Dr. Judith Puncochar is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service at Northern Michigan University (NMU). In 2008, she received the TLC Award for exemplary use of NMU's notebook computers in teaching, research, and community service, and the Distinguished Service Team Award for her work on the Academic Service Learning Committee. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Service Team Award for chairing the Planning Committee for NMU's UNITED Conferences (Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity at http://www.nmu.edu/united). UNITED 2010 is NMU’s fifth annual UNITED Conference. She also serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Center of Native American Studies and on the Academic Service Learning Committee.

Dr. Puncochar teaches in the areas of teacher development, educational psychology, and research methods. She has taught 20 different education courses at NMU, including seven courses completely online for the School of Education, Leadership and Public Service's graduate programs (ED 500A, 504, 505, 508, 509, 589, and 599). She has chaired or co-chaired 10 Master's of Arts in Education or Science Education thesis committees at NMU, and she has mentored eight NMU freshmen in the Freshman Fellows Research Program. Her research involves group decision-making, action research in K-12 classrooms, and online learning. She has given 36 juried presentations at national and international conferences (e.g., AERA and APA) and 51 invited addresses, and she has written 3 peer-reviewed publications and 2 book chapters. She has been the Principal Investigator or Co-principal Investigator on $141,180.00 in grants and she helped secure a $1.4 million Mathematics and Science Partnership Michigan Competitive Grant for the Upper Peninsula.