Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education

Full-Time Faculty

Gwen Landever

Education Department Chair 
Elementary Education Program Director 
Secondary Education Program Director 
MAT Program Director 
Overland Park Education Programs Coordinator and
Assistant Professor in Education
B.S., M.S., University of Kansas
Ed.D., Baker University
[email protected] | 913-758-6159 | De Paul 6

Dr. Gwen Landever became the chair of the education programs at USM in 2012.

She has taught both general and gifted education students ranging in age from preschool to high school—as well as adult learners—since 1993. She has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Master’s in Special Education and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Landever previously led the graduate and undergraduate education programs at USM’s Overland Park Campus.

Today, she is interested in 21st century skills especially using technology and innovative programs to meet the learning needs of traditional and multigenerational students who are seeking licensure and advanced degrees.

Carolyn Doolittle

Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Education Programs at OPC
Associate Professor in Education

B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
M.S., Ed.D., University of Kansas
[email protected] | 913-319-3009 | Overland Park, 7

Dr. Carolyn Doolittle has taught in nearly every venue a teacher can teach—public and private; elementary, secondary, and higher education; in the U.S. and internationally.

She joined the faculty of the University of Saint Mary in July 2013 as associate professor and director of the education programs on the Overland Park campus of USM.

She brings expertise in the areas of reading, literacy and assessment.

Her mission is to serve collaboratively with students and faculty – as an educator, instructional supervisor, and mentor to both traditional and non-traditional students.  She is dedicated to guiding USM’s teacher education candidates achieve professional excellence through enhancing instructional practice.   

Ollie Bogdon

Assistant Professor in Education
Accreditation, Research & Grant Coordinator
MSP Grant Manager

B.S., M.S., Cornell University
Ph.D., University of Missouri—Kansas City
[email protected] | 913-758-4336 | De Paul

Dr. Ollie Bogdon joined the University of Saint Mary faculty in 2012.

She brings content specialties in STEM and adult education with over 20 years of professional development training and teaching in higher education.

Prior to joining the University of Saint Mary faculty, Dr. Bogdon worked with NASA Education Programs for 8 years.

Her educational drive: improving education, helping teachers gain the skills to educate learners, and encourage the journey of life-long learning tocontribute to the well-being of our global society.

Patricia Carnahan

Associate Professor in Education 
B.S., M.S., Kansas State University
M.S., Baker University
Ed.D., University of Phoenix
[email protected] | 913-758-6412 | De Paul 8

In 1998, Patti Carnahan, Ed.D, joined the faculty at the University of Saint Mary education department.

She has experience teaching elementary and special education, but she goes above and beyond the average professor. A light-hearted professor by nature, she strives to make classes interactive instead of lecture-style.

In one of Carnahan’s classes, teacher candidates finished a spoof on Dr. Suess, entitled “Pink Pickles and Bananas,” making their own props and videotaping the production.

In another class, Carnahan’s students finished a unit on geography by creating a relief map using home-made play dough to represent 30 different landforms.

Her goal is to make learning fun and meaningful while modeling strategies and teaching techniques that can be used in the K-12 classroom.

Kerry Dixon

Field Experience Coordinator 
Assistant Professor in Education

B.A., M.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale
[email protected] | 913-758-4300 | De Paul 10

Dr. Kerry Dixon has served for over 25 years in every aspect of education ranging from a public school principal and director to high school teacher, as well as in higher education as a university professor and supervisor.

She brings expertise in the areas of professional development, teacher leadership, and educational administration.

She is dedicated to guiding teacher candidates so that they, too, will be their personal best and remain lifelong learners, always growing and enjoying their chosen career as an educator.

Dr. Dixon's mission is to prepare teachers for success in the classroom and beyond in the ever-changing, yet "back-to-basics," field of education and mentor educational leadership so that we may continue to develop excellence in education.

Jes Luther

Graduate Enrollment Coordinator
[email protected] | 913-319-3005 | Overland Park, 6


Adjunct Faculty

Claudia Chandler
MAT, Webster University
B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
A.A., Johnson County Community College

Melanie DeMoss
Ed.D., St. Louis University
M.S., Emporia State University
B.A., Oral Roberts University

Dan Doolittle
Building Level Administrative Endorsement, Baker University
MED., MidAmerica Nazarene University
B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University

Tammie George
District and Building Level Administrative Endorsement, Emporia State University
M.S., Emporia State University
B.A., Doane College

Peggy Gray
M.A., Webster University
B.S., University of Nebraska

Tammy Haught
M.S., Baker University
B.A., Emporia State University
A.A., Kansas City Kansas Community College

Colleen Markman
B.S.,M.S.ed.,  University of Kansas

Rachael Smith
M.S., University of Kansas
B.S., Kansas StateUniversity