College of Professional Studies

Welcome to the College of Professional Studies. We have three departments: Educational Studies, Professional Studies, and Public Policy.

We encourage you to contact an advisor. They will be able to assist you in planning your courses and help you think about the best program for your career.

Teaching and Education Advisors

Photo of Jim Beard, M.A.Jim Beard, M.A.
Director of Student Teaching and Licensing



Meg UnderwoodMeg Underwood Coordinator of Advising
Sr. Academic Advisor

  • Office: Neff Hall, 243F
  • Phone:  260-481-6448
  • Appointments: 260-481-6449
  • E-mail:





Public Policy Advisor, Graduate & Undergraduate

Leslie ClarkLeslie C. Clark, M.A. Coordinator of Public Policy Advising
Director of Student Success Center

  • Office: Neff Hall, 260A
  • Phone: 260-481-6351 or 260-481-6348
  • E-mail: 


Professional Studies Graduate Program Advisors

Educational LeadershipPhoto of J. Wylie Sirk

Dr. J. Wylie Sirk II
Clinical Assistant Professor



Special Education

Photo of Jeong-il Cho, Ph.D.Dr. Jeong-il Cho
Associate Professor

  • Office: Neff Hall, 250E
  • Phone: 260-481-6454
  • E-mail:



Counselor Education

Photo of Kerrie Fineran, Ph.D.Dr. Kerrie Fineran
Assistant Professor