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Faculty Areas of Research

Melissa Boston,  Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Program Director Graduate Secondary Education Program
G14 Canevin
412.396.6109
bostonm@duq.edu
  • Designing professional learning experiences for mathematics teachers.
  • Studying:  1) what teachers learn from participating in the experiences  2) how this learning impacts their instructional practice.
  • This research extends in two directions:  to teaching candidates:  designing learning experiences for methods courses and studying what they learn  that impacts their future classroom teaching;  to instructional leaders: designing leadership seminars that impact their ability to support high-quality mathematics instruction, and to support teachers involved in standards-based reform.
  • Creation, validation, and use of standardized classroom observation instruments that provide quantitative and qualitative data to assess instructional quality and provide feedback for instructional improvements.
David Carbonara, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Program Director Instructional Technology
327A Fisher Hall
412.396.4039
carbonara@duq.edu
  • Define the instructional technology knowledge, skills and dispositions acquired by undergraduate candidates in a teacher preparation program as measured by, the ISTE NETS-T standards.
  • Expand the Teacher Observation Performance Model into video capture of face-to-face classrooms.
  • Continue to develop a teacher-student performance model for online learning environments.
  • Identify the instructional technology characteristics of candidates entering the Program in Instructional Technology.
  • Create and implement a program to monitor instructional technology use after exiting the program.
  • Monitor instructional technology literacy changes in PK-12 schools, private and public sector, and SCDE's.
  • Add action research into courses in the master's, doctoral, and undergraduate programs.
  • Define the instructional technology knowledge, skills and dispositions acquired by graduate candidates, as measured by, the ISTE NETS-TF standards.
  • Define the instructional technology knowledge, skills and dispositions acquired by doctoral students, as measured by, the ISTE NETS-TL standards.
  • Develop a cognitive learning model that uses instructional technology.
  • Develop a portfolio model to demonstrate learning through the use of instructional technology.
Misook Heo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
327B Fisher Hall
412.396.1662
heom@duq.edu
  • My main research interest resides in visualization and online education, including computer augmented online learning support, collaborative online learning, and social awareness in the online environment. I will be happy to assist students in these areas of research or closely related areas.
  • One of my recent projects, Interactive Online Learning, involved the development of the computer augmented collaborative learning environment in online settings, and the value added asynchronous discussion with various visual aids for optimal student learning in online venues. The project examined the effectiveness of these visually enhanced interactive methods on students’ learning.
  • One of my current projects, Social Awareness in Online Learning, is an effort to provide systematic support of social awareness to online learners, thereby improving the collaborative learning experience.  Naturally, the main goal of this project is to facilitate learners in online courses with becoming more engaged in the learning process and gaining a more meaningful learning experience.
  • Another project, Social Awareness and Privacy, is to investigate various student information that increases social awareness in online education, and examines their sensitivities when they are exposed to different audiences. This project is still in the planning stage.
Joseph C. Kush, Ph.D. , Professor
327C Fisher Hall
412.396.1151
kush@duq.edu
  • Issues related to test bias and test fairness in minority and special needs population.
  • The use of technology to assess intelligence.
  • Podcasting.  The incorporation of sound to enhance learning.
  • Dispositions of teacher candidates.  Using these dispositions to forecast success in teaching
  • Issues related to social justice of children, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised populations.
Karen Levitt, Ed.D., Associate Professor
412B Canevin
412.396.6103
levitt@duq.edu
  • Teacher's Beliefs
  • Teacher Change
  • Elementary Science Teaching and Learning
  • School Reform
Rosemary Mautino, Ph.D. , Assistant Professor
110C Canevin
412.396.6089
mautino@duq.edu
  • Imagery and comprehension
  • Reading Specialists as Coaches
  • Middle school readers
  • Reading difficulties at all levels
Nihat Polat, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
319 Fisher Hall
412.396.4464
polatn@duq.edu
  • Second language acquisition
  • Identity, socialization, and motivation in L2 acquisition
  • Gender differences L2 acquisition
  • L2 teacher education
  • Teacher and learner beliefs
Julia Williams, Ed.D. , Assistant Professor
409B Canevin
412.396.6098
williamsj@duq.edu
  • Pennsylvania Pathways Professional Development for Child Caregivers trainer- Keystone Stars trainer  ChildSpirit Conferences presenter-Noetic Sciences  Mercyhurst College
  • Engaging parents and community
  • Young children and spiritual development
  • Early childhood literacy
  • Preparing urban teachers
  • Early childhood curriculum