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Program Faculty

Our faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service on behalf of students, institution, professions and communities. Let us know how we can help you today.

Dr. Shauna Adams

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Dr. Adams is the Executive Director of the University of Dayton Center for Early Learning. Her expertise is in child development, preschool methods and early childhood advocacy.  She works closely with the teachers, staff and administrators at the Bombeck Family Learning Center, the university’s early childhood demonstration school. This relationship has inspired her efforts to co-author an early childhood program administration textbook. Dr. Adams enjoys meeting her online students at conferences where she frequently presents and also mans the University of Dayton booth in the exhibit hall. The next time you are at the NAEYC conference, stop by and say hello. Contact Dr. Adams >>

Dr. Mary Lou Andrews

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Dr. Andrews is the Assistant Dean and Licensure Officer for the School of Education & Allied Professions. Her focus is monitoring undergraduate and graduate students as they progress through the teaching licensure programs, earning State of Ohio teaching licenses. She works closely with first-year students as they develop their schedules for their first term at the University of Dayton and with students preparing to graduate. She also works closely with students' advisors and with other administrators across the university. She is available to answer questions regarding licensure issues and to meet with prospective as well as current students. Dr. Andrews teaches the diversity course for students in the Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy Program. Contact Dr. Andrews >>

Professor Joy Comingore

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Professor Elizabeth Engelhardt

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Beth Engelhardt has more than 35 years of experience in early childhood education, including 15 years as an administrator of an NAEYC-accredited childcare center and several years as a childcare licensing specialist, a CDA advisor, and a mentor to directors and student teachers. Presently, she teaches at the University of Dayton. Professor Engelhardt authored The Director Mentoring Program, co-authored Dayton's Children – A Resource Guide for Families, and Becoming a Director: Lessons Learned, published in Child Care Information Exchange (2006). She has presented at local, state and national conferences and is the past president of the Dayton Association for Young Children, a member of the Montgomery County Early Childhood Education Coalition, and moderator for the Montgomery County Directors Online Group. Professor Engelhardt earned a master's degree from Pacific Oaks College specializing in Leadership in Education and Human Development and Teaching Adults in Early Childhood Education. Contact Professor Engelhardt >>

Professor Ashley Smith

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Professor Diana Smith

Image of Diana SmithDiana Smith is the Director of Program Development for the Bombeck Early Childhood Institute. She has worked in early childhood education for 40 years, and during that time, has served as a classroom teacher, an elementary school principal, and the director of the Bombeck Family Learning Center. Diana has been involved with the professional learning community as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton, as Director of the Leadership Academy for Montgomery County ESC, and as a presenter at early childhood conferences at the local, state, and national level. Contact Professor Smith >>


Professor Tamala Vaughn

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Tamala Vaughn has worked in the early childhood education field for more than 15 years. She began her career as a teacher in a Head Start program in Northwest Ohio and eventually assumed a leadership role within the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral system. Tamala studied Early Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati and went on to obtain a B.S. in Organizational Leadership. She completed her M.S. in Leadership Development, for which her research measured leaders' attitudes about the use of story to communicate ogranizational vision. Tamala has served on numerous early childhood boards and committees, and has been a guest writer for Columbus Parent Magazine. Tamala is a fan of the Reggio Emilia and project approach, and has spent time in Italy studying the philosophy.

Dr. Pamela Young

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