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Faculty Research

The faculty of the College of Education seek out the untested boundaries of knowledge. Their research covers a variety of important topics, from educating across cultural divides to improving student retention to improving quality of life for seniors.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Karen Allmond, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ed.D. University of Phoenix

Mathematics Education

Dr. Allmond’s research interests are in mathematics education strategies, classroom management and student engagement. She is also interested in Title I schools, culturally responsive instruction, and student efficacy.

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Dr. Allmond

Carla Amaro-Jimenez, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Ed.D. University of Cincinnati

Literacy/English as a Second Language Education

Dr. Amaro-Jiménez conducts research on the intersections between teacher preparation, classroom instruction, and family involvement to identify additive practices to support English learners in diverse 21st century classrooms.

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Dr. Amaro

Ann Cavallo, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research Graduate Studies

Professor and Co-Director UTeach Arlington

Ph.D. Syracuse University

Science Education

Dr. Cavallo investigates high school and college students’ learning approaches and strategies, scientific reasoning, self-efficacy, and their acquisition of conceptual understandings of science. Her research on learning is analyzed within the context of inquiry-based teaching and learning environments.

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Dr. Cavallo

Denise Collins, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  Texas Women’s University

Early Childhood – Grade 6 Education

Dr. Collins is interested in research on pre-service teachers’ preparedness and sense of efficacy, the relationship between the mentor and the pre-service teacher, and the quality of the mentor communication. She is also interested in concepts of learning in the pre-school classroom including math, social studies, and the effect of classroom relationships and environments on child behavior.

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Dr. Collins

Mary Lynn Crow, Ph.D.

Professor

Ph.D. University of North Texas

Counseling Education

Dr. Crow’s research program is on instructional strategies for all levels including the university level, educational and developmental psychology, gifted and talented education, and counseling.

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Dr. Crow

Mary D. Curtis Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Texas State University

Geography/Social Sciences Education

Dr. Curtis conducts research on geography education with particular emphasis on the integration of geospatial technologies as a tool for instruction.  She is also interested in K-12 Social Studies education, teacher preparation and development of technological pedagogical content knowledge, geoliteracy, and education policy.

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Dr. Curtis

Diane Galloway, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Wyoming

Middle Level Education

Dr. Galloway is interested in research on video and software tagging of middle level teacher candidates as used in the improvement of teaching. 

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Dr. Galloway

Melissa Hulings, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  Oklahoma State University

Science Education

Dr. Hulings conducts research on the influence of past science experiences on preservice teachers' science teaching self-efficacy and how that self-efficacy changes during science methods courses.

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Dr. Hulings

Holly Hungerford-Kresser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Language and Literacy Studies Education

Dr. Hungerford-Kresser has a research program focused on underrepresented students, college access, and persistence. She is involved in an on-going research in partnership with Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID).

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Dr. Hungerford-Kresser

Christopher Kribs, Ph.D.

Professor

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison

Mathematics and Mathematics Education

Dr. Kribs conducts research in mathematical biology as well as mathematics education.  His research interests in mathematical population biology lie at the intersection of epidemiology and ecology, using dynamical systems to study the spread of neglected vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.  His research interests in mathematics education center around the teaching and learning of middle grades mathematics involving concepts of unit, such as operations on rational numbers and the measurement of areas and volumes.

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Dr. Kribs

Joohi Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D.  Indiana State University

Early Childhood – Grade 6 Mathematics Education 

Dr. Lee focuses on research in early and elementary mathematics education associated with teacher education and children’s math proficiency. She also conducts research on mathematics performance of minority children in an effort to improve the quality of teachers who serve diverse populations.

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Dr. Lee

Jon Leffingwell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D.  University of North Texas

Counseling Psychology Education

Dr. Leffingwell has interest in the application of classroom management and stress management strategies based on psychological research. His interests also include the effects of the School Counseling Program on the professional and personal growth of candidates in counseling students.

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Dr. Leffingwell

Leisa Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. The University of Oklahoma

Social Sciences Education

Dr. Martin’s research examines domestic and international citizenship education with students in online classes and face to face classes.

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Dr. Martin

Janet Melton, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of North Texas

Early Childhood – Grade 6 Education 

Dr. Melton's research is focused on Mathematics in the early childhood classroom.  She also interested in research on early literacy.

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Dr. Melton

Lidia Morris, M. Ed.

Clinical Instructor

M.ED. Texas Women’s University

Bilingual, ESL Education

Professor Morris’ research interests are on issues concerning bilingual education, especially in the area of Spanish Language Development.

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Ms. Morris

Joyce Myers, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ed.D. University of North Texas

Early Childhood – Grade 6 Education

Dr. Myers studies student teacher efficacy as well as cooperating teacher feedback and its relationship to teacher efficacy.  She also investigates factors leading to successful completion of teacher certification exams.

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Dr. Myers

Dana R. Owens, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of North Texas

Technology, Reading Education

Dr. Owens has interests in research on technology integration, and technology and literacy.

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Dr. Owens

Mohan Pant, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Statistics and Measurement

Dr. Pant conducts research in the fields of applied mathematics and statistics, statistical computing, and educational statistics.

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Dr. Pant

Kathryn Pole, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Texas Women’s University

Literacy/Reading Education

Dr. Pole conducts research on the teaching and learning of literacy, critical literacy, children's literature, teacher decision-making, professional development, and education policy. 

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Dr. Pole

Luis Rosado, Ed.D.

Professor

Ed.D. Texas A&M University at Kingsville

Bilingual Education

Dr. Rosado has research interests on the development of Spanish heritage Spanish speakers and the performance of students on the teacher certification examinations.

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Dr. Rosado

Marc Schwartz, Ed.D.

Professor

Director Mind, Brain and Education

Ed.D. Harvard University

Mind, Brain, and Education

Dr. Schwartz’s research focuses on how the dynamic enterprise of learning and teaching unfold in physics, chemistry, and biology education.  

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Dr. Schwartz

Peggy Semingson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Language and Literacy Studies Education

Dr. Semingson studies the ways digital pedagogies can engage pre-service and in-service teachers to most effectively help them teach literacy in their current and future classroom contexts. Her research investigates learning among students who face challenges in literacy learning. 

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Dr. Semingson

John Smith, Ph.D.

Professor

Associate Dean for Educator Preparation

Ph.D.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Reading/Language Arts

Administrative Endorsement

Dr. Smith’s research includes studies of comprehension strategy instruction and the use of children’s literature in content-area reading instruction.

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Dr. Smith

David Sparks, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Ed.D. Texas A&M University-Commerce

Science Education

Dr. Spark’s research is focused on collaborative learning structures that strengthen both learning and diversity in STEM education, intersectionality of race, gender, and identity in STEM students, and environmental sustainability as a context and catalyst for learning in STEM classrooms.

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Dr. Sparks

Kathleen Tice, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  University of Texas at Austin

Reading, English/Language Arts Education

Dr. Tice is interested in research on teacher knowledge development and service-learning in teacher preparation.

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Dr. Tice

Jodi Tommerdahl, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D.  La Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Neurolinguistics/Mind, Brain, and Education

Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl researches the interface between linguistic and cognitive skills through the use of neuroscience (EEG) and language corpora. Specific interests include the development of morphosyntactic and logical skills in young children as well as language difficulties such as Specific Language Impairment and dyslexia.

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Dr. Tommerdahl

Jiyoon Yoon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Indiana University

Early Childhood – Grade 6 Science Education

Dr. Yoon is interested in research on establishing rich science teaching and learning environments with the aid of technology within a global society. 

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Dr. Yoon

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Taryn O. Allen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  The University of Texas at Austin

Higher Education Administration

Dr. Allen's research focuses on the educational experiences of traditionally underrepresented student populations, particularly Latino students, as they access, transition, and persist in higher education. 

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Dr. Allen

Carrie Ausbrooks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, ELPS

Ph.D. University of North Texas

Educational Administration

Dr. Ausbrooks specializes in education law; program/unit assessment; organizational systems, theory and behavior; education policy and governance; and school choice and education reform.

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Dr. Ausbrooks

Casey Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department Chair

Ph.D. The University of Oklahoma

Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision

Dr. Brown conducts research centered on teacher and administrator certification policy, school leadership preparation, and campus crisis policy and procedures.

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Dr. Brown

Bradley Davis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  The University of Texas at Austin

Education Administration

Dr. Davis uses mixed-methods research with an interest in critical, quantitative methodology. His research interests include social justice leadership, public school administration, leadership policy, and education law.

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Dr. Davis

James Hardy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of North Texas

Higher Education

Dr. Hardy is a quantitative research methodologist whose primary areas of research includes doctoral education, teacher preparation, and higher education institutional effectiveness.

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Dr. Hardy

Ernest Johnson, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ed.D. Texas A&M University

Education Administration

 

Dr. Johnson’s research interests include metacognition, Algebra-for-All, and distance education.

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Dr. Johnson

Diane Patrick, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  University of North Texas

Educational Administration

Dr. Patrick has research interests centered on the examination of public charter schools and the competitive effects on traditional school districts; school leadership; and exploring experiences of female leaders in government office and issues related to gender equity in leadership.

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Dr. Patrick

Beth Ray, Ed.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ed.D.  Dallas Baptist University

Educational Administration

Dr. Ray served as a public school educator and administrator for 17 years. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Arlington faculty, she administered an elementary campus of over 800 students, led professional development,  and mentored new teachers. Her research interests include coaching as professional development and the role of feedback in mentoring.

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Dr. Ray

Maria Trache, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph. D.  University of British Columbia

Adult and Higher Education

Dr. Trache has research interest in life course research that explores the impact of gender, age, social class, immigrant status, ethnicity, race and disability on education and work trajectories. Her research is on various aspects of educational and labor market policy, including: gender and science-related careers, socio-economic integration of immigrants, access to and retention in post-secondary education, labor market outcomes of graduates, and continuing education.

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Dr. Trache

Barbara Tobolowsky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D.  University of California, Los Angeles

Higher Education

Dr. Tobolowsky has a research program focused on students of unique populations’ transition into and through college and the media representation of college. She also explores college student experiences and students with dual enrollment.

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Dr. Tobolowsky

Lewis Wasserman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

JD St. John’s University School of Law

Ph.D.  Hofstra University

Higher Education, Psychology

Dr. Wasserman’s research is centered on the First Amendment's Establishment and Free Exercise of Religion Clauses in public school disputes, and on the Free Speech rights of students and teachers.

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Dr. Wasserman

Yi Leaf Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  Iowa State University

Higher Education, Educational Leadership

Dr. Zhang conducts research on internationalization and globalization of higher education, international students’ college choice, recruitment, and educational experiences. She is also interested in community college education. 

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Dr. Zhang