Vitae


EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy, Urban Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2007

Masters of Education, Urban Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2003

Bachelors of Science, Secondary Education English/Communications, Penn State University,  University Park, PA, 2000

Minor, Movement Science, Penn State University,  University Park, PA, 2000


ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

*Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018-present

*Program Coordinator/Co-Coordinator, Urban Education Program, The College of New Jersey, 2014-2018

*Coordinator, Philadelphia Urban Schools Seminar, The College of New Jersey/Lincoln University, 2008-present

*Administrative Coordinator, Bangkok, Thailand Off-Site Program, The College of New Jersey, Summer 2016

*Core Coordinator, Child Development and Learning Courses, The University of Bahrain/Bahrain Teachers College, 2013-2014

*Director, Step-to-College Program (Dual Enrollment High School Program), Lincoln University, 2008-2010


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

*Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018-present

*Associate Professor of Urban Education (with tenure), 2013-2018                      Assistant Professor of Urban Education, The College of New Jersey, 2010-2013

*Fulbright Core Scholar, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, The University of Bahrain/Bahrain Teachers College, 2013-2014

*Assistant Professor of Education, Lincoln University, 2007-2010

*National Conflict Resolution Education Professional Development Trainer, Temple University, 2004-2010

*Independent Teaching Consultant, Professional Development Courses for Teachers, 2009-2011

*Adjunct Instructor/Teaching Associate of Education, Temple University, 2004-2007, 2009-2012

*Visiting Scholar, New York University, Summer 2009

*Educational Research Intern, Temple University, 2005-2007

*Adjunct Instructor of English, Cumberland County College, 2004-2006 

*Research and Development Graduate Student Summer InternEducational Testing Services (ETS), Summer 2006

*Adult Basic Education Instructor/Job Seeker Assistant, Bucks County Community College, 2003-2005

*Community Relations Coordinator, Young Scholars Program, Temple University, 2003-2004

*9th Grade English Teacher, Mathematics, Civics, and Sciences Charter School, 2001-2003

*10th Grade English Teacher, Pennsauken High School, 2000-2001

*7th Grade Student Teacher, Pierre Indian Learning Center, Summer and Fall 2000


HONORS AND AWARDS

*Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award, American Educational Research Association’s (AERA), Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education, 2018

*Bronze Award for The Scholarly/Technical/Scientific Journal, Association Trend, 2018                      

*Fulbright Core Scholar, The University of Bahrain/Bahrain Teachers College, 2013-2014

*Scholar-in-ResidenceFaculty Resource Network, New York University, Summer 2009

*Minority Early Career Award, American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education), 2009

*Certificate of Appreciation, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, 2009      


GRANTS

External Funding
*Fulbright Core Scholar (2013-2014), “High Quality Teacher Education and Training for 21st Century Educators,” Kingdom of Bahrain, Award specific funding

Internal Funding

*Sabbatical (2016-2017), The College of New Jersey, “I Quit!: Urban Teachers Leaving the Classroom,” one full academic year of release time for academic writing

*Support of Scholarly Activities (SOSA) (2016-2018), The College of New Jersey, “Urban Teacher Leavers Project,” 6 faculty weighted hours release time over two years. One year forfeited back to the institution in order to receive sabbatical.

*School of Education Mini-Grant (2015-2016), The College of New Jersey, Principal Investigator--“Career Leavers: Urban Teachers’ Perspectives and Decisions on Leaving the Classroom,” $4,000 awarded

*Support of Scholarly Activities (SOSA) (2014-2016), The College of New Jersey, “Unknown Legacy, Uncertain Future: Teacher Education at Minority-Serving Institutions,” 6 faculty weighted hours release time over two years

*Support of Scholarly Activities (SOSA) (2011-2013), The College of New Jersey, “From Classrooms to Staffroom: The Educational Life Histories of Prospective Teachers,” 6 faculty weighted hours release time over two years

*Faculty Development Grant, Lincoln University, (2009). Principal Investigator, “Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE) Project,” $5,800 awarded.

*Faculty Development Grant, Lincoln University, (2008). Principal Investigator, “A Life History Exploration of a Career in Education: Student Perspectives at an HBCU,” $2,500 awarded

*Research and Publication Committee of Lincoln University, (2008). Principal Investigator--“A Life History Exploration of a Career in Education: Student Perspectives at an HBCU,” $665 awarded


CERTIFICATIONS

*USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Club Coach Certification, 2015

*American College of Sports Medicine, Personal Trainer Certification, 2014

*Master Trainer in Conflict Resolution Education, 2006

*Basic Mediation Training (Good Shepherd Mediation Program), 2006

*Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate: Secondary Education, English, 2001

*Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate: Secondary Education, Communications, 2001