Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction - North Carolina State University (2006)
M.A. English Education - University of North Carolina (2002)
B.A. English Education - Elon University (1998)
Research Focus: Clinical simulations to enhance teacher and school leader preparation
My research examines the impact of clinical simulations on novice teacher and school leader development, across both general instructional and content-specific contexts. In partnership with nearby SUNY Upstate Medical University, I adapted the use of standardized patients and medical simulations for use in schools of education. Clinical simulations allow my colleagues and I to study how future teachers and leaders enact professional skills, dispositions, and content knowledge in direct, face-to-face interactions with standardized individuals (e.g., parents, students, paraprofessionals). Simulations represent deliberate, experiential learning that centers on meaningful problems, situations, and contexts, emphasizing knowledge and skills that transfer from pre-service preparation to in-service practice. To date, 43 different simulations support our teacher and school leader programs.
My work has been generously supported by several funding agencies, including the Spencer Foundation ($31,000), The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Campus E-nitiative ($6,000; $12,000), The U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences ($498,849), The National Science Foundation ($449,563), and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations ($199,650).
In my spare time, I make craftsman- and mission-style furniture. This work keeps me out of trouble and gives my children shelves for their books