Emporia State University Department of School Leadership/Middle & Secondary Teacher Education Staff

Dr. Dan Stiffler

Dr. Dan Stiffler, Department Chair, joined the Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education in June, 2014. He has worked in both urban and rural school districts in Kansas, serving as superintendent, assistant superintendent, elementary principal, curriculum coordinator, fine arts director, and personnel director. In addition, Dan has experience as an adjunct college professor, educational consultant, presenter, and clinician in Kansas and the Midwest.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Strategic | Maximizer | Ideation | Individualization | Achiever

Phone:  620-341-5776


Dr. Nancy Albrecht, Professor, joined the ESU faculty in 2001. She teaches graduate students in school leadership and curriculum instruction and is a director of a federal professional development ESL grant. Prior to coming to ESU, she was a high school principal and teacher and has taught internationally in Germany. She was District I Principal of the Year awarded by the Kansas Association of Secondary Schools Principal Association.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Connectedness | Strategic | Individualization | Activator | Maximizer

Phone:  620-341-5775

Dr. Paul D. Bland, Professor, earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Fort Hays State University and was a teacher and coach for eleven years in Kansas public schools. He earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. He served as coordinator for secondary education at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky and Director of Teacher Education and Department Chair at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, the Kansas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the American Legion.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Achiever | Strategic | Belief | Individualization | Responsibility

Phone:  620-341-5078

Dr. Brenda Cain, Associate Professor joined the ESU faculty after completing 32 years of service in teaching and public school administration. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Pittsburg State University, Master’s and Educational Specialist Degrees from Wichita State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Minnesota. Her career began in the Wichita Public Schools as a classroom teacher and followed with positions as Title I math consultant, in-service educator, curriculum specialist, and elementary school principal. After 25 years of service to the Wichita public schools, she became the Director of Elementary Education for the Topeka Public Schools where she provided leadership for 29 schools and 4 support programs. Upon leaving the Topeka school district, she was presented the Outstanding Leadership Award by the principals in the district.

Phone: 620-341-5215


Dr. Edwin Church, Professor, teaches both online and onsite school leadership classes. Dr. Church strives to provide instruction that results in leaders having the practical skills and theoretic knowledge necessary for success.  A 1999 Ed.D graduate from Wichita State University, Dr. Church presents regularly on the topics of learning communities at the local, state and national level. He was the 1999 Kansas Rural Superintendent of the Year and received the 2003 Kansas Rural Schools Association Outstanding Practice Award. Dr. Church has a comprehensive background in school leadership and teaching. He has taught at all levels kindergarten through high school, and has served in several administrative positions in both majority and special education.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Achiever | Ideation | Learner | Activator | Self-Assurance

Phone: 620-341-5742


Dr. Kirsten Limpert

Dr. Kirsten Limpert, Associate Professor, earned a Bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, a Master's degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.  She taught high school for 17 years, secondary methods and masters classes at Emporia State University for six years prior to becoming director of the alternate route restricted license program in 2008.  Dr. Limpert also spent ten years in private school administration.  In 1998, Dr. Limpert was chosen for the Teachers College Excellence in Instruction award.  She is a former member of the State Board for Alternate Route Licensure, a former member of the National Association for Alternative Certification and a member of Kansas Association of Teacher Educators. She is also a member and past officer of Phi Delta Kappa.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Responsibility | Achiever | Belief | Maximizer | Connectedness

Phone: 620-341-5772


Dr. Mingchu (Neal) Luo, Assistant Professor

Assistant professor, earned his doctoral degree in educational administration with concentration on research methodology and statistics from the University of Nebraska. Before he joined the Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education, he was senior institutional researcher at Emporia State University, where he directed and conducted university-wide studies. He served as coordinator of International Exchange Programs at South China Normal University and middle school teacher in Guangdong, China. His interests in research include data-driven decision-making, principalship, college student persistence, and school climate. His research has been documented in 20 publications in the refereed journals.

Phone: 620-341-5835

Dr. John Morton, Associate Professor, earned an EdD from the University of Houston, a MEd & BA from Wichita State University.  Dr. Morton began as an Emporia State University associate professor in 2012.  He has experience as an adjunct instructor from 1976 to 2012 at: Hutchinson Cummunity College, Baker University, Southwestern College, Friends University, Wichita State University & University of Houston.  Dr. Morton has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Winfield & Newton Public Schools.  He served as the Wichita Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Communications, Assistant Superinendent for Curriculum Design & Support Services, Area II Superintendent, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, & Principal of Wichita High School West, B.W. Truesdell Junior High School & John Marshall Junior High School, Associate Principal at Wichita High School East, Wichita High School North & W.S. Hadley Junior High School and a Wichita High School Southeast classroom teacher.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Developer | Empathy | Activator | Relator | Adaptability

Phone:  620-341-5215

Dr. Steve Neill

Dr. Steve Neill, Associate Professor, is a 2002 addition to the Teachers College faculty. He is currently teaching classroom management in both our undergraduate and graduate programs and is the Field Experience Coordinator for teacher preparation. He also teaches a graduate course in educational research and directs the scoring of the Teacher Work Sample. He received his BSED from Pittsburg State with a major in History, his MSED in Secondary Education from Wichita State and his ED.D in Educational Administration from Wichita State. His previous experience includes nineteen years as a high school teacher at Hesston, Concordia and Sumner Academy of Arts and Science and nine years as a building administrator at Burrton, Tonganoxie and Douglass. In 2001, Steve was recognized as KASSP District 4 Principal of the Year and he holds memberships in KASSP, NASSP, USA, Pi Kappa Pi, and Phi Delta Kappa.

Phone: 620-341-5215

Megan O'Brien, Graduate Student Advisor, a recent MS graduate of ESU, earning dual masters in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.  While completing her graduate studies, she worked as the graduate assistant for The Teachers College Dean's Office for two years and taught for one year as a graduate teaching assistant in the Psychology Department.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Strategic | Maximizer | Futuristic | Relator | Positivity

Phone: 620-341-5091


Dr. Michael Shimeall, Associate Professor, joined the Educational Leadership Department in 2013, after having served as a teacher and administrator in a variety of school districts in Kansas and Nebraska. He has also taught in an adjunct capacity for the University of Nebraska - Kearney for several years. Dr. Shimeall holds his baccalaureate degree in history from Sterling College and a masters degree in history from Emporia State University. His Ed.D and Educational Specialist degrees are from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. In 2008, he was selected Region I Superintendent of the Year by the Nebraska Council of School Administrators.  The district was honored as a "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Education.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Belief | Consistence | Empathy | Analytical | Learner

Phone:  620-341-5742

Dr. Will

Dr. Jerry D. Will is a professor and joined the faculty in June of 1997, and has 22 years of experience as an administrator and teacher. Dr. Will served as superintendent of schools at Burlingame U.S.D. 454 from 1991 to 1997, superintendent of schools at Centre U.S.D. 397 from 1985 to 1991, and building principal at Larned U.S.D. 495 from 1979 to 1985. He taught in a self-contained classroom on the Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota and in an open-classroom in Charles City, Iowa. Dr. Will received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University, a Specialist in Education Administration from Fort Hays State University, a Masters of Arts in Building Level Administration from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Dickinson State University in North Dakota. Dr. Will served on the state-wide Council of Superintendents for two years. Dr. Will has served as a guest lecturer and presented several workshops on effective class discipline and classroom management. Dr. Will is a member of KASA, USA, AASA, and KACD.

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Belief | Achiever | Connectedness | Intellection | Self-Assurance

Phone: 620-341-5777

Bob Aman, Adjunct

Heddi Craft, Adjunct

Dr. Andy Koenigs, Adjunct

Dr. Mike Maurer, Adjunct

Joan Shoonover, Adjunct, joined ESU in 2010 and is also currently a Consultant and the Driver Education/Motorcycle Education and Commercial driving school Director for the State Department of Education. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University.  Joan’s dedication to driver education started 35 years ago when she became a Driver Education instructor at Manhattan High School. She has been personally responsible for shaping the safe driving skills of over 7,300 students who came through her course at Manhattan over a period of 20 years whereby her curriculum included mandatory Simulation training as well as stick shift driving. Joan, herself an instructor for AAA and the Driver Improvement course, has dedicated her entire working career to helping inexperienced drivers learn skills and habits necessary to keeping them safe on the roads and now instructs students at Emporia to become effective driver education teachers.   

Dr. Cynthia Seguin, Professor Emeritus & Adjunct

Carol Strickland, Adjunct

Missy Nurnberger, Administrative Assistant

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Learner | Ideation | Belief | Connectedness | Input

Phone:  620-341-5776

Fax: 620-341-5768

Office Hours:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Emily Lickteig, Graduate Student Assistant

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Empathy | Adaptability | Developer | Positivity | Woo

Phone: 620-341-5776

Annika Bray, Undergraduate Student Assistant

Top 5 Gallup® Strengths:  Futuristic | Includer | Restorative | Belief | Achiever

Phone:  620-341-5776