October 05, 2015

Education Department welcomes new chair and program director

Education professionals R. Kevin Mackin (above right) and Andrew Rummel (above left) have joined St. Catherine University.

St. Catherine welcomed R. Kevin Mackin as chair of the Education Department in late August. Mackin joins the University from Upper Iowa University (UIU) where he served as assistant professor and chair of the Master of Education program. He has also been a member of the faculty at the College of St. Scholastica, an educational consultant and writer and a high school principal at several schools in the Twin Cities area.

He is a leader in creating and supporting a culture of academic excellence, improving curriculum and teambuilding for professional learning communities. At UIU, his accomplishments include doubling enrollment in the master of education program and expanding it to four campuses as well as online.

Mackin received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, a master of arts in counseling and student personnel psychology from the University of Minnesota, an education specialist in educational administration degree from the University of St. Thomas and a doctor of education in leadership degree from Bethel University.

Andrew Rummel joins St. Kate’s as associate professor and program director for undergraduate and master of arts in education initial licensure.

He has extensive experience in literacy education, curriculum design and professional development at both the K-12 and higher education levels. He joins St. Kate’s from St. Cloud State University where he was an assistant professor of English and designed and facilitated English education curriculum. He has also served in the University of Minnesota’s Office of Professional Development and Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and has designed and managed literacy programs for Bloomington and Minneapolis Public Schools.

Rummel received a bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University, a bachelor’s of applied arts in English education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a doctorate in literacy education from the University of Minnesota.

“I am thrilled that these two outstanding professionals have joined our faculty,” said Joann Bangs, dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies. “They've both been amazing at rolling up their sleeves and digging into the work.”

More about the School of Business and Professional Studies

The School of Business and Professional Studies offers 24 majors and minors for undergraduate students and a variety of graduate programs and certificates, including the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Business Administration.

By Julie MIchener