Friday, September 07, 2012

Five new tenure-track faculty members join the School of Education

Tags: alston, bricker, deans updates, duke, monte-sano, ramos, rosario-ramos


I am pleased to share the news that we have five new tenure-track faculty members at the SOE this fall. Three of these faculty members join us from other institutions and two represent a transition into the tenure-track by postdoctoral fellows.

Leah A. Bricker joins us an assistant professor in Educational Studies. Her research investigates language and literacy-related constructs in science education, educational contexts in general, and the sciences. Leah joins us from the University of Washington’s Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, where she served as a research scientist.

Nell K. Duke joins us as professor in Educational Studies. Her work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. Nell joins us from Michigan State University’s College of Education, where she served as professor and co-director of the Literacy Achievement Research Center.

Chauncey Monte-Sano joins us as an associate professor in Educational Studies. Her scholarship centers on the teaching and learning of historical writing. She examines how adolescents learn to write reasoned historical arguments, develops history curriculum that supports students’ writing, and studies how teachers learn to teach historical thinking, reading, and writing. Chauncey joins us from the University of Maryland’s College of Education.

Chandra L. Alston and Enid Rosario Ramos transition from postdoctoral fellowships into the tenure track as assistant professors. Chandra’s research focuses on the teaching of writing in secondary schools and improving teacher training around writing. Enid’s research focuses on studying the intersections between adolescents’ development of critical literacy skills and their participation in community activism.

Please join me in welcoming Leah, Nell, and Chauncey to the SOE community and in congratulating Chandra and Enid on their transition into the tenure track.

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