COE welcomes five new faculty

April 22, 2016

Assistant Professor Greg Moy

School Psychology  


Greg Moy joins the College of Education this fall in the Department of K-12 Teaching, Learning, and Social Justice. He is a nationally certified school psychologist, and earned his PhD in school psychology and his MEd in educational psychology from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Prior to coming to SU he was a school psychologist at The Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, IL and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Research Methods at Loyola University.  His recent research and publications include work on social justice advocacy, the use of digital technology in field training, service learning and social emotional learning. Recent publications include " Developing school psychologists as agents of social justice: A qualitative analysis of student understanding across three years ," and " Outcomes in single case design research on improving the social competence of preschoolers with disabilities: 1965-2010 ."


Assistant Professor Thai-Huy Nguyen

Student Development Administration 

Thai-Huy Nguyen joins Seattle University’s Student Development Administration (SDAD) program this fall. He arrives from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his PhD researching STEM students’ challenges and institutions’ practices for cultivating learning and persistence in STEM. He also has a master of science in education from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include minority-serving institutions, STEM education and qualitative methods. Recent research projects include “HBCUs as Leaders and Teachers in STEM Education,” “The Diversity Imperative: Assessing the Impact of Recruitment and Retention Pipeline Initiatives to Increase Minority Representation in Nursing,” and “MSI Models of Success, ‘An Investigation of Success Stories at Minority Serving Institutions.’”


Assistant Professor Kerry Soo Von Esch

Educating Non-Native English Speakers 

Kerry Soo Von Esch, will bring her expertise in Pre-K-12 non-native English language learners, bicultural education and STEM education as assistant professor in the COE’s newest master’s degree program, Educating Non-Native English Speakers. She earned her PhD in language literacy and culture from the University of Washington, where she has been a researcher, most recently working on “Building capacity for ambitious science teaching & NGSS through networked improvement communities.” She also has a master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Maryland, and is bilingual and biliterate in both English and Spanish.  She has teaching credentials in Maryland, California and Washington state.  Recent publications include “Race and anticolonial pedagogies in language teaching.”



Associate Professor Colette Taylor

Educational Leadership  

Colette Taylor is a new associate professor in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EDLR) program. She earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership, policy and foundations with a concentration on higher education, and a master's degree in counselor education, both from the University of Florida. Previously she was an associate professor at Texas Tech University. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech, she spent 14 years as a higher education administrator at several universities, including the University of Florida. Her roles at UF included associate dean of student involvement and leadership and director of the Center for Leadership and Service. Her research and scholarship focus is on leadership, organizational policy/development, equity and access.  Recent research projects include " Supplemental teacher training program - Preparing better teachers" and her publications include " Mental health consultation: An untapped tool for facilitating potentially volatile intercultural diversity group dialogs ," and " Barriers to success for college students on the autism spectrum ."


Honorine D. Nocon 

Boeing-William M. Allen Endowed Chair & Distinguished Professor

Joining the College of Education faculty as the Boeing - William M. Allen Endowed Chair & Distinguished Professor in 2015-16 is Honorine D. Nocon. Recently retired as associate dean for academic programs and research and an associate professor of linguistically diverse education for University of Colorado Denver's School of Education and Human Development, the visiting professor will spend a year in Seattle before retiring in San Diego.  She has a PhD in communication from University of California, San Diego, an MA in Spanish from San Diego State University, and a BA in Spanish from University of Maryland.

In looking for someone to fill the biennial post, the College conducted a national search focused on a candidate who could participate across programs and "be part of the life of the college." With a background in language acquisition theory and practice, the distinguished professor's expertise falls within the program areas of Educating Non-native English Speakers and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages. The College will also benefit from her international experience (in Spain, Mexico and Sweden) and her work across disciplines to bring together multiple constituencies to action.

Over the past 22 years, Nocon has conducted primary scholarship in communications, linguistics, sociocultural impacts on learning, service learning, and, more recently, organizational systems that support the development of teachers. She has successfully blended her teaching, research, and service while bringing together diverse constituents in order to build collaborative research.

Dr. Nocon's work emphasizes leadership development, the inclusion and strengthening of diverse voices, the development and implementation of equity and inclusion frameworks, and the development of scholarship that impacts historically marginalized communities. Her commitment has been to impact changes that bring people from the margins and into full inclusion into the systems and processes that impact their lives.