New Professors Enhance Counseling and Leadership Programs

The College of Education welcomed four new faculty members in the fall of 2017

Thomas Noel, Jr.
Noel is an instructional assistant professor of educational leadership. He completed his doctorate in educational policy and theory at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), where his dissertation focused on how student-teacher relationships are impacted when teachers are required to live in the district where they teach. Noel earned his undergraduate degree in psychology and Africana studies and a master of arts in liberal studies focusing on education and English literature from Rutgers University. He authored a book chapter on advanced placement and college readiness in “The Plight of Invisibility: A Community-Based Approach to Understanding the Educational Experiences of Urban Latina/os,” edited by D.M. Harris and J.M. Kiyama (Peter Lang).

Miranda Parries
Parries is an assistant professor of counseling. She comes to the COE from the University of North Alabama, where she taught in the clinical mental health program of the department of counselor education. She also worked as a counselor with The Balanced Life LLC and as a volunteer counselor with several nonprofits, all in Florence, Ala. Parries received her undergraduate degree in English from Cleveland State University. She earned master’s degrees in English and education and her doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from Old Dominion University.

Michaela Sacra
Sacra is an instructional assistant professor of counseling. She recently completed her doctorate in counselor education and supervision at the University of Montana. Her dissertation focused on clients’ counseling experiences in Bhutan, where she worked as a college counselor. Sacra earned her undergraduate degree in brain and cognitive sciences with an emphasis on neurobiology from the University of Rochester and a master of arts in counselor education from the University of Montana. She has worked as a counselor at an elementary and middle school and a job corps in Montana.

Leodis Scott
Scott is an assistant professor of leadership, language and curriculum. Previously he worked as a term faculty member in the COE and DePaul’s School of New Learning. Scott earned his undergraduate degree in economics and philosophy and a master’s degree in measurement, evaluation, and assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his doctorate in adult learning and leadership at Columbia University Teacher’s College. Scott edited “Learning Cities for Adult Learners,” the spring 2015 issue of the New Directions for Adult & Continuing Education journal.