Students interested in pursuing research may contact a participating faculty member to inquire about this option and if available should submit an electronic Honors Credit Learning Agreement (eHCLA). The eHCLA is an agreement between the James Scholar student and the cooperating faculty member that outlines the expectations for the James Scholar project. The list below provides a short summary of faculty members' research interests. You can click on their name for more information about their research, publications, and contact information.

Students who wish to pursue the research option are encouraged to enroll in CI 205 (spring only). The CI 205 course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of research. This course will cover the basics of educational research and assist students in a research project with a faculty member in the College of Education. In addition to the faculty listed below, more options are available by viewing the College of Education faculty research profiles.

Research lab sites available in the College of Education are located under the Research Lab heading. Please familiarize yourself with the lab by accessing the link and contact the participating faculty member for information on how to participate.

Participating Faculty

Participating Faculty Researchers
Meghan Burke

Meghan Burke

My research examines how parents navigate service delivery systems to access services for their offspring with disabilities. My projects often include interviews with parents of individuals with disabilities. The scholar may assist with transcription, data entry, and writing. Time commitment to James Scholar projects may vary depending on the student.

Dr. Jennifer Cromley

Dr. Jennifer Cromley is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology.  Her work focuses on two areas of science/math learning: 1) Comprehension of scientific text--how do students make sense of words and diagrams together in biology and chemistry textbooks and 2) Retention in science majors--what thinking skills and what aspects of motivation help students want to stay in the sciences? Work in the lab includes analyzing student scratch work on science and math tasks (middle school through undergraduate); data entry, cleanup, and measurement work on various assessments; and data analysis under supervision. James Scholars who make intellectual contributions can count on having their name on a conference submission.

Jose Del Real Viramontes

Jose Del Real Viramontes

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

I am in the Higher Education program under EPOL and my research generally focuses on the access, promotion, and graduation of Latina/o/x students in higher education. However, I received my PhD in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Cultural Studies in Education. I have experience teaching courses on teaching and learning with a focus on Mexican American students and families.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C) projected scholar time commitment.

This semester I am willing to support students in general projects that would introduce them to research with a focus on Mexican American/Latina/o students and education. Projects that students may want to engage in are: 1) developing a reading list for a lit review or 2) developing a research paper on a topic of their choice. Scholars will need to be actively engaged throughout the project. Time commitment would range between 3-4 hours depending on project and scholar needs.

Stacy Dymond

Stacy Dymond

My research interests focus on curriculum and instruction for students with severe intellectual disabilities in inclusive school and community settings. I am particularly interested in the use of service learning as a form of pedagogy for promoting access to academics and life skills curriculum.

Rebecca Ginsburg

Rebecca Ginsburg

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

Prison education and re-entry from prison.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C) projected scholar time commitment.

1. We are creating a website directory of all the college-in-prison programs in the U.S. This project includes researching programs, contacting them and requesting further information, and working with the website team to add programs to the site. It's an opportunity to talk and learn from incredible teacher-scholar-activists from across the country. This project is not super time sensitive. Five hours/week would be enough to keep it moving forward. 10 hours/week would allow even more work to be done!

2) Update bibliography on higher education in prison. We have an annotated bibliography on works related to higher education in prison. We'd like it updated. This will involve library and database searches. The scholars can work independently. I estimate that completion will involve 30 - 35 hours of work; that means that 3 - 4 hours/week over the semester should accomplish it.

3. We are organizing a statewide conference on higher ed in prison. The scholar can work with the organizing team and attend the conference (Oct 28 and 29 in Springfield),while writing short articles for social media about the upcoming conference, the conference itself,and the conference aftermath. This would involve interviewing people about their work related to college-in-prison and relating their stories and the stories of the programs that they work with. It will involve 5 - 7 hours/week until the conference, and entire days on Oct 28 and 29, if possible. (We can provide accommodation). And then 5 - 7 hour weeks thereafter.

4. We're also compiling a sort publication that provides information about the college-in-prison programs in IL. We'd love an JS who might be interested in working on that project. It needs to be completed by Oct 20, so it's a time-sensitive project that will likely involved 7 - 10 hours/week until Oct 20, considerably less thereafter. (There are other smaller projects they could work on.) It will involve compiling a survey and then contacting the wonderful, inspiring people doing prison ed across the state as well as formerly incarcerated students. It's actually a really fun project that provides lots of scope for creativity and rigor.

Gloriana Gonzalez Rivera

Gloriana Gonzalez Rivera

 

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

Mathematics teaching, mathematics learning, teacher education

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C)projected scholar time commitment.

I have a project about teaching geometry through visual arts contexts. The scholar can analyze textbooks with visual arts contexts and describe learning opportunities. The project involves coding textbooks and analyzing the contexts used.

Rebecca Hinze-Pifer

Rebecca Hinze-Pifer

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

My studies use a range of quantitative methods including descriptive, quasi-experimental, and experimental. I have two lines of research in K12 schools. The first explores the non-academic dimensions of schooling, including discipline policy and socioemotional learning. The second examines educational inequality through multiple lenses.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C) projected scholar time commitment.

Achievement gaps and officer involved shootings - I am looking at the extent to which student academic performance responds to officer-involved shootings in the area. I need assistance cleaning and categorizing the shootings data. Depending on interest and availability, scholars could be involved in some aspects of the analysis. I am working on a project using national nonprofit tax records to document private spending on public schools. The data will be combined with school achievement and inequality data from the entire country, to examine patterns of inequality and the ways private spending exacerbates or ameliorates unequal school funding. There are several portions of the project I could use assistance with, depending on scholar interest.

Rodney Hopson

Rodney Hopson

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

Rodney Hopson is Professor, Educational Psychology and Evaluation and Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, College of Education, UIUC. Additionally, he is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership.  Hopson’s research interests lie in social politics and policies, foundations of education, sociolinguistics, ethnography, and evaluation. Relative to his research interests, Hopson raises questions that 1) analyze and address the differential impact of education and schooling on marginalized and underrepresented groups in diverse global nation states and 2) seek solutions to social and educational conditions in the form of alternative paradigms, epistemologies, and methods for the way the oppressed and marginalized succeed and thrive despite circumstances and opportunities that suggest otherwise.  One strand of his research focuses on language as a harbinger of social and educational change, especially in post-apartheid and postcolonial nation states that wrestle with the tensions and opportunities of democracy and freedom.  A second set of Hopson’s research have been through manuscripts and funded projects that emphasize the transformative possibility of developing mechanisms that promote educational and social equity.   

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C) projected scholar time commitment.

Scholars will have opportunity to provide research or project support and assistance related to 1 or 2 projects of interest, such as:

    1. AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program
    2. Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment
    3. Study abroad to Namibia and other related projects on developing partnerships between UIUC and Southern Africa
    4. Eval@EPSY projects related to building evaluation community @ UIUC and beyond

Scholar time commitment would depend on availability and flexibility of scholars.

Wen-Hao (David) Huang

Wen-Hao (David) Huang

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

I am mostly interested in understanding how to motivate individuals and organizations to behave productively in various learning and performance improvement contexts. An essential subset of my research is to understand how decisions are made by individuals and organizations and what are some opportunities and challenges for individuals and organizations to make informed decisions.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C) projected scholar time commitment.

1. Using VR to teach archaeological skills: I am looking for scholars who are interested in analyzing quantitative and qualitative data collected from UIUC students. The time commitment is negotiable.2. Improving mental health care qualities for underrepresented perinatal women at C-U area: I am looking for scholars who are interested in interacting with community members and interested in analyzing qualitative data. Some weekend hours are required. 3. Understanding how career decisions are made by working adults and/or college students: I am looking for scholars who are interested in exploring and synthesizing literature and analyzing qualitative data. Time commitment is negotiable. 4. IDEA Coalition Bringing Awareness to Perinatal Mental, Physical Health
Wenhao (David) Huang, Karen Tabb-Dina, and Brandon Meline, are working together to use research and technology to improve wellness for new mothers and infants.
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Karin Jensen

Karin Jensen

 

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

My research is in engineering education, particularly around undergraduate student mental health and mentorship of engineering faculty in engineering education research.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C)projected scholar time commitment.

NSF EAGER: A) This project seeks to study the mentorship relationships of engineering faculty and engineering education researchers who are participating in the NSF RIEF program. The project seeks to identify best practices for these mentoring relationships, as well as develop resources and events to facilitate growth of scholars in engineering education. B) Undergraduate scholars would work with the research team to review interview transcripts and code these transcripts to identify emerging themes. Scholars would review the literature on mentorship, particularly to learn about the cognitive apprenticeship model. Scholars would also contribute to drafting conference papers and journal articles. C) Estimated scholar time commitment is 5-10 hours per week, including regular meetings with the research team.

Christina Krist

Christina Krist

 

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

Stina Krist's research focuses on how to make science education more meaningful for students. She examines how students learn to participate in sophisticated scientific practices and how they develop care and agency through their participation. She also examines how teachers support students' agency, both relationally and epistemically.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C)projected scholar time commitment.

Scholars will have the opportunity to qualitatively analyze video data from middle school classrooms, teacher interviews, and/or teacher professional development workshops, depending on area of interest. Scholars will be responsible for articulating a focused research question and carrying out some analysis of the data, in collaboration with other members of the research team.In addition, scholars should plan to attend a bi-weekly research team meeting. Anticipated time commitment is ~5 hrs/week.

 

H. Chad Lane

Chad is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology with a joint appointment in Informatics. His research involves the application of artificial intelligence and entertainment technologies to educational problems, with an emphasis on informal and self-directed learning. More specifically, this work seeks to investigate the nature of engagement in learning activities and how to best promote it through technology. Chad is interested starting new projects along these lines that leverage game-based and effective technologies for K-12 STEM education, and even potentially leveraging commercial-off-the-shelf games such as Minecraft and Terraria.

Nancy Latham

Nancy Latham

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

Teacher workforce pathways, teacher persistence in the field, teacher shortage, and teacher preparation models. Early childhood best practices, instructional environments, classroom management and community, and instructional planning and assessment.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C) projected scholar time commitment.

Working on issues related to to state an national policies related to teacher preparation, workforce pathways, and teacher shortage and projects specific to ECE instruction described above. I prefer to allow students to co-design the scope and trajectory of their project which also defines the timeline and outcomes.

Ali Lewis

Ali Lewis

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Reggio Emilia inspired lab school here at TheCollege of Education's University Primary School. Special interests involve social emotionalwell being, social justice and activism, multi-age learners, learners and technology, and teacherdevelopment.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C)projected scholar time commitment.

1. Experiences in the Atelier: A) observe and theorize about how children are learning in the Uni Primary atelier of light and outdoor garden. B) ethnographic notes, photo documentation, interviews collected and analyzed for major learning themes/understandings. C) At least 5 observation/data times in Oct/Nov with a written "story" of understandings to be presented on the Uni Primary website by finals week. The writing would include quotes, photos, and some research from literature.

2.Agency in Action: A) research student agency both in the literature and here in the Uni Primary classrooms; attend a staff meeting and interview teachers/listen to teachers talk about agency. B)create a document for publication on Uni Primary website about agency. C) meet with teachers/director once or twice, review literature in the field about 5-6 hours, observe at Uni Primary about 5-6 hours.

Cheryl Light Shriner

Cheryl Light Shriner

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

I am interested in research related to high quality assessments and interventions to addresschallenging behavior in children with disabilities within school settings.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C)projected scholar time commitment.

Project 1: This project involves evaluating the completeness and quality of written behavior assessments and behavioral interventions that are included in a student's individualized education program (IEP) within school settings. A James Scholar would be reviewing the literature (Reading and summarizing research articles related to the topic), using a tool to evaluate the completeness and quality of FBAs and BIPs, and potentially be involved in training teachers to use a tool to evaluate completeness and quality of FBAs and BIPs. The teachers would then be given a survey to indicate how useful this tool was. The James Scholar could help summarize the usefulness survey information. I would expect a commitment of at least 2 hours each week.

Project 2: This project involves identifying behavior management tools that preschool teachers use in their classrooms to minimize challenging behaviors and to teach alternative skills to children with and without disabilities who demonstrate challenging behaviors. The James Scholar would have the opportunity to interview teachers and observe in classrooms to document the tools and strategies that teachers use and then assist in summarizing this information. The tools and strategies will then be summarized and categorized by function of behavior (reason the child demonstrates the challenging behavior). I would expect a commitment of at least 2 hours each week.

Project 3:This project involves identifying the types of experiences in a course that influence and possibly change perceptions and attitudes about people with disability. There will be an emphasis on what experiences are most helpful for international students who may come from very different cultural backgrounds and belief systems. The James Scholar will be involved in reading and summarizing information from journal articles and may have the opportunity to interview international participants who are enrolled in courses with a disability focus. I would expect a commitment of at least 2 hours each week.

Robb Lindgren

Robb Lindgren is an Assistant Professor in the Curriculum & Instruction Department and faculty in the Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching, and Agency (DELTA) program.  His research examines theories and designs for learning within emerging media platforms (e.g., simulations, virtual environments, mobile devices, video games, augmented and mixed reality, etc.).

He has several projects involving the design ofscience simulations that students interact with using full body movement orhand gestures. He also has projects working with science museums to collect andanalyze data about how visitors use their exhibits, and a project usingaugmented reality (e.g., the HoloLens) in a community college astronomyclassroom.

Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky

Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky

My areas of research include social and communication behavior of young children with autism and other developmental disabilities. I am very interested in intervention strategies to promote the social-communication behavior of children with disabilities and in methods for training and coaching parents (e.g., home-based intervention and internet-based interventions).

Rachel Roegman

Rachel Roegman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests examine the interconnections of equity, contexts, and leadership, and her work focuses on the development and support of equity-focused leaders.  Dr. Roegman's project focuses on understanding K-12 public school principals’ perspectives on and experiences with addressing issues of race with multiple constituent groups within diverse school contexts, based on the idea that how they approach race impacts student and staff perceptions of the school’s racial climate, which is connected to student outcomes.

Students involved in the project may be involved in some of the following activities: conducting interviews, transcribing data, developing a survey, reviewing literature, and analyzing data. I look forward to discussing the project with interested students!

Nidia Ruedas-Gracia

Nidia Ruedas-Garcia

 

1. Please briefly describe your general areas of research interest.

Dr. Nidia Ruedas-Gracia is an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology. Her work focuses on exploring socio cultural factors (e.g., sense of belonging) that impact the academic performance and psychological development of historically marginalized students. She is also interested in informing and developing culturally-sustaining interventions for historically marginalized college students,specifically those who are first-generation/low-income (FLI). Work in Gracia Lab includes helping conduct literature reviews, collect data (interviews, focus groups, surveys, experiments, etc.),analyze both quantitative and qualitative data, and assisting both graduate students and faculty with preparing manuscripts. Scholars who commit to Gracia Lab and make intellectual contributions to any of the various projects are encouraged to have their name on conference submissions and present at university and national academic conferences.

2. Please list 2-3 research projects in which you are willing to work with James Scholars and provide in brief the following information: A) description of project. B) description of scholar responsibility. C) projected scholar time commitment.

For information on current projects, please visit Dr. Nidia Ruedas-Gracia's website:ruedasgracia.com

Dr. Christopher Seals

 

Dr. Christopher Seals

1: Research Interests

Dr. Christopher Seals is an assistant professor and coordinator of curriculum and assessment for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Seals is an educational psychologist whose research interests broadly include motivational constructs in learning and expanding the pedagogical scope of instructors to explore innovative and modern teaching practices in efforts to reach varied types of learners.  

2: Duties of the Student Researcher

  1. In efforts to learn more about the student learning experience for DVM students, this James Scholar will assist in and exploratory study of collecting data about the effectiveness of the overall DVM curriculum, including but not limited to hospital rotation learning, course learning, assessment, and the success of various teaching styles.
  2. The James Scholar duties will include: collect and clean data, analyze data using statistics software, become familiar with IRB application, read and learn about research in learning and motivation, prepare research for a poster or for a presentation at a future conference/symposium.
  3. 10 hours a week for Spring 2020 Semester.
Stephanie C. Smith

Stephanie C. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Early Childhood Education. Her research focuses on urban early childhood programs. Of particular interest are: 1) pedagogic methods employed by teachers of children in high-poverty areas, especially the effectiveness of progressive pedagogies 2) and family engagement in schools with high-poverty populations, including understanding barriers to teachers faced by families and barriers to families faced by teachers. 

Allison Witt

Allison Witt

My research interests are focused on globalizing teacher education and teaching practice.  I’m especially interested in how pre-service teachers can develop global competency themselves in ways that can be modeled with their own students later.  My current research projects include the analysis of the cross cultural exchange between visiting and host teachers in international contexts.  I am particularly focused on the transformative potential of collaborative international partnerships that must be established and maintained between schools, universities, administrators and teachers.

Research Lab Sites:

Adult Learning Lab: http://education.illinois.edu/tall/

Elizabeth Stine-Morrow