March 2021 Faculty News

March 31, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski, associate professor of international and multicultural education, announced she and her USAID Zambia project, Transforming Teacher Education, will hold a hybrid in-person and Zoom launch event on April 9. Keynote speakers include senior Zambian officials from the Ministry of General Education and the Charge d'Affaires from the U.S. Embassy in Zambia. The event will take place at 3 AM EST but will also be recorded for easier viewership for American audiences.


March 31, 2021

Dr. David Eccles, professor of sport psychology, published an article in the journal Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology titled "Too Tired to Switch Off? How Post-Training Physical Fatigue Impairs Mental Recovery Through Increased Worry." The study asked athletes to use a daily diary to help determine whether "sport-related rumination and worry can explain the relation between daily post-training physical fatigue and vigor on the one hand, and subsequent cognitive and emotional detachment on the other hand."


March 30, 2021

Dr. Valerie Shute, Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Endowed Professor of Education in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems department, published an article in the journal Educational Technology Research and Development titled, “The relationship among prior knowledge, accessing learning supports, learning outcomes, and game performance in educational games." The article was written with alumni Xiaotong Yang (Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies Ph.D. '21), Seyedahmad Rahimi (Measurement & Statistics M.S. '16, ISLT Ph.D. '21) and current students Renata Kuba (ISLT Ph.D.) and Ginny Smith (Mathematics Education M.S. '06, ISLT Ph.D.).


March 22, 2021

Dr. Erik Hines, associate professor and coordinator of the counselor education program and school counseling track, received the Al Dye Award from the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). The Al Dye Award recognizes an article in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work that "best advances the practice of group work." In 2020, Hines edited three of the four issues of the Journal as well as co-authored the article chosen for the Al Dye Award. As such, he will attend the ASGW annual conference to present the article as well as receive a complimentary registration to the 2022 conference. 



March 22, 2021

Dr. Lama Jaber, assistant professor of science education, was chosen as one of the Best Reviewers of 2020 by the Journal of the Learning Sciences. The JLS awards this distinction based on the reviewer's efforts to go above and beyond. As one of these reviewers, Jaber provided expert feedback on manuscripts and helped advanced the field of learning sciences.


March 18, 2021

Dr. Jenny Root, assistant professor of special education, published an article titled "Let's see that again: Using instructional videos to support asynchronous mathematical problem solving instruction for students with autism spectrum disorder" based on research conducted through her Autism Science Foundation and AERA Division K COVID-19 grants. Co-authors included current doctoral student Deidre Gilley (M.S. '18) and alumna Dr. Sarah Cox (Ph.D. '19). She also published an article with Cox titled "Development of Mathematical Practices through Word Problem Solving Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder" in the journal Exceptional Children.


March 18, 2021

Dr. Patrice Iatarola, associate professor of Education Policy & Evaluation, delivered the keynote speech for the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) virtual conference. Iatarola currently serves as the president of the AEFP. The speech was livestreamed through AEFP's website and included recognizing award winners, delivering the presidential address, and a panel discussion titled "The Gary B. Right to Literacy Case and the role of Impact Litigation in Education Policy and Advocacy."


March 16, 2021

Dr. Ryan Rodenberg, associate professor of Sport Management, published an 82-page article in the UNLV Gaming Law Journal titled "Regulating Sports Gaming Data." The article is a treatise on sports betting and how to define it. The article can be viewed online here.


March 15, 2021

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner, associate professor of Higher Education, was chosen as a member of the National Science Foundation Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methods (QCM) Cohort. She joins scholars from around the country using data science methodologies. The CQM Cohort hopes to "dismantle structural barriers to enable human flourishing for underrepresented communities, professionals, and young people" through the use of such methodologies. 





March 12, 2021

Drs. Tamara Bertrand Jones and Alysia Roehrig served as co-editors of a special issue of the Florida Journal of Educational Research, along with Dr. Cheron Davis of Florida A&M University. A number of faculty members in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies contributed to the issue:

Exploring the Outcomes of an Academic Leadership Program: Building a Bridge Between Learning Across Difference

Dr. Cameron Beatty, Dr. Erica Wiborg, Brittany Brewster (Higher Education)

Mobilizing University Capital to Foster Pathways of College Access for Underserved Youth

Inika Pierre-Williams (Educational Leadership & Administration)

The Potential Shortcomings of the Proposed Sunshine Scholarship: Analysis of College Promise

Riccardo Purita (Higher Education)

Education Research for Equity and Social Justice in Florida

Dr. Cheron Davis, Dr. Alysia Roehrig, Dr. Tamara Bertrand Jones