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Corinna Ethington, Ph.D., Virginia Tech (1985). Statistics and research methods; Women in quantitative fields; College effects on students.

Alison A. Happel, Ph.D., Georgia State University (2011).  Qualitative methodology; Post-structural, post-colonial, and feminist theories; Ecojustice and ecofeminist education.

Yeh Hsueh, Ed.D., Harvard University (1997). Development of children; Cross-cultural early childhood education; Development of developmental psychology in the United States; Children and media.

Susan Magun-Jackson, Ph.D., University of Memphis (1996). Retention/attrition in higher education; Life-span development; At-risk college students; Instructional design and technology; STEM research.

Michael M. Mackay, M.Sc. University of Florida (2008).  Multiple regression; Meta-analysis; Motivation and performance of organization members; Statistical consultant for College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

John Robert McConnell, Ph.D. University of Memphis (2013). Statistics and quantitative methodology; STEM research; teacher job satisfaction and retention; large-scale data analysis and the use of predictive analytics.

Christian E. Mueller, Ph.D., University of Kentucky (2006). Developmental trajectories of intrapersonal, interpersonal and environmental factors influencing achievement motivation in at-risk students (e.g., adolescents, gifted, minority); Measurement issues in education and psychology. Coordinator of Educational Psychology.

Vicki Sallis Murrell, Ph.D., University of Memphis (2005).  Community of Inquiry and impact on student self-efficacy; Use of constructivism and cognitive-learning theories in online-mediated teaching and learning; Impact of evolving technologies on cognitive processes.

Susan Naomi Nordstrom, Ph.D. The University of Georgia (2011). Poststructural and post humanist theories, onto-epistemology, Deleuze, feminist new materialism, qualitative research methodology.

Tony Perone, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago (2013). Imaginative play and improvisational theater for learning and development across the lifespan, life-span human development, adult education and teacher education, second/new language learning and teaching, sociocultural theory and research, and qualitative and performatory research methodologies.

Ernest A. Rakow, Ph.D., University of Chicago (1974). Teacher evaluation; Innovative uses of statistics. Associate Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

John Smart, Ph.D., University of Kentucky (1971). Higher education; Institutional research; College environments.

Karen Weddle-West, Ph.D., University of Tennessee (1982). Cultural diversity; Minority teachers; Child psychology; Infant development; Adolescent pregnancy; At-risk children. Vice Provost for Graduate Programs.

Ryan T. Williams, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago (2012). Quantitative methods for meta-analysis; Causal inference, design and analysis; Statistical computing; Psychometrics.

Denise L. Winsor, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2008). Child development; Development in context; Early epistemological thinking; Technology in preschool-age children. Teacher beliefs and the use of strategies for high-order thinking.

Yonghong Jade Xu, Ph.D., University of Arizona (2003). Statistics and quantitative research methods; Large-scale data analysis with statistical and data mining approaches; Comparison of different data analysis methods.

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