Dr. Andrea LaDoris Davis and Dr. Karen Westerman Kitchens were hooded at the Fall
Convocation of the 105th Commencement on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Congratulations
to Drs. Davis and Kitchens!
Welcome to our new Department Chair, Dr. Steven West! Dr. West comes from the Department
of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Center for Rehabilitation Science
and Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He has
a Ph.D., Human in Development and Family Studies, with a specialization in the development
of drug abuse and addiction and a minor in risk taking) from Texas Tech University;
an M. S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. with an emphasis in alcohol and drug abuse
treatment) from the University of Tennessee; and a B. A. in Psychology from the University
Congrats to Dr. Rashunda Stitt (Ph.D., 2014) on her position as Assistant Professor
at Winston-Salem State University!
CONGRATULATIONS to our new graduates Holly Staggs (MS), Sara Benson (MS), Beja Tan
(MS), Jessika Boles (Ph.D.), and Kathi Barth (Ph.D.).
The University of Memphis was welcomed as an invited member to the Southwest Consortium
for Innovation in Psychology in Education (SCIPIE). EDPR students Ashley Payne, Eric
Hosman, and Hasan Mahbubul presented their work in Personal Epistemology at the conference.
Dr. Chia-Chen Yang received the Faculty Award of Excellence in Research and Scholarship
from the College of Education at the May 2016 Spring Faculty Meeting.
Doctoral student Hui Zhang received the EDPR Student Research Award for the 2016-17
Dr. Chris Mueller is a co-PI and Program Data Manager for the Gates grant in the Department
of Instruction, Curriculum, and Leadership at the UofM.
Dr. Jade Xu is Principal Investigator of Diversity in law schools and the legal profession: A theoretically guided inquiry
about gender and racial differences in persistence and valuation, a grant funded by the Access Group/ Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Research Fellows Program.
Drs. Harrell-Williams and Mueller were awarded a 2015 Strengthening Communities Grant to work with the educational arm of the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee, known
as the Mid-South Outdoor Recreation and Education. The project involves developing
and evaluating educational outings for 6th graders at the University of Memphis Biological Research Station at Shelby Forest.
Dr. Denise Winsor, in conjunction with Douglass Elementary, was awarded the Arts Builds
Communities Grant through the Tennessee Arts Commission. This project is a collaborative
art and history after-school project to engage students and parents.