CULT Student

Suliman taught high school English for three years before becoming a faculty member at the university level in his home country of Saudi Arabia. After finishing his PhD, he will return to Saudi Arabia to teach foundational courses to pre-service and in-service teachers . Hence, he is interested in teacher identity, teacher morale, and teacher...

TIANHONG ZHANG Tianhong is interested in the relationships among international and domestic students in secondary education settings, and how those relationships may best be cultivated. Historically, international students were afterthoughts for universities. They were welcome as revenue sources, but not particularly courted. Now recognized as a...

Danielle is interested in how live arts events work to educate attendees for political action. She is particularly interested in how theatre works to increase audience awareness of others and how this awareness prepares publics for participation in the American democratic process. Danielle is also interested in exploring informal educational...

Cultural Foundations is a perfect combination of Jillian's interests in diverse realms of education (not just schooling) and social, political, and economic aspects that intersect.  Her fellow doctoral colleagues and faculty members have also served as a second family to her and are a great support system. Jillian's research interests are the...

Leah is researching writing centers in relation to student success.  Writing centers are a support service for students. As a support service, writing centers are expected to aid in bridging the gap between what students know and what they need to know in order to persist in post-secondary education. While this seems like a service all...

For women, studying in a foreign country carries implications for their sense of identity -- namely, the way they choose to practice their agency and view themselves as well as their intimate attachments and identifications with family, traditions, landscapes, and society. The changes that international students experience lead them to live in a...

Ryan is interested in the purposes of formal schooling, especially as a site for the development of student values. He is exploring how teachers in comprehensive or introverted communities identify their role in cultivating student identity and autonomy in a pluralistic, democratic society.  

SHUJUAN LUO Shujuan is engaged in two studies right now:             The study of entrepreneurship education in American high schools. Shujuan has followed the entrepreneurship program provided by the organization Youth Opportunity Unlimited (youthopportunities.org) for one year and was amazed by the entrepreneurship courses they give...

Dana is exploring the answers to these questions: To whom is access to higher education granted?  Who is not accessing higher education? Should “college” be promoted for all?  What are societal & democratic implications?  If not, then how is it determined who should go to college? Given over 70 years of federal investments in...

Kate is exploring the development of student voice and agency through student media production. Student voices are potentially a powerful force in bridging gaps in inequity through intercultural exchange which challenges political and educational mindsets. Kate seeks to find the most effective methods of encouraging intercultural deliberation...