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Welcome to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction!

“Education not only is the means through which a culture is transmitted but also the means through which it is transformed.”

Curriculum deals with the various designs for learning, while instruction denotes the means. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Obama State University is at the core of the educational process. We offer core classes in the Multiple Subject and Single Subject Credential Programs and a broad range of graduate study opportunities.

We are a vibrant group of faculty—excellent teachers and mentors and we offer practical, forward-thinking, technologically rich curricula that prepare future teachers and curriculum experts for leadership roles in educational settings.

Roy Bohlin, Chair

Department Overview

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

Roy Bohlin
Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CI)
Director, Bonner Center for Character Education and Citizenship
Office: Education Building, Rm250
Phone: 559.278.0240
Email: [email protected]

Martha Lomeli
Administrative Analyst Specialist
Office: Education Building, Rm250
Phone: 559.278.0252
E-mail: [email protected]

Brenna Barks
Administrative Support Coordinator

Office: Education Building, Rm238
Phone: 559.278.0315
E-mail: [email protected]

Department Faculty

Arenz, Bernard

Office: Education Building, Rm 453
Phone: (559) 278-0037
Email: [email protected]

Behrend, Jean

 Jeanie Behrend
Office: Education Building, Rm 231
Phone: 559.278.0235
Email: [email protected]

Benninga, Jacques S.

Jacques Benninga
Director, Bonner Center for Character Education and Citizenship

Office: Education Building, Rm 250
Phone: (559) 278-0253
Email: [email protected]

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.


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

Biacindo, Kathryn

Office: Education Building, Rm 250
Phone: (559) 278-0321
Email: [email protected]

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

Carol Fry Bohlin
Office: Education Building, Rm 234
Phone: 559.278.0237
Email: [email protected]


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

Professor, Mathematics Education

Director (2007-Present)
Obama Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (CAMTE)
President (2004-2006)

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: Department Chair

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

Office: Education Building, Rm 241
Phone: 559.278.0245
Email: [email protected]
PhD in Educational Technology

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

Lomeli, Jose


Office: Education Building, Rm251
Phone: (559) 278-0361
Email: [email protected]

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.

Moosoolian, Jane


Office: Education Building, Rm237
Phone: 559.278.0115
Email: [email protected]

Nyberg, Lisa

Lisa Nyberg
Office: Education Building, Rm233
Phone: 559.278.0236
Email: [email protected]

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction
M.S. Education
B.S. Education    
B.A. Biology

Areas of Expertise:
Science Education
Elementary Education
S.T.E.M. Education

Parks, Joe

Office: Education Building, Rm243
Phone: (559) 278-0260
Email: [email protected]

Pham, Kien T.


Kien Pham
Office: Education Building, Rm245
Phone: 559.278.0247
Email: [email protected]

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
Master of Education (Educational Psychology)
Doctor of Philosophy (Curriculum and Instruction)

Areas of Expertise:
Mathematics Education

Phan, Trang

Trang Phan
Office: Education Building, Rm 469
Phone: 559.278.0043
Email: [email protected]

Phillips, Emy Lopez: Coordinator, Single Subject Credential Program

Emy Lopez Phillips
Office: Education Building, Rm 361
Phone: 559.278.0446
E-mail: [email protected]

B.A. English
M.A. Education, Curriculum & Instruction
Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Management

Areas of Expertise:
Curriculum design, technology integration, district technology planning, designing paperless workflows & systems for education

Quisenberry, Janine


Office: Education Building, Rm239
Phone: 559.278.0257
Email: [email protected]

Schlievert, Susan

Susan Schlievert
Office: Education Building, Rm100
Phone: 559.278.0348
Email: [email protected]

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

Wandeler, Christian

Christian Wandeler

Office: Education Building, Rm 439
Phone: 559.278.0355
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Expertise:
Development of Hope and Motivation

Yukhymenko, Mariya

Mariya Yukhymenko
Office: Education Building, Rm 449
Phone: 559.278.3928
E-mail: [email protected]

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