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Afflerbach, Peter (Ph.D., The University at Albany, State University of New York) Professor;
research interests include: research includes focus on reading comprehension strategies and processes, especially related to new literacies (reading in Internet and hypertext environments); active with prominent groups (USDOE and CCSSO) on national standards and assessments in reading and literacy

Alexander, Patricia (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) Professor;
research interests include: domain-specific learning; Epistemic beliefs; Text-based learning; Interplay of knowledge, strategies, and motivation in academic development

Battle, Ann (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) Assistant Director;
research interests include: adolescent development and motivation in school settings; psychological orientations of pre-service and in-service teachers in specific teaching/learning contexts; beliefs and values of pre-service education students' relative to global citizenship education

Beckman, Paula (Ph.D., University of North Carolina) Professor;
research interests include: families, early support for latino families, community development, impact of poverty on development, inclusion for children with disabilities

Bolger, Donald (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: how the brain learns to read; sources of reading skill and impairment; how children learn the meaning of words

Bote, Lisa (Ph.D., Arizona State University) Senior Lecturer;
research interests include: currently examining learning communities and social presence in relation to motivation, learning, and perceived success in university courses

Burke, Philip (Ph.D., Syracuse University) Chair and Professor;
research interests include: policy studies, legislative issues, international special education Back to Top

Cabrera, Natasha (Ph.D., University of Denver) Associate Professor;
research interests include: parenting and children's cognitive and social development; parent involvement in schools and children's achievement; cultural and ethnic differences in parenting behaviors and children's outcomes

Campbell, Patricia (Ph.D., Florida State University) Associate Professor;
research interests include: studies the relationship between student achievement and components impacting instructional practice, including the impact of math specialists/coaches and the implications of teacher knowledge

Case, Lisa (Ph.D.) Faculty Research Associate
research interests include: learning disabilities

Chazan, Daniel (Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education) Associate Professor;
research interests include: animations as representations of teaching, mathematics teaching as a societal endeavor, and technology-supported, student-centered mathematics teaching

Croninger, Robert (Ph.D., University of Michigan) Associate Professor;
research interests include: research examines how education policies and practices affect the educational experiences of at-risk students, including the social organization of schools, instructional practices, student outcomes, and the distribution of educational opportunities Back to Top

Davis, Thomas (Ph.D.) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: funding systems for school capital facilities and student performance; policy implications of rapidly increasing healthcare costs for school districts; education education and the welfare of people in developing countries

De La Paz, Susan (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) Associate Professor;
research interests include: learning disabilities, writing; content area instruction

Dreher, Mariam Jean (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) Professor;
research interests include: research examines comprehension, learning with text, and how integration of informational texts into literacy instruction affects children’s comprehension, vocabulary, and motivation; early literacy in curriculum and instruction in Finland

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Eaker, Lisa (Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) Lecturer;
research interests include: research addresses how cultural assumptions inform student thinking

Edwards, Ann Ryu (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: research draws upon situated and sociocultural theories of cognition to examine mathematics teacher learning and practice, particularly in relation to equity, diversity and urban schools

Elby, Andrew (University of California, Berkeley) Assistant Research Scientist;
research interests include: studies student and teacher epistemologies and their influence on how "inquiry" plays out in the science classroom

Fabian, Ellen (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) Professor;
research interests include: psychiatric rehabilitation and career development and rehabilitation

Finkelstein, Barbara (Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University) Professor;
research interests include: research studies the historical and cultural dimensions of education policies and practices and how they have shaped the lives of children, youth, minority groups, and women, and the quality of education opportunities available to them

Fox, Nathan (Ph.D., Harvard University) Professor;
research interests include: temperament; development of emotion and emotion regulation; developmental psychophysiology, infant cognitive/social development

Fries-Britt, Sharon (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) Associate Professor;
research interests include: Race, equity and diversity in Higher Education; high ability Black collegians and their interactions with faculty, peers and the extended Black community; Back to Top

Gold, Paul (Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: team- and community-based rehabilitation approaches for helping persons with severe mental disorders, addictions, and work disabilities: cultures of innovation

Gottfredson, Gary (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) Professor;
research interests include: program development and evaluation; vocational interests and occupational classification; school climate and organization development; delinquency and drug prevention

Guthrie, John (Ph.D., University of Illinois) Professor Emeritus;
research interests include: cognitive and motivational aspects of reading and learning; psychology of learning and instruction in classroom contexts

Gutiérrez, Rodrigo Jorge (Ph.D.) Clinical Assistant Professor;
research interests include: teacher preparation, mathematics education, and teaching for social justice, paying particular attention to Latin@s and English Learners

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Halloran-Tornquist, Elizabeth (Ph.D.) Faculty Research Associate
research interests include: secondary and transition

Hancock, Gregory (Ph.D., University of Washington) Professor and Chair;
research interests include: structural equation models; latent growth models; latent variable experimental design and analysis

Herschbach, Dennis (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Associate Professor;
research interests include: research investigates educational program quality and sustainability in developing countries and the historical dimensions of work preparation in the United States, particularly in relation to curricular issues

Harring, Jeffrey (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: longitudinal models; mixed effects models; nonlinear models

Hoffman, Mary Ann (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) Professor;
research interests include: psychosocial aspects of health and wellness; counseling process and outcome; counselor training and supervision

Hultgren, Francine (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) Professor and Interim Chair;
research interests include: research draws upon the foundations of phenomenology and hermeneutics to make interpretive sense of the lifeworlds of teachers and students and the broader educational community Back to Top

Jiao, Hong (Ph.D., Florida State University) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: item response theory; multilevel measurement models; finite mixture models; computer-based testing

Jones-Harden, Brenda (Ph.D., Yale University) Associate Professor;
research interests include: development of maltreated foster, prenatally drug-exposed, and other children at-risk; prevention science and program evaluation Back to Top

Killen, Melanie (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) Professor;
research interests include: social and moral reasoning; peer relationships and intergroup attitudes; Inclusion and exclusion; stereotyping; gender roles in the family, prejudice, and diversity in relation to reasoning about exclusion and intergroup bias

Kivlighan, Dennis (Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University) Professor and Chair;
research interests include: process and outcome in counseling and dialogue groups; interpersonal and dynamic counseling; education and training of counselors

Klees, Steven (Ph.D., Stanford University) Professor;
research interests include: the political economy of educational policy and social change; how gender, race, and class intersect with educational and social inequalities.

Klein, Elisa (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University) Associate Professor;
research interests include: child care and early education policy; early childhood education; young children's understanding of their early school experiences; teacher beliefs about development; teacher education

Kohl, Frances (Ph.D., University of Illinois) Associate Professor;
research interests include: severe and multiple disabilities; inclusion of children with severe disabilities into school/community settings; instructional methods; single subject design research

Komives, Susan (Ed.D., University of Tennessee Knoxville) Professor;
research interests include: student leadership development; college student generational cohorts; leadership and futures issues in student affairs administration Back to Top

Lent, Robert (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) Professor;
research interests include: social cognitive career theory; psychological adjustment processes; counselor development; school-to-work transition; research training

Leone, Peter (Ph.D., University of Washington) Professor;
research interests include: behavior disorders; school discipline; school exclusion; education programs in institutional settings

Lieber, Joan (Ph.D., University of California) Professor;
research interests include: early childhood; professional development; curriculum adaptations for inclusive classrooms

Lin, Jing (Ph.D., University of Michigan) Professor;
research interests include: Chinese education, culture and society; peace education, environmental education, and spirituality education

MacDonald, Victoria-Maria (Ed.D., Harvard University) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: research examines how historical legacies of the schooling of African American and Latino children and youth impact contemporary academic experiences in K-20 settings

Macready, George (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) Professor;
research interests include: latent class modeling; assessment of model fit; adaptive testing

Malen, Betty (Ph.D., University of Minnesota at Minneapolis) Professors;
research interests include: specializes in education politics, policy, and leadership, including school governance and the implementation of pay for performance policies in school districts

Marcus, Robert (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) Associate Professor;
research interests include: family relationships; attachment; prosocial behavior; adolescent violence; social skills; delinquency; personality and socio-emotional development in young children and adolescents

Martin-Beltran, Melinda (Ph.D., Stanford University) Associate Professor;
research interests include: sociocultural approaches to second language acquisition focusing on dual language learners (ESOL students), peer interaction, language exchange, and teacher learning to build upon students’ linguistic and cultural diversity

McGinnis, J. Randy (Ph.D., University of Georgia) Professor;
research interests include: specializes in the study of science teacher education (with emphasis in socioscientific issues, exceptionality, and bridging formal and informal education)

Miller, Matthew (Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: asian, asian american, pacific islander cultural experiences; vocational psychology of diverse populations; social justice engagement; applied psychological measurement

Mislevy, Robert (Ph.D., University of Chicago) Professor;
research interests include: evidence-centered design; cognitive psychology and assessment

Monte-Sano, Chauncey (Ph.D, Stanford University,) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: research examines how history students learn to reason with evidence in writing, and how their teachers learn to teach such historical thinking Back to Top

Neubert, Debra (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) Professork;
research interests include: transition services and secondary education; transition assessment; technology in classroom/community

Newcomb, Sandra (Ph.D.) Faculty Research Associate
research interests include: early childhood, sensory impairment, cortical visual impairment, families

North, Connie (Ph.D.) Assistant Professor
research interests include: community-based participatory action research, self-studies of my teaching and learning for social justice, facilitation of inquiry-to-action educator groups

O'Flahavan, John (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) Associate Professor
research interests include: research interests include PK-12 literacy teaching and learning, the discourses involved in schooling, comprehensive school-wide literacy programs, and sustainable school improvement

O'Meara, Kerry Ann (Ph.D.) Associate Professor
research interests include: the academic profession and the civic mission of higher education: how reform in academic reward systems and in opportunities for professional growth can advance faculty work and institutional missions Back to Top

Page-Voth, Leslie (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) Faculty Research Associate;
research interests include: learning disabilities; written expression; leadership/teacher preparation programs; best practice in classroom interventions/instruction

Peercy, Megan Madigan (Ph.D., University of Utah) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: research interests include teacher education regarding the teaching of language learners; methods for teaching language learners; teacher collaboration and development

Quaye, Stephen (Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: curricular and pedagogical strategies that enhance student learning; inclusive racial climates, cross-racial interactions, and color-conscious pedagogical approaches; critical race theory

Ramani, Geetha (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: influence of social interactions on young children's cognitive development; learning through cooperative play and activities; early mathematics and problem-solving skills; development and correlates of peer cooperation

Rice, Jennifer King (Ph.D., Cornell University) Professor;
research interests include: research draws on the discipline of economics to explore education policy concerning the efficiency, equity, and adequacy of U.S. public education. Current research examines teacher quality and the implementation of pay for performance policies in school districts Back to Top

Robertson-Tchabo, Elizabeth-Anne (Ph.D.) Associate Professor;
research interests include: cognitive development and aging; achievement of African-American and Latino adolescents; early adolescent development and academic achievement; educational intervention programs

Rowe, Meredith (Ph.D.) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: early language development; parental beliefs and practices concerning children's language; language development of underprivileged children

Rubin, Kenneth (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) Professor;
research interests include: social development; developmental psychopathology; peer relationships; parenting and parent-child relationships; culture

Saracho, Olivia (Ph.D, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Professor;
research interests include: research interests include emergent literacy, family literacy, cognitive style, and play

Selden, Steven (Ed.D, Teachers College, Columbia University) Professor;
research interests include: takes a critical theory analysis of curricular issues with a focus on the issues of race, class, and theories of social justice. Research includes a critical historical analysis of the history of the American Eugenics Movement in the early twentieth century and its links to education policies and practices

Silverman, Rebecca (Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education) Assistant Professor;
research interests include:language and literacy; differentiated instruction; english language learners

Slater, Wayne (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) Associate Professor;
research interests include: English Education/Literacy. research examines persuasion in reading comprehension and written communication with a focus on biased assimilation and stasis theory

Splaine, John (Ed.D, Boston University) Associate Professor Emeritus;
research interests include: research includes the effects of television on young people, the use of media in teaching, politics and policy development relative to educational technology, and humanistic aspects of educational media Back to Top

Stein, Howard(M.Ed., University of Maryland) Lecturer;
research interests include: research interest is the effect of the cultural adjustment and acculturation processes on English Language Learners

Stromquist, Nelly (Ph.D., Stanford University) Professor;
research interests include: the dynamics of educational policies and practices, gender relations, and equity, particularly in Latin America; social change and gender; critical sociology

Titus, Marvin (Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park) Professor;
research interests include: economics and finance of higher education; state higher education policy; student access and persistence; labor market outcomes of graduate students; and quantitative research methods

Travers, Kathleen (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) Senior Lecturer;
research interests include: research interests include English Education, teacher education and partnerships and university supervision

Torney-Purta, Judith (Ph.D., University of Chicago) Professor;
research interests include: social/political cognition; civic education cross-nationally; cross-cultural and inter-cultural studies; research related to social policy; Interaction in technology-rich environments; social studies and history learning

Turner, Jennifer (Ph.D., Michigan State University) Associate Professor;
research interests include: research examines culturally responsive approaches to elementary reading instruction; investigates strategies for preparing reading teachers for diversity; and explores the use of multicultural and global literature in reading preparation coursework

Valli, Linda (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) Professor;
research interests include: research focuses on teaching and teacher education, professional development, cultural diversity, and school improvement Back to Top

Wang, Cixin (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) Assistant Professor;
research interests include: bullying and bullying prevention, school-based mental health services and prevention of mental health problems, mental health literacy, help seeking among culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students, parenting practice and family involvement

Wang, Min (Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto) Associate Professor;
research interests include: language and reading acquisition; cross language and writing system comparisons; second language/bilingual literacy development

Wentzel, Kathryn (Ph.D., Stanford Univeristy) Professor;
research interests include: adolescent social development ; motivation and self-regulation; interpersonal relationships and school adjustment; students' relationships with teachers and peers

Wigfield, Allan (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana) Professor and Chair;
research interests include: development and socialization of motivation and self-concept; gender differences; achievement motivation; self-regulation and learning; motivation for literacy

Wilson, Peggy Secondary English Education Coordinator;
research interests include: research interests include the role of grammar and language instruction in secondary English/language arts classrooms

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