CET Professional Staff
Michelle Herzberg, Secretary II
Michelle Herzberg serves as our Secretary in the Center for Educational Transformation. She is originally from the Cedar Valley and currently resides in Evansdale. Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Mercy University. After graduation, she moved out of state for several years and returned to Iowa in 2013 to be closer to her family. Prior to joining our office in April 2019, she served as a secretary in the Curriculum and Instruction Department of the College of Education.
Michelle has been with the University of Northern Iowa since November 2018. With young nephews in the community schools, Michelle is excited join the Center for Educational Transformation and help build partnerships with Iowa schools and collaborate with community leaders. She looks forward to assisting new CET collaborators.
Wei Schneider, Data Analyst
Wei Schneider works as a data analyst for the Center for Educational Transformation. Additionally, she is in her final year as a PhD candidate in the Educational Measurement and Statistics program at the University of Iowa. While pursuing her doctorate, she has been teaching statistics courses at the graduate level as well as conducting research under the umbrella of the Iowa Testing Programs.
Wei joined the Center for Educational Transformation in early January 2020. Her primary responsibilities include providing research, data analytic, and evaluation support to the Center for Educational Transformation. Other responsibilities include assisting with developing grants, designing research, and developing data collection instruments. An important aspect of this work is the presentation of research findings to practice, policy, and research communities. She also contributes to new research ideas and developing new inventories. The diversity of the projects at the Center offers great opportunities for her to use and expand her advanced statistical skills. As the data analyst, Wei Schneider is in a critical role and adds to the culturally responsive research being conducted in the Center for Educational Transformation.
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Judyta Borchet, International Visiting Scholar
Judyta Borchet graduated from psychology at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Gdańsk in 2015. Currently, she continues her studies as a Ph.D. student there. In her dissertation, she conducts family studies about the contexts of the parentification process within the family subsystems and its generational transmission.
Apart from teaching and being an active researcher in her field, since 2016 Judyta has worked as a research assistant at the NCN - Narodowe Centrum Nauki [Polish National Science Centre] NCN project Opus 9 entitled “Społeczne uwarunkowania materializmu adolescentów w wieku 13-16 lat” [Social determinants of materialism in teenagers aged 13-16] at University of Gdańsk. She works there with the team headed by prof. Anna Maria Zawadzka.
Judyta is an award-winning researcher. Her work was awarded the University of Gdańsk Rector's 3rd-degree Award (2018), and the NCN - Narodowe Centrum Nauki [Polish National Science Centre] Etiuda 7 scholarship (2019, grant number: 2019/32/T/HS6/00084).
She is interested in family psychology, cultural psychology, social psychology, and statistical data analysis.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Carolyn Pham is an undergraduate studio art and psychology student. She was awarded the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Donald and Gudrun Fruehling Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Carolyn plans to attend graduate school for social psychology after completing her undergraduate programs in May 2020.
Carolyn joined the Center for Educational Transformation in Spring Semester 2019. Working at the Center for Educational Transformation will prepare her for graduate school by helping her stand out as a candidate in her applications through having research experience in her undergraduate career. Her research interests include racial discrimination from the perspective of those in the racial minority and majority and internalized racism.
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Graduate Research Assistant
Samantha Habinck is a graduate student in the health education department. Samantha developed her interests in public and global health while she was an undergraduate at University of Northern Iowa. Her coursework in international health, epidemiology, and work as a Community Health Case Manager in Colorado, influenced her decision to focus on health disparities in underserved populations.
Samantha joined the Center for Educational Transformation in Fall Semester 2019. Working at the Center for Educational Transformation will allow Samantha to enhance her research skills given the transdisciplinary nature of the Center along with the focus on equity and the intersection of education, health, and culture. Importantly, the Center for Educational Transformation will have a substantial impact for Samantha’s future projects in investigating and managing public health concerns in local communities and around the world.
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