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Faculty and Staff
Dr. Amanda Bozack (University of Arizona)
Office: Peters Hall A015
Dr. Bozack is an educational psychologist who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in human development, educational psychology, and assessment and measurement. Her research is focused on beginning teacher induction, mentoring, and professional development. Her recent collaborations have focused on supporting beginning science teachers, their mentors, and their administrators as they transition to use of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Dr. Bozack has written articles that have been published in journals including the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, The Elementary School Journal, and Reading Psychology, and she was a co-author of an article that received the Journal of Teacher Education’s Outstanding Article of the Year award. Dr. Bozack has also written numerous edited book chapters about effective teacher induction and has served as Connecticut’s teacher induction program (TEAM) evaluator. Her grant and contract awards total over $400,000.
Dr. Bozack received her bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Brenda-Jean Tyler (University of Texas at Austin)
Office: Peters Hall C158
Dr. Brenda-Jean Tyler teaches introductory special education courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her students come from a variety of programs. Dr. Tyler has gone through several levels of Quality Matters training for online instruction, and she teaches her master-level courses in an asynchronous online format. She has been a co-director and director of personnel preparation grants, as well as a grant focused on the comprehensive examination process in special education.
Her interests center on the unique challenges that students with disabilities who are non-native speakers of English confront in school, including challenges arising from differences in cultural norms and expectations and how these differences intersect with reading disabilities as well as other learning differences. Dr. Tyler’s teaching experience is primarily in culturally and linguistically diverse middle-school classrooms.
Kara Pfaff (Radford University)
Office: Peters Hall A004
Kara Pfaff has been an administrative assistant for the School of Teacher Education and Leadership since 2008. She is the retired Staff Senate President for Radford University (2013-2015); member of various university committees; the Public Relations Officer for Phi Kappa Phi; and a member of the Virginia Governmental Employees Association (VGEA), serving as Radford University’s VGEA Connect representative.
Gwen Sowers (New River Community College)
Office: Peters Hall C171
Gwen Sowers is an administrative assistant to the School of Teacher Education and Leadership. She has been with Radford University since March 2015, and previously worked in Student Support Services. She has a 15-year background in customer service purchasing.
Dr. Elizabeth Altieri (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Special Education – Visual Impairment and Adapted Curriculum
Contact for Graduate Program for Special Education
Office: Peters Hall C156
Dr. Altieri co-supervises the special education/elementary education collaborative co-placement cohort in Montgomery County, VA. She teaches courses in special education and adapted curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She also advises undergraduate students in the five-year special education program and graduate students in the adapted curriculum and visual impairment concentrations.
Dr. Altieri has published on co-teaching, views on disability, reforms in special education, and portfolio assessment. She has been a participant and recipient of numerous personnel preparation grants in special education and special education/general education collaboration dating back to 1999. She has authored or co-authored, and received funding for numerous state and federal grants, and has significant not-for-profit and higher education administrative experience with grants management and program supervision. Dr. Altieri has a long time interest in the skills needed by general and special educators in supporting the academic success of students with disabilities in the general education classroom. Prior to entering higher education, she was a classroom teacher for students 3-21 with severe disabilities and a behavior support specialist.
Dr. Debora Bays Wilbon (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Contact for Special Education, General and Adapted Curriculum, K-12
Office: Peters Hall C162
Dr. Debora A. Bays Wilbon teaches courses related to current trends/legal aspects, characteristics, language development and remediation, curriculum accommodations and instructional strategies, and individualized educational programming. Dr. Bays Wilbon supervises internships at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
She has directed multiple grants to address professional development and licensure requirements for special educators, general educators, and principals. Her scholarly and professional endeavors relate to supervision and leadership in special education, legal aspects, and instructional strategies to support students with learning disabilities. Dr. Bays Wilbon has published on instructional leadership and has been published in Exceptionality and Journal of Learning Disabilities. She previously taught grades K-6 in public schools as both a special and general educator.
Dr. Brad Bizzell (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Contact for Master of Science in Educational Leadership Program
Office: Peters Hall A103
Dr. Bizzell’s work in in the field of educational leadership focuses on the development of school leaders and comprehensive approaches to school improvement. He teaches courses in supervision and evaluation of instruction, models of teaching, organization and management of schools, and educational research. Dr. Bizzell’s areas of research interest include place-based education and leadership development, including the leveraging of technology for leadership development.
Dr. Bizzell has several book chapters and books published on global education, online learning, and technology. He has been published in UCEA Review, Journal on Computing, and Educational Leadership Review, as well as other professional publications. His work experience is as a principal at an elementary school and an adult education instructor.
Dr. Carol Bland (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Office: Peters Hall A042
Dr. Bland’s interests include inclusive practices in the primary grades, collaboration among school professionals, and co-teaching. Ahe regularly presents her work on the representation of disability in picture books at local, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Bland teaches courses in instructional methodology and instructional design. She also supervises and mentors pre-service elementary teachers in co-placed, co-taught settings in public schools.
Dr. Bland has been published in Early Childhood Research & Practice and Childhood Education. She also has a chapter in A Survival for New Special Educators. She holds a Postgraduate Professional License to teach in Virginia with endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education and Early/Primary Education, PreK – Grade 3. Over the course of her teaching career in public schools, she has worked in literacy labs, school libraries, special education, a Virginia Preschool Initiative classroom, and first grade.
Dr. Brooke Blanks (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Office: Peters Hall C154
Dr. Blanks is working with the Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab for fall of 2018 and spring of 2019.
Dr. Blanks’ interests include literacy, Response-to-Intervention, inclusive education in rural schools, transformational leadership, and policy-to-practice issues. She teaches courses in assessment, instructional methodology, and supervises interns in K-12 settings. Dr. Blanks serves on the board of the Council for Exceptional Children-Teacher Education Division and presents at local, state, and national conferences. Dr. Blanks has published on pre-service teacher preparation, evidence-based reading practices, assessment, and other educational topics. She has published in journals and has three book chapters.
Her 15+ years of service in the helping professions have included K-12 special education in a variety of public and private settings, clinical reading education, and social work with community based service-learning programs serving at-risk youth and their families.
Dr. Darryl L. Corey (Florida State University)
Contact for the Online Masters in Mathematics Education
Office: Peters Hall C147B
Dr. Corey has more than 20 years of experience developing and coordinating distance-delivered graduate programs designed for practicing secondary mathematics teachers. These experiences include converting face-to-face programs into distance-delivered programs while creating and supervising the development of more than 20 new online and hybrid courses. He has also taught more than 70 sections of online and hybrid mathematics content and pedagogy courses.
Dr. Corey has published and presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on online/distance education, mathematics problem solving, and minority students’ learning of mathematics and has won two paper awards. He is committed to providing quality teacher professional development and has served as principal investigator, project director, and budget manager for multiple externally funded outreach programs for urban and rural ethnically diverse school districts. Dr. Corey has worked extensively in mathematics education, online teaching, and graduate programs.
Dr. Leslie Daniel (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Contact for the Certificate of Autism Studies Special Education
Office: Peters Hall C155
Dr. Leslie S. Daniel teaches courses on Autism on classroom management at the undergraduate and graduate level. She was coordinator, providing consultation, professional development, and extended support to 34 school divisions in southwest Virginia through the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC) at Virginia Tech and Radford University. Dr. Daniel has published on collaborative educators, assessment, and autism. Her writings have appeared in Rural Special Education Quarterly, Teacher Educators’ Journal, and Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.
Prior to teaching, she worked in group homes supporting adults with disabilities to live full lives in their communities. Dr. Daniel’s expertise is enhanced by her years teaching students with disabilities in both general and special education settings in preschool, elementary, and middle schools.
Dr. Gaston Dembele (Michigan State University)
Elementary Education and Literacy
Office: Peters Hall A142
Dr. Dembele is on sabbatical for Fall 2018 semester.
Dr. Dembele teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy and multicultural education. He also leads and supervises a cohort of elementary preservice teachers in Pulaski County. Dr. Dembele has served as President of the Virginia Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (VA-NAME) and currently serves as Co-Editor of the chapter’s newsletter, Educating for Equity: A Forum of VA-NAME. He also serves as a reviewer for Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, The White Privilege Conference Journal.
He was a Voluntary Worker/Teacher at the Sheiling Community in Ringwood, Southern England (16-25 year-old youth with severe learning disabilities) and a French Language Assistant at St. Bartholomew's Comprehensive School in Newbury, Southern England (Grades 6-12).
Dr. Betty Dore (University of Northern Colorado)
Contact for Middle School Education Program
Office: Peters Hall A012
Dr. Dore teaches assessment and methods courses for middle school candidates, as well as supervise them in their internships and student teaching placements. Her research interests include multicultural education, diversity, international students transitioning to American universities, middle school curriculum, and instructional strategies, as well as co-teaching with special education.
Dr. Dore has been on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners (now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]) since 2005. She has been the Faculty Athletic Representative at Radford University since 2007 and is very involved with the athletic department. She has been the President and Editor for the Virginia Middle School Association and is currently the Executive Director. She was a 7th grade English/Reading teacher in Gardiner, ME, as well as being the team leader for six years.
Dr. Karen Douglas (University of Georgia)
Office: Peters Hall C170
Dr. Douglas teaches special education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in positive behavior supports and adaptive curriculum. She also supervises students in placements at the secondary level. Prior to teaching in higher education, she taught high school students with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder for four years in Georgia. She promoted inclusion, community-based instruction, and vocational-based instruction as a special educator.
Her research interests include using technology, literacy, and communication supports to enhance the academic and functional skills of individuals with severe disabilities. She conducts intervention studies using single-case research methodologies in school, university, and community settings. She contributes to the field by writing articles published in professional journals such as The Journal of Special Education, TEACHING Exceptional Children, The Journal of Special Education Technology, and Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She also writes book chapters and presents at state, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Douglas received her Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Tricia Easterling (University of Memphis)
Elementary Science Education
Office: Peters Hall A030
Phone: 540-831- 5468
Dr. Tricia Easterling currently teaches the introductory methods course for students in five different programs. A high priority for Dr. Easterling is to have students design instruction that is easy to follow and helps students make connections on their own. It is her belief that if students can figure information out on their own, they will feel successful and will likely want to continue learning. She strives to provide students with authentic experiences that mirror what occurs in successful area classrooms. Dr. Easterling has published on various topics including influence of time on task to learning, critical thinking, classroom management, and teaching science.
Dr. Easterling was an environmental educator for the State of Tennessee for seven years. As an environmental educator, she taught in 32 school districts and enjoyed entertaining and educating students ranging from pre-school through college. Her teaching experiences range from large urban systems like Tampa, FL, which included many diverse cultures, to smaller, rural school systems.
Dr. Wendy Eckenrod-Green (University of North Carolina)
Educational Research and Foundations
Contact for the Graduate Program for Education
Office: Peters Hall C159
Dr. Wendy Eckenrod-Green has taught courses related to research, human development, and school and community relations. She is an active member of several professional associations and serves as a consultant for university, public schools and nonprofit organizations. She has also been the recipient of several awards including the Teacher of the Year for the College of Education and Human Development (2009), Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the Radford University chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (2010), and an Emerging Leaders Award for the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2010).
She has been published in the Journal of School Counseling and Counseling Today. Dr. Eckenrod-Green’s previous work experience is as a high school counselor, as well as providing individual counseling in areas of substance abuse, family dysfunction, and various mental health issues.
Mary Evans (M.Ed. from University of Virginia)
Office: Peters Hall C154
Mary Evans teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Course topics include introduction to students who access adapted curriculum, curriculum and assessment in severe disabilities, and collaborative consultation and communication skills for special education. She also supervises students during their elementary internships in special education. Previously Ms. Evans has taught for 27 years in Montgomery County Public Schools as a special education teacher, two years as a coordinator of special education (positive behavior supports and adapted curriculum), and two years as an adapted curriculum coach, supporting special education teachers in the county with programming and best inclusive practices for students accessing adapted curriculum. Ms. Evans has also taught classes as an adjunct instructor in special education at Radford University for the last eight years.
Dr. Roofia Galeshi (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Office: Peters Hall C147
Dr. Galeshi’s teaching responsibilities include issues of equity in mathematics education and educational research. Her research interests include issues related to metacognition, teaching, learning, and educational assessment with psychometrics approach; measurement issues in psychological and achievement testing including validity and standard setting; and designing models for science, engineering, and math (STEM) faculty development for training students equipped with 21st century skills. She has worked on National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research experience for undergraduate to train and prepare STEM students for 21st century careers.
Dr. Galeshi has been published in multiple journals including International Journal of Quantitative Research and Education, Global Education Journal, and The Journal of Sustainability Education. She has four years of experience teaching in middle school and has co-taught multiple subjects, mainly mathematics and science.
Dr. Sharon L. Gilbert (Auburn University)
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education
Contact for Master of Science in Special Education, emphasis on Early Childhood Special Education, (Birth-Age 5) and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Program
Office: Peters Hall C160
Dr. Gilbert teaches graduate and undergraduate courses such as assessment, program management, language development, and introduction to early childhood special education. She supervises interns completing their early intervention placement, working with children under the age of three with disabilities in home, childcare and school settings. She also supervises student teachers in their early childhood special education placements, which are always in public school settings working with children between three and five years of age with disabilities.
She has extensive experience in grant work, having successfully written and received grant funding for over $538,000 for personal research, personnel development, and training. Dr. Gilbert has published an Early Start Infant-Toddler Curriculumand an instructor’s manual for Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Clinical Evidence-Based Approach (3rd ed.). She has also completed two book reviews and is the APA editor for the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Her work experience was as an early interventionist and speech therapist in South Alabama.
Dr. Glenna Gustafson (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Contact for Elementary Education Program
Office: Peters Hall A143
Dr. Gustafson teaches a variety of methods courses and serves as the cohort leader for pre-service students in Roanoke, VA. Current research interests are focused in the areas of Universal Design for Learning, the integration of educational and adaptive technologies, and pre-service educators’ dispositions.
Dr. Gustafson has been published in the Virginia Society of Technology Education Journal. Her writing is on assistive technology and universal design. She also co-authored a chapter on a standards-based approach to technology integration. Dr. Gustafson taught for 23 years as an elementary teacher and then six years as an Assistive Technology Coordinator.
Dr. Katie Hilden-Clouse (Michigan State University)
Office: Peters Hall A017
Dr. Katie Hilden-Clouse’s research interests are informational text comprehension and reading assessment. She is active in the Virginia State Reading Association. Dr. Hilden-Clouse enjoys working with elementary teachers in Southwest Virginia through her grant work and the professional development that she provides.
She has been published in Reading in Virginia, Journal of Computing in Higher Education, and Reading and Writing Quarterly. Dr. Hilden-Clouse has also published multiple book chapters.
Dr. Whitney Idol (University of North Carolina - Greensboro)
Early Childhood Special Education/Special Education
Office: Peters Hall A044
Dr. Whitney Idol teaches course at the undergraduate and graduate level in both the special education and early childhood special education programs. Her interests include students with emotional and behavioral disorders, behavioral crisis intervention, policy in special education, and teacher preparation. Dr. Idol’s areas of research include crisis interventions in the instructional setting, behavioral interventions, and teacher preparation practices.
Dr. Idol has worked as a special education teacher, behavioral consultant, and crisis intervention specialist/trainer. Additional experiences include teaching and supervising pre-service teachers. She has presented at national conferences including; Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), CEC-Teacher Education Division (TED), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP, DOE), and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
Dr. Jennifer Jones Powell (University of Virginia)
Contact for Master of Science in Literacy Education
Office: Peters Hall A019
Dr. Jennifer Jones Powell teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, which focus on research-based ways to assess, teach and support the teaching of reading in the K-12 academic setting. She has specific interests in the areas of literacy assessment and intervention within a Response-to-Intervention framework, as well as in the clinical setting; reading comprehension; and effective, ongoing professional development. Dr. Jones Powell, in collaboration with colleagues from Radford University and Virginia Tech, has been awarded over $800,000 in grants, internal and external, which have been primarily dedicated to the professional development of teachers.
Dr. Jones Powell has published articles in such venues as The Reading Teacher, Reading Research Quarterly, and Science and Children, and she has co-authored two books, as well as invited chapters for various books. She has served on the board of the Literacy Research Association (LRA) as Field Council Chair and currently serves as the Chair of the Albert J. Kingston Committee for LRA. Dr. Jones Powell currently serves on the International Literacy Association’s Standards Revision Committee. Dr. Jones Powell has also served as President of the Virginia College Reading Educators (VCRE), President of the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA), and on the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Valley Reading Association. Dr. Jones Powell served as Editor of Reading in Virginia, Journal of the Virginia State Reading Association, and as Editor of Educational Practice & Reform, the College of Education and Human Development’s online journal at Radford University.
A former third and fourth grade teacher, Jennifer Jones Powell has served as a literacy consultant in various school systems, grades K-12, with a focus on word study, as well as comprehension instruction.
Dr. Donald Langrehr (Florida State University)
Elementary Education and Literacy
Office: Peters Hall A025
Dr. Langrehr teaches both undergraduate and graduate education courses in multiple programs including Elementary Education, Secondary Social Studies, and Health and Human Performance. As an Elementary Education cohort supervisor in the Radford City Public Schools, Dr. Langrehr is active in the development of professional development partnerships with McHarg and Belle Heth Elementary Schools. His research interests include the role of inference formation in reading comprehension, the effects of advertising on information processing and critical thinking abilities, the role of media literacy curricula in teacher education programs, and the use of closed-caption television as an elementary and secondary reading curriculum.
Dr. Langrehr has been published by the International Reading Association in the publication, From a Semiotic Perspective: Inference Formation and the Critical Comprehension of Television Advertising. Prior to coming to higher education, he worked as a Reading Specialist for the Newark Literacy Campaign, working with adults and students in K-12.
Dr. Melissa Lisanti (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Office: Peters Hall A021
Dr. Lisanti’s interests include professional learning in education, discourse, inclusive practice, and universally accessible curriculum and instructional design. She is currently President-Elect for Learning Forward Virginia, a professional association that connects leaders in professional learning for educators around the state. She teaches classes in instructional methods for language arts and social studies and mentors pre-service teachers, allowing her to integrate all of her experiences and the things she loves most. Dr. Lisanti has been published in Social Studies and the Young Learner, Social Studies Research and Practice, Theory & Research in Social Education, and Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual. She also has several chapters in books.
Dr. Lisanti has had the privilege of working in public school and university settings in education for over 15 years. Prior to joining the faculty at Radford University, she earned a National Board for Professional Teaching certification, served as a project coordinator for various K-12 professional development grants, and mentored pre-service and new teachers in the field. Most recently, her work as a Project Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center at Radford University afforded her diverse opportunities to work with school leaders, teachers, and students throughout southwest Virginia to enrich opportunities for students with disabilities.
Dr. Darren Minarik (Virginia Polytecnic Institute and State University)
Office: Peters Hall A007
Darren Minarik has spent over 25 years in social studies and special education advocating for inclusive practices that open opportunities for young people and adults to become active, responsible, and independent citizens. Dr. Minarik currently serves as graduate advisor for students in the five-year special education program and he teaches courses and does field supervision at the undergraduate and graduate level. Course topics include introduction to special education for secondary educators, collaboration for diverse learners, teaching and transitioning exceptional learners in the secondary general education curriculum, and characteristics of students with disabilities who access the general curriculum. He also works in collaboration with the secondary social science teacher education program, supporting pre-service secondary social studies teachers who work in inclusive educational settings.
Dr. Minarik is the co-director of the Virginia Inclusive Practices Center at Radford University and is a senior staff member for the American Civics Center, a nonpartisan civic education organization based in Washington, D.C. He has presented at the state, national, and international level and has numerous publications including the book, Social Studies and Exceptional Learners, the first comprehensive guide to teaching students with disabilities in inclusive K-12 social studies classrooms. His current research addresses educational intersections between the social sciences and special education, with an emphasis on inclusive educational practices, self-determination, transition to adult life, collaboration, disability history, and citizenship education.
Jessica Morris (Radford University)
Office: Peters Hall A028
Ms Morris teaches introductory special education courses at the undergraduate level. Her background is as a parent of children with disabilities, an early childhood special educator, an elementary special educator, and autism specialist. Mostly recently, Jessica was an administrator at the central office level coordinating programming for students in preschool and early childhood special education for Roanoke City Schools.
A serial student of Radford University, she graduated with her B.S in 2001, her first M.S. in 2007, and her second in 2013, also acquiring other teaching endorsements and a certificate along the way.
Dr. Kristan Morrison (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Educational Research and Foundations
Office: Peters Hall A034
Dr. Kristan Morrison teaches foundations of education courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Her research focus is on student-directed learning. Dr. Morrison has widely published and presented on schools and homeschool learning environments which allow children high levels of autonomy in what they study and how, and she also consults regionally, nationally, and internationally with schools seeking to develop such approaches.
Dr. Morrison has published a book (Free School Teaching with the State University of NY Press), book chapters (in Democracy and Decency and Hollywood Goes to College), and in numerous journals including International Journal of Multicultural Education, Journal of Thought, Educational Horizons, Rethinking Schools, and Equity & Excellence in Education.
Dr. Morrison has taught in both public and private middle schools (7th grade Social Studies and Language Arts, 8th grade History, 6th-8th grade gifted support specialist). In 2015, Dr. Morrison received the Donald N. Dedmon Distinguished Teaching Professor award from the Radford University Foundation. Watch the video profile of Professor of Education Kristan Morrison as she describes her role as an educator.
Tracey Nielsen (M.A. from Gallaudet University)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Office: Peters Hall A029
Tracey Nielsen teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Course topics include introduction to deaf and hard of hearing, curriculum and methods for the deaf and hard of hearing, and language development and literacy for deaf and hard of hearing students. She also supervises students during their early field experience and student teaching placements. Ms. Nielsen has taught 18 years in Roanoke City as an elementary teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Dr. Boyoung Park (University of Georgia)
Office: Peters Hall C161
Dr. Boyoung Park teaches early childhood education and human development courses and supervises undergraduates in childcare and Head Start settings. Her scholarly and professional endeavors relate to young children’s development and learning, teacher education, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation, and family involvement.
Dr. Park has been published in Upcoming Generation, School Community Journal, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Focus on Pre-K & K, and Dimensions of Early Childhood. She also has two book chapters. She used to teach children, birth to four years old, in Korea.
Dr. Holly Robbins (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Contact for Certificate in Gifted Education
Office: Peters Hall A016
Dr. Robbins’ interests include gifted education, teaching writing, and preservice teacher development. She has 10+ years of experience supervising teacher candidates in inclusive, rural schools. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in gifted education, classroom management, and language arts instruction. She has served as a consultant on grants including Leading in Reading and Integration Station: Bridging Best Practices in Literacy and Science.
Dr. Robbins has published articles in Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, The Teacher Educators’ Journal, and Reading in Virginia. She serves as the research section editor of Educational Practice & Reform, the online journal published by the Radford University - College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Robbins’ work experience includes being a first and fourth grade teacher, as well as a gifted education teacher.
Dr. Ann Mary Roberts (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Secondary Social Studies
Contact for Secondary Social Studies Education Program
Office: Peters Hall A037
Dr. Ann Mary Roberts teaches the socials studies methods’ classes as well as the foundations of education classes. Dr. Roberts is heavily involved in the Peace Studies program at Radford University where she teaches introduction to peace studies and mentors peace minor students. She is also involved in the Malawi study abroad program since 2009, when she served as the faculty advisor for that year’s cohort. Her research interests include social emotional learning in the schools, holistic education, creativity and teacher preparation, and spirituality and education.
Dr. Roberts has been involved with Social Emotional Learning since 1979 when she was a trainer at the RAFT Hotline in Blacksburg, VA. She developed Social Emotional Learning programs for middle and high school students through the Montgomery Office on Youth. Dr. Roberts has been involved in middle schools since 1985 in a variety of capacities including student assistant counselor work in Hampton, VA, middle school social studies teacher, and teacher educator. She was a secondary social studies teacher at an alternative education program for Montgomery County Schools where students were trained in empathy skills and participated in outdoor experiential education.
Dr. Sandra Schneider (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Educational Research and Foundations
Office: Peters Hall C163
Dr. Sandra Schneider teaches foundations of education and multicultural courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, Schneider is currently supporting an externally-funded professional development project that supports rural teachers’ utilization of Global Education curriculum to equipped K-12 students with 21st-century skills. Her research interest includes rural education, critical policy studies, non-traditional forms of research to develop public conversations about teaching, teacher preparation including teacher knowledge(s) and understandings about their work, and the use and impact of technology in teaching within local contexts and everyday activity. Dr. Schneider has been published in Teachers College Record, Educational Studies, International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, Journal of Extension and Innovate: Journal of Online Education. She has also had several book chapters published.
She worked in an After School Program, Service Project: ESTEEM (Exploring Strategies To Engage and Empower Minority students) and Arts Ensemble (EAE) for students in middle school. Dr. Schneider was also a substitute teacher in the public schools. Prior to her position at Radford University, Schneider served as research faculty at Virginia Tech’s Center for Information Technology Impacts on Children, Youth, and Families, supporting AITES (Appalachian Information Technology Extension Services) a five-year NSF STEM equity Extensions grant.
Dr. Mythianne Shelton (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Office: Peters Hall A043
Dr. Shelton teaches science and math methodology courses for elementary teacher candidates. Her research interests include science education and nontraditional students. She is interested in elementary science education, specifically, how Skype can be used as a tool to enhance science instruction and cultural learning.
Dr. Shelton taught for 23 years as both a middle school and high school teacher. Over the past 23 years, Dr. Shelton has also worked with K-12 inservice teachers to assist with incorporating more inquiry-base activities within their science lessons. Most recently, she has also worked with Southwestern Virginia’s inservice teachers to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and science literacy.
Dr. Greg Sherman (Arizona State University)
Technology Education and Foundations
Office: Peters Hall C157
Dr. Sherman has contributed to the design and development of technology-supported and completely online coursework and programs in teacher education. He regularly conducts research and evaluation projects addressing problems associated with the systematic design and evaluation of effective technology‐supported learning environments. He has also worked as an instructional design and evaluation consultant for such organizations as the National Science Teachers Association, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and Healthcare Education Online.
Dr. Sherman has been published in the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Science Education and Technology, and Technology and Education’s Edge, as well as other professional publications. He is a professional educator, initially prepared as a secondary science teacher during the 1980's. He taught secondary science for ten years.
Dr. Ryan Smith (North Carolina State University)
Contact for Secondary Math Program
Office: Peters Hall A006
Dr. Ryan C. Smith teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses focused on the teaching and learning of mathematics and supervises prospective middle school and secondary teacher candidates in their field experiences. His research interests include the use of technology in the mathematics classroom and the factors that influence teachers’ decision when planning and implementing mathematics lessons involving the use of technology. He has worked on local and nationally funded projects focused on researching and developing teachers’ knowledge and skills in effectively integrating technology into the mathematics classroom.
Dr. Smith has published articles in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Mathematics Teacher Educator, International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. Dr. Smith currently serves as a member of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators’ Technology committee.
Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Auburn University, his Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Houston, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University. His work experience was as a high school mathematics teacher in Houston, TX for five years.
Karen Stinson (M.S. from University of Phoenix)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Contact for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Program
Office: Peters Hall A027
Ms. Stinson teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. The courses focus on American Sign Language (ASL), introduction to asl and deaf culture, audiologic rehabilitation, and introduction to deaf and hard of hearing, as well as supervised students in internship and student teaching. Ms. Stinson has been a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in public and residential schools, using Total Communication, Cued Speech, and American Sign Language.
Dr. Cheri Triplett (University of Georgia)
Office: Peters Hall A020
Dr. Triplett teaches undergraduate methods courses on comprehension instruction and assessment practices in reading. She also teaches several graduate courses on alternative approaches to reading. Her research interests include children's emotions and motivation in literacy contexts.
She has been published in the Journal of Reading Education, Journal for Multicultural Education, the International Journal of Education, as well as multiple other professional publications. Dr. Triplett taught K-1 for 5 years in North Carolina and was a teacher’s assistant in kindergarten for 2 years.
Dr. Cyndi C. Williams (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
Office: Peters Hall A011
Dr. Williams teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in educational leadership and middle school education. Her interests include education in rural schools, transformational leadership, instructional technology, collaboration among school professionals, and global learning. She teaches courses in curriculum, instruction, and assessment in addition to school and community relations and instructional technology courses. Dr. Williams’s areas of research interest include a comprehensive approach to school improvement with a focus on professional development for educators and support for struggling learners in both rural and urban settings.
Her work experience includes 26+ years of service in the public K-12 setting as a middle school teacher, elementary principal, coordinator of federal programs, executive director of instruction, and assistant superintendent of instruction. She supports educators across the globe through various professional learning networks. Dr. Williams is also the editor of the Virginia Association of Curriculum and Development newsletter.
Dr. Williams received her bachelor of arts degree from East Tennessee State University, a master’s degree from Radford University, and a doctorate degree from Virginia Tech.