School of Education Faculty & Staff

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Portrait of Natalie Precise.
Natalie Precise, Ed.D.

Dean of the School of Education and Child Development
Associate Professor of Education

Portrait of Ying Cao.
Ying Cao, Ph.D.

Director of the Innovation and Teaching Center
Assistant Professor of Education

Portrait of Asikaa Cosgrove.
Asikaa Cosgrove, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs
Assistant Professor of Education

Laurie Edmondson, Ed.D.

Area Coordinator of Elementary Education
Professor of Education

Portrait of Ali Geren.Ali Geren
Certification Officer/Assessment Coordinator


Portrait of Ginney Norton.
Ginney Norton, Ph.D.

Area Coordinator of Secondary Education
Assistant Professor of Education

Portrait of Sherri Peterson.

Sherri Peterson
Coordinator of Field & Clinical Experiences

Portrait of Mary Pothoff.
Mary Potthoff, M.B.A.

Director of the Center for Gifted Education

Thea Scott, Ed.S.
Special Education Advisor
Instructor of Education

Portrait of Gail Slye.

Gail L. Slye, Ed.D.
Professor of Education

Portrait of Ed Williamson.
Edward A. Williamson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education

Portrait of Nancy Sipes.Nancy Sipes
Mid-MO Coordinator of Assessment & Clinical Experiences

Emeritus Faculty

Protima Roy, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Protima Roy.Professor Emeritus of Education

Office: Lay Hall 104

Dr. Protima Roy, professor of education, has been teaching at Drury University since 1975. She received her B.S. degree with honors in 1965 and her M.S. degree in zoology from Presidency College, Calcutta University in 1968. She earned a Ph.D. degree in science education from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1974.

Dr. Roy participated in the British Science Education workshop at Manchester Polytechnic in the summer of 1977. She attended a workshop on Early Childhood Education in Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the summer of 1980. Dr. Roy spent her sabbatical in 1981 as a visiting research professor at Cornell University, and worked with Professor Joseph D. Novak. She completed a Summer Institute on Moral and Civic Education sponsored by Professor Lawrence Kohlberg and his colleagues at Harvard University in 1984. She attended a Summer Institute sponsored by NSF at Syracuse University in 1991. She participated in the sixth International Conference on Thinking in the summer of 1994 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Roy completed a two-part (1998, 1999) Leadership Development Program sponsored by Dr. James P. Comer and his colleagues at Yale University. In 2003, she attended a workshop on Connecting the Mind, Brain and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Roy taught in a laboratory school at the University of Florida . She taught at St. Agnes Elementary School, and worked with students from two public schools namely, Pipkin Middle School and Central High School (2001-2003), in Springfield, Missouri. For over 20 years she has been working with students and teachers at Boyd Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri and at Hem Sheela Model School in India.

Dr. Roy has published several papers in refereed journals and made several presentations at meetings of different international and national organizations. She has actively involved several undergraduate and graduate students in research activities. Some of the students have made presentations in scientific meetings with her.

She received the Faculty Research and Creative Activities Grant in 1979 from Drury University. She was awarded an Eisenhower Grant in the fall of 1994 to train secondary science teachers in water quality monitoring techniques. She was the recipient of the Drury University Faculty Award for Scholarship in 1995. In 2001, she received a CIC/NSF grant titled “Education Reform: A Developmental Partnership Between Public Schools and Drury University”. As a part of this project, several undergraduate science majors worked with students from Pipkin Middle School and Central High School.

She has accompanied a group of Drury students 18 times for cross-cultural tours to India and other Asian countries. She is the faculty sponsor for Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. She has been a Ph.D. examiner of Calcutta University, India.

Dr. Roy is the Vice-President of the Hem Sheela Model School built with her husband Dr. Rabindra N.Roy in Durgapur, India. Hem Sheela is a sister school of Drury University. In 2004, she designed a model and coordinated a course titled “Teaching in India”. Under her leadership, nine education majors went to teach at Hem Sheela Model School and received credits from the university.

In 2007, Drs. Roy started an elementary school for the tribal children in a tribal village located in Durgapur,India. Also, to empower tribal women with education and skills, they established a skill training center in 2010 in the same village. These tribal welfare projects are very close to her heart.

She accompanied education majors six times to Hem Sheela Model School and the tribal school. Dr. Roy trained and supervised all of them. These students did part of their student teaching in the above mentioned schools. She involved some of these students in research projects and gave presentations with them on this global experience in different reputed professional organizations.

Dr. Roy retired in 2016 after a long and distinguished career.

B.S., Zoology, Presidency College, Calcutta University, India, 1965
M.S., Zoology, Presidency College, Calcutta University, India, 1968
Ph.D., Science Education, University of Florida, 1974

Drury University faculty member since 1975
Professor since 1985
Professor Emeritus since 2016

Adjunct Faculty

Supports Undergraduate Programs

  • Paula Cantrell
  • Pam Anderson
  • DeeAnne Long
  • Lisa Pitt
  • Rita Donica
  • Vicki Neal
  • Linda Jones
  • Debbie Fisher
  • Nancy Wiser
  • Janice Hampton
  • Doug Greek
  • Christopher Wright
  • Justin Slye
  • Tina Turner
  • Melinda Dickinson
  • Kim Gillman
  • Anita Lael
  • Erin Slye
  • Jennifer Richardson
  • Jill Blue
  • Liz Rawlings
  • Wilette Arthur
  • Caitlin Hall

Supports Graduate Programs

  • Brandi Klepper
  • Wes Leggett
  • A.J. Million
  • Lara Wilbur
  • Jane Doelling
  • Becky Quackenbush
  • Kelley Ritter
  • Jennifer Beuerlein
  • Debbie Lambeth
  • Kelly Lacara
  • Teresa White