Augustana education professors are all former teachers in the elementary, secondary and special education fields. They continue to stay active in the Sioux Falls school district making connections and working on cutting-edge research.

Laurie DailyDr. Laurie Daily
Associate Professor and Dean of Education
Madsen Center #208

Dr. Laurie Daily received her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Argosy University and earned a master’s degree in special education at the University of North Carolina. Coming to Augustana in the fall of 2015, Laurie Daily had been the education chairperson at Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa), where she was chair for seven years and also taught for twelve years. Before that, she directed a field-based special education teacher training program in New Hampshire, coordinated the special education program at Plymouth State College, and taught children with special needs in North Carolina.

Secondary and All Grades Education Faculty

Dr. Sharon AndrewsDr. Sharon E. Andrews
Associate Professor and Teacher Education Program Director
Madsen Center #209

Dr. Sharon E. Andrews received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota and joined the Education Department in 1989.  Prior to joining the faculty at Augustana University Dr. Andrews spent 5 years teaching MS/HS English and mathematics in Burke, SD and Brush, CO.  She teaches/has taught a variety of courses at both the undergraduate (EDUC 110, 335, 360, 370, and 401)  and graduate (EDUC 601, 607, and 695) level; she is the lead professor for EDUC 607.  Dr. Andrews also supervises student teachers and teaches the ePortfolio Labs.

Elementary Education Faculty

Dr. Julie AshworthDr. Julie Ashworth
Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #211

Dr. Julie Ashworth teaches EDUC 275 Teaching, Learning and Connecting in Today’s Classroom, EDUC 350 Social Studies Methods for the Elementary and Middle School, and EDUC 355 Human Relations in Education. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Special Education and Deaf Education from Augustana College, her master's degree in Education with an emphasis in science and technology from Augustana College, and her Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Adult Higher Education from the University of South Dakota. Her research and passion involves preparing future teachers to be prepared to teach all students, especially students from diverse backgrounds, students living in poverty and students with disabilities. Dr. Ashworth was named the Sioux Falls School District Teacher of the Year in 1992 and the South Dakota Teacher of the Year in 1993. Dr. Ashworth received the 2009 Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award which recognizes brilliance in the classroom and the 2009 Augustana Student Association Professor of the Year. She created and directs Augustana FRIENDSLink, which is a United Way Partner Agency that establishes authentic friendships between college students and their peers with disabilities. She is also the Children’s Choir Director at Asbury Methodist Church.

Becky FialaBecky Hatch Fiala
Field Placement Coordinator
Madsen Center #210

Professor Becky Hatch Fiala joined the Education Department in the fall of 2002. She received her bachelor’s degree at Augustana College in 1983 with majors in Business Administration and Business Education. In 1989, she returned to complete a major in elementary education. Becky taught in the Sioux Falls Public Schools at the middle school level in science, language arts, reading and mathematics. She was a middle level and varsity coach. In 2002, Becky earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Southwest State University. Currently, she serves as the Field Placement Coordinator and course instructor in the Education Department. She serves as a liaison between the Education Department and local school districts coordinating field experiences and student teaching experiences. Other positions that she has held include, Admissions Representative – Augustana College; Director of Operations, U.S. Senator James Abdnor – Washington, DC; Management Intern at Citibank, Sioux Falls. She is originally from Tracy, Minn.

Dr. Vikki HennardDr. Vikki Hennard

Assistant Professor of Education
Madsen Center #217

Ph.D. (Education Leadership), Eastern Michigan University
M.A. (Special Education), Oakland University

Dr. Vikki Hennard joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program and begins as a full-time faculty member fall 2020.  Dr. Hennard is a behavior specialist at Char-Em Intermediate School District. She received her doctoral degree in educational leadership at Eastern Michigan University and earned a master’s degree in special education at Oakland University. Prior to joining Augustana, she taught introductory special education and inclusion classes for Central Michigan University for seven years. For 25 years she has worked in K-12 education as a teacher, professional learning instructor and trainer, and as an educational coach in the area of school climate and behavior.

Becky FialaDr. Anita Manning
Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #215

After completing her B.A. degree in Elementary Education and Psychology at the University of Sioux Falls, Dr. Manning taught in various grade levels in the Sioux Falls School District. While teaching in the Sioux Falls School District, she completed her M.A. in Reading at the University of Sioux Falls and became certified by the State of South Dakota as a Reading Specialist. Dr. Manning became a Reading Specialist for the Sioux Falls School District. After completing her Ed.D. in Educational Administration/Adult and Higher Education degree at the University of South Dakota, Dr. Manning taught part-time in the Master of Arts in Education program at Augustana University.  In August of 2018, she joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Li Sun
Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #216

Li has her Ed. D. in mathematics education from the University of Houston,Texas. Li was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Houston and also worked as a certified mathematics quality of instruction (MQI) rater at Harvard University. Dr. Sun was the recipient of the '17-'18 Carole Bland Cultivating Faculty Excellence Award.

Dr. Celeste Uthe-BurowDr. Celeste Uthe-Burow

Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #229

Ed.D. (Counseling Psychology in Education), University of South Dakota
M.Ed. (Education Administration), South Dakota State University
M.S. (Counseling and Human Resources), South Dakota State University

Dr. Celeste Uthe-Burow joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in May 2016 as a part-time faculty member in the Master of Arts in Education Program. During the 2019-2020 academic year Dr. Uthe-Burow will join the Education Department as a full-time faculty member.  Dr. Uthe-Burow received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of South Dakota and earned two master’s degrees in education administration and counseling and human resources at the South Dakota State University. Prior to joining Augustana, Dr. Uthe-Burow has been in the field of education since 1985 serving as a teacher, principal and district coordinator for the Sioux Falls School District. In addition to her work in the school setting, Dr. Uthe-Burow is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has worked as a counselor for Lutheran Social Services where she served the communities of Mitchell, SD and surrounding communities as well as the Sioux Falls, S.D. area counseling office.

Special Education Faculty

Kathleen CookDr. Kathleen Cook
Associate Professor
Madsen Center #212

Dr. Kathleen Cook is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Augustana University. She received her doctoral degree in special education with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis from the University of Georgia. She holds Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate (BCBA-D) certification and serves on the editorial board of TEACHING Exceptional Children. Prior to her doctoral studies, Kathleen taught students with disabilities in Georgia public schools for 10 years. Her research interests include self-management and applied behavior analysis with teens and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Michelle PowersDr. Michelle Powers
Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #218

Dr. Michelle Powers joined the Education Department in August of 2017 as an Assistant Professor. She received her master’s degree in special education and her educational specialist degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She recently completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Dakota.  Prior to joining the faculty at Augustana, Michelle served as the director of special education for the Brookings School District for twelve years. Before that experience, she was the state director of special education for the state of South Dakota and worked for the department for thirteen years. She has also taught in public schools in the area of special education in South Dakota and Nebraska.

Dr. Michelle PowersDr. Brad Uhing
Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #213

Dr. Brad Uhing joined the faculty in the Education Department at Augustana in August 2018 and since August 2015 has taught in the Master of Arts in Education Program. Dr. Uhing received his doctoral degree in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Sign Language Interpreting Faculty

Ashley CainAshley Cain

Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #232

Ashley Cain, a South Dakota native, returns to the state and Augustana University after teaching all levels of American Sign Language at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for seven years.  She holds her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in American Sign Language Studies.  She later obtained her MS in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Christa GundersonChrista Gunderson
Assistant Professor and Sign Language Interpreting Program Director
Madsen Center #234

Professor Christa Gunderson teaches American Sign Language I, Introduction to Interpreting, Building Translation Skills and a variety of other interpreting-related courses. Prior to joining Augustana College Faculty, she worked as a Sign Language Interpreter for 20 years. Christa received her M.Ed. from South Dakota State University and holds certifications in interpreting that include NAD V, NIC Advanced, SD State Level 5, and EIPA level 4.5. She has served in a variety of roles with the SD Interpreters Association, most recently as vice-president.

Tanya Miller

Assistant Professor


Professor Miller is a California native who currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Business Administration. Tanya later settled in Sioux Falls where she worked in the business sector for more than ten years. Her Master’s Studies were through Gallaudet University where she earned a degree in Sign Language Instruction. Tanya also holds a Qualified Level Certification with the ASLTA (American Sign Language Teacher’s Association). In addition, her experience volunteering with national Deaf and Interpreting organizations and being a deaf individual herself means Professor Miller brings exceptional insight and added value to this program.

Carmen SteenCarmen Steen
Assistant Professor
Madsen Center #230

Professor Carmen Steen is a 1991 graduate of Augustana University, receiving her bachelor's degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education. She received her M.A. in Education from the University of Sioux Falls. She teaches courses in American Sign Language.  Carmen is also responsible for the SLPI (Sign Language Proficiency Interview).  Prior to coming to Augustana, she taught at the SD School for the Deaf (SDSD) for 17 years. She holds certifications in interpreting including NAD V and EIPA level 4.8 and has been interpreting in the Sioux Falls community for more than 25 years and has been a Video Relay Service Interpreter for over 12 years.  Carmen also holds Qualified Level Certification with the ASLTA (American Sign Language Teacher’s Association). She has served on the SD Interpreter’s Association board, most recently as vice-president.

Karen MahanDr. Karen Mahan
Assistant Professor and Communication Disorders Program Director
Madsen Center #233

Dr. Karen Mahan is certified as a Speech/Language Pathologist with the Amercian Speech and Hearing Association. She received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University and her Master of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Mahan’s areas of specialization include language development, language disorders in children, and autism spectrum disorders. She serves on the University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities’ Autism Advisory Committee, and is the Special Education Division Head for the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders program with the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Mahan advises students in the Communication Disorders program who are interested in becoming Speech/Language Pathologists or Audiologists.

Emeriti Faculty

Dr. Monica SoukupDr. Monica Soukup
Dr. Monica Soukup taught courses in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program and also served as the Certification Officer.



Dr. Mark HallenbeckDr. Mark Hallenbeck
Dr. Hallenbeck taught courses in foundations of American education, learning disabilities, and curriculum and instruction for students with disabilities.



Dr. Sheryl FeinsteinDr. Sheryl Feinstein
Dr. Sheryl Feinstein taught Adolescent Development for the Education Department.