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 Humanities and Sciences 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 colleges represented in the PEU serve as ex-officio members.


Jon Harbor, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs


Trent Atkins, NCATE/CAEP Director, T&L Chair


Nathan Lindsay, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Adrea Lawrence, Interim Unit Head and Dean, PJWCoEHS

Susan-Harper-Whalen, Associate Dean, PJWCoEHS

Trent Atkins, NCATE/CAEP Director, T&L Chair

Dani Smith, Director of Field Experiences

Kristi Steinberg, Licensure Manager, Assessment Coordinator

Jason Neiffer, Montana Digital Academy


Faculty and Administrators

     Kate Brayko, T&L, Elementary K-8 Initial Licensure

     Erin Ellis, T&L, INterim Early CHildhood P-2 Initial Licensure

     David Erickson, T&L, Secondary Initial Licensure

     Fletcher Brown, T&L Advanced Programs

     Lindsey Nichols, COUN Other School Professionals

     John Matt, EDLD Other School Professionals

     Ginger Collins, CSD Other School Professionals

     Michael Ruybalid, CVPA Initial Licensure

     Jennifer Combe, CVPA Initial Licensure

     Karen Kaufmann, CVPA Advanced Programs

     Appointment Pending, CHS Dean's Office Representative

     Beverly Chin, English, ESL

    Appointment Pending, Sciences

     Anisa Goforth, School Psychology

     Matt Roscoe, Mathematics

     Pablo Raquena, MCLL

    Christiane von Reichert, Social Sciences


     Colt Davidson, Initial Licensure Candidate

     Brenda Sweeney, Advanced Programs Candidate

P-12 Schools

Shirley Lindburg, Gifted Education/ELL, MCPS

David Rott, HR Director, MCPS

Doug Reisig, Superintendent, Hellgate Elementary

Erin Ellis, Teacher, Hellgate Elementary


Updated December 2018