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Online Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction — Faculty

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Faculty

  • Paul Asunda, Assistant Professor

    pasunda@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Workforce Education and Development, University of Georgia
    • MIBA in International Business Administration, United States International University
    • BA in Education, Fine Arts, Kenyatta University

    Research Interests

    • Implementation of engineering design practices within integrated STEM environments
    • Development of Integrated STEM pedagogical knowledge
    • STEM education and initiatives in career and college success
    • Assessment and evaluation in i-STEM environments

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  • Laura Bofferding, Associate Professor

    lbofferding@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, Stanford University
    • MA in Learning, Design, and Technology in Education, Stanford University
    • BS in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin

    Research Interests

    • Pre-K and elementary students’ cognitive development and understanding of mathematics and negative numbers
    • Using games to support children’s numerical understanding
    • How teachers’ use of questioning, number talks, and students’ mathematical reasoning effect each other
    • Using assessment to inform mathematics instruction
    • Sequencing of mathematical topics

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  • Susan Britsch, Professor

    sbritsch@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Education, University of California
    • MA in Linguistics, with distinction, California State University
    • BA in French and English, summa cum laude, California State University

    Research Interests

    • English-language learning
    • Multimodal discourse analysis
    • Visual literacy
    • Children’s digital photography
    • Science learning in early childhood

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  • Jake Burdick, Assistant Professor

    burdics@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD, Arizona State University
    • MA, Northern Arizona University
    • BA, Northern Arizona University

    Research Interests

    • Public and popular sites of education
    • Activist studies
    • Community knowledge and perceptions of education

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  • Brenda Capobianco, Professor

    bcapo@purdue.edu

    Education

    • EdD, Science Education, Teacher Education and School Improvement, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • MS in General Science, Central Connecticut State University
    • BS in Biology, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

    Research Interests

    • Gender, culture, identity, and agency in science and science education
    • Applications of feminist pedagogies in science and engineering
    • Teacher-action and collaborative-action research, reflective practice, self-study practices
    • Qualitative research methods
    • Elementary science education

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  • Secil Caskurlu, Visiting Instructor

    scaskurl@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • Master of Education, Instructional Design and Technology, University of Cincinnati
    • BA in Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

    Research Interests

    • Online teaching and learning
    • Community of inquiry framework
    • Competency-based education
  • Marisa Exter, Assistant Professor

    mexter@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • MS in Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
    • BS in Computer Science, Elmhurst College

    Research Interests

    • Formal and non-formal educational experiences professionals who use design processes to create technology

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  • Siddika Selcen Guzey, Assistant Professor

    sguzey@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Science Education, University of Minnesota
    • MA in Science Education, University of Minnesota
    • BA in Biology, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

    Research Interests

    • Integration of Engineering Design and Life Science: Investigating the influence of an Intervention on Student Interest and Motivation in STEM Fields
    • The Engineering to Transform the Education of Analysis, Mathematics, and Science in a Team-Based, Targeted Mathematics-Science Partnership (EngrTEAMS)
    • The DesignSTEM

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  • Chrystal Johnson, Associate Professor

    johnsoncs@purdue.edu

    Research Interests

    • The pedagogies, mechanisms and ecologies that foster strong political sophistication among black adolescent males
    • If there has been a fundamental shift in how young black males engage in the political process
    • How civic educators can capture and sustain young, black, male civic energy

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  • Tiffany Karalis Noel, Limited-Term Instructor

    tkaralis@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Literacy and Language Education; English Education, Purdue University
    • MEd in Education Leadership, Policy, and Renewal, Colorado State University
    • BA in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Research Interests

    • How pedagogical preparation influences beginning teachers' self-efficacy
    • How interdisciplinary literacy practices facilitate learning among content-area preservice teachers
  • Signe Kastberg, Professor

    skastber@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Mathematics Education, The University of Georgia
    • MA in Mathematics, The University of Georgia
    • BA in Mathematics, Keene State University

    Research Interests

    • Works to sustain and motivate student-teacher collaborations

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  • Rachel Kenney, Associate Professor

    rhkenney@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Mathematics Education, North Carolina State University
    • MS in Applied Mathematics, University of Dayton
    • BS in Mathematics, University of Dayton

    Research Interests

    • Writing and reflection in the learning of mathematics
    • The academic language of mathematics
    • Students’ and teachers’ anticipatory and reflective practices in learning and teaching mathematics

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  • SungAe Kim, PhD Student

    kim2086@purdue.edu

    Education

    • 2015 - Present: Purdue University PhD student in literacy and language education
    • MA in Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Oklahoma City University
    • BA in Social Sciences, Edith Cowan University

    Certificates

    • 2016: Purdue University TELL (Teaching English Language Learners) Certificate
    • 2012: California State University, San Bernardino International TESOL Certificate
  • Adrie Koehler, Assistant Professor

    akoehler@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University
    • MS in Technology, IUPUI
    • BS in Business Education; Information, Design, and End-User Computing; Business Administration, ISU

    Research Interests

    • How emerging technologies can be used for instructional purposes
    • How instructors develop a presence in online settings and the impact of this presence
    • Methods to best facilitate case-based instruction

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  • Michael Lolkus, Graduate Student

    mlolkus@purdue.edu

    Education

    • BS in Mathematics Education, Purdue University
    • MA in Mathematics Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

    Research Interests

    • Mathematical identities in students and teachers
    • Impacts of study abroad on teachers’ secondary mathematics instruction
  • Victoria Lowell, Clinical Associate Professor

    vllowell@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Education with dual concentration in Distance Education & Higher Education - Research and Institutional Planning, Regent University
    • MEd in Educational Technology, University of Hawaii
    • Post-Bac in Teacher Education Certification Program, Secondary Social Studies, University of Hawaii
    • BA in History, Virginia Wesleyan College

    Research Interests

    • Social learning and program development and evaluation in online and distance learning
    • Social cognitive learning
    • Situated learning and authentic tasks for online and blended learning
    • Collaborative learning
    • Community of inquiry
    • Scaffolding
    • Student and instructor self-efficacy
    • Assessment and evaluation

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  • Patricia (Trish) Morita-Mullaney, Assistant Professor

    tmoritam@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Language, Literacy & Culture, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
    • MS in Educational Leadership, Butler University
    • MS in Language, Literacy & Culture, Indiana University Purdue University
    • BS in Elementary Education with specialization and certification in English Language Learners, IUPUI

    Research Interests

    • Her research focuses on the intersections of language learning, gender, and race — seeking to discover how they inform the identity acts of educators of bilingual students. Guided by critical and feminist thought, she examines how these overlapping identities serve the logics of educational decision-making for bilingual students.

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  • Timothy Newby, Professor

    newby@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Psychology, Brigham Young University
    • BS in Psychology, Brigham Young University

    Research Interests

    • Issues pertaining to motivation, human learning, instructional strategies, and the use of technology. In particular, he is examining the impact of digital open badges on learning and motivation in post-secondary education.

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  • Jill Newton, Associate Professor

    janewton@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy (Mathematics Education), Michigan State University
    • MA in International Education, George Washington University
    • BS in Mathematics, Michigan State University

    Research Interests

    • Mathematics education curriculum
    • Mathematics teacher education
    • Algebra teaching and learning
    • Mathematical argumentation

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  • Nielsen Pereira, Assistant Professor

    npereira@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Talented Education), Purdue University,
    • MA in Applied Linguistics (Second Language Acquisition), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
    • BA in English Education, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

    Research Interests

    • Design and assessment of learning in varied gifted and talented education contexts
    • Understanding gifted and talented student experiences in talent development programs in and out of school
    • Conceptual, contextual, and measurement issues in the identification of gifted and talented populations

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  • Jennifer Richardson, Professor

    jennrich@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Specializations in Educational Technology and Literacy, University at Albany/SUNY
    • CAS Certificate of Advanced Study, University at Albany/SUNY, Educational Research and Evaluation, Specialization in Program Evaluation
    • MS in Curriculum Design & Instructional Technology, University at Albany/SUNY
    • MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University at Albany/SUNY
    • MS in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany/SUNY
    • BA in Political Science and History, Russell Sage College

    Research Interests

    • Social aspects of online learning, professional development practices, and gauging learning in online environments

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  • Minjung Ryu, Assistant Professor

    mryu@purdue.edu

    Education

    • Postdoctoral Training, University of Maryland, College Park and Johns Hopkins University
    • PhD in Science Education, University of Maryland
    • MS in Chemistry, Seoul National University
    • BA in Chemistry, Seoul National University

    Research Interests

    • How people learn chemistry (and science) through language and symbols and how various ways of communicating chemistry ideas facilitate or constrain some learners' learning
    • Non-native English speaking students, their participation in classroom discourses, and learning or not-learning of chemistry

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  • David Sears, Clinical Associate Professor

    dsears@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University
    • BS in Psychology, Reed College

    Research Interests

    • How collaboration affects transfer, the types of tasks that naturally support productive interaction, and when unique benefits of collaboration for learning can be expected

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  • Kristen Seward, Visiting Instructor

    ksseward@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Education/Gifted, Creative, & Talented Studies, Purdue University
    • MS in Education/School Counseling, Purdue University
    • BA in English/Education, Purdue University

    Research Interests

    • Gifted education in rural areas o Professional development
    • Qualitative and mixed-methods studies
    • Gifted education applications for all students
    • Social and emotional characteristics & needs of students with gifts and talents

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  • Sunnie Watson, Associate Professor

    sunnieleewatson@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University
    • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • MEd in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • BA in Educational Technology, Ewha Woman's University

    Research Interests

    • Attitude change instruction o Information-age educational technology such as MOOCs and PIES
    • Critical Systems Theory for qualitative educational research and school change

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  • William Watson, Associate Professor

    brwatson@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • MS in Information Science, Indiana University
    • BA in English, Indiana University

    Research Interests

    • The critical, systemic change of education to realize a learner-centered paradigm, including the application of technology such as video games, virtual environments, and learning management software in order to create customized and personalized learning environments

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  • Wayne E. Wright, Professor

    wewright@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Arizona State University
    • MA in Language, Literacy, & Learning, California State University
    • BA in Liberal Studies (Concentration in Asian American Studies), California State University

    Research Interests

    • Bilingual Education
    • Dual language bilingual education
    • Mother-tongue-based multilingual education
    • English as a second/foreign language
    • Second-language teaching and learning
    • Heritage languages
    • High-stakes testing, language assessment, Asian American Education, Southeast Asian American Education, Cambodian Americans, Education policy and practice in Cambodia

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Instructors

  • Laila Aghai, Instructor

    laghai@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Culture, Literacy and Language, University of Texas at San Antonio
    • MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Texas at San Antoni
  • Papia Bawa, Instructor

    pbawa@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MS in Education: Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MA in English Literature and Language, CSJ.M University, India

    Research Interests

    • Technology integrated learner-centric pedagogical approaches and curricular designs
    • The effects of different educational technologies on learners using three lenses: Performance, Affect, Sustainability
  • Erin Besser, Instructor

    ebesser@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MA in Educational Technology, Azusa Pacific University
    • BA in Liberal Studies, California State University, Sacramento
    • California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

    Research Interests

    • Intersection of collaborative instruction and mobile learning, instructional feedback, digital badges, and technology integration within teacher education
  • Holly Fiock, Instructor

    hfiock@purdue.edu

    Education

    • Doctoral student, Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MS in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • BA in Social Studies Education, Purdue University

    Research Interests

    • Online learning and best practices
    • Instructional design implementation and its role in academic settings
    • Perceptions and implementation of peer review in online settings
  • Nilufer Korkmaz, Instructor

    nkorkma@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology with a minor in Educational Psychology, Indiana University
    • MS in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • BA in Translation & Interpreting, Bogazici University

    Research Interests

    • Training instructional designers
    • Development of design character
    • Building sense of community in online programs
  • Judith Lewandowski, Instructor

    lewandowski@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction: Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MS in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology, Purdue University
    • BA in Education, Purdue University

    Research Interests

    • Practical application of learning design principles including: the promotion of student engagement, the infusion of motivation theory, cultivating service learning projects, and innovative approaches to professional development
  • Valerie Schmitz, Instructor

    vschmitz@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Design
    • EdD in Educational Administration
    • MEd in Educational Administration
    • MEd in Technology in Education
    • BS in Elementary/Middle Level Education
  • Sharon Taylor, Instructor

    taylo782@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Education, Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL), Capella University
    • MEd in Instructional Technology, University of South Florida, (in process) expected Summer 2019
    • MBA in General Business Administration, Regis Jesuit University
    • BS in Business Administration, Human Resources Management, University of Colorado at Boulder

    Research Interests

    • Applying learning design and technology (LDT) for mobile learning (m-learning), game-based learning, gamification, and e-Books for e-Learning while applying Sweller's (1988) Cognitive Load Theory (CLT)
  • MaryShannon Williams, Instructor

    will1718@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies - The University of Missouri - Columbia
    • MA in Education, The University of Texas at San Antonio
    • BS in Radio-TV-Film, The University of Texas

    Research Interests

    • Communities of practice, faculty professional development and active learning
    • Effective uses of data visualization to advance the diagnostic potential of Big Data

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