EHS Welcomes New Faculty Members

A message from EHS Dean Laurel Bongiorno:

It is my pleasure to welcome the following new faculty members to the EHS Division beginning July 1, 2014


Dr. Barbara Colombo earned her Ph.D. at the Universita M.Ed IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, PROGRAM DIRECTOR Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Milan, Italy.  Her theoretical and research background is Neuropsychology and includes Multimedia Learning, Assessment and Empowerment of Cognitive Skills, and Music Psychology.  She comes to us from Universita Cattolica in Milan and brings with her over 10 years of teaching experience. Her presence will strengthen the psychology program by being able to teach foundational courses as well as develop new courses that will enhance our students’ learning experiences (e.g. music psychology).  At an international level, Barbara has written informative publications and has participated in the drafting of the Encyclopedia of Learning Sciences. We are eager to have Barbara join the EHS faculty.

Robin PloofRobin Ploof, who has recently served as Interim Program Director for Champlain College’s M.Ed Program, joins us as a permanent faculty member in the division.  Robin is well-known to Champlain College having taught as an adjunct faculty member in both undergraduate and graduate education programs since the mid-1990’s.  Robin’s professional experience includes:  Founder/Director of Stepping Stones Children’s Center for 25 years, Literacy Trainer for the Vermont Humanities Council,  Early Learning Mentor Coach for Head Start, and President of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children.  Robin is awaiting her dissertation defense.  We welcome Robin as a colleague.

Some of you may be wondering about our third search for an Undergraduate Education Assistant Professorship.  That search has been extended with applications due April 21st.  Stay tuned for more information on that.


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