Faculty and Staff
Get to know the individuals in the Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies (ELSIT).
Dr. Brian Beatty is associate professor of Instructional Technologies in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University. Brian’s primary areas of interest and research include social interaction in online learning, flipped classroom implementation, and developing instructional design theory for Hybrid-Flexible learning environments. At SFSU, Dr. Beatty pioneered the development and evaluation of the HyFlex course design model for blended learning environments, implementing a “student-directed-hybrid” approach to better support student learning.
Acting Chair and Professor
Deborah Curtis is a professor in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies. She has a Ph.D. in educational psychology from University of California Berkeley, where she studied quantitative methods in education. Dr. Curtis has taught undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral-level courses at SFSU in educational data analysis and educational research methods. She is the co-coordinator of the Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Special Interest Concentration, where she advises M.A. students who have a broad range of educational research interests. She is also the coordinator of the undergraduate quantitative reasoning courses in the ELSIT Department. Dr. Curtis’ interests include statistics education, educational data analysis, and program evaluation.
Interim Associate Dean
Dr. Doris Flowers is a professor in the College of Education at San Francisco State University where she serves as the co-coordinator of the Center for Adult Education as well as the Equity and Social Justice Program. Dr. Flowers teaches courses in Equity and Social Justice and Adult Education. Originally from Washington, DC, Dr. Flowers has served as faculty and research associate in the Communications Department at Purdue University and has taught at the University of Virginia, Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia.
Dr. Helen Hyun is professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in education policy from Harvard University. She has taught classes at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level at SF State and also at UC Berkeley where she was a visiting professor in the Joint Doctoral Program from 2005-10. Dr. Hyun’s teaching and research interests include higher education policy, mixed methods research, and equity issues in education. Dr. Hyun is co-author of one of the leading research methods textbooks in the country now in its 10th edition.
Prof. Hyun was raised in San Francisco and now resides in the East Bay with her husband and two children.
Dr. Lee’s teaching and research interests include adult learning theories, immigrant adult learners, impact of interlocking power system on educational contexts, and transformative learning in the cross-cultural setting. She currently teaches, advises, and co-coordinates Adult Education and Equity and Social Justice MA programs. Dr. Lee is the recipient of an outstanding teaching award in 1996 and a national research award in 1999. She has presented at international conferences and published in areas of adult immigrant students, adult learning, and equity & social justice in education. She has also served her professional community by playing a leadership role in hosting international research conferences in 2003 and serving on the editorial board for Adult Education Quarterly, Adult Learning and Horizon, three major publications in Adult Education. She served as university liaison for a community-based literacy program, long-term consultant for a Chinese American non-profit organization and has been involved in college-wide international initiatives.
Zahira Merchant is an associate professor of Instructional Technologies Program at San Francisco State University (SFSU). She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Emphasis in Education Technology) and MS in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University. Dr. Merchant has served as the PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel on several federally and non-profit funded grant projects from agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), California Teaching Commission (CTC), and IDEA.
Dr. Irina S. Okhremtchouk is an associate professor of Educational Administration in Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies (ELSIT) Department at SFSU’s Graduate College of Education. Her expertise is in the area of school organization and policy, and school finance with a focus on language different/emergent bilingual students and marginalized populations. Dr. Okhremtchouk directs research projects and oversees the ReRighting Education team.
Dr. Stanley Pogrow has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Stanford University, and is currently a research professor of Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University. He was a coordinator of the joint doctoral program in Educational Leadership for Equity, in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley. Previous positions were at: University of Illinois, USC, and the University of Arizona. UCEA listed him as one of the top scholars in the field of Educational Leadership.
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