Archived EDPR News


  • Several students were graduated at Commencement on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Congratulations to Dr. Constance Tucker, Michael Woods, and Kathryn Sharpe.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Susan Nordstrom and Dr. Alison Happel-Parkins! Dr. Nordstrom received an award from the College of Education, Health and Human Services for her research, and Dr. Happel-Parkins received an award for her service.

  • Katharina Barth, an EDPR Ph.D. student, has been awarded a $1,000 travel award by the Engaged Scholarship Committee to support her presentation of "An Intergenerational Community-Based Arts and Literacy Program in a Shelter for Families Who are Homeless" at the American Educational Research Association Conference in Chicago in April. She is the first student recipient of this award. Congratulations, Kathi!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Shea Kidd Houze, who was hooded by Dr. Alison Happel in December 2014. Dr. Houze is the Associate Director for External Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi.

  • Research associate is rated #4 in the highest-rated jobs for people in their 20s. How do you land a position of research associate? Start with a certificate and/or graduate degree in Educational Research!

  • The Fall 2014 Colloquia schedule is out! Click here to access more information about this series.

  • WELCOME to our new Assistant Professors, Leigh Harrell-Williams and Chia-Chen Yang.

    Dr. Harrell-Williams completed her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and a post-doc at Georgia State University. A quantitative researcher, Dr. Harrell-Williams' research focuses on item response theory, pre-service K-12 mathematics teacher self-efficacy to teach statistics,and universal screening for behavioral and emotional risk.

    Dr. Yang comes to Memphis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her work focused on how electronic media and devices may influence adolescents' psychosocial well-being and academic performance. She has a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures with a minor degree in Psychology and an M.S. in Educational Psychology.

  • We are excited to have two visiting professors for the 2014-15 academic year: Dr. Joe Blackbourn and Dr. Jin Kong.


  • Congrats to Dr. Rashunda Stitt, who has begun postdoc work at Howard University. The project, HU ADVANCE-IT, is an NSF-grant-funded initiative to effect institutional transformation for women faculty in STEM at Howard. She is working on the social sciences aspect of the study, which focuses on the experiences of the STEM female faculty at Howard. Rashunda graduated in August 2014, having successfully defended her dissertations entitled "Sounds like something a White man should be doing: Academic identity in African American female engineering students." Dr. Chris Mueller was her advisor.

  • The Jubilee Summer Enrichment Reading Program (J-SERP) was a joint partnership/collaboration among participating staff, teachers, and administrators at the Jubilee Schools of Memphis; faculty of the University of Memphis (Drs. Chris Mueller, Denise Winsor, and Beth Meisinger); and those providing ongoing generous financial support for the J-SERP program. The J-SERP program consisted of a six-week long summer day camp targeting rising third- and fourth-grade children currently attending one of the area Jubilee Schools. The goal of the 2014 pilot program was twofold: to attenuate documented losses of academic skills occurring for many Jubilee students during the summer months (i.e., the summer slump), and to improve children's foundational literacy skills (reading fluency, reading comprehension, and vocabulary). The J-SERP pilot program was based on the Quick Reads (Hiebert, 2003) curriculum, and included program evaluation as an overall part of the program. 

  • Dr. Yonghong Jade Xu is part of a CEPR team that received a $40,000 research grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents in a competitive evaluation process. This research will focus on STEM student graduation rates.

  • Congratulations to two of our faculty members: Dr. Karen Weddle-West has been named Interim Provost at the UofM, and Dr. Ernie Rakow has been named Interim Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Caro Hart (Ph.D., 2013), who has accepted a teaching position at Westfield State University, where her husband will also be teaching.

  • Drs. Denise Winsor, Vicki Murrell, and Susan Magun-Jackson have published Lifespan Development: An Educational Psychology Perspective, written by faculty and graduate assistants in the EDPR program. It will be used primarily as a text for the EDPR 2111 courses but is being used outside of the University of Memphis as well.