Sean Hall, Ph.D.
  • Process and outcomes in counseling and psychotherapy
  • Quantitative research methods issues
  • Counselor education best practices
Shannon McCarthy, Ph.D.
  • Counselor development
  • Counselor supervision
  • Family school collaboration
  • Adolescent and family counseling
Larry Tyson, Ph.D.
  • School counseling
  • Factors affecting academic performance
  • Adventure based counseling
Dayna Watson, Ph.D.
  • Issues of Poverty and Class in Counseling
  • Community-School Collaboration
  • Program Development

Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Lois Christensen, Ph.D
  • Social studies and justice
  • Early childhood education
  • Reggio Emilia inspired approaches
  • Women’s issues
Ann Dominick, Ed.D.
  • Supports necessary to help teachers shift their practice toward
  • inquiry-based teaching
  • Impact on student achievement when teachers delay the teaching of
  • standard algorithms
  • Effect of teaching using the CCRS for Mathematical practice on
  • teachers and students
  • Effect of rehearsal coaching on preservice teachers’ teaching practice
Kay Emfinger, Ph.D.
  • Early Childhood-School Readiness, Childcare, Head Start,
  • STEM/Gender Equity
  • Diversity-LGBT/Homelessness
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.

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 Talbott-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


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
Eric Plaisance, Ph.D. Exercise and nutritional based strategies to improve blood glucose and lipid metabolism
Sandra Sims, Ph.D.
  • Youth fitness
  • School health and fitness
  • Advocacy initiatives and legislation for healthy youth

Reading Education

Lynn Kirkland, Ed.D.
  • Literacy
  • Summer learning
  • Teacher education
  • Early Childhood Education
Jennifer Summerlin
  • Reading with Struggling Readers—Dyslexia
  • Content Area Literacy Instruction
  • Emergent Literacy Instruction
  • Teacher Professional Development that Results in an Actual Impact on Student Learning

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
Tonya Perry, Ph.D.
  • Adolescent Writing
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Curriculum Development
  • Urban Education
  • Middle School
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Professional Development
Michele Jean Sims, Ed.D.
  • Collaborative contexts that effect transformational change within/across various contexts, such as: urban education inclusive learning environments and practices, pre and in service teacher education (technology and literacy practices)
  • Multicultural education
  • Black female undergraduate students
  • The role of self and collective agency in the process of change
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
Renitta Goldman, Ph.D.
  • Reading in special education
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


Rachel Cochran, Ph.D.
  • Educational Psychology
  • Research Design
Jason Fulmore, Ph.D.
  • Educational Psychology
  • Research Design
  • Youth Health Education
  • Skin Cancer Risk Re-education