In my research I pursue topics relevant to education in the Appalachian region with a global view combining empirical research and philosophy of education.
2014-Present. Teaching Professionalism and Assessment Practices
Working with Dr. Karee Dunn and doctoral researchers, we have examined pre-service teacher attitudes towards data-driven decision making and simulated parent-teacher conferences.
2011-Present. Phenomenology and Existentialism in Education Research Group
This research group examines exceptional teaching and learning from the perspective of phenomenological pedagogy. I collaborate with senior professors and graduate students in the development of a book proposal, papers, posters, and workshops. I have designed specific research projects and coded and analyzed various data. I assist other researchers in the initial stages of their studies.
- Nicaragua Drug and Violence Prevention
This research project was funded by the government of Nicaragua with the intent of reducing demand for illicit drugs and reducing violence. I coded and analyzed 26 interviews and collaborated in developing culturally relevant drug and violence prevention program.
2012-Present. High School Nano-technology Research
Independent research of exceptional teaching and learning project. I investigated student experience in original science research. I designed the study, interviewed students, transcribed interviews, coded and analyzed data, developed paper and poster presentations.
2012-2013. Pi Beta Phi Elementary School and Place-Based Education
Independent research of exceptional teaching and learning project. I analyzed pilot interviews with students and teachers regarding experience of the Parks as Classroom National Parks Program, and conducted philosophical research into place-based education.
2012-2013. Waters and Civilization Course Improvement Research
Interviewed students and instructor of a flipped course, guest lectured, consulted with instructor on results and potential course improvements.