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Associate Department Chair
Associate Professor, Literacy/ESL
Research Interests: 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.
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Research Interests: 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.
Field Experience Supervisor, College of Education Accelerated Online Programs
Assistant Professor; Science Education, Midlevel Programs
Associate Professor, Special Education
Research Interests: 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.
Associate Professor, Literacy Studies
Research Interests: 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.
Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education
Research Interests: 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.
Professor, Mathematics and Mathematics Education
Research Interests: 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.
Assistant Professor of Measurement and Statistics
Research Interests: 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.
Assistant Professor, Bilingual Education
Research Interests: 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.
Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Educational Psychology
Research Interests: 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.
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Research Interests: 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.
Professor, Bilingual Education
Research Interests: 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.
Assistant Professor, Science Education
Research Interests: Dr. David Sparks is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. After 21 years in K-12 education, he has served as an instructor both in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and in the UTeach Arlington Program since 2013. His work in UTeach has focused on the course Multiple Teaching Practices, which focuses primarily on inquiry and project-based learning. Dr. Sparks has served as PI and Co-PI on a number of grants from within UTA and the National Science Foundation and has conducted professional development in project-based learning at local school districts and regional educational service centers. He serves as a Board Member at Large for the UTeach STEM Educator’s Association (USEA) and conducts research related to females and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. Professional organizations in which Dr. Sparks are affiliated include the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), and the UTA Center for African American Studies (CAAS). He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Multicultural Education and the Journal for Science Teacher Education. Dr. Sparks’ research focuses on the experiences of underrepresented minorities in STEM and the intersectionality of race and gender in STEM.
Associate Professor, Neurolinguistics/Mind, Brain and Education
Research Interests: 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.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies
Research Interests: 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.
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