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John Achrazoglou

Expertise

  • Technology
  • Distance education
  • Assistive technologies
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Portfolio-Performance Assessment.

Stephen M. Alessi

Expertise

  • Educational Technology
  • Multimedia Design
  • Web-based Learning
  • Instructional Simulation

Research Interests

  • Web-based instructional simulations
  • Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) for Instruction
  • Effects of realism in simulations and interactive multimedia

Teaching Interests

  • Cognitive learning factors in educational multimedia
  • Interactive multimedia web-based learning
  • Instructional simulation
  • Computer-managed instruction

Saba Rasheed Ali

Research Interests

  • Vocational Psychology

Teaching Interests

  • Career Counseling

Brian Pyong An

Expertise

  • Sociology of education
  • Transition to college
  • Social stratification
  • High school accelerated programs

Research Interests

  • Educational transitions
  • High school accelerated programs (e.g., dual enrollment and Advanced Placement)
  • Social inequality and stratification
  • Student access and choice to college
  • College persistence
  • School desegregation
  • Social returns to education

Teaching Interests

  • Sociology of education
  • Sociology of higher education

Robert D. Ankenmann

Research Interests

  • Educational testing and measurement
  • Performance assessment
  • Item response theory

Teaching Interests

  • Educational testing and measurement
  • Applied statistics
  • Educational research methodology

Timothy N. Ansley

Research Interests

  • Item response theory
  • Standardized achievement testing

Teaching Interests

  • Educational Measurement - item response theory
  • Applied Statistics

Susan Goodsell Assouline

Expertise

  • Cognitive Development of Gifted Students
  • Mathematically Talented Students
  • Academic Acceleration
  • Twice-exceptionality (gifted with a disability)

Research Interests

  • Twice-exceptionality
  • Academic Acceleration
  • Mathematically Gifted Elementary Students

Teaching Interests

  • Assessment of Learning Differences

Clar Baldus

Expertise

  • Talent development in visual arts
  • Creativity

Sheila Barron

Research Interests

  • Policy analysis
  • Test development
  • Test scaling and equating

David B. Bills

Research Interests

  • labor market behavior
  • educational inequality
  • trends in work and employment

Teaching Interests

  • sociology of education
  • education and social change
  • education, race, and ethnicity
  • demographic analysis for educational research
  • education and world of work
  • education and gender
  • sociological perspectives on educational policy and reform
  • alternative education

Robert L. Brennan

Research Interests

  • Generalizability theory
  • Equating, Linking, and Scaling
  • Classical test theory
  • Relationships among measurement models
  • Policy issues in educational testing
  • Standard Setting
  • Performance assessment
  • Context effects
  • Domain-referenced and criterion-referenced interpretations of scores

     

    Teaching Interests

  • Generalizability theory
  • Equating, linking, and scaling
  • Classical test theory

Allison Leigh Bruhn

Expertise

  • Three-tiered models of prevention

Research Interests

  • Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Three-tiered Models of Prevention

Teaching Interests

  • Social and Behavioral Interventions

Richard T. Cary

Research Interests

  • Development of Standard Test Methods

Teaching Interests

  • Appearance Communication

Kyong Mi Choi

Research Interests

  • Curriculum, Textbooks, and Teaching Approaches in Secondary School Geometry
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches in Students' Learning and Evaluations of Mathematics and Science
  • Uses of the Cognitive Diagnosis Modeling (CDM) approach on students' learning of mathematics
  • Mathematically Gifted Students

Mary L. Cohen

Research Interests

  • Participated in the University of Iowa Center for Teaching's Institute on Engaged Teaching and Engaged Scholarship: May 26-28, 2009 and follow-up sessions.

Nicholas Colangelo

Expertise

  • Gifted Education
  • Acceleration

Research Interests

  • Gifted Education Acceleration

Teaching Interests

  • Gifted Education Counseling Theories Group Psychotherapy

Carolyn Colvin

Research Interests

  • Sociocultural Literacy issues with immigrant adults and their literacy
  • Critical Discourse Analysis as Theory & Method
  • Adolescent Literacy issues

Teaching Interests

  • Sociocultural Literacy Perspectives (Theory & Research)
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Methods of Secondary Literacy Instruction
  • Reading and writing in the intermediate grades

Alissa Doobay

Research Interests

  • Twice-exceptionality
  • Cognitive, academic, and psychosocial profiles of talented students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders
  • Diagnosis of autism in high functioning youth

Stephen B. Dunbar

Expertise

  • Educational Measurement

Research Interests

  • Large-scale Assessment
  • Test Validation Methods and Applications
  • Test Design and Development

Teaching Interests

  • Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • Structural Equation Models
  • Elementary and Intermediate Statistics
  • Educational Measurement

David K. Duys

Research Interests

  • Counselor Education and Supervision
  • School Counseling
  • Career Counseling with Special Populations

Stewart W. Ehly

Research Interests

  • Consultation
  • Professional practices in school psychology
  • Assessment
  • Parent involvement
  • Psychoeducational interventions

Teaching Interests

  • Consultation and organizational change
  • Communication skills
  • Psychoeducational interventions
  • Supervision and practice of school psychology

Noel Estrada-Hernandez

Research Interests

  • Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • Assistive Technology
  • Vocational/Career Development and Outcomes of persons with disabilities
  • Rehabilitation Counseling Ethics with an emphasis on consumer involvement
  • Consultation and Supervision

Ron S. Fielder, Ph.D.

Expertise

  • School Administration / Leadership

Research Interests

  • same as teaching interests

Teaching Interests

  • Educational Leadership
  • Organizational Theory
  • Strategic Planning / Organizational Design
  • Systems Thinking
  • Education & Public Policy

Leslie Flynn

Expertise

  • STEM Education
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Educational Research Design and Evaluation

Teaching Interests

  • Science Teaching Methods
  • STEM Educational Leadership
  • Nanotechnology Education

Megan Foley Nicpon

Research Interests

  • Cognitive, academic, and psychosocial profiles of talented students with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders
  • Psychosocial and cognitive profiles of high functioning students with ADHD
  • measurement of autism in high functioning youth
  • psychosocial functioning in high ability youth with disabilities

Teaching Interests

  • Assessment
  • Psychopathology and development
  • child development and counseling

Gregory Edward Hamot

Expertise

  • Social Studies and Global Education
  • Civic Education in Secondary Schools

Research Interests

  • Social Studies and Democratic Citizenship Education in Post-Communist Countries
  • Cross-Cultural Understandings of Social Studies and Democratic Citizenship Education
  • History and Foundations of Social Studies Education
  • Preservice Teacher Education in the Social Studies

Teaching Interests

  • Secondary Social Studies Teaching Methods
  • History and Foundations of Social Studies Education
  • Infusing Global Perspectives into the Curriculum
  • Qualitative Methods for Cross-Cultural Research

Brian Hand

Expertise

  • How we can use language as a learning tool to improve students' understanding of science.

Research Interests

  • Use of constructivist teaching and learning strategies within secondary school science classrooms. Emphasis is placed on the use of writing to learn science strategies within these classrooms.

Jo M. Hendrickson

Research Interests

  • Inclusion Strategies, Peer Coaching and Collaboration, Social Skills and Friendship, Problem-solving

Teaching Interests

  • Emotionally and Behaviorally Disordered
  • Dropout Prevention, At-risk Students
  • Learning Disabilities

Liz Hollingworth

Research Interests

  • My research interests focus on curriculum and assessment. In particular, I am interested in how federal accountability policies are affecting classroom practice and school administration.

Teaching Interests

  • My teaching centers on curriculum, leadership and assessment

Youjia Hua

Research Interests

  • academic interventions for students with learning difficulties

Teaching Interests

  • single subject research design
  • explicit instruction
  • behavior management

Mitchell Jay Kelly

Expertise

  • Teaching

Teaching Interests

  • Educational Psychology and Seminar in College Teaching

Michael J. Kolen

Expertise

  • Educational Measurement and Statistics

Research Interests

  • Scaling and Equating of Tests
  • Item Response Theory
  • Test Reliability

Teaching Interests

  • Scaling and Equating of Educational Tests
  • Item Response Theory
  • Scaling Methods
  • Educational Statistics
  • Educational Measurement

Susan Marie Lagos Lavenz

Research Interests

  • Early childhood administration
  • Special education administration
  • Education aspects of elementary administration

Teaching Interests

  • Education Administration
  • Special Education

Nancy Joan Gray Langguth

Research Interests

  • Secondary Classroom Management
  • Methods of Teaching, Middle School
  • Student Teaching (Off-Site Placements and International Placements)

Teaching Interests

  • Student Teaching (Off-Site Placements and International Placements)
  • Secondary Classroom Management
  • Methods of Teaching, Middle School

Won-Chan Lee

Research Interests

  • Test equating
  • IRT linking and scaling
  • reliability
  • classification consistency and accuracy
  • classical test theory

Debora L. Liddell

Research Interests

  • College Students
  • Moral and Ethical Reasoning
  • Socialization of New Professionals in Higher Education

Teaching Interests

  • College Student Learning and Development
  • Student Affairs Practice
  • American College Students
  • Supervised Practice

William Ming Liu

Expertise

  • Multiculturalism, Social Class, Men and Masculinity

Research Interests

  • Social Class, Men and Masculinity, Multicultural Competencies

Leslie Margolin

Expertise

  • Counseling; human sexuality; academic writing; creative writing

Research Interests

  • The history of science and practice (subareas: gifted education, social work, psychiatry)

Teaching Interests

  • Counseling, writing, historical research, Foucault, human sexuality

Christine L. McCarthy

Expertise

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Science Education
  • Philosophy of John Dewey
  • Naturalized Epistemology
  • Ecological Education
  • Ethics
  • Critical thinking

Teaching Interests

  • Philosophy of John Dewey
  • Ethics and Education
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Political/Social Philosophy and Education

Joyce L. Moore

Research Interests

  • Mathematical learning
  • Learning and problem solving
  • Educational technology

Teaching Interests

  • Educational psychology
  • Cognition and learning
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Learning sciences and education

Christopher Morphew

Expertise

  • Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Higher Education Policy, Higher Education Policy

Teaching Interests

  • Higher Education

Christine A. Ogren

Expertise

  • History of K-12 and Higher Education in the U.S.

Research Interests

  • History of higher education (US)
  • History of teacher education (US)
  • History of the teaching profession (US)
  • History of gender and education (US)

Teaching Interests

  • History of higher education (US)
  • History of American education (general)
  • Diversity issues in higher education
  • History of teaching (US)
  • History of women's education (US)

Soonhye Park

Research Interests

  • Teacher cognition
  • Teacher education
  • Qualitative research methods

Teaching Interests

  • Secondary science teaching methods
  • Qualitative research methods

Ernest T. Pascarella

Research Interests

  • impact of college on students

Teaching Interests

  • research design
  • statistical analysis
  • impact of college on students

Michael B. Paulsen

Research Interests

  • Economics, Finance and Policy in Higher Education
  • Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Faculty Development in Higher Education
  • Access, Choice and Persistence in Higher Education

Teaching Interests

  • Economics & Finance of Higher Education
  • Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
  • The College Curriculum

Lia Margaret Plakans

Expertise

  • Language assessment
  • Second language reading & writing

Research Interests

  • Language Assessment
  • Second Language Reading and Writing
  • Test use

Teaching Interests

  • Methods for Second Language Reading and Writing
  • Language Assessment
  • Second/Foreign Language Teaching Methods
  • Language Planning in Education

Deborah K. Reed

Expertise

  • Reading/Literacy/Literature Instruction

Pam Ries

Expertise

  • Elementary Education 
  • Special Education
  • Literacy

Teaching Interests

  • Elementary Education

Katrina Marie Sanders

Expertise

  • History of Ethnic and Minority K-12 & Higher Education in the U.S.

Research Interests

  • History of Black Catholic Education
  • History of African American Education
  • History of American Race Relations

Teaching Interests

  • Diversity/Multicultural Issues in U.S. k-12 Schools
  • History of U.S. Ethnic and Minority Education
  • History of African American Education
  • History of U.S. Christian Education
  • History of American Race Relations

Renita R. Schmidt

Expertise

  • Critical Literacy: Working with teachers to connect critical literacy theories to teaching practices
  • Children’s Literature: Providing literature discussion opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers; Survey of literature
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Integration and Assessment: Working with teachers to integrate curriculum and assess literacy using alternative, authentic and performance forms of assessment
  • Methods and Materials: How teachers make professional decisions about teaching
  • Technology: Ideas for using technology in curriculum development

Research Interests

  • Children's Literature
  • Literacy Methods and Materials

Teaching Interests

  • Children's Literature
  • Reading and Language Arts Methods for Elementary Teachers
  • Teacher Education

Leslie Schrier

Expertise

  • Policy, planning and procedures in Second LanguageTeacher Education

Research Interests

  • Preparation and development of in-service and pre-service second language teachers
  • Second language education program assessment
  • The development of teachers in the critical languages

Teaching Interests

  • Foreign language education and second language acquisition

Kathy Schuh

Research Interests

  • Exploring the relationships among philosophical perspective, learning theory, and instructional implementation and how the understanding of these relationships can or cannot inform the learning and instructional process.

Teaching Interests

  • Courses that make explicit the links between learning theory and practice.
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Cognitive science (interdisciplinary) perspectives and their implications for learning and instruction.

Walter Seaman

Expertise

  • Mathematics Differential Geometry
  • Mathematics Education

Research Interests

  • Mathematics learning of students and teachers especially in technological environments (with a focus on geometric and algebraic content)
  • Research in Differential Geometry, especially Kahler geometry and cohomology.
  • Impact of inquiry-based classroom mathematics practice on teacher and student content knowledge.

Teaching Interests

  • Mathematics training of pre service teachers, course design and delivery
  • Integration of technology into the teaching of school geometry (K-12) and differential geomtery (post secondary and graduate level).

Amy Shoultz

Research Interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Adolescent and Children's Literature
  • Teaching of Literature
  • Student Teaching
  • Diversity

Teaching Interests

  • Student Teaching
  • Teaching of Literature and Adolescent Literature
  • Methods, English and Language Arts
  • Critical Literacy

Carol Smith

Expertise

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Career Counseling

Research Interests

  • Career Counseling Practices Among School Counselors
  • Career Counseling for Gifted and Talented Children and Adolescents

Teaching Interests

  • Interpersonal Violence in Relationships

Bonnie Sunstein

Research Interests

  • The rhetoric and aesthetics of ethnographic texts
  • English education and literacy studies: the teaching of reading and writing
  • Teacher development through reading and writing
  • Cultural contexts for literacy activity: especially portfolios and writing centers
  • The study of folklore and its application to education
  • English education and teacher development
  • Teaching writing/reading processes
  • Researching, reading, and writing ethnography
  • Portfolios as a means for reflexive self-evaluation
  • Alternative assessments for literacy curricula

Teaching Interests

  • English education and literacy studies: the teaching of reading and writing
  • Teacher education and development
  • Composition theory and rhetoric
  • Ethnographic methods and methodology
  • The study of folklore and its application to literacy

Vilia Tarvydas

Expertise

  • Rehabilitation and mental health counseling, rehabilitation psychology
  • Traumatic brain Injury rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Ethical issues in rehabilitation, factors influencing ethics decision-making, strategies in ethics education.

Teaching Interests

  • Ethics and ethical decision making, and professional standards of practice
  • Mental health counseling and psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Medical and psychosocial aspects of disability
  • Professionalizaation of counseling, and history and structure of rehabilitation counseling

Amanda Thein

Expertise

  • Student response to literature
  • Adolescent and multicultural literature instruction
  • English education methods

Walter Vispoel

Research Interests

  • Computerized Assessment
  • Motivation (self-concept and attributional theory)
  • Measurement of Musical Abilities
  • Item Response Theory

Teaching Interests

  • Computerized Assessment
  • Educational and Psychological Measurement
  • Statistical Methods
  • Self-concept theory, research, and instrumentaton
  • Educational Psychology
  • Music Education

John Wadsworth

Expertise

  • Counselor Education

Research Interests

  • The Employment of Persons Who Are Older
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy for Adults
  • The Development of Professional Writing Skills

Teaching Interests

  • Career Development and Employment of Adults
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • The Vocational Assessment of Adults with Disabilities

Sherry Watt

Research Interests

  • Identity development, multicultural initiatives, effective student affairs practice, difficult dialogues on social oppression

Teaching Interests

  • Student development theory and higher education related courses

Erin Wehr

Research Interests

  • Self-efficacy influence on music teaching, learning, and performing
  • Gender and jazz studies
  • Adult and multi-generational music learning

Pamela Wesely

Research Interests

  • Mixed Methods Research Methodology
  • Foreign Language Education
  • Student Motivation and Attitude in Foreign Language Education
  • Teacher Experience and Beliefs Relating to Foreign Language Education
  • Parent Experience and Beliefs Relating to Foreign Language Education
  • Foreign Language Immersion Education
  • Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom
  • English as a Second Language Education

Teaching Interests

  • Foreign Language Education Pedagogy
  • Mixed Methods Research Methodology
  • Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom
  • English as a Second Language Pedagogy
  • Second Language Program Management

John Westefeld

Research Interests

  • Men's Health
  • College student suicide
  • Severe weather phobia

Teaching Interests

  • Suicidology
  • Process/Outcome in Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Pre-Practicum
  • Practicum
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Educational Psychology

Susannah Wood

Expertise

  • School Counseling and Gifted Education

Research Interests

  • Gifted students' experiences with school counseling
  • Gifted educator and school counselor collaboration
  • Training school counselors to work with gifted students

Teaching Interests

  • Problem-based learning
  • Solution-focused counseling
  • Counseling Programs (Development and Evaluation)

Donald Yarbrough

Expertise

  • Program Evaluation
  • Educator Performance Evaluation
  • (Meta)Evaluation of Evaluation Systems
  • Evaluation Standards

Teaching Interests

  • Evaluation