EECE Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education possess a broad range of expertise in research and curriculum development, including, but not limited to:

  • Preparing teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse learning environments
  • Differentiating instruction
  • Promoting literacy across the content areas
  • Developing students’ critical thinking skills
  • STEM education
  • Social justice education
  • Appreciating human diversity

Our faculty also have expertise in online learning and course development.

Through the use of a continuous improvement process, faculty and staff strive to enhance the quality of our undergraduate and graduate programs through the redesign of course requirements and field experiences that address the rigor of the standards provided by national content organizations, as well as the ever-changing demands of the 21st century.

Name
Position
  • Erin Adams

    Erin Adams Assistant Professor

    Erin AdamsPosition:
    Assistant Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-2781
    Email: eadams55@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3003


    I primarily teach courses on social studies methods and classroom communities. I am interested in the teaching and learning of economics, discourses about work in schools, and using poststructural theories to understand our socio-economic contexts.
  • Theresa Alviar

    Theresa Alviar Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

    Theresa Alviar-MartinPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

    Phone: (470) 578-5066
    Email: talviar@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3205


    My research and teaching examine curriculum and teachers within the context of democratic schooling in a multicultural, global age.
  • Sohyun An

    Sohyun An Associate Professor

    Sohyun AnPosition:
    Associate Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-6718
    Email: san2@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3013A


    I am an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education. My work is informed by scholarship on critical race theory, AsianCrit, parentcrit, social justice education, and global citizenship education. As a critical race scholar, elementary social studies teacher educator, and mother of Asian American children, I teach and research with a hope for anti-racist, anti-oppressive school and society for all children. My ongoing longitudinal project is a parentcrit/critical race parenting research in which I a parent-researcher seek to learn from my child-participants regarding how children make sense of and respond to race/ism and white supremacy in school and society.
  • Anna Arias

    Anna Arias Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education

    Phone: (470) 578-5257
    Email: aarias5@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3102


     
  • Mary Basch

    Mary Basch Senior Lecturer of Early Childhood Education

    Katy BaschPosition:
    Senior Lecturer of Early Childhood Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2511
    Email: mbasch@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3213


    I have taught in ECE for the past 15 years, primarily focusing on Literacy courses. My research interests are in early literacy and digital literacy.
  • Douglas Bell

    Douglas Bell Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

    Douglas BellPosition:
    Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

    Phone: (470) 578-2267
    Email: dbell22@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3019A


    My research and teaching focus on best practices working with young children. I have a strong emphasis on early care administration, infant/toddler quality, young dual language learners, early literacy, challenging behaviors, and supporting social emotional development in the classroom.
  • Debra Coffey

    Debra Coffey Associate Professor

    Debra CoffeyPosition:
    Associate Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-3387
    Email: dcoffey1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3021


     
  • Neporcha Cone

    Neporcha Cone Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department Chair, Associate Professor of Science Education

    Neporcha ConePosition:
    Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department Chair, Associate Professor of Science Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6445
    Email: ncone@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3009


    I am the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Science Education. I am committed to fostering an environment that supports the educational excellence of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Stacy Delacruz

    Stacy Delacruz Associate Professor of ECE Literacy

    Stacy DelacruzPosition:
    Associate Professor of ECE Literacy

    Phone: (470) 578-6626
    Email: sdelacru@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3007


    My research expertise is K-12 digital literacy, focusing on digital equity, multiliteracies, and embedding technology tools into literacy teaching and learning. I have presented at ISTE, ILA, LRA, etc., and have published in journals such as Techtrends: Linking Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, and The Journal of Reading Education. I also currently serve as the President-Elect of the Organization of Teacher Educators in Literacy, a special interest group of the International Literacy Association.
  • Roberta Gardner

    Roberta Gardner Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy Education

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy Education

    Phone: (470) 578-4885
    Email: rgardn21@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3113


    My literacy research focuses on high-needs communities of color, and includes issues related to identity, critical perspectives on children's andyoung adult literature, and transformative literacy practices in school-family, and community contexts.
  • Linda Grant

    Linda Grant Lecturer of Birth through Kindergarten

    Position:
    Lecturer of Birth through Kindergarten

    Phone: (470) 578-6121
    Email: lgrant50@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3008


    I have been a teacher educator for over 20 years, and currently teach child development and early childhood curriculum courses. I also have specialized training in infant and toddler development and curriculum, dual language learners, and professional learning communities. My research interests are feminist/womanist perspectives on early childhood education, pedagogical approaches of African American early childhood educators and the child's role in teacher education.
  • Paula Guerra

    Paula Guerra Assistant Professor

    Paula Guerra HeadshotPosition:
    Assistant Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-7590
    Email: pguerra2@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3015


    Mathematics Education
  • Jessica Hale

    Jessica Hale Lecturer of Mathematics Education

    Position:
    Lecturer of Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3460
    Email: jhale44@kennesaw.edu
    Location: BEB 318


    I am a lecturer of Mathematics Education in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I learn alongside our students as an instructor in our math methods and math content courses for undergraduate elementary education majors. My teaching and research focus on issues of equity in mathematics teaching and learning.
  • Amy Hillen

    Amy Hillen Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

    Position:
    Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6103
    Email: ahillen@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3114


     
  • Shannon Howrey

    Shannon Howrey Associate Professor of Reading and Literacy Education

    Shannon HowreyPosition:
    Associate Professor of Reading and Literacy Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3215
    Email: showrey@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3105


    I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy methods and coordinate the graduate reading endorsement program. My research interests are in how children's literature impacts both teacher educators and children, particularly in terms of intercultural understandings and resilience skills, respectively. I also do research in helping to teachers to use technology for reading more effectively.
  • Lateefah Id-Deen

    Lateefah Id-Deen Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-7536
    Email: liddeen@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3214


    I am an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I teach mathematics methods courses for undergraduate elementary education majors. My research examines vulnerable students’ identities and perspectives to enhance student-teacher relationships and their sense of belonging in mathematics classrooms.
  • Virginie Jackson

    Virginie Jackson Lecturer of Reading and Literacy Education

    Virginie JacksonPosition:
    Lecturer of Reading and Literacy Education

    Phone: (470) 578-5016
    Email: vjacks33@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3121


    I teach undergraduate reading methods, reading assessments, and pre-school curriculum courses. My research focuses on early literacy and critical literacy development of young learners through digital literacy and the integration of the arts.
  • Raynice Jean-Sigur

    Raynice Jean-Sigur Assoc. Professor of ECE/ Teacher Leadership Program Coordinator

    Raynice Jean-SigurPosition:
    Assoc. Professor of ECE/ Teacher Leadership Program Coordinator

    Phone: (470) 578-4475
    Email: rjeansig@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3019B


     I, along with my colleagues, launched the Birth through Kindergarten (B-K) undergraduate degree program and served as program coordinator for several years. My research interests include diversity in Early Childhood Education, families and children with medical/special needs and teacher preparation /leadership for early care and learning providers. I am currently the program coordinator for the graduate programs in Teacher Leadership.
  • Monique Johnson

    Monique Johnson Lecturer in Birth to Kindergarten program

    Monique JohnsonPosition:
    Lecturer in Birth to Kindergarten program

    Phone: (470) 578-6123
    Email: mjohn502@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3018


    I am a full time lecturer in the Birth to Kindergarten program.I also teach courses as part of the Teacher Preparation Program.
  • Charlease Kelly-Jackson

    Charlease Kelly-Jackson Associate Professor of Science Education

    Charlease Kelly-JacksonPosition:
    Associate Professor of Science Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6119
    Email: ckellyja@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3104


    I am an Associate Professor of Science Education and a former A.T.O.M.S Center STEM Faculty Fellow. I teach mainly science methods (EECE 4402); however, I have experience teaching science content (ISCI 2002). My research and creative activities focus on STEM education as it relates to women and minority representation and professional development schools, and culturally relevant pedagogy in science education.
  • Yanghee Kim

    Yanghee Kim Associate Professor of Birth through K Education

    Yanghee KimPosition:
    Associate Professor of Birth through K Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6781
    Email: ykim44@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3020


    Currently I teach Creative Curriculum; Family, School, and Community Collaboration; International Approaches to ECE; and Approaches to Early Learning. My main research interest focuses on the creation of school environment that maximizes the engagement of families, especially minority families. I have published my research with Childhood Education, Early Child Development and Care, Early Years, Educational Research Review, Health Care for Woman International, Journal of Educational Research, and Teaching and Teacher Education.
  • Jinhee Kim

    Jinhee Kim Assistant Professor

    Jinhee KimPosition:
    Assistant Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-6619
    Email: jkim224@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3109


    My research and teaching focus on challenging the taken-for-granted teaching practices embedded in curriculum and analysis of discourses that teachers have toward marginalized children.
  • Ethel King-McKenzie

    Ethel King-McKenzie Associate Professor

    Ethel L. L. King-McKenziePosition:
    Associate Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-6237
    Email: ekingmck@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3115


    Teach social studies methods and any other subject assigned by the chair.
  • Lee Langub

    Lee Langub Assistant Chair; Associate Professor of Curriculum & Assessment

    Lee LangubPosition:
    Assistant Chair; Associate Professor of Curriculum & Assessment

    Phone: (470) 578-3126
    Email: llangub@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3010


    Dr. Langub is the recipient of a 2014 Effective Practice Award honoring innovation in online education from the Sloan-Consortium, and is the Kennesaw State University nominee for the University System of Georgia Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Online Teaching for fiscal year 2015. 

    Dr. Langub's research interests include technology integration in the K-5 classroom, online teaching pedagogy, and teaching strategies for effective teacher education. 

  • Gwen McAlpine

    Gwen McAlpine Associate Professor

    Gwen McAlpinePosition:
    Associate Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-3570
    Email: gmcalpin@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3117


    Dr. Gwen McAlpine is the Coordinator for the Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been a full-time Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University since 2000, teaching undergraduate, graduate, and study abroad courses and coaching and supervising student teachers.
  • Susanna Molitoris-Miller

    Susanna Molitoris-Miller Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

    Susanna Molitoris-Miller HeadshotPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-7641
    Email: smolitor@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3219


    I teach mathematics content courses for Elementary Education Majors. I enjoy sharing my love of math and work to replace students' fear and anxieties with passion and understanding. My research focuses on exploring effective, sometimes non-traditional, ways for students to learn new mathematical concepts.
  • Marrielle Myers

    Marrielle Myers Assistant Professor

    Marrielle MyersPosition:
    Assistant Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-4752
    Email: mmyers22@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3119


    I am an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I teach math methods courses and math content courses for undergraduate elementary education majors. My research focuses on how new teachers enact equitable teaching practices in their instruction.
  • J. Scott Ritchie

    J. Scott Ritchie Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Affiliated Faculty in Gender and Women's Studies

    Scott RitchiePosition:
    Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Affiliated Faculty in Gender and Women's Studies

    Phone: (470) 578-6958
    Email: sritchie@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3123


    I am an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education. I teach and conduct qualitative research on social justice and decolonial teacher education, critical literacies, culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies, masculinity studies, and gender and sexual diversity.
  • Sanjuana Rodriguez

    Sanjuana Rodriguez Assistant Professor

    Sanjuana RodriguezPosition:
    Assistant Professor

    Phone: (470) 578-2809
    Email: srodri51@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3023


    Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy Education
  • Nora Schlesinger

    Nora Schlesinger Assistant Professor of Reading Education

    Nora SchlesingerPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Reading Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3908
    Email: nschlesi@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3005


    I am an Assistant Professor of Reading Education. My research interests include literacy acquisition and reading impairments. I have special interests in spelling and writing, and teacher training.
  • Camille Sutton-Brown-Fox

    Camille Sutton-Brown-Fox Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6927
    Email: csuttonb@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3108


    I am an assistant professor of Educational Research. My expertise lies in qualitative inquiry, participatory action research, visual methods, transnational feminism, international development, and photovoice methodology. I have conducted research in several community-based development settings, including a multi-site photovoice study on women's empowerment in the context of microfinance in the West African nation of Mali. My current research agenda focuses on integrating democratic research processes to explore topics related to social justice.
  • Natasha Thornton

    Natasha Thornton Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy Education

    Position:
    Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3899
    Email: nthornt6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3110


     
  • Ike Ukeje

    Ike Ukeje Professor of Education

    Position:
    Professor of Education

    Phone: (470) 578-3640
    Email: iukeje@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3125


    Professor of Elementary Childhood Education, Former, Assistant to the Vice President of Research, Former Chair, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Jennifer Ward

    Jennifer Ward Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education

    Jennifer Ward HeadshotPosition:
    Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education

    Phone: (470) 578-7875
    Email: jward105@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3211


    I am an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. My research focuses on teaching mathematics to young children (Birth through Grade 3) through a social justice lens. I also focus on working with pre-service and in-service teachers to teach mathematics in early childhood settings.
  • Mark Warner

    Mark Warner Professor of Elementary Education

    Mark WarnerPosition:
    Professor of Elementary Education

    Phone: (470) 578-6118
    Email: mwarner8@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3107


    Dr. Mark Warner has taught social studies, curriculum and assessment, research methodology, and technology integration courses at the university level for 25 years. His primary research interest is integrating problem based learning and technology into the 21st century classroom. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Warner was a school principal and taught grades 5-8 math, social studies, and language arts for 15 years.

Staff

Name
Position
  • Andrea Douglas

    Andrea Douglas Administrative Associate II

    Andrea DouglasPosition:
    Administrative Associate II

    Phone: (470) 578-6121
    Email: apearso9@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3008A


    I provide administrative support for the department. I also collaborate with various departments throughout the Bagwell College. 
  • Natalie Rovetto

    Natalie Rovetto Administrative Associate II

    Natalie RovettoPosition:
    Administrative Associate II

    Phone: (470) 578-6121
    Email: nrovetto@kennesaw.edu
    Location: KH 3008B


    I provide administrative support for the department. I also collaborate with various departments throughout the Bagwell College.
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