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The Lastinger Center team leverages extensive educational experience, research, and policy expertise to lead the design, production and delivery of strategic educational initiatives across the nation.

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Director

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Phil Poekert, Ph.D.

Director

Executive Leadership

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Tyran W. Butler, Ph.D.

Early Learning Principal

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Cathy Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

Chief Experience Officer
Technology Principal

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Zandra de Araujo, Ph.D.

Mathematics Principal

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Shaunté Duggins, Ph.D.

Associate Director
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Henderson
Julie Henderson

Assistant Director
Communications

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Leland Hill, M.I.B.

Associate Director
Business Services

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Lisa Sutter

Assistant Director
Products

Management Team

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Pam Alfaro. M. Ed.

Manager
Literacy Implementation

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Mary Bratsch-Hines, Ph.D.

Senior Manager
Research and Evaluation

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Maya Brown

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Pamela Chalfant, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
Academics

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José De León Alejandro, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Strategic Initiatives: Mathematics

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Erika Fritz-Ochs, M.Ed.

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Luiz Franco Giovanini, Ph.D.

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative

 

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Angie Gomez, M.Ed.

Manager
Learning Experience Design

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Brittany Gonzalez, MBA

Interim Manager
Administrative Services

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John-Michael Gonzales, MPH

Manager
External Affairs and Communications 

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Robin Gregory, MSM

Senior Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Mary Beth Head

Manager
Projects

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John Houder

Manager
Experience Design

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Bryn Humphrey, M.B.A.

Senior Manager
Product Development and Marketing

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Ginno Kelley, Ed.D.

Assistant Director
Learning Design

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Nadeige King

Senior Manager
Finance

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Jordan Koziol

Interim Manager
Communications

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Bryan Lutz

Senior Manager
Technology

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Y. Michelle McGriff, MBA

Manager
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Joe Nicholson, MA

Senior Manager
Experience Design

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Alex Prinstein, M.Ed.

Senior Manager
Product Development

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Kyra Purvis, Ed.S.

Manager
New Worlds Reading 

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Jessica Richards, M.Ed.

Manager
Language and Literacy Partnerships

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Jesse Steif

Manager
Literacy Implementation

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Spencer Still

Manager
AV Production

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Tiffany Taylor-Jones, M.Ed.

Manager
Instruction

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Ron Viafore, Ed.S.

Manager
Early Learning Implementation

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Mallori Wojcik

Manager, Learning Services

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Ellen Zinzeleta

Manager
Hillsborough Early Learning Network

Associates

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Eva Andrade

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Rachael Aming-Attai

Specialist
Math Content and Implementation

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Whitney Augustine

Specialist
Literacy Implementation

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Taylor Bainter, Ph.D.

Specialist
Mathematics Content Development and Implementation

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Marissa Balbuena, MS

Specialist
Graphic Design

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Julianna Banks, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Research

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Leah Benn, MS

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Melissa Brown

Coordinator
Product Development

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Shaneh Brown

Specialist
Finance

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David Bryant

Development Director
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Kenneth Buchanan, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Early Learning Partnerships

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Juliana Bunn

Coordinator
Technology

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Adrienne Campbell

Senior Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Jennifer Cao, MS

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Sarah Carmichael

Specialist
Animation

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Rachel Chastain-Gross

Specialist
Early Learning Implementation Support

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James CiChewicz

Specialist
Finance Data Management

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Anna Clark

Coordinator
Graphic Design

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Cheryl Cook

Specialist
Stipend Processing 

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Ashlyn Comiskey

Specialist
Web Development

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Rosa Cortez

Specialist
Motion Graphics

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Stephanie Cugini, M.Ed.

Director
Development

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Jeanine Davis, M.Div

Specialist
Family & Community Engagement, New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Nasseeka S. Denis

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Dulcy Dillinger

Specialist
Learning Services

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Evan Dolsak

Specialist
Production

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Ana Lantigua Pascual, M.Ed.

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Brittany Duquaine

Specialist
Literacy Implementation

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Chris Engledowl, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Math Content Development & Implementation

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Diane Evans, MS

Specialist
Human Resources

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Ronnie Evans

Coordinator
Stipend Processing

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Kendra Fields

Specialist
Literacy Content

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Megan Fields

Coordinator
Communications
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Fernando Franco Crespo

Senior Specialist
Help Desk

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Deza Free

Specialist
Learning Services

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Dayna Galganski, M.A.

Coordinator
Experience, Design and Development

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Maggie Gardner, Ed.D.

Senior Coordinator
Coaching

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Hannah Goble

Coordinator
Early Learning Product Development

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Rebecca Gonzalez, Ed.S.

Coordinator
Network Support

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Lucianna Grasso, MS

Coordinator
Learning Services

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Jamie Greenspan

Coordinator
Graphic Design

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Matthew Griffin

Coordinator 
Processing

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Estelle Gyimah

Specialist
Success Enablement 

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Deborah Habora

Specialist
Purchasing

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Shanita Hairston

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading, Regional Partners Program

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James Hamlin

Specialist
Studio

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Lindsey Harker, M. Ed.

Specialist
Academics

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Jamie Harmon

Specialist
Academics

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Rosie John-Baptiste

Literacy Content Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Alexander Kirkpatrick

Specialist
Production

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Liza Leonard, MSW, LCSW

Coordinator
Community of Practice Implementation

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Savina Lipartito, M.Ed

Specialist
Literacy Content 

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Gabriel Lipartito, MS

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Theresa Loch, M.Ed.

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Erica Lopez

Senior Specialist
Human Resources

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Zach Lukasik

Specialist
Studio

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Nemir Matos-Cintron, Ed.D.

Coordinator
Instructional Design

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Elizabeth McConney

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative 

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Danielle McMaster

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Nick Mendez

Specialist
Business Services 

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Eris Meredith

Specialist
Production

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Karen Molinario

Coordinator
Implementation Support

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Mel Moller

Specialist
Social Media

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Marianela Morán, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Content Design

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Tim Mosunich

Senior Coordinator
Technology

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Laura Morton, MS

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Erin Mowry

Specialist
Research Data Management

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Emily Moya

Specialist
Finance Data Management

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Benjamin(Ben) Murphy

Purchasing Specialist

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Anthony Nappi

Specialist 
Instructional Design

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Shalah Newsome

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Monica O’Dea, M.Ed.

Senior Coordinator
Literacy Implementation 

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Karen Osarenkhoe

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Amanda Pate, Ed.D.

Specialist
Lead Literacy Navigator

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Hema Patel

Senior Coordinator
Finance

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Shelli Payne

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Alyssa Pearson

Web Designer
Communications

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Jennifer Perez

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading

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Ryan Perez

Specalist
Events

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Tammy Perez-Njezic

Specialist
Learning Services

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Susan Phan

Coordinator
Business Services

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Danielle Pico, Ph.D.

Research Coordinator
Literacy Implementation and Research and Evaluation

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Kerry Pirrone

Coordinator
New Worlds Reading, Regional Partners Program

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Hannah Puckett

Specialist
Literacy Product Development

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Mireya Ramirez

Graphic Design Specialist

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Jennifer Reed

Specialist
Business Services

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Lexi Reyes

Specialist
Interactive Media

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Matthew Richmond

Coordinator
Content Design

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Michele (Shell) Romano

Research Administrator
College of Education Post Award Services

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Mercedes Ryan

Specialist
Family & Community Engagement
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Christine Salama, M.Ed.

Coordinator
Learning Sciences

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Lourdes Salgado, MS

Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Lourdes Santiago-Poventud, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Content Design

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America El Sheikh

Graduate Assistant
IES Goal 2 DIAL

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Donny Shrum, MS

Senior Coordinator
Data Sciences

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Courtney Smith

Specialist
Finances

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Stephanie Snidarich, Ph.D.

Coordinator
Research

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Jesse Sullivan

Specialist
Editing

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Christian Tang, MS

Coordinator
IT Analyst

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Ana Valdes, M.Ed.

Specialist
Implementation Support

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Matthew Vonesh

Specialist
Editing

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Aliyah Walters

Specialist
Stipend Processing 

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Tamara Weber

Specialist
Project Management

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Betsy Westra

Administrative Specialist
New Worlds Reading Initiative

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Brendan Williams

Coordinator
Finance

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Catesby Willis

Specialist
Instructional Design

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Amanda Wilson, MA

Senior Coordinator
Literacy Content

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Paul Wonsavage, Ph.D.

Product Manager
Mathematics

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Kimberly Youmans

Specialist
Literacy Implementation

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Steve Zill

Coordinator
Video Production

Affiliate Faculty

Alyson Adams, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor, Associate Director for Teaching and Teacher Education
School of Teaching and Learning

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Anthony F. Botelho, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Taryn Brown
Taryrn Brown, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Chonika Coleman-King
Chonika Coleman-King, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Christopher Curran
F. Christopher Curran, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

Christopher Curran
Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.

William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education
University of North Carolina

Corinne Huggins-Manley
Anne Corinne Huggins-Manley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology
Associate Director of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

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Hyunyi Jung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

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Fiona King, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
School of Inclusive and Special Education, Dublin City University

Walter Leite, Ph.D.

Professor, Research and Evaluation Methodology Program
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

Ashley MacSuga-Gage
Ashley S. MacSuga-Gage, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education and Special Education Program Area Leader
School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

Kathrin Maki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

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Rob Moore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Educational Technology, School of Teaching and Learning

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Nigel Newbutt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Advanced Learning Technologies;
Director of the Equitable Learning Technology Lab (ELTL), Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies

Matthew Ohlson, Ph.D.

Dir Taylor Leadership Inst | Associate Professor
Taylor Leadership Institute | Academic Affairs Division
University of North Florida

Yuxi Qiu, Ph.D.

Florida International University

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Seyedahmad (Ahmad) Rahimi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Educational Technology, School of Teaching and Learning

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Chad Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri, and the Director of the Mizzou Ed Bully Prevention Lab

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Jinnie Shin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Research and Evaluation Methodology Program
School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

Wanli Xing, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Teaching and Learning

Pengfei Zhao, Ph.D.

McGill University, Montreal