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New Faculty Appointments Announced by College of Education

Article introducing new faculty members

by Joe Savrock (September 2008)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s College of Education welcomes ten new faculty members this fall, as well as three others who are set to arrive in subsequent semesters.

The following ten faculty members begin their appointments this fall semester:

bradaschia_sml.jpgLeila Bradaschia is the new director of International Programs, as well as director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. Bradaschia arrives from Indiana University Bloomington, where she served as an associate instructor while earning her doctorate. Previously, she was program director at International Visitors Council in Columbus, Ohio and an intern with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, D.C. Bradaschia received her Ph.D. in History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education, with a concentration in International and Comparative Education, from Indiana University. She has an M.A. in International Affairs/Latin American Studies from Ohio University and a B.A. in International Studies from The Ohio State University. Bradaschia’s research interests include the involvement of non-governmental organizations in education in Latin America, internationalizing P–16 curricula and teacher education, and international exchange programs.

clark_sml.jpgRobert W. Clark, associate professor of workforce education and development, previously was an administrative director and assistant director of Dauphin County Technical School in Harrisburg, Pa. He also has served as a special projects coordinator for the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Clark earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Penn State, and both his M.Ed. and B.S. in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University. His research interests include career and technical (C&T) education funding in relation to total public education funding, the effects of NCLB on C&T education, the value of C&T education achievement in overall student achievement, workforce development policy, and economic development career and technical education policy.

Kathleen M. Collins, assistant professor of language and literacy education, arrives from the University of San Diego. She received a Ph.D. in Literacy Studies from the University of Michigan, and both an Ed.M. in English Education and a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kathleen's program of research is designed to contribute to the understanding of the contextual factors and interactional processes that contribute to the construction of school success and school failure—that is, what counts as ability and disability in specific instructional contexts. Across all of her projects and teaching, she is motivated to uncover and explore the roles of situated, or multiple, literacies in how differences are made to matter.

Duschl.jpgRichard A. Duschl is the new Waterbury Chair Professor in Secondary Education. Duschl arrives from Rutgers University. 
He earned a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Maryland, an M.A.T. in Geology from Michigan State University, and a B.S. in Earth Science Education from the University of Maryland. He served as chair of the 2007 National Research Council review report Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K–8. In 2008 he was elected President of NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching) for a three-year term of office. As Waterbury Chair, Duschl will focus his research efforts on advancing teacher education programs and on the design of learning environments that seek and promote collaborations among mathematics, science, technology and engineering education.
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Kimberly A. Griffin joins the College of Education faculty as assistant professor of college student affairs and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. She recently earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA. She holds an M.A. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University. Griffin’s research interests include access for and the experiences and outcomes of African American students and faculty; faculty-student relationships; campus racial climate; and diversity issues in academe.

kim_sml.jpgYoub Kim is a new assistant professor of language and literacy education. She most recently served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University. Kim earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University, her M.A. in Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages from Michigan State, and her B.S. in Child Development from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Her research interest is English as a Second Language literacy, language learning, and multicultural teacher education.

Andrea V. McCloskey, assistant professor of mathematics education, arrives from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she most recently served as a field experiences coordinator and elementary math methods instructor. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University, an M.A.T. in Secondary Education from Miami University, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Wheaton College. McCloskey’s research interests are preservice and inservice teacher learning, children’s reasoning with fractions, and developing assessments that help teachers obtain valid and useful information.
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Matthew E. Poehner, assistant professor of world languages, comes to the College of Education from Penn State’s Department of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, where he was a senior lecturer and held positions with the Center for Language Acquisition and the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency and Research. He holds a Ph.D. in French with specialization in Applied Linguistics from Penn State, an M.A. in French from Penn State, and a B.A. in French from the University of Cincinnati. His research areas are in Vygotskian theory and pedagogy, classroom-based assessment, and dynamic assessment.

reid-walsh_sml.jpgJacqueline Reid-Walsh is associate professor of language and literacy education. She arrives from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada. Reid-Walsh received her Ph.D. in English Literature from McGill University, her M.A. in English Literature from Carleton University, and her B.A. in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Guelph. Her research interests are in the areas of early children’s texts, contemporary popular culture including new media, and girlhood studies. She is particularly interested in comparative methodologies.

Jeanine M. Staples, assistant professor of language and literacy education, served on the faculty at the University of Maryland College Park. She earned an Ed.D. in Language and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Howard University. Her research interests are adolescent literacies, media studies, teaching and learning, and contexts for education.
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Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, associate professor of language and literacy education, most recently served as a faculty member at Bloomsburg University. She holds a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from Penn State, and M.A. in English Education from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in English from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon. Her research interests include adolescent literacy, secondary English language arts and literacy issues, and literature for children and young adults.


zimmerman_sml.jpgHeather Zimmerman
, assistant professor of instructional systems, recently earned a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from the University of Washington. She holds an M.A. in Museology from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Science Communications from Cornell University. Zimmerman’s research interests revolve around studying how individuals learn science within and across social settings such as home, community, museums, and schools. She studies social arrangements for learning in family life, learning and design in informal science learning institutions, and young people's use of digital technologies.


Joining the Penn State faculty in the spring 2009 semester are the following two professors:

Stephanie L. Knight, professor of educational psychology, arrives from Texas A&M University. Knight earned an Ed.D. from the University of Houston, an M.A. in Secondary Education from Lehigh University, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky.

Gwendolyn M. Lloyd, professor of mathematics education, currently is a member of the faculty at Virginia Tech. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an A.B. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College.


One new faculty member has been named to begin her Penn State assignment in the fall 2009 semester:

E. Frances Arbaugh, associate professor of mathematics education, currently is associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/Mathematics Education from Indiana University-Bloomington; her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction/Secondary Mathematics Education from Virginia Commonwealth University; and her B.S. in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech.