College of Education Research

College of Education Announces Faculty Research Grant Awardees

The College of Education has announced the recipients in its 2020 Faculty Research Grant program. The awardees are:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Byford, ICL, Growing Up in East Germany: The Making of Socialist Youth
  • Dr. Luann Ley Davis, ICL, Mathematical Problem Solving for Learners with Developmental Disabilities and/or ASD
  • Dr. Chi Li, CEPR, The Need for Clinical Training for Counselors Working in Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
  • Dr. Suzanne Lease, CEPR, A Conservation of Resources Approach to HIV Related Stigma
  • Dr. Eric Platt, LEAD, The Woodstock Letters: Communicating the History and Memory of Jesuit Education in The United States 1872-1969
  • Dr. Jade Xu, CEPR, Near-Peer Mentoring for Academically At-Risk Students in STEM Majors: A Pilot Study

2019 Faculty Research Grant Award Recipients 

  • Dr. Diana Delgado, ICL, Using Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to Decrease Medical Procedure Phobia in Children with Developmental Disabilities
  • Dr. Yeh Hsueh, CEPR, Chinese Rural Preschool in Transformation: Cultural Changes and Continuity
  • Dr. Rachael Ross, ICL, Reading "Chutes and Ladders" using LLI as a Ladder Against the Summer "chute"
  • Dr. Eraina Schauss, CEPR, Fostering Intrinsic Resilience: A Social, Environmental and Neuroscience Intervention for ACE Exposed Children
  • Dr. Katie Wade-Jaimes, ICL, Understanding the Impact of STEM Schools in Urban Areas


  • Dr. Andrew Tawfik, ICL, along with a team of professors from across the UofM received a $3.4 millon grant from the National Science Foundation to train individuals in the field of data science and fund research into programs that make data science easy for the public to use.
  • Hirschi, M., Brasfield, M., Lester, D., McCutcheon, J., Zanskas, S., & Neely-Barnes, S. (2019-2022). Memphis Opioid Workforce Paraprofessional Expansion Program (MOW-PEP). Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Opioid Workforce Expansion Program - Paraprofessional T97HP33397 ($897,342).

    The MOW-PEP grant is a joint-effort between the College of Education (Dr. Michelle Brasfield and Dr. Steve Zanskas) and the departments of social work, criminal justice, and psychology at the UofM. Press release about the grant>.
  • Dr. James Meindl, Associate Professor in ICL, was awarded $330,651 from The Urban Child Institute for his project "University of Memphis Behavior, Research, & Language Alliance (UMBReLA)."
  • Dr. Laura Casey, Professor in ICL, was awarded $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DoEd) in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDoEd) for her project "TEIS vendor services - provision of statewide early intervention services to eligible infants & toddlers with disabilities birth through two years of age."
  • Dr. Carolyn Kaldon, Research Associate Professor in CREP, was awarded $26,940 from Promise Academy Inc. for her project "Closing the Gap in Literacy with Leveled Literacy Intervention LLI at Promise Academy Hollywood."
  • Dr. Todd Zoblotsky, Research Associate Professor in CREP, was awarded $25,035 from Memphis Education Fund (MEF) for his project "TN Charter School Center Unified Enrollment."


  • Wendy Griswold, LEAD, "Launching Sustainability Leadership: Long-Term Impacts on Educational and Career Paths in Undergraduate Research Experiences," Journal of College Science Teaching, Volume 49, No. 1.
  • Eric Platt, LEAD, with Lauren Huffman Walker, LEAD doctoral student, "Regalia Remembered: Exploring the History and Symbolic Significance of Higher Education Academic Costume" published in American Educational History Journal Volume 46, Number 1. Dr. Platt and Lauren will also be presenting at the Organization of Educational Historians Annual Meeting in October.

CREP Report

The Center for Research in Educational Policy has a very active research agenda. Some of their recent projects are listed below:

  • CREP is partnering with the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) on a new five-year grant. SSEC was awarded a $4.5 million grant from the US Department of Education's Education Innovation and Research program. The evaluation for the grant will be performed by CREP and will assess the impact on student achievement. Dr. Christine Bertz will serve as Principal Investigator for the evaluation. Dr. Todd Zoblotsky and Dan Strahl, CREP Associate Director, will serve as Co-PI's.
  • Impact Study commissioned by Shelby County Schools
  • Collaboration with Purdue University Indianapolis as evaluator of their recent NSF ADVANCE grant
  • Collaboration with Dr. Rachael Ross, ICL, for a study of the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) at Promise Academy-Hollywood
  • Policy study commissioned by the Tennessee Charter School Center
  • New study with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network's Rural Collaborative
  • Completed a study of Undergraduate Advising Resources at the UofM, commissioned by Provost's office
  • Collaboration with Dr. Cheryl Goudie resulting in Green Fee funding to establish an educational honey bee yard at Meeman Biological Station
  • Collaboration with Dr. Erin Nelson, Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, focused on mapping the capacity of the Memphis nonprofit sector
  • Collaboration with Dr. Vasile Rus, Department of Computer Science, on a newly-awarded NSF grant (Using Big Data in Tutoring)


Research Centers

The COE also partners with several research centers. Click the links below to learn about on-going research projects through the COE.