Randy Bell

Randy Bell

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor 

Science/Mathematics Education

Credentials:

  • PhD, Science Education, Oregon State University
  • MS, Forest Ecology, Duke University
  • BS, Botany, Marshall University

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Research:

  • Conducts research and develops resources for teaching and learning about the nature of science and scientific inquiry.
  • Provides research-based professional development for elementary and secondary science teachers.
  • Author for the complete set of National Geographic Elementary Textbooks.
Jana Bouwma-Gearhart

Jana Bouwma-Gearhart 

Professor 
Science/Mathematics Education

Credentials:

  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction (Science Education), University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MS, Science Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA, Biology, Lawrence University
  • BA, Anthropology, Lawrence University

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Research:

  • Response to and implementation of education innovations, within and across the STEM disciplines.  
  • Data-driven decision-making to improve postsecondary teaching and learning.
  • Individual and organizational learning and perceived affordances towards enhanced postsecondary structures and processes at research universities.
  • Documenting work across disciplinary boundaries towards improving postsecondary education.
Cory Buxton

Cory Buxton

Professor

Language, Equity and Educational Policy (LEEP) and Science/Mathematics Education

Credentials:

  • PhD, Instruction and Curriculum: Science Education, University of Colorado             
  • MAT, Earth Science Education, Tulane University                                                            
  • BS, Geology, University of Maryland     

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Research:

Fostering more equitable and engaging science learning opportunities for all students and especially for immigrant and migrant students and emergent bilingual learners. 

Creating spaces where students, parents, teachers and researchers can engage together as co-learners while strengthening their academic relationships, their knowledge of science and engineering practices and careers and their ownership of the language of science. 

Research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and several private foundations.

Soria Colomer

Soria Colomer

Education PhD Program Chair

Associate Professor

Language, Equity and Educational Policy (LEEP)

Credentials:

  • PhD, Language and Literacy Education; Focus Area: TESOL & World Language Education, University of Georgi
  • MA, Curriculum and Instruction; Program: Mississippi Teacher Corps, University of Mississippi
  • BA, Spanish & Economics; Spanish Department Ford Fellow, Millsaps College

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Research:

How language teachers’ perceptions, ethnic identities and linguistic skills impact their roles and practices in schools with growing emergent bilingual student populations. 

Focus on transforming the educational landscape for marginalized youth and exploring the negotiation of language and identity in new immigrant communities.

Rebekah Elliott

Rebekah Elliott 

Associate Professor 
Science/Mathematics Education

Credentials:

  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education), University of Colorado, Boulder
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Additional Information

Research:

  • Investigating the ways teachers learn the knowledge and skill needed for ambitious mathematics instruction, the resources teachers draw upon to build their capacity with teaching and learning, and the ways leaders support teachers’ learning mathematics for teaching.
  • Leveraging Research-Practice settings, work examines learning of leaders, K-20 instructors, and children as they reason about ambitious and consequential mathematics.

Michael Giamellaro

Associate Professor

Science/Mathematics Education

Credentials:

  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Innovation in Science, University of Colorado, Denver
  • MA, Science Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado, Denver
  • BS, Wildife and Fisheries Biology and Management, University of Wyoming

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Research:

My research investigates the role of contextualization in science learning, or how learners make associations between targeted science content knowledge and the social, cultural, and physical aspects of their learning environment. 

Amanda Kibler

Amanda Kibler

Associate Professor

Language, Equity and Educational Policy (LEEP)

Credentials:

  • PhD, Education with specialization in Educational Linguistics, Stanford University
  • MS, Comparative and International Education, University of Oxford (St. Cross College)
  • MAT, Teaching, Secondary Certification in English and ESL, Trinity University
  • BA, English, minor in Linguistics, Texas A&M University

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Research:

Focus on the language and literacy development of multilingual children and adolescents from immigrant backgrounds, and she uses ethnographic, longitudinal, qualitative, discourse-analytic and mixed-methods approaches to investigate issues related to literacy and classroom interaction, among other topics.


Recent and current research projects include a study of teacher inquiry into ESOL/ESL co-teaching and collaboration in K-12 classrooms, an ethnographic exploration of the home language and literacy practices of Spanish-speaking preschoolers from immigrant families, and a mixed-methods study of teacher and peer interaction and social networks in linguistically diverse middle school classrooms.

kathryn mcintosh

Kathryn McIntosh

Associate Professor

Language, Equity and Educational Policy (LEEP)

Credentials:

  • PhD, Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Michigan
  • MA, Language and Literacy, Harvard University
  • BS, Human Development, University of California, Davis
  • BA, Spanish, University of California, Davis

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Research:

Currently conducts her research under the Teachers Educating All Multilingual Students (TEAMS) grant. Focus on multilingual and multicultural families’ connections to the community and education. With her current investigative studies, she expands current methodologies in order to push on the boundaries of how to do research as part of and with communities. Dr. McIntosh collaborates with Ph.D. students, graduate students and undergraduate students in order to prepare the next generation of researchers.

Shawn Rowe

Shawn Rowe

Associate Professor 
Oregon Sea Grant

Science/Mathematics Education

Credentials:

  • PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • MS, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
  • BA, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

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Research:

  • Free-choice learning outside of school settings, specifically how choice is constrained, structured, shaped etc, by language, activity and settings.
  • Investigating how talk and activity work together to help people make sense of what they see in history and science museums
Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Education

Research interests include pedagogical content knowledge and experiential learning in preservice and inservice agriculture teachers, including the exploration of situated learning as the context for learning and teaching agriculture and the development of career and technical skills. Other research interests include agriculture teacher preparation programs and the implementation of mentoring and support programs for early career teachers.

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Martin Storksdieck

Martin Storksdieck

Director at the STEM Research Center 
Professor
Science/Mathematics Education

Credentials

  • PhD, Education, Leuphana University
  • MPA, Public Administration, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • MS, Biology, Albert-Ludwigs University

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Research

  • How is learning (no matter where it occurs) connected to understanding, behaviors, identities, attitudes and beliefs?
  • How can the field of informal STEM education improve its practices through ongoing professionalization?
  • How is (STEM) learning facilitated by the learner’s overall learning ecology, or the connected learning that occurs across time and settings?
  • What is the role of science-based professionals and science hobbyists in communicating their passions to a broader public?
  • What is the role of digital media in facilitating learning?
  • What are empirically validated strategies to increase participation in STEM and STEM learning?
karen thompson

Karen Thompson

Associate Professor

Language, Equity and Educational Policy (LEEP)

Credentials:

  • PhD, Educational Linguistics, Stanford University
  • MA, Education; Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Teaching Credential, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, English and American Literature and in Political Science, Brown University

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Research:

How curriculum and instruction, teacher education and policy interact to shape the classroom experiences of multilingual students in K-12 schools.
Collaborations with education agencies in researcher-practitioner partnerships to analyze longitudinal data about multilingual students in novel ways that inform policy and practice.

Focus on developing innovative ways for teachers to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the needs of multilingual students.

Haley Traini

Haley Traini

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Education

My research involves exploring the ways secondary agricultural teachers interact with the systems in which they work. My other areas of interest and ongoing research involve creating change agents through leadership education and development, creating sites ripe for change, and empowering change agents so as to promote agricultural and economic development.

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Jonathan Velez

Jonathan Velez

Head of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences
Associate Professor

Agricultural Education

Credentials:

  • BS, Animal Science, Oregon State University

  • MA, Teaching, Oregon State University

  • PhD, Agricultural & Extension Education, The Ohio State University     

Research interests include motivation and teaching methods at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. In addition, interests include leadership education research with a specific focus on connecting leadership experiences with subsequent growth in knowledge, skills and competencies.

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