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Faculty Name Program Research Interest
Alexander, David Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • School law for teachers
  • Special education law
Azano, Amy Price English Education
  • Adolescent literacy
  • Rural education
  • Critical pedagogy of place
Barksdale, Mary Alice Elementary Education
  • Literacy studies
  • Literacy Teacher Education
  • Impact of High Stakes Testing on Students and Teachers
Billingsley, Bonnie Special Education
  • Teacher retention
  • Teacher commitment
  • Support of new teachers
Bodenhorn, Nancy Counselor Education
  • School counselor professional development
  • Role definition and self-efficacy
  • Use of technology in school counseling offices
  • International school counseling
Bondy, Jennifer History and Social Science
  • Gender, immigration and education
  • Transnationalism and cultural citizenship, with focus on Latina youth
  • Equity in education, particularly as it relates to youth of immigration
Brand, Brenda Science Education
  • Sociocultural factors influencing students’ participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Cash, Carol Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • School leadership, school climate, and change
  • The dynamic between the school building and student learning
  • Instructional strategies, building furnishings, and student academic success
Cennamo, Katherine Instructional Design and Technology
  • Instructional design
  • Application of learning theories to instructional products
  • Video-based learning
Doolittle, Peter

Director of School of Education

Educational Psychology

  • The investigation of learning efficacy in mobile and multimedia learning environments
  • Cognitive processes and multimedia teaching and learning
Ernst, Jeremy Integrative STEM Education
  • Dynamic intervention means for STEM education
Farmer, Laura Counselor Education  
Fullen, Matthew Counselor Education  
Garrison, James Foundations of Education
  • Philosophy of education
  • John Dewey
  • American pragmatism
Glasson, George Science Education
  • Ecological sustainability and education
  • Cultural studies in science education
  • Science curriculum development in developing countries
Glenn, William Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • School law
  • School finance
  • Evidence based decision making
Gratto, John Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • Superintendent/Board of Education actions that promote student success
  • Principal Leadership and Effectiveness
  • Strengthening School-Community Relations
  • Instructional Leadership
  • School Finance
  • Wellness of School Administrators and Teachers
Hein, Serge Educational Research and Evaluation
  • Gender and ethnic stereotyping
  • Standard setting for education tests
  • Group processes
Hicks, David History and Social Science
  • Teaching and learning history
  • Uses of digital technologies to support the teaching of history and citizenship
  • Special education and parental advocacy
Jones, Brett Educational Psychology
  • Motivation
  • High-stakes testing
  • Stereotype threat
Kniola, David Educational Research  
Kreye, Betti Mathematics Education
  • Education and training of Mathematics Specialists providing professional development for inservice elementary, middle, and high school mathematics teachers
  • Improvement of student learning through teacher education in best instructional strategies
Lawson, Gerard Counselor Education
  • Clinical supervision
  • Counselor development
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Counselor wellness and impairment issues
Lockee, Barbara Instructional Design & Technology
  • Instructional design for distance education
  • Evaluation of distance education
  • Innovations in distance education technologies 
Mallory, Walt Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Program evaluation
  • Stress and the principalship-mindfulness Leadership
Mesmer, Heidi Anne Reading Specialist
  • Matching readers with texts (readability)
  • Beginning reading materials
  • Demands of content area materials (math, science, social science)
Miyazaki, Yasuo Educational Research and Evaluation
  • Disentangling macro effects and micro effects via Hierarchical linear mdodeling
  • Models of growth and change for longitudinal data
  • Latent variable modeling
Mukuni, Joseph Joseph Career and Technical Education
  • Portability of technical skills across occupations
  • Trends in the world of work, labor market skill gaps, international best practices in workforce development
  • Demand responsiveness of CTE programs, CTE policy formulation, and indigenous knowledge systems
Mullen, Carol Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • Mentoring theory and practice in education across university and K-12 settings
  • Social justice leadership that fosters critically reflective, values-oriented approaches to developing education professionals and systems
Patrizio, Kami Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • Agency
  • Organizational Learning
  • Professional Development
  • Qualitative Research and Methodology
Potter, Ken Instructional Design & Technology  
Price, Bill Career & Technical Education  
Price, Ted Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • Alternative Education
  • Leadership Preparation & Effectiveness
  • Urban & Suburban At-risk Students
Robbins, Claire Higher Education
  • Racial consciousness, identity, and dissonance among White women in higher education
  • social identity construction among students and faculty in STEM disciplines
  • use of qualitative methods and critical frameworks to investigate experiences and outcomes in higher education
Sanders, Carrie Brill Counselor Education  
Sato, Takumi Science Education
  • The role of race and racism in the science experiences for youth of color
  • Transform oppressive conditions in order for students to realize their science potential and aspirations
Serna,Gabriel Higher Education
  • Higher Education Economics and Finance
  • Budgeting and Planning in Higher Education 
  • Higher Education Policy, Enrollment Management, Student-Price Response, College Going and Choice, 
  • Research Design, Applied Econometrics
Skaggs, Gary Educational Research and Evaluation
  • Large-scale assessment
  • Item response
  • Standard setting
Stewart, Trevor English Education
  • Influences of educational policy and high-stakes testing on English teachers' instructional practices
  • Making creativity a central element of instruction
  • Intersection between language and culture
Tilley-Lubbs, Gresilda (Kris) English as a Second Language Education
  • Transnational ethnographic study of five Mexican women in the Roanoke Valley and their families in Mexico
  • Investigating the impact of parent involvement in the education of immigrant children
  • The impact of service-learning on university students
Tripp, N. Wayne Educational Leadership Policy Studies
  • The superintendency
  • The principalship
  • History of education and historical methods
Ulrich, Catherine (Katy) Mathematics Education
  • Models of how students construct number concepts
  •  Mathematics education policy and instruction
Welfare, Laura

Counselor Education


  • Counselor cognitive development
  • Clinical supervision
  • Evidence based practices in counseling and counselor education
Wells, John Integrative STEM Education
  • Cognitive demands addressed through technological and engineering design based teaching and learning
  • Instructional strategies for design based biotechnology literacy
  • Integrative pedagogical practices among STEM education areas
  • Instructional design and technology
Wilkins, Jay Mathematics Education
  • Mathematics education
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Teaching and learning of probability and statistics
Williams, Tom Special Education
  • Psycho-educational assessment
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Behavior Management