Research Interest

Department Faculty Research Projects

Faculty from the academic departments in the College of Education and P-16 Integration focus on the research topics listed below.

  • Bilingual and Literacy Studies

    Research Interest

    • Dual language instruction
    • Bilingual education
    • The use of children’s literature in multicultural settings
    • Sociocultural context and education
    • Literacy and English Language Learners
  • Counseling

    Research Interest

    • School counseling
      • At-Risk Students (both public school and university)
      • Academic resilience (Public school and university)
      • Rural Schools
      • Bilingual counseling
    • Career development counseling
    • LGBT Community
    • Migration/immigration trauma
      • Mental health of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UACS)
      • Identity development of UACS
    • Dreamwork-based cognitive interventions for trauma resolution
      • Enhancing metacognition in dreaming (lucid dreaming)
      • Group and individual dream analysis based on co-creative dream theory
    • Organizational Change and Strategic Planning
      • Ethical Leadership
      • Leadership in Student Personnel (Student Affairs)
    • Adult and Juvenile justice populations
      • Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
  • Human Development and School Services

    Research Interest

    • Language and literacy development of dual language learners through play
    • Development of cognitive skills of dual language learners through play-based learning
    • Creating engaging classroom environments for young dual language learners
    • Peer scaffolding during play-based learning
    • Online education in higher education
    • Critical studies & video ethnography in special education
    • Bilingual Special Education
    • Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Analysis of nested hierarchical data structures and adjusting for nested effects in nested hierarchical data structures
    • Motivation factors for at-risk students
    • Transition of special education students to post-secondary life
    • Peer Assisted Learning
  • Organization and School Leadership

    Research Interests

    • Professional Learning Communities
    • Principal Preparation Program to Address Students with Special Needs
    • Knowledge of ADHD and Mental Health
    • Stress of Principals in the Workplace
    • Organizational Health on Student Performance
    • Teacher Retention in Rural Schools
    • Culturally Responsive School Leaders
    • School Leaders in Rural Schools
    • AVID Teacher Preparation Initiative
    • Teacher Leaders
  • Teaching and Learning

    Research Interest

    • Chicanx studies in teacher education
    • Community and Service Learning
    • Critical Race Theory and Critical Race Feminism
    • Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices in STEM
    • Curriculum and Instruction sciences
    • Curriculum development
    • History of curriculum and curriculum studies
    • Inclusive Education
    • International and Comparative Education
    • Latinx Critical Theory and Chicano Feminist Epistemologies
    • Mathematics and science education
    • Modernity/coloniality/decoloniality
    • MOOCs, Distance Education, E-Learning
    • Nature of science and cultural relevance
    • Reconceptualist curriculum studies
    • Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Rural Schools
    • Technology and cognition
    • Technology, teaching, and learning
    • Testimonio research and teacher education