Faculty & Staff

Contact the SESL Department at 757-823-2926 with inquiries.  We are located in Suite 205 of the Bozeman Education Bldg.

Department Faculty

Dr. Angel Dowden, LCMHC-S, LPC, NCC, ACS
Department Chairperson and Professor
Office: Bozeman Education Bldg., Suite 205

Graduate of:  North Carolina State University
Degree:   Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision
Dissertation Title:  Implementing self-advocacy training in a brief psychoeducational group to improve the academic motivation of Black adolescents.
Research Interest: Trends in school counseling to include leadership and advocacy, multicultural and social justice counseling, mental health and wellness of African American populations, qualitative methodologies.

Dr. Melendez Byrd
Professor, Program Coordinator, Professional School Counseling
Office: Bozeman Education Bldg., Suite 205
Phone: 757-823-8178

Graduate of:  Virginia Tech
Degree:   Ph.D. - Counselor Education
Dissertation Title:  Current and Preferred Academic Advising Styles of African American Students in Engineering
Research Interest:
School Counseling, African American Males, Legal and Ethical Issues, Multicultural, Education/Counseling, Trauma & Crisis Intervention

Dr. Larry T. Ferguson
Associate Professor and Director of Instructional Technology (I) SOE
Office: Bozeman Education Bldg., Suite 161
Phone: 757-823-9095

Graduate of:  The Pennsylvania State University
Degree:   Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction/Language and Literacy
Dissertation Title:  Voice, Power, Technology: Joining The Technology  Literacy Club Via A Journey From The Projects To A Ph.D.
Research Interest:
E-Portfolio Assessment, Digital Storytelling, Interest, Motivation, and Learning, VR, AR and AI Technology Integration into Education

Dr. Angela Goodloe
Assistant Professor



Dr. Keesha Kerns
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator, Mental Health Counseling 
Office: Bozeman Education Bldg., Room 211
​Phone: 757-823-8036

Graduate of:  Old Dominion University
Degree:   Ph.D. - Counseling Education and Supervision
Dissertation Title:  Investigating Similarities and Differences as Measured by the DUREL and GSQ Between Three Subgroups Attending a Local AA Meeting to Develop a Profile of Long Term Attendees
Research Interest:  Suicidology, Ethics & Gatekeeping, Multiculturalism & diversity, Superhero & Imposter Syndromes, Substance Abuse, Counseling Supervision, Trauma-informed Care

Dr. Cynthia NicholsonDr. Cynthia Nicholson, Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator, MAT, Secondary Education and Subject Area Content
Office: Bozeman Education Bldg., Room 210
Phone: 757-823-2325

Graduate of:  Arizona State University
Degree:   Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction - English Education
Dissertation Title:  Finding Space, Finding Voice: The Racial, Ethnic, and Spiritual Identity of African American Students in the Urban Southwest
Research Interest:
Teacher Preparation, Cultural Storytelling and Advocacy, Equity and Access in Teacher Preparation, Faculty Development and Self-Efficacy

Dr. Denelle Wallace-Alexander, Dean, School of Education