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Ph.D. Candidate

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Teacher Education and Teacher Development program at Montclair State University, specializing in higher education.

My research area is the systems and structures of higher education and how they affect teaching and learning. This is a broad area of research that covers studying many different areas. A large part of my research centers around faculty development and using teacher development literature to support that work. For example, I use the literature on reflective teaching and Dan Lortie’s concept of apprenticeship of observation to examine ways I can help my faculty reflect on their teaching with the aim of advancing their knowledge of pedagogy and improving their practice.

I have completed literature reviews and projects for my classes that explore the following research questions:

  • How does the university as a structure support teacher education students in becoming culturally responsive teachers?
  • In what ways does one professor talk about his experience of moving quickly to remote teaching online for the first time in Spring 2020 and how this experience may have shaped and informed his teacher identity?
  • By studying primary materials found in the Montclair State archives and from the Feliciano School of Business reports and previously gathered resources and juxtaposing them against what had historically happened in schools’ transition from a normal school to a university, how can one track the current School of Business from the University’s Normal School beginnings through items like curricular actions?
  • How would I introduce queer theory to my current faculty in the school of business as an asynchronous faculty development opportunity?
  • What does the literature say about how faculty perceive post-tenure review?
  • What does the literature say about the intersection of teacher, mother, and scholar and the intersections within and associated with those identities?

I’m currently preparing an article for publication exploring how the experience of moving quickly to remote teaching online for the first time in Spring 2020 and how this experience may have affected and informed instructor identity, based on online instructor induction literature.

For my information on research areas, capstone projects, and presentations and workshops, please download my full CV.