Faculty and Staff

Combining research expertise with teaching experience at the middle and secondary levels, the faculty of the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades prides ourselves on effective teaching, applied research, and undergraduate and graduate programs that are effective, relevant, and research-based.

SMGE faculty members have taught at the middle or secondary levels in a number of U.S. states including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Several SMGE faculty have taught internationally in middle or secondary schools including China, Germany, and Taiwan. We have served various roles in P-12 schools, including Title I coordinator, academic coach, graduation coach, district gifted facilitator, department chair, literacy coach, and assistant principal.

Our department includes faculty with academic expertise in curriculum and instruction, in the core areas of the school curriculum (English/Language Arts, mathematics, the sciences, and social studies), as well as foundational areas including educational psychology, educational research, instructional technology, and special education.

SMGE faculty members are active in professional organizations at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels where we serve as officers, executive board members, editors of journals, and reviewers. We are involved in or regularly present at conference of these organizations.

Faculty

Name
Position
  • Megan Adams

    Megan Adams Assistant Professor of Reading Education

    Megan AdamsPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Reading Education

    Phone: (470) 578-4336
    Email: madam104@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 225


    Dr. Adams focuses on working with adolescents who struggle in reading. She also publishes on issues teachers of reading face.
  • Ann Bennett

    Ann Bennett Assistant Professor of Reading Education

    Ann M. BennettPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Reading Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2249
    Email: abenne92@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 348


    Dr. Bennett's research focuses on countering dominant educational discourses and deficit perspectives affecting marginalized and minoritized communities through the use of photovoice and experimental ethnography. She currently teaches graduate level courses in research methods and reading.
  • Brendan Callahan

    Brendan Callahan Associate Professor of Biology Education

    Brendan CallahanPosition:
    Associate Professor of Biology Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2394
    Email: bcallah7@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 355


    Dr. Callahan's research focuses on the use of socioscientific issues to facilitate scientific literacy.
  • MeiLin Chang

    MeiLin Chang Program Coordinator of SMGE Ed.D and Ed.S

    Mei-Lin ChangPosition:
    Program Coordinator of SMGE Ed.D and Ed.S

    Phone: (470) 578-7795
    Email: mchang6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 356


    Dr. Chang teaches applied quantitative research courses for the Ed.S. and Ed.D programs in the Bagwell College of Education. She currently serves as the co-coordinator of the Ed.S. and Ed.D. program in the Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education.
  • Michael Dias

    Michael Dias Professor of Science Education

    Michael DiasPosition:
    Professor of Science Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2217
    Email: mdias@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 363


    As a science teacher educator, I conduct much of my work in public high schools with aspiring and veteran teachers. Science teacher education, science teacher mentoring, and inquiry learning have been my longstanding research interests.
  • Belinda Edwards

    Belinda Edwards Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

    Belinda EdwardsPosition:
    Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-4727
    Email: bedwards@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 353


    I teach mathematics and mathematics education course at the graduate and undergraduate level. I love what I do.
  • Jillian Ford

    Jillian Ford Associate Professor of Educational Equity

    Jillian FordPosition:
    Associate Professor of Educational Equity

    Phone: (470) 578-3093
    Email: jford43@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 350


    Dr. Ford’s teaching, research, and community involvement centers social justice education, Black feminist studies, and decolonial studies. Her out-of-work passions include reading, utilizing snail mail, laughing, and engaging in warm-weather outdoor activities.
  • Bryan Gillis

    Bryan Gillis Associate Professor of English Education and Literacy

    Bryan GillisPosition:
    Associate Professor of English Education and Literacy

    Phone: (470) 578-2125
    Email: bgillis@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 362


    Dr. Gillis teaches language arts, reading, and classroom management methods courses.
  • Nancy Gillis

    Nancy Gillis Lecturer

    Nancy GillisPosition:
    Lecturer

    Phone: (470) 578-6105
    Email: ngillis1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 1303E


    Ms. Gillis teaches EDUC 2110 and advises undergraduate MGE majors.
  • David Glassmeyer

    David Glassmeyer Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-7867
    Email: dglassme@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 341


    Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education.
  • Nichole Guillory

    Nichole Guillory Professor

    Nichole GuilloryPosition:
    Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-2371
    Email: nguillo1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 364


    Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Chris Holtzendorff

    Chris Holtzendorff Clinical Assistant Professor of Math Education

    Chris HoltzendorffPosition:
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Math Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3154
    Email: choltzen@kennesaw.edu
    Location: MS 007


    Secondary Field Placement Coordinator
  • Daphne Hubbard

    Daphne Hubbard Associate Professor of English Education and Literacy

    Daphne HubbardPosition:
    Associate Professor of English Education and Literacy

    Phone: (470) 578-2884
    Email: dhubbar9@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 361


    I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Secondary and Middle Grades Education and Teacher Leadership, sponsor the Tau Sigma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, and serve as editor of Current Issues in Middle Level Education.
  • Ivan Jorrin Abellan

    Ivan Jorrin Abellan Professor of Educational Research

     Iván M. Jorrín AbellánPosition:
    Professor of Educational Research

    Phone: (470) 578-3389
    Email: ijorrina@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 370


    Dr. Jorrin teaches graduate research courses on Qualitative Research Methods (EDRS-9100, EDRS 8000 & EDRS 9000). His current research is devoted to the study of the educational implications of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning scenarios, with special attention to new ways of evaluating these particular settings.
  • Jihye Kim

    Jihye Kim Assistant Professor of Educational Research (Quantitative Methods)

    Jihye KimPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Educational Research (Quantitative Methods)

    Phone: (470) 578-4904
    Email: jkim192@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 343


    Dr. Kim is an assistant professor of educational research and quantitative methods. She teaches quantitative educational research courses for EDS and EDD programs. Her research lies in quantitative approaches on teacher retention with school leadership, student motivation, students’ performance with teacher effectiveness, use of technologies in class.
  • James Kirwan

    James Kirwan Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

    J. Vince KirwanPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6348
    Email: jkirwan@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 354


    Dr. J. Vince Kirwan teaches mathematics content and methods courses for undergraduate and graduate preservice mathematics teachers. His research focuses on how preservice mathematics teachers integrate their knowledge of mathematics content, pedagogy and student thinking during their preparation, and in what ways this integrated knowledge translates into practice during their early teaching career.
  • Kimberly Loomis

    Kimberly Loomis Professor of Science Education

    Kimberly LoomisPosition:
    Professor of Science Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3388
    Email: kloomis@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 318


    Dr. Loomis teaches middle grades science methods, classroom management, and educational psychology courses. Her primary interests are inquiry teaching and learning, wolf education, and traveling to national parks (Yellowstone and Denali) with teachers.
  • Beth Marks

    Beth Marks Senior Lecturer

    Beth MarksPosition:
    Senior Lecturer

    Phone: (470) 578-3267
    Email: bmarks@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 340


    Teach Education Foundation courses. Coordinate the EDUC 2110 course.
  • Nita Paris

    Nita Paris Professor of Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition & Development)

    Nita ParisPosition:
    Professor of Educational Psychology (Applied Cognition & Development)

    Phone: (470) 578-2882
    Email: nparis@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 360


    Dr. Paris's expertise in middle and secondary education and educational psychology arises from nearly 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in public schools and higher education. She maintains currency of practice through an active teaching, research, and scholarship agenda focused on adolescent development, metaphors of teaching, and metaphors of leadership of practicing educators.
  • Suzanna Roman

    Suzanna Roman Clinical Assistant Professor

    Suzanna RomanPosition:
    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-4494
    Email: sroman1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 346


    I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Secondary and Middle Grades Department. I have a B.S. in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Science Education from Georgia State University.
  • Wendy Sanchez

    Wendy Sanchez Professor of Mathematics Education

    Wendy SanchezPosition:
    Professor of Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6458
    Email: wsanchez@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB344


    Dr. Sanchez joined the Kennesaw State University faculty in 2001 in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science and Mathematics. She joined the Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education in the Bagwell College of Education in 2017.
  • Toni Strieker

    Toni Strieker Professor

    Toni StriekerPosition:
    Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-6593
    Email: tstrieke@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 366


    I am currently working with the Teacher Quality Partnership Project, coordinating EPP-wide Pre-service Co-teaching and Developmental Supervision.
  • Anete Vasquez

    Anete Vasquez Assistant Department Chair of SMGE; Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in English Education

    Anete VásquezPosition:
    Assistant Department Chair of SMGE; Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in English Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3427
    Email: avasque8@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 371


    Dr. Vásquez teaches courses in English/Language Arts and general education in the Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education. Her research interests include all aspects of the clinical preparation of teachers, particularly in the area of preparing teacher candidates to work with diverse learners.
  • Carolyn Wallace

    Carolyn Wallace Professor of Science Education

    Carolyn WallacePosition:
    Professor of Science Education

    Phone: (470) 578-4764
    Email: cwalla50@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 338


    Along with Dr. Chang, I am the Co-coordinator for the Ed. S. and Ed. D. Programs in Secondary and Middle Grades Education. I currently teach graduate courses in curriculum, assessment and science education.
  • Desha Williams

    Desha Williams Interim Chair & Professor of Mathematics Education

    Desha WilliamsPosition:
    Interim Chair & Professor of Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2505
    Email: dwill178@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 371


    My vision in serving as the Interim Chair is to assist faculty and students meet their career and academic goals. My vision as a Professor of Mathematics Education is to assist pre-service and in-service teachers create equitable classrooms where students engage in rigorous mathematics.
  • Binyao Zheng

    Binyao Zheng Professor of Educational Psychology and Research

    Position:
    Professor of Educational Psychology and Research

    Phone: (470) 578-3495
    Email: bzheng@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 359


    Learning Theories, Research, and Multicultural Education
  • Guichun Zong

    Guichun Zong Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

    Guichun ZongPosition:
    Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

    Phone: (470) 578-6747
    Email: gzong@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 358


    My main teaching and research areas of expertise are centered on issues related to curriculum and instruction at secondary and middle school level, as well as teacher education and higher education in general.

Staff

Name
Position
  • Vanessa Cook

    Vanessa Cook Business Operations Professional

    Vanessa CookPosition:
    Business Operations Professional

    Phone: (470) 578-2529
    Email: vcook6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 306


    Ms. Cook supports the Bagwell College of Education with travel requests, p-card purchases and budget related projects.
  • Laquisha Malveaux

    Laquisha Malveaux Administrative Associate I

     Alaine MalveauxPosition:
    Administrative Associate I

    Phone: (470) 578-6314
    Email: lmalveau@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 336


    I perform a wide range of clerical and secretarial tasks for SMGE.
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