Faculty & Staff

Suzanne Baker Baker, Suzanne Simons Baker

Suzanne Baker
Faculty  |  Education
Instructor/Teacher Education Program Associate
740-587-5768
Service: 
1998-Present
Degree(s): 
B.Mu.Ed., St. Norbert College; M.M., University of Minnesota; M.Ed, Ohio State University
Biography: 

Suzanne Baker, Adjunct Instructor and Field Experience Coordinator, has been at Denison since 1998. She holds a B. Mu.Ed. from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, an MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota, and an M.Ed in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. Before working at Denison in the Department of Education she taught music K-8. She has taught all ages, preschool through adulthood, through teaching in the classroom, private music lessons, directing children's choirs, and tutoring.

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Jerrell Beckham ’96 dr. Beckham, Jerrell Kevin Beckham ’96

Jerrell Beckham '96
Faculty  |  Black Studies, Education
Assistant Professor
Blair Knapp Hall
107E
740-587-8543
Service: 
2006-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Denison University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Barb Bruner Bruner, Barbara Bowden Bruner

Staff  |  Education
Teacher Education Program Associate
Barney-Davis Hall
107A
740-587-6519
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Brenda Franks Franks, Brenda Joy Franks

Brenda Franks
Staff  |  Environmental Studies, Education
Academic Administrative Assistant
Blair Knapp Hall
107
740-587-6250
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Karen Graves Graves, Karen L. Graves

Karen Graves
Faculty  |  Queer Studies, Women’s Studies, Education
Professor & Chair (Education)
Blair Knapp Hall
107B
740-587-6680
Service: 
1993-Present
Degree(s): 
B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Biography: 

Karen Graves (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. 1981, M.Ed. 1988, Ph.D. 1993) is Professor and Chair in the Department of Education at Denison University. She began her career as a mathematics teacher at Effingham (IL) High School. Professor Graves teaches courses in history and philosophy of education, queer studies, and educational policy. Her research addresses twentieth-century schooling in the United States with a focus on gender and sexuality, and legal policies concerning education. Her most recent book, And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers, was awarded a 2010 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Other publications include Girls' Schooling during the Progressive Era: From Female Scholar to Domesticated Citizen (Garland, 1998) and the co-edited volume, Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship (Peter Lang Publishing, 2001), with Timothy Glander and Christine Shea.

Professor Graves is a Past President of the History of Education Society and a former Vice-President in the American Educational Research Association, Division F: History and Historiography. She was honored to hold the Charles and Nancy Brickman Distinguished Service Chair at Denison from 2010 to 2013. In 2013 Graves was recognized as a recipient of the Education Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Illinois.

Karen Graves is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan with collegial respect for Cubs fans.

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Emily Nemeth ’04 Nemeth, Emily Nemeth ’4

Emily Nemeth '4
Faculty  |  Education
Assistant Professor
740-587-6388
Service: 
2011-Present
Degree(s): 
B.A., Denison University; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Biography: 

Emily Nemeth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Denison University. She holds a B.A. in Educational Studies and Spanish from Denison University, a M.Ed. in Higher Education, Service Learning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Adolescent, Post-Secondary, and Community Literacies from The Ohio State University. She began her career in education as a corps member for City Year, AmeriCorps. Nemeth teaches courses in literacy, community engagement, and equity pedagogies. Her research explores the literacy lives of adolescent youth in community contexts and the learning opportunities afforded by expanding space and literacy resources through service-learning.

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