College of Education Celebrates the Retirements of Dr. Chubbuck, Dr. Evans, and Fr. Thon

Dr. Sharon Chubbuck, Dr. Karin Evans, and Rev. Andy Thon, S.J., Ph.D., will retire from the Educational Policy and Leadership Department in the College of Education at the conclusion of the spring 2021 semester.


Dr. Sharon ChubbuckDr. Sharon Chubbuck began her time at Marquette University in 2001 after earning her PhD from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Campaign. Dr. Chubbuck joined the faculty in the Educational Development and Leadership Department because of the University and College’s commitment to racial equity and justice.  She taught in the teacher education program and has served as Director of Graduate Students and Educational Policy and Foundations Master’s Degree Program Coordinator during her tenure in the department.

While Dr. Chubbuck is looking forward to spending time traveling and stargazing with her husband, she will continue her work with Dr. Cynthia Ellwood completing their book A Fight Worth Having: One School’s Relentless Pursuit of Racial Justice, being published by the University of Chicago Press. 


 Dr.  Karin EvansDr. Evans has served the students at Marquette University as a Clinical Associate Professor since 1997, and Director of Assessment for the College of Education since 2010. Dr. Evans received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and her Doctoral degree from the University of Arizona. As a former 3rd-5th grade teacher, Dr. Evans brought her diverse classroom experiences to each of the courses she taught.

Outside her role on campus, Dr. Evans volunteers with the Wisconsin Humane Society and at Pathfinders Youth Shelter in Milwaukee. After 24 years of service to Marquette, Dr. Evans is looking forward to celebrating her daughter Claire’s graduation from Loyola University Chicago, splitting her time between Arizona and Wisconsin, getting married in the summer of 2022, and learning Italian.


 Fr. Andy Thon, S.J.Rev. Andy Thon, S.J., Ph.D.’s service to Marquette University began in 1989 when he joined the Division of Student Affairs. Fr. Thon's fondest memories are his 18 years living and working as Hall Minister in McCormick Hall. He is affectionately known as the “S.J. D.J” and has fond memories of composing set lists for many on-campus events including Hunger Clean-up and Senior Prom. 

After retiring as Vice President of Student Affairs in 2008, Fr. Thon took a year-long administrative sabbatical before joining the Educational Policy and Leadership Department’s Student Affairs in Higher Education program in the Fall of 2009. Having dedicated his time in service to students including, 32 years of service to the University, and 12 years of teaching in the Student Affairs in Higher Education, Fr. Andy is planning to take time to thoughtfully consider next steps.