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Faculty Directory

Name/Title Program Research Area

Jennifer Adams, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Management
M.S., Global & International Education
Certificate, Education Policy

  • Comparative and international education
  • Poverty and education
  • Educational inequality
  • Educational policy
  • Quantitative methods
  • Survey research methods
  • Chinese education and society
  • Child welfare
  • Migration
  • Sociology of education

Kristen Betts

Kristen Betts, Ed.D.

Clinical Professor

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management

Ed Bureau

W. Edward Bureau, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor and Program Director of the Ed.D. Sacramento

M.S., Educational Administration
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management

Dean Nancy Butler Songer, Ph.D.

Nancy Butler Songer, Ph.D.

Dean and Distinguished University Professor

  • Urban education
  • STEM education
  • Complex scientific reasoning in primary and secondary students

Jamie Callahan

Jamie Callahan, Ed.D.

Clinical Professor

M.S., Human Resource Development
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management

  • Leadership
  • Sociological explorations of emotions occurring in organizational contexts
  • Contextual issues confronting organizations, such as organizational learning, organizational culture, and communities of practice

Holly Carpenter

Holly Carpenter, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

M.S., Higher Education

  • Statewide articulation policy and practice
  • Online/hybrid teaching and learning

Jose Chavez

José Luis Chávez, Ed.D.

Clinical Professor

M.S., Higher Education
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management

  • Leadership in community college systems 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice 
  • Multicultural Education 
  • Online and blended education 
  • Student/faculty recruitment and retention 
  • Community and partnership development 
  • Program assessment and evaluation 
  • Strategic Planning and Accreditation

Ellen Clay

Ellen Clay, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

M.S., Mathematics Learning and Teaching
Ph.D, Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies

  • Supporting teachers in their development of mathematical ideas
  • Transitioning teachers’ mathematical ideas into urban classrooms

Rebecca Clothey

Rebecca Clothey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

M.S., Higher Education

  • Higher education policy
  • Comparative and international education
  • Equity and access
  • Online social activism
  • Community based schools

James Connell

James E. Connell, Jr., Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D

Associate Professor, Clinical Director and Research Fellow, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

M.S., Special Education
M.S., Applied Behavioral Analysis

  • Identifying the variables that influence adult behavior change in community settings
  • Widespread dissemination of evidence-based interventions in school and community settings

D. Brent Edwards, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Management
M.S., Global & International Education

  • Urban education
  • Political economy of education reform
  • Globalization and education
  • Global education policies
  • International organizations and the global governance of education
  • Public/private partnerships in education
  • Participation in educational governance and international development
  • Decentralization/school-based management/community empowerment
  • Civil society in education politics
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Alternative development and alternative approaches to education
  • Education policy analysis and program evaluation
  • Education policy in Latin America and Southeast Asia

Salvatore Falletta

Salvatore Falletta, Ed.D.

Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director, Human Resource Development

M.S., Human Resource Development
Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Management

  • Assessing the validity and reliability of organizational causal models and concomitant survey instruments
  • Developing alternative HRD evaluation models, frameworks, and taxonomies
  • Exploring “HR intelligence” (i.e., people research and analytics practices) within Fortune 1000 firms
  • Training transfer research

Aroutis N. Foster, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

M.S., Learning Technologies
Ph.D., Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies

  • The Human Aspects of Technology and Knowledge: Exploring the cognitive, pedagogical, and experiential affordances of technologies for epistemological advancement and identity exploration.
  • Information Technology Education: Designing, implementing, integrating, and combining technologies for knowledge construction and the exploration of projective identities to possible selves for projective reflection.
  • Model Development and Testing involving game/Immersive environment design and Game-Based Learning to engage learners in formal and informal settings for 21st century learning and civic engagement.

Timothy Fukawa-Connelly

Timothy Fukawa-Connelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

B.S., Secondary Teacher Education
M.S. in Mathematics Learning & Teaching
Ph.D., Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies

  • Undergraduate Mathematics Education
  • Examples of mathematical concepts
  • Proof
  • Proof Presentation
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Statistics Education

Roger Geertz Gonzalez

Roger Geertz Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

M.S., Higher Education, Harrisburg, PA
Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Management, Harrisburg, PA

  • College Student Civic Engagement
  • College Student Identity Development
  • Indigenous Higher Education
  • Latinos and Higher Education
  • Comparative Higher Education Access Policies. Areas/Countries of Research Focus: North America, Latin America, Europe, Japan, and Oceania

Kathy Geller

Kathy D. Geller, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

M.S., Human Resource Development
Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Management

  • Transnational leadership
  • Adult learning
  • Career development

Jacqueline Genovesi

Jacqueline Genovesi, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor-Museum Education

M.S. in Teacher Education

Rajash Ghosh

Rajashi Ghosh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

M.S., Human Resource Development
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management
Ph.D., Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies

  • Mentoring and Leader Development
  • Workplace Incivility
  • Workplace Learning and Development

Rod Githens

Rod P. Githens, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management
M.S., Human Resource Development

John Gould

John M. Gould, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

M.S., Educational Administration
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management

  • Change Leadership
  • Curriculum Re-design
  • Sustainability
  • Impact of Technology on Learning 

Allen Grant

Allen C. Grant, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director, Educational Administration

M.S., Educational Administration
Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Management

  • K-3 Virtual Schooling
  • Virtual School Leadership
  • Collaborative Technologies
  • 21st Century Learning Skills

Mary Jo Grdina

Mary Jo Grdina, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

M.S., Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum
B.S., Secondary Education

  • Science Education
  • Preparation and Professional Development of Science Educators
  • Informal Science Education
  • Physics in Philadelphia
  • Diversity Discourse in On-Line Courses

Dominic Gullo

Dominic F.Gullo, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research
Professor

M.S., Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
B.S., Education

  • Relative and long-range effects of kindergarten and pre-kindergarten experiences on children's achievement and social adaptation to school routine
  • Risk and protective factors in young children who reside in homes of economic poverty in order to develop longitudinal developmental trajectory models for academic and social competence 

Penny Hammrich

Penny Hammrich, Ph.D.

Professor

Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Management
Ph.D., Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies
M.S., Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
B.S., Education

  • Urban Education
  • Science Education
  • Science Literacy
  • Genetics
  • Gender Equity
  • Sport Science
  • Science Knowledge for Conceptual Teaching
  • Conceptual Change Learning

Paul Harrington

Paul Harrington, Ph.D.

Professor

M.S., Higher Education

  • Health Labor Markets
  • Teen and Young Adult Job Access
  • College Labor Market
  • High School to College Transition
  • Drop-Outs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Job Market Transition
  • Disability in the Labor Market
  • Older Workers
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Economic Outlook
  • Immigrants in the College Labor Market
  • Workforce Development, Planning, and Evaluation

Elizabeth Haslam

Elizabeth Haslam, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director of Learning Technologies

M.S., Learning Technologies
Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies

  • New media and innovations for learning
  • Digital video case studies
  • Game-based learning
  • Faculty development across the curriculum

Marlene Hilkowitz

Associate Clinical Professor

DragonsTeach

  • Science teacher education and professional development
  • Aligning informal science education to K-12 curricular needs
  • Using tuning protocols in developing student teacher instructional effectiveness
  • Evaluating instructional resources for science education
  • Increasing pre-service Praxis scores through a self-assessment protocol

Deanna Hill

Deanna Hill, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor and Program Director, Higher Education

M.S., Higher Education

  • Education law and politics
  • Access and equity
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Global and international education

Jen Katz-Buonincontro

Jen Katz-Buonincontro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

M.S., Educational Administration
Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Learning Technologies
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management

  • Leadership development
  • Psychology of developing creative thinking & problem-solving abilities in leaders
  • Role of emotion in cognitive (creative) abilities
  • Online leadership skill building
  • Adult learning.
  • Research methodology: interviewing, observation, grounded theory & constant comparative methodology
  • Case study design
  • Experience sampling methodology
  • Survey & instrument design
  • Creativity and the arts

Kristy Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director of Global and International Education

M.S., Global and International Education
Ph.D., Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies

  • Politics of knowledge
  • Gender and education 
  • Women and educational leadership
  • Feminist pedagogies
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Transnational feminisms
  • Intersectionality
  • Training and adult education
  • Gender policy
  • Race/class/gender/sexuality
  • Vietnam and Southeast Asia

Vera J. Lee, Ed.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

B.S./M.S., Education
ESL Specialist Program

  • Practitioner Research in online courses to explore inservice/preservice teachers’ emerging understandings about issues of diversity.
  • Research on teachers of color in K-12 settings.
  • The development of information/digital literacies of urban youth.
  • Supporting English Language Learners' and immigrant parents' language and literacy formation through sociocultural, linguistic, and culturally responsive approaches.

Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine, J.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director of Educational Policy

Certificate: Educational Policy

  • Relationship between US private sector and not-for-profit funders with K-12 systems and higher education
  • Global/humane/ moral/civics education
  • Holistic approach to urban education

Kristine Lewis Grant

Kristine S. Lewis Grant, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

M.S., Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management

  • Family involvement and student achievement
  • Parent organizing and urban school reform
  • Teaching and learning about multicultural education in online teacher preparation courses

William Lynch

William F. Lynch, Ph.D.

Professor

M.S., Learning Technologies
M.S., Higher Education

Constance Lyttle

Constance Lyttle, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Clinical Professor

M.S., Special Education
Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Learning Technolgies
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management
B.S., Education

  • Positive Communication and Collaboration among Educators, Service Providers and Families of Exceptional Children
  • Legal Rights of Exceptional Children
  • Alternative and Early Dispute Resolution in Special Education
  • Diversity in Education
  • Special Education Transition Services under IDEA

Kenneth Mawritz

Kenneth J. Mawritz, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director of the Ed.D. Pottstown/Blue Bell

Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management

Michel Miller

Michel L. Miller O'Neal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

M.S., Special Education
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management
B.S., Education

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Special Education Leadership
  • Special Education Teacher Support
  • Program Evaluation

Joyce Pittman

Joyce Pittman, Ph.D

Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director of the Ed.D. Harrisburg

M.S., Higher Education
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management

  • Educational and digital equity
  • Online learning pedagogy
  • Learning styles
  • Educational reform, policies and practices/teacher education
  • Instructional technology

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Kathleen Provinzano, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

B.S., Education
M.S., Educational Administration
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management (Online & Philadelphia)

  • Influence of resource extractive industries on rural schools and communities (Marcellus Shale research)
  • Rural community schools
  • Rural school leadership
  • STEM engagement in middle and high rural schools

Fredricka Reisman

Fredricka K.Reisman, Ph.D.

Professor
Program Director of Creativity and Innovation
Director of Drexel/Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation

M.S., Creativity and Innovation

  • Learning K-8 mathematics
  • Becoming aware of creative strengths
  • Applying creativity and innovation to learning in educational and corporate settings
  • Applying creativity and innovation to engineering education

Tina Richardson

Tina Richardson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Minority student development (e.g., recruitment, retention, racial identity, the imposter phenomena)
  • Multicultural competence
  • The impact of international experiences abroad on personal and professional development for educators and students

Lori Severino

Lori Severino, Ed.D

Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director of Special Education

M.S., Special Education
B.S., Education

  • Reading Comprehension strategies
  • Brain research in reading
  • Secondary Reading Assessments 

Jason Silverman

Jason Silverman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Mathematics Learning and Teaching Director, Ph.D. Director

M.S., Mathematics Learning and Teaching
Ph.D. Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies

  • Mathematics teacher education
  • Discourse in mathematics classrooms
  • Technology in mathematics education
  • Community-based teacher professional development
  • Online education

Brian Smith

Brian Smith, Ph.D.

Professor

M.S. in Learning Technologies
Ph.D., Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies

  • Design of computer-based learning environments
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Design sciences
  • Informal learning
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Computational thinking/flexibility

Mary Jean Tecce-DeCarlo

Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, Ed.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

B.S. in Education and Special Education
M.S. in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

  • Early Literacy Development
  • Digital and Information Literacy
  • Learning Differences
  • Knowledge Construction
  • Urban Education

    Sarah Ulrich

    Sarah P. Ulrich, Ed.D.

    Associate Clinical Professor
    Program Director, Teacher Education

    B.S., Education
    M.S., Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

    Sheila Vaidya

    Sheila R. Vaidya, Ph.D.

    Professor

    M.S. Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
    B.S. Teacher Education
    Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies

    • Academic Optimism
    • High Need Schools
    • Developing Content-based Pedagogy

      Hope Yursa

      M. Hope Yursa

      Assistant Clinical Professor

      M.S., Mathematics Learning and Teaching