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Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Rebecca Burleson

Research Interests

  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Families, Agencies, and Collaboration
  • Distance Education Delivery
  • Teacher Education

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Mixed Methods

Areas of Expertise

  • Distance Education
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Families and Family Systems

 

Dr. Chessica Cave

Research Interests

  • Strategies and Assessment
  • Elementary Literacy

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Development
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Elementary Literacy

 

Dr. Joy Collingsworth

Research Interests

  • Leadership (Administration and Supervision)

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative, Mixed Methods

 

Dr. Shannon Collins

Research Interests

  • Writing and Teaching of Writing
  • Literacy Development
  • Language Education and Social Advantage
  • Professional Development of Teachers

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Writing and Teaching of Writing
  • Professional Development of Teachers

 

Dr. Joseph “Casey” Cosgriff

Research Interests

  • Special Education:
    • Behavior, Social Skills, Specific Disabilities, Behavioral and Academic Interventions, Family Collaboration, Transition

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative, Quantitative, Mixed Methods

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Communication for Individuals with Autism and Severe Disabilities

 

Dr. Andrew Courtner

Research Interests

  • Student Engagement
  • Student Success
  • College Access
  • Adaptation to College
  • Faculty-Student Interaction
  • Student Achievement
  • Higher Education

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Quantitative

 

Dr. Joel “David” Effler

Research Interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Quantitative EEG / Neurofeedback
  • Universality with Diversity in Counseling

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Quantitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Quantitative EEG / Neurofeedback
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychotropic Medication

 

Dr. Cherie Gaines

Research Interests

  • Rural Schools
  • Teacher Leadership
  • School Climate
  • Social Justice
  • Middle School Education

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Writing Development
  • School Climate
  • Teacher Burnout

 

Dr. Julia Kirk

Research Interests

  • Educational Leadership and Teacher Evaluation
  • Instructional Technology
  • Adult Education
  • Self-Directed Learning

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Quantitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Development
  • Instructional Technology

 

Dr. John McCook

Research Interests

  • School Law Issues
  • Special Education
  • Section 504

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Quantitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Use of Data
  • Law
  • Special Education
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Instructional Leadership

 

Dr. Howard Norris

Research Interests

  • History of Education
  • Educator Biographies
  • Educational Law

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative, Mixed Methods

Areas of Expertise

  • Education Law

 

Dr. Alexander Parks

Research Interests

  • Social Justice
  • Diversity and Equity
  • LGBTQA Research
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Literacy

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Justice / Diversity Issues
  • Young Adult Literacy

 

Dr. Pete Silberman

Research Interests

  • College Access and Success for Underrepresented Students
  • Educational Inequality
  • Faculty Development
  • Writing Development

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative

Areas of Expertise

  • College Admissions
  • College Access
  • Adult Writing Development

 

Dr. Dennis “Jack” Smith

Research Interests

  • School Leadership

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Quantitative

 

Dr. Ashley Stanley

Research Interests

  • English as a Second Language
  • Elementary Curriculum
  • TN Ready
  • Assessment
  • Reading / Math Programs

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Quantitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Elementary Curriculum
  • TN Ready
  • Math / Reading Programs

 

Dr. Terry Stevenson

Research Interests

  • Elementary Literacy
  • Grit/Student Motivation
  • Content Literacy
  • Conceptual Approaches to Mathematics Instruction
  • Daniel Pink—Drive
  • Strategy Effectiveness
  • Professional Development / ESSA Model

Areas of Expertise

  • Assessment—Classroom
  • Assessment—Formative/Summative
  • Literacy
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Effective Classroom Practices

 

Dr. Lynn Stevenson-Burger

Research Interests

  • Organizational and Human Resource Development
  • Information Systems Impact on School Organization
  • School Effectiveness
  • Performance Evaluation Systems
  • Strategic Planning
  • Quality Management
  • Benchmarking and Metrics

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Quantitative

 

Dr. Connie Theriot

Research Interests

  • Consultee Centered Consultation

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Assessment of Standardized Tests

 

Dr. Mark Tichon

Research Interests

  • Counseling Process and Outcome Research
  • Neuroscience

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Quantitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Career Counseling
  • Evidence-Based Treatment for Behavioral Health Disorders
  • Group Counseling
  • Neuroscience

 

Dr. Vicki Violette

Research Interests

  • Principal Effectiveness
  • Barriers for Females in Superintendencies
  • Barriers of Suppressed Groups in Educational Leadership

Preferred Research Methodology

  • Qualitative

Areas of Expertise

  • Encouraging
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
 
 

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