Panelists will answer questions from EHE students about their experiences as undergraduate and graduate students that led them to their present roles as researcher, educator, and administrator and the choices they made along the way.
KAREN STANSBERRY BEARD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES
Karen Stansberry Beard is an assistant professor in Educational Administration, Department of Educational Studies. She has a MA and PhD in educational administration both from Ohio State University. Her research focuses on educational administration and leadership development with the intentional exploration of positive psychology and related constructs (flow and academic optimism) in educational administration. She explores the impact of positive psychology on teaching and learning, as well as the implementation of policy supportive of cross cultural understanding and reducing gaps in achievement. African American student achievement and civil rights legislation are central to her interests. As a parent, former teacher and principal, she pursues “best practices” and predictors of effective organizational leadership and conditions which support teacher and student well-being.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNINGTheodore Chao is an assistant professor of mathematics education in Teaching and Learning’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. He recently finished a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned his PhD in mathematics education at The University of Texas. He holds a master’s degree in education from St. John’s University, a bachelor of science degree in computer science engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor of arts degree in film and media studies also from Johns Hopkins University. He taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics at I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, NY. His research focuses on the use of photographs and video to open up spaces for mathematical discussion, storytelling and reflection. All of his work revolves around critical pedagogy and equity through mathematics.
CRANE CENTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Jessica Logan is a Senior Researcher serving as the methodologist and statistician for the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CCEC). She has a Master’s degree in research psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a PhD in developmental psychology from Florida State University. Her research focuses on finding creative methodological and statistical ways to address applied questions concerning children’s academic and cognitive skills, especially the growth and development of those skills. She believes that statistics are an investigative and storytelling tool and tries to help researchers find and use the right statistical tool for their research questions. Her expertise includes experimental design, random effects or hierarchical linear modeling, behavior genetics modeling, structural equation modeling, growth modeling, and quantile regression.
PROFESSOR OF KINESIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SCIENCES
Carl Maresh, chair of the Department of Human Sciences, is a widely acknowledged world leader in exercise science research. He received his bachelor’s (physical education) and master’s (exercise science) degrees from California State University, Fullerton and his PhD in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming. His research has influenced the way people view the importance of exercise across the lifespan, including the efficacy of structured exercise in clinically compromised cardiac patients. His research on physiological responses to different environmental stressors, and on optimum methods of hydration, has greatly increased our knowledge of how the human body manages such challenges. His research also has wide applications to injury and disease prevention and performance enhancement in both neutral and extreme environments.