Graduate School

Education Faculty

Dr. Mariann W. Tillery
Dean, School of Education
Professor of Education
Dr. Barbara B. Leonard
Associate Dean, School of Education
Professor of Education

Organizations: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), N.C. Science Teachers Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the NCASCD, NCACTE (NC Association of College of Teacher Education), Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta Pi, National and NC Association of Community College Trustee.

Research: Science education at the elementary education level (STEM); Student (pupil) success of recent HPU teacher education graduates.
Dr. Leslie Cavendish
Assistant Professor of Education

Organizations: Literacy Research Association (LRA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), International Reading Association (IRA), American Research Education Association (AERA)

Research: International educator: Global life and lessons, Narratives of an international educator: Agency and identity in literacy practices. International teachers: Understanding being a cultural agent through narrative.

Personal Quote: We can understand our identities, teaching and how we make sense of the world through the stories we tell.
Dr. Shirley A. Disseler
Assistant Professor of Education

Organizations: NCAEE, NCTM, NSTA, ASCD, DKG

Research: Transitioning to Middle School, Academically Gifted and Learning Styles, Integrated Curriculum, STEM in the Classroom

Personal Quote: The “why and the how” are much more important than the” what” in teaching.
Dr. Robert T. Harger
Department Chair, Mathematics
Dr. Dustin N. Johnson
Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
Assistant Professor of Education

Organizations: National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Association for Middle Level Education, North Carolina Middle School Association, North Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education

Research: Teachers’ Perceptions of Working Conditions in Middle Schools, The Effect of Principal Leadership on Student Academic Achievement at the Middle Level, Comparing Student Academic Achievement in Middle and K-8 Schools, The Impact of Leadership on the Culture of Middle Schools

Personal Quote: We must do more than simply teach our future school leaders how to manage a building; in order for our schools to achieve at the highest level, we must have servant leaders who are committed to nurturing, mentoring, and collaborating in a reflective manner with those around them.
Dr. Alisa R. McLean
Instructor of Education

Organizations: Board of Directors- NC Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development (NCASCD), Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA), Alumni Association member: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City State University Member: Psi Gamma Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Research: Principal Leadership and School Leadership

Personal Quote: "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail". Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dr. Sarah F. Vess
Assistant Professor of Education

Organizations: National Association of School Psychologists, North Carolina School Psychology Association

Research: Interrater Reliability on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, Generic (ADOS-G), Efficacy of a Program Pairing School Psychologists with Education Majors, Impact of Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) on Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


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