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image: Wendy Bedrosian

Wendy Bedrosian, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 404B White Hall

Area: TLC - ECDE

wbedrosi@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

I have been teaching and working on program improvement with the Early Childhood faculty at Kent State for more than almost 15 years. I also served as the Field Experience Coordinator for the program. Courses taught at Kent include our child development course, guidance of primary-school children, the ECED survey course, and leading the student teaching seminar for teacher candidates in preschool settings, as well as the graduate seminar for the Masters of Arts in Teaching practicum. I feel that it is critical for future teachers to understand how the brain develops as it impacts wellness, behavior, and learning. It is my hope that our teachers will move into their careers with the knowledge and skills to apply contemporary brain research in their teaching practice. My research interests include teacher decision making, student teacher development & mentoring, and making teaching/learning visible to the families of young children. I earned my BA in Languages & Literature from Bard College, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Development & Intervention from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. in Special Education and Early Childhood from Kent State University. Previous professional experiences include: toddler and preschool teaching in family-centered, hospital-based, center-based, and home-based service agencies; early intervention program development; staff training/supervision for families of newborns in drug withdrawal in New York City; special education coordination for Maricopa County Health & Human Services' Head Start delegate; and developmental consultant/team leader with Child Protective Services.


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Joanne Caniglia, Ph.D

Associate Professor 401N White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI

jcanigl1@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

Joanne Caniglia earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics at John Carroll University and her masters in mathematics at Youngstown State University. She was a secondary teacher and department chair in Niles and Akron, Ohio for 12 years and spent time as a graduate researcher at Kent State University where she received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. She taught for 14 years at Eastern Michigan University where she was Professor of Mathematics Education. While there she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Governor's Award for Distinguished Teaching. Her research investigates effective professional development models in urban settings. She is a PI and Co-PI for many National Science Foundation and Board of Regents inititiatives.


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Alicia Crowe, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI - INSS

acrowe@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

I am an Associate Professor of Middle and Secondary Social Studies Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I love to teach and study teaching. It is wonderful to be a part of the growth of new and experienced teachers. I am very interested and do research in teacher education, social studies education, teacher learning, and technology integration in social studies education at both the secondary and pre-service levels.


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Lisa Donnelly, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 401 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI

ldonnell@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. I taught high school biology and K-8 informal science in Indiana before earning my doctorate in science education from Indiana University Bloomington. My research interests center upon the teaching and learning of evolution and the nature of science and how state biology standards support and constrain this teaching and learning. I regularly present and publish on these fascinating topics, and some of my work has appeared in Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Research in Science Education, and International Journal of Science Education. Here at Kent State, I very much enjoy teaching science methods for preservice undergraduate and MAT preservice teachers as well as graduate courses in science education.


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Todd Hawley, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - INSS

thawley1@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

Todd S. Hawley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. His research interests include rationale-development as a core theme of graduate and undergraduate social studies teacher education, and the transformative possibilities of justice-oriented social studies teacher education. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. he taught high school social studies for four years in the Atlanta Public Schools and for three years at Oglethorpe County High School. 


image: William Kist

William Kist, Ph.D

Associate Professor 404 White Hall

Area: TLC - ADED - CI - LE

wkist@kent.edu

http://www.williamkist.com


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Dr. Kristine Pytash

Assistant Professor 404E White Hall

Area: TLC - LE - CI - ADED

kpytash@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

Kristine E. Pytash is an assistant professor in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services, where she co-directs the secondary Integrated Language Arts teacher preparation program. She was a former high school English teacher. Her research focuses on disciplinary writing, the literacy practices of youth in alternative schools and juvenile detention facilities, and preparing preservice teachers to teach writing.