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Allen, Abigail A.

  • Early writing assessment and intervention for young students with and at risk for disabilities
  • Curriculum-based measurement
  • Data-based instruction
  • Response to intervention
  • Students with learning disabilities and language impairments

Bailey, Beatrice

  • Developing multimedia historical narratives and arguments
  • UN right for young adolescent play
  • Disciplinary literacies for social studies
  • 18th century religious and educational history within the Southern US

Bannister, Nicole

  • Mathematics education
  • Teacher learning
  • Strengths-based teaching practices and equity pedagogy
  • Disciplinary literacies with emphasis on statistics reasoning and geometric habits of mind

Barrett, David

  • Adolescent development
  • Delinquency and recidivism
  • Professional ethics

Bates, Celeste (C.C.)

  • Virtual professional development
  • Children having difficulty learning to read and write
  • Independent reading
  • Summer reading loss

Boettcher, Michelle

  • Sense of belonging and community in higher education; includes the following: first gen college students, residence halls as communities (especially for minoritized and underrepresented populations, hazing, Title IX, faculty senses of belonging

Boyer, Matthew

  • Learning environments
  • Learning analytics
  • Game- and simulation-based learning

Buskey, Frederick

  • Ethical leadership
  • Dark side of leadership
  • Principal preparation

Cadorette, Deborah

  • Athletic cultures in education
  • Legal responsibilities and national standards for sport coaches
  • Powerful influence of teacher/coaches on the student-athlete experience
  • Effective learning environments for student-athlete performance

Carter, Angie

  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Leader development

Cawthon, Tony

  • New professionals’ competency
  • Administration and organizational development
  • Career development
  • Student development theory
  • Multicultural and diversity issues

Che, Megan

  • Critical mathematics education
  • Hegemony, culture, and mathematics
  • Postcolonial educational processes

Cole, Mikel

  • English language learners in PK-12 settings
  • Teacher preparation to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Sociocultural theories of second language learning

Cook, Michelle

  • Representations in science education
  • Technology in science education
  • Science teacher professional development

Cridland-Hughes, Susan

  • Adolescent literacy
  • Debate pedagogy
  • Single-sex education

Croom, Natasha

  • Post-tenure advancement in higher education
  • Womyn of color faculty advancement in higher education

Deaton, Cynthia

  • Reflective practice
  • Teachers’ use of evidence and explanations
  • Using technology tools for reflection
  • Pre-service science teacher preparation
  • Professional development for science teachers (K-12

Dunston, Pamela

  • Adolescent literacy
  • Using technology to increase adolescents’ motivation to read
  • Struggling readers
  • Teacher education and adolescent literature

Fleming, David

  • Teaching/learning processes in physical education/activity
  • Program evaluation and out-of-school time education programming

Flowers, Lamont A.

  • Academic achievement
  • Access and equity
  • Educational policy
  • Labor market outcomes
  • Student development

Fravel, Phil

  • Applied academic concepts in career and technical education
  • Historical foundations of agricultural education

Frady, Kris

  • 2- year community college
  • Engineering education
  • Workforce development

Fullerton, Susan

  • Reading comprehension
  • Literature response and discussion
  • Reading-writing connections
  • Teacher development

Gallagher, Eliza

  • Teacher identity as one aspect of professional identity among STEM graduate students
  • Mathematical cognition and instructional design to support STEM persistence
  • Translating best practices from K-12 teacher preparation to higher education

Godfrey, Michael

  • Athletic culture formation
  • Student athlete experiences
  • Athletic department development
  • Institutional values

Gomez, Carlos Nicholas

  • Emotions’ influence on mathematics teacher development
  • Narrative identities of mathematics teachers
  • Collective argumentation in the mathematics classroom
  • Professional learning communities

Griffith, Catherine

  • Supporting pre-service and in-service teachers with improving the academic performance of students with disabilities

Hall, Anna

  • Early childhood writing instruction and writing
  • Attitudes of pre-service and in-service teachers

Hall, Daniella

  • Rural education
  • District leadership
  • The superintendency
  • School Boards
  • Education policy design and implementation
  • Organizational theory
  • Local control

Hall, Jennifer Geddes

  • School counseling
  • Play therapy/creativity
  • Counselor supervision

Havice, Pam

  • Distance and distributed learning environments
  • Administration and technology
  • Professional development
  • Multicultural issues

Havice, William

  • Instructional technology
  • STEM education
  • Distributed learning technology

Herro, Dani

  • Game-based learning
  • STEAM instruction
  • Digital media and learning

Hirsch, Shanna

  • Classroom-based behavior interventions

Hodge, Janie

  • Instructional interventions in reading for individuals with learning disabilities
  • Effective preparation for pre-service and in-service special educators

Jamil, Faiza M.

  • Measurement of teacher effectiveness and psychological processes
  • The influence of classroom processes on children’s development
  • Professional development interventions for early childhood teachers

Khan, Nafees

  • Comparative education
  • African diaspora
  • Slavery
  • History education

Kaminski, Rebecca

  • Impact of professional development on teachers’ practices and student writing in high needs schools
  • Writing instruction and assessment
  • Impact of children’s literature as models on writing

Katsiyannis, Antonis

  • Legal and policy issues in special education
  • Transition for students with emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Delinquency

Klar, Hans

  • Distributed instructional leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Professional learning
  • Rural school leadership
  • Supervision of instruction

Leonard, Alison

  • Interdisciplinary arts education
  • Performance studies and theories of performativity
  • Community outreach
  • Arts and artist-in-residence programs
  • Multicultural, social justice, and democratic education
  • Teacher education dance and theater for youth pedagogy and perspectives

Linder, Sandra

  • Professional development in P-5 mathematics
  • Pre-service education in P-5 mathematics
  • P-5 student achievement and dispositions towards mathematics
  • Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and implications for mathematics instruction

Lindle, Jane Clark

  • Educational assessment and accountability policies
  • Coaching mid-career leaders
  • School-based governance
  • Capacity building
  • Micropolitics
  • School safety
  • School communication

Malloy, Jacquelynn

  • Motivation and engagement
  • Design-based research
  • Discussion and language arts integration
  • Teacher development
  • Equity pedagogies

Marshall, Jeff

  • Program evaluation
  • Creating, leading, measuring inquiry-based instruction
  • App development for measuring teacher effectiveness
  • Middle/high school science teacher preparation and professional development, emphasis areas: physics and chemistry

McBride, Maryann

  • Use of technology to support teachers (coach of young struggling readers
  • Exceptional teachers and the hardest-to-teach young children

McNair, Jonda

  • African-American children’s literature
  • Children’s literature
  • Early literacy development

Milsom, Amy

  • Students with disabilities
  • Post-secondary transitions and college readiness
  • School counselor preparation

Parker, W. Kent

  • Instructional practices
  • Classroom and behavior management
  • Curriculum for students with moderate to severe disabilities
  • Secondary special education services

Phelps-Ward, Robin

  • Racial marginalization of students, faculty, and staff of color in education
  • Mentoring and formal mentoring programs to support students of color
  • Black faculty and staff belonging
  • Black women and girls natural hair and identity development
  • Pedagogical practice for social justice

Pough, Natalie Odom

  • Improving new teacher efficacy and effectiveness

Qian, Meihua

  • Creativity
  • Gifted education
  • Item response theory models
  • Multilevel modeling
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Structural equation modeling

Quigley, Cassie

  • STEAM education
  • Equitable science teaching
  • Environmental perspectives of community members
  • Participatory research methodologies

Rapa, Luke J.

  • Adolescent development
  • Critical consciousness
  • Marginalizing systems and marginalized youth
  • Social identity threat
  • Social-psychological interventions used in educational contexts
  • Equity issues in education

Rumsey, Amanda

  • School counseling: Professional identity and training
  • Adolescents
  • Trauma-related issues
  • Counseling needs and issues related to marginalized groups

Ryan, Joe

  • Behavior management
  • Crisis interventions
  • Assistive technology
  • Individuals with disabilities

Sackett, Corrinne

  • Counseling process
  • Experiences in counseling
  • Supervision
  • Therapeutic relationship
  • Personhood of the counselor
  • Use of instructional technology to enhance student learning

Savitz, Rachelle S.

  • Disciplinary literacy
  • Struggling/striving readers
  • Inquiry-based instruction
  • Teacher self-efficacy
  • Literacy interventions

Scott, David

  • At-risk youth
  • Identity development
  • Community counseling
  • Clinical/mental health counseling
  • Career counseling

Sims, Cynthia M.

  • Leadership (servant, authentic, women, diversity
  • Business owners
  • Identity interference
  • Mentoring

Spearman, Mindy

  • The history of teacher professional development
  • Historical research methods
  • Teaching about social issues
  • Art and artifacts in social studies education

Stecker, Pamela

  • Curriculum-based measurement/progress monitoring
  • Academic interventions
  • Instructional technology

Stevens-Smith, Deborah

  • Physical education integration
  • Brain research

Switzer, Deborah

  • Assessment
  • Survey design
  • Learning in virtual environments
  • Research design
  • Motivation
  • Standardized testing

Tyminski, Andrew

  • Developing standards-based mathematics pedagogy in K-8 mathematics teachers
  • Pre-service mathematics teachers’ ability to learn about and from standards-based curricular materials
  • Influence of teacher lust on mathematics instruction

Visser, Ryan

  • Web/CD-based learning
  • Cognitive load in technology
  • Multimedia-based instruction and learning
  • Social media within education

Wagner, Rachel

  • Gender expansive practices
  • College men and masculinities
  • Social justice practice in student affairs

Wilkerson. Reginald

  • Principal support/development
  • Class, race, ethnicity, and equity in education
  • Leadership and school improvement within high priority schools
  • Educational reform/transformation

Wilder, Phillip

  • Disciplinary literacies
  • Teacher learning
  • Literacy policy