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Faculty in Ed.D. Program

The Ed.D. faculty comprises prominent researchers in such areas as elementary and secondary education, school administration, educational leadership, K-12 and higher education policy, educational technology, and special education. 

Full Member: Eligible for Committee Member & Major Professor
Associate Member: Eligible for Committee Member

 


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   Dr. Stacie Austin (Full Member)
   Assistant Professor 
   George T Walker Hall 2-134
   (318) 342-1482
   saustin@ulm.edu 

 


Areas of Expertise:
 

Dr. Austin earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2019. She began her teaching career in 2002 and has teaching experience ranging from pre-k to graduate school in general elementary education, elementary and middle school art, undergraduate and graduate level courses. Along with teaching in an academic setting, Dr. Austin is also an artist and 225hr Registered Holy Yoga Instructor and enjoys implementing mindfulness practices in and out of the classroom.  Her research interests include creative pedagogy, social emotional learning, and arts integration.

 

 

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   Dr. Jeremy Bell (Full Member)
   Assistant Professor of Special Education
   George T Walker Hall 2-135
   (318) 342-1272
   jebell@ulm.edu 

 

Areas of Expertise: 

Dr. Bell received his Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at Louisiana State University, Shreveport in 2020.  He began teaching in 2001 and has experience teaching social studies and special education. In 2016, he began working as an educational diagnostician and gifted coordinator.  He has taught in all grade levels and has worked in leadership capacities in multiple schools. He now coordinates the special education programs, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, gifted education, and educational technology.  He has interests in all things special education including educational diagnosis, learning disabilities, educational technology, and gifted education.

 

 

ChuDr. Yiting Chu (Full Member)
Assistant Professor 
George T Walker Hall 2-31 
(318) 342-1254 
chu@ulm.edu

 

 Areas of Expertise: 

Dr. Chu earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Chu's research lies in the intersections of cultural diversity, social justice, and teacher education, with the goals of preparing and sustaining culturally responsive and equity- and justice-oriented teachers in and for minoritized and marginalized communities.

 

 

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   Dr. Heather Kennedy (Associate Member)
   Field Experience and Residency Coordinator
   George T Walker Hall 2-40
   (318) 342-1882
   hkennedy@ulm.edu

 

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Kennedy earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Louisiana Monroe in 2019. She began her teaching career in 2010 and has teaching experience in early childhood and elementary general education classrooms. She currently teaches in the elementary education program and is the Field Experience and Residency Coordinator in the School of Education. Her research interests include early field experience, teacher residency experiences, co-planning and co-teaching models used in the classroom.

 

 

ImageDr. Kioh Kim (Full Member)
Professor
George T Walker Hall 2-35
(318) 342-1277
kim@ulm.edu

 

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Kim earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Wyoming in 2005. He has been teaching since 1992 in K-12, college undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Kim’s research interests include pre/in-service teachers’ technology integration into their classroom and training pre/in-service teachers computer-based technology.

 

 

Dr. Koers  Dr. Gregory Koers (Full Member)
  Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
  George T Walker Hall 2-26 
  (318) 342-1292
  koers@ulm.edu

 

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Greg Koers received a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Education and Human Resource Studies, an M.A. from the University of Montana in Political Science, and a B.S. from Central Michigan University with a double major in Anthropology and Sociology.  His area of research focus is with educational leadership, policy, and politics and research methodology. Prior to assuming professional responsibilities as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana Monroe, Dr. Koers was a middle school assistant principal and principal in Southern Colorado.  In that capacity, he facilitated a number of systemic changes centered on the implementation of instructional coaching, the development of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and a restorative justice approach to school discipline. 

 

 

myra lovettDr. Myra Lovett (Full Member)
Assistant Professor 
George T Walker Hall 2-130 
(318) 342-1271 
mlovett@ulm.edu

 

 Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Lovett earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2014. She has been teaching elementary and middle school since 1998, and now teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Education. She is also the Director of the School of Education. Dr. Lovett’s research interests include educational decision-making, pre/in-service teachers’ instructional strategies; co-teaching; and training pre/in-service teachers on best practices.  

 

 

ImageDr. Shalanda Stanley (Full Member)
Assistant Professor
George T Walker Hall 2-139
(318) 342-1270
sstanley@ulm.edu

 

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Stanley earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in reading and literacy education from Louisiana State University in 2012. She has been teaching elementary school since 1998, and now teaches undergraduate and graduate reading and special education methods courses in the School of Education. Dr. Stanley's research interests include best practices in reading, writing and literacy. 

 

melissa warrDr. Melissa Warr (Full Member)
Assistant Professor
Geroge T Walker Hall
(318) 680-5698
warr@ulm.edu  

 

Areas of Expertise:

 

Dr. Warr received her PhD. in Learning, Literacies, and Technologies from Arizona State University. Her research blends teacher education, design, creativity, and technology. She is currently exploring design perspectives in teaching and teacher education, including how teachers develop multimodal literacies through digital technologies. She also explores creative design approaches to helping teachers address problems of practice, including applying creative tools to support teachers in making sense of their practice.  She is a violinist and regularly performs with religious and community groups.

 

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Dr. Sandra Watson (Full Member)
Associate Professor
George T Walker Hall  
(318) 342-1266
swatson@ulm.edu

 

 

 

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Watson earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a STEM Emphasis from Georgia Southern University in 2002. She served ten years as a high school teacher of physical science and biology, has worked in higher education for 15 years as a science educator, served as a UTeach Co-director at the University of TN at Chattanooga and the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She teaches undergraduate, and graduate courses in STEM education, and serves on doctoral committees. Her research interests include multiculturalism and equity in the science classroom, teacher effectiveness, using computer sims in education, mentoring in education, science self-efficacy, and secondary education.

 

 

 Dr. Amy Weems (Full Member)
 Assistant Professor 
 George T Walker Hall 2-30
 (318) 342-1280
 weems@ulm.edu

 

 

Areas of Expertise:

Dr. Weems earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 2011. She has worked in K-12 and higher education settings since 1998, serving as teacher, curriculum coordinator, school technologist, and administrator.  Her service and research interests include teacher roles in promoting secondary content literacy, preparing students for life after high school, recruitment and support efforts for increasing and diversifying the teaching workforce, and implications of education reform. Dr. Weems has most recently served in a lead role for the development of the Louisiana Pre-Educator Pathway in partnership with districts, state agencies, and universities across Louisiana.


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