Professional Education Council



The Professional Education Council (PEC) is the primary vehicle for coordinating all programs in the Professional Education Unit (PEU), which includes all programs engaged in the initial and advanced preparation of P-12 teachers and other school professionals. At UM, the PEU includes faculty and administrators in more than 40 programs across the campus. These include programs in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences as well as core elementary education content courses, majors for secondary teacher licensure, and other advanced programs for school professionals offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

This campus-wide leadership committee, led by the Dean of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, fosters a progressive and innovative environment to aid in the preparation of tomorrow’s P-12 education professionals and plays a critical role in the accreditation and continuous improvement of outcomes for all candidates enrolled in PEU programs at The University of Montana. Deans of the schools/colleges represented in the PEU serve as ex-officio members.


Perry Brown, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Arlene Walker-Andrews, Associate Provost for Global Century Education and Special Assistant to the President for Accreditation


Roberta D. Evans, Dean and Faculty, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences


Chris Comer, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Gianchetta, Larry, Dean, School of Business Administration

Kalm, Stephen, Dean, School of Visual and Performing Arts


Faculty and Administrators

Morgen Alwell, Faculty, Curriculum and Instruction  

Liz Ametsbichler, Chair and Faculty, Modern and Classical Language and Literature

Trent Atkins, Chair and Faculty, Curriculum and Instruction  

Jill Bergman, Chair and Faculty, English

James Burfeind, Chair and Faculty, Sociology

Jennifer Combe, Faculty, Art

Lori Grey, Faculty, Music

Susan Harper-Whalen, Associate Dean, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

James Hirstein, Faculty, Math

Richard Hughes, Chair and Faculty, Media Arts

Belva Jones, Chair and Faculty, Information Systems and Technology

Jean Luckowski, Faculty, Curriculum and Instruction

Dave Macaluso, Faculty, Physics and Astronomy

Greg Machek, Chair and Faculty, Psychology

Nancy Marra, Director of Field Experiences, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

John Matt, Chair and Faculty, Educational Leadership

Bill McCaw, Faculty, Educational Leadership

Jenny McNulty, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Arthur Miller, Faculty, Health and Human Performance

Kristi Murphy, Assessment/Licensure Manager, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences

Lindsey Nichols, Faculty, Counselor Education

Lucy Hart Paulson, Chair and Faculty, Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Schertz, Matthew, Faculty, Curriculum and Instruction


Stephen Tucker, Undergraduate, Curriculum and Instruction

Daniel Zielaski, Graduate, Educational Leadership

P-12 Schools

Erin Ellis, Teacher, Hellgate Elementary

David Rott, Principal, Chief Charlo Elementary

Kathy Sharbono, Title 7 Coordinator and Native American Studies, Willard Alternative High School


Updated October 2012