9/18/2009

New Faculty, Staff Join Warner

There are a few new faces around the Warner School this fall as new faculty and staff have been recently added:

Edward Brockenbrough joins Warner as an assistant professor in teaching and curriculum. He teaches courses on social justice and urban education and directs the Urban Teaching and Leadership (UTL) Program. Prior to joining Warner, he taught graduate courses to pre-service teachers and Teach for America cohort members through the teacher preparation program at the University of Pennsylvania, and he evaluated a range of school reform initiatives as a staff member at Research for Action. He focuses his research on identity, pedagogy, and power in urban educational spaces, with particular attention to black, masculinity, and queer issues in education. Brockenbrough earned his master’s and doctoral degrees, both in foundations and practices of education, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Meuwissen comes to Warner as an assistant professor in teaching and curriculum directing the social studies teacher preparation program. He has taught at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels, and has worked on a number of research, program evaluation, and professional development projects in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Meuwissen’s teaching and research focus on helping K-12 social studies teachers develop a deliberative stance toward curriculum, pedagogy, and the political institution of schooling as they interact with diverse students and others within the school community. Prior to joining Warner, he earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland.

Julia White joins Warner as an assistant professor in teaching and curriculum directing the inclusive education program. She previously taught English in general education settings and a variety of special education settings in South Carolina and Washington, D.C. White’s research is grounded in social justice for communities and individuals that are typically stigmatized and segregated. Her research interests include inclusive education teacher preparation and practice, educational policy, and the cultural representations of disability. She received her doctorate in special education from Syracuse University.

Kimberly Fluet joins Warner as a visiting assistant professor teaching courses in the science teacher preparation program. Her research interests include middle school teachers' science identity development, pedagogical development of collegiate science faculty, preservice teacher development of reflective abilities, and investigations of differences between expert and novice science teachers' understanding of how people learn. She received her doctorate in learning, teaching and social policy, with a focus on science teacher education, from Cornell University.

Jennifer King is a visiting instructor supervising and teaching students in the secondary English teacher preparation program. King is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent Young Adulthood/English Language Arts and a Certified English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, who brings fifteen years of experience as an ELA educator teaching at the middle school, high school, and university levels. Her research interests include adolescent literacies, critical literacies, new literacies, qualitative research methods, and youth participatory action research. King is a Ph.D. candidate at Warner.

Mary Rapp joins Warner as a visiting assistant professor in educational leadership supervising administrative interns and teaching courses that focus on building leadership. She has extensive school and district experience, having worked in rural and suburban, as well as public and private schools. She taught early childhood and elementary students prior to serving in elementary and high school principalships and as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at the Penfield Central School District. Rapp received her master’s in teaching and curriculum from the Warner School.

Tricia Stewart
is as a visiting assistant instructor in the educational leadership program supervising Ed.D. students as they work toward completing their program evaluation dissertations. She also teaches courses on survey design, interview and focus group techniques, and qualitative data analysis software. Her research interests include educational policy studies, high-need school districts in urban and rural settings, and social class and inequality in education. Stewart, who previously taught middle school social studies and English Language Arts, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Warner.

Stephanie Martin joins Warner as the mathematics outreach coordinator in the Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform. Martin supports area schools in their efforts to provide research-based mathematics instruction, bringing a deeper understanding of mathematics to teaching and learning. Martin has been collaborating with the Warner Center for many years. As an elementary teacher at the Rush-Henrietta Central School District, she has been the lead teacher for the Warner Center’s State and NSF grants since the late 1990s. She has also been a valued professional development facilitator for the Center.