Meet the coordinators of McDaniel’s graduate programs

October 15, 2013

On Nov. 4, a graduate school fair featuring recruiters from 21 institutions – including McDaniel – will be hosted in Decker Center Forum from 5-7 p.m. 

The fair is an opportunity to learn about Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College, which features more than 25 highly regarded graduate-level degrees and programs. 

For more information about Graduate and Professional Studies, visit the website or contact the program coordinators.

Joining the graduate faculty are R. Daniel Cunningham, Jr. as coordinator of Educational Administration and Lisa Lorenz as coordinator of Counselor Education.

Meet the coordinators of McDaniel’s graduate programs Cunningham brings with him experience in college readiness research, school leadership instruction, and assessment development and implementation. He received his Ph.D. from Nova Southwestern University in Florida. Most recently, Cunningham led the College Readiness Systems Division of College Board, where he worked to quantify classroom practices.

At McDaniel, Cunningham is thrilled to “work with an extremely talented faculty and department leadership to provide a prepared, quality and effective next generation of school and school district leaders.”

This fall, Cunningham is teaching courses in supervision and evaluation, as well as case studies in Educational Administration. He succeeds Dr. Herb Phelps, who retired this spring after over 15 years of service to the college.

Lorenz, who received her Master of Counseling degree from Loyola College, has sixteen years of experience teaching and leading at both the elementary and secondary levels. She has spent the last two years as a counselor with the University of Maryland’s Baltimore School Mental Health Initiative, where she consulted with faculty, staff and parents on psycho-education and strategized interventions and supervised new clinicians and case managers. A specialist in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, she also worked there as a clinician, focusing on emotionally disturbed inner city children and their families.

During her career, Lorenz came into contact with McDaniel graduate students and interns. In working alongside them, Lorenz became familiar with the college’s mission, which she says “expresses my personal career paths and goals: to work, study, and achieve academic excellence with the purpose of serving the communities with whom we live and work.”

In the spring, she will be teaching “Counseling Theories and Techniques.” Lorenz hopes to later introduce a course called, “Evidence-based Therapeutic Interventions for Children.”

Five current McDaniel faculty members have also spent their fall semester leading new roles within graduate and professional studies.


Meet the coordinators of McDaniel’s graduate programs Rebecca Gibson is now the coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. A former reading specialist, Gibson has experience in instructional design, staff development, and community outreach. She succeeds Dr. Daria Buese, who will now serve as associate dean of graduate and professional studies for off-campus programs. Buese’s new role involves managing off-campus cohorts of graduate students.


Meet the coordinators of McDaniel’s graduate programs Diane Martin has been promoted to assistant professor and the director of the Center for the Study of Aging (CSA). Martin, who earned her Ph.D. from Northcentral University, previously served as academic director of CSA and the director for graduate certificate in gerontology. She also has experience as the research program coordinator at The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Martin will replace Dr. Alva Baker, who will continue to teach gerontology part time.


Meet the coordinators of McDaniel’s graduate programs Stephen McCole is coordinating the Exercise Science and Physical Education program. He also chairs the undergraduate department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. McCole received his Ph.D. from University of Maryland and has taught at McDaniel since 2001. Besides teaching exercise physiology, McCole directs student research projects and advises all students interested in allied health professions.


Meet the coordinators of McDaniel’s graduate programs Margaret Kulow is now the coordinator of three graduate certificate programs: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Culturally Proficient Teaching, and Equity and Excellence in Education. She received her M.S. in Counseling Education from Western Maryland College and formerly served as Supervisor of Intervention Services for Carroll County Public Schools. Kulow will replace Dr. Roxanna Harlow, who directs the nonprofit educational program Higher Learning, Inc.