Faculty, Leadership & Research

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty and Staff


The Lurie College of Education offers comprehensive programs, taught by our talented and dedicated faculty.  Our innovative curriculum prepares SJSU Spartans to enhance the quality of education for all students in our culturally diverse, technologically complex world!



Faculty Chairs & Directors

The Lurie College of Education Department Chairs and Directors are faculty members who serve in a leadership capacity to provide guidance and direction to the growth and development of each academic department and the college as a whole.  The current department chairs and directors are:

Dr. Brad Porfilio Ed.D Leadership Program
Dr. Dolores Mena Counselor Education
Dr. Emily Slusser Child and Adolescent Development
Dr. Nidhi Mahendra (Interim) Communicative Disorders and Sciences
Dr. Patty Swanson Teacher Education
Dr. Peg Hughes Special Education

Faculty Committees


The Lurie College of Education, as a community of scholars and practitioners, believes firmly in the need for broad-based, inclusive college governance.  This belief is actualized in the use of the standing committees listed below as well as numerous ad hoc committees that are formed and used throughout an academic year.


Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee provides a forum for faculty, administrators, and students in which discussion and decision-making takes place regarding the content, design, delivery and evaluation of the curriculum.


Faculty Scholarship & Research Committee

The purpose of this committee is to promote an intellectual community of scholars, encourage, and support professional development activities in the College; encourage and support faculty scholarship; coordinate the distribution of University Lottery funding, and handle, coordinate, and supervise special projects for the College that add to the overall purpose of the Committee.


Personnel Committee

The Personnel Committee oversees the College’s participation in retention, tenure, and promotion activities, making specific recommendations on academic personnel actions to the College Dean and University community.


Student Research and Scholarship Committee

The Student Research and Scholarships Committee oversees the granting of Student Scholarships and Research awards, reviewing applications, evaluating student research and grant proposals and making specific recommendations to the Dean and Council of Chairs.