Meet our new faculty

October 12, 2012

The College of Education welcomed 7 new faculty members this fall across all four departments, including a new Department of Kinesiology chairperson. Here is a brief introduction of them including their research interests and the focus of their recent work.

Tonya BARTELL, Assistant Professor
Department of Teacher Education
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tonya Bartell is interested in exploring teaching practices that promote mathematics learning for all students. Her research focuses on issues of culture, race and power in mathematics teaching and learning, with particular attention to teachers’ development of mathematics pedagogy for social justice and pedagogy integrating a focus on mathematics, children’s mathematical thinking, and children’s community and cultural knowledge.

Scott A. IMBERMAN, Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education & Department of Economics
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Scott A. Imberman is an economist who specializes in the economics of education and education policy. His research focuses on issues in domestic education, and he has recently studied charter schools, classroom peer-effects, school finance, gifted education and school uniforms. Currently he is researching teacher incentive pay and technology use in schools. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Madeline MAVROGORDATO, Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Administration (K-12)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Madeline Mavrogordato’s research focuses on issues of school reform and improvement for disadvantaged students. She investigates how the social context of education, implementation of educational policies and school leadership shape outcomes for underserved students, particularly immigrants and English language learners. She is studying the process by which English language learners are reclassified as English proficient, school strategies to engage immigrant parents in schools, and the social and policy implications of school choice.

Lanay M. MUDD, Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Lanay M. Mudd is an exercise physiologist and perinatal epidemiologist. Her research focuses on the short- and long-term health benefits of physical activity during pregnancy for both the mother and the child. Part of her work is geared toward investigating the fetal origins hypothesis which posits that health conditions developing in childhood and adulthood may be related to the in utero environment. Mudd also has investigated knowledge of health guidelines and health-related behaviors among college students, and she plans to extend that line of research to other special populations.

Alan L. SMITH, Professor/Chairperson (see page 30)
Department of Kinesiology
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Alan L. Smith’s research focuses on the link between sport and physical activity involvement and young people’s psychological and social functioning. He is known for his research on peer relationships in the physical activity domain and the motivational implications of these relationships for children and adolescents. He is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to examine physical activity as a means of ameliorating symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young children. He is president-elect of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Connie SUNG, Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education (Rehabilitation Counseling)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Connie Sung’s educational background includes rehabilitation counseling/psychology, neuropsychology and occupational science. Her research focuses on evidence-based practice, psychosocial adjustment, vocational rehabilitation and quality of life of individuals with neurological disabilities, and multiculturalism.

Michael K. WEISS, Assistant Professor
Department of Teacher Education & Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Michael Weiss studies the capacity of mathematics education to represent authentic mathematical values and practices, and the extent to which school mathematics can cultivate a mathematical sensibility in students. A former high school teacher, Weiss has analyzed narratives of mathematical practice to identify a network of dispositions that mathematicians draw upon to value and guide their work. He has used these dispositions both as a theoretical frame for studies of teaching and learning, and to generate models of possible classroom practice.


To Professor:

Matthew Koehler
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

Kristen Renn
Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education

John (Jack) P. Smith
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

To Associate Professor:

Dorinda Carter Andrews
Teacher Education

Janine Certo
Teacher Education

Kimberly Maier
Measurement and Quantitative Methods

Michelle Williams
Teacher Education