Tulane University School of Professional Advancement: For Life-Long Learners
Situated within a nationally recognized research institution, SoPA offers flexible programs informed by New Orleans, constructed by professors active in their field of expertise, and offered at an affordable price. Best of all, our courses are designed with life-long learners in mind, which means you won’t have to leave the workforce to advance your career.
School of Professional Advancement’s Mission
The School of Professional Advancement at Tulane University is committed to developing and delivering distinctive undergraduate and graduate professional programs of the highest quality for diverse student populations. With a history that spans 130 years, SoPA continues to operate under the belief that the best education is more than a diploma; it’s innovative, accessible, inclusive, experiential, and empowering.
By Working Professionals, for Working Professionals
Meet the minds behind SoPA’s innovative online Master of Education. As active teachers, researchers, mentors, academic directors, and community leaders, our expert faculty are eager to help you move education forward.
Amanda Kruger Hill
Hill earned coaching certifications from Tulane Leadership Institute and the National Equity Project, and has mentored aspiring leaders through various leadership programs. She serves as the Cowen Institute’s executive director and received a Tulane Research, Scholarship, and Artistic Achievement award — one of the many testaments to her community service.
Lukkarila teaches in the Humanities & Social Sciences Program, as well as the PreK-12 Education Program. She has an extensive background in intercultural communication and personal leadership, and has developed and taught courses for both graduate and undergraduate students internationally. Lukkarila also serves as the academic and resource specialist for the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
McClure’s experiences in education range from time spent at the national teacher training institute in Morocco, to working for the Louisiana Department of Education. She served as academic director and founding deputy head of school for two charter programs and has designed policy, strategy, and training related to diverse learners — including the curriculum for the Special Education add-on certification at SoPA.
Nguyen teaches early childhood literacy and social studies methods courses. He is dedicated to social justice and equity, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (LA-NAME), which seeks to cultivate an awareness of diversity, equity, and social justice within our educational systems and communities.
Ofori leads academic communities toward developing and implementing innovative, research-based learning experiences using sound pedagogical strategies and instructional technology. She has a strong background in instructional design, teaching, training, and mentoring in higher education, K-12, and various industry settings. Ofori’s ultimate goal is to provide equal access to education for all scholars regardless of their learning environment.
Hazel Spaulding Parker
Parker’s interests include early literacy, reading development, educational resilience, and meaningful student-teacher interactions. She has a broad, inclusive perspective on teaching and learning thanks to her vast experiences with nonprofits, K-12 systems, and universities. Parker has taught young children, college students, and adult learners in a variety of educational settings.
Tyger is an enthusiastic advocate and architect of student-centric learning journeys. With over 20 years of experience in higher education, she specializes in online learning curriculum development, facilitation, equitable digital pedagogy, and assessment. Tyger is a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and active member of the LXD organization, the Learning Guild, the Online Learning Consortium, and the United States Distance Learning Association.