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Faculty Research Areas of Interest and Expertise
Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina
Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5980

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To view a matrix of research areas of interest and expertise, click on a faculty member below. The following tables indicate faculty members’ research areas of expertise and interest, the specific content area(s) in which they specialize, the age group/grade level(s) of their expertise/interest and their methodological expertise. Students interested in finding out more about a faculty member’s specific interests can contact him or her directly.


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Cathy Barlow Assessment Models      
  Distance Education Learning      
  Leadership Strategies      
  Technology Solution      
  Women in Administration      


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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Susan Catapano Building Classroom Libraries      
  Children’s Literature      
  Curriculum      
  Hard to Staff Schools      
  Instructional Delivery      
  Mentoring      
  Reading first      
  School Reform      
  Selection of Culturally Diverse Literature      
  Teacher Retention      
  Teacher Preparation      
  Urban Schools      
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Sue-Jen Chen Personality and Small Group Interaction Instructional Design & Development Elementary  
  Cross- and Multicultural Online Learning Evaluation Higher Education  
  Educational  Technology Integration into  Curriculum Instructional Technology    
  Instructional Design and Development Multi-media    
  e-Learning Course and Environment Design Visual Design    
  Web 2.0 Social Media and Learning      
  Learning Theories      
  Critical Thinking and Problem Solving      
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Howard Coleman Closing the Achievement Gap Arts    
  Curriculum Alignment Auditing      
  Data-Driven Decision-Making      
  Educational Reform      
  NC ABC’s and Accountability      
  NCLB and AYP      
  School Law and Policy      
  Transitional Leadership      
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Vance Durrington Diffusion of Innovations      
  Distance Education      
  Computer Mediated Communication      
  Social Network Analysis      


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Elizabeth Foster Educator Preparation   Teachers, Counselors and Administrators  
  Educator Induction Programs      
  Educational Mentoring      
  Peer Tutoring      
  School Leadership      
  Professional Development      


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Kathy Fox Language Diversity   Early Childhood  
  Family Literacy   Early Childhood  
  Technology Literacy    
  Teacher Practice      
  Homework      
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Tracy Hargrove Authentic Assessment Mathematics Elementary  
  High-Stakes Testing Mathematics Elementary  
  The Relationship between Mathematics and Music Mathematics Elementary  
  Multi-age Grouping Mathematics Elementary  
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Heidi Higgins Pre-service and in-service teacher education Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School  
  Quantitative literacy Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School  
  Spatial abilities Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School  
  Impact of intellectual development on ability to implement best teaching practices in mathematics Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School  
  Teaching mathematics for social equity Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School  
  Relationship between socio-economic status and academic achievement Mathematics Early Childhood, Elementary School, and Middle School  
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Barbara Honchell At Risk Readers   Early Childhood  
  Systematic Observation Reading Early Childhood  
  Diverse Learners Reading Early Childhood  
  Reading Recovery   Early Childhood  


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Scott Imig Classroom Observation      
  Effective Schools and Teachers      
  Mentoring      
  Social Justice      
  Teacher Decision-making      
  Teacher Education      
  Teacher Supervision      
  The Teaching Profession—Certification and Licensure      
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Hengameh Kermani Emergent Literacy      
  Social and cognitive bases of mother-child interaction      
  Cross-cultural comparisons
of parental cognitive mediators and their impact on children's learning
     
  Family literacy      
  Cross-age tutoring      


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Martin Kozloff Help Schools to Select and Use Effective Curriculum Reading    
  Instructional Design Reading    
  Diverse Learners Reading    
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Julie Lambert Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Science Secondary Education  
  Research Science Secondary Education  


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Lou LaNunziata Applied Behavior Analysis Special Needs Population Early Childhood  
  Applied Behavior Analysis      
  Effective Programming Inclusive Settings    
  Pro-Social Behavior Development      
  Positive Behavioral Supports Social Skills Instruction in Special Needs

Population
   
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Florence Martin Virtual Classrooms      
  Learning Management Systems/ Course Management Systems      
  Social/ Collaborative Technology Tools      
  Free and Open Source Software for Elearning      
  Computer-based/ Web-based Instruction      
  Online Course development/ Program Development      
  Human Performance Management      
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Maurice Martinez African American
Community
     
  Diversity      
  Intercultural Education      
  International/Global/ Comparative Education      
  International Development      
  Social Justice      

Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Carol McNulty Instructional Methods Social Studies Elementary Qualitative
  Multicultural education and diversity Social Studies Elementary Qualitative
  Preparing teachers to work with students in poverty Social Studies Elementary Qualitative
  Students at-risk for delinquency Social Studies Elementary Qualitative
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Mahnaz Moallem Instructional design models & principles      
  Development of instructional materials for different delivery systems, particularly Web-based instruction      
  Design & development of online collaborative learning environments      
  Program design & evaluation      
  Assessment & evaluation of learning & instruction      
  Applications of learning & thinking styles theories for the design & development of instruction      
  How new and emerging technology such as hand-held computers can be used to improve learning & instruction      
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Amelia Moody Electronic Storybooks Literacy Early Childhood  
  Assistive Technology Literacy Early Childhood  
  Language and Literacy   Early Childhood  


Nam e of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Shelby Morge Assessment National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in  Mathematics K-12  
  Gender Differences Mathematics K-12  
  Curriculum Squeak and problem-based learning in Mathematics and Science K-12  
  Beliefs Mathematics K-12  
  Teacher Education Mathematics K-12  
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. John Murphy Emerging and Best Practices for School Leaders      
  Equal Educational Opportunities Addressing the Gap      
  School Leadership      

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Kennedy Ongaga Africa     Qualitative Research Methods
  HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education     Qualitative Research Methods
  Organizational Behavior     Qualitative Research Methods
  School Administration     Qualitative Research Methods
  Social Justice Issues in Education     Qualitative Research Methods


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Denise Ousley Young Adult Literature English Language Arts Secondary Education Qualitative
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Michele Parker Charter schools and Student Achievement      
  Teacher Education and Diversity      
  Teacher Mentoring      
  Leadership/ Empowerment      
  School Performance      
  Virtual Classrooms      


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Ann Potts Language and Culture Literacy   Ethnography/Qualitative

  Developing Culturally Responsive Practice     Ethnography/Qualitative

  Critical Literacy     Ethnography/Qualitative

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Angelia Reid-Griffin Motivation Science Middle Level and Secondary Level  
  Technology Science Middle Level and Secondary Level  
  University/School/ Community Partnerships      
  Faculty Collaborative Efforts      
  Teacher Shortages Minority Teacher Shortages Middle Level and Secondary Level  

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Kathleen Roney Middle School Reform   Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
  Characteristics of Effective Teaching   Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
  Strategies and Relationships in Effective Teaching   Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
  Teacher Education   Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
  Leadership and Staff Development   Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
  Organizational Health   Middle Level (6-9) Qualitative Design/Case Study Methodology
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Robert Smith School Reform   High School  
  Small Learning Communities      
  Early Colleges      
  Teacher Dispositions      


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown Achievement Gap Reading/Literacy Middle Level  
  Diversity Reading/Literacy Middle Level  
  English Language Learners Reading/Literacy Middle Level  
  Intercultural Education Reading/Literacy Middle Level  
  International/Global/ Comparative Education Reading/Literacy Middle Level  
  Social Justice Reading/Literacy Middle Level  
  Critical Literacy Reading/Literacy Middle Level  
  Poverty and Educational Inequities Reading/Literacy Middle Level  
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Candra Thornton Children’s Play   Pre-K, Early Childhood  
  Pre-service Teacher Beliefs   Pre-K, Early Childhood  
  Feminist Studies      


Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Brad Walker Literacy   children and adults  
  Supporting growth Literacy    
  Whole Language      
  Impact of government mandated educational programs      
  Researching education in other countries      
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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Tamara Walser Classroom Assessment and Performance Assessment      
  Evaluation of Research      
  Program Evaluation Methodology      
  Research Design      
  Systems in Evaluation      
  Reading Programs for Struggling Readers      

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Name of Faculty Member Research Area of Interest/Expertise Content Area of Specialization Age Group/ Grade Level(s) Methodological Expertise
Dr. Karen Wetherill Educational Change      
  Educational Leadership      
  Mentoring      
  Organizational Analysis      
  Professional Development of Educators      
  Supervision      
  Teacher Education      
  University/School/ Partnerships      

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