The College of Education is proud to introduce the following new faculty and administrator hires for the 2012-2013 school year. To view a complete listing of new faculty and staff, please .
Office of the Dean
Perry L. Schoon, dean and professor of the College of Education
Ph.D., Educational administration and foundations, Illinois State University, Normal
M.A., Technology education, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
B.S., Technology education, Illinois State University, Normal
Schoon is a dual alumnus of Illinois State University. Prior to his appointment as dean of the College of Education, he served as dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University. Schoon also served as senior associate dean and associate dean for assessment and technology in the College of Education at the University of Texas, Arlington. In addition, he has held posts in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University.
School of Teaching and Learning
Christopher Hansen, assistant professor of elementary education literacy
Ph.D., Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of Georgia, Athens
M.Ed., Early childhood education, University of Georgia, Athens
B.A., Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Research interests include the interaction of gender, race, and class with language, literacy, and educational equity. Other interests include exploring ways in which ideas from critical pedagogy, feminist theory, hermeneutics, and phenomenology can inform the teaching and research in learning spaces as an effort to promote equity and social justice within educational institutions.
Julie McGaha, assistant professor of secondary education
Ph.D., Curriculum and instruction, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Ed.S., Administration & supervision, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina
M.A., Secondary education, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
B.A., Secondary education, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Research interests focus on integrating historical fiction and other young adult novels in the secondary classroom to engage students in the study of social issues. Other interest include the impact of international experiences on pre-service teacher dispositions relating to globalmindedness and diversity.
Allison Meyer, assistant professor of secondary education
Ph.D., Science education, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
M.A., Secondary education, DePaul University, Chicago
B.S., Chemistry, DePaul University, Chicago
Research interests include examining the intersections between learning contexts and the understandings and abilities related to science practice.
Kyle Miller, assistant professor of child growth and development
Ph.D., Human development and family studies, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.Ed., Risk and prevention, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.A., Elementary education and human development, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Research interests include disparities in school readiness, academic socialization and the role of the family, and visual methods in research.
Elizabeth White, assistant professor of child growth and development
Ph.D., Education (Psychological Studies Division), University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Education, University of California, Los Angeles
M.Ed., Early childhood education, Mercer University, Atlanta
B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Research interests include children’s civic engagement and sense of social responsibility, teacher practices to honor diversity and foster acceptance of difference among students in diverse classroom contexts, and children’s understanding of poverty and inequality.
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations
Nicholas Hartlep, assistant professor of educational foundations
Ph.D., Urban education, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
M.S., K-12 Education, Winona State University, Minnesota
B.S., Elementary education, Winona State University, Minnesota
Research interests include social and cultural foundations of education, critical race theory, teaching for social justice, model minority stereotypes, and education of Asian-Pacific Americans.