2008 Brock Prize Jurors


Marilyn S. Bradford
Superintendent of Schools, Shawnee Public Schools,Shawnee, Oklahoma

Marilyn S. Bradford is supeintendent of schools in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma; her Master of Science in Public School Adminstration from the University of Central Okahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma; and post graduate and superintendent certifications from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ms. Bradford has served in the public schools of Oklahoma for thirty-five years, as a teacher, principal, director, and superintendent. Ms. Bradford is active in professional and community organizations, and serves on numerous state and local advisory boards as a member or officer.


Dr. Louis A. Castenell, Jr., Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Education,University of Georgia

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Louis A. Castenell Jr. has served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia since 1999. Castenell is a former chair of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). He is also a member of the executive board of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and serves on the Academic Advisory Committee on Educator Preparation, an advisory council to the Georgia Board of Regents. Prior to coming to UGA, Castenell was dean (1990-99) of the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati and dean of the graduate school, of the College of Arts and Sciences, at Xavier University, in New Orleans , LA. He has headed committees on cultural diversity and multicultural education for two national associations of education, served as co-chair of Ohio’s National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, and chair of the Ohio Standards for Teacher Education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Xavier university, a master’s degree in educational psychology at the University o Wisconsin, and his doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Illinois.


Jill Martin, Ph.D.
Principal,Thomas B. Doherty High School,Colorado Springs, Colorado

Jill Martin has been an educator for thirty-eight years and a high school principal for the past fourteen, both in Colorado and Ohio. She is currently the principal of Doherty High School in Colorado Springs District 11 in Colorado. She was named as the 2006 Colorado High School Principal of the Year and was recently honored as the 2007 NASSP/MetLife National High School Principal of the Year. These awards reflect her commitment to collaborative leadership and successful efforts to personalize the school environment and increase literacy and academic rigor. Previous professional experiences include teaching English and Special Education, and serving as a Team Leader, Dean of Students and Assistant and Associate Principal. She has conducted numerous workshops on issues and trends in public education and teaches graduate courses for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Phoenix. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English from Monmouth University in New Jersey, a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Denver, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.


Larry Nyland, Ph.D.
Superintendent,Marysville School District,Marysville, Washington

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Superintendent Larry Nyland is a long–time educator with a passion for building teams that improve student learning. Recently, Dr. Nyland was named Washington State Superintendent of the Year and National Finalist. He was recognized for leading the district work in literacy and improving students’ achievement while also establishing better relationships with employees and union leaders after a challenging teacher strike. Nyland’s leadership also helped the district rebound from financial difficulty and lower enrollment to see the voter approval of a $20 million bond to build two new schools.

Dr. Nyland’s passion is building teams of people who do great things for kids. He is personally invested in teaching and learning, leading professional development, and participating in hundreds of classroom walk-throughs each year. His focus is on learning how to learn and teaching others how to learn. Under Nyland’s direction, teachers have taken on the literacy work, watched each other teach, and challenged each other to grow professionally.

Nyland has been superintendent of the Marysville School District, serving 12,000 students, since 2004. He previously served as academic officer and human resources director at Highline School District near Seattle. Dr. Nyland additionally held superintendent roles in the Shoreline and Pasco School Districts and in Alaska. Outside of school districts, he formerly directed the superintendent preparation program at Seattle Pacific Univeristy and has been a consultant/advisor to many of the statewide instructional initiatives in Washington State. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington.


David R. Schuler, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Township School District 214, Chicago, Illinois

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Dr. David Schuler is currently in his seventh year as a superintendent of schools. He began his career as a social studies teacher, athletic coach, activity advisor, and a director of athletics and activities prior to becoming a high school principal and then superintendent.

He is currently superintendent in Township High School District 214 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Since Dr. Schuler’s arrival in District 214, the academic achievement levels of students with disabilities have increased 73.1%, students of poverty by 95.7%, students with Limited English Proficiency by 575.2%, and the district has seen an increase of 54.8% in the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams in the last five years. In addition to serving as superintendent, Dr. Schuler is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Illinois – Chicago in the College of Education and Policy Studies doctoral program.

Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His doctoral research focused on leadership theory and building credible relationships between superintendents and their administrative team members, and he is currently working on a book based on his research.


Dr. Kathryn M. Snead, Ph.D.
Service Members Opportunity College, Department of Defense

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Snead serves as the President and Director of Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations and over 1850 institutional members. Prior to her appointment in the SOC senior leadership position in March 2004, Dr. Snead served SOC since 1995 in a number of capacities – as SOCAD Project Director, SOCMAR Project Director, and Senior Academic Consultant.

Higher Education and the military culture have been inseparable parts of Dr. Snead’s professional career for over twenty-five years. As the spouse of an Army careerist making frequent moves for military assignments, Dr. Snead’s administrative experiences in higher education occurred within institutions with large contingents of active-duty military students, veterans, and military family members. She has held various academic, counseling, and key administrative positions with the following colleges and universities: Armstrong Atlantic State University, Syracuse University, Georgia Southern University, Leeward Community College, and the University of Central Texas.

Kathryn earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in psychology and anthropology from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in education with focus in counseling and college student personnel from the University of Georgia, and her docorate in higher education administration from Syracuse University.

Currently, Dr. Snead serves on the Secretary of Veterans Affair’s Advisory Committee on Education (appointed in 2007 for a two-year term), and the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Advisory Board.


Steve Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Dr. Steven Harmon Wilson is Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at Tulsa Community College’s Metro Campus. Previously, he was tenured as Associate Professor of History at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Wilson received his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Rice University, where he focused on American legal and constitutional history. He also earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Rice. Before becoming a historian, Dr. Wilson was employed at the National Security Agency (NSA) and at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is the author of The Rise of Judicial Managements in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1955-2000 (University of Georgia Press, 2003), and several articles on Mexican American civil rights, including “Brown Over ‘Other White’: Mexican American’s Legal Arguments and Litigation Strategy in Desegregation Litigation” (Law and History Review, vol. 21.1, March 2003), and “Some Are Born White, Some Achieve Whiteness, and Some Have Whiteness Thrust Upon Them: Mexican Americans and the Politics of Racial Classification in the Federal Judicial Bureaucracy” (in Colored Men and Hombres Aqui: Hernandez v. Texas and the Energence of Mexican American Lawyering, MA Olivas, ed. Arte Pulico, 2006).


Steven R. Yussen, Ph.D.
Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

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Steven Yussen has a 35–year history in higher education, spanning work as a professor of Educational Psychology, Psychology, and Child Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota. At two of the universities, he also served for 16 years as dean of their Colleges of Education, from 1991–1998 (Iowa) and 1998–2006 (Minnesota). As dean, he hired more than 100 faculty, raised $30 million in private fundraising efforts, and (at Minnesota) led a unit with 500 faculty and staff. At Wisconsin, he also served as chairperson of the Department of Educational Psychology (1984–1987). Dr. Yussen has published more than 70 scholarly research articles, book chapters, and books in the field of developmental and educational psychology, and he is particularly well known for his work on cognitive development, memory, and reading comprehension. His honors include: service as Associate Editor of two major journals —Child Development and Journal of Educational Psychology; selection as a Guggenheim Fellow; appointment as a Fulbright Fellow at the Hebrew University; selection as a Spencer Fellow; election to the Iowa Academy of Education; and service on the boards of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Holmes Group (Midwest Vice President), the Great Cities’ Council of Deans (Vice President), the Iowa Business, Education, and Labor Roundtable, and the Minnesota PreK–16 Statewide Education Partnership. He has supervised twenty Ph.D. students and more than forty master’s students, and the five editions of his widely read textbook of Child Development, co-authoried with J. Santrock, were read by more that 200,000 students worldwide. He earned his doctorate in child psychology from the University of Minnesota.