University of Minnesota Duluth
myUMD | Search | People | Departments | Events | News

 Education Department Logo Department of Education

Education Plate

Faculty Research Interest Areas

The Department of Education faculty at UMD have a wide variety of research interests. In order to better to serve as advisors, we have created this web site so graduate students seeking advisors may peruse the interests of our faculty. This is a broad overview, only.

If you are interested in working with a faculty member as an advisor, please contact him or her directly. Contact information.

Frank Guldbrandsen

My research interests tend to fall into two camps. First, I have been teaching and writing about foundations of education for the past thirty five years. Secondly, I have been a student of the martial art of Aikido since the mid 80s and have had the opportunity to write several articles about the practice and theory of that art.

PublicationsFrank Guldbrandsen


  • Guldbrandsen, Frank (2009). The Long Road From There to Here; Foundations of American Education. Kendall Hunt.
  • Guldbrandsen, Frank (2006). Portfolio Reflections. In Grant, Carl & Gillette, Maureen. Learning To Teach Everyone's Children. Thomson Wadsworth.
  • Guldbrandsen, Frank & Murphy, Diana (2003). Foundations of Education: Instructor's Teaching Guide. Allyn & Bacon.
  • Guldbrandsen, Frank & Murphy, Diana (2003). Foundations of Education: Video Workshop, A Course-Tailored Video Learning System. Allyn& Bacon.
  • Guldbrandsen, Frank, (2002). Aikido as a Metaphor for Change. In Rummel M.K. & Quintero, E., Educational Foundations for a New World. Peter Lang International, New York.
  • Guldbrandsen, Frank, (2001). Education in Modern Society. McGraw-Hill Primus.
  • Guldbrandsen, Frank & Olson, G. D. (1999). On Osai Waza and Katami Waza. In Aikido: Exercises for Teaching and Training, Round Earth Publishing, Merfield, VA.

↑ Top ↑

Mary Hermes

Mary HermesI think the University (and time spent here as a student or teacher) can open up worlds of possibilities. A long time advocate of social justice and American Indian education, my current research is focused on creating better ways to teach and learn the Ojibwe language.

My Ph.D. is in curriculum and instruction, and iterations of other research interests include: Culture and identity in education; the intersection of oppressions (race, class, gender); Critical theory and critical thinking; and theory into practice.

I currently live in Hayward Wisconsin (not Hawaii as the photo may suggest). I have two dogs, one who understands Ojibwe, as seen here in this home video. [Streaming video - Requires QuickTime].

Select Publications

  • Bi-lingual Research Journal, in press, "Moving towards the language: reflections on language and culture in Native American education."
  • Anthropology and Education, March 2005, "'Ma'iingan is just a mis-spelling of the word wolf': Ojibwe language and culture in the context of schooling." [84 KB PDF - Requires Adobe Reader]
  • Curriculum Inquiry, Spring 2005, "Complicating Discontinuity: What about poverty?" Special Series on Multicultural Experience, Vol. 35 (1) p. 9-26.
  • Journal of Educational Change, "Standards and American Indians" June 2005.
  • Tribal College Journal, Volume 16, Spring 2005 Issue No. 3, "Resources for teachers at Indigenous community colleges." Written with Gary Babiuk, second author.
  • "Learning to Play Scholarly Jazz: An Exploration into Indigenous Methods for a Culturally Responsive Evaluation," in K. Ryan and T. Schwandt, Evaluation and Society, Information Age Press, 2005. Third author.
  • "White teachers, Native students; Re-thinking culture based education," in Narrative and Experience in Multicultural Education, edited by JoAnn Phillion, Ming Fang He and Michael Connelly. Sage: 2005.

↑ Top ↑

Mary Ann MarchelMary Ann Marchel

My research interests include features of the physical and social environments for young children. Of particular interest is the role that adaptive and assistive technologies play in the inclusion of young children with disabilities. Additional research interests include group processes and decision-making models used in organizational structures.


  • Clark, D., Marchel, M.A., and Fischer J. (2008). Assistive technologies for children and youth with disabilities. Merrill: Columbus.
  • Marchel, M.A., and Keenan, K. (2005). Tradition and change: The voyage of revising an early childhood studies preparation program. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 26, 331-345.

↑ Top ↑

David McCarthyDavid A. McCarthy

My research focuses on educational computing and technology and its use in K-12 classrooms. Further research involves keyboarding software and its use in teaching keyboarding skills.

Publications - 2005

McCarthy, D. (2005). Keyboarding instruction; Teacher-tested Activities, Media and Methods, 41 (5) 11-12.

↑ Top ↑

Get Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files get adobe reader

Get QuickTime for watching movies get quicktime

© 2014 University of Minnesota Duluth
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Last modified on 12/10/10 12:36 PM
University of Minnesota Campuses
Crookston | Duluth | Morris
Rochester | Twin Cities | Other Locations