Faculty Research Interests

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Faculty Name and
Academic Background
Program Areas Area(s) of Scholarship
Acosta, M. Melanie
Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, & Teacher Education
University of Florida
Faculty website
Multicultural Education, Curriculum & Instruction Critical and culture-centered approaches to teacher preparation, Effective pedagogy for African American learners, Black educators (prospective and practicing), Effective elementary literacy practices
Baxley, Traci
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Florida Atlantic University
Faculty website
Multicultural Education, Curriculum & Instruction Multicultural literacy; Critical literacy; Family literacy (urban childhood and adolescent students); Race identity (early childhood and adolescent students)
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.
Diaz, Carlos
Professor Emeritus
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Florida Atlantic University
Multicultural Education, Professor Emeritus Multicultural education; global education; teacher preparation; ESOL. He is an international consultant for the US State Department’s Fulbright Scholar Specialist program.
Nightengale-Lee, Bianca
Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
University of Louisville
Faculty website
Curriculum & Instruction Critical pedagogy & teacher preparation: intersectionality, humanizing pedagogy; language, literacy and power in the classroom, hip-hop based education & the literacy development of Black youth.
Ramírez, J. Andrés
Ed.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Faculty website
TESOL/Bilingual Education, Curriculum & 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.
Schoorman, Dilys
Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory
Purdue University
Faculty website
Curriculum & Instruction Critical perspectives in research and pedagogy, teacher education in multicultural/global contexts, family literacy, faculty governance, leadership for social justice
Sembiante, Sabrina F.
Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning
University of Miami
Faculty website
TESOL/Bilingual Education, Curriculum & Instruction Sociocultural and systemic functional linguistics: Emergent bilingualism/ bi-literacy; Early bilingual childhood development; Teacher practices in dual language preschool education settings; Applied linguistics.
Tran, V. Hoang
Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies of Education
University of California, Berkeley
Faculty website
Social Context and Multicultural Education Critical Race Theory, Whiteness Studies, Law & Higher Education Access. His current scholarship examines affirmative action and Civil Rights policies in the colorblind era.
Vaughan, Michelle
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Florida Atlantic University
Faculty website
Curriculum & Instruction Teacher change and growth; Technological pedagogical content knowledge; Technology integration; Online program development; Inclusion practices; Special 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