Current PhD students

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Brunner

Science/Math Education

Credentials:

  • MAIS, Education, Sociology, & Mathematics, Oregon State University
  • BA, Mathematics, SUNY College at Geneseo
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Rebekah Elliott

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Research: educational systems activity towards more just mathematics education; teachers' commitments to equity and justice in mathematics education

Teaching: Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice and supporting teacher candidates in learning to critically attend to power and act in ways that transform

Research Projects:

Designing Ambitious Mathematics Instructional Tools: A Collaborative-Research Practice Partnership (PI: Dr. Rebekah Elliott)

Exploring Teachers' Conceptions of and Commitments to Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education (PI: Dr. Rebekah Elliott)

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Candice Clark

Science/Math Education

Credentials:

  • EdM, Adult and Higher Education, Oregon State University
  • Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, Oregon State University
  • Honors BS, Mathematics/Physics, University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. SueAnn Bottoms

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Systemic barriers to access to equitable education

Working-class, first-generation, and low-income students' retention and persistence in higher education

Students’ efficacy in eLearning contexts

Research Projects:

Investigating the impacts of an online orientation on counseling students’ self-efficacy in an online learning context

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Diana Crespo

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MS, Recreation Resources, Colorado State University
  • BS, Biochemistry Engineering, Insituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Guaymas, Mexico
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Soria Colomer and Dr. Cory Buxton (co-advisors)

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Latinx families' engagement in outdoor recreation

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in Outdoor Education

Research Projects:

Test and refine the LaCuKnoS model, a teaching model that integrates the role of language in science learning, cultural sustenance, and knowledge building.

Barbara Ettenauer

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MS in Education, Western Oregon University

  • BA, Economics, FernUniversitaet Gesamthochschule in Hagen, Germany
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Cory Buxton

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Science education in diverse contexts, Multilingual Family Engagement

Research Projects: 

1) The Supporting students' language, knowledge and culture through science, or LaCuKnoS Project, (Buxton, PI)
2) Multilingual Family Engagement

Heather Garcia

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MS, Instructional Science and Technology, California State University Monterey Bay 
  • BA, Modern Literature Studies, University of California Santa Cruz

  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Kathryn McIntosh 

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Instructional designer communities of practice and collaborative relationships

Technocentrism and relational ways of being in digital environments

Inclusive design practices and feminist pedagogy

Research Projects: 

1) The Supporting students' language, knowledge and culture through science, or LaCuKnoS Project, (Buxton, PI)
2) Multilingual Family Engagement

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Amy González Morales

Agricultural Education

Credentials:

  • MS, Agricultural Education, University of Puerto Rico
  • BS, Agricultural Education, University of Puerto Rico
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Haley Q. Traini

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Expertise in agricultural education teacher preparation areas

Experience teaching courses related to: teaching methods, evaluation, leadership, and supervision of teaching practices.

Research interests: transition and adaptation of early career teachers, needs of novice teachers, preparation of teachers to work with Latino student populations

Research Projects:

Evaluating Agricultural Education Teachers' Intention to Implement Student-Centered Instruction Strategies After a Teacher Training in Liberia

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Nicholas Hagemann

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MEd, Educational Technology, Northern Arizona University
  • BS, Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Amanda Kibler

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Equity-oriented educational policies and practices at macro, meso, & micro levels

Ideologies of whiteness in K-12 educational settings

Intersectionalities of race, gender, and class in the promotion of educational equity

Kelby Hahn

Science/Math Education

Credentials:

  • MS, Physics, Oregon State University
  • BS, Physics, Utah State University
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Cory Buxton 

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Research: Physics sensemaking, special relativity, embodied activities in quantum mechanics, experiences of physics students, equity in the physics classroom

Teaching: Algebra- and calculus-based introductory physics, physics for future elementary teachers, contemporary challenges in physics, modern physics, astronomy, and faculty development through GTA with OSU Center for Teaching and Learning.

Research Projects:

"Paradigms in Physics @ OSU" research project exploring the embodied Arms representation and activity sequence for teaching quantum mechanics. 

Charissa Jones

Science/Math Education

Credentials:

  • MS Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England

  • BA Environmental Studies, New College of Florida

  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Cory Buxton 

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Justice (EDIAJ) in Outdoor Education; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Justice (EDIAJ) in STEM Education; Critical Environmental Education 

Research Projects:

"Paradigms in Physics @ OSU" research project exploring the embodied Arms representation and activity sequence for teaching quantum mechanics. 

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Mickie J. Kumwamba

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MEd, Early Grade Reading Instructions, Lakeland University, Wisconsin, USA
  • BA,General Education with Elementary Education minor, Lakeland University, Wisconsin, USA

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Amanda Kibler

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Teaching Assistant in a double degree preservice teacher education program, Oregon State University.

Elementary School Teacher training (Worked in Teacher Training Colleges in Malawi).

Accredited Inspector for Malawi Elementary Teacher Education responsible for ensuring that colleges adhere to National Teacher Education Standards.

Early Grade Materials (Malawi National Curriculum Languages and Literacy textbooks, supplementary readers, and training manuals) development.

Research Projects:

Exploring Elementary School Teachers’ Perspectives about Their Preparation to Teach Emergent Bilingual Students in Mainstream Classrooms.

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Freddy León

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MEd, College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University
  • BA, Spanish, Willamette University

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Kathryn McIntosh

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Multicultural education

Decolonizing pedagogy/andragogy

Indigenous epistemologies

Research Projects:

Social Justice and Mindfulness in Multicultural Education (SAMME)

Decolonizing the Syllabus: Accepting Responsibility to Reconceptualize and Unsettle Traditional

Epistemologies in Multicultural Education

Using Testimonios Methodology to Explore Social Justice Contemplative Teaching

Elizabeth Mills Johnson

Agricultural Education

Credentials:

  • MS, Instructional Design and Technology, University of Tampa
  • MS, Marketing, University of Tampa
  • BA, Liberal Arts, University of Oregon
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Jonathan Velez

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Student engagement within international education programming

Enhancing experiential education outcomes

Increasing cultural competencies within international education

Research Projects:

Incorporating best practices within international experiential education with agriculture education curriculum to increase learners' cultural competencies

Mandy Olsen

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MS, Studies in Disabilities, Oregon State University
  • BS, Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Western Oregon University
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Karen Thompson

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

  • Anti-racist teaching practices
  • Critical perspectives in equitable classroom management
  • Anti-racist identity development in pre-service teachers
  • Social justice pedagogy

Research Projects:

The Impact of Anti-racist Teacher Professional Development on Policy and Practice

 

Casey Patterson

Science/Math Education

Credentials:

  • MEd, Psychology, Springfield College
  • BS, Exercise Science, Waynesburg University
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Jana Bouwma-Gearhart

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Postsecondary STEM student access and success

Curriculum development

Faculty support of academic support initiatives in postsecondary STEM settings.

Stephanie Ramos

Science/Math Education

Credentials:

  • MS, Chemistry, Oregon State University

  • BS, Chemistry, Texas Tech University

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Jana Bouwma-Gearhart

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Equity, inclusion, and access in STEM education, Students of Color in STEM, Community college students’ experiences in higher education

 

Faran Saeed

(He/Him/His)

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MA, Higher Education Administration, Louisiana State University
  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Memphis
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Kathryn McIntosh and Dr. Cory Buxton

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Religion and Multicultural Education

Muslim College Student Identity Development

Research Projects:

Social Justice and Mindfulness in Multicultural Education

Islamophobia in the Digital Age

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Martha Sandstead

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MA, Teaching, Pacific University
  • BA, Environmental Studies and Spanish, Middlebury College
  • Continuing Teaching License, State of Oregon
    • ESOL Endorsement
    • Reading Endorsement
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Amanda Kibler

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Language and literacy development for multilingual children

  • Writing Instruction 
  • Voice in the writing of multilinguals

Teacher inquiry and action research

Language ideologies

Research Projects:

Voice in Writing: Using Teacher Action Research to Develop Voice in Bilingual Student Writing. Role: Principal Investigator

Affordances for Language Development in Co-Teaching (ACT): teacher inquiry and professional development (Kibler, PI). Role: Graduate Research Assistant

Co-Teaching and Collaboration Models Serving English-Learner Classified Students: Prevalence and Practice (Kibler, PI)
. Role: Graduate Research Assistant

Teacher Language Ideologies in Multilingual Contexts: A Review of the Literature. Role: Principal Investigator

Kirby Schmidt

Agricultural Education

Credentials:

  • MS, Agricultural Education, Oregon State University
  • BS, Agricultural Education, University of Minnesota
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Josh Stewart

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

"Recognizing the Value in All Students" 

Agricultural Education

Leadership Education

Teacher Wellbeing

Secondary Traumatic Stress

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Elyssa Stoddard

Science/Math Education

Credentials:

  • MS, Mathematics Education, State University of New York at Fredonia
  • BS, Mathematics and Adolescence Mathematics Education, State University of New York at Fredonia
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Rebekah Elliott

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Initial mathematics teacher education

Research Projects:

Research assistant on Dr. Elliott's project Designing Ambitious Mathematics Instructional Tools: A Collaborative Research-Practice Partnership

 

Marcos Viveros

LEEP 

Credentials:

  • MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Oregon State University
  • BA,Teaching English as a Second Language, Universidad del Bio-Bio, Chile

  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Kathryn McIntosh

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Social Justice and Multicultural Education

Gender and Masculinity Studies

Preservice Teacher Education

Research Projects:

Social Justice and Mindfulness in Multicultural Education

Discourses of Masculinity in College Students

 

Sara Wiger

LEEP

Credentials:

  • MA, History and Culture, Union Institute and University
  • BA, History and Political Science, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Karen Thompson

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Emergent bilinguals with dyslexia

Research Projects:

Affordances for Language Development in Co-Teaching (ACT): teacher inquiry and professional development (Kibler, PI). Role: Research Assistant

 

Selection of recent Education PhD Graduates 

 

 

Raisa Canete-Blazquez

LEEP alumna

Credentials:

  • MAIS, Education, Ethnic Studies, & Foreign Languages, Oregon State University
  • BA, Translation and Interpreting, UPF (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Kathryn McIntosh

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion teaching approaches

Spanish as a FL

Social Justice & Multiculturalism in education

Research Projects:

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in the US University Spanish Classroom

Social Justice and Mindfulness in Multicultural Education

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Yoon Ha Choi

Science/Math Education alumna

Credentials:

  • EdM in Human Development & Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Lynn D. Dierking

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

Equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM education

Women of color in STEM

Student experiences in higher education

Feminist narratives

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Cindy Ann Lenhart

Science/Math Education alumna

Credentials:

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Jana Bouwma-Gearhart

Research, teaching, and/or practice focus or expertise:

STEM faculty perceptions of successful students and teaching practices that support them

STEM faculty collection and use of student learning data to inform teaching practices

Interdisciplinary (STEM and business) faculty development of transdisciplinary curriculum

Engineering faculty perceptions of university makerspaces: potential affordances for curriculum, instructional practices, and student learning

Research Projects:

Exploring interdisciplinary faculty development of transdisciplinary curriculum development at three postsecondary institutions: A case study

Inclusively recognizing postsecondary faculty innovation and entrepreneurship impact within promotion and tenure considerations

Student development at the boundary: Makerspaces as affordances for 21st century skill development

STEM graduate students’ development at the intersection of research, leadership, and innovation