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Dr. Joanne Arhar, Ed.D.

Associate Dean 308 White Hall

Area: TLC - CI - MCED

vita [pdf]

My career in education began as a high school English teacher in Parma Ohio where I taught for 12 years after graduating from Case Western Reserve University where I also pursued a Masters Degree in American Studies.   I moved into high school and middle school administration in Ohio and Colorado and then earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Cincinnati.  My disseration on interdisciplinary teaming won two national dissertation awards and I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career as a professor in a teacher preparation program.  I taught at the University of South Florida then moved back home to Ohio to help build a middle childhood education program and teach in the masters and doctoral programs in Curriculum and Instruction at Kent State Univeristy.  My research interests have focused on using action research as a method of inquiry into one's teaching, teacher teaming in the middle grades and preparing middle level teachers.  I have co-authored two books:  Leading into the 21st Century and Action Research for Teaching:  Traveling the Yellow Brick Road and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Currently I serve as associate dean of student services, undergraduate education, and teacher education where I oversee curriculum, teacher education, advising, recruitment, clinical experiences, and partnerships with schools and agencies.  I am particularly interested in supporting global learning intiatives in the undergraduate curriculum.

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Wendy Bedrosian, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 404B White Hall

Area: TLC - ECDE

vita [pdf]

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.

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Dr. William Bintz, Ph.D

Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - MCED

vita [pdf]

I am currently a Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I have extensive classroom teaching experience including teaching high school English in Chicago, Illinois and San Juan, Puerto Rico; middle school language arts in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and grades 4-6 at an Alternative School in Bloomington, Indiana. I have also been a Visiting Lecturer in Language Education at the Armidale College of Advanced Education in Armidale, Australia, as well as an assistant professor at Western Kentucky University, James Madison University, and the University of Kentucky. My personal experiences and professional interests include using award-winning literature to teach across the curriculum K-12, collaborative teacher research, and reading comprehension assessment. I have published numerous articles and book chapters in leading literacy journals such as The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Middle School Journal; presented at many international, national, and state conferences; and conducted professional development workshops throughout the United States.

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Elizabeth Brooks, Ph.D

Associate Professor 401 White Hall


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I received my BA in History from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, MAT in Social Studies (concentration in History) from UNC-Chapel Hill, and my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Kent State University in December 2005. I have taught secondary social studies across three states (North Carolina, Georgia, and New York), participated in a National Science Foundation grant focused on issues-centered teaching and learning, and, during the first years of my teaching career, was part of two faculty teams specifically selected to ease the early days of school integration. Since coming to Kent in 1990, I have served as a Teaching Fellow and then as Non-tenure Track Faculty in the elementary, middle childhood, and adolescent-young adult teacher education programs. Currently, I coordinate the Middle Childhood Education program on the Kent campus, coordinate the adolescent-young adult (ADED) social studies practicum, and advise in both the MCED and the ADED programs. My research interests are focused on social studies teacher education and the academic content standards, teacher beliefs, and the impact of field experience on teacher development.

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Dr. Christopher Busey

Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education 404F White Hall


My career path began at the University of Florida where I received a B.A. in political science. My professional teaching career began in Orlando, FL, where I taught AP Government, United States History, and Global Studies for several years while simultaneously completing my Masters of Arts in social science education at the University of Central Florida. Immediately upon obtaining my masters, I taught in New York City public schools and then returned to the University of Central Florida where I earned a Ph.D. in Social Science Education in 2013. During my doctoral coursework, I taught for a semester in Miranda de Ebro, Spain, and spent my final two years as a middle school social studies teacher in Orlando, FL. My experiences working with outstanding diverse students have directly influenced my research interests, which are centered on improving social studies education for culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse learners both domestically and abroad. I am also interested in researching innovative ways for improving and analyzing social studies teacher education, curriculum, and pedagogy. I am also the coordinator for the Kent State Holmes Scholars program.

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Joanne Caniglia, Ph.D

Associate Professor 401N White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI

vita [pdf]

Joanne Caniglia earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics at John Carroll University and her masters in mathematics at Youngstown State University. She was a secondary teacher and department chair in Niles and Akron, Ohio for 12 years and spent time as a graduate researcher at Kent State University where she received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. She taught for 14 years at Eastern Michigan University where she was Professor of Mathematics Education. While there she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Governor's Award for Distinguished Teaching. Her research investigates effective professional development models in urban settings. She is a PI and Co-PI for many National Science Foundation and Board of Regents inititiatives.

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Dr. Moon-Heum Cho

Assistant Professor 407 Main Hall

Area: LDES

Dr. Moon-Heum Cho is an Assistant Professional in Kent State University-Stark. Since 2009, he has taught educational technology and educational psychology for undergraduate pre-service and graduate in-service teachers. Dr. Cho completed his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2008. Before joining Kent-Stark, he worked as an instructional consultant/ designer in Indiana. Uni.-Purdue Uni. Ft. Wayne (IPFW). His research interests are self-regulated learning, teaching and learning, and instructional design.

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Scott Courtney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 401J White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI - MCED

vita [pdf]

I am a recent transplant from Arizona, having completed my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from Arizona State University. Prior to moving to Kent, I was fortunate to have been provided with opportunities to teach a variety of mathematics and statistics courses at both the secondary and tertiary levels. My research interests are driven by inquiry, by a desire to attain insights into: 1) students’ and teachers’ conceptions of mathematics ideas within the 6-12 curriculum; 2) the kinds of instructional engagements that are propitious for student development of intended ideas and ways of thinking; and 3) teachers’ conceptions and ways of thinking that either support or constrain their capacity to transform their ways of operating with cognitive structures that are more conceptually oriented. When not engaged in teaching or research, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughters.

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Alicia Crowe, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI - INSS

vita [pdf]

I am an Associate Professor of Middle and Secondary Social Studies Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I love to teach and study teaching. It is wonderful to be a part of the growth of new and experienced teachers. I am very interested and do research in teacher education, social studies education, teacher learning, and technology integration in social studies education at both the secondary and pre-service levels.

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Kenneth Cushner, Ed.D.

Professor 401 White Hall

Area: TLC - MCED - INSS - CI

vita [pdf]

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. Robin Dever

Assistant Professor 116

Area: TLC - MCED

I am currently an assistant profesesor of middle childhood education and serve as the program coordinator of the middle childhood education program at Kent State University-Geauga in Burton, OH.  My research intrests include teacher education, middle level literacy, and professional development.  

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Lisa Donnelly, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 401 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI

vita [pdf]

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I taught high school biology and K-8 informal science in Indiana before earning my doctorate in science education from Indiana University Bloomington. My research interests center upon the teaching and learning of evolution and the nature of science and how state biology standards support and constrain this teaching and learning. I regularly present and publish on these fascinating topics, and some of my work has appeared in Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Research in Science Education, and International Journal of Science Education. Here at Kent State, I very much enjoy teaching science methods for preservice undergraduate and MAT preservice teachers as well as graduate courses in science education.

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Joanne Dowdy, Ph.D

Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - LE

vita [pdf]

Joanne Kilgour Dowdy is a Professor at Kent State University, Ohio. A graduate of the Juilliard School in the theatre division, Dr. Dowdy continues to use her drama training to prepare teachers for the literacy classroom, and as a performer who facilitates writing development through interactive workshops. Her major research interests include documenting the experiences of Black women involved in education from adult basic literacy to higher education. She has written and edited twe;ve books. Her first book is a volume co-edited with Dr. Lisa Delpit, entitled, The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom (The New Press). Her second book, GED Stories: Black Women & Their Struggle for Social Equity, is published by Peter Lang. Her fifth book: Ph.D. Stories: Conversations with My Sisters, is published by Hampton Press and was awarded the 2009 American Educational Research Association Narrative and Research Special Interest Group's Outstanding Book Award. In The Public Eye, was released in October, 2009 by Commess University press. Connecting the Literacy Puzzle was released by Hampton Press in May, 2010. In 2014, OLYMPIC HERO: LENNOX KILGOUR'S STORY will be released by Caribbean Studies Press. This is Dr. Dowdy's first children's book.

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Dr. Ramona Freeman, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Area: TLC - ECDE

vita [pdf]

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.

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Walter Gershon, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI - CULT

Walter S. Gershon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, RiversideHis scholarly interests focus on the ways in which students make sense in educational contexts and how they and other educational actors construct meaning through their senses, particularly in and through sound. This interest tends to center on questions about the relationship between curriculum and students, the ways in which sociocultural precepts inform this relationship, and the qualitative research methodologies utilized to study educational actors’ sensemaking. Walter is the author of The Collaborative Turn: Working Together in Qualitative Research (Sense Publishing, 2009) and is guest editor of a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing that explores the intersection of curriculum and the senses. Prior to his time in higher education, Walter taught in urban schools in the United States and in rural and urban contexts in Japan.

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Dr. Jennifer Gorecki

Assistant Professor 261E MACC Annex

Area: TLC - PEP

Physical Education
vita [pdf]

Jennifer J. Gorecki is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education and her Masters Degree in Education.  After a career as an NCAA Division II and III volleyball and softball head coach and instructor, Jennifer went on to earn her Ph.D. in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina in 2000.  She is currently Co-Chair for the Dance Division on the Board of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD). Jennifer has served as the advisor to the Midwest-AAHPERD's Council of Future Professionals and received the Midwest AAHPERD Presidential Citation for her work. Her current interests include dance, outdoor pursuits, and a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching children that is inclusive of movement and fitness.She currently teaches elementary physical education methods, outdoor pursuits, fundamental movement-gymnastics-dance, motor skill analysis, lifespan motor development, and supervises student teachers. 

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Danielle Gruhler, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 401 White Hall

Area: TLC - CI - LE - MCED

vita [pdf]

I began my professional career in 1991 as a third grade teacher in Solon, Ohio, after graduating from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I taught at the elementary level for nine years before leaving to teach full-time at the university. Upon completion of my Masterâ¹s Degree in Literacy Studies at John Carroll, I was invited to teach literature and language arts courses there in 1996 and 1997. I began my doctoral work at Kent State University in 1997. As a doctoral student, I served as both a Graduate Assistant and a Teaching Fellow. During my tenure as a doctoral candidate, I was awarded a University Fellowship for the 2001-2002 academic year. I have been on the full-time faculty at Kent for two years. I currently serve as the Co-coordinator for the Reading Endorsement cohort program. My research interests include the student and teacher discourse that surrounds the literacy processes of young readers and writers, and the ways in which teachers construct their professional thinking about literacy based on their personal and practical experiences.

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Todd Hawley, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall


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Todd S. Hawley is an Associate Professor in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. His research interests include rationale-development as a core theme of social studies teacher education and the transformative possibilities of justice-oriented social studies teacher education. He is committed to resist, through civic action, the corporate take over of teaching and teacher education. Additionally, he works to create and sustain informal, collaborative spaces for teachers and teacher educators. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he taught high school social studies in the Atlanta Public Schools and at Oglethorpe County High School. 

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James Henderson, Ed.D.

Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - CI

vita [pdf]

After seven years of public school teaching, I pursued a doctorate in curriculum and teaching studies. I've been extremely pleased with this decision and feel fortunate to work at Kent State University, particularly given our Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies (TLC) School's commitment to offer curriculum-based graduate degrees.  I regularly teach three courses: Fundamentals of Curriculum, Curriculum Leadership, and Theory and Research in Curriculum.  I am coordinator of our TLC School's C&I Master's Degree (M.Ed.), Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) & Doctoral (Ph.D.) programs and the co-creator and first co-editor of The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.  I am an active member in the Curriculum & Pedagogy Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, the American Educational Research Association, and the Professors of Curriculum (POC) Honorary Society.  I am a past president of the POC Society.  My service work in these organizations is closely linked to my scholarly interests, which focus on reflective inquiry and curriculum leadership for democratic education. I have authored, co-authored and co-edited five books on these topics, and two of these books are currently in their third editions. I have worked closely with a local Superintendent of Instruction on the creation of a web-based Curriculum Leadership Institute, and I am the co-coordinator of the TLC School's Teacher Leader Endorsement Program (TLEP).

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Melanie Irvine, M.A.

Instructor 412 C White Hall

Area: TLC - ECED

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Sonya Irving

Lecturer 401G White Hall

Area: TLC - MCED - ADED - CI

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Dr. Aviad Israeli

Associate Professor 300E Whitehall

Area: FLA - HM

Aviad Israeli is an Associate Professor of Hospitality Management.  His research focuses on management in the hospitality and tourism industries.  His studies focus on identifying firm assets and their impact of firm performance in the hospitality industry, on evaluation of crisis management practices in the hospitality and tourism industries and on studying the dynamics of service encounters. His published research appeared in leading journals such as International Journal of Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Service Industries Journal and Journal of Travel Research

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Claudia Khourey-Bowers, Ph.D

Associate Professor Stark Campus

Area: TLC - MCED - CI

vita [pdf]

My career as a science educator has taken many interesting turns. It began with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from The Ohio State University, followed by a stint working in a neuroanatomy research lab at NEOUCOM, and a master's degree in biology from the University of Akron. From there, I launched my teaching career in Canton City Schools, where I also worked in science curriculum and professional development. My experiences in the classroom and in professional development raised questions about the teaching-learning dynamic that I felt warranted further study. This took me to Kent State University, where I earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in science education. I am now beginning my ninth year at Kent State University-Stark as a faculty member, where my teaching responsibilities are split between Middle Childhood nd C & I program areas. My line of inquiry explores the relationships existing across teacher beliefs, teacher knowledge and pedagogy, and the role of teacher content knowledge on student achievement, classroom culture, and inquiry/integration.

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Dr. Insook Kim

Assistant Professor 261C Gym Annex

Area: TLC - PEP

Dr. Insook Kim received both her bachelor and master degrees in physical education at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She worked as a physical education teacher in public middle schools for nine years in South Korea. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a Ph.D. in Physical Education Teacher Education. Dr. Kim has received 6 competitive scholarships during her graduate program and three awards including ‘excellent teacher award’, ‘excellent research teacher award’, and ‘outstanding graduate student award’ in her career. 

Before joining this program, Dr. Kim worked as an assistant professor in the department of Kinesiology at Western Illinois University for 2011-2012. In the fall of 2012, she started working as an assistant professor in our Physical Education program where she teaches classes in elementary content, development and anlaysis of net games, teaching in physcial education, curriculum development in sport pedagogy, and contemporary issues in sport pedagogy. 

Dr. Kim's research focuses on the relationship between content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. Dr. Kim interest is to improve teachers’ high quality instruction by strengthening their content knowledge for teaching and in turn influencing student learning. Four papers has been already published and two papers have recently accepted to publish in the top tier journals. One paper is currently in review and several papers are in progress. Dr. Kim has presented more than 20 papers at the state, national, and international conferences. Currently, she serves as a reviewer or committe member at the state, nationa, and interational levels.

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William Kist, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI - LE

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Dr. Katie Knapp

Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Early Childhood Education 401D White Hall

Area: TLC - ECDE

My love of children and learning have led me on an interesting journey to my current destination, the Early Childhood Education department at Kent State.  After playing school for countless hours as a child, earning my BA in Music at Marietta College, attending graduate school in Divinity at Harvard University, earning an M.Ed. in Education from The Ohio State University, and receiving my license in teaching grades 1-8 in Ohio, I landed at Kent State where I attained my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on Social Studies Education.  I taught in the public schools for almost 10 years as an elementary and middle school teacher.  I then taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Kent State for seven years and am currently an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education department. 

It is my privilege to teach courses in social studies methods, to facilitate workshops in issues of culture, race, and class, and to support student teachers during their last semester at Kent.  My research interests include the use of family history with children, examining the U.S. History narrative taught in schools from a critical perspective, and students' (particularly African American children’s) experiences with social studies in the classroom.  My personal interests include my own children, Callaghan and Emma, who are my most fascinating research participants! 

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Patricia Koontz, Ph.D

Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - MCED - CI

vita [pdf]

Kent State University has been home to me for more years than any other academic institution. Receiving my undergraduate, masters and doctorate from Kent State has been a source of pride knowing the excellent professors and opportunities KSU has afforded me. As a student teacher I took advantage Kent State's international student teaching program and student taught in Cali Columbia, South America. Prior to joining Kent State as a professor, I was a chemist; a mathematics teacher at Hillman Jr. High in Youngstown; a mathematics, chemistry, and physics teacher at North High School in Akron; and a mathematics teacher for autistic children in Kent City Schools. I am presently the Director of the Mathematics Specialist Program (the only such master's degree program in Ohio) as well as the co-director of the Northeast Ohio Center of Excellence for the Teaching of Mathematics and Science (NEOCEx). I serve on the Ohio Mathematics Education Task Force and the Ohio Resource Center math review board. Two of my most recent books are Teaching Science to Children: an Inquiry Approach co-authored with A. Friedl and Science and Society in the Twentieth Century co-authored with W. Sherman.

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Dr. Karl Kosko

Assistant Professor 401-E White Hall

Area: TLC - ECDE - CI

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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.

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Janice Kroeger, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 (L) White Hall

Area: TLC - CI - ECDE

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 PolicyTeaching and Teacher EducationThe 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.

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Martha Lash, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ECDE - CI

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.

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Seon Jeong (Ally) Lee

Assistant Professor 300A White Hall

Area: FLA - HM

Seon Jeong (Ally) Lee is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University.  She received a Master of Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Ph. D. in Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She teaches a variety of classes including Strategic Lodging Management, Catering Management, Introduction to Hospitality Management, and Cost Control and Analysis.  Focusing on service marketing, her research focus includes persuasion strategies, experiential marketing, and consumer well-being.  Her work appears in such journals as the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and Journal of Services Marketing.  

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Dr. Monica Miller Marsh

Associate Professor & Director, Kent State University Child Development Center Child Development Center

Area: TLC - ECDE - CI

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.   

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Dr. Stephen Mitchell

Professor 262A Memorial Gym Annex

Area: TLC - PEP - CI

vita [pdf]

Steve Mitchell has been at Kent State since 1992, having done Doctoral work in Teaching and Curriculum at Syracuse University, and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Physical Education and Education at Loughborough University, England. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters related to tactical games teaching, and with colleagues Judy Oslin and Linda Griffin wrote the book "Teaching Sport Concepts and Skills: A Tactical Games Approach," now into its third edition (previous editions having also been translated into Japanese, Portuguese and Korean). Steve has been heavily involved with NCATE/CAEP accreditation for many years, having served as a program report reviewer and as the Program Report Coordinator for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and as a member of the Board of examiners for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Steve recently served a two year term as President of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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Dr. Gumiko Monobe

Assistant Professor 404P White Hall

Area: TLC - CI - LE - ECDE

vita [pdf]

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. 

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Denise N. Morgan, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - CI

I received my B.S. from the University of Alabama in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and my M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois. I taught Kindergarten, second and fourth grade in Illinois before earning my Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Language, Literacy and Culture. Upon my graduation in 2001, I accepted a three-year post doctoral position at the University of South Carolina to work on a federally funded grant studying long term professional development. I have worked at Kent State since 2004 and am currently an associate professor of literacy education and the Director of the Reading and Writing Center. My research interests include understanding in-service and pre-service teacher change in theoretical knowledge and practice and understanding student development as readers and writers.

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Becky Morsefield

Instructor 405 White Hall

Area: TLC - SPED

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I graduated from Kent State University in with a degree in secondary education- comprehensive science. I enjoyed teaching chemistry, physics, environmental science and biology for ten years. When our first child was born, she was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth. Our family was suddenly introduced the world of special education. I returned to Kent State to pursue a master's degree in special education. I received a training fellowship in early intervention and worked at the Family Child Learning Center providing direct services for families, training and supervising students. I graduated in 1997 with a master's degree in special education. After graduation I worked for the Portage County Early Intervention Collaborative as a service coordinator. I began teaching at Kent State in 1998 in the special education and early childhood departments and supervising student teachers. I bring to teaching a family perspective on early intervention, assessment as it relates to the IEP process, inclusive education, transition and family and professional partnerships. I have served on the Portage County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities for the past tweleve years.

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Bridget Mulvey

Area: TLC

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Dr. Davison Mupinga

Associate Professor 412 D White Hall

Area: TLC - CTTE

I am a faculty member in the Career and Technical Teacher Education program, specializing in the preparation of career and technical teachers/instructors and trainers. I began my teaching career as a high school technical and business education teacher. Over the years, I have worked with trainers, pre-service, and in-service technical teachers from different parts of the world, including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda, and South Africa.  I have held faculty positions at the University of Zimbabwe, State University of New York, Oswego, and Indiana State University. My research interests are in international technical education, integrating technology into career and technical education, and preparation of technical teacher for the 21st century. 

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Patrick OConnor

Associate Professor 316 White Hall

Area: TLC - CTTE

vita [pdf]

I've been at KSU for 18 years focusing mainly on coordinating teacher education programming and leadership for the Career-Technical Education community primarily in North East Ohio. The main activities to this end have been in teacher preparation for initial licenses and continuing professional development as well as scholarship related to workforce education/development. My scholarly and publication interests are quite broad ranging from workplace literacy to leadership/organizational change. My primary teaching duties are at the master degree level. I have had similar positions at the University of Georgia and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I also have high school and community college teaching experience.

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Dr. Sandra Pech, M.S.

Assistant Professor E128 Founders Hall

Area: TLC - ECDE

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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.

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Dr. Kristine Pytash

Assistant Professor 404E White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - CI - ADED

vita [pdf]

Kristine E. Pytash is an assistant professor in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services, where she co-directs the secondary Integrated Language Arts teacher preparation program. She was a former high school English teacher. Her research focuses on disciplinary writing, the literacy practices of youth in alternative schools and juvenile detention facilities, and preparing preservice teachers to teach writing. 

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Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D

Professor 401 White Hall

Area: TLC - LE

vita [pdf]

Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He is author of the best selling book on reading fluency entitled The Fluent Reader, published by Scholastic, and co-author of the award winning fluency program called Fluency First, published by the Wright Group. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Tim is currently writing the fluency chapter for Volume IV of the Handbook of Reading Research. Tim recently served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and from 1992 to 1999 he was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world's most widely read journal of literacy education. He has also served as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. Prior to coming to Kent State Tim taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Nebraska.  In 2010 Dr. Rasinski was elected to the International Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame for his career achievements and contributions in the fields of literacy and literacy education.

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Dr. Sara Raven

Area: TLC - ADED - CI - MCED

vita [pdf]

I am is an assistant professor in the department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. I taught science in an alternative high school in Georgia before earning my Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. My research interests focus on social issues in science education, such as bullying in the science classroom and bringing cultural and multicultural issues to the forefront of preservice teacher education. I am also interested in the use of innovative technologies to teach science and science education.

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Anne Reynolds, Ph.D

Associate Professor 412 White Hall

Area: TLC - MCED - CI

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I received my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education at James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia. I taught for 19 years in Queensland, Australia, as an elementary teacher, a high school mathematics and accounting teacher, and as a resource teacher for students with special needs. In 1990, I came to the United States to complete my Doctorate in Mathematics Education at Florida State University. In 1993, I joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma and concentrated my efforts in mathematics education in the early childhood, special education, and middle grades programs at the undergraduate level as well as teaching and advising in the mathematics education graduate programs. I joined the faculty at Kent State University in the Fall 2004, where I teach mathematics education courses in the MCED, ECED, and C & I programs. My research interests are focused on how students learn mathematics, particularly the imagery involved in making sense of mathematical ideas, and in learning in a problem centered setting.

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Dr. Teresa Rishel, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - MCED - CI

Teresa Rishel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Middle Childhood Education, Curriculum and Instruction and Multicultural Education. Her educational experience includes serving as an elementary principal and teaching elementary and middle level grades. She earned her Master of Science in Elementary Education and her PhD in Curriculum Studies at Purdue University. Her undergraduate degrees include Elementary Education (St. Joseph's College, Indiana) and Physical Education & Health K-12 (Ball State University, Indiana). Dr. Rishel's interests include guiding middle level preservice teachers as they transition into effective novice teachers. She is interested in curriculum theory, multicultural issues of education and social justice. Her research interests include adolescent suicide in relationship to teaching, leadership, and curriculum, with a focus on affective environments. Dr. Rishel presents her research nationally as well as in education classes at Kent State.

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Dr. Takahiro Sato

Associate Professor 261-A Gym Annex

Area: TLC - PEP - CI

vita [pdf]

Takahiro Sato is an associate professor of Physical Education Teacher Education in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. He joined the faculty at Kent State University in 2010. He was a coordinator of Health and Physical Education program at Hampton University in Virginia (2007-2010). He recieved his BS from University of Mount Union, his MS from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his PhD from The Ohio State University. Takahiro's scholarly interests focus on physical education teachers' beliefs on teaching students with disabilities, diversity and social justice of students and teachers of color in physical education, and international students' experiences in higher education. He is a nationally certified Adapted Physical Educator and a Fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (SHAPE America) in 2014.   

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Julia Stoll, M.A.

Instructor 404 White Hall / CDC

Area: TLC - ECDE

vita [pdf]

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.

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Elizabeth Testa


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Tsung-Hui Tu, Ph.D

Associate Professor Salem Campus

Area: TLC - ECED

vita [pdf]

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.

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Steven Turner, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - MCED - CI
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Steven L. Turner is an associate professor in the Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies Department, Kent campus. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction and Middle Childhood Education. He joined the KSU faculty in 2005. He earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia (2005) and his M.Ed from Boston University (2000). His dual undergraduate degree was Honors Liberal Studies and Special Education from Longwood University (1998). His research interests include effective classroom assessment in grades 4-9, diverse teacher education, and investigating the learning sciences ( how teachers teach and how students learn).

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Dr. Jennifer Walton-Fisette

Associate Professor 261B Gym Annex

Area: TLC - PEP - CI

vita [pdf]

Jennifer L. Walton-Fisette is an associate professor of Physical Education Teacher Education in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies. She joined the faculty at Kent State University in 2008. She previously taught physical education and health in Rhode Island. She obtained her BS in physical education from Rhode Island College, MS in sport pedagogy from Ithaca College, and EdD in Physical Education Teacher Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her teaching responsibilities include: Secondary Physical Education Content, Inquiry into Professional Practice, Development and Analysis of Game Performance, Introduction to Physical Education, Fitness, and Sport, Analysis of Motor Skills, Curriculum Development and Forms of Inquiry. Her scholarship explores the critical examination of girls' lived experiences and embodied identities within physical education and physical activity through student voice; assessment and curriculum development. She is currently exploring how sociocultural issues are included and addressed in PETE programs locally, nationally and internationally.

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Dr. Lori Wilfong, Ph.D

Associate Professor Stark Campus

Area: TLC - MCED - CI - LE

vita [pdf]

Lori G. Wilfong, Ph.D., began her career in East Los Angeles, CA, teaching English as a second language to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the Los Angeles Unified School District. This sparked her interest in motivating adolescent readers and led to positions in Rootstown Local Schools and Maple Heights City Schools as a literacy coach and literacy specialist. Upon completion of her doctoral degree in Literacy Education from Kent State, Wilfong began her current position in the Middle Childhood Education and Curriculum & Instruction programs at the Stark Campus. She remains an active consultant in several area urban school districts, furthering her research interests in multicultural literature and education, fluency, and reading in the content areas.

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Dr. Belinda Zimmerman, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - ECDE - CI

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. 

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