Faculty and Staff
Our IECE Program Faculty has educators from within the College of Education, faculty from the University community, Professional Educators from the Bluegrass area, and advanced IECE students. Professors Jennifer Grisham-Brown and Katherine McCormick are Co-Chairs of the IECE Program Faculty.
Jennifer Grisham-Brown is a professor in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program and faculty director of the Early Childhood Laboratory school. She is co-author of two books on blended education in early childhood education (Blended Practices in Early Childhood Education and Blended Assessment Practices in Early Childhood Education – in press). Her research interests include authentic assessment, tiered instruction, and inclusion of children with significant disabilities. Dr. Grisham-Brown is co-founder of a children’s home and preschool program in Guatemala City called Hope for Tomorrow, where she accompanies students for the education abroad program.
LEE ANN JUNG, PhD, has been on faculty in the University of Kentucky's College of Education since 2002 and has worked in the field of special education since 1994. Since 2002, Lee Ann has served as the higher education representative on Kentucky’s governor-appointed Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for early intervention, which she chaired for several years. She has served in the roles of teacher, administrator, and researcher and has worked as an interventionist directly with hundreds of children with disabilities and their families.
Building on this real-world experience, Lee Ann has consistently been invited to provide leadership to programs, schools, districts, and organizations around the world for nearly 15 years. She is actively engaged in supporting growth in her areas of scholarly research and writing, including assessment, family support, IEP/IFSP development, standards-based assessment for exceptional learners, planning intervention, and measuring progress. This constant connection to research-based practice in real-world settings forms the foundation of her university teaching.
Lee Ann has coauthored 3 books, two of which were finalists for the Distinguished Achievement award from the Association of Educational Publishers. She has also authored more than 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has received in excess of 4 million dollars in funding to support personnel preparation and research. This funding includes continuous funding since 2006 from the US Department of Education to support the tuition of scholars in the IECE program.
Lee Ann has served as associate editor for Young Exceptional Children (YEC), guest editor and editorial board member of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and is currently an editorial board member for YEC and Journal of Early Intervention. Lee Ann is a 2001 graduate of Auburn University.
Early Childhood Lab