Principal Lecturer and Director of Bilingual/ESL Education Programs
Dr. Boyd is a native of Honduras and a citizen of the United States. She holds a B. A. in Educational Administration from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, a M.Ed. in educational supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Ph D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University. In Honduras she worked as an elementary school teacher and as principal of a bilingual school. She also worked as coordinator of a master’s degree in curriculum for the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and as a consultant for the Universidad nacional Autonoma de Honduras.
In the United States she worked in Louisiana as a high school teacher, as state ESL/Bilingual education director, as professional developer, coordinator, instructor, director and grant manager of programs related to teacher preparation in ESL, bilingual education and alternative certification. At the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, she worked as a program specialist providing technical assistance in five states, AL, AR, LA, GA, and MS and as an independent consultant and evaluator on issues related to Hispanic students, their families and English language learners in general. She also worked at Southeastern Louisiana University as director of federal grants for the preparation of ESL teachers and as coordinator of FIE and FIPSE grants for the prepration of alternative certification teachers. She is the past president and current SIG Chair of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and the director of the Bilingual/ESL teacher certification programs at the University of North Texas in Denton. In the fall of 2012 Dr. Boyd won the Outstanding Online Teaching and Course Award at UNT.
Dr. David A. Brackett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Brackett graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2014. As a graduate student, he participated in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy, sponsored by UCEA, AERA and SAGE Publications, in April 2014 at the AERA Annual Meeting. Dr. Brackett’s research interests include school law, educational leadership development, educational policy and the convergence of school law and social justice. Prior to his appointment at UNT, he taught math in Maryland, directed a public charter school in Nevada and consulted at an at-risk charter school in Nevada. Aside from being an educator of leaders, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Micha, partaking in outdoor activities, and supporting the arts in any capacity.
Since coming to UNT in 1997, Dr. Bill Camp has contributed actively to the graduate programs in Educational Administration. His research interests include educational law and finance, and he teaches courses on various aspects of educational leadership. He also supervises interns in the public schools and directs doctoral dissertations. His bachelor's and master's degrees are both from Texas Tech University, and his doctorate is from Virginia Tech University. Prior to his work at UNT, he served as professor, chair, and acting associate dean at California State University. He also taught previously at Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech. Other educational experience includes serving as assistant superintendent of schools, high school principal, and high school science teacher.
Dr. Dina Castro holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education (PhD), Public Health (MPH) and Psychology (BS). Her scholarship focuses on quality and equity in the early care and education for bilingual children and children from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in particular those living in poverty, and factors affecting the well-being of immigrant children and their families.
Dr. Castro has directed or co-directed various research and evaluation studies of national relevance. She serves as Director of the Center for Early Care and Education Research: Dual Language Learners, a national research center funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is also Principal Investigator on the study Nuestros Niños Program: Promoting School Readiness for English Language Learners funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.
Prior to joining UNT, Dr. Castro was a Research Professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University (2013-2014), and a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997-2013). She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, research briefs and technical reports, and presents nationally and internationally as an expert on the early education of children from diverse cultural, ethnic and language backgrounds. She is the lead author of the book New Voices ~ Nuevas Voces Guide to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood.
Ranita Cheruvu, Ed.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. Her scholarship and teaching focus on culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogies and racial literacy in early childhood education and teacher education. Her experiences as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, 1.5 generation immigrant, and her doctoral studies in Curriculum and Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at Teachers College, Columbia University have shaped her commitment to issues of equity and access in early childhood education.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Christina T. Dearman, Ph.D. serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, and Coordinator of Future Teacher Pathways for the College of Education. Previously she taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.
With over 25 years in education, Dearman has taught in various capacities at the Pre-K through secondary level, serving as a reading specialist at title schools, an honors level ELAR teacher, and a Gifted and Talented Specialist. She has also run school wide and Saturday enrichment programs and served as Curriculum Director for UNT's Texas Governor's School. Dearman currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and sits on the Texas Academy of Math and Science Advisory Board.
Dearman’s main area of research interest centers on meeting the needs of diverse advanced academic learners.
Sr. Student and Program Coordinator
As administrative specialist, Marilyn works with faculty and students in the graduate programs for the Educational Leadership Master's degree and Principal as Instructional Leader Certificate.
Lauren Eutsler, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas, where she began in 2016. She earned her doctorate in 2016 from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on using portable technology to support children’s literacy development and training pre-service teachers to effectively use portable technology to motivate, enhance, and improve children's literacy learning. At UNT, she teaches reading and elementary education courses in the undergraduate program.
Brittany Frieson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas, where she will begin in the fall of 2019. She earned her doctorate degree in 2019 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Language & Literacy. Her research focuses on African American Language speakers in dual-language Spanish/english bilingual programs and how multilingual students utilize minoritized languages as a form of resistance towards dichotomous languaging rules in the classroom. As an educator, her mission is to cultivate critically conscious educators who rewrite the narrative on how minoritized languages can be a language of power in the language arts classroom, as well as unveil how institutions of schooling often operate to reinforce historical linguistic oppression among Students of Color. At UNT, she teaches literacy and elementary education courses in the undergraduate program. Prior to her arrival at UNT, she was a teacher in North Carolina at both the elementary and middle school levels.
After graduating from the University of North Texas, Dr. R. Jefferson George began his career in education as a media specialist for Vernon Community College. His main focus was to support instruction in a college classroom through a growing use of the available technology. As interest in video learning technologies increased, he moved to Austin and created his own video production company. His company created documentary and historical videos for classroom instruction. After moving to Houston, he began writing children’s books with Texas author Johara Harper and began his career in public education as an eighth-grade science teacher. He completed his master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Houston and worked as school counselor, a college counselor and a hospital therapist in Houston ISD, Houston Community College and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. Dr. George eventually returned to public education as a school administrator, serving as a principal, interim-principal, assistant principal and director of an alternative program. He then returned to the University of North Texas to complete his doctorate in Educational Leadership. During this time, he became a mentor in the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Program through the Center for Learning Enhancement and Redesign and worked with university teachers and leaders to create a classroom with high levels of student engagement and instructional rigor. Dr. George has returned to his interest in learning technologies and creating an engaging classroom with high levels of instructional rigor. He is developing a series of online doctoral courses for the doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. George is continuing his research into the development of an engaging instructional platform in a virtual environment and understanding the online experience of the native digital learner. Dr. George is a member of the Texas Counseling Association, the Texas Association of School Administrators and Kappa Delta Pi.
Dr. Jeannette Ginther is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University in 2017, her masters in Literacy Education from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2002, and her bachelors in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1999. Dr. Ginther happily began her career as a middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in New York. After a decade of classroom teaching in both New York and Texas, she served as a reading instructional specialist, student achievement specialist, professional learning coordinator, educational consultant, field supervisor for student teachers, and an adjunct instructor before joining the faculty at UNT in 2017. In addition to teaching at UNT, Dr. Ginther thoroughly enjoys presenting at local, state, and national education conferences. She has a passion for creating authentic and unconventional learning experiences, and for researching innovative ways to motivate, engage, empower, and inspire children of the 21st century.
Ricardo González-Carriedo’s research interests include bilingual teacher preparation, the internationalization of teacher education programs, literacy development among second language learners, and the representation of Latino students in the media. He holds a JD (Juris Doctor) degree from the University of León (Spain) and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. Prior to his service at UNT, he worked at the University of Paris (France) for two years and was a secondary teacher in North Carolina and Arizona for eleven years.
Carol Hagen, EdD, is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration and the director of the Child Development Laboratory at the University of North Texas. She is a practitioner that is committed to early childhood education. Her practice and research are focused on issues related to preschool children and their families and curriculum and management in diverse early education settings.
A professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration where she has worked for the past ten years, Dr. Harrell currently teaches the following courses for the Secondary Education Program: The Multicultural Curriculum (EDSE 5005), and Instructional Strategies in Secondary Classrooms (EDSE 5003). Her research interests include the topics of science teacher quality and science teacher effectiveness. Specifically, her research explores teacher quality variables such as coursework, GPA, and age of coursework, teacher efficacy, classroom environment, and the impact of the teacher on student learning. As program administrator for the Secondary Online Teacher Certification program, she coordinates recruitment and advising for over 300 graduate students. In 2008 she was the UNT nominee for the Minnie Piper Stevens Teaching Award, and she received the UNT Presidents Award for Teaching in 2009. In 2011 she received the UNT Teacher Scholar Award.
Dan Heiman is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education in the Department of Teacher Education & Administration and joined the faculty in 2018. His research focuses on how neoliberal processes and ideologies impact Dual Language contexts, and how stakeholders respond/talk back to these processes. He is committed to social justice research and pedagogies that center the realities, histories, and voices of marginalized communities, and has documented how this takes root in schools. He has published in the International Multilingual Research Journal, Review of Research in Education, and was a collaborator on Abriendo Brecha: Antología Crítica sobre la Educación Bilingüe de Doble Inmersión, the first edited book in Spanish about critical processes in Two-Way Bilingual Education. His dissertation, Two-way Immersion, Gentrification, and Critical Pedagogy: Teaching Against the Neoliberal Logic, earned first place in the 2018 Bilingual Education Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association. He was a fourth-grade bilingual teacher in El Paso, Texas and teacher educator at the University of Veracruz, México, before receiving his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialty in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, while also earning a Graduate Portfolio in Mexican-American and Latin@ Studies from the University of Texas, Austin in 2017.
James Hoffman is a Professor of Language and Literacy at The University of North Texas and currently serves as the Meadows Endowed Chair for Literacy. Dr. Hoffman is a former editor of The Reading Research Quarterly and The Yearbook of the National Reading Conference. He has served as President of the National Reading Conference and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. Dr. Hoffman was an affiliated scholar with both the National Reading Research Center and the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. He was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2002 and served as President of this organization from 2008-2010. Dr. Hoffman served as the chair for the International Reading Association’s Commission and the “Prepared to Make a Difference” research project. He has been active in international literacy projects in Central American, Africa and Asia. This past year he was awarded the Oscar Causey lifetime achievement award for research in literacy by the Literacy Research Association. The primary focus for his research has been on teaching and teacher preparation. Dr. Hoffman has published more than 150 articles, books and chapters on literacy related topics.
Dr. Cheryl Jennings has served as a Visiting Professor at UNT since the fall of 2017. Prior to her full-time role, she served as an adjunct professor.
Dr. Jennings retired from the Irving Independent School District after 34 years of service as both a teacher and an administrator. At the time of her retirement she was the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Jennings currently teaches AOP courses in Educational Leadership, with a focus on curriculum and instruction, instructional leadership, and principal internship. Dr. Jennings coordinates the Principal Internship program and provides guidance for the TExES and PASL exams.
Dr. Jennings has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Secondary English, and Elementary Education from Texas Woman’s University, a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, and a Doctoral Degree in Education Administration from the University of North Texas.
Kelley King is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of North Texas. She conducts research on the history and culture of education and educator preparation in the United States. Key themes across her work include the impact of education reform efforts on teachers' lived experiences and understanding of their work and the development of democratic praxis, global citizenship, and intercultural competence for educators and P-12 students. Her book, "Call Her a Citizen: The Life of Progressive Educator-Activist Anna J. H. Pennybacker," was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2010
Before joining the faculty at UNT in 2006, Dr. King lived in the Austin area, where she supervised student teachers and taught special education and English Language Arts and Reading at the elementary and secondary levels. Her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction is from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also completed a portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin as well as a master's degree in Learning Technologies-Multimedia from Texas A&M University at Commerce.
Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education
Daniel G. Krutka, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas, where he joined the faculty in 2017. His research interests concern citizenship education and the role participatory media might play in cultivating more democratic educational experiences. Dr. Krutka has authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and he is an editor for "Keywords in the Social Studies: Concepts and Conversations" published by Peter Lang Publishing in 2018. To these ends, he was awarded the 2016 Early Career Award by the Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning SIG of AERA and the 2017 Outstanding Research Paper Award from the International Society for Technology in Education. He is a past Chair for the Social Studies Research SIG of AERA and is a board member for the College and University Faculty Assembly. He is also a board member for the non-profit #sschat network and a co-host of the Visions of Education podcast. In additions to teaching high school social studies in Oklahoma City for six years, he completed his undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees at the University of Oklahoma.
Associate Dean for Educator Preparation Programs
Alexandra G. Leavell, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Language and Literacy Studies Program in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. She holds a PhD in Reading and Learning Disabilities from the University of Miami (FL). Dr. Leavell joined the faculty of UNT in 1992. Her professional and research interests include making learning accessible for all learners through increased literacy skills, and helping teacher candidates understand and develop academic identity and disciplinary literacy skills in themselves and their future students.
As a literacy educator at UNT since 1997, Janelle Mathis focuses her teaching and research on children’s and adolescent literature, especially works that are multicultural and international. She teaches both undergraduate and courses in children’s and adolescent literature, qualitative research, and literacy topics including multimodality and sociocultural issues. Her research interests, often focused on response to literature and critical content analysis of words and images, are also found in the areas of the transactional theory of reader response, socio-cultural contexts for literacy teaching and learning, critical literacy, and literacy through the arts. She received her doctorate at the University of Arizona in the Department of Language, Reading, and Culture in 1994. She was a teaching assistant and adjunct at the University of Arizona, and she also taught at Northern Illinois University prior to coming to UNT. Published in national and international journals, she is most recently a co-editor and author of "Critical Content Analysis of children’s and Young Adult Literature: Reframing Perspective" (Routledge, 2016) and "Critical Content Analysis of Visual Images in Books for Young People: Reading Images" (Routledge, 2019). Currently serving as co-editor of "Bookbird, An International Journal of Children’s Literature," her professional life outside UNT revolves around and within LRA, NCTE, IBBY/USBBY, and ALA. Her personal life involves traveling, hiking, and learning about “the Blues.”
Computer Lab Manager
Garry supports faculty and students as the director of the Teacher Education and Administration department's Macintosh Computer Laboratory. Dr. Mayes receivied his doctorate from UNT.
Karisma Morton is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education. Her research explores inequality in mathematics education, particularly for minoritized students. Central to her research is a focus on gender and race/ethnicity, as well as their intersection, with the recognition that the specific experiences of certain race/ethnicity-gender groups (e.g., Black males) cannot be captured by looking at race/ethnicity and gender separately. Her research is composed of two strands of inquiry. The first focuses on examining inequalities in students’ opportunities to learn mathematics through quantitative analyses of large-scale district and national datasets. The second strand of inquiry explores the impact of well-designed and reform-based mathematics curriculum and pedagogy for promoting mathematical literacy for all students. When exploring these strands, Karisma is particularly interested in the influence of school context (e.g., school racial/ethnic composition) on learning opportunities, experiences and outcomes. Much of Morton's interest in inequality in mathematics education stems from her ten years as a high school mathematics teacher in a Title I school serving a predominantly Black and Latinx student population.
Dr. Elizabeth Murakami is a distinguished national educator and research fellow, having received national and international recognition for her research contributions. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in educational administration at Michigan State University. Dr. Murakami has been dedicated to the improvement of Texas schools for more than a decade and has numerous published works that include academic journals, book chapters, creative works and edited books.
Barbara L. Pazey is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Texas. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Arts in Music and Piano from The Ohio State University. She has experience as a K-12 music and special education teacher, inclusion coordinator, high school principal, and higher education administrator.
Pazey’s research centers on student voice, inclusive education, equity-oriented leadership, and educational policy and reform. She interrogates the effects of educational policies and laws on the school experiences of marginalized student populations and examines how educational policies and reforms inform and impact the development of equity-oriented leaders and leadership preparation programs.
She actively participates in several professional organizations, serving as the representative for the UNT Teacher Education and Administration Department in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, Secretary-Treasurer for the School Turnaround and Reform Special Interest Group in the American Educational Research Association, and Research Committee member for the Council for Administrators of Special Education.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Angela M. Randall earned her Ph.D. in Reading Education at Auburn University. Dr. Randall's research interests include teachers' and students' knowledge of current high-quality children's books and the influence of teachers' attitudes toward reading on their students' attitudes. She has a profound love for children's books and is enthusiastic about exposing her students to the wonderful children's books available. Her elementary teaching experience inlcudes teaching in grades 1 through 3 in Virginia, Texas, and Belgium.
Ruth Ann Robbins is originally from the state of Mississippi. She is the mother of two lovely children who have been the joy of her life. She has served as a classroom teacher, building administrator, central office administrator and director of elementary and federal programs. The programs included gifted, homeless, ESL, professional development, and curriculum PK-6. She is a self motivated professional with more than 20 years of experience providing support for students, parents, teachers and the community by implementing efficient educational practices. Mrs. Robbins has provided leadership skills in various schools and districts by initiating and supporting the development of curriculum planning, curriculum implementation, time management strategies, behavior management services, and support and resources for special populations. Ruth Ann has devoted her life to supporting student learners, their parents, teachers, administrators, and communities. It is with great pride that she calls herself a teacher.
Misty Sailors obtained her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a focus on language and literacy studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a literacy researcher, reading specialist, and teacher educator. Dr. Sailors’ scholarly pursuits have contributed to the body of knowledge in the field of literacy education, specifically literacy tools found in classrooms; the professional development of reading teachers and literacy coaches; literacy program development; and literacy research methodologies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Literacy Research, Literacy, The Reading Teacher, and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Sailors recently co-edited the 7th edition of the Theoretical models and processes of literacy (7th ed.) (with Donna Alvermann, Norm Unrau, and Rob Ruddell) and co-authored a book with Jim Hoffman: The Power of Practice-Based Literacy Research: A Tool for Teachers.
Sailors served on the International Literacy Association as a member of the Standard Revision Committee — Standards for Literacy Professionals 2017 — and the Literacy Research Panel. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Research Association and a former editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Sailors was the primary investigator for several large, federally funded research projects, all of which were multi-site, field-based studies, including one research project that spanned three countries. Sailors served as a voluntary research consultant with the Children’s Book Project in Tanzania and Room to Read in Bangladesh.
Sailors actively works with literacy teachers and literacy coaches in the USA and teachers, literacy coaches, and literacy specialists in Chile, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa. Her work with teachers and literacy coaches has culminated in a book she co-authored with Logan Manning, Justice-Oriented Literacy Coaching: Toward Transformative Practices.
Linda Stromberg, Ph.D., is the Program Chair of the Educational Administration Program, and she serves as Lead Advisor for the Master's In Educational Administration and the Principal Certification Programs. She teaches Introduction to Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership, and Professional Development and Supervision. Her interests include developing and implementing online and hybrid/blended courses. She is a certified trainer for Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) and Professional Development and Appraisal System of Texas (PDAS) appraiser training. She works with area Regional Service Centers and School Districts to coordinate off-campus courses for the doctoral and master's program. She serves on the advisory council for the Region 11 Ne Principals' Academy. Her prior experience includes work as a teacher, reading specialist, and instructional facilitator in the Dallas Independent School District and as a curriculum coordinator, and principal in the Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District. Her bachelor's degree is from West Texas State University (now Texas A & M University at Canyon), and her master's and doctoral degrees are from the University of North Texas.
Karthigeyan Subramaniam, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Science Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration at the University of North Texas where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses focused on science teacher education. His scholarship focuses on preparation of elementary and secondary science teachers. Before coming to UNT in 2009, he was on the faculty of Penn State University-Harrisburg, where his position was in Elementary Teacher Education and Teaching and in the Curriculum Master’s Graduate Program. He has also been on the faculty of Adelphi University. His bachelor's degree is from the National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore, his master's degree is from University of Florida, at Gainesville, and his doctoral degree is from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Tran Nguyen Templeton, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies. She joined the faculty in 2018 after completing her doctorate with the support of an AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. In her research, Dr. Templeton uses ethnographic and image-based methods to study young children's co-constructions of their complex cultural identities, as told in and through their photography, play, and literacy practices. She also examines how adults (re)conceptualize and situate young children in relation to critical forms of curriculum. Dr. Templeton has published in journals such as Harvard Educational Review, Children’s Geographies, and Language Arts. She is part of the Collaborative Seeing Studio and the Literacy Research Association's 2019-21 STAR cohort. She has presented in highlighted sessions at LRA, the Eastern Sociological Society, and at the first AnjiPlay conference in China in 2015. At UNT, Dr. Templeton serves as a faculty mentor to the Environmental Philosophy with Children project, in addition to her role as the program coordinator of the Master’s in Early Childhood AOP.
Dr. Templeton has been a teacher of young children, as well as children and youth with special needs, since 2000. From 2006 to 2010, she served as the founding Program Director of Colegio Monarch Guatemala, the first therapeutic school for children with neurological differences in Central America. A refugee and 1.5 generation immigrant from Vietnam, Dr. Templeton earned her B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin, Ed.M. from Harvard, and Ed.D. in Curriculum & Teaching (Early Childhood) from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Amanda E. Vickery is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education/Race in Education at the University of North Texas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary social studies methods. Her research focuses on how Black women teachers utilize experiential and community knowledge to reconceptualize the construct of citizenship. Additionally, she explores Black women as critical citizens within the U.S. civic narrative. Her scholarship has been published in Theory and Research in Social Education, Urban Education, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Social Studies Research, Multicultural Perspectives, Gender and Education, The High School Journal, Social Studies Research and Practice, and The International Journal of Multicultural Education. Dr. Vickery is active in the social studies community serving on the Executive Board of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) as the Social Justice Chair and board liaison to the Scholars of Color Faculty Forum of CUFA. She is also an Affiliate Faculty Board Member for the K-12 Black History Research Consortium for the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education. Dr. Vickery is a former middle school social studies teacher.
After teaching in K-12 public schools for 25 years, Dr. Carol Wickstrom became a university faculty member in 2000. At UNT, she teaches literacy courses at the graduate and undergraduate level in the Language, Literacy, Bilingual and ESL Program. As Director of the North Star of Texas Writing Project, she studies Culturally Mediated Writing Instruction in grades 6-12 English/Language Arts classrooms and supports teachers in these classrooms in their own teacher research. She received the 2009-2010 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the UNT College of Education, the 2011 Jean Greenlaw Literacy Award from the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading, and the J.H. Shelton Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.