Faculty Research Interests

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Faculty Name and
Academic Background
Program Areas Area(s) of Scholarship
Acosta, Melanie
Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching & Teacher Education
University of Florida
Faculty website
Multicultural Education, Curriculum & Instruction Critical issues in teacher learning and preparation; supporting African American educational excellence in elementary classrooms and in local communities; professional practice and identity of African American educators
Ariza, Eileen
Ed.D in Multilingual/Multicultural Education
University of Massachusetts
Faculty website
TESOL/Bilingual Education Foreign Language Teaching Methods, Language Arts and the Teaching Profession, TESOL and Bilingual Education
Baxley, Traci
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Florida Atlantic University
Faculty website
Multicultural Education, Curriculum & Instruction Anti-racist curriculum, anti-racist parenting, race identity, culturally responsive pedagogy, multicultural education and Black feminist thought
Bhagwanji, Yash
Ph.D. in Early Childhood and Special Education
University of Illinois
Faculty website
Early Childhood Education Early childhood curriculum; Early intervention strategies; Parent involvement; Administration and advocacy in early education; Early childhood environmental education.
Bousalis, Rina
Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Science Education
University of South Florida
Faculty website
Social Science Education Research interests include immigration, multiculturalism, human rights, United States history, and global and civics education
Brown, Susannah
Ph.D. in Art Education
Florida State University
Faculty website
Art Education Arts Education, Curriculum Integration, Arts Integrated Curriculum, STEAM, Professional Development for Educators, Reading and Language Arts Early Childhood and Elementary  
Brown, Victoria
Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Management
University of West Florida
Faculty website
Instructional Technology Instructional technology for both educational and training professionals; Media Literacy; best practices in the teaching online, online support services, and management of distance learning programs for both K-12 and higher education. Experience in development of applications and products within distance education and training.
Dernikos, Bessie
Ed.D in Curriculum & Teaching with specialization in Literacy Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Faculty website
Reading Education Reading and Language Arts, Literacy Education, Reading and Writing Development, Assessment-based Literacy instruction.
Diaz, Carlos
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Florida Atlantic University
Multicultural Education Multicultural education; global education; teacher preparation; ESOL. He is an international consultant for the US State Department’s Fulbright Scholar Specialist program.
Furner, Joseph M.
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Mathematics Education
University of Alabama
Faculty website
Mathematics Education Mathematics Education, Best Practices in teaching mathematics, Math Anxiety Research, Math Ed. technology research, i.e. GeoGebra
Gonzalez-DeHass, Alyssa
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, minor in Psychology
University of Florida
Faculty website
Educational Psychology Educational Psychology, Parental Involvement, Student Motivation and Achievement Goals, Self-Efficacy and Self-Regulated Learning, the Case Study Method of Instruction, and Human Development
Harris, Deborah
Ph.D. in Curriculum Teaching and Educational Policy
Michigan State University
Faculty website
Reading Education Reading, Language arts and Literacy
Kumar, David
Ed.D. in Science Education
Vanderbilt University
Faculty website
Science/Stem Education Science/STEM education; STEM teacher preparation for high need schools; Analysis of gaps in policy, curriculum and classroom practice in STEM; Program evaluation; Needs assessment; Digital media supported problem-based learning; Nanoscale materials education
Lapp, Susanne
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
University of Cincinnati
Faculty website
Reading Education Reading, Language Arts and Children Literature
Musgrove, Ann
Ed.D. in Adult and Community Education
Florida Atlantic University
Faculty website
Instructional Technology Instructional Technology, Instructional design and Technology Integration. Best practices in online learning and cognitive styles.
Nichols, Bryan
Ph.D. in Science Education
University of South Florida-Tampa
Faculty website
Science Education, Environment Education Science & Environmental Education, Importance of science and environmental literacy to global wellbeing. Emotional and moral implications of science education. Motivations for non-majors to use scientific skills and thinking, especially connection and compassion for wildlife
Nightengale-Lee, Bianca
Assessment Coordinator
Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
University of Louisville
Faculty website
Curriculum & Instruction, Multicultural Education Critical pedagogy & teacher preparation: intersectionality, humanizing pedagogy; language, literacy and power in the classroom, hip-hop based education & the literacy development of Black youth.
Powers, Jillian
Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction: Instructional Technology
Florida Atlantic University
Faculty website
Instructional Technology Technology integration in K12 education, information and media literacy education, computational thinking and STEM education, online and blended learning and assistive technology
Ramirez, J. Andrés
Ed.D. in Language Literacy and Culture
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Faculty website
TESOL/Bilingual Education, Curriculum and Instruction Bilingual and TESOL education; Critical Applied Linguistics; Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical pedagogy. His current scholarship explores advocacy and responsive curricular practices for academic literacy achievement for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Rhone, Angela
Ed.D. in Curriculum & Teaching
University of North Carolina
Faculty website
Educational Psychology Educational Psychology, Multicultural Education and Technology
Schoorman, Dilys
Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory Purdue University
Faculty website
Curriculum & Instruction, Multicultural Education Critical perspectives in research and pedagogy, teacher education and professional development in multicultural/global contexts, family literacy, faculty governance, leadership for social justice
Sembiante, Sabrina
Ph.D. Program Coordinator
Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning
University of Miami
Faculty website
TESOL/Bilingual Education, Curriculum and Instruction TESOL; Bilingual Education; Early Childhood; Early Bilingual Child Development; Language and Literacy Instructional Practices; Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Vaughan, Michelle
Master’s Program Coordinator
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Florida Atlantic University
Faculty website
Curriculum & Instruction Teacher change and growth through action research; Technological pedagogical content knowledge; Technology integration; Online program development; Inclusion practices.
Willems, Patricia
Master’s Program Coordinator
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
University of Florida
Faculty website
Educational Psychology Educational Psychology, Motivation; Self-Efficacy in preservice teacher preparation; Authentic instructional approaches for online learners; Case-study method/Case-based learning; Parental involvement in children’s learning and their educational success. Teach graduate courses in the areas of Child Development, Development of the Adolescent and Young Adult, Theories of Children & Adolescent’s Identity Development and Personality in Education.
Zainuddin, Hanizah
Ph.D. in Language Education
Indiana University at Bloomington
Faculty website
TESOL/Bilingual Education Teacher professional development in TESOL; International initiatives; ESOL and bilingual development; Program evaluation; Family literacy, authentic assessments and content-based instruction for English Learners.