Faculty Research Interests
Dr. Katherine Anderson
Dr. Anderson’s current program of research is focused on health sciences (specifically, epidemiology, health education, and public health), methods of analysis of large data sets, Parkinson’s disease, gerontology, health economics, pharmacoeconomics. Dr. Anderson’s research is often quantitative in nature.
Dr. Judy Arnold
Dr. Arnold’s research interests focus on the methodology involved in qualitative/ethnographic studies and issues of equality such as gender, poverty, and culture.
Dr. Sandra Birchfield
Dr. Birchfield’s research interests include supervision and administration dealing with students, time management and organizational procedures of the organization.
Dr. Martha Jean Bratton
Dr. Bratton’s research interests center around school leadership, school climate, high priority/risk schools and students, diversity, parent engagement, value added assessment, student mobility, school management related in discipline, etc., and school improvement.
Dr. Lynn Stevenson-Burger
Dr. Stevenson-Burger’s research focuses on the extent to which the collection of process data related to specific management tasks can inform, direct and predict effective school management.; The extent to which principals, in their role of instructional leaders, can mine data from decision-support systems to inform and direct staff development such to positively impact student learner outcomes.; What is the "state of the art" in implementing data driven / performance based decision-making by school administrators. What tools are available? Are there any tools that are truly system-wide (enterprise wide resource managers)? Can these tools be classified? How are these tools being implemented - e.g., SIS, Finance, HR, are usually married to some data-mining tool. What are the costs and problems associated with such tools? Costs and problems associated with each. Do any of these tools collect process data?; What skill sets do administrators need in order to provide the right guidance to long-range technology plans that do not trap them in current models, but inform them on how to improve practice and discover new approaches to managing teaching and learning?; What methodologies could be used to enlist professional staff in the adoption of a decision-support system? How could issues related to union policy, accountability, information sharing and collaboration be addressed?; What impact will and should the newer technologies have on K-12 school administration - e.g., social networking; Web 2.0 approaches (for staff and students); distance education, virtual classrooms; and others?; How could new information technologies promote and support research across traditional intra- and inter-organizational boundaries?
Dr. Michael Burger
Dr. Burger’s research focuses on enabling the transformation of instructional systems through the effective design, development, and implementation of information technologies. The design and implementation of instructional systems that are student-centered, standard-based, and highly accountable by empowering practitioners in education to develop their skills as decision-makers and researchers. He is also interested in the involvement of all stakeholders in instructional programs. In addition to curriculum design, development assessment (especially in standards-based instructional systems), and organizational change.
Dr. Rebecca Burleson
Dr. Burleson’s research interests include early childhood education, special education, early childhood special education, Family Systems Theory (as it relates to service delivery in special education), and family, agency, and professional collaboration to support students with exceptionalities. Dr. Burleson’s research also focuses on the use of mobile learning technologies in P-12 environments and in higher education, internet safety for students in P-12 environments, and supporting the emotional schema of students and families in P-12 education.
Dr. David Burrell
Dr. Burrell’s current research interests focus on coaching strategies for continuous improvement of teaching. His research interests also include the relationship between improved children’s health and the subsequent improvement in academic achievement.
Dr. Margie Carico
Dr. Carico’s specializes in research centered on curriculum, action research, and learning theories.
Dr. Joseph Cosgriff
Dr. Cosgriff’s research interests center around students with autism, social skills and communication, transition for students with disabilities (especially students with severe disabilities), and peer support for students with disabilities.
Dr. Joel Effler
Dr. Effler’s current research interests focus on Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG) as a measure of brain functioning for learning /performing efficiency and identification of psychopathologies and disabilities.
Dr. Cherie Gaines
Dr. Gaines’ current program of research is focused on teacher/leader burnout, school climate/culture, Middle school practices, and teacher leadership efficacy.
Dr. Susan Gratz
Dr. Gratz’s research interests focus on technology and the use of technology in the public schools that LMU Harrogate serves.
Dr. Deborah Hayes
Dr. Hayes’ research interests center around teacher leadership, integrated arts programs, service learning, and the impact of stress on learning.
Dr. Michael W. Hayes
Dr. Hayes’ research focuses on alternative dispute resolution, collaborative conferencing, and mediation/negotiations.
Dr. Laura Hopfer
Dr. Hopfer’s research interests focus on pre-service education, bully in schools, equity education, bully by educators, and professional learning communities.
Dr. Kevin Jones
Dr. Jones’ research interests focus on substitute teaching and teacher training, in-service/professional development and workshops, value of standardized testing, non-traditional instructional strategies, embracing non-STEM content areas, benefits of less government involvement, case for classroom teacher autonomy, EQ vs. IQ, Socio/cultural competence vs. content knowledge, and the impact of student/teacher relationships on academic outcomes. Dr. Jones’ research interests also include the importance of play, recess, sports, music, extra-curricular activities, and pet/animal therapy for students in school.
Dr. Sylvia Lynch
Dr. Lynch’s research interests focus on language arts
Dr. Lajuana Morris
Dr. Morris’s research interests center on K-12 curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, reading, writing, language arts, assessment, evaluation, brain-based education, neuroscience, early childhood education, elementary, middle, and high school education, and technology in the classroom.
Dr. Patricia Murphree
Dr. Murphree’s research interests focus on educational issues involving students and curriculum.
Dr. Cynthia Norris
Dr. Norris’s research interests center on servant leadership, authentic and transformational leadership, learning communities (in organizations and academic settings), cohorts, women in leadership, leadership styles, brain-based leadership, and creative thinking and leadership.
Dr. Howard Norris
Dr. Norris’s principal research interests include educational leadership and educational law.
Dr. John O’Dell
Dr. O’Dell’s research interests center on updates on school law, school improvement and finance in Tennessee and surrounding states.
Dr. Katherine Pebworth
Dr. Pebworth’s current program of research is focused on physical education and physical activity.
Dr. Toby Rogers
Dr. Roger’s research interests include qualitative interview research and working with doctoral students whose dissertations are centered in this area.
Dr. Bill Russell
Dr. Russell’s research interests focuses on elementary level education, differentiated teaching strategies, working with children from poverty, student/teacher relationships and the effect on student achievement, and administrators as instructional leaders and the effects on student achievement.
Dr. Dennis Smith
Dr. Smith’s research interests focus on the role of principals within the school as instructional leaders, their leadership styles and strategies used in administration, and their relationship to faculty, staff, and community.
Dr. Jack Smith
Dr. Smith’s research interests focus on instructional leadership, effects of leadership styles, and school environment.
Dr. Betty Standifer
Dr. Standifer’s research interests include issues for girls/women, prisons, in-mate’s children and their problems in education, alternative schools, and the teaching of troubled students.