B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Faculty

Christopher Meidl

Christopher Meidl, Ph.D.

Program Director
Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

410E Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.2620
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Christopher Meidl , Ph.D., is an associate professor with a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education from The Pennsylvania State University and serves as the Early Childhood Education Program Director. His k-12 teaching experience includes: high school English at Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans, La. and pre-kindergarten/kindergarten in Westwego, La. and La Joya, Tx. The intent behind much of his research and scholarly work has been to advance understanding of pedagogy and curricula. The four areas his research are: character education, classroom management, White teachers and diverse communities, and Black males in early childhood education. Two recent publications include: Black Men and Early Childhood Education in Urban Education (2018) and Establishing Asset Thinking with Preservice Teachers: Community-Engaged Learning with Young Children from Public Housing in the book Service-Learning Initiatives in Teacher Education Programs (2018).

Sandra Quiñones

Sandra Quiñones, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education

412A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4517
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Sandra Quiñones (Ph.D., Teaching, Curriculum & Change, University of Rochester, 2012), is an associate professor in the Department of Instruction & Leadership in Education at Duquesne University. Her qualitative scholarship focuses on Latina/o education and family-community engagement issues, with an emphasis on bicultural-bilingual elementary teachers’ experiences and perspectives of being well educated. She specializes in the application of Chicana/Latina feminist concept of trenzas/braids as a metaphorical-analytical tool in life history and narrative inquiry approaches. A former elementary teacher in Rochester, New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Quiñones teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy education courses. Since joining Duquesne University in July of 2013, she has worked collaboratively on a mixed methods research study of a supplemental literacy program, a qualitative single case study of an exemplary community school in Eastern Pennsylvania, and a community-engaged mixed methods study of a mindfulness-based professional development program being implemented at multiple educational institutions.

Julia Williams

Julia Williams, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education

409B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6098
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Julia Williams (Ed.D., Instruction and Leadership, Duquesne University, 2007) is a clinical assistant professor in the undergraduate and graduate Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) programs. Dr. William's expertise is in early literacy development, early childhood curriculum and instruction, family engagement, and child development. Dr. Williams embraces the university's motto: We serve God by serving our students. This belief resonates throughout the program in hopes that the teacher candidates will continue this model when they have their own classrooms working with children, families, and communities.

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