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Bailey, Beatrice
  • Religious literacy and American schooling
Bannister, Nicole
  • Teacher learning
  • Mathematics education
  • Equitable teaching practices
Barrett, David
  • Adolescent development
  • Delinquency and recidivism
  • Professional ethics
Bates, Celeste (C.C.)
  • Technological innovations to support professional development
  • Struggling readers
  • Differentiated reading instruction in the primary grades
Boettcher, Michelle
  • Legal issues in higher education
  • Faculty, staff and organizational development
  • Academic and student affairs partnerships
Boyer, Matthew
  • Digital media and learning
  • Virtual environments, augmented reality and mobile devices in education
  • Comparative and international educational ICT policy
  • Game-based learning
  • Teacher professional development integrating technology
  • Design-based research
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
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
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 adolescent’s motivation to read
  • Struggling readers
  • Teacher education and adolescent literature
First, Patricia
  • Legal and policy issues affecting the educational system, particularly the rights of students
  • Financing of education
  • Role of school boards
  • Ethical implementation of education law
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
Fullerton, Susan
  • Reading comprehension
  • Literature response and discussion
  • Reading-writing connections
  • Teacher development
Godfrey, Michael
  • Athletic culture formation
  • Student athlete experiences
  • Athletic department development
  • Institutional values
Hall, Anna
  • Early childhood writing instruction and writing
  • Attitudes of pre-service and in-service teachers
Havice, Pam
  • Distance and distributed learning environments
  • Administration and technology
  • Professional development
  • Multicultural issues
Herro, Dani
  • Game play and game design in the classroom
  • Digital media and learning
  • Student practices with emerging technologies
  • Professional development to sustain digital media and learning environments
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
Kaminski, Rebecca
  • Impact of professional development on teacher's 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
  • School improvement
  • Instructional leadership and leadership development
  • Professional development
  • Professional learning communities
  • Supervision of instruction
Knoeppel, Rob
  • School finance
  • Leadership/principalship
  • Education accountability policy
  • Education reform
  • Teacher quality, equity and adequacy
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 theatre 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 communities
Malloy, Jacquelynn
  • Formative and design-based research methods that inform pedagogy
  • Reflective teaching practices
  • Literacy motivation
  • Social justice education
  • Content area literacy in the elementary grades
Marion, Russ
  • School change as a collectivist social dynamic
  • Leadership of organizational creativity, innovation and change
  • Leadership studies
  • Network analysis
  • Statistical analysis
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
  • Politics of children's literature
Milsom, Amy
  • Students with disabilities
  • Post-secondary transitions and college readiness
  • School counselor preparation
Qian, Meihua
  • Creativity
  • Item response theory
  • Multi-level modeling
  • Structural equation modeling
Quigley, Cassie
  • Equity and ethics in science classrooms
  • Third space construction in marginalized communities
  • Environmental sustainability perspectives
Ryan, Joe
  • Behavior management
  • Single case research
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Post-secondary transition services
Sackett, Corrine
  • Counseling process
  • Experiences in counseling
  • Supervision
  • Therapeutic relationship
  • Personhood of the counselor
Scott, David
  • At-risk youth
  • Identity development
  • Community counseling
  • Clinical/mental health counseling
  • Career counseling
Spearman, Mindy
  • American educational history, especially the history of in-service education, including teachers' institutes, reading circles and state educational periodicals
  • Understanding artifacts and objects as a means of promoting social studies thinking in elementary classrooms
  • Archaeology education, the intersections of art and social studies
  • Teaching about social issues, especially environmental issues and sustainability
  • Historical research methods, including archival research, educational biography, oral history and public history
Stecker, Pamela
  • Student progress monitoring, especially curriculum-based measurement
  • Academic interventions in reading and mathematics that support learning for all students, including students with disabilities
  • Use of responsiveness to intervention (RTI) as a means to enhance achievement among all students, and as a means to identify students who potentially may have learning disabilities
  • Use of instructional technology to enhance student learning
Stevens-­Smith, Deborah
  • Brain dominance and learning styles
  • Integration of physical education and academics
Switzer, Deborah
  • Learning in virtual environments
  • Assessment Literacy to improve planning and instruction
  • Motivation and attitude survey development
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
Wilder, Phillip
  • Disciplinary literacies and pedagogies
  • Instructional coaching
  • Collaborative practitioner inquiry
  • School-university partnerships