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Assistant Professor Amber Beisly wrote an op-ed for The Tulsa World on the best ways to keep children engaged during holiday breaks. Click Here to Read More

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Assistant Professor Junghee Choi published the article “Institutional Striving and Gender Equity in Faculty Salaries and Employment,” in American Educational Research Journal. Click Here to Read Article

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Associate Professor Erin Casey and Assistant Professor Courtney Dewhirst published “Listening to mothers’ voices of children’s play challenges and changes during social distancing” in Journal of Early Childhood Research.

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A paper co-authored by Associate Professor Timothy Ford was featured in the Education Week article "Principals or Peers: Who Should Evaluate Teachers?"

Ford co-authored the paper, “Does It Matter Who Evaluates Teachers? Principal Versus Teacher-Led Evaluation and Teacher Motivation,” with Alyson L. Lavigne, an associate professor at Utah State University. The paper was published in Educational Policy.

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Associate Professor Ben Heddy published the article “Everyday engineering: The effects of transformative experience in middle school engineering” with co-authors Robert W. Danielson, Kelly Ross and Jacqueline A. Goldman (M.Ed. 2015; Ph.D. 2018) in The Research Journal for Engineering Education. Click Here to Read Article

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Professor Crag Hill co-edited Level Land: Poems For and About the I35 Corridor. Many folks think of the middle of the country as "flyover country." Level Land: Poetry for and About the I35 Corridor, dispels this myth. Included in this expansive anthology are poems from authors of diverse backgrounds from the southern border of Laredo, Texas, up to the Canadian border in Minnesota. The volume includes poems from people from all walks of life, from college professors to community performers, in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish and indigenous languages (including Kiowa), about a variety of subjects, all inspired by the cultural and geographic landscape of this unique region of America. Level Land re-defines flyover country, instead, as a creative corridor filled with the vibrancy of life. Click Here for Book

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Professor Diane Horm, along with Early Childhood Education Institute staff Shinyoung Jeon, Moira V. Clavijo and Melissa Acton, published “Kindergarten through Grade 3 Outcomes Associated with Participation in High-Quality Early Care and Education: A RCT

Follow-Up Study” in Education Sciences.
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Associate Professor Brittany Hott served as editor on the recently published book Quality Instruction and Intervention: Strategies for Secondary Educators. Click Here to learn more about the book.

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“Testing a holistic conceptual framework for early childhood teacher well-being” has been recognized as a top-cited paper and most popular paper by Journal of School Psychology. Associate Professors Kyong-Ah Kwon and Timothy Ford are two of the paper's authors; the paper was published by the Happy Teacher Project team in 2021.

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Assistant Professor Corey Peltier's article "Meta-analyses and effect sizes in applied behavior analysis: A review and discussion" in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis was honored by the Wiley publishing company as a top-cited article in 2021-22.

A research brief from the Tulsa SEED Study was published in December exploring teachers' experiences following COVID-19 school closures and the subsequent return to in-person learning. The recent findings suggest that a year after schools fully re-opened, teachers faced unprecedented levels of job stress as they struggled to bring their students back up to grade level, manage challenging behaviors and support children’s wellbeing in the face of unpredictable daily circumstances and teaching demands. These findings underscore the urgent need to invest in supports for teachers as agents of recovery for their students. Click Here to Read Brief

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Assistant Professor Richard Velasco was selected as one of 24 early-career mathematics education scholars accepted into the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators’ STaR Fellows Program. The STaR Program is an early career induction program for faculty in mathematics education in institutions of higher education. The goal of the program is to support the development of early career math educators, including their induction into the professional community of university-based teacher educators and researchers in mathematics education. More information on the STaR Fellows Program may be found here.


Velasco, along with colleagues at Texas Tech University and California Polytechnic State University, recently published “Stand out and speak up: Exploring empowerment perspectives among advocacy activities of STEM teachers in the US” in Teacher Development. Click Here To Read

Students and Alumni

Special education doctoral students Julie Altwood, Amanda Bowers, Bre Martin, Jasmine Justus, Kevin Muns and Sarah Heiniger presented at the Division on Autism and Development Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Their panels shared strategies for effectively supporting students in less structured school settings and evidence-aligned coaching practices to support teachers in delivering effective instruction and intervention. 

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Educational psychology doctoral student Dani Berry received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award. Berry will receive a stipend from the NSF to support her research and living expenses while she completes her doctoral degree at OU. This is an extremely competitive award with approximately 12,000 Ph.D. students from across the country submitting applications, and only 2,000 applications were funded. Her submitted research proposal is titled “Measuring pre-service teachers’ experiences with cognitive load during math instruction and its consequences for efficacy, burnout, and retention: A multi-study and multi-method investigation.”

Rachael Capua (M.Ed. 2011) was named dean of Tarleton State University’s 80-acre Fort Worth campus along Chisholm Trail Parkway and vice president for external operations. Click Here to Read More

Katherine Curry (Ed.D. 2011) was appointed State of Oklahoma Secretary of Education by Gov. Kevin Stitt in April 2023. She taught high school English in Texas for three years before moving into administrative positions at the building[CJL1]  and district levels. After a graduate research position at OU, Curry accepted a tenure track faculty position at OSU in 2011. At OSU, she taught master’s and doctoral courses in the College of Education and Human Sciences, most recently as a professor and program coordinator of the Educational Leadership/School Administration Program. Click Here to Read More

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Special Education doctoral student and Newcastle Public Schools Special Education Director Angie Green, along with principal Jennifer Rosenbloom, are part of the Newcastle Public Schools Early Childhood Center receiving the Exemplary Special Education Program Award from the American Council on Rural Special Education.  They received the award at the ACRES Conference in Pittsburgh.

Dan S. Hobbs (M.Ed. 1958; Ph.D. 1969) passed away on Jan. 12, 2023. While a graduate student, he served as principal and interim director of the University of Oklahoma Laboratory School and as coordinator of certification and teacher placement in the College of Education. He graduated from OU with a doctor of philosophy degree in 1969.


In 1961, Hobbs began a 27-year career with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in Oklahoma City, where he served in several capacities, including a year in 1977-78 as interim chancellor of the State Regents for Higher Education. He retired from the organization in 1988, with the title of vice chancellor emeritus. Click Here to Read More

Bo Liu (Ph.D. 2023) is the recipient of this year's Chinese Language Teachers Association Yao Memorial Award for his conference paper based on his dissertation research. CLTA is the most influential professional organization for Chinese as a world language education in the United States. He presented his dissertation research and received the award at the CLTA spring conference in March.

Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision master’s degree student Tom McHugh was featured in a front-page story in The Tulsa World about college graduates staying in Oklahoma. Click Here to Read

Lorna Mahlock (M.Ed. 1997) became the first Black woman to hold the position of two-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her nomination passed Senate approval in December 2022. Click Here to Read More

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Mathematics education graduate student Ashly Powell and Assistant Professor Richard Velasco’s collaborative proposal, “Unincorporated: A duoethnography of rehumanizing mathematics from Guåhan and the US Virgin Islands,” has been accepted for presentation at the 12th International Conference of Mathematics Education and Society, to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, in July. MES was established in 1998 to satisfy the need for a wider discussion of the social and political dimensions of mathematics education, for disseminating theoretical frameworks, discussing methodological issues, sharing and discussing research, planning for action, and developing a strong research network. The MES Conferences aim to bring together mathematics educators from around the world to provide such a forum as well as to offer a platform on which to build future collaborative activity.

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Special Education doctoral student Courtney Tennell was named an Office of Special Education Programs Scholar of the Month for February 2023. Tennell is an OSEP Scholar in the Leaders for Transition grant. Now in her third year, she is studying transition outcomes of Indigenous students and has approximately five publications with more in review. Tennell just received a small research grant from CEC - Division on Career Development and Transition to conduct a Delphi study of skills and behavior of Indigenous students to help with their transition out of high school and into postsecondary education/employment. Her advisor is Kendra L. Williams-Diehm, Ph.D., BCBA, FAAIDD.

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English language arts education undergraduate Lena Walker has been awarded a Summer 2023 Provost’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Fellowship. Walker’s qualitative research project, under the supervision of Assistant Professor Julianne Kershen, aims to recruit a small group of high school students to collaborate in June in a book club focused on shared reading of young adult novels about gun violence. Her project is called “Switch the Narrative.” They will attend the English Language Arts Teacher Educators Conference in Atlanta in July, presenting on the creation of healing spaces in shared reading of YA discussing gun violence.