A lasting impression

The moment I knew I wanted to become a teacher was when my physical education teacher in high school (Madison Central High School, Richmond, KY), Sue Tussey, made such an impression on me my freshman year that I decided to take physical education with her again my senior year. – … Read More

A ‘revolutionary,’ personal discovery

I discovered teaching was for me when I took an “introduction to education” course in college, just because I was curious.  I was assigned to observe an 8th grade American History class.  The teacher asked me to teach a lesson on Revolutionary War battles one day, which proved to be … Read More

2018-19 Highlights

Department of STEM Education • Outstanding Research Productivity and Dissemination: Faculty members in the department of STEM Education have published over 240 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters with 29 new publications in the past academic year (2018-2019). Additionally, in the past year, faculty members in this department have produced … Read More

Julian Vasquez Heilig Named College of Education Dean

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2019) — Julian Vasquez Heilig has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Education. Vasquez Heilig, an award-winning leader, teacher and researcher, comes to UK from California State University, Sacramento, where he was a professor of educational leadership and policy studies and director … Read More

Equipping Teachers with Naturalistic Teaching Strategies

Sarah Hawkins-Lear, Ed.D., clinical associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling, is working with doctoral candidate Meg Gravil on training early childhood teachers, who are not certified in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) or Special Education, to embed naturalistic teaching strategies to teach communication skills. The teachers are … Read More

Student Motivation and Learning in Technology-Assisted Learning Environments

Narmada Paul, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar in Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, studies student motivation and learning in technology-assisted learning environments. Her dissertation research involved developing and testing an instructional intervention to support fourth grade students’ participation in online discussions and promote their argumentation skills. … Read More

Advanced Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Imaging

Michael Samaan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Samaan and his diverse research team of physicians, physical therapists, medical and exercise science students use biomechanics and imaging to thoroughly understand the effects of orthopedic conditions on joint function and health. More specifically, the … Read More

Preparing Today’s Learners to Become Effective Information Problem Solvers

Students today routinely conduct research online to solve academic and everyday problems. Researchers have established a good understanding of learners’ behaviors in information problem solving (IPS) by quantitatively examining learners’ IPS tracking data. Yet to better teach IPS, we need to know more about learners’ reasoning processes. Applying a self-regulated … Read More

Improving Access to Behavioral Healthcare 

  Joseph H. Hammer, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, and members of the Help-seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER)  Lab study the factors that promote or block people from seeking behavioral healthcare when they have a mental health concern.  They are … Read More

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