Watson College of Education Research

Research by Faculty

To view a matrix of research areas of interest and expertise, click on a faculty member below. The following tables indicate faculty members' research areas of expertise and interest, the specific content area(s) in which they specialize, the age group/grade level(s) of their expertise/interest and their methodological expertise. Students interested in finding out more about a faculty member's specific interests can contact him or her directly.




Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Cathy Barlow Assessment Models
Distance Education Learning
Leadership Strategies
Technology Solution
Women in Administration


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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Susan Catapano Building Classroom Libraries
Children's Literature
Curriculum
Hard to Staff Schools
Instructional Delivery
Mentoring
Reading first
School Reform
Selection of Culturally Diverse Literature
Teacher Retention
Teacher Preparation
Urban Schools
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Sue-Jen Chen Personality and Small Group Interaction Instructional Design & Development Elementary
Cross- and Multicultural Online Learning Evaluation Higher Education
Educational Technology Integration into Curriculum Instructional Technology
Instructional Design and Development Multi-media
e-Learning Course and Environment Design Visual Design
Web 2.0 Social Media and Learning
Learning Theories
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Vance Durrington Diffusion of Innovations
Distance Education
Computer Mediated Communication
Social Network Analysis


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Kathy Fox Language Diversity Early Childhood
Family Literacy Early Childhood
Technology Literacy
Teacher Practice
Homework
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Tracy Hargrove Authentic Assessment Mathematics Elementary
High-Stakes Testing Mathematics Elementary
The Relationship between Mathematics and Music Mathematics Elementary
Multi-age Grouping Mathematics Elementary
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Heidi Higgins Pre-service and in-service teacher education Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School
Quantitative literacy Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School
Spatial abilities Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School
Impact of intellectual development on ability to implement best teaching practices in mathematics Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School
Teaching mathematics for social equity Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School
Relationship between socio-economic status and academic achievement Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Barbara Honchell At Risk Readers Early Childhood
Systematic Observation Reading Early Childhood
Diverse Learners Reading Early Childhood
Reading Recovery Early Childhood


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Scott Imig Classroom Observation
Effective Schools and Teachers
Mentoring
Social Justice
Teacher Decision-making
Teacher Education
Teacher Supervision
The Teaching Profession-Certification and Licensure
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Hengameh Kermani Emergent Literacy
Social and cognitive bases of mother-child interaction
Cross-cultural comparisons
of parental cognitive mediators and their impact on children's learning
Family literacy
Cross-age tutoring


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Martin Kozloff Help Schools to Select and Use Effective Curriculum Reading
Instructional Design Reading
Diverse Learners Reading
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Lou LaNunziata Applied Behavior Analysis Special Needs Population Early Childhood
Applied Behavior Analysis
Effective Programming Inclusive Settings
Pro-Social Behavior Development
Positive Behavioral Supports Social Skills Instruction in Special Needs

Population

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Carol McNulty Instructional Methods Social Studies Elementary Qualitative
Multicultural education and diversity Social Studies Elementary Qualitative
Preparing teachers to work with students in poverty Social Studies Elementary Qualitative
Students at-risk for delinquency Social Studies Elementary Qualitative
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Mahnaz Moallem Instructional design models & principles
Development of instructional materials for different delivery systems, particularly Web-based instruction
Design & development of online collaborative learning environments
Program design & evaluation
Assessment & evaluation of learning & instruction
Applications of learning & thinking styles theories for the design & development of instruction
How new and emerging technology such as hand-held computers can be used to improve learning & instruction
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Amelia Moody Electronic Storybooks Literacy Early Childhood
Assistive Technology Literacy Early Childhood
Language and Literacy Early Childhood


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Shelby Morge Assessment National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in Mathematics K-12
Gender Differences Mathematics K-12
Curriculum Squeak and problem-based learning in Mathematics and Science K-12
Beliefs Mathematics K-12
Teacher Education Mathematics K-12
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. John Murphy Emerging and Best Practices for School Leaders
Equal Educational Opportunities Addressing the Gap
School Leadership

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Denise Ousley Young Adult Literature English Language Arts Secondary Education Qualitative
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Michele Parker Charter schools and Student Achievement
Teacher Education and Diversity
Teacher Mentoring
Leadership/ Empowerment
School Performance
Virtual Classrooms


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Ann Potts Language and Culture Literacy Ethnography/Qualitative

Developing Culturally Responsive Practice Ethnography/Qualitative

Critical Literacy Ethnography/Qualitative

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Angelia Reid-Griffin Motivation Science Middle Level and Secondary Level
Technology Science Middle Level and Secondary Level
University/School/ Community Partnerships
Faculty Collaborative Efforts
Teacher Shortages Minority Teacher Shortages Middle Level and Secondary Level

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Kathleen Roney Middle School Reform Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
Characteristics of Effective Teaching Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
Strategies and Relationships in Effective Teaching Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
Teacher Education Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
Leadership and Staff Development Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
Organizational Health Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Robert Smith School Reform High School
Small Learning Communities
Early Colleges
Teacher Dispositions

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Brad Walker Literacy children and adults
Supporting growth Literacy
Whole Language
Impact of government mandated educational programs
Researching education in other countries
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Tamara Walser Classroom Assessment and Performance Assessment
Evaluation of Research
Program Evaluation Methodology
Research Design
Systems in Evaluation
Reading Programs for Struggling Readers

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Karen Wetherill Educational Change
Educational Leadership
Mentoring
Organizational Analysis
Professional Development of Educators
Supervision
Teacher Education
University/School/ Partnerships


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