Center for the Study of International Schooling Names Affiliate Faculty

Center for the Study of International Schooling Names Affiliate Faculty


The College of Education’s Center for the Study of International Schooling (CSIS) recently announced affiliate faculty who will work to promote the mission, vision and goals of the center. Affiliate faculty will conduct and participate in meetings, events and forums; collaborate on research related to the focus areas of the center, collaborate on grant proposals for external funding and develop or assist with education outreach activities.

Associate Professor Brenda Marina, director of the center, noted that affiliate faculty are critical to the success and growth of the center. “These Georgia Southern professionals are committed to global education and research and supporting initiatives that advance global awareness and understanding for students wherever they are in their education, from P-12 to college,” said Marina. Sixteen affiliate faculty were named. They are:

Olufunke Adefope, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education

Atin Adhikari, Jiann, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Anna Alexander, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Kathryn Anderson, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Sciences

Christopher Brown, Center for International Studies

Amelia Davis, Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, College of Education

Kymberly Drawdy, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education

Lucy Green, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, College of Education

Santanu Majumdar, Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

James Roberts, Department of Biology, College of Science and Mathematics

Peter Rogers, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management, College of Engineering and Information Technology

Subhrajit Saha, Department of Biology, College of Science and Mathematics

Chelda Smith, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education

Trina Smith, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Xiaomei Song, Institutional Effectiveness

Marian Tabi, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Sciences


To read more about the affiliate faculty, please visit the CSIS website

Director of the Center for the Study of International Schooling Brenda Marina.

Director of the Center for the Study of International Schooling Brenda Marina.

Faculty Awards, Books Published

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Amelia Davis with award.

Assistant Professor Amelia Davis, Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, received the Commission of Professors of Adult Education Early Career Award at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education national conference. The award acknowledges individuals early in their academic career who “demonstrate excellence in research and publication and potential capacity for leadership in the field.”




Dan Calhoun

Dan Calhoun

Assistant Professor Daniel Calhoun, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development has been named a 2014-2015 Faculty in Residence for the Graduate Students and New Professionals of the American College Personnel Association.






Lucy Green

Assistant Professor Lucy Green, Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, received the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Cross-Cultural Award for her study “Global Perspectives: Exploring School-Based Brazilian Librarianship Through Institutional Ethnography.” The AECT Cross-Cultural Research Award is sponsored by the Korean Society for Educational Technology. Santos’ co-researcher is Melissa P. Johnston, University of Alabama.




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Robert Lake’s newest edited text.

Associate Professor Robert Lake, Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, is one of the editors of a new book, Reclaiming the Sane Society: Essays on Erich Fromm’s Thought, from Sense Publishers. In addition, Lake is one of the editors of another new book from Sense, Teaching Towards Democracy with Postmodern and Popular Culture Texts. Assistant Professor Katie Brkich, Department of Teaching and Learning; and Associate Professor William Reynolds, Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, also contributed to the text.




Fayth Parks

Associate Professor Fayth Parks, Department of Leadership,Technology and Human Development, will be the featured speaker at TEDxAugusta on Friday, January 30, 2015. Her topic is “How Culture Connects to Healing and Recovery.”





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Kymberly Drawdy and Catherine Howerter contributed a chapter to this newly published text.

Associate Professor Kymberly Drawdy,  Department of Teaching and Learning, along with Assistant Professor Catherine Howerter, Department of Teaching and Learning, has published a chapter, “Assessing Teacher Competencies for Inclusive Settings: Comparative Pre-Service Teacher Preparation Programs,” in International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, v.3, 2014, Measuring Inclusive Education. Emerald Books Publishing.

COE Helps Schools in Digital Age

Tablets and smart phones, Google Apps and Hangouts, technology has changed the way people interact. Schools, however, have been slow to adapt. With the help of the College of Education’s Center for Educational Leadership and Service (CELS), directed by Associate Professor Jason LaFrance, K-12 leaders from around the United States will learn how to create learning opportunities that 21st century students need.

CELS, with the National Principals Academy, is sponsoring a one-day workshop led by Dr. Scott McLeod, a visionary on technology leadership and preparing students for the future, and Dr. Steven Edwards, an international expert in education leadership development. The workshop will be held October 24, 2014, at the Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, Georgia.

Through a combination of presentations and smaller “micro sessions,” participants will explore new ideas about how education can and should prepare students for the rich and challenging world they will live in, and to process those ideas with other attendees, LaFrance explained.

“In this workshop attendees will learn about creating a vision for success in the digital age, better technology integration, and how to overcome fear, control and other policy concerns,” LaFrance said. “Our conference leaders will frame how they see the future of education and share how to become a leader who creates the learning opportunities our students need and deserve”, LaFrance continued.

School leaders will come away with strategies to overcome barriers to integrating technology in their district /school; developing a vision for technology infused education; how to better help students compete in a global economy positively impact a school’s culture and climate; and how to embed best practices with current Common Core standards.

For more information on “Leading and Learning in a Digital World,” click here

EAGLES Tutoring Takes Flight

More than 15 percent of Georgia’s adult population doesn’t finish high school, and for many the time and effort to get a General Education Development (GED) credential can be daunting. “The U.S. Department of Education reports about 1.2 million adults in Georgia without a high school diploma,” said College of Education Assistant Professor Amelia Davis. That’s why Davis decided to create EAGLES Tutoring, a weekly tutoring session for adults hosted in the College of Education. EAGLES (Enhancing Adult Georgians’ Life and Educational Skills) Tutoring is designed to help adult students seeking to improve their basic skills or obtain their GED®. Davis, who is in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, specializes in adult learning and adult basic education and worked in the field of adult education for 12 years prior to coming to Georgia Southern.

“It’s a great opportunity for adult learners to build their basic academic skills and for future educators in the College of Education to get firsthand experience developing strategies for working with parents who many not have a high school diploma or who may lack the basic skills needed to assist their child with schoolwork,” Davis said. Students who volunteer with the tutoring program receive training on working with adult learners, and may get service-learning credit.

“Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) in Statesboro provides a great basic education and GED preparation program,” Davis remarked. For the past two years Davis has volunteered time each week with Ogeechee Tech’s Adult Learning Program. “The EAGLES program is scheduled on Fridays when GED preparation isn’t offered at OTC, but I also wanted to broaden awareness of adult education by bringing it to Georgia Southern and to provide more opportunities for adults in our community,” she added.  OTC’s lead adult education instructor, Nancy Holt, says that the one-on-one help provided by EAGLES Tutoring is a big boost for the area. “This is a wonderful program,” she remarked. “Students in our program who need extra help or want to get caught up have another option with this program. We’re not competing with each other, we’re working together to help the community,” she said. “It’s especially helpful because EAGLES Tutoring can provide the one-on-one attention we can’t always give,” she added.  Holt is a COE alumna with undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.

While the program is new this fall, Davis said she expects it to grow as word gets out. “We’ve already had a positive response from COE majors and even faculty who are volunteering as tutors, and from the community. I hope with time that EAGLES Tutoring will really take off,” she added.

Tamela Evans, a COE Ed.D. candidate works with Joseph Lee at EAGLES Tutoring

Tamela Evans, a COE Ed.D. candidate works with Joseph Lee at EAGLES Tutoring

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Faculty Collaborates on New NSF Grants in Education

Antonio Gutierrez, a new assistant professor in the College of Education, Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, is part of two newly funded grants from the National Science Foundation totaling $950,000. Both grants concern issues surrounding different aspects of teaching and learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The first grant seeks to increase the number of students with disabilities participating in high school computer science courses. According to Gutierrez, about 13 percent of K-12 students are identified as having disabilities but the majority of these students are intellectually able to learn computational thinking and programming. “The problem is that this group is terribly underrepresented in these types of courses and only about 1 percent of computer science doctorates are awarded to students who have disabilities,” Gutierrez said.  The goal of the project, called Access CS10K, is to increase the successful participation of students with disabilities in Exploring Computer Science (ESC) and Computer Science Principles (CSP) courses through educator professional development and the development of curricula and tools for students with disabilities in those courses.

The second NSF grant uses learning management systems (LMS) software and research on learning to identify and improve STEM undergraduates’ learning behaviors, motivations and outcomes. “This grant is particularly interesting because it looks at ways to improve understanding of the cognitive, metacognitive and motivational factors that influence undergraduate STEM learning outcomes using unobtrusive, technology-driven methods,” Gutierrez said. In addition, he said the study will test whether direct strategy instruction and motivational interventions embedded in a LMS can improve student learning, produce behavior-based early warning system that predicts student outcomes and will test for differential effects for women and members of underrepresented minority groups.


COE Assistant Professor Antonio Gutierrez, Curriculum, Foundations and Reading.

Gutierrez helped write the winning grant proposals and will serve as a consultant on both projects. He came to Georgia Southern University from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a grant writer and coordinator of the Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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