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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

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.

 

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Katherine McCormick
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Dr. Katherine McCormick is a Professor in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and holds the James W. and Diane V. Stuckert Service-Learning Professorship.

Dr. McCormick has been actively involved in a number of program, department, college and university initiatives at UK.  She has served as Program Chair and Chair of the College of Education Faculty Council.  University service has included Senate Council membership, and chair and member of the Senate’s Retroactive Withdrawal and Appeals Committee.  She currently serves on the Graduate Council, the Academic Area Advisory Committee for the Social Sciences and the University Appeals Board, and is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Work Team for the new University Financial Model.

Dr. McCormick came to UK in 1998 from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Auburn University for her Ph.D. and the University of Alabama Birmingham for advanced degrees in School Psychology. While in Alabama Dr. McCormick worked as a classroom teacher of young children with developmental delays and also worked as a school psychologist. She also directed a rural migrant program, and taught at-risk adolescents and youth in an alternative school program.

Dr. McCormick is active in teaching, research and service. While in Georgia, Dr. McCormick was appointed by the Governor to chair the Georgia Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention. In Kentucky, Governor Beshear appointed her to the Early Childhood Authority. She serves on numerous college and university committees as well as state and national boards including editorial board membership for the premier journal in her discipline, the Journal of Early Intervention.

Dr. McCormick is a successful researcher in the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education. She has participated as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on numerous projects funded by private foundations or state and federal agencies. Research with other colleagues at UK includes a 3-yr research and evaluation project of the Kentucky primary program and a 7-yr federally funded project to study transition for young children with disabilities and their families across the early childhood years. She disseminates her work regularly through publications and presentations.

Current research interests include transition for young children, assessment and accountability practices, community engagement, and service-learning.

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Jennifer Grisham-Brown
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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.

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Lee Ann Jung
Associate Professor

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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.

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Staff Director

Early Childhood Lab
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