Dr. Carla Amaro-Jiménez

Interim Department Chair

Associate Professor, Literacy/ESL

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


Email: amaro@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3346

Office: Hammond Hall 417

Dr. Meredith Billings

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Higher education policy and finance; college affordability; financial aid; politics and state governance

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Email: meredith.billings@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0160

Office: Trimble Hall 103 H

Bio: Dr. Meredith S. Billings is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her overall research agenda focuses on financial and informational barriers to college for low-income, first-generation, and racially minoritized students and inequities in higher education funding across different types of higher education institutions. She is currently conducting or has conducted research projects on free college/promise programs, guaranteed tuition/fixed tuition plans, college access programs, and financial aid advising in public high schools. Dr. Billings is also interested in state higher education funding decisions during economic downturns and how state policymakers justify their decisions on how to fund institutions and students during these times. She has published her research in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Student Financial Aid, American Behavioral Scientist, New Directions for Community Colleges, and Journal of General Education. Her work has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Dr. Billings spent six years working in higher education administration in the areas of institutional research, undergraduate admissions, academic advising, and civic engagement. Prior to coming to UTA, she was an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University and a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate at the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Billings teaches or has taught courses on K-16 education policy, K-16 legal studies, higher education finance, program evaluation, assessment, and statistics. She earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan, M.A. in higher education from the University of Maryland, and B.S. in neuroscience from William and Mary.

Dr. Casey Brown

Professor of Higher Education Adult Learning and Organizational Studies

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Email: cgbrown@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0464

Office: Hammond Hall

Dr. Elsa Camargo

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Diversity and inclusion, organizational culture, and faculty

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Email: elsa.camargo@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0988

Office: Trimble Hall 103 J

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


Email: cavallo@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6049

Office: 800 Greek Row. Trinity Hall 106C

Dr. Sonja Ezell

Clinical Assistant Professor, EC-6

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

Sonja Ezell

Email: sonja.ezell@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5325

Office: Hammond Hall 128

Dr. Cory Forbes

Associate Dean for Research

Director of the STEM Education Research Collaboratorium and Resource Center

Fenton Wayne Robnett Endowed Professor of Science Education

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Email: cory.forbes@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5310

Office: Hammond Hall 420

Research Interests: K-16 Earth systems education: Cory Forbes is the Associate Dean for Research and the 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. Ambra Green

Interim Department Chair

Associate Professor, Special Education


Email: ambra.green@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2515

Office: 412 Hammond Hall

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

Dr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser

Associate Professor, Literacy Studies and English Education

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


Email: hkresser@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2524

Office: Hammond Hall 416

Dr. Tim Jacobbe

Dean, College of Education


Tim Jacobbe

Email: tim.jacobbe@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2591

Office: Hammond Hall 511A

Bio: Tim Jacobbe, Ph.D. is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also a Professor and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Mathematics and Statistics Education are the primary foci for Dean Jacobbe’s research. He is an author of two books entitled Developing Essential Understandings for Teaching Statistics in Middle Grades and Bridging the Gap Between Common Core State Standards and Teaching Statistics. Jacobbe served as the Chair of National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and American Statistical Association Joint Committee on K-12 Statistics and Probability. He was the PI on the NSF-funded Levels of Conceptual Understanding in Statistics Project that has been administered to several hundreds of thousands of students and teachers around the world. Prior to his academic career, Dean Jacobbe served as an assessment specialist for Educational Testing Service where he was a primary test developer for the SAT, GRE, and Advanced Placement exams. Jacobbe is a first-generation college graduate and a veteran of the United States Navy. This background motivated Dean Jacobbe to come to UT Arlington in hopes of serving students and the local community. He has dedicated a large portion of his career to integrating his scholarship with teaching to engage and make a difference in local communities. Giving back is what drives and inspires Dean Jacobbe and he is honored to serve as the Dean of a College that aspires to make a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Brenda Jacks

Visiting Assistant Professor-Secondary Education

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Email: brenda.jacks@uta.edu

Office: Hammond Hall 132 J

Office Hours

By appointment or Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Robin Jocius

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor, Literacy Studies


Email: robin.jocius@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-5031

Office: Hammond Hall 405

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


Email: candace.joswick@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-9620

Office: Hammond Hall 411

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

Assistant Professor


Email: hugh.kellam@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0370

Office: Hammond Hall 123

Dr. Taylor Kessner

Assistant Professor, Secondary Social Studies

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

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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


Email: kribs@mathed.uta.edu

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


Email: joohilee@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2264

Office: Hammond Hall 402

Dr. Zulma Mojica

Assistant Professor

Zulma Mojica

Email: zulma.mojicamonroy@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7444

Office: Hammond Hall 126

Dr. Joyce Myers

Clinical Assistant Professor, Early Childhood – Grade 6 Education

Dr. Joyce Myers

Email: rjem@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-6137

Office: Hammond Hall 410

Dr. Luis E. Pérez Cortés

Assistant Professor

Luis Perez Cortes

Email: luis.perezcortes@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2011

Office: Hammond Hall 407

Bio:: Luis is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was recently a post-doctoral associate at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies from Arizona State University. His research explores how playing, making, and modding digital and tabletop games helps develop young peoples' abilities to address environmental issues, benefit underrepresented and underserved students, and aids players to see the world, society, and themselves as malleable, re-designable entities.

Dr. Kathryn Pole

Associate Professor, Literacy Studies

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


Email: kpole@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2240

Office: Hammond Hall 415

Dr. Daniel Robinson

Mind, Brain and Education Endowed Professor

Professor, Learning Science


Email: daniel.robinson@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0116

Office: Hammond Hall 504

Research Interests: Learning and technology: Dr. Daniel Robinson is the K-16 Mind, Brain, and Education Endowed Chair in the College of Education. He previously served as the Associate Dean of Research, 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. Terry-Ann Rodriguez

Clinical Assistant Professor - Principal Program

Terry Ann Rodriguez

Email: terryann.rodriguez@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2591

Office: Trimble Hall 130 E

Office Hours

Virtual hours Mondays 3:00-5:00pm and by appointment

Dr. Ericka Roland

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Leadership development, critical pedagogies, equity in higher education


Email: ericka.roland@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2804

Office: Trimble Hall 104 B

Bio: Dr. Ericka Roland is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research examines the process of social justice/criticality development in postsecondary education institutions. Dr. Roland has three interconnected lines of inquiry: (1) Program development and practices, (2) Leadership development, and (3) Personal and collective development around equity and social justice. She centers the pursuit of equity in all of her projects with a commitment to research and practice that cultivates transformative possibilities. Dr. Roland uses critical & Black feminist theoretical and qualitative methodologies approaches in her research inquiries. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a student affairs professional in residential life and Greek life.

Dr. John Romig

Assistant Professor, Special Education

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


Email: john.romig@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1444

Office: Hammond Hall 418

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


Email: rosado@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7567

Office: Hammond Hall 122

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.

Patricia Saenz

Clinical Assistant Professor

Patricia Saenz

Email: Patricia.saenz@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7444

Office: Hammond Hall 127

Office Hours

Tuesdays 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays 4:00 p.m., Thursdays 4:00 p.m. and by Appointments through TEAMS

Dr. Sahar D. Sattarzadeh

Assistant Professor

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Email: sahar.sattarzadeh@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-0153

Office: Trimble Hall 104 A

Dr. Wideline Seraphin

Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies

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

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Email: wideline.seraphin@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-7444

Office: Hammond Hall 503

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.

Dr. Kathleen Tice

Clinical Associate Professor, Literacy Studies

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Email: ktice@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-4191

Office: Hammond Hall 129

Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

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


Email: joditom@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1242

Office: Hammond Hall 411

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

Clinical Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies

Research Interests: Educator preparation, teaching reading, action research

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Email: deborah.williams@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2274

Office: Hammond Hall 125

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


Email: jiyoon@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-1268

Office: Hammond Hall 408

Dr. Yi Leaf Zhang


Research Interests: College access, student transition & success, STEM education


Email: lyzhang@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-9221

Office: Trimble Hall 103 D

Bio: Dr. Yi Leaf Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Zhang has developed a strong interest in studying college access and success, especially in the community college context. Her research focuses on community colleges as a gateway to STEM education, transfer students’ educational pathways, and international education in four-year and two-year institutions. Zhang is currently an editorial board member of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice (CCJRP) and an associate editor of the Journal of International Students (JIS).