New faculty bring expertise, fresh perspective to EHE
Ten new faculty have joined the College of Education and Human Ecology this autumn, including a new chair for the Department of Human Sciences. Most come from universities in Ohio and across the country, but three have been promoted from within the college.
Associate Professor of Educational Policy
Director of the First Education Experience Program
Interests: Teacher collaboration and its connections with school leadership, teacher practices and teaching efficacy; effective instruction; connecting teaching practice to school climate
Goddard has served for three years as visiting professor as director of the First Education Experience Program, which supports undergraduates in exploring education as a career path through real-world experiences. She will continue in that role. She revamped the program, working to build partnerships with faculty and staff across campus and throughout the community. Her research examines teacher collaboration and using differentiated instruction to produce measurable student outcomes.
Associate Professor of School Psychology
Interests: Understanding protective factors that lead to appropriate development in early childhood; identifying strengths in African American children that lead to positive socio-emotional and academic outcomes.
Graves’ recent scholarship examines the effectiveness of culturally adapted social/emotional interventions for black children and diversifying school psychology. While at Duquesne University, his published works included contributions with his graduate student researchers in School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Early Intervention, the Journal of Black Psychology and the Journal of African American Studies.
Amy C. Barnes
Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs
Interests: Critical perspectives of leadership theory and college student leadership development, strengths-based leadership development, development of cultural competency among college students, student mentoring
Transitioning from a senior lecturer role, Barnes brings expertise in both teaching and college student affairs administration. She has 14 years of experience working in various student affairs offices, including residence life, first-year experience and career services. Since 2005 she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in leadership development, group dynamics, case analysis and intercultural leadership.
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement
Interests: Use of advanced and emerging statistical techniques to further the field’s understanding of preschool and elementary-age students’ cognitive development and its contributing factors, and to introduce advanced statistical and research methods to education researchers.
Logan has been a senior researcher for EHE’s Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy for the past five years. Her background spans research methods, statistics, psychology and education. Her research focuses on measuring individual differences in young children’s learning and best practices in supporting their knowledge and skills growth.
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement (QREM)
Interests: Latent variable modeling (e.g., regression mixture models, growth mixture models) and longitudinal data analysis using multilevel modeling and latent growth modeling; investigating the advanced method of growth modeling – including latent growth curve modeling and growth mixture modeling.
Kim brings expertise in structural equation modeling (SEM) and multilevel modeling to the growing QREM faculty at Ohio State. Currently, she focuses her research on evaluating the method of Regression Mixture Models under SEM framework, which allows researchers to explore the potential differential effects of interest in outcomes.
Chair of Department of Human Sciences
Interests: Lifespan career development with an emphasis on how children and young adults establish a career identity and adapt their career goals in the face of changing life circumstances
Porfeli focuses his career on promoting positive human health and development and strengthening the fabric of our communities. He specializes in harmonizing and aligning resources and partnerships around a common mission. As one example, his prior role was associate dean of community engagement and admissions and tenured faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine for the Northeast Ohio Medical University.
Clinical Associate Professor of Fashion and Retail Studies
Interests: Ethics, sustainability and corporate responsibility in the fashion, retail and hospitality industries; clothing and society, with emphasis on how dress affects personal and workplace interactions; consumer retailing and consumer behavior; and applied research on best practices in teaching and helping students transition from college to career.
Hillery arrives from the University of New Mexico, where she was a visiting professor and the Garrey Carruthers Endowed Chair in the Honors College. She also taught online fashion and culture courses for Ohio University.
Leeann M. Lower
Assistant Professor of Sport Management
Interests: Effectiveness of sport programs and mechanisms of participant development within the contexts of collegiate recreational sport and youth sport; legal issues, research methods and pedagogical strategies in sport management.
Lower returns to Ohio State as assistant professor after earning her doctoral degree in 2015 with advisor Brian Turner. She studies the development of youth and young adults through sport, recreation and play. In the classroom, Lower takes a humanistic approach to education, customizing the learning experience for each student to guide them toward their academic and professional goals.
Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor in Dual Language/Bilingual Education
Interests: Educational sociolinguistics; how bilingual communities use their linguistic repertoires; how translanguaging helps to conceptualize multilingual interactions; social justice and language education
Sayer brings more than two decades of experience in English-as-second-language education — as a teacher, educator, researcher and scholar.
His recent research at the University of Texas San Antonio examines how bilingual communities use multiple varieties of Spanish and English to interact within families, local communities and schools.
Assistant Professor in Science Education
Interests: Improving learners’ conceptual understanding in science; building effective learning environments for all students, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
Smith’s research and writing involves developing science teaching models that are developmentally appropriate for all children, especially from preschool to third grade. Her work considers making science learning more meaningful for underrepresented groups, including multilingual learners. Smith has published in high-impact research outlets such as the International Journal of Science Education and the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences.