Instructional Curriculum and Leadership

Faculty Mentor:  Andrew Tawfik

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

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Project Description:The Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) Studio is a lab that is interested in the design, development, and evaluation of educational technologies. The Studio partners with schools and organizations within the community and helps them apply edtech in meaningful ways. This position would include data analysis, working directly with users, and possible multimedia development. In terms of scholarship, the students would be included on conference presentations and journal publications.

Requirements for Student Applicants:  
Multimedia development (e.g – familiarity with tools such as Adobe, iMovie, etc)

Application or Interview Process:
Students should submit a brief letter of interest; Face to face interview

Hours per week the student will work: 20/week

Starting Date: Immediately

Method of Compensation:  Volunteer

Faculty Mentor's Name: Luann Ley Davis, Ph.D.

Faculty Mentor's Department: Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL) Special Education Program in the College of Education

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Project Description: This research study will investigate the effects of using peer-mediated instruction and technology to teach academic skills to students with disabilities. Using a Single-Case Research Design, three to five elementary-aged students with disabilities attending school at a local elementary will be taught academic skills (e.g., mathematics, literacy, science) delivered by age-appropriate peers through technology (e.g., portable tablet, laptop, desktop computer). Data will be collected and analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the instructional technique.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Strong desire to work with elementary students with disabilities (special education), ability to follow explicit instructions, ability to use basic technology (e.g., portable tablet, video camera, laptop, desktop computer) and ability to research literature using the library database. Successful applicant will assist in developing materials, researching a literature base, working directly with students with and without disabilities, accurately collect data, and video record sessions.

Application or Interview Process: Students should submit a letter of interest (including any previous experience working with students with disabilities, and technology skills), letter of recommendation/support from one faculty member who was their primary instructor, and unofficial transcripts. Following the review of application materials, a personal interview may be set up to assess level of interest and capacity to work directly in a local elementary classroom with students.

Hours per week the student will work: Student will work 10 hours per week minimum. If the student wishes to work more than 10 hours per week, this should be mentioned in the letter of interest.

Starting Date: February 12th, 2018

Method of Compensation: Volunteer


Faculty Mentor: Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw

Faculty Mentor's Department:  Instructional Curriculum and Leadership/Instructional Design and Technology

Contact Information:  (901) 678-1432/

Project Description:  Empowering Minorities and Females to Persist in STEM

The aim of the proposed project is to develop, implement, and evaluate a virtual science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) peer mentorship program to assist women and  minority undergraduate students in developing their career self-efficacy in STEM and to improve their persistence and intent to graduate from a STEM program and, ultimately, pursue a job in STEM. Grant funding has been secured to fund the initial investigations, and qualitative and quantitative research methods being used to assess the effectiveness of this virtual STEM peer mentorship program. In addition to research skills, the student working on this project will also be exposed to and learn instructional design and technology skills thought the development of the virtual elements of the STEM program. Opportunities to work on ancillary mini research projects which extend this main project will also be provided. Mini projects include examining additional factors associated with persistence, including but not limited to the development and validation of an academic-family balance scale for STEM students, women graduate students' use of media in their persistence, and a graduate familial orientation to prepare women and their families for the challenges of graduate work.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Student must have good writing and critical thinking skills, have basic computer skills,
be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or above), and be self-motivated and willing to learn.

Application or Interview Process: Cover letter with reason for interest and skills, 1 personal letter of reference, unofficial transcripts, resume/CV, 1 professional letter of reference

Hours per Week/Start Date: 15 hours/ Immediate Start Date

Method of Compensation: Volunteer


Faculty Mentor: Katherine Wade-Jaimes

Faculty Mentor's Department: Instructional Curriculum and Leadership

Contact Information: (901) 678-2254/

Project Description: This project is an exploratory, qualitative research study examining the experiences and perspectives of urban science teachers. The goal of the research is to better understand the unique experiences of urban science teachers in order to better support them throughout their careers.  Data collection includes surveys and interviews.  Initially, 100 surveys and 30 interviews will be administered. The first round of data collection will be January 20, 2018.  Data analysis will include iterative rounds of coding to identify themes in participants' responses.  Analysis will also be segregated based on demographics such as years teaching, grade taught, race, gender, etc.  Student responsibilities will include collecting and transcribing data, coding data (training will be provided), conducting literature reviews, and participation in research team discussions and writing.  There is potential for expansion of the project in the future.

Requirements for Student Applicants:  Ideally, applicants will have an interest in education and/or science and a related major.  Previous experience transcribing audio recordings or using nVivo software is a plus, but is not required. 

Application or Interview Process: Applicants should submit a cover letter stating why they are interested in this project and what their qualifications are,  and at least one letter of reference.  All interested applicants will be interviewed on campus before
a final selection is made.

Hours per week/Start Date:  15 hours (flexible)/ Immediate Start Date

Method of Compensation: Volunteer