Curriculum and Instruction


Dr. Cory Forbes

Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Director, STEM Education Research Collaboratorium and Resource Center

Fenton Wayne Robnett Endowed Professor of Science Education

Research Interests: K-16 Earth systems education


Phone #: 817-272-7444

Office: 420 Hammond Hall

Bio: Cory Forbes is Chair, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, and Fenton Wayne Robnett Endowed Professor of Science Education in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. Forbes holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and M.S. in Science Education from the University of Kansas and M.S. in Natural Resources and Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Michigan. His teaching and research efforts focus on STEM education in K-12 and undergraduate STEM contexts. He directs multiple externally-funded projects involving STEM curriculum development, assessment design and testing, professional development for K-12 STEM teachers, and classroom-based research on STEM teaching and learning that are based in regional, national, and international partnerships with education researchers, STEM faculty, K-12 teachers, and stakeholders. Forbes is a NARST Early Career Research Awardee and Fulbright Faculty Scholar.

Dr. Carla Amaro-Jiménez

Associate Department Chair

Associate Professor, Literacy/ESL

Research Interests: English language learners, teacher prep, student success



Phone #: 817-272-3346

Office: 511a Hammond Hall

Bio: Dr. Carla Amaro-Jiménez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). As an experienced bilingual education teacher and educator, she now works with pre- and in-service teachers as well as administrators who work with English learners and their families. Her research focuses on the intersections between teacher preparation, classroom instruction, and family involvement to identify additive practices to support English learners and Hispanic students in diverse 21st century classrooms. She also served as the Director of the Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness Program for almost a decade; Pathways included the implementation of UTA-manned GO Centers at 24 area high schools, early college experiences, and parent/community outreach.

Dr. Ann Cavallo

Assistant Vice Provost and Director, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence (CRTLE)

Distinguished University Professor, Science Education

Research Interests: Meaningful learning, scientific reasoning



Phone #: 817-272-6049

Office: SH 224A

Dr. Annie Daly

Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies

Research Interests: Literacy, racial equity, social justice, pre/inservice teacher education, elementary education, multicultural children's literature


Bio: Annie Daly-Lesch is an Instructor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Prior to earning her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, Annie was a classroom teacher for seven years, serving students from diverse racial, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and is a certified reading specialist in Texas. Annie’s current research examines how two elementary inservice teachers enact antiracist pedagogy by talking about race and racism with their students when teaching reading. Her work has been published in the Journal of Literacy Research, Teaching and Teacher Education, Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice and Texas Education Review.

Dr. Sonja Ezell

Visiting Assistant Professor, EC-6

Research Interests: Early childhood, literacy, educator preparation, multicultural children’s lit, social-emotional learning


Phone #: 817-272-5325

Office: 322P Science Hall

Dr. Ambra Green

Associate Professor, Special Education

Research Interests: Multi-tiered systems of support and equity, disproportionality, equity, behavioral disorders



Phone #: 817-272-2515

Office: 412 Hammond Hall

Bio: Ambra L. Green, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Special Education within the College of Education at The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Green is a national scholar with publications and research focused on students of color with and at-risk for disabilities, issues related to inequitable school practices experienced by students of color (i.e., disproportionality in special education and discipline practices), behavior disorders, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and teacher use of evidence-based practices. She is the Primary Investigator on a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Education Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) personnel preparation grant which provides rigorous training for master’s special education and social work students to support K-12 students with disabilities and high intensity needs. Dr. Green also has experience working within the U.S. Department of Education Office for Special Education Programs (OSEP) and serves on the OSEP National Technical Assistance Center on PBIS Equity workgroup  Dr. Green was a special educator at the middle school level and a PBIS Coach. She holds current teacher certifications in EC-6 Generalist, 4-8 Generalist, and EC-12 Special Education in the state of Texas. 

Brenda Harris

Supervisor of Field Experiences, College of Education Accelerated Online Programs

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Urban education



Office: 508 Carlisle Hall

Dr. Melissa Hulings

Assistant Professor, Science Education

Research Interests: Student science conceptual development, science education in elementary school



Phone #: 817-272-6332

Office: 503A Hammond Hall

Bio: Dr. Melissa Hulings has experience teaching science in grades 6-12. Her research interests include pre-service and in-service teacher attitudes and self-efficacy in science teaching.

Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser

Associate Professor, Literacy Studies and English Education

Research Interests: Teacher education, postsecondary literacies, digital literacies, underserved student populations



Phone #: 817-272-2524

Office: 416 Hammond Hall

Dr. Bree A. Jimenez

Associate Professor, Special Education

Research Interests: General curriculum access, severe disabilities, STEM, systematic instruction



Phone #: 817-272-3339

Office: 508 Hammond Hall

Bio: Dr. Bree Jimenez is an Associate Professor of Special Education. She has worked in the field of special education for over 20 years, as a classroom teacher supporting students in both elementary and high school, grant-funded research liaison between a local school system and university, then Lead Research Associate for an U.S. federally funded grant with the department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. From 2017-2019, Dr. Jimenez served as a Research Consultant with Mater Dei School in Camden, New South Wales and an Honorary Research Associate in Special Education with the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on general curriculum access and assessment for students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Specifically, Dr. Jimenez’ research focuses on math, science, and STEM instruction for students with extensive support needs. She is the author/co-author of over 20 peer-reviewed journals articles, multiple book chapters, and several books on strategies to support academics for students with disabilities. Dr. Jimenez is an executive board member of the Division for Research (DR) and the Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Dr. Jimenez is an author of the internationally implemented academic classroom curriculums: Teaching to Standards: Math; Teaching to Standards: Science; Early Numeracy; Early Science; Access Algebra and Access Geometry.

Dr. Robin Jocius

Associate Professor, Literacy Studies

Research Interests: Multimodality, making, teacher PD, computational thinking, critical literacy



Phone #: 817-272-5031

Office: 509 Hammond Hall

Bio: Dr. Robin Jocius is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. A former classroom teacher and interventionist, Dr. Jocius earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture from Vanderbilt University, where her research and teaching focused on children and adolescents’ interactions with new and digital media. Dr. Jocius’s teaching and research interests include critical literacy, digital literacies, teacher learning, and the development of instructional contexts that support culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Her current research is funded by the National Science Foundation and investigates how critical, multimodal Making can enable more equitable access to computing and computational thinking in K-12 classrooms. Her work has been published in the Journal of Literacy Research, Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, English Journal, and Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice. 

Dr. Candace Joswick

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education

Research Interests: Learning trajectories and progressions, classroom interactions and language, and technology



Phone #: 817-272-9620

Office: 414 Hammond Hall

Bio: Dr. Candace Joswick is an assistant professor of mathematics education, the director and PI of the grant-funded UTA Project ECHO® for Education, and Program Coordinator of STEM Education at UTA. Joswick’s research foci are include learning trajectories and progressions, classroom interactions and language, and technology.

Dr. Hugh Kellam

Clinical Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences


Dr. Taylor Kessner

Assistant Professor, Secondary Social Studies

Research Interests: Simulations, (video)games, civic preparation, democratic education, design

Bio: Dr. Taylor Kessner is a social studies teacher educator, learning scientist, and games scholar. His research focuses on the design of social studies-themed simulations and (video)games as participatory practice spaces in which learners develop fluency with the disciplinary knowledge, skills, and concepts of the social studies as tools for taking informed civic action.

Dr. Christopher Kribs

Professor, Mathematics and Mathematics Education

Research interests: Mathematics education and mathematical biology



Phone #: 817-272-5513

Office: 483 Pickard Hall

Bio: Dr. Christopher Kribs is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished Research Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, where he has held a joint appointment in Mathematics and Curriculum & Instruction since 1997. He developed and has directed UTA's graduate program in K-8 mathematics education since 2000, which has offered professional development to over 200 local K-8 teachers. His research interests in mathematical biology include modeling vector-borne diseases and zoonoses. His research interests in mathematics education include classroom discourse analysis and the learning and teaching of operations on rational numbers.

Dr. Joohi Lee

Professor, Early Childhood Mathematics Education

Research Interests: Children’s math proficiency, racial/ethnic gaps in math



Phone #: 817-272-2264

Office: 322C Science Hall

Dr. Joyce Myers

Clinical Assistant Professor, Early Childhood – Grade 6 Education


Phone #: 817-272-6137

Office: 410 Hammond Hall

Dr. Amanda Olsen

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences

Research Interests: Equity, school climate, and quantitative methods



Phone #: 817-272-5641

Office: 413 Hammond Hall

Bio: Amanda Olsen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Measurement and Statistics who is joint appointed to the department of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics, Measurement, and Evaluation in Education from the University of Missouri - Columbia and was also a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Further, she has received rigorous training in educational methodologies from entities such as the Institute of Education Sciences, the Association for Institutional Research, and the National Center for Education Statistics. As an applied quantitative methodologist, she engages in a variety of areas including multilevel modeling, multivariate statistics, program evaluation, research design, and complex survey design and analysis, in addition to substantive topics including equity, student-teacher relationships, and policy.

Dr. Paul Polanco

Assistant Professor, Bilingual Education

Research Interests: Literacy development, educational outcomes, K-16



Phone #: 817-272-6137

Office: 328A Science Hall

Bio: Dr. Paul Polanco is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. As a former bilingual teacher in Dallas, he uses his experience to prepare future bilingual teachers. His research explores the impact of bilingualism and bilingual education on educational, economic, and social outcomes of the Latinx community in the United States. Specifically, he looks at ways to improve the outcomes of bilingual children's through improvement in daily instruction and through changes in policy and practice. His publications span over areas of literacy development to practice improvement in the bilingual education setting.

Dr. Kathryn Pole

Associate Professor, Literacy Studies

Research Interests: Literacy, family literacy, literacy teaching, teacher development



Phone #: 817-272-2240

Office: 415 Hammond Hall

Dr. Daniel Robinson, Research Interests: Learning and technology

Associate Dean of Research

Mind, Brain and Education Endowed Professor

Professor, Learning Science



Phone #: 817-272-0116

Office: 504 Hammond Hall

Bio: Dr. Daniel Robinson is Associate Dean of Research and the K-16 Mind, Brain, and Education Endowed Chair in the College of Education. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UTA from 2017-2020 and Director of the School of Education at Colorado State University from 2012-2013. As a faculty member, he has taught at Mississippi State University (1993-1997), the University of South Dakota (1997-1998), the University of Louisville (1998-1999), the University of Texas at Austin (1999-2012), and Colorado State University (2012-2015). Dan served as Editor of Educational Psychology Review from 2006-2015 and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology from 2014-2020. He has also served as an editorial board member of nine refereed international journals. Dan has published over 100 articles, books, and book chapters, presented over 100 papers at research conferences, and taught over 100 college courses. His research interests include educational technology innovations that may facilitate learning and team-based approaches to learning. He was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand and was named as one of the most published authors in educational psychology journals from 1991-2002, 2003-2008, and 2009-2014, Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2004, 2010, 2015.

Dr. John Romig

Assistant Professor, Special Education

Research Interests: Writing assessment and writing instruction, SCRD, meta-analyses, RCT



Phone #: 817-272-1444

Office: 418 Hammond Hall

Bio: Dr. John Elwood Romig is an assistant professor of special education. He is a former high school special education teacher with experience teaching students with mild-moderate disabilities, including learning disabilities, dyslexia, intellectual disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other disabilities. His experience as a classroom teacher influences his research and preparation of future teachers. His research examines methods of writing instruction and writing assessments that can be used to guide instruction and improve outcomes for students with disabilities. He was recognized as a Lasting Legacy Honoree at the University of Virginia for his teaching, and his dissertation received the Student Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research. He serves on the editorial review board for several journals, including Teacher Education and Special Education, Intervention in School and Clinic, and Journal of Special Education Technology.  

Dr. Luis Rosado

Professor, Bilingual Education

Research Interests: Certification exams, teacher candidate spanish proficiency



Phone #: 817-272-7567

Office: 328B Science Hall

Bio: Dr. Luis A. Rosado is a Professor of Bilingual Education and Founding Director of the Center for Bilingual and ESL Education in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, Boston State College, and Texas A&I University, now Texas A & M–Kingsville. Prior to coming to UT-Arlington, Dr. Rosado held academic appointments at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Texas Southern University, and Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Rosado has over 36 years of teaching experience at the elementary, high school, and college levels. He has taught in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, and in Texas. In Massachusetts, he worked as a bilingual social studies high school teacher, and in Texas he taught third grade bilingual. In Puerto Rico, he taught high school history, and served as a program coordinator and instructor in a bilingual teacher preparation program. Dr. Rosado has authored or co-authored several articles and books in the areas of pedagogy and professional responsibilities, parental involvement, cross-cultural communication, preparation for teacher certification exams, and Spanish for bilingual teachers. Among his best-known publications are a series of books to prepare pre-service teachers to take teacher certification examinations—TExES Core Subject EC-6 exam, the PRAXIS II: English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Bilingual Supplemental Exam, and a book to prepare students for the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT)—Desarrollo del Español para Maestros en Programas de Educación Bilingüe.

Dr. Dora Salazar

Clinical Assistant Professor, EC6 Bilingual/ESL Program

Research Interests: ELL demographic trends, bilingual/ESL teacher prep, instructional models



Phone #: 817-272-7571

Office: 320A Science Hall

Dr. Wideline Seraphin

Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies

Research Interests: Black Transnational Girlhood, Critical Literacies, Black Geographies, Anti-Racist Teacher Education

Headshot of University of Texas at Arlington employee Wideline Seraphin. The background shows a UTA campus sign.


Phone #: 817-272-7444

Office: 322L Science Hall

Bio: Wideline Seraphin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Her work explores the intersections of race, gender, immigrant status, and language diversity in the literate lives of Black transnational girls. As a teacher educator, Dr. Seraphin examines socially justice teaching pedagogies. She is the co-founder of Community Narratives in Focus, a narrative inquiry and digital archive centering historically excluded families in K-12 and higher education. Dr. Seraphin has been named an Emerging Scholar by the Haitian Studies Association, earned a 2020 Curriculum Inquiry Writing Fellowship, and is a proud member of the BeyHive.

Alganesh Smith

Accounting Clerk III

Headshot of University of Texas at Arlington employee Alganesh Smith. The background shows a UTA campus sign.


Phone #: 817-272-7445

Office: 501 Carlisle Hall

Dr. Kathleen Tice

Clinical Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies

Headshot of University of Texas at Arlington employee Kahtleen Tice. The background shows a UTA campus sign.


Phone #: 817-272-5167

Office: 412 Hammond Hall

Andrea Thomas

Administrative Assistant


Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Research Interests: Language impairment, reasoning, neuroscience, EEG, corpus linguistics



Phone #: 817-272-1242

Office: 413 Hammond Hall

Bio: Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl is an Associate Professor in the department of Curriculum & Instruction. She received her undergraduate degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Minnesota, followed by a Masters Degree in European Languages at the University of London, Queen Mary and Westfield College. She carried out her doctoral studies in Linguistics and Neuroscience in Paris at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales under the direction of Professor Oswald Ducrot and at the Sorbonne (Paris IV) supervised by the Sorbonne’s President, Professor Georges Molinié. She spent three years working at the University Hospital in Poitiers, France in the Department of Neurology, directed by Dr. Roger Gil where she worked with patients with aphasia. She has been on faculty at the University of Central England (now known as Birmingham City University) and the University of Birmingham, both times in departments of Speech and Language Pathology. She currently directs UTA’s Master’s program in Mind, Brain and Education and is a productive researcher with publications in linguistics, speech and language pathology and the neuroscience of reasoning and emotion.

Dr. Deborah Williams

Visiting Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies

Research Interests: Educator preparation, teaching reading, action research

Headshot of University of Texas at Arlington employee Deborah Williams. The background shows a UTA campus sign.


Phone #: 817-272-2274

Office: 320B Science Hall

Bio: Dr. Deborah Williams serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department’s Literacy Studies Program. She teaches courses for the reading specialist certification and assists with managing data. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Williams was an associate professor and undergraduate reading program coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University and assistant professor at Cameron University. During her nine years as teacher educator, Dr. Williams has mentored teacher candidates and literacy professionals in Lawton Public Schools, Dallas, Nacogdoches and Frisco Independent School Districts. Dr. Williams’ research interests involve mixed methods related to program impact, development of teacher candidates in the science of teaching reading, and action research.

Dr. Jiyoon Yoon

Associate Professor, Early Childhood – Grade 6 Science Education

Research Interests: Science education, culturally-responsive, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary approach



Phone #: 817-272-1268

Office: 322A Science Hall