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Paula Armstrong, M.A.    
Chair of the Department, Director of Teacher Education
Professor Armstrong received her bachelor’s degree in education from Tulane University and her master’s degree in education with a specialization in reading from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career as a reading consultant in Hahnville, Louisiana, then worked as a reading specialist for the Ann Arbor, Michigan public schools. After moving to Iowa she taught kindergarten and first grade at the Maharishi School in Fairfield.

At Maharishi University of Management Ms. Armstrong teaches introductory courses in the foundations of American education and methods courses in elementary education. Her academic interests are helping preservice teachers understand the nature of the reading process and exploring the uses of technology in education.

“I am delighted to be part of the University’s education department. Our teacher education program is unique: students participate in daily group meditation while studying to become exemplary classroom teachers.

One aspect of our teacher education programs that I am especially enthusiastic about is the experience students have even before student teaching. After taking some basic "foundational" courses, students who want to become elementary or secondary teachers study different areas of the curriculum not only with a college professor, but in school classrooms working with a mentor teacher and elementary or secondary students. In this way they gain valuable experience even before they are assigned to a classroom full-time during student teaching.  Our students appreciate their teaching experiences, the guidance and level of faculty attention they receive, and the opportunity they have for personal growth and self-development while at the University.”
Christopher Jones, Ed.D.    
Professor of Education, Dean of Academic Programs
Dr. Jones received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in literature, a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction from Temple University, and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Jones began his career as a high school English teacher in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1969. After gaining his M.A. and Ed.D. and his training as a teacher of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation program, he joined the faculty of Maharishi University of Management in 1979. On the faculty of the University he has served as Academic Dean, Director of Evaluation, and Chair of the Department of Education.

Dr. Jones’s areas of research and publication have been in the fields of English education, curriculum development and educational assessment. He teaches courses in general teaching methods, secondary methods, and English methods.

“In the birthday card I gave to one of my sons, without giving it a lot of thought, I wrote, 'and together we will create a better world.' Reflecting afterward, I realized that this is the way I feel about the students in my university courses too. We can learn effective methods of teaching, classroom management techniques, ways of structuring interdisciplinary units of study — all the things I teach — but, most importantly, through all of these things we can learn to create a better world. Teaching requires great organizing ability, patience, clarity of understanding, dedication to the growth of young people, but most of all it requires a vision of a better world and the passion to pursue that vision with vigor and persistence.”
Gabriel Okong'o Akura, Ed.D    
Assistant Professor of Education

After graduating from Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya) with a bachelor’s degree in education (botany and zoology), Dr. Akura began his career as a high school teacher. He taught biology and geography in various schools, including Pangani Girls, one of the top national schools in Kenya. He subsequently moved to the USA to pursue graduate studies.

At the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), Dr. Akura studied for the master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction; doctorate in teaching and learning; together with the Graduate Certificate in Tropical Biology and Conservation at the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center. At UMSL, he helped to design curriculum and facilitate instruction at the Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity.  

“I am passionate about teaching and learning. I am thrilled when I work with teachers to find better ways of reaching all students, irrespective of their learning styles and backgrounds. At MUM, I have the opportunity to prepare teachers with skills that will enable them to excel in inclusive and diverse settings in schools across the country and overseas.”

Education
B.Ed. (Science), Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
M.A. Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa
M.Ed. Secondary Education (Science), University of Missouri – St. Louis
M.A. Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri
Ed.D. Learning-Instructional, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Sanford Nidich, Ed.D.    
Professor of Education
Dr. Nidich is among the first researchers to study the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on human development in the early 1970’s. He has since authored over 60 scientific papers, focused on educational innovations to improve student academic and social development, and programs to enhance health and wellness. Dr. Nidich has conducted extensive research into the educational effects of the Quiet Time program. Dr. Nidich holds a doctorate in from the University of Cincinnati and currently teaches a course on educational change in the Department.
 
Education
B.A. Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
M.A. Psychology and Education, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Ed.D. Adult Development, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Recent Professional Experience
2000-2001 NIH NCCAM Study Section on Training Grants
2002 NIH NIAMS Special Study Section on Women’s Health SCORS
2002-2003 National Advisory Committee, Center for Minority Research Training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Fred Travis, Ph.D.    
Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science, Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Travis teaches the course in the department on Understanding Learning and Development, introducing teachers and other educators to a brain-based approach to teaching and learning. He has won the outstanding teacher award for the University multiple years. 
 
Research interests
Psychophysiological correlates of higher states of consciousness
Psychophysiological correlates of reading Vedic literature
Investigation of models of higher states of consciousness
Effects of Transcendental Meditation practice on child development
Effects of Transcendental Meditation practice on promoting healthy aging
 
Academic Background
Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Higher States of Consciousness, 1993-Present
Post Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, in Basic Sleep Research
Ph.D. in Psychology, Maharishi University of Management. Dissertation: Testing the Field Model of Maharishi’s Vedic Psychology
M.S. in Psychology, Maharishi University of Management
B.S. in Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University. Senior Thesis: The Transcendental Meditation technique and Creativity: A longitudinal study of Cornell University undergraduates
 
Awards and Honors
Editorial Board of the Journal of Meditation and Meditation Research
Who’s Who in American Schools and Colleges, 1985
Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Fellowships, 1985
Ken Daley, M.Ed.    
Chairperson, Department of Exercise and Sports Science, Associate Professor of Education
Ken Daley is Chairman of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and a part-time faculty member in the Department of Education, specializing in the integration of technology with the elementary and secondary curriculum. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of New Brunswick in physical education, and a master’s degree in curriculum design and instruction from the University of New Brunswick.

Professor Daley served for nine years as a sport administrator and consultant for the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. He then joined the faculty ofMaharishi University of Management and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment as department head of physical education. He has been voted teacher-of-the-year at both schools.

Professor Daley’s area of research and publication has been split between sport science and electronic publication. He has presented twenty-six times at the state, national or international level in sport science and seven times at the state or national level on electronic publication. He has authored or edited nine books and manuals, authored twenty-two articles, developed four electronic journals and newsletters, and developed numerous web sites. He has taught courses on basic computer skills and web development and acted as an industry consultant in web development.

Professor Daley currently serves in the following capacities:

Executive Director, Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Executive Director, Let’s Go JeffCo
Program Director, The Tobacco Prevention Center
Initiative Organizer, Blue Zone Project for Fairfield
Council member, Health and Human Services RHEC VII
Co-Chair, Iowa Partners: Action For Healthy Kids

“I am a life-long educator. Nothing brings me more joy than the “look of knowing” in the student’s eye when the “a-ha” of learning takes place, and that is all the reward I need to keep teaching. Teachers as role models are at work twenty-four hours of the day. The young people you work with should not see any gap between what you teach and how you live.”
 
 
 
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