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Community Health and Human Services

Retta Evans, Ph.D., MCHES
  • Health Education
  • Adolescent and young adult health, nutrition, and physical activity
  • Body image
  • School health
Laura Forbes, Ph.D.
  • Health education program planning and administration
  • Youth and adult drug use prevention programs
  • Student assistance programs
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Various college health topics
Larrell Wilkinson, Ph.D., MSPH, CHES
  • Health Education
  • Health Disparities/Equity
  • Psychosocial Health
  • Young Adult Wellness
  • Access to Health Care


Shannon McCarthy, Ph.D.
  • Counselor development
  • Counselor supervision
  • Family school collaboration
  • Adolescent and family counseling
Dayna Watson, Ph.D.
  • Issues of Poverty and Class in Counseling
  • Community-School Collaboration
  • Program Development

Early Childhood and Elementary Education

James Ernest, Ph.D.
  • Diverse views of developmentally appropriate practices
  • Effectiveness of pre-k programs
  • Coaching as a tool for professional development
Grace Jepkemboi, Ph.D.
  • Child development-especially children in difficult circumstances (e.g those affected by AIDS and refugee children)
  • Curriculum development
  • Comparative education

Educational Foundations

Tondra Loder-Jackson, Ph.D.
  • Urban Education
  • African American Educational History
  • Civil Rights and Education
  • Life Course and Life History Approaches
Andrew McKnight, Ph.D.
  • Social/Cultural Theory
  • Diversity and Equity
  • Ethics
  • Current Educational Policy
  • Emotional Contexts of Schooling

Educational Leadership

Amy Dagley, Ph.D.
  • School Law
  • Policy
  • Ethics
  • School Finance
  • Organizational and Leadership Factors in Schools
Keith Gurley, Ed.D.
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Professional development for In-Service School Leaders
Gary B. Peters, Ph.D.
  • Cultural factors underlying leadership processes
  • Crisis leadership

Educational Psychology and Research

Robin Fiedler, Ph.D.
  • Educational Statistics
  • Assessment and Measurement
Jenna LaChenaye, Ph.D.
  • Place-based, cultural and ecological sustainability and education
  • Neocolonial and poststructuralist theory in education
  • Ethnographic methods in research and evaluation
Melanie Shores, Ph.D.
  • Gender studies
  • Math/Science education
  • Assessment and measurement
Scott Snyder, Ph.D.
  • Program evaluation
  • Applications of the Rasch model to scale construction
  • Grading in K-16 education
  • Applications of systems theory
  • Bronfenbrenner’s theory to education and related programs

Educational Technology

Yu-Mei Wang, Ph.D.
  • Online Learning

English as a Second Language

Josephine Prado, Ph.D.
  • Language use
  • Language ideology,identity/subjectivity
  • Relationship of school and community
Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.
  • How mainstream teachers learn to implement ESL Best Practices and how they help their colleagues through collaborative mentoring
  • The use of oral interactive techniques, especially for the teaching of grammar and pronunciation
  • How visual analogies in "The Fun-Analogy Train" serve to empower graduate students in understanding phonological concepts and in using such concepts to help ELLs improve their pronunciation.

Higher Education Administration

Mary Ann Bodine Al-Sharif, Ph.D.
  • Student identity development - Exploring the lives of students who define themselves as living between worlds across issues of ability, race, religion, ethnicity, gender expression, and the like.
  • Global movements in higher education; the impact of internationalization, globalization and glocalization in higher education.
  • Exploring issues of social justice, institutionalized oppression, and advocacy within higher education

Instructional Design and Development

Elizabeth Fisher, Ph.D.
  • Learner experience/user experience design
  • Online teaching and learning
  • Workplace preparation


Gordon Fisher, Ph.D.
  • Effects of exercise/nutrition
  • Mitochondrial bioenergetics
  • Oxidative stress
  • Chronic inflammation in chronic diseases
Kristi Menear, Ph.D., CAPE
  • Adapted physical education/activity
  • Wellness for individuals with disabilities
Cody Morris, Ph.D.
  • Health status and exposure risks in firefighters
  • Fitness training vs. job performance in firefighters and sports officials
Claire Mowling, Ph.D.
  • Physical Education
Sandra Sims, Ph.D.
  • Youth fitness
  • School health and fitness
  • Advocacy initiatives and legislation for healthy youth

Secondary Education

Jeremiah Clabough, Ph.D.
  • Improving social studies pedagogy
  • Integrating primary sources into the social studies classroom
  • Utilizing children's literature in the social studies classroom
Lee Meadows, Ph.D.
  • Inquiry-based science teaching
  • Evolution Education
Tommy Smith, Ed.D.
  • Mathematics education
  • Inquiry-based instruction
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Mathematics content courses for teacher education

Special Education

Stephanie Corcoran, Ph.D.
  • Assessment
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
Robin Ennis, Ph.D.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • Academic and Behavioral Instructional Strategies
  • Students with and At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Jennifer Kilgo, Ed.D.
  • A transdisciplinary approach to personnel preparation
  • Culturally appropriate, family-based practices
  • Recommended (evidence-based) practices in the field of early intervention/early childhood special education
 Debbie Voltz, Ph.D.
  •  Diverse Learners in Inclusive Urban Schools