Clinical Assistant Professor
Professor of Language Education
Professor of Second Language Education
Associate Professor, Counseling and Counselor Education
In general, I study and develop theory about the psychological impacts of racism on people. More specifically, I study and try to help promote the ability of people to create the kind of change that is necessary in developing genuine, positive mental health and a more just society. Much of this change can occur when people who are in positions of influence, like counselors/therapists, teachers, and community leaders, are equipped with good theory and respectful and informed guidance. I focus a good deal of my attention on discourse, or how people interact with one another verbally and non-verbally, and on creative ways to reach children in resisting the negative manifestations of racism while simultaneously, advancing strategies that build their identities as sociopolitical beings.
Associate Professor, Special Education
My research is concerned with educational access, participation, and outcomes for students, with particular attention to the ways in which systemic factors, including educational policy and educators practices, converge in classrooms to shape the experiences of underrepresented students, including those identified with disabilities. More specifically, my research agenda centers on two interconnected arenas within educational systems that impact student experiences: ways in which underrepresented and diverse student groups are represented in educational research and policy language, and teachers professional learning for equity. This first strand of research is centered around the examination of local school factors that shape the ways in which federal, state, and school district policy converge in schools as educators implement a shift in the way that students are identified for special education: Response to Intervention. With regard to my second research strand, professional learning for equity, I am concerned with teachers access to professional learning opportunities that help them address the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. I seek to understand both the features of professional learning opportunities that lead to improved practice and student outcomes, as well as the process of educators engagement in such opportunities as they explore and seek to understand how their own cultural histories and experiences converge with schools and students cultures in their classrooms.