Office of the Dean

Welcome to the College of Education (COE) at Portland State University!

Located in downtown Portland, the COE is proud of our reputation as the largest, most innovative and most diverse school of education in Oregon.

The COE staff and faculty are committed to engaging in individual and program assessment activities so that we can keep building on our success. In keeping with our reputation, our equity-focused professional preparation programs are all nationally accredited.

That accreditation standard includes our teacher education and educational administration programs. In fact, the COE was not only the first educator preparation program in Oregon, but the first on the West Coast and one of the first 10 in the nation to be accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

In addition, our interdisciplinary doctoral program enjoys a partnership with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate and has been recognized nationally for implementing improvement science.

Our other accreditations include:

  • Counselor education programs, accredited by both the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the Council on Rehabilitation Education; and
  • Early childhood programs, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The COE’s programs, policies and practices foster equity, diversity and inclusion. Our programs are the most ethnically and racially diverse programs in Oregon. We house the Portland Teachers Program, created for students of color who plan to become teachers. We are also home to the Bilingual Teacher Pathways program, which won the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Global Diversity Award, as well as the American Indian Teacher Program, which offers full funding to Native American students.

Our diverse faculty are outstanding researchers who care about their students and community. The COE is nationally recognized for advancing equity and excellence in education through engaged research activities and culturally responsive and innovative professional preparation programs that help students become critically engaged global citizens.

Our reputation of innovation and diversity are why prospective students should consider joining the COE!

Dr. Marvin Lynn

Staff Member Position and Bio

Dr. Marvin Lynn
FAB 210H


Professor Marvin Lynn is the dean of the College of Education (COE) at Portland State University. Dr. Lynn possesses decades of leadership and community service experience on prestigious national, state and local committees. His leadership experience in other schools of education includes his role as program coordinator at the University of Maryland and later at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lynn also was the associate dean at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend.

Read more about Dean Lynn!

Tina Anctil Tina Anctil 
FAB 210J
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Tina Anctil, PhD, CRC, LPC, is an associate professor and chair of the Counselor Education Department. She is also the program coordinator for the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program. She obtained her PhD in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is co-principal Investigator on a long-term training grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration. She teaches courses in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as general counselor education courses.
Shelby Covington Shelby Covington
FAB 210-04
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Shelby helps to manage the dean's office in areas such as supply ordering, scheduling, travel arrangements, construction projects, and serving as the main point of contact for the dean's office within the College, across campus, and outside of the University.


Andres Guzman Andres Guzman
FAB 210-07
Coordinator for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Andres is responsible for coordinating all activities on equity, diversity, and inclusion involving faculty, students, and staff at PSU’s College of Education which includes our auxiliary units. He partners with students, faculty, and staff—particularly those from diverse and historically marginalized backgrounds—to actively identify and advocate for the removal of institutional barriers that impact academic and professional success. With a background as a Student Organization Advisor at PSU, his expertise is in Gender, Race and Nations, Strategic Organizational Management and Project Management.


Moti Hara
FAB 240S
Director of Research
Moti Hara, PhD, is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department. He earned his PhD in advanced quantitative methods from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His main areas of research interest include the thoughtful and thorough application of advanced statistical methods particularly in the analysis of longitudinal data, multi-site evaluation studies, and application of Bayesian statistics.
Gabe Hunter-Bernstein Gabe Hunter-Bernstein
FAB 220N
Director of School Partnership
Gabe Hunter-Bernstein is the School Partnership Director. He was an elementary teacher for over 16 years before moving to professional development for teachers, directing a teacher education program, and administering several programs at the community college level involving partnerships among k-12 school districts, colleges and universities, and community agencies. He received his bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education from Boston University and his master’s degree in curriculum from CSU Dominguez Hills.
Penny Jasso Penny Jasso
FAB 220L
Field Placement Coordinator

Penny Jasso has served as the COE Field Placement Coordinator since 2002. Prior to that she worked in the Beaverton School District with the Art Literacy Program for 15 years, and at Conestoga Middle School for one year.

Patrick Kelley Patrick Kelley
FAB 220G

Director of Student Services, Marketing, and Communications
Patrick Kelley, MBA, directs recruitment, advisement, and admissions for the College of Education, and oversees the marketing efforts and strategy with a focus on enhancing brand value. He has worked in the higher education admissions and recruitment field for over 10 years in both private and public universities. His MBA degree was earned in 2005 with a focus on non-profit management, and he currently teaches as an adjunct instructor in management and leadership courses.

Kthy Martin Kathy Martin

Chief Fiscal Officer
Kathy Martin is a graduate of PSU’s School of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Science degree concentrated in Finance/Law. She is an accomplished financial director who has contributed to the success of organizations of varying sizes in the private economy and public sector. Before returning to PSU in 2015 she spent a decade in private higher educational services and six years at the CFO position. Prior to joining the COE, Kathy served in PSU’s College of Liberals Arts and Sciences as a Fiscal Officer and as Environmental Science and Management’s Finance and Administrative Manager. Believing that human capital is an organization’s most valued asset, she is in pursuit of her Master’s in Organizational Leadership.

Patty Maxwell Patty Maxwell
FAB 210-05 
Patty Maxwell is the accountant for the COE. She graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. She has worked at the COE since 2008 and has over 15 years of experience in both corporate and academic accounting. Prior to coming to COE, Patty was a multi-unit franchise owner-operator for five years in the Portland Metro Area.
Steve Micke
FAB 220C

Data Coordinator
Steve Micke is the data coordinator in the dean's office. He works on accreditation, the assessment system TK20, and other data-related projects. He previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Assessment and Institutional Research department, and the TRIO and Precollege Departments.

Kisha Milfort Kisha Milfort
FAB 210-09 
Logistics and Instructional Support Specialist
Kisha Milfort is the department scheduler for the COE. She has been with the school since 2011. She is a graduate of Pacific University. 
Adam Patterson Adam Patterson
FAB 210A
Director of Development
Adam has worked in corporate relations and development for OMSI. He has also worked in development for the University of Oregon. He brings a commitment to relationship-focused philanthropy, as well as a strong interest in equity, and access.
Andi Pearson Andi Pearson
FAB 220L 
Field Placement Coordinator
Andi Pearson is the Field Placement Coordinator for Special Education and School Counseling. She coordinates and secures all of the practicum and student teaching field experiences for special education, counseling, and speech and hearing. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education and early childhood teaching from Concordia University and a BS in speech communication from PSU. Prior to PSU, she coordinated mental health and disability services for Head Start of Lincoln County, taught third grade inclusive special education in Hawaii, and worked for the Reynolds School District. 
FAB 210-02

Assessment Coordinator

Lisa Todd Lisa Todd
FAB 220M
Licensure Programs Administrator

Lisa Todd is the licensure programs administrator for the COE. As the liaison to Oregon’s educator licensure agency, Teacher Standards and Practices, she reviews students’ programs of study and recommends those that meet PSU program requirements. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from Linfield College. Previously, she assisted with accreditation and assessment at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and managed Education Northwest’s research library.

Long Tran
FAB 210C
Business Manager
Long Tran is the business manager for the COE. Tran immigrated to Portland from Vietnam when he was 16 years old. He graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. He has worked at PSU since 2008 and has experience in both auxiliary and academic environments at PSU. Prior to coming to the COE, Tran worked in the CLAS dean’s office as the fiscal coordinator and financial analyst.