Wendy Bedrosian, Ph.DAssistant Professor 404B White Hall
Area: TLC - ECDEwbedrosi@kent.edu
I have been teaching and working on program improvement with the Early Childhood faculty at Kent State for more than almost 15 years. I also served as the Field Experience Coordinator for the program. Courses taught at Kent include our child development course, guidance of primary-school children, the ECED survey course, and leading the student teaching seminar for teacher candidates in preschool settings, as well as the graduate seminar for the Masters of Arts in Teaching practicum. I feel that it is critical for future teachers to understand how the brain develops as it impacts wellness, behavior, and learning. It is my hope that our teachers will move into their careers with the knowledge and skills to apply contemporary brain research in their teaching practice. My research interests include teacher decision making, student teacher development & mentoring, and making teaching/learning visible to the families of young children. I earned my BA in Languages & Literature from Bard College, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Development & Intervention from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. in Special Education and Early Childhood from Kent State University. Previous professional experiences include: toddler and preschool teaching in family-centered, hospital-based, center-based, and home-based service agencies; early intervention program development; staff training/supervision for families of newborns in drug withdrawal in New York City; special education coordination for Maricopa County Health & Human Services' Head Start delegate; and developmental consultant/team leader with Child Protective Services.
Kenneth Cushner, Ed.D.Professor 401 White Hall
Area: TLC - MCED - INSS - CIkcushner@kent.edu
I received the B.A. from Kent State University in 1973, and began teaching biology and general science in schools in Switzerland and Australia. I returned to Kent State to pursue a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling and then taught fifth and sixth grade in the KSU Lab School. Following a few years of teaching and traveling internationally with young people, I received a scholarship through the East-West Center to pursue the Doctorate at the University of Hawaii, where I studied Curriculum and Instruction and Cross-Cultural Psychology. I returned to Kent State University in 1987 to teach social studies and multicultural education. I have authored or co-authored seven different books, including Human Diversity in Education: An Intercultural Approach, 7th ed (McGraw-Hill, 2012); Intercultural Student Teaching: A Bridge to Global Competence (Rowman Littlefield, 2007); Beyond Tourism: A Practical Guide to Meaningful Educational Travel (Rowman Littlefield, 2004); and Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide, 2nd ed (Sage Publications, 1996). I am Director of COST - the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching, a former Fulbright scholar to Sweden; am a Founding Fellow and past-President of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, and have organized and led international travel programs on all seven continents. In my spare time, I enjoy music (percussion and guitar), travel, and photography.
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Dr. Ramona Freeman, Ph.DAssistant Professor
Area: TLC - ECDErfreema1@kent.edu
Dr. Freeman received her Ph.D. from the University of Akron in Curricular and Instructional Studies. After having taught at the elementary level in Florida and Ohio, she owned and operated an academically focused child care program while serving as editor of a family child care newsletter for the Northeast Ohio Provider's network. She has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and co-authored a grant from The Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children. She has been appointed to the editorial review committee for ScholarlyPartnershipsEdu, and has presented at numerous state and national conferences. Dr. Freeman has contributed to several journals, including: The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, The International Journal of Learning, Early Childhood Education Journal, Young Children, and Early Childhood News. Topics of research and interest: -quality in informal educare programs -professional development in family child care -socio-cultural practices in preschool and the primary years -authentic classroom pedagogy -professional development partnerships with early childhood teacher mentors and pre-service teachers.
Melanie Irvine, M.A.Instructor 412 C White Hall
Area: TLC - ECEDmirvine@kent.edu
Dr. Karl KoskoAssistant Professor 401-C White Hall
Area: TLC - ECDE - CIkkosko@kent.edu
Karl Kosko earned his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in mathematics, at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. While teaching in the Rock Hill School District, he also received his M.Ed. in Middle Level Education with an emphasis in mathematics. Later, he attended Virginia Tech and earned his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan before taking a position at Kent State University. His research interests include studies of student engagement in and teacher facilitation of mathematical communication with particular focus on whole class discussions and mathematical writing.
Janice Kroeger, Ph.DAssociate Professor 404 (L) White Hall
Area: TLC - CI - ECDEjkroege1@kent.edu
I began my teaching career as a specialist in early education in a university lab school setting, with both bachelor degrees and a master's degree in child development and family studies in around1989. Having taught in community colleges, early childhood lab schools, and public school settings for about 8 years, I pursued doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and earned a PHD in Curriculum and Instruction in 2003.
My research and teaching interests are focused on issues of power and identity in home, school, and community partnerships, early years teacher development, early childhood policies and practices, and qualitative and mixed-methods research methodologies. I have researched in and written scholarly work about social action, agency, culture and cultural and identity change in diverse communities as well as the impact of pre service teacher's work on ECED classrooms. I find the intersections of social justice work, activism, school formation and the formation of schooled subjects (students) fascinating.
In 2010, Investigationg change in field sites through Mentor and Candidate Dialogues was chosen as the outstanding article of the year in the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. Other authored and co-authored work(s) have or will appear in such journals as, Journal of Educational Policy, Teaching and Teacher Education, The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, the Journal of Educational Change and The Urban Review, and the Center for Innovation and Equity in Childhood and I've contributed to or co-authored works in English Education, The American Educational Review Journal, and Early Childhood Research and Practice, and Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood.
Martha Lash, Ph.DAssociate Professor 404 White Hall
Area: TLC - ECDE - CImlash@kent.edu
I began my career as a psychiatric social worker after earning my bachelor's degree in sociology from West Liberty State College, WV. A geographical move to South Texas provided opportunity for a pivotal career move into the field of education where I have remained, served, and taught in various roles: director/teacher in an early childhood education program, executive director for drop-out prevention and school-community partnership programs, and liaison for school (pre-school through higher education), business, and community initiatives. Upon moving to Indiana, I returned to directing and teaching in early childhood programs, including as the director of the Indiana University Campus Children's Center. I earned my M.Ed. and Ph. D. degrees in Curriculum Studies with an Early Childhood Emphasis from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1996 and 2004 respectively. In 2003 I joined the Kent State University faculty with program affiliations in Early Childhood Education (ECED) and Curriculum and Instruction (C & I). My research interests include early childhood education teachers' beliefs and practices; young children's social development and forming of community, especially during the transition period from preschool to public school; and issues of professionalism and quality in early childhood care and education issues on a national and international basis.
Dr. Monica Miller MarshAssociate Professor & Director, Kent State University Child Development Center Child Development Center
Area: TLC - ECDE - CImmillerm@kent.edu
I received my bachelor's and master's degrees from Kent State University and taught preschool, kindergarten and fifth grade in Northeastern Ohio. I pursued my doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Curriculum and Instruction so that I could find answers to the many questions that emerged in my work with children and families. My areas of interest include family diversity, the formation of teacher and student identities, and curriculum development that is inclusive for all children. I am co-founder (with Dr. Tammy Turner-Vorbeck) of the Family Diversity Education Council, a non-profit organization. We are currently developing theJournal of Family Diversity in Education to be launched spring 2014.
Dr. Gumiko MonobeAssistant Professor 404P White Hall
Area: TLC - CI - LE - ECDEgmonobe@kent.edu
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I am originally from Japan and earned a B.A. with 1st - 6th grade teaching licensure in Elementary Education in the Education Department, Yokohama National University, Japan. I also attended Tamagawa University for my Pre-K teaching licensure. After teaching in mostly Pre-K settings in Japan over 8 years, I decided to come to the United States to continue my education. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. Meanwhile, I taught in varied settings including teaching as a University Field Experience Supervisor in the Early Childhood M.Ed. Program, an instructor for some courses including Introduction to Children’s Literature, in the Ohio State University, and a 6th grade classroom teacher in a local Japanese Saturday School. My research interests are focused on the population of children and their families, and teachers from diverse backgrounds, especially immigrant-ELL populations in and outside of school contexts. I find how the children and adults from diverse backgrounds develop their voices fascinating. I am also interested in their development of multiple identities and agency in the intersections of varied social aspects such as cultures, languages, societies, and nations. I believe this is important to study in order to explore and co-create better educational environments and pedagogies for all children. I use qualitative research epistemologies and methodologies such as narrative inquiry. I am also interested in critical literacy and critically engaged learning using multicultural/international children’s literature and drama in teaching and research.
Dr. Sandra Pech, M.S.Assistant Professor E128 Founders Hall
Area: TLC - ECDEspech@kent.edu
Following graduation from Heidelberg College in 1983 my educational career began with 10 years of teaching in the Alliance City Schools, Alliance, Ohio. During those ten years, I had the opportunity to teach second graders through fifth graders in various combinations. In 1987 I received my Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Akron University. The arrival of our first child and my husbands’ work related transfer to North Carolina in 1994 lead to my involvement with infants through 5 year olds in a preschool setting where I was the director of a Mother’s Morning Out program. After returning to Ohio in 1999, I taught at the preschool level for two years and later was invited to become a supervisor for Kent State University’s Early Childhood Education program where I facilitated college students who were completing their student teaching at the pre-k and primary levels. Following six years of supervising, I decided to pursue a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction in order to return to the classroom as an educator. I was a graduate assistant, and an instructor until my graduation in May 2010.
I am currently an assistant professor for Kent State University at Tuscarawas and am the coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) program in early childhood education. I began as the coordinator of the program when the 4 year BSE was added to the 2-year associate's degree during the fall of 2009.
My research interests include curriculum development in the primary grades and inquiry based learning. I am interested in the integration of content as well as teacher-student interactions that support both the academic and social-emotional interactions at the primary grade level.
Julia Stoll, M.A.Instructor 404 White Hall / CDC
Area: TLC - ECDEjastoll@kent.edu
After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree in Education from BGSU in 1993, I taught preschool and kindergarten and then served as a director for a child care center in the Cleveland area. I obtained my Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from KSU in 2000 and I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction at KSU. I currently teach three courses a semester for the Early Childhood Program in the areas of preschool education, mathematics, and science. I also work at the Child Development Center on campus as the Coordinator for the Children's Program - Finances. I also participate in ongoing faculty research initiatives at the center. My research interest is in the area of teacher education and early mathematics and science teaching and learning.
Tsung-Hui Tu, Ph.DAssociate Professor Salem Campus
Area: TLC - ECEDttu@kent.edu
I joined the Kent State University faculty at Salem campus in January 2002. I earned a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and concentration in Child Development from University of Alabama. I received my M.S. and Ph. D. from Iowa State University in Human Development and Family Studies with specialization in Early Childhood Education. I am the Director of Early Childhood Education Technology Program at Salem Campus. The courses that I have taught include introduction to early childhood services, infant/toddler curriculum and services, preschool curriculum, program organization and parent involvement, and student teaching seminar. I also supervise student teachers in various field placements. I strongly value teacher reflection as a critical means of teacher preparation and my research and teaching interests focus on preschool science, preschool teacher-child verbal interactions, teacher preparation, and student teaching.
Dr. Belinda Zimmerman, Ph.DAssistant Professor 404 White Hall
Area: TLC - LE - ECDE - CIbzimmerm@kent.edu
Belinda S. Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor of Literacy and Early Childhood Education at Kent State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education. In addition to years of experience as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, literacy specialist, and professional development coordinator, Dr. Zimmerman served as a Regional Literacy Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education. Her interests related to literacy are many, but she has always focused on helping struggling readers to achieve success and in assisting teachers in providing the highest quality literacy instruction possible for all learners. In addition to journal publications, Dr. Zimmerman is the co-author of the book Phonics Poetry, which she wrote with Dr. Timothy Rasinksi and Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading, written with Dr. Nancy Padak and Dr. Timothy Rasinski. She has also authored chapters in several books on effective teaching practices. She is a proud graduate of Kent State University where she earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Zimmerman credits Kent State University with supporting a very child-centered approach to teaching and for nurturing her deep and abiding respect for those who dare to teach.