Faculty Research Interests

Name Dept./Phone* Areas of Interest Research Skills
Adefope, Olufunke T&L
Mathematical learning and educational development of African-American male students, elementary school mathematics, mathematics teaching and learning in under-served low income communities.
Akcaoglu, Mete LTHD
game-design, problem-solving, complex problem-solving, online education, distance education, social presence, sociability, social networking sites in education, instructional design, systems thinking, motivational constructs (interests, value, relevance), maker spaces, virtual reality.
Arrington, Nancy T&L
Service-Learning, Self Efficacy, Arts Integration, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Beck, Scott T&L
Migrant, Immigrant, Mexican American, and ESOL education in the Rural South.
Representations of Diversity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, especially Migrant Farmworkers and Gender / Sexual Minorities.
Bennett, Missy T&L
Partnerships and professional development schools, rural education, working with students from poverty, effective teaching strategies, teacher education
Bodur, Yasar T&L
Multicultural teacher education, diversity in general and linguistic diversity in particular, field-based teacher education, reflective practice, classroom management
Brinson, Mac LTHD
Politics of education
Brkich, Katie T&L
Elementary science education, place-based and inquiry science teaching and learning, photo-elicitation qualitative methods, science for social justice, gender, race, and socioeconomic bias in science  Constructivist Grounded Theory (Charmaz), Photo-based data collection and elicitation methods, Researching with elementary-aged children.
Brown, Sally Ann CFR
English language learners, Latino immigrants, K-3rd language and literacy development, classroom discourse analysis, sociocultural and critical perspectives on education
Calhoun, Daniel W. LTHD
The preparation, development, and support of graduate students and professionals in student affairs and higher education administration. Related research interests include the impact of technology, mentorship, supervision, and gender on leadership and student learning.
Chambers, Wendy CFR
Developmental psychology, cognitive development in early childhood, memory development, development of understanding of the mind, pretend play and its influence on cognitive development, logical reasoning in children
Chamblee, Gregory T&L
Technology in all areas, integrating technology in P-12 mathematics, using differing strategies to teach mathematics, curriculum alignment
Chapman, Daniel CFR
Social and cultural foundations of education, media studies, documentary filmmaking, critical pedagogy, postcolonial theory
Cleveland, Richard LTHD
 Assessment, School Counseling Outcome Research, Student/Client spirituality,
Crawford, Kathleen T&L
Implementing standards-based classrooms through backwards design, strategy-based literacy instruction, children’s literature, classroom management techniques, effective supervision of pre-service teachers, mentoring beginning teachers
Diamanduros, Terry LTHD
Childhood trauma, the psychological impact of trauma on boys, mental health consultation in schools, neurodevelopmental and psycho-educational assessment, the role of school psychologists in school and outside school settings, early intervention and infant development
Disney, Andrea T&L
Facilitating in-service teacher learning to bring about mathematics instructional change; Using high-leverage practices (e.g. discourse, task selection) to engage diverse learners in rich, meaningful mathematics learning: Instructional strategies that support sense-making
Downs, Elizabeth LTHD
Technology integration in instruction, online learning, e-portfolios, iPad applications for instruction, cyber bullying
Draper, Christine T&L
Children’s/young adult literature, pre-service teacher education, literacy across the content areas, reading/writing workshop, reader response theory, qualitative research
Durodoye, Beth LTHD
Multicultural counseling competencies, social justice and advocacy in counseling, intercultural marriages, and international approaches to counseling
Field, Bruce T&L
 Professional Development Schools and school-university partnerships, teacher candidate preparations, secondary social studies, history of U.S. foreign relations in the 20th Century, and the Vietnam War
Fisher, Karin T&L
Extracurricular STEM activities and Students with Disabilities
Franks, Susan T&L
Early childhood language arts (grades pre-k – fifth), literacy development
Gallard, Alejandro T&L
Understanding the complexities that contribute to students’ lack of success: such as race, ethnicity, and gender and the tensions between education policy and teaching and learning in general and science in particular. Qualitative, polysemia, case study, Narrative, Interviewing, Contextual Mitigating Factors (CMFs), Critical theory, Neoliberalism, grant writing.
Garlen Julie T&L
Early childhood education, cultural curriculum studies, creativity, consumption, public pedagogy
Glaze, Amanda T&L
Science literacy, culturally responsive teaching, conceptual change/conceptual ecologies in science teaching and learning, intersections of science and public opinion, pre-service science education, evolutionary anthropology/psychology, evolution and climate change education and public outreach. Qualitative and mixed methods: Regression analyses, large data set collection and analysis. interpretive biography/narrative, case study, grounded theory; grant writing.
Green, Lucy LTHD
School librarianship in the 21st century, school libraries in Latin America, instructional partnerships, technology integration in teacher education, community based participatory research, instructional design and online pedagogy
Griffin, Bryan CFR
Student ratings of instruction, high school dropout issues, issues of motivation, research methods and designs, statistics, survey sampling and development, measurement Linear (e.g., regression, ANCOVA) and mixed (e.g., multilevel, random effect) models, random effects logistic regression, structural equation models, sample size determination, measurement, and psycho metrics.
Griffin, Marlynn CFR
Assessment: classroom and standardized, curriculum alignment, text processing, adjunct displays as they assist with learning, instructional improvement issues, social networking and professional ethics  Project evaluation
Gutierrez de Blume, Antonio CFR
Self-regulated learning; meta cognition; comprehension monitoring; calibration accuracy and bias; critical thinking; problem solving and reasoning; errors in human judgment; motivation; the role of visual displays in learning; research methodology; statistics. General linear model approaches–> univariate statistics (ANOVA, ANCOVA); multivatiate statistics (MANOVA, MANCOVA); latent variable modeling (structural equation modeling, factor analysis); multilevel linear modeling and related techniques; meta-analysis.
Harris, Kymberly T&L
Appropriate delivery of services for students with disabilities in alternative placement and residential treatment facilities, transition goals and services for incarcerated youth with disabilities, self-determination as a motivational approach, professional development schools
He, Ming Fang CFR
Education, inquiry, and life in-between the Eastern, Western, and exile philosophy and pedagogy with a particular focus on Confucius, Dewey, Makiguchi, Ikeda, and Saïd; cross-cultural narrative inquiry of language, culture, and identity in multicultural contexts; cross-cultural teacher education, curriculum studies, activist practitioner inquiry, social justice research, exile curriculum, narrative of curriculum in the U. S. South, transnational and diasporic studies, oral histories of Chinese immigrants and their children’s experience of language, culture, identity, and power in the neighborhoods; communities, and schools in the U. S. South, activist practitioner inquiry that explores life in Southern U. S. schools, families, and communities; research on the education of minority and disenfranchised individuals and groups in Asia
Hilpert, Jonathan CFR
Student motivation, engagement, and interactive learning; emergent and self-organizing properties of classroom systems; knowledge construction and complex scientific phenomena; quantitative research methods and applied statistics. Bivariate and Multivariate Statistics, Network Analysis, Non-linear time series analysis; SPSS, HLM, EQS, R; Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Design; Grant Writing (e.g. NSF, Spencer, Internal); Project Evaluation
Hodges, Charles LTHD
Learner motivation, self-efficacy, self-regulation, online or technology enhanced teaching and learning, instructional design, emerging technologies, peer review as an instructional strategy
Hotchkiss, Anna Kay CFR
Early childhood education, early childhood related field experiences, human growth and development that spans from prenatal development through adolescents, educational psychology focusing on student motivation, discipline and management techniques for maintaining a positive learning environment
Howerter, Catherine T&L    478-7629 Collaboration, co-teaching, access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities, preservice teacher education, and school partnerships.
Huffling, Lacey T&L    478-2212 Understanding how marginalized populations learn and experience science through identity development and agency. Critical sociocultural
perspective, which positions learning as the process of identity formation that involve cultural,
social, and historical processes.
Ethnography, photo-voice, and qualitative research; Dedoose and Nvivo
Hunt, Brandon Beale LTHD    478-0502 Counselor professional development and training, client experiences with disability, and qualitative research in counseling
Qualitative research, particularly from a phenomenological perspective; Grant writing; Writing for Publication
Jones, Stephanie LTHD  478-5250 Storytelling, School librarianship in the 21st century, online pedagogy, internships and e-portfolios Qualitative research, narrative methodology
Jupp, James C. T&L
Diversity and education, life history and narrative, progressive teacher identities, teacher education and development
Koballa, Thomas R., Jr. Dean
Science teacher learning and mentoring
Lake, Robert CFR
Multicultural education, imaginative education, educational biography, the history of ideas, teacher identity, qualitative research and critical pedagogy
Landers, Eric T&L
School-wide positive behavior interventions and support (all levels), functional behavior assessment (FBA) and behavioral intervention planning (BIP), emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), classroom-based behavioral interventions, systems change, inclusion
Leckie, Alisa T&L English language learners, academic language, preparing teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students
Discourse analysis, qualitative and mixed method research design, case study approaches
Linderholm, Tracy Assoc Dean Graduate
Cognitive and meta-cognitive processes involved in advanced reading, science text comprehension, multiple text processing, individual cognitive differences in reading such as constraints in working memory capacity and dyslexia Think-aloud protocols, experimental design, ANOVA/SPSS, technical writing
Liston, Delores CFR
Curriculum Studies, philosophy of education, feminism, gender studies, joy in education, ethics and education, sexual harassment in schools
Mayes, Robert L. T&L
Reasoning in STEM, quantitative reasoning including mathematical modeling, virtual online professional development in STEM education, undergraduate STEM education Rasch analysis, factor analysis, grounded theory, grant development
McBrayer, Juliann LTHD 478-5307 Program evaluation of educational leadership and teacher preparation programs to ensure effectiveness. Models/programs of Professional Learning Communities with an emphasis on leadership preparation and teacher leadership. Distributed and Instructional Leadership and innovative pedagogy in educational leadership preparation. Self-efficacy in the area of student preparedness within educational leadership preparation programs. Preparation of scholarly practitioners and researchers in leadership preparation programs.
McKenna, Beverly T&L
Global education, teacher preparation, literacy, motivational strategies
Melton, Teri LTHD
Dispositions of leaders, global perspectives on school leadership behaviors and characteristics, the principal as instructional leader, leadership capacity, principal retention, performance-based leadership training
Moore, Michael CFR
Education reform, Common Core Standards Initiative, literacy, English education literature, content reading, former editor of English Education published by the National Council of Teachers of English
Morris, Marla CFR
Curriculum Studies, Eastern and Central European history, Holocaust Studies, psychoanalysis, queer theory, post structuralism
Newkirk, April T&L
Early childhood reading and social studies education, multicultural teacher education, teacher education through field supervision
Parks, Fayth LTHD
Mental health, ethnopsychology, positive psychology, health and spirituality, cultural competency in counselor education and psychology, student services in higher education
Prosser, Elizabeth CFR    478-5859 Critical inquiry pedagogy, sociocultural pedagogical theory, transactional theory, language and literacy development, vocabulary, struggling readers Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Design, Formative Experiments, Action Research
Rea, Dan CFR
Learning communities, small schools, student well-being, student dispositions, peace education, educational change, high-performing high-poverty schools, achievement motivation, student underachievement, resilience, creative thinking strategies, math education.
Reidel, Michelle T&L
Democratic education, Role of emotion in teaching in learning, politics of emotion, social studies teacher education, Social Studies Curriculum
Reynolds, William CFR
Post-structural analysis of curriculum issues, curriculum theory, film studies, cultural curriculum studies, critical teaching, critical thinking, Freirian approaches to pedagogy
Rittschof, Kent CFR
Educational psychology, human learning and cognition, instructional technology, educational/psychological measurement Applying Item Response Theory (IRT) to assessments including those with moderate size data sets. Rasch modeling, constructing linear measures from ordinal data, and diagnostic analyses for dichotomous items and rating scale items on surveys and tests. Instrument calibration including analyses of reliability, item/person fit, item polarity, item category functioning, and sample targeting. SPSS GLM Procedures.
Robbins, Judi T&L
Language and literacy development, EC language arts with an interest in writing
Romero, Neri T&L    478-5585 Early intervention, applied behavioral analysis, and education of school-age individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Ross, Sabrina CFR
Critical pedagogy, teaching for social justice, black feminist and womanist epistemologies, issues of power in schools Qualitative methods of inquiry; Action research; social justice inquiry
Scott, Heather T&L     478-5701 Pre-service teacher education, science literacy, professional development for in service teacher through grants
Shannon-Baker, Peggy CFR   478-0008 Critical approaches to international education, study abroad, and service-learning; global multicultural education; teacher education for social justice; mixed methods research; arts-based research; methods in educational research 

Mixed methods: design and evaluation of mixed methods studies, program evaluation, integration of diverse/divergent data sets; Arts-based research and arts-informed research; Qualitative: feminist qualitative inquiry, NVivo; Aligning research design and implementation with philosophical and theoretical frameworks; Writing for publication

Sheppard, Ronnie T&L
Literacy: ages 10-15, teaching and consulting in middle grades literacy
Smith, Chelda T&L Sociology of Education, critical pedagogy, critical literacy, faculty development, asset pedagogies, teacher ed, ESOL/EL Qualitative Methodologies: Action research, CDA, ethnography
Soares, Lina T&L
Critical pedagogy and critical literacy, content-area literacy, adolescent literacy, teacher education, and gifted education Qualitative Methodologies, Action Research, Mixed Methods, Discourse Analysis
Song, Xiaomei CFR    478-2319 Test reliability, validity, and fairness, classroom assessment, large scale testing,program assessment and institutional effectiveness, learner characteristics on learning outcomes and performance, wash-back and test consequences, participatory program evaluation Multivariate Statistics, Item Response Theory (Facets, Bilog), Quantitative and mixed methods research design, Survey/scale development
Stevenson, Alma D. CFR
K-8 Socio-culturally responsive literacy pedagogy for diverse populations, emphasis on Latinas/os and African Americans;
K-8 Language and literacy development in the content areas, emphasizing linguistically and culturally diverse students in STEM fields; Education of the children of migrant farm workers and mixed immigration status families; Sociocultural and linguistic perspectives in science education focusing on Latina/o learners, including English Language Learners; and ESL / Bilingual education in general.
Thomas, Deborah Assoc Dean Undergrad
International educational issues, teacher professional development, and teacher preparation
Tootle, Kathleen T&L
Educating current and future general education teachers about appropriate accommodations and successful teaching strategies for students with disabilities, collaborating with general education teachers in an inclusive setting, working with teacher preparation and preservice teacher programs, mentoring beginning teachers, teaching students with disabilities to self-advocate
Tysinger, Dawn LTHD
School psychology consultation, supervision, the training of school psychologists
Unal, Aslihan T&L    478-5092 Assessment, online/ distance education and use of technology, use of case studies in teaching, parental involvement
Wall, Amanda T&L    478-9582 Middle grades curriculum & instruction; literacy integration; curriculum integration; motivation; adolescent literacy Qualitative methods, case study
Weaver, John CFR
Cultural studies of science and technology, popular culture, academic politics, using pharmaceuticals to control children
Wells, Pamela LTHD 478-5917 Mindfulness and counseling, counseling supervision, graduate student wellness Constructivist grounded theory; Photovoice
Williams-Johnson, Meca CFR
School choice, home education, rural education, parental involvement, student motivation, efficacy belief, emotions in teaching and learning, qualitative research design, program evaluation, and mixed-methods in social research Qualitative Research Design and Mixed Methods
Woodward, Shelley T&L
Preservice teacher development, teaching strategies for students with disabilities, children’s literature
Zinskie, Cordelia CFR
Online teaching and learning, research methods Quantitative and Mixed Method Research Design, Program Evaluation, Academic Writing/Editing


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