Department of Teaching and Learning

 

Faculty Profiles and Curricula Vitae

The Department of Teaching and Learning faculty includes the department chair and 23 full-time faculty members. They have the highest degrees in their fields, value excellence, and are committed to Teaching, Research and Service. Our distinguished faculty prepare our undergraduate and graduate students to become informed, capable and ethical practitioners who are reflective decision-makers.

Teaching Research Interests
Dr. Barbara R. Ridener, Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D. Mathematics Education, University of Georgia
Math: Elementary/Middle School (MAE 6151)
Dr. Eileen N. Ariza, Professor and Coordinator for ESOL Infusion
Ed.D. Multilingual/Multicultural Education, University of Massachusetts
Introduction to Teaching Profession (EDF 2005)
Language Arts & Literature: Birth-Grade 8 (LAE 4353)
Methods Teaching Foreign Language (K-12) (FLE 4333)
English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Teaching and Language Learning Strategies
Dr. Rina Bousalis, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction: Social Science Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla.
K-9 Social Studies (SSE 4150) Portrayal of immigrants in American youth fiction, political de-motivation among elementary to high school students, and elementary multicultural and global education.
Dr. Susannah L. Brown, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Art Education, Florida State University
Art: Elementary School (ARE 4313)
Art Education in Elementary Schools (ARE 6317)
Art Education in Secondary Schools (ARE 6342)
Curriculum in Art Education (ARE 6141)
Integrated Art
Dr. Victoria S. Brown, Associate Professor
Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Management, University of West Florida
Advanced Educational Technology (EME 4810)
Courseware Design (EME 6415)
Organization and Management Learning Technologies (EME 6716)
Self-Regulated Learning Systems (EME 6209)
Digital Media and Plagiarism Detection Software
Leslie N. Calhoun, Core Teaching Instructor
M.S. Reading K-12, Florida Atlantic University
Introduction to Teaching Profession (EDF 2005)
Reading Development !: Birth-Grade 3 (RED 4308)
Reading Diagnostic & Remediation Pre-K-Grade 8 (RED 4552)
Dr. Lori M. Dassa, Assistant Professor for Effective Teaching Practices
Ed.D. Curriculum Development and Systematic Educational Change, Nova Southeastern University
Effective Teaching Practices 2 (EDG 3324)
Reading Development: Birth-Grade 3 (RED 4308)
Elementary Teachers and Content Areas. Teacher Retention
Dr. Bessie P. Dernikos, Assistant Professor
Ed.D. Curriculum & Teaching with specialization in Literacy Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Reading Development 1: Birth to Grade 3 (RED 4308)
Language Arts and Literature: Birth-Grade 8(LAE 4353)
Critical Literacies, Affect and Poststructural Theories in Education, Literacy and Gender Studies
Dr. Penelope J. Fritzer, Professor
Ph.D. English, University of Miami
K-9 Social Studies (SSE 4150)
Social Studies: Middle and Secondary School (SSE 4361)
iTeach U.S. History I, II, III (EDG 6906)
Language Arts: Middle and Secondary School (LAE 4360)
English Literature, Social History, Interdisciplinary Methods, Humor Studies
Dr. Joseph M. Furner, Professor
Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/Mathematics Education, minor: Computer Technology in Mathematics and Education, University of Alabama
Discourse in Math (EDG 7906)
Principles & Methods: K-9 School Math (MAE 4350)
Teaching Math: Middle & High School (MAE 6155)
Teaching Middle & Secondary School Math (MAE 4360)
How Students Learn Mathematics, Mathematics Anxiety, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Improving Mathematics Instruction, and Effective School Practices
Dr. Alyssa R. Gonzalez-DeHass, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, minor: Psychology, University of Florida
Applied Learning Theory (EDF 3210)
Concepts of Self (EDF 6339)
Educational Psychology (EDF 6229)
Human Development: Applications for Educators (EDF 6113)
Thinking Process & Styles in Classroom (EDF 6142)
Parental Involvement, Student Motivation, and the Case Study Method of Instruction
Dr. Deborah L. Harris, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Curriculum Teaching and Educational Policy, Michigan State University
Developmental Reading (RED 6351)
Language Arts & Literature: Birth-Grade 8 (LAE 4353)
Literature: Elementary School (LAE 6415)
Trends & Issues in Reading Education (RED 6656)
Teacher Development
Dr. David Kumar, Professor
Ed.D. Science Education, Vanderbilt University
Principles & Methods: K-9 School Science (SCE 4350)
Research Nonosci Literature (EDG 4905)
Science Education and Technology
Dr. Julie Lambert, Professor
Ph.D. Science Education, Florida State University
Global Climate Change Education (EDG 5951)
Principles & Methods: K-9 School Science (SCE 4350)
Science: Elementary & Middle School (SCE 6151)
Perspectives of Environmental Education (SCE 6345)
Methods of Environmental Education (SCE 6344)
Climate and Science Literacy
Dr. Susanne Lapp, Associate Professor
Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Cincinnati
Content Read: Middle & Secondary School (RED 4335)
Teaching Reading in Secondary & Middle School (RED 6361)
Reading Practicum (RED 6836)
English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Language Arts and Authentic Assessments and the Use and Application of Mobile Technologies within the Classroom
Jodi Leit, Core Teaching Instructor
M.Ed. Elementary Education, Florida Atlantic University
Effective Teaching Practices 1 (EDG 3323) Elementary Education and Cross Curricula Teaching, Teacher Development
Philomena S. Marinaccio, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Special Education/Reading, University of Miami
Developmental Reading (RED 6351)
Reading Development 2: Grades 3-8 (RED 4750)
Remedial Reading (RED 6548)
Research Literacy in Haiti (EDG 6906)
Trends & Issues in Reading Education (RED 6656)
Literacy Pedagogy for Students from Diverse Backgrounds, South Florida Educational Research Association, Black Male Initiative, Common Core State Standards Implementation Rubric for Broward County
Dr. Ann Musgrove, Assistant Professor
Ed.D. Adult and Community Education, Florida Atlantic University
Applied Educational Technology (EME 4810)
Administrative Applications of Instructional Technology (EME 6426)
Distance Education in Theory and Practice (EME 6458)
Instructional Design (EME 6601)
Instructional Program Development (EME 53769)
Multimodal Online Learning and Elearning
Dr. Bryan H. Nichols, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Science Education, University of South Florida—Tampa
Principles & Methods: K-9 School Science (SCE 4350)
Science: Elementary & Middle School (SCE 6151)
Perspectives of Environmental Education (SCE 6345)
Environmental Literacy, Socioscientific Issues, Integrating Science/Math/Literature/Arts
Dr. Donald Ploger, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, Rutgers University
Math: Elementary & Middle School (MAE 6151)
Principles & Methods: K-9 School Math (MAE 4350)
Integrated Patterns and Properties and Robotic Games
Dr. Jillian Powers, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction: Instructional Technology, Florida Atlantic University
Introduction to Technology for Educators (EME 2040)
Applied Educational Technology (EME 4810)
Instructional Design (EME 6601)
Self-Regulated Learning Systems (EME 6209)
Teachers' Adoption and Integration of Technology into the Classroom , Ways in which Technology Shapes the Teaching and Learning Process
Dr. Angela E. Rhone, Professor
Ed.D. Curriculum & Teaching, University of North Carolina
Applied Learning Theory (EDF 3210) Multicultural Education
Dr. Nancy Romance, Professor
Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Florida Atlantic University
Capstone Study in Environmental Education (SCE 6196)
Elementary School Curriculum Physics Education (EDG 6906)
Research in Environmental Education (EDG 6906)
Trends & Issues in Environmental Education (SCE 6644)
Vocabulary Acquisition, Meaning Learning in Complex Domains, Content Area Reading Comprehension, and Cognitive Science
Dr. Janet L. Towell, Professor
Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction: Reading, Early Literacy, University of Maryland
Language Arts & Literature: Birth-8 (LAE 4353)
Reading Diagnosis (RED 6546)
Reading Diagnosis & Practicum-Classroom Teachers (RED 6518)
Reading Practicum (RED 6836)
Remedial Reading (RED 6548)
Language Arts and Literature, Reading Motivation, Teachers as Readers and Writers, Using Art and Music with Literature, Emergent Literacy and Family Literacy,
Dr. Patricia P. Willems, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Florida
Concepts of Self (EDF 6339)
Applied Learning Theory (EDF 3210)
Educational Psychology (EDF 6229)
Thinking Process & Styles in Classroom (EDF 6142)
Situated Learning, Case Study Method of Instruction, School-Community Partnerships and Learning Strategies
Dr. Andrew Brewer, Associate Director for Academic and Assessment Support
Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Central Florida
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