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Welcome to New Faculty

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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The Watson College is pleased to introduce four new faculty members: Steven Hooker and Dana Stachowiak, Department of Educational Leadership (EL) and George Kamberelis and Amy Senta, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS). Please join us in welcoming them all to UNCW!

Steven D. Hooker, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Assistant Professor, EL

Steven Hooker earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in educational studies from the College of Mount St. Joseph, and a B.A. in communication arts from Ball State University. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCW, he spent two years at Morehead State University in Kentucky and three years at Arcadia University in Philadelphia, teaching in the educational leadership programs. Before moving to Philadelphia, he was a middle school communications/public speaking teacher and drama coach, a high school language arts teacher, and a K-8 elementary school principal in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he worked for the Indiana Department of Education as a curriculum and staff development specialist for seven county school systems in southeastern Indiana.   

His research areas are social justice issues in K-12 schools, educational policy, school culture and LTBTQ issues in education. He enjoys the arts, theatre and spending time with family and friends.

George Kamberelis, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education, EEMLS

George Kamberelis received a Ph.D. in education and psychology and an M.S. in psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Bates College. He began his career as a middle school English teacher. Prior to his arrival at UNCW, he worked as the director of the School of Education at Colorado State University, as a Wyoming Excellence Chair of Literacy Education at the University of Wyoming, as a professor in the Department of Reading at the University at Albany-SUNY, as the director of Center for Creative Teaching at Bennington College, as an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University and as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Illinois.

Most of his research and writing has focused on genre learning and teaching, disciplinary literacies, classroom discourse, early writing development, new/media literacies and qualitative inquiry. He has co-authored three books: On Qualitative Inquiry, Theory for Education and Focus Groups: From Structured Interviews to Collective Conversations. He contributed to writing the New Standards Group volume, Reading and Writing with Understanding: Comprehension in Fourth and Fifth Grades, and his work has been published in various journals including Reading Research Quarterly; Research in the Teaching of English, Linguistics and Education; Journal of Literacy Research; Literacy Teaching and Learning, Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Language Arts; Qualitative Inquiry; Journal of Russian & East European Psychology; Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. Over the years he has taught courses on reading and English language arts methods, writing and the teaching of writing, literacy and society, classroom discourse, emergent literacy, media literacy, critical social theory and qualitative research methods.

Amy Senta, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor, EEMLS

Amy Senta received both her Ph.D. and her M.A. in Education in the area of culture, curriculum and change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her A.B. in sociology at Dartmouth College with a minor in education. She taught for six years at a public elementary school in Durham, North Carolina. 

Senta’s areas of research include participatory ethnography with youth in grades K-8, qualitative research methodologies, the social foundations of education, critical Whiteness studies, critical social theory, poststructuralism and cultural studies. She has taught courses for the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Meredith College and East Carolina University on the social foundations of education, social studies, integrating the arts, learning in cultural contexts and teaching for diversity. Senta has published journal articles and book chapters that engage cultural studies with children’s literature, critical Whiteness studies with programming for youth of color and social foundations of education with teacher education. She is currently working on a book project based on her dissertation, Straining silencing: Youth film-making on schooling’s silencing. That work brings together a post-critical ethnographic analysis with an agential realist poststructuralist reanalysis of four years of film-making with 24 youth on the topic of schooling’s silencing. She enjoys playing ice hockey, salmon fishing, and being together with her spouse and two children.

Dana M. Stachowiak, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, EL

Dana M. Stachowiak earned her Ph.D. in educational studies with a concentration in cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Winthrop University and her B.S. in elementary education at Western Michigan University. Prior to her appointment at Watson College, she was an assistant professor of diversity/multicultural education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was also curriculum specialist and teacher for a decade in North Carolina.

Stachowiak’s primary areas of specialization and research include: social justice education, equity literacy, literacy curriculum development, cultural foundations of education, qualitative research methods and gender studies. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. Most recently, she co-edited a special edition on teaching social justice in teacher education programs for the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy. Currently, she is preparing a book manuscript related to her doctoral dissertation work, which was a critical analysis of thinking, embodying and living genderqueer. Stachowiak is an avid kayaker, a huge fan of Michael Franti and Spearhead and loves living near the beach with her partner and their children (three dogs and one cat).