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Retired Faculty & Staff of The Teachers College

Retired Faculty & Staff of The Teachers College

2020 Retirements


Dr. Karen Bates, Associate Professor,
Department of Elementary Education - Early Childhood - Special Education

Dr. Karen Bates joined the faculty of the Department of Elementary Education, Early Childhood and Special Education at Emporia State University in 2010. Dr. Bates earned her bachelors in elementary education with an emphasis in Reading from the University of Missouri – Columbia and her masters in Reading Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in elementary literacy from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Bates started her teaching career as a 4th grade elementary classroom teacher in North Kansas City School District in 1973. Prior to joining the faculty at Emporia State, Dr. Bates served as a Literacy Coordinator for Oak Park High School and a reading specialist for Clardy Elementary School, both in the North Kansas City School District.

She has several publications and many regional, state and national presentations. She is a member of local, state and national organizations. She has taken leadership roles in the Kansas Reading Association and the Kansas Literacy Professionals in Higher Education. Most recently she has served as the Professional Development Facilitator for the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center.


Dr. Edwin Church, Professor,
Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education

In his mission statement, Dr. Church has said, “My calling is teaching. I cherish working with students because I know I have made a positive contribution in their lives. The opportunity to teach future teachers provided me a setting for me to display my ‘teaching heart’ and make a positive difference for students in classrooms I will never see.”

Since 1972, he has been fulfilling this mission. He has served as a Junior High School teacher, a fifth grade teacher, a coach, an Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent for USD 405 before joining the School Leadership, Middle and Secondary Teacher Education department at Emporia State University in 2005.

Dr. Church has published many articles related to school leadership and administration, conducted local, regional, and national presentations, as well as participated in several studies such as efficiency reviews and audits, technology integration, and configuration studies. Dr. Church has had many honors throughout his career, including being named the 1999 Kansas Rural Superintendent of the Year, serving on the Kansas Association of Curriculum and Supervision Board of Directors from 2003 – 2014, and most recently being selected to be the 2018-2019 Chair of the USD 418 School Redesign Review Committee.


Dr. Lawrence Lyman, Professor,
Department of Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education

Dr. Lyman began his teaching career in 1973, serving as a substitute teacher, a fifth-grade teacher, and elementary school principal, before coming to Emporia State University in 1986.

As a teacher at Emporia State, his classes have been characterized by humor, creativity, innovation, current exemplary practices and real-world application. As a teacher of future teachers and administrators, he modeled excellence.

During his time at ESU Dr. Lyman at various times chaired both the School Leadership and Elementary/Early Childhood/Special Education departments, as well as taking numerous other leadership roles in The Teachers College. He was frequently called upon for his knowledge and wisdom of educational issues. He took a brief break in 1998 to go on sabbatical, during which he went back into the third and fourth grade classrooms to teach for a year.

Dr. Lyman was a prolific scholar, authoring a number of books and journal articles, and being a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. As well as being an author in his own right, he also regularly invited colleagues to contribute to his journal articles and books.

He was a pioneer and innovator though out his tenure at ESU. He was a member of the first staff of the long-running Kansas Future Teacher Academy, was part of the team that established the Professional Development School model at ESU, helped write the grant and was one of the founders of the Butler Emporia to Teachers, or BEST Program, and was the first in the department, if not the entire Teachers College to teach online.

According to his colleagues, Dr. Lyman has been the consummate faculty member and has set the bar extremely high as a teacher, scholar, administrator and colleague.


Dr. Timothy Marshall, Associate Professor,
Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education

Before joining the School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education Department at Emporia State in 2015, Dr. Marshall has served as a middle school math teacher and in various school leadership and district positions for several school districts, including elementary and school principal for Santa Fe Trail Unified School District, elementary principal in Hutchinson Public Schools, district technology director for Galena Unified School District, and superintendent of Jefferson County North Unified School District.

At ESU, he has taught Introduction to Research, Teachers and the Law, and Practicum in Educational Administration. He has many publications and grants, and has conducted state, local, and national presentations. He has served as a board member for Cottonwood Incorporated, a developmental disability service provider, and The Guidance Center, a multi-county mental health agency.


Dr. John Morton, Professor,
Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education

Dr. Morton joined the School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education department in 2012. He began his career as high school English Language Arts teacher in Wichita Public Schools, and served as a junior high and high school assistant principal and principal. He served as the Wichita Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Communications, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Design & Support Services, Area II Superintendent, Special Assistant to the Superintendent. He has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Winfield & Newton Public Schools.

He has served as a board member for the Association of Teacher Educators of Kansas, and is on the board/executive committee of the Newton Medical Center. He has been honored as the Kansas Superintendent of the Year, an eSchool News National Tech Savvy Superintendent, and most recently won The Teachers College Award for Excellence in Instruction here at Emporia State.

In a statement about teaching, Dr. Morton has stated, “I feel I have come full circle. I was taught by those who prepared me for teaching and leadership roles. I now feel humbled that I have the opportunity to do the same for new generations of educators who will teach and lead the students of tomorrow. It is gratifying to be able to give back.”

2019 Retirements

  • Dr. James Costello, Associate Professor, Counselor Education
  • Dr. Deborah Larson, Associate Professor, Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Dr. Nancy Smith, Professor, Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Dr. Ken Weaver, Dean of The Teachers College; Professor, Psychology

2018 Retirements

  • Dr. Marciana Vequist, Instructor, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Alice Hinck, Assistant Professor, Department of Counselor Education

Dr. Joella Mehrhof, Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Dr. Joella Mehrhof taught graduate and undergraduate classes in the areas of pedagogy, sport history, dance, ethics, and research. She presented over 150 times at various conferences, in-services, and workshops. She authored 15 books and several journal articles. She served in professional leadership roles at the national, regional, and state levels.

Dr. Mehrhof received several state and regional professional awards, as well as national awards for student mentorship and for teaching/service.

At Emporia State, she served as President of the ESU Faculty, received the Ervay Award for Applied Scholarship, been awarded the Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Award, and received the Roe R. Cross Award, the highest level faculty award offered at Emporia State.

During her 30 years at Emporia State, Dr. Mehrhof has served on almost every major university committee including serving nine years as the chair of the HPER department.

2017 Retirements

  • Dr. Carol Daniels, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Mr. Robert Aman, Instructor, Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Ms. Marla Darby, Instructor, Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Mr. Earl Martin, Instructor, Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Ms. Sharon Brown, Elementary Advising Coordinator, Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Ms. Arlene Dodge, Administrative Specialist, Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Ms. Debbie Mulsow, Administrative Specialist, University Copy Center

2016 Retirements

Dr. Jane Eberle, Professor, Instructional Design and Technology

Dr. Kathy Ermler, Dean of the Graduate School and Distance Education; Professor, Health, Physical Education, & Recreation

In 1989, Dr. Ermler joined the HPER faculty at Emporia State University. Employed mainly to teach the middle and secondary physical education methods course as well as graduate level courses, it soon became apparent she had extremely high levels of leadership skills. Dr. Ermler became involved in the profession's state organization (KAHPERD - Kansas Association for Health - Physical Education - Recreation - Dance) and served in numerous roles including president, journal editor, website director, and executive council member.

In 2002, Dr. Ermler became the Chair of the Emporia State's HPER Department. During her tenure as chair, the HPER department saw much growth and innovation due to her creative and visionary leadership. At this time, the HPER graduate program grew from around 30 students to around 150 graduate students. Dr. Ermler served as the advisor to each one of these 150 graduate students.

In 2010, Dr. Ermler left the HPER department to become Dean of Graduate Studies and Distance Learning. In her usual inventive approach, she instituted numerous innovations which benefited graduate students from all disciplines and departments across the university. She created graduate scholarships, revised policy, and introduced research opportunities for students and their faculty mentors to share their findings. She introduced journals emphasizing faculty and student research, their earned awards and accolades, and their professional contributions.  She established forums for graduate faculty to voice their concerns related to advising, funding, and faculty load.

Dr. Harvey Foyle, Professor, Instructional Design and Technology Department

Dr. Foyle came to ESU in 1987 as coordinator of Social Studies education program in the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Prior to coming to Emporia State, Foyle taught social studies at Hillsboro and Emporia High Schools and Tabor College and was a church pastor. At ESU, he has taught and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students in on-campus, online, and hybrid environments. He received the Excellence in Teaching: Higher Education award from the Kansas Council for the Social Studies. His research interests include integrating technology into instruction, observation and conferencing in teacher education, homework, and cooperative learning. His scholarly productivity includes 14 books, 48 articles in refereed journals, and numerous presentations. Among his many honors, Foyle is Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor, the highest honor for a professor at Emporia State University.