learning and teaching styles.

Professor, Mathematics Education

Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative(MSTI)
Director (2007-Present)
California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (CAMTE)
President (2004-2006)
California Online Mathematics Education Times (COMET)
Editor (2000-Present)
CSU Mathematics Education Resource Center (CSU MERC)
Director (2000-Present)
NCTM News Bulletin: Assessment Issues Column
Editor (2003-2004)
San Joaquin Valley Mathematics Project (SJVMP)
Principal Investigator (1990-Present)
Strategies for Teacher Excellence Promoting Student Success (STEPSS)
Co-Principal Investigator and Coordinator, Master's Cohort:
K-8 Mathematics (1998-2005)

Bohlin, Roy

Roy Bohlin
Co-Director, Teaching and Leading for Educational Needs with Technology (TALENT) Project

Office: Education Building, Rm 250
Phone: 559.278.0245
PhD in Educational Technology

Areas of Expertise:
Interaction of technology, instruction, with anxiety, confidence, attitudes, self-efficacy, and attributions
Instructional Motivation

Cole, Kim

Dr. Kim Cole
Office: Education Building, Rm 367
Phone: 559.278.0474

Guzmán, Lynette

Dr. Lynette Guzman
Office: Education Building, Rm255
Phone: 559.278.0328

Lomeli, Jose


Office: Education Building, Rm251
Phone: (559) 278-0361

Areas of Expertise: Leadership Development for youth through Experiential Education; Group Dynamics for Staff Development; Instructional Methodology; Pre-Service Teacher Delivery Models; Migrant Education; Culturally Responsive Education.

Lopez, Patricia

Dr. Patricia D. Lopez
Office: Education Building, Rm237
Phone: 559.278.0115

Mehta, Rohit

Dr. Rohit Mehta
Office: Education Building, Rm235
Phone: 559.278.0227

Research Interests: Creativity, Aesthetics, Inclusion, Educational Technology
Personal website:

Mercado, Felipe

Office: Education Building, Rm220D
Phone: 559.278.0215

Parks, Joe

Office: Education Building, Rm243
Phone: (559) 278-0260

Phan, Trang

Trang Phan
Office: Education Building, Rm 469
Phone: 559.278.0043

Areas of expertise: 

  • Massive Open Online Courses, Personalized Learning
  • Curriculum design
  • Technology integration
  • Student-centered learning
  • Human-centered design
  • Digital fluency development towards career readiness

Link to Dr. Phan's Faculty Page

Schlievert, Susan

Susan Schlievert
Office: Education Building, Rm361
Phone: 559.278.0348

B.A. Music
M.A. Musicology
Ed.D.  Educational Leadership
Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
CLAD Certified
Supplemental Authorization Music
Administrative Services Credential

Areas of Expertise:
Pre-Service Teachers
Arts Integration
Curriculum Theories
Student Support

Tracz, Susan

Susan Tracz
Office: Education Building, Rm447
Phone: 559.278.0347

Ph.D. Measurement and Statistics
M.S. Marriage, Family and Child Counseling
M.A. English Literature
B.A. English Education

Areas of Expertise:
Statistics, General Linear Models, Evaluation, Educational Reform, Imagery in Counseling

Wandeler, Christian

Christian Wandeler

Office: Education Building, Rm 439
Phone: 559.278.0355

Areas of Expertise:
Development of Hope and Motivation

Yukhymenko, Mariya

Mariya Yukhymenko
Office: Education Building, Rm 449
Phone: 559.278.3928

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Cognition and Instruction

Areas of Expertise:
Quantitative research methods, statistical methodologies including such advanced methodology as hierarchical linear modeling, instrument design, student motivation