The CTE has staff members who work closely with the Faculty Advisory Board to design and implement the programs and services of the CTE.
Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, PhD
CTE Faculty Director and Chair of the CTE Faculty Advisory Board
Diane serves as Faculty Director of the CTE and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Modern Languages. She completed her doctoral work in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Methodology at the University of Pittsburgh. Diane instructs courses in Spanish and Foreign Language pedagogy and has published articles in such journals as Hispania, The Language Educator, Central States Reports and The NAMTA Journal. Her research interests include second language acquisition, intercultural communicative competence, content based language learning, learner strategy training, and integrating technology to enhance language learning. An international presenter and K-12 teacher trainer, Diane has also coordinated study abroad programs in Spain, Mexico and Peru, and has served as a visiting professor in Costa Rica and Spain.
Tammy Sonnentag, PhD
CTE Faculty Associate
Tammy serves as the Faculty Associate in the CTE and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology. Tammy earned her MS and PhD in Psychology from Kansas State University. She teaches courses in Developmental, Social, and Research Methods and Design in Psychology. Her scholarship is in the psychology of morality, where she primarily examines the developmental, personal, and social factors that encourage individuals to stand up for their beliefs and values despite social pressure not to do so.
Mary Kochlefl, PhD
CTE Administrative Director
At Xavier since 1995, Mary has been director for grant services since 2000. In her prior role as coordinator for grant services and professional development, Mary was responsible for faculty development programming.
In addition to her full-time administrative roles, Mary has taught courses, including Literature and the Moral Imagination, Freshman Composition, and Studies in Fiction, as an adjunct faculty member in Xavier's English Department. Mary earned her undergraduate degree in English from Columbia University and her MA and PhD in English from Indiana University. She completed minors in religion in both of her undergraduate and graduate programs.
CTE Administrative Assistant
Sharon has been at Xavier since 2007 and in her current position since 2010. In addition to her role with the CTE, Sharon is also the Administrative Assistant for the IRB.
Sharon earned her undergraduate degree here at Xavier in Management and recently completed the MA in Theology.