Faculty and Staff
Research Interests: Positive behavioral interventions and support at the school-wide, class-wide and individual student level; students with challenging behavior; supporting teachers' classroom management.
Curriculum and Instruction
Research Interests: Teacher preparation; higher education leadership; partnership development; curriculum and instruction; multicultural education; discussion pedagogies; educational foundations; interdisciplinary curriculum design; scholarship of teaching and learning.
Mandy Biggers, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Primary Teaching Area: Science education
Research Interests: Data-driven decision making; data-driven instruction; pedagogically appropriate use of technology in educational practice; new teacher induction; experiential learning.
Research Interests: Testing, certification and accountability; diversity issue in education; partnerships; new teacher induction; experiential learning.
Research Interests: Assessment and intervention practices; 21st century instructional strategies; teacher preparation and pedagogy; technology integration; high leverage teaching practices; new teacher digital induction and mentoring.
Research Interests: New teacher induction and mentoring; school/university partnerships
Ludovic A. Sourdot, PhD
Research Interests: The pedagogical possibilities television programming offer for visual culture studies and teacher education; curriculum studies; educational technology; multicultural education; serving the needs of English Language Learners; public pedagogy.
Research Interests: Special education; special education evaluation/assessment; low-incidence disabilities.
Minkowan Goo, PhD
Research Interests: Using technology (virtual reality and augmented reality) in teaching students with disabilities.
Jane Pemberton, PhD
Research Interests: Instructional strategies; curriculum-based measurement; gender equity issues; distance education; grandparents raising grandchildren with disabilities.
Jerry Whitworth, EdD
Research Interests: Technology in education; test-taking strategies; inclusion; transition issues.
Bilingual and ESL Education
Melinda Cowart, EdD
Research Interests: Effective, equitable teaching of all children, particularly those with ethnic, linguistic and academic diversity; the appropriate preparation of new teachers for real-world schools; the proper training of teachers to successfully address the needs and requirements of immigrant, refugee and homeless children.
Jorge F. Figueroa, PhD
Visiting Associate Professor
Research Interests: Bilingual/ESL teacher training with technology; gamification and game-based learning for bilingual/ESL instruction; augmented reality and virtual reality for ESL/EFL instruction; psychological and socio-cultural factors in L2 teaching and learning; distributed and multimodal teaching and learning; digital divide; leadership in higher education.
Research Interests: ESL training for mainstream secondary level teachers; English Language Learners' development of academic language in mathematics and science; language awareness; teacher identity.
Claudia Sanchez, PhD
Research Interests: Parental involvement in K-12 education; bilingual/ESL teacher preparation and professional development; grant writing; ESL teaching methodologies.
Patsy Sosa-Sanchez, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Research Interests: English Language Learners (ELLs) and expository text; long-term ELLs; ELLs and standardized assessments.
Peggy Malone, EdD
Research Interests: Giving effective feedback in an instructional setting; school leadership performance.
Teresa Starrett, EdD
Research Interests: experiential learning; reflective practice; supervision.
Research Interests: Teacher and principal certification; organizational health; teaching and learning; case studies for professional development; school discipline; educational leadership.