Meet Our Faculty
Wheelock’s faculty are distinguished scholars, gifted instructors, and may very likely become some of your life-long mentors. Their commitment to inspiring a world of good is evident in everything they do, from research to teaching to supervising field placements to volunteering. They will demand your best—while doing everything possible to provide a learning experience that is best for you.
Here are just a few examples of our faculty’s varied accomplishments:
- Lenette Azzi-Lessing (Social Work): Lenette founded the Rhode Island Center for Children At-Risk, one of the nation’s first organizations created to focus on meeting the needs of highly vulnerable young children and their families.
- Diane Levin (Early Childhood Education): Diane is the author or co-author of nine top-selling books, including her latest: Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age (2013).
- Irwin Nesoff (Nonprofit Leadership): Irwin Nesoff received the Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellowship for Higher Education of Present and Prospective Teachers to support travel to Norway and Sweden to study their approach to social policies and government services.
- Karen Worth (Elementary Education): Karen was part of the development team for the National Science Education Standards, chairing the Working Group on Science Teaching Standards.
- Hope Haslam Straughan (Social Work): Hope co-authored the book Parenting in Transracial Adoption: Real Questions and Real Answers, which has been called an essential resource for transracially adoptive parents and the professionals who serve them.