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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Joel Leader

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Email: joel.leader@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2127

Office: Trimble Hall 103 A

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. Terry-Ann Rodriguez

Clinical Assistant Professor - Principal Program

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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. 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.  

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. 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. 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