Faculty and Staff

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

Secondary & Middle Grades Education 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 faculty members have taught internationally in middle or secondary schools, including in 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 inclusive education.

Our faculty 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 peer reviewers. We are involved in or regularly present at the conferences and annual meetings of these organizations.

Faculty

Name
Position
  • Megan Adams

    Megan Adams Associate Professor of Reading Education; Program Coordinator of M.Ed. in Secondary or Middles Grades Education

    Megan AdamsPosition:
    Associate Professor of Reading Education; Program Coordinator of M.Ed. in Secondary or Middles Grades Education

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


    Dr. Adams serves the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education by coordinating the M.Ed. programs and by serving on doctoral committees across the Bagwell College of Education. Her research areas are marginalized children and schools, as well as literacy education.

    Dr. Adams' Faculty Website

  • 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.

    Dr. Bennett is also serving as a Diversity Faculty Fellow in the area of Disability with the Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She has given a TEDx Talk entitled "An Invisible Disability in an Able-Bodied World: The Reality of Living With Type 1 Diabetes" about her experiences living with an invisible disability and chronic illness.

    Dr. Bennett's Faculty Website

  • Brendan Callahan

    Brendan Callahan Associate Professor of Biology Education; Program Coordinator of B.S.Ed. in Secondary Science; Program Coordinator of M.A.T. in Secondary Science

    Brendan CallahanPosition:
    Associate Professor of Biology Education; Program Coordinator of B.S.Ed. in Secondary Science; Program Coordinator of M.A.T. in Secondary Science

    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.

    Dr. Callahan's Faculty Website

  • MeiLin Chang

    MeiLin Chang Associate Professor of Applied Quantitative Research and Educational Analysis; Program Coordinator of Ed.S. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education

    Mei-Lin ChangPosition:
    Associate Professor of Applied Quantitative Research and Educational Analysis; Program Coordinator of Ed.S. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education

    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 the Bagwell College of Education. Her research focuses on the sociocultural and emotional factors in shaping teacher motivation and student engagement.

    Dr. Chang's Faculty Website

  • 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


    At Kennesaw State University, Dr. Dias has been able to integrate his work in science teacher education, science teacher mentoring, and inquiry learning. Now, he is focused on language/literacy in science education and ecojustice/experiential learning.

    In school science and nature study contexts, he works with teachers to cultivate more caring, communal, and educative relationships for all learners.

    Dr. Dias' Faculty Website

  • Belinda Edwards

    Belinda Edwards Professor of Mathematics Education; Honor's Liaison

    Belinda EdwardsPosition:
    Professor of Mathematics Education; Honor's Liaison

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


    Dr. Edwards teaches mathematics and mathematics education courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.

    Dr. Edwards' Faculty Website

  • Jillian Ford

    Jillian Ford Associate Professor of Social Studies Education

    Jillian FordPosition:
    Associate Professor of Social Studies Education

    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.

    Dr. Ford's Faculty Website

  • Rachel Gaines

    Rachel Gaines Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

    Rachel GainesPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

    Phone: (470) 578-2505
    Email: rgaines7@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 371


    Dr. Gaines studies teacher stress, emotions, and perceptions of school climate. She is also interested in how pre-service teachers develop teacher identities in online learning environments.

    Dr. Gaines' Faculty Website

  • Nancy Gillis

    Nancy Gillis Lecturer of Secondary and Middle Grades Education

    Nancy GillisPosition:
    Lecturer of Secondary and Middle Grades Education

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


    Ms. Gillis teaches EDUC 2110: Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education and advises undergraduate Middle Grades Education majors.

    Ms. Gillis' Faculty Website

  • Bryan Gillis

    Bryan Gillis Associate Professor of English Education & Literacy

    Bryan GillisPosition:
    Associate Professor of English Education & Literacy

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


    During his eleven years at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Gillis has served as the Field Experience Coordinator and Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education and was the Executive Director of the KSU Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults for eight years.

    Dr. Gillis has authored two books, Chris Crutcher: A Stotan for Young Adults (with Dr. Pamela Cole) and Sexual Content in Young Adult Literature: Reading between the Sheets. Dr. Gillis' publications have appeared in Teacher Education Quarterly, English Journal, Voices from the Middle, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, The ALAN Review, and Signal Journal. He is the editor of ALAN Picks, a monthly online young adult literature book review page for The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents at NCTE (ALAN) and currently serves as a board member for ALAN.

    Dr. Gillis' Faculty Website

  • David Glassmeyer

    David Glassmeyer Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

    Position:
    Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

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


    Dr. Glassmeyer's Faculty Website
  • Kimberly Gray

    Kimberly Gray Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

    Kim GrayPosition:
    Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

    Phone: (470) 578-2250
    Email: kgray17@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 367


    Dr. Gray holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. She began her teaching career as a middle school teacher in Augusta County, Virginia. She taught at Southern Illinois University before joining the faculty at Kennesaw State University in 2005. Her research interests include integrated curriculum development, pre-service teacher self-efficacy, organizational change, and school-university partnerships with a focus on yearlong internships and clinical practice.

    In 2007, she developed and piloted a yearlong internship experience for Kennesaw State University teacher candidates where they would remain in the same classroom, with the same mentor teacher and students for the entire academic year. That pilot became a program requirement in the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education and has been replicated throughout the Educator Preparation Programs at Kennesaw State University. It was also recognized as an Exemplary Professional Development School in March 2012 by the National Association of Professional Development Schools.

    Dr. Gray's Faculty Website

  • Nichole Guillory

    Nichole Guillory Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

    Nichole GuilloryPosition:
    Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

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


    Dr. Guillory's Faculty Website
  • Daphne Hubbard

    Daphne Hubbard Associate Professor of English Education & Literacy; Program Coordinator of B.S. in Middle Grades Education; Middle Grades Clinical Experience Supervisor

    Daphne HubbardPosition:
    Associate Professor of English Education & Literacy; Program Coordinator of B.S. in Middle Grades Education; Middle Grades Clinical Experience Supervisor

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


    Dr. Hubbard teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Secondary and Middle Grades Education and Teacher Leadership, sponsors the Tau Sigma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, and serves as editor of Current Issues in Middle Level Education.

    Dr. Hubbard's Faculty Website

  • 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-Abellan teaches graduate research courses on Qualitative Research Methods (i.e. EDRS 8000: Applied Quantitative & Qualitative Research, EDRS 9100: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods, & EDRS 9000: Research Seminar: Conceptual Frameworks & Research Design). He has expertise in qualitative research methods with extensive experience teaching and researching innovative uses of technology in Education.

    He has recently developed the Hopscotch Model, a theoretical model and a web-tool to help novice researchers generate solid and well-informed qualitative research designs.

    Dr. Jorrin-Abellan's Faculty Website

  • Jihye Kim

    Jihye Kim Assistant Professor of Educational Research

    Jihye KimPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Educational Research

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


    Dr. Kim teaches quantitative educational research courses for Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs. Her research lies in quantitative approaches on teacher retention with school leadership, student motivation, student's performance with teacher effectiveness, and use of technologies in class.

    Dr. Kim's Faculty Website

  • 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 pre-service mathematics teachers. His research focuses on how pre-service 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.

    Dr. Kirwan's Faculty Website

  • Brian Lawler

    Brian Lawler Associate Professor of Mathematics Education; Program Coordinator of B.S.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics; Program Coordinator of M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics

    Brian R. LawlerPosition:
    Associate Professor of Mathematics Education; Program Coordinator of B.S.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics; Program Coordinator of M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics

    Phone: (470) 578-4235
    Email: blawler4@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 349


    Dr. Lawler's scholarship focuses on equity issues in mathematics education, in particular the ways in which power and knowledge intertwine to govern the learner's mathematical identity. More precisely, his research examines the personal epistemologies of adolescent mathematicians: Do high school math students see themselves as mathematical authors? He also taught high school for nine years.

    Dr. Lawler's Faculty Website

  • Kimberly Loomis

    Kimberly Loomis Professor of Science Education

    Kimberly LoomisPosition:
    Professor of Science Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3388
    Email: kloomis@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 369


    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.

    Dr. Loomis' Faculty Website

  • Beth Marks

    Beth Marks Senior Lecturer of Secondary & Middle Grades Education

    Beth MarksPosition:
    Senior Lecturer of Secondary & Middle Grades Education

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


    Mrs. Marks teaches Education Foundation courses and coordinates the EDUC 2110: Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education course.

    Mrs. Marks' Faculty Website

  • Nita Paris

    Nita Paris Professor of Educational Psychology

    Nita ParisPosition:
    Professor of Educational Psychology

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


    Dr. Paris' 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.

    Dr. Paris' Faculty Website

  • Suzanna Roman

    Suzanna Roman Clinical Assistant Professor of Science Education; Math and Science Education Field Experience Coordinator

    Suzanna RomanPosition:
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Science Education; Math and Science Education Field Experience Coordinator

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


    Ms. Roman has a B.S. in Biology and a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in Science Education from Georgia State University. Her research interests include science teacher preparation that focuses on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and English Language Learners.

    Ms. Roman's Faculty Website

  • 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 & Middle Grades Education in the Bagwell College of Education in 2017.

    Dr. Sanchez's Faculty Website

  • Susan Stockdale

    Susan Stockdale Professor of Educational Psychology

    Position:
    Professor of Educational Psychology

    Phone: (470) 578-2060
    Email: sstockda@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 342


     
  • Toni Strieker

    Toni Strieker Professor of Special Education; Program Coordinator of M.Ed. in Reading

    Toni StriekerPosition:
    Professor of Special Education; Program Coordinator of M.Ed. in Reading

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


    Dr. Strieker is currently working with the Teacher Quality Partnership Project, coordinating EPP-wide Pre-service Co-teaching and Developmental Supervision.

    Dr. Strieker's Faculty Website

  • Anete Vasquez

    Anete Vasquez Interim Department Chair of Secondary & Middle Grades Education; Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

    Anete VásquezPosition:
    Interim Department Chair of Secondary & Middle Grades Education; Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

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


    Dr. Vasquez teaches courses in English/language arts and general education in the Department of Secondary & 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.

    Dr. Vasquez's Faculty Website

  • Carolyn Wallace

    Carolyn Wallace Professor of Science Education; Program Coordinator of Ed.D. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education

    Carolyn WallacePosition:
    Professor of Science Education; Program Coordinator of Ed.D. in Secondary or Middle Grades Education

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


    Along with Dr. Chang, Dr. Wallace co-coordinates the Ed.S. and Ed.D. programs in Secondary or Middle Grades Education. Dr. Wallace currently teaches graduate courses in curriculum, assessment, and science education.

    Dr. Wallace's Faculty Website

  • 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


    Dr. Zheng's focuses are Learning Theories, Research, and Multicultural Education.

    Dr. Zheng's Faculty Website

  • Guichun Zong

    Guichun Zong Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

    Guichun ZongPosition:
    Professor of Curriculum & Instruction

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


    Dr. Zong's main teaching and research areas of expertise are centered on issues related to curriculum and instruction at the secondary and middle school levels, as well as teacher education and higher education, in general.

    Dr. Zong's Faculty Website

Staff

Name
Position
  • Laquisha Malveaux

    Laquisha Malveaux Administrative Associate II

     Alaine MalveauxPosition:
    Administrative Associate II

    Phone: (470) 578-6314
    Email: lmalveau@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 372


    Alaine performs a wide range of clerical and secretarial tasks and provides administrative support to the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education in the Bagwell College of Education.
  • Theresa Meyer

    Theresa Meyer Administrative Associate I

    Terry MeyerPosition:
    Administrative Associate I

    Phone: (470) 578-6314
    Email: tmeyer11@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 336


    Terry provides administrative support to the Department of Secondary & Middle Grades Education in the Bagwell College of Education.
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