Bill Camp

Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 218-A
Phone: 
940-565-2753
Email: 
bill.camp@unt.edu

Since coming to UNT in 1997, Dr. Bill Camp has contributed actively to the graduate programs in Educational Administration. His research interests include educational law and finance, and he teaches courses on various aspects of educational leadership. He also supervises interns in the public schools and directs doctoral dissertations. His bachelor's and master's degrees are both from Texas Tech University, and his doctorate is from Virginia Tech University. Prior to his work at UNT, he served as professor, chair, and acting associate dean at California State University. He also taught previously at Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech. Other educational experience includes serving as assistant superintendent of schools, high school principal, and high school science teacher.


Recent Publications

Cummings, J. and Camp, B. "Affirmative Action." The Principals' Legal Handbook, ed. Lane, K., Conelly, M.J., and Mead, J. Education Law Association, 2004.

Frels, Kelly and Horner, Jeff (Ed.), Camp, Bill (Contributing Ed). Texas School Law: A Practical Guide. National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, 2004.

Hartmeister, F., Adkison, J., Trevino, R., Otto, D., and Camp, W. "Pupils." 2004 Yearbook of Education Law, Education Law Association, (ed.) Charles Russo.

Camp, W., Hartmeister, F., Brooks, J., Adkison, J., and Hudson, J. "Pupils." 2003 Yearbook of Education Law, Education Law Association, (ed.) Charles Russo.

Adkison, A., Camp, W., Hartmeister, F., Brooks, J. "Pupils." 2002 Yearbook of Education Law, Education Law Association, (ed.) Charles Russo.

Camp, W.E., Connelly, M.J., Lane, K., and Mead, J. (Ed.) School Law Handbook. Education Law Association, 2001.

Cummings, J., Hudson, J., Camp, W., Adkison, J. "Pupils." 2001 Yearbook of Education Law, Education Law Association, (ed.) Charles Russo.

Cummings, J. and Camp, W. "Affirmative Action." The Principals' Legal Handbook, ed. Camp, W., Connelly, M.J., Lane, K., and Mead, J. Education Law Association, 2001.

Huffman, J.B., Ausbrooks, C.Y., and Camp, W.E. "Pupils." 2000 Yearbook of Education Law, Education Law Association, (ed.) Charles Russo.

Awards and Recognitions

Distinguished Service Award, American Education Finance Association, 1989

National Rural Education Association Round-Up Forum, Competitive award to present research project, September 1988

Service Award, United Way, 1985

Selected for Outstanding Young Men of America, 1983

Selected for Beta Gamma Sigma, national scholastic honor society for business and management, 1983

Associations

Education Law Association

American Education Finance Association

Beta Gamma Sigma

Lisbeth A. Dixon-Krauss

Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 207-E
Phone: 
(940) 565-4081
Email: 
lisbeth.krauss@unt.edu

Lisbeth Dixon-Krauss, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Educator Preparation Programs and Professor of Education at the University of North Texas, where she joined the faculty in 2009. Her research and scholarly writing focuses on applications of socio-cultural theory to literacy development and instruction. Prior to coming to UNT, Dr. Dixon-Krauss was on the faculty of Florida International University in Miami, FL, where she served as Department Chair of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Doctoral Programs, and was awarded the Frost Professorship for excellence in research. She was also on the faculty at the University of West Florida where she served as director of the reading programs and the Wilson Reading Center. Dr. Dixon-Krauss received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and her M.Ed. in Reading Education.

Selected Publications

Dixon-Krauss, L.A., Januszka, C., & Chae, C. (2010). Development of the dialogic reading inventory of parent-child book reading. Journal of Research In Childhood Education.

Dixon-Krauss, L.A. (2008). The Dialogic Reading Inventory of Parent-Child Reading. Conference Proceedings of International Conference on Education, Economy, and Society, Paris, France. http://www.analytrics.org

Januszka, C., & Dixon-Krauss, L.A. (2008). Class size: A battle between accountability and quality instruction. Journal of Childhood Education.

Dixon-Krauss, L.A., Bleiker, C., Krauss, R. Chae, C, & Moredock, C. (2006). The Dialogic Reading Inventory: A Video Assessment Tool for Adult-Child Reading. Conference Proceedings of 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, January, 2006.

Dixon-Krauss, L.A. (2004). Summary of Reading Research [1995-2002]: Making Sense of the Recent Past and Near Future. Florida Reading Quarterly. 40(3), 14-20.

Dixon-Krauss, L. A (2002). Using literature as a context for teaching vocabulary. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 45, 310-318.

Dixon-Krauss, L. A. (with R. Harlin). (2001) Children’s aesthetic and ethnic involvement in response to multiethnic picture books. In Linek, E.G. Sturtevant, J.R. Dugan, & P.E. Linder,W.M. (Eds.), Celebrating the voices of literacy (pp. 80-91). Commerce, TX: College Reading Assoc.

Dixon-Krauss, L. A. (Ed.). (2001, Chinese Trans.) (1996). Vygotsky in the classroom: Mediated literacy instruction and assessment. White Plains, NY: Longman.

Dixon-Krauss, L. A., & McClanahan, L. (2001). Workplace English: From literature classics to workplace literacy. Exploring Adult Literacy, [On-line serial], 3. Http://literacy.kent.edu/cra/2001/workplace_english/index.html

Dixon-Krauss, L. A., & McClanahan, L. (2000). Using Literature to Develop Workplace Communication Skills for Career Acceleration. In P.E. Linder,W.M. Linek, E.G. Sturtevant, & J.R. Dugan (Eds.) Literacy at a new horizon (pp. 349-356). Commerce, TX: College Reading.

Dixon-Krauss, L. A. (1996). A mediation model for dynamic literacy instruction. Journal of Russian and Eastern European Psychology, 1, 78-85.

Dixon-Krauss, L. A. & Jennings, C. M. (1990). Adult literacy curriculum guide. Kraus Curriculum Development Library (KCDL), Adult Basic Education No. ABE A109, 62pp., Millwood, NY: Kraus International Publications. [Published with Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development]

Recent Grants

Educating Mothers and Babies in Early Readiness Skills (2004; 2005; 2006). Principal Investigator, Even Start Family Literacy Program, Florida Department of Education, $300,000 for 2004; $360,000 for 2005; $360,000 for 2006, Total: $1,020,000.00

Miami-Dade and Monroe County LEARN Project, Early Reading First Grant (2005-2008), Co-Principal Investigator for Assessment and Evaluation, United States Department of Education, $600,000.

Pathways to Teaching Project, Florida Atlantic University (2006-2010). Project Evaluator, Transition to Teaching Program, Office of Innovation and Improvement, United States Department of Education, $50,000

Science Academic Vocabulary for English Language Learners Project (2004-2005). Principal Investigator, Multi-University Reading, Mathematics and Science Initiative, Learning Systems Institute, Florida State University, Florida Department of Education, $160,000.

Recent Conference Papers

Januszka, C., & Dixon-Krauss, L.A. (April, 2009). An interdisciplinary study of reading education, music, and culture. Research paper presented at the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

Dixon-Krauss, L.A., & Chae, C. (July, 2008). The dialogic inventory of parent-child reading. Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, Paris, France.

Chae, C., Januszka, C., & Dixon-Krauss, L.A. (November, 2007). Using Technology to Assess and Improve Early Literacy Skills. Research paper presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Dixon-Krauss, L.A., Bleiker, C., & Krauss, R. (January, 2006). The Dialogic Reading Inventory: A Video Assessment Tool for Adult-Child Reading, Research Paper and Video Workshop presented at the 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dixon-Krauss, L.A., Chae, C., & Moredock, C. (November, 2005). Using Video Technology with an Even Start Program. Paper presented at the 11th Annual National Even Start Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Dixon-Krauss, L.A., Chae, C., & Moredock, C. (May, 2005). Extending the PCHP into the Twenty-First Century with Video Technology. Paper presented at the Parent Child Home Program Annual Conference, Garden City, NY.

Harlin, R., & Dixon-Krauss, L.A. (November, 2005). Do You See What I See? Teachers’ Analyses of Responses to Picture Books. Paper presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the College Reading Association, Delray Beach, Florida.

Current Service in Professional Organizations

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, University Representative

American Education Research Association, Conference Program Proposal Reviewer

Association of Childhood Education International, Editorial Board

Colleen M. Eddy

Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 204-G
Phone: 
940-565-2841
Email: 
colleen.eddy@unt.edu

Miriam Deborah Ezzani

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 218-U
Phone: 
940-565-2935
Email: 
miriam.ezzani@unt.edu

Dr. Miriam Ezzani is faculty in the Program of Educational Leadership in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. With academic and professional roots in urban education, her scholarship interest is culturally responsive leadership within the context of district reform and school leadership. Her mission as an educator is to foster educational leadership that can best serve all students, especially those who are underserved in American schools. She defines underserved as students who do not receive equitable resources due to racism, ethnicism, sexism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, lingualism, or faithism. Prior to her arrival at UNT, she served as a school administrator in the state of California and prior to that as a literacy coach and teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She holds administrative credentials in the states of Texas and California. She is an alumna of the University of Southern California, where she earned a doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership. 

Pamela Esprivalo Harrell

Professor, Teacher Education and Administration, Associate Dean for Administration and Assessment
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 117-N
Phone: 
940-565-2232
Email: 
Pam.Harrell@unt.edu

A professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration where she has worked for the past ten years, Dr. Harrell currently teaches the following courses for the Secondary Education Program: The Multicultural Curriculum (EDSE 5005), and Instructional Strategies in Secondary Classrooms (EDSE 5003). Her research interests include the topics of science teacher quality and science teacher effectiveness. Specifically, her research explores teacher quality variables such as coursework, GPA, and age of coursework, teacher efficacy, classroom environment, and the impact of the teacher on student learning. As program administrator for the Secondary Online Teacher Certification program, she coordinates recruitment and advising for over 300 graduate students. In 2008 she was the UNT nominee for the Minnie Piper Stevens Teaching Award, and she received the UNT Presidents Award for Teaching in 2009. In 2011 she received the UNT Teacher Scholar Award.


Selected Publications

Esprívalo Harrell, P. & Eddy, C.M. (2011). Examining mathematics teacher content knowledge using policy, state certification tests, and transcripts. Education Research and Perspectives, 38(1), 82-105.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2010). Teaching an integrated science curriculum: Linking teacher knowledge and teaching assignments. Issues in Teacher Education, 19 (1) 145-165.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2009). Teacher knowledge myths: An examination of the relationship between the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards and formal content area coursework, grade point average, and age of coursework. Educational Studies, 35 (1) 39-53.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. & Harris, M. (2009). An examination of teacher quality variables associated with passing state content tests. Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 4 (2) 18-39.

Combes, B. Walker, M., Esprívalo Harrell, P., & Tyler-Wood, T. (2008). A presentation strategy for beginning presenters in inclusive environments. Teaching Exceptional Children, 41 (1), 42-47.

Esprívalo Harrell, P., Harris, M. (2006). Teacher preparation without boundaries: A two-year study of an online teacher certification program. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 14(4), 755-774.

Recent Conference Presentations

Harrell, P.E. (2011). Selecting curriculum and assessing learning outcomes. NCEI Effective Pathways to Teaching Conference. Washington DC.

Harrell, P.E. & Subramaniam, K. (2011). Using learning progressions to select curriculum and assess science learning outcomes. ASTE 2011 International Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

Harrell, P.E. & Eddy, C.M. (2011). Outcomes of a five-year science and mathematics Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Wojnowski, D. & Harrell, P.E. (2010). Getting a bang out of STEM integration. NSTA 2010 National Conference on Science Education. Philadelphia, PA.

Harrell, P.E. & Wojnowski, D. (2010). Dragon genetics. NSTA 2010 National Conference on Science Education. Philadelphia, PA.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2009). Finding and keeping the best teachers: Recruitment, training, and evaluation of mathematics and science. National Association for Alternative Certification: Effective pathways to Teaching Conference. Washington DC.

Harrell, P. & Eddy, C. (2009). Expanding the pool to staff high-need schools with talented mathematics and science teachers: A two-year study of the UNT Science and mathematics Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2008). Investigating Dragon Genetics. National Association for Biology Teachers, Memphis, TN.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2008). Can we trust a highly qualified teacher? Examining the relationship of content preparation to state test results. National Center for Alternative Certification. Washington, DC.

Harrell. P. (2008). Robert Noyce scholarship program: Recruitment, training, and evalution of math and science teachers. School Science and Mathemtaics Association Conference. Raleigh, NC.

Esprívalo Harrell, P. (2007). Teacher knowledge myths: An examination of the relationship between the TExES Examinations of Educator Standards and formal coursework, grade point average and age of coursework. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Grants Awarded

NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Robert M. Noyce, the scientist credited with the invention of the integrated chip. This $750,000 NSF grant provides scholarships and stipends for talented science and mathematics majors and professionals interested in teaching. Research associated with this grant explores beginning teacher efficacy, classroom environment, and impact on student learning. Role: PI

XTreem Science Teacher Quality Grant ($1,176,649.00) provides professional development for Dallas ISD teachers assigned to 8th grade science, biology, algebra, and geometry classrooms. Role: CoPI

Teaching Eighth Grade Science is a Texas curriculum based on 8th grade Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency. Recently, Teaching Seventh Grade Science was added to this grant. The curriculum includes content background knowledge for the teacher, a discussion of common science misconceptions (including how to correct misconceptions), best practice instructional models targeting ESL and special education students, hands on learning experiences, and both traditional and authentic assessments. Role: Co-Developer

Current Service Activities in Professional Organizations

  • UNT Faculty Senate Secretary
  • Curriculum and Instruction Program Coordinator
  • Section Chair, Multicultural Affairs, National Association of Biology Teachers

Memberships

School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA)

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Johnetta Hudson

Visiting Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 218-X
Phone: 
940-565-3774
Email: 
Johnetta.Hudson@unt.edu

Johnetta Hudson, Ph.D., is a visiting professor of education administration within the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas. Her scholarship focuses on race, class, and gender issues in education. Within this broad area Hudson has published on women's leadership in a male-dominated culture and leadership for educating a diverse student population. A secondary area of interest is leadership development utilizing technology. Her degrees are from Kentucky State University (BA), University of Nebraska (MA) and Indiana State University (EdS and PhD).


Selected Articles

Byrd, J., & Hudson, J. (2007). Statistical reform in educational administration: Report confidence intervals, effect size, and confidence intervals for effect size. Educational Leadership Review ,8(2),102-122.

Hudson, J., & Cowan, C. (2002) Culturally responsive education for urban educators: An annotated bibliography. Teacher Education and Practice, 15 (1/2), 189-202.

Hudson, J. (2001). The Silent destructive affects of stress: African American educational leaders beware. (pp. 55-59). Journal of National Black Nurses Association, 12 (1), 55-59.

Selected Book Chapters

Wesley, L., Hudson, J., & Marcanos, R. (2008). The rise of the feminine: What women of color bring to leadership roles. In G. Brown & B. Irby (Eds.), Women leaders: Structuring success (2nd ed.). New York: Kendall-Hunt.

Camp, B., Hartmeister, F., Brooks, J., Adkison, J., & Hudson, J. (2005). In C. Russo (Ed.), Education Law Association yearbook. Topeka, KS: ELA.

Camp, B., Hartmeister, F., Brooks, J., Adkison, J., & Hudson, J. (2003). In C. Russo (Ed.), Education Law Association yearbook. Topeka, KS: ELA.

Cummings, J., Hudson, J., Camp, B., & Adkison, J. (2001). Pupils. In C. Russo. (Ed.), Education Law Association yearbook. Topeka, KS: ELA.

Kitchen, M., & Hudson, J. (2000). Dreamkeepers in the making: Instructional strategies for fostering high expectations of minority students in teacher education candidates. In G. Grant (Ed.), Creative partnerships: Gateway to embracing diversity and multiculturalism. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Recent Conference Presentations

Hudson, J. (2009). Cultural foundations in education: A blended trilogy of venues. International Conference on Blended Learning, Florianopolis, Brazil.

Byrd. J., & Hudson, J. (2009). An investigation of the training of principals to use data to Improve student achievement: Do principals have the necessary skills? Third International Conference of the American Institute of Higher Education, Nashville, TN.

Hudson, J., & Stromberg, L. (2008). Collaborative team projects in the E learning environment. International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning, Villach, Austria.

Stromberg, L., & Hudson, J. (2008). Enhanced communications in online courses. International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning, Villach, Austria.

Byrd, J., & Hudson, J. (2007). A call for statistical reform in educational administration: Report confidence intervals, effect size, and confidence. University Council for Educational Administration Conference, Washington, D.C.

Hudson, J., Byrd, J., & Brooks, J. (2006). Texas high school principal certification program. University Council of Education Administration Annual Conference, November, 2006, San Antonio, TX.

Hudson, J., & Stromberg, L. (2006). Creating effective online discussions. Texas Webct Annual Conference, College Station,TX.

Stromberg, L., & Hudson, J. (2006). Communication and feedback in a WebCT enhanced course. Texas WebCT Annual Conference, College Station, TX.

Hudson, J. (2004). Online discussions as an effective venue for student discourse In education administration. Conference of the National Association of Professors of Education Administration, Branson, MO.

Current Activity in Professional Organizations

Education Law Association

National Association of Multicultural Education

National Middle School Association Urban Issues Task Force

Kelley Marie King

Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Matthews Hall 204-M
Phone: 
(940) 565-4447
Email: 
kelley.king@unt.edu

Kelley King, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Secondary Education and Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas. As a historian of education, she focuses her research, teaching, and service on understanding teaching and learning as culturally situated activities. Her work explores the ways that class, gender, culture, and politics have shaped and still influence education in the United States. Her book, Call Her a Citizen: The Life of Progressive Educator-Activist Anna J. H. Pennybacker, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2010. Before coming to Denton in 2006, King lived in the Austin area, where she supervised student teachers and taught special education and English Language Arts and Reading at the elementary and secondary levels. Her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction is from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also completed a portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin as well as a master's degree in Learning Technologies-Multimedia from Texas A&M University at Commerce.

Books and Monographs

King, K. M. (2010). Call her a citizen: The life of progressive educator-activist Anna J. H. Pennybacker. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press.

Selected Articles and Chapters

McPherson, R., King, K., Milson, A., & Estes, M. (2013). Evaluation of an international online learning initiative in special education. In N. Tcherepashenets & F. Lojacono (Eds.), Globalizing online: Telecollaborations, internationalization and social justice. New York: Peter Lang.

Strunc, A., & King, K. M. (2013). Citizen education in Texas: Gaps between theory and practice in the state curriculum standards. American Educational History Journal, 40(1) 141-151.

King, K.M. (2012). Called to teach: Percy and Anna Pennybackers's contributions to education in Texas, 1880-1899. American Educational History Journal, 39(1) 87-105.

King, K.M. (2012). Teacher transgressions and district disputes: Appeals to the Texas state superintendent of education, 1899-1900. Journal of Philosophy and History of Education, 62(1) 119-136.

King, K.M. (2011). Keeping teachers growing: Pamela Kramer Ertel. In M. Spearman & O.L. Davis, Jr. (eds.). A century of leadership: The presidents of Kappa Delta Pi. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Recent Conference Presentations

King, K.M. (2013, October). How educational historians establish relevance: Rationales given for papers published in the Journal of the MHES and the AEHJ, 1972-2007. Presidential address presented at the annual conference of the Organization of Educational Historians, Chicago, IL.

King, K.M. (2012, October). A futile attempt toward peace education in Cold War Texas? Grover Hartt's United Nations curriculum. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Organization of Educational Historians, Chicago, IL.

King, K.M. (2012, September). The Klan's anti-Catholic school agenda and the Texas Catholic response, 1922-1925. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Philosophy and History of Education, St. Louis, MO.

King, K.M. (2011 April). Evolving perspectives on the representation of Native Americans in trade books and textbooks for the K-12 classroom. Society for the Study of Curriculum History, New Orleans, LA.

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Organization of Educational Historians
American Education Research Association
Society of the Philosophy and History of Education
International Society for Educational Biography
Kappa Delta Pi

James Duke Laney

Department Chair, Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 206-E
Phone: 
940-565-2602
Email: 
jim.laney@unt.edu

Dr. Laney received his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in Elementary Education from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). His earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in Learning and Instruction and a minor in Curriculum and the Study of Schooling. Dr. Laney's research interests include generative teaching-learning theory, general social studies education, economic education, aging education, and arts integration. His teaching responsibilities include courses in the E-6 and 4-8 undergraduate teacher certification programs, the Curriculum and Instruction Master's Program, and the Curriculum and Instruction Doctoral Program.


Selected Articles, Chapters, and Books

Lucey, T.A., Laney, J.D., & Giannangelo, D.A. (2013). Lessons for teaching about multicultural issues: The social studies tune-up. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, 1(2), 22-38.

Lucey, T.A., Laney, J.D., Lycke, K., and Connelly, C. (2013) Dimensions of citizenship through the lens of The Hunger Games: Fiction and the visual and performing arts as springboards for citizenship education. The Social Studies, 104(2), 190-199.

Lucey, T.A., and Laney, J.D., Eds. (2012). Re-framing financial literacy: Exploring the value of social currency. Charlotte, North Carolina:Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Lucey, T.A., and Laney, J.D. (2012). Using art and community investigation to motivate preservice teachers’ learning and teaching of social and economic/ financial justice issues. In Lucey, T.A., and Laney, J.D. (Eds.), Re-framing financial literacy: Exploring the value of social currency. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Lucey, T.A., and Laney, J.D. (2012). From classroom to community: Preparing preservice teachers in the art of teaching about social justice. In Breaking the mold of education for culturally and linguistically diverse students: Innovative and successful practices for 21st century schools. Volume 3. Lanham, Maryland: R&L Education.

Lucey, T.A., and Laney, J.D. (2009). This land was made for you and me: Teaching the concept of economic justice in the elementary and middle school grades. The Social Studies, 100, (6), 260-272.

Laney, J.D. (2008). Teaching financial literacy through the arts: Theoretical underpinnings and guidelines for lesson development. In T.A. Lucey/K.S. Cooter (Eds.), Financial literacy for children and youth (pp. 237-257). Athens, GA: Digitaltextbooks.biz.

Lucey, T.A., Bates, A.B., and Laney, J.D. (2008). Relating art to social studies teaching: An interview with Ruth Meissen, Illinois 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year. Journal of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies, 68, 7-14.

Laney, J.D. (2007). Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series: Art as narrative history. The Social Studies, 98(4), 131-135.

Laney, J.D. (2005). The “art” of teaching social studies. The Social Studies Texan, 21(1), 70-72.

Laney, J.D. (2004). Using vicarious story experiences to teach economic concepts. The Social Studies Texan, 19(3), 71-72.

Laney, J.D. (2001). Enhancing economic education through improved teaching methods: Common sense made easy. In J. Brophy (Ed.), Advances in research on teaching series: Volume 8: Subject-specific instructional methods and activities(pp.409-433). Stamford, CT: JAI Press.

Recent Conference Papers and Invited Addresses

Laney, J.D., Shulsky, D., Shahid, J., and Philipose, S.M. (February 18, 2013). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA.

Henning, M.B., Lucey, T., Marri, A., Laney, J.D., VanFossen, P., and Schug, M. (November 15, 2012). Integrating economics into the social studies methods class: A panel discussion on contemporary research and practices. Special session presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly, National Council for the Social Studies, Seattle, WA (refereed).

Lucey, T., Lycke, K., Connelly, C., and Laney, J.D. (February 14, 2012). Satisfying cravings for citizenship education: Hunger Games and the arts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, TX (refereed).

Laney, J.D., Dixon-Krauss, L., Harris, M., Mohr, K., King, K., Wickstrom, C., and Frank, I. (February 13, 2012). Evolution of a unit assessment system: Lessons learned during the first full year of implementation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, San Antonio, TX (refereed).

Lucey, T., Laney, J.D., and Green, V. (December 1, 2011). Re-framing financial literacy: Exploring the value of social currency. Book talk presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly, National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, D.C.

Laney, J.D., Dixon-Krauss, L, Harris, M., Mohr, K., King, K., and Sutton, T. (February 15, 2011). Unlocking the door to accreditation: Using technology and “key assessments” for program evaluation and data-drive decision-making in teacher education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Orlando, Florida.

Lucey, T.A., and Laney, J.D. (November 4-6, 2010). Using art and community investigation to motivate preservice teachers’ learning and teaching of social justice issues. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education, St. Louis, Missouri.

Lucey, T.A., Laney, J.D., Giannangelo, D., and Cowart, M. (May 2, 2010). Agreement with tenets of social and financial justice: Views from preservice teachers at four universities. Roundtable paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Research Association, Denver, Colorado.

Laney, J.D., Harris, M., Mohr, K., and Proctor, S. (February 15, 2010). Assessing the professional dispositions of preservice teachers using the Teacher Disposition Index. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, Illinois.

Lucey, T.A., Laney, J.D., Giannangelo, D., and Cowart, M. (February 16, 2010). Using music and visual art to stimulate preservice teachers’ attitudes towards teaching for social justice: Outcomes from four institutions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Chicago, Illinois.

Lucey, T.A., Laney, J.D. (November 2009). Some like it hot; Facilitating conversations about controversial topics. National Council for the Social Studies, Atlanta, GA.

Current Activity in Professional Organizations

Consulting Editor, The Social Studies

Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Selection Panel and Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee, Association of Teacher Educators

Foundation Representative, UNT/TWU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Association of Teacher Educators

National Council for the Social Studies

Phi Delta Kappa

Awards

ATE Leadership Academy, 2008-2009

Harold E. Mitzel Award for Meritorious Contribution to Educational

Practice through Research

Academic Key’s Who’s Who in Education

Marquis Who’s Who in American Education

J.C. Matthews Chair for Research in Education

Honor Professor, UNT

Top Prof, UNT

Faculty Recognition Award, UNT

Generations of Excellence Award, UNT

Alexandra Leavell

Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Administration, Associate Dean for Educator Preparation Programs
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 119-J
Phone: 
940-369-8549
Email: 
alexandra.leavell@unt.edu

Alexandra G. Leavell, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy Studies Program in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. She holds a PhD in Reading and Learning Disabilities from the University of Miami (FL). Dr. Leavell joined the faculty of UNT in 1992. Her professional and research interests include making learning accessible for all learners through increased literacy skills, and helping teacher candidates understand and develop academic identity and disciplinary literacy skills in themselves and their future students.

 

She came to the , and  Her professional and research interests include content literacy for adolescents, making learning accessible for all learners, and the use of English for Academic Purposes for English Language Learners from high school through graduate school. Dr. Leavell's international experience includes work in Thailand, where she taught a literacy learning workshop for university professors at Kasetsart University.

Courses Taught

EDRE 4820 - Reading and Writing in Grades 4-8

EDRE 5370 - Advanced Reading Theory/Practice

EDSE 4060 - Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools

EDSE 5004 - Literacy for All

EDRE 4870 - Cross-curricular Literacy Materials and Resources

Janelle B. Mathis

Professor, Teacher Education and Administration
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Office: 
Matthews Hall 206-P
Phone: 
940-565-2754
Email: 
janelle.mathis@unt.edu

As a literacy educator at UNT since 1997, Janelle Mathis focuses her teaching and research on children’s and adolescent literature, especially works that are multicultural and international. She teaches courses at all levels that either focus on literature in the classroom or are undergirded by children's and adolescent literature. Her research interests, which often focus on response to literature and critical content analysis, are in the areas of the transactional theory of reader response, socio-cultural contexts for literacy teaching and learning, and critical literacy. She received her doctorate at the University of Arizona in the Department of Language, Reading, and Culture in 1994. She was a teaching assistant and adjunct at UA, and she also taught at Northern Illinois University prior to coming to UNT.

Selected Publications

Mathis, J. (2011) Multicultural Literature: Reading and responding within contemporary literacy contexts. In L. Albright & A. Bedford, A master class in teaching children's literature: Trends and issues in an evolving field (pp. 93-108). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Mathis, J. (2011). Bringing the global society into our classrooms: Insights into English language learners through children's and adolescent literature. In M.T. Cowart, & P, Dam (Eds.). Linguistic and cultural considerations for English language learners. Denton, TX: The Federation of North Texas Universities.

Mathis, J. (2010). The garden still grows. Journal of Children's Literature, 36 (2).

Day, D., Austin, P., Levin, S., Mathis, J., McNair, J., Short, K., & Sullivan, E. (2009). Notable books for the English language arts. Journal of Children's Literature, 34 (2).

Ernst, S., & Mathis, J. (2008). Multicultural literature: Reading, writing, and responding within a “new” literacy context. Journal of Children's Literature, 34 (1),10-14.

Mathis, J. (2008). Nurturing a love of language through children's literature. In P. Dam & M. T. Cowart (Eds.), Current Issues and best practice in bilingual and ESL education (pp.35-53). Denton, TX: The Federation of North Texas Universities.

Mathis, J. A (2008) Review of Shattering the looking glass: Challenge, risk, and controversy in children's literature by S. Lehr. Journal of Children's Literature 34(2), 70.

Mathis, J., (2008). Critical reviews in on-line journal WOW Reviews (wowlit.org) of these international books:Sweetgrass Basket, Shin's Canoe, The Poet Slave of Cuba, A Biography of Juan Francesco Manzano, When I Grow Up I Will Win the Nobel Peace Prize,.Memories of Survival. (The column also includes my Introduction and Editor's Note,)

Giorgis, C., Mathis, J., Bedford, A. (2007). Finding our stories through her stories: Strong females in the global tapestry. In N. Hadaway & M. McKenna (Eds.), Breaking boundaries with global literature, Celebrating diversity in K-12 classrooms (pp. 55-72). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Mathis, J., & Albright, L. (2007). Keeping the love of literature alive in this high-stakes testing environment. Journal of Children's Literature, 33(1), 14-19.

Mathis, J. (2007). Contemplating community through multicultural children's literature. In P. Dam & M. T. Cowart (Eds.), Intercultural understanding (pp. 92-113). Denton, TX: The Federation of North Texas Universities.

Mathis, J. (2006). Children's literature: Valuing and validating language and culture. In P. Dam & M. T. Cowart, (Eds.), Cultural and linguistic issues for English language learners (pp. 142-166). Denton, TX: Texas Woman's University.

Mathis, J., Blackburn, S., Johnson, S., Sarker, A.,Taliaferro, C., & Walker, K. (2006). Professional resources: Instruction that invites involvement in the local community. Journal of Children's Literature, 30(2), 88-91.

Mathis, J. (2006). Shortening the path between theory and practice. Journal of Children's Literature, 30(1).

Mathis, J., & Patterson, L. (2005). Literacy to Inform and transform: Empowering lessons from children's literature. In C. Fairbanks, J. Worthy, B. Maloch, J. Hoffman, & D. Schallert (Eds.), 53rd Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp. 264-280). Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference.

Recent Conference Presentations

Mathis, J. (2012). Forced journeys: A conceptual framework to contemplate migration. Bi-Annual Congress of the International Board on Book for Young People, London, UK.

Mathis, J. (2011). Demonstrations of agency in international children's and adolescent literature: A critical content analysis across personal, social, and cultural dimensions. Literacy Research Society Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Mathis, J. & Shearer, R. (2011). Global perspectives enriched through international children's literature in middle school Spanish language classrooms. Literacy Research Society Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Mathis, J. (2011). Notable books for a global society: Critically engaging readers. 17th European Reading Conference, Mons, Belgium.

Mathis, J. (2011). Safe spaces in times of conflict: The Sweethearts of Rhythm at the intersection of music, poetry and the visual arts. Meeting of the International Research Society in Children's Literature, Brisbane, Australia.

Mathis, J. (2011). Insights into our diverse world through poets and poetry. Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL.

Mathis, J. (2011). Joyful teaching - joyful learning: Discovering the pleasures and powers of language with notable children's and adolescent books. Meeting of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Richmond, VA.

Mathis, J. & Shearer, R. (2011). Artistic response to Latino/a literature: Exploring cultural transactions with text. Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL.

Mathis, J. Knezick, L., Morton, T., Sanders, A., Shearer, R., & Stewart, M. (2010, December). Teachers as first responders in selecting literature for classroom use: Rosenblatt invites understandings into literature selections for contemporary classrooms. National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association Conference, Ft. Worth, TX.

Mathis, J. & Shearer, R. (2010, September). Resilient children in international literature: Lessons in strength and agency. International Board on Books for Young People World Congress, Santiago, Spain.

Mathis, J. (2009, August). Insights into the global society through literacy events in children's literature. Meeting of the International Research Society for Children's Literature. Frankfurt, Germany.

Mathis, J. and members of the Committee on Notable Books for a Global Society (2009, May). Exploring the global society through reading, writing, and sharing children's and adolescent literature. Convention of the International Reading Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Mathis, J. (2009, February). Multiple pathways to global literacy: Breaking boundaries with literature. Convention of the International Reading Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Mathis, J. (2008, November). Preparing to teach citizens of the global community. Meeting of the National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Mathis, J. (2008, November). Notable books for the English language arts. Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, San Antonio, TX.

Mathis, J. (2008, October). Creating and positioning readers as democratic community members. Meeting of the College Reading Association, Sarasota, FL.

Mathis, J. (2008, October). Alternate perspectives on representations of the past in recent children's/ adolescent literature. Meeting of the College Reading Association, Sarasota, FL.

Mathis, J. (2008, September). Recent perspectives of historical events and social issues in children's and adolescent literature. Meeting of the International Board on Books for Young People, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mathis, J. (2008, July). Insights into our diverse world through poets and poetry. World Congress on Reading, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Mathis, J. et al. (2008, May). Engaging literacy learners with a global view. Children's Literature SIG, Convention of the International Reading Association, Atlanta, GA.

Mathis, J. et al. (2008, May). Children's literature and literacy: Side by side by side. Convention of International Reading Association, Atlanta, GA.

Current Activities in Professional Organizations

Vice President, US Board on Books for Young People

Board Member, US Board on Books for Young People

Past President, Children's Literature Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association

Memberships

National Reading Conference

National Council of Teachers of English

International Reading Association

United States Board on Books for Young People

Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers

Children's Literature Assembly

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