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Faculty Research Interests

To further our mission of supporting faculty research, and encourage the creation of multidisciplinary research teams, the table below lists the research areas of interest to COE faculty.

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*COE faculty not currently listed, as well as those who wish to update their listing, can submit their information via the Faculty Research Interests form


College of Education Faculty Research Interests (as of 3/15/17)

Last Name (website link)
First Name Email Rank Dept Institution Research Interests
Acee Taylor W. ta19@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Student motivation and emotion
●Strategic and self-regulated learning
●Postsecondary student success
●Developmental education
●College transitions
●Intervention research and program evaluation
Ahrens Jennifer N. ja27@txstate.edu Clinical Assistant Professor HHP Texas State University ●Motor skill progression in young children
●School readiness and the link to motor behavior in young children
●Service learning for college students working with pre-school children
●Flexible seating in elementary classrooms
Aidman Barry bja14@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS The University of Texas at Austin ●College access and completion
●Social and emotional learning
●Cross sector collaboration
●Leadership strategies and organizational change
●Leadership preparation
Allsup Roxane Cuellar ra17@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I Texas A&M University ●Bilingual education
●Effective bilingual program models
●Recruitment and retention of bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers
Armstrong Sonya L. sla113@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I University of Cincinnati ●College literacy learning and practice, including student conceptualizations of academic literacy
●Reading expectations and texts in developmental reading and career technical education courses
Ash Gwynne gwynne@txstate.edu Professor C&I University of Georgia ●Children's literature
●Readers who struggle
●Critical media literacy
Awoniyi Steve sa11@txstate.edu Associate Professor HHP   ●Public space: strictly formal/formal-behavioral collisions
Assaf Lori Czop lassaf@txstate.edu Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Writing instruction
●Teacher education
●Identity
●Ideology
●Language learning
Billingsley Glenna gb28@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I Texas State University ●Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS)
●Educating students with emotional and behavioral disorders
●Classroom management in secondary schools
Blalock Sarah M. s_b426@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS University of North Texas ●School counseling
●Mental health services in schools
●Play therapy
●Violence and bullying prevention
●Counselor wellness
●Neuropsychology
Bond Nathan NathanBond@txstate.edu Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Teacher leadership
●Professional learning communities
●Portfolio assessment
●Foreign language education
Bos Beth bb33@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I University of Houston ●Computational thinking and coding
●Games
●Pre-service education
●Math education
●Subitizing
Boucher, Jr. Michael L. mlb305@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I Indiana University ●Teacher education
●Critical Theory
●Curriculum
●Instruction
●Urban education
●Critical whiteness studies
●Critical pedagogy
Boutot Amanda eb15@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Autism
●Early intervention
●Early childhood special education
●Developmental disabilities
●Play
●Language development
Bruntmyer Tichelle db66@txstate.edu Lecturer C&I University of Missouri - Columbia ●Behavior disorders
●Underserved and marginalized populations
●Holistic, community-based supports for children with or at-risk for disabilities and their families
●Positive behavior supports
Busey Christopher cbusey@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I University of Central Florida ●Race and education
●Black history
●Afro-Latin@ history
●History and social studies curriculum
●Controversial issues
●Critical sports pedagogy
Caverly David C. DCaverly@TxState.edu Professor C&I Indiana University ●Academic, strategic, integrated reading and writing
●How multimodal digital literacies and other technologies support these academic literacies
●Fostering developmental educators' understanding of how to develop these literacies in college students through professional development
Ciullo Stephen ciullo@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Reading and writing instruction for students with learning disabilities and academic difficulties
●Writing instruction for students with learning disabilities and academic difficulties
●Professional development
●Content-area literacy
●Social studies
Colegrove Kiyomi Sánchez-Suzuki kiyomi@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Bilingual education
●Early childhood education
●Latino immigrant parents and their US schooling experiences
●Project-based learning
●Video-cued ethnography
Collins Alyson alysonacollins@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I Vanderbilt University ●Reading comprehension assessment & intervention
●Writing assessment & intervention
●Students with learning disabilities
●Students at-risk for reading and writing difficulties
●Teacher professional development
Collins Kristina Henry khc19@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I University of Georgia ●STEM identity development, esp. in underrepresented students
●Multicultural gifted an creativity education
●Parent STEM engagement, esp. in culturally and linguistically diverse students
●Mentoring across the life span
●Scholarship of teaching and learning
●Social emotional and cultural context of advanced development
Coryell Joellen coryell@txstate.edu Associate Professor CLAS Texas A&M University ●International, cross-cultural adult and higher education
●Teaching methods with adults
●Professional development of instructors and instructional leaders
●Adult second/foreign language acquisition
De la Colina Maria G. md26@txstate,edu Associate Professor C&I Texas A&M University ●Second language acquisition
●Bilingualism
●Spanish reading
Dean Shannon srd73@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS University of Georgia ●Multicultural competence

●College student development

●Faculty transition
Delaney Carol J. cd21@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I Syracuse University ●Adolescent Literacy
●Social Justice
●Writing instruction ( all levels)
●Teacher education and literacy
●Culturally responsive teaching
●Content area reading and writing
●STEM education and literacy
●Adult literacy
●Critical literacy
Dennis Cheryll I. cd22@txstate.edu Lecturer C&I Texas Woman's University ●Early Literacy
●Effective Teaching for Developing Readers
●Oral History
Deringer Stephen Anthony sd1287@txstate.edu Lecturer HHP University of Idaho ●Outdoor education

●Place-based education

●Mindfulness

●Outdoor recreation

●Experiential education
Dickinson Gail dickinson@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Project-based instruction
●Science teacher development, esp. in project-/problem-based environments
●Cambodian education development
Duchaine Ellen ed23@txstate.edu Senior Lecturer C&I Georgia State University ●Increasing educational success of students with high-incidence disabilities
●Classroom management & behavioral interventions, incl. PBIS ●Effectiveness of instructional/assessment strategies for students with disabilities,
●Teacher preparation for teaching K-12 students with disabilities incl. in inclusive classrooms
●Effects of multi-cultural content/perspective in university courses
●Effects of instructional/assessment strategies in teacher preparation
Duhon Laura ld11@txstate.edu Senior Lecturer C&I Seton Hall University ●Cooperative learning
●Boys' success in school
●Novice teachers and mentoring
Duncan Kristen E. kduncan@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I University of Georgia ●Black teacher experiences and retention
●Race in social studies education
●Diversity in the public school teaching force
Everman Daphne J. djt62@txstate.edu Lecturer C&I Texas State University ●Use of literature in elementary science education
●Pre-service teacher education
Fall Kevin A. kf22@txstate.edu Professor CLAS University of North Texas ●Group counseling
●Co-leadership dynamics and relationship development
●Domestic violence
●Professional Counselor training
Fife Gabriel P. gabefife@txstate.edu Assistant Professor HHP Yonsei University
(Seoul, South Korea)
●Epidemiology of sports-related injury with focus in martial arts
●Biomechanics of head injury in martial arts and the military
●Impact biomechanics of protective helmets
●Paralympic classification
Fite Kathleen kf02@txstate.edu Professor C&I University of North Texas ●Development and learning across the lifespan
Flasch Paulina S. psf16@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS University of Central Florida ●Intimate partner violence/domestic violence
●Gender and sexuality
●Altruism and empathy
●Counselor development
●Jewish issues in counseling
●International issues in counseling
Forsythe Michelle mforsythe@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I Vanderbilt University ●STEM teacher preparation and development
●EC-16 science and math learning
●Scientific and statistical practices of ecological field investigations
●Use of video club and video case analysis in preservice teacher training
●Interaction analysis in research
Fraser Melissa A. missyfraser@txstate.edu Assistant Professor HHP The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ●Sport-related subconcussive and concussive impacts
●Link between emotion dysregulation and traumatic brain injury in military personnel and sport-related concussion
●Impact biomechanics
Fulton Cheryl L. clfulton@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS University of North Carolina at Greensboro ●Mindfulness
●Women and gender issues in counseling
●Disordered eating
●Leadership
Furney Steven R. sf02@txstate.edu University
Distinguished Professor
HHP University of Tennessee ●History of health education
●Chronic and infectious disease
●Influence of stress on the human immune system
Garza Rubén rg26@txstate.edu Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Mentoring
●Caring
●Latino education
Gordon Stephen P. sg07@txstate.edu Professor CLAS University of Georgia ●Instructional supervision
●Professional development
●Action research
●Teacher leadership
●Educational leadership preparation
●Curriculum development
Guajardo Miguel A. maguajardo@txstate.edu Professor CLAS The University of Texas at Austin ●Community building
●Community youth development
●Leadership development
●Race and ethnicity
●University and community partnerships
●Latino youth and families
Haber-Curran Paige ph31@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS University of San Diego ●College student leadership development
●Gender in college
●College student learning
Haiyasoso Maria D. mh1423@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS The University of Texas at San Antonio ●Counseling child survivors of sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers
●Parent-child relationships
●Play Therapy
●Relational-cultural theory
●Counselor wellness
Hallman Vicki vh13@txstate.edu Lecturer HHP Texas State University ●Coaching
Harter Rod A. rod.harter@txstate.edu Professor HHP University of Oregon ●Anterior cruciate ligament injury risk factors and prevention strategies
●Clinical diagnosis and management of concussions in sport
Hartwig Elizabeth Kjellstrand ekk6@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS St. Mary's University
(San Antonio, Texas)
●Animal-assisted counseling
●Play therapy with children and adolescents
●Dropout prevention
●Grief support
●Clinical supervision
●Resiliency in single mothers
Hodges Russ rh12@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I Grambling State University ●College access
●Persistence and completion for underserved populations
●Postsecondary peer-support interventions (e.g., coaching, mentoring, tutoring, advising)
●Role of learning frameworks courses in student persistence and completion
●Developmental education policy
Hodges Jan jh223@txstate.edu Associate Professor HHP University of North Texas ●Therapeutic value of nature

●Therapeutic recreation inclusion

●Experiential education
Holschuh Jodi Patrick jh215@txstate.edu Professor and
Department Chair
C&I University of Georgia ●Disciplinary literacy
●Strategic learning
●Transition to college
●Literacy in the sciences
Horony Staci seh24@txstate.edu Lecturer C&I Concordia University ●Brain research and creativity
Housman Jeff housman@txstate.edu Associate Professor HHP Texas A&M University ●Substance Use
●Health Behavior Theory
●Survey Development
●Measurement
●Program Evaluation
Huerta Mary Esther mehuerta@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at San Antonio ●Biliteracy
●First and second language development
●Second language literacy development
●Equity in schooling for Latinos
●Bilingual education and English as a Second Language (ESL)
Jackson Julie K. jj32@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Academic vocabulary development in science
●Interactive word walls
●Teachers as change agents
Jansky Katrina kmj104@txstate.edu Lecturer C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●The teaching of writing
●Adolescent writers
●Pre-service teachers
Key Terri Cearley tc19@txstate.edu Senior Lecturer C&I Texas State University ●Mentor induction
●Pre-service teachers
●Culturally responsive teaching
●Teaching K-8 reading and writing
●Mentoring
●How boys learn
●Supporting struggling readers and writers
Kipp Lindsay E. lindsaykipp@txstate.edu Assistant Professor HHP University of Minnesota ●Positive youth development through physical activity
●Coaching behaviors
●Peer influence
●Motivational processes
●Self-perceptions
●Sportspersonship
●Psychological, social, and physical well-being
Knudson Duane dk19@txstate.edu Professor and
Department Chair
HHP University of Wisconsin-Madison ●Biomechanics of sport & exercise, esp. tennis
●Stretching

●Learning biomechanical concepts

●Qualitative movement diagnosis

●Influence and citation metrics of research reports
Lang Russell rl30@txstate.edu Associate Professor and
Executive Director,
CARES Clinic
C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Autism spectrum disorder
●Intellectual disability
●Developmental disability
●Play
●Challenging behavior
●Applied behavior analysis
Larrotta Clarena cl24@txstate.edu Associate Professor CLAS The University of Texas at Austin ●Freirean participatory approach to learning and teaching
●Adults learning English as a Second Language (ESL)
●Adult/family literacy
●Adult education
Lasser Jon jl30@txstate.edu Professor CLAS The University of Texas at Austin ●Ethics
●Autism
●Parenting
●LGBTQIA
●Immigration
●Mental health and schools
Lee Kathryn S. kl10@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Development of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) in teacher education
●Culturally responsive teaching
Litchke Lyn G. ll24@txstate.edu Associate Professor HHP Texas State University ●Mind body spirit
●Yoga

●Special Olympics

●Drumtastics
●Disabilities: autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer's, wounded soldiers
Liu Ting tingliu@txstate.edu Associate Professor HHP The University of Texas at Austin ●Children with autism – motor behavior, intervention, assessment
●Pre-school children – fine & gross motor skill performance and school readiness
Lloyd Lisa LisaLloyd@txstate.edu Professor and
Associate Dean, Research
and Sponsored Programs
HHP
COE
The University of Alabama ●Physical activity promotion and weight control
●Retention of participants enrolled in wellness programs
López Minda Morren minda.lopez@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at San Antonio ●Biliteracy
●Language ideologies
●Teacher preparation/education
●Children's literature
●Language acquisition
●Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL)
●Multiliteracies
Loya Blanca bl59339@txstate.edu Instructor C&I Texas State University ●Literacy

●English as a Second Language (ESL)

●Community Involvement
Lustick Hilary hal35@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS New York University ●Culturally responsive education
●Restorative justice
●Race and schools
●Institutional theory
●Social reproduction theory
Maldonado Luz A. lm65@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Elementary mathematics education: teacher preparation, student-centered teaching, teacher noticing, understanding children's mathematical thinking, esp. in bilingual settings
●Teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students
●Equity and teaching mathematics for social justice
McCurdy Kevin km55@txstate.edu Professor HHP University of Arkansas ●Functional resistance training for sport performance and injury prevention
●Role of strength in the prevention of knee injury in females
●Comparison of unilateral and bilateral resistance training exercises for improved sport performance and injury prevention
Meaney Karen S. km66@txstate.edu Professor HHP University of Houston ●Service-learning
●Scholarship of teaching and learning
●Community-based participatory research
●Underserved youth
Murray Tinker D. tm05@txstate.edu Professor HHP Texas A&M University ●Physical activity and health
●Exercise physiology (training)
●Diabetes prevention and physical activity
●Youth fitness
Odum Mary m_o92@txstate.edu Assistant Professor HHP Texas A&M University ●Community and public health
●Childhood obesity
●Socio-ecological impacts on health
●Mixed-methods and qualitative inquiry
Oestreich Jo Beth jo15@txstate.edu Senior Lecturer C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Social studies and geographic education
●Pre-service teachers
●Effective teaching
O'Malley Michael P. mo20@txstate.edu Professor and
Department Chair
CLAS Saint Joseph's University ●School leadership for educational equity
●Public pedagogy & social transformation
●Curriculum theory
●LGBT equity in schools & society
●Principal preparation & development
O'Neal Sharon F. so10@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Social justice topics as a focus for developing critical literacy
●Writing education
●Children's literature
Ortiz Araceli Martinez amo56@txstate.edu Research Assistant Professor
and Director, LBJ Institute for
STEM Education and Research
C&I Tufts University ●K-12 engineering education curriculum and instruction
●Motivation and preparation of underserved populations
●STEM student identity development and motivation
●STEM teacher professional development
●Culturally responsive teaching in the STEM classroom
●Problem-based learning and assessment
Pape Dianne Rush pape@grandecom.net Senior Lecturer C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Early Childhood
●Service Learning
●Preschool Curriculum
Payne Emily Miller ep02@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I New Mexico State University ●Developmental Education literacy
●Adult literacy
●Developmental Education and Adult Education professional development
Pimentel Charise cp26@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I University of Utah ●Race and education
●Bilingual education
●Critical media literacy
●Social justice issues
Plotts Cindy cp11@txstate.edu Professor CLAS The University of Texas at Austin ●Neuropsychology

●Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

●Psychopharmacology

●Low incidence disabilities
Reardon Robert F. rreardon@txstate.edu Associate Professor CLAS University of Georgia ●Organizational learning
●Informal learning
●Risk analysis (chemical industry)
●Innovation and change in organizations
Rigby Justin justinrigby@txstate.edu Assistant Professor HHP Brigham Young University ●Therapeutic modalities/physical agents
●Transdermal drug delivery
●Chronic tendon injury
●Healing process and cytokine profiles
Rivera Marialena D. mdr164@txstate.edu Assistant Professor CLAS University of California, Berkeley ●Education policy and politics
●Educational leadership for school improvement
●Educational equity
●Public financial management of school districts
●Governance reform
●School finance
●Privatization
●School choice
●Alternative certification programs
Saunders Jane M. janesaunders@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Critical literacy
●New literacies/new media
●Social justice/culturally responsive pedagogy
Scheuermann Brenda Kay brenda@txstate.edu Professor C&I The University of Texas at Austin ●Positive, preventive approaches to management of behavior disorders across educational and residential settings (school, alternative schools, juvenile justice)
●Physical restraint and seclusion as applied in schools and residential facilities

●School policing: practices, preparation of school police
Smith Shaunna sfs36@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I University of Houston ●Arts integration
●Design-based learning
●Makerspaces
●Technology access and equity
Smith Maureen ms29@txstate.edu Senior Lecturer HHP Texas A&M University ●Physical activity/wellness for an aging population.

●Endurance running – marathons and beyond
Summers EJ es33@txstate.edu Associate Professor C&I University of Houston ●Ethnographic examination of the contexts of education
●Equity in education
●Intersections of formal and informal cultures in constructing EC-16 educative experiences
Van Overschelde James P. jv23@txstate.edu Assistant Professor and
Director, Evaluation & Research
C&I
OEP
University of Colorado at Boulder ●Quality and effectiveness of teacher preparation
●Teacher attrition and mobility
●Impact of employment environment on teachers and student learning
●Data integrity and quality
●Longitudinal, quantitative statistical and research methodologies
Waite Duncan dw26@txstate.edu Professor CLAS University of Oregon ●Qualitative research methods
●Educational leadership
●Instructional supervision
●Corporativitism
●Critique
Waite Susan Field sw22@txstate.edu Assistant Professor C&I University of Georgia ●Creativity
●Education theory/critique
●Politics of education
●Practices of "talent development"
Walker John jw18@txstate.edu Professor HHP University of Houston ●Youth fitness

●Testing and evaluation

●Strength & conditioning

●Exercise science
Wendler Linda Fine lw22@txstate.edu Senior Lecturer C&I University of Minnesota ●Secondary literacy
●Service learning
●Pre-service student teacher preparation
Wiggins Afi Y. afi@txstate.edu Senior Research Analyst ORSP University of Virginia ●Impact of employment environment, and other school and organizational characteristics, on teacher attrition and mobility

●Relationships between employment environment, and other school and organizational characteristics, and student achievement

●Application of critical race theory to teacher effectiveness and student achievement research
Wiley David davidwiley@txstate.edu Professor HHP The University of Texas at Austin ●Sexuality education
●Teen pregnancy prevention
●HIV education and testing
●Dating violence prevention
Williams, Jr. Ronald ronwilliams@txstate.edu Associate Professor HHP University of Alabama ●Substance use prevention (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, energy drinks, illicit drugs)
●Community and public health
●Complementary and alternative medicines
Ybañez-Llorente Kathy kybanez@txstate.edu Associate Professor CLAS Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi ●Clinical supervision

●Ethical/legal issues in counseling

●Multicultural issues in supervision and counseling

●Professional identity development

●Professional advocacy

●Childhood anxiety
Zimmerman Jo An M. jz15@txstate.edu Associate Professor HHP Clemson University Aspects of management that can improve the planning & delivery of community-based recreation programs and services:
▪management functions, responsibilities and roles
▪program practices
▪program evaluation
▪resource planning
▪fiscal management & budgeting
▪customer service