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Areas of Research

Drexel University’s School of Education is rich with expertise in many diverse fields of research. Our research is collaborative, expansive, interdisciplinary and focused with a particular emphasis on technology-enhanced education and the learning sciences.

Research productivity, measured both by peer-reviewed publications and funded research expenditures continues to be a high priority, encouraging scholarly inquiry to improve education practices locally and globally.

Research in the School of Education is focused in the following areas:

Behavioral Health Sciences

Behavioral health sciences research intersects and informs educational practices in areas such as multi-tiered systems of behavioral and academic support and evidence-based practices for individuals with behavioral health needs. Faculty develop, implement and disseminate effective behavior health interventions as part of the scientist-practitioner model.

Behavioral Health Sciences Research Faculty

James Connell James E. Connell, Jr., PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor View Profile »
Amanda Lannie, PhD Drexel University School of Education Amanda Lannie, PhD, BCBA-D Assistant Clinical Professor View Profile »
Bridget Sweeney Blakely - Drexel University Assistant Clinical Professor for MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Bridget Sweeney Blakely, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor View Profile »
Christina Vorndran - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor and Director for MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Christina Vorndran, PhD, BCBA-D Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director, Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education
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Global Education

Global education research aims to improve the human condition by addressing issues of educational inequality, social justice and intercultural communication. Through collaborations with partners regionally and abroad, faculty research utilizes cross-cultural perspectives and comparative methods to inform educational policymaking and practices to impact global society.

Global Education Research faculty

Jennifer Adams - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Global and International Education Jennifer Adams, EdD Associate Professor
Program Director, Global and International Education
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Rebecca Clothey - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Global and International Education and MS in Higher Education Rebecca Clothey, PhD Associate Professor View Profile »
Kristy Kelly, PhD Drexel University School of Education Kristy Kelly, PhD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »
Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD Sport Coaching Leadership at Drexel University Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor View Profile »
Bruce Levine - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Global and International Education Bruce Levine, JD Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director of Education Policy
Program Director, Educational Improvement and Transformation MS
Director, Drexel Washington, DC Center
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Leadership Development and Adult Learning

Leadership development research focuses on educational leadership principles, management and organizational behavior including neural and behavioral learning processes. Research designs help organizations examine fair and equitable environments for their workforces, design programs that support workers and promote professional growth and employee satisfaction. Underlying this research is deep understanding of adult learning principles and lifelong learning capacity.

Leadership Development and Adult Learning Research Faculty

Kristen Betts - Drexel University Clinical Professor for MS in Higher Education Kristen Betts, EdD Clinical Professor
Program Director, Higher Education Leadership
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Salvatore Falletta - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor of Human Resource Development and MS in Educational Leadership and Management Salvatore Falletta, EdD Clinical Professor
Program Director for Human Resource Development
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Alonzo M. Flowers III - Drexel Univeristy Assistant Professor for MS in Higher Education Alonzo M. Flowers, PhD Associate Professor
Program Director of PhD in Education
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Kathy Geller - Drexel University Program Director  for Educational Leadership Management Kathy D. Geller, PhD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »
Rajashi Ghosh - Drexel University Program Director for PhD in Education Rajashi Ghosh, PhD Associate Professor
Department Chair, Policy, Organization, and Leadership
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Deanna Hill, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor Drexel University School of Education Deanna Hill, JD, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management
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Jennifer Katz Buonincontro, Associate Professor, PhD Drexel Unviersity Jen Katz-Buonincontro, PhD Associate Dean of Research
Associate Professor
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Kristy Kelly, PhD Drexel University School of Education Kristy Kelly, PhD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »
Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD Sport Coaching Leadership at Drexel University Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor View Profile »
Bruce Levine - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Global and International Education Bruce Levine, JD Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director of Education Policy
Program Director, Educational Improvement and Transformation MS
Director, Drexel Washington, DC Center
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Constance Lyttle, PhD Clinical Professor Drexel University School of Education Constance Lyttle, PhD, JD Clinical Professor View Profile »
Joy Phillips - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for Educational Leadership and Management Joy Phillips, PhD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »
Sheila R. Vaidya - Drexel University Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Sheila R. Vaidya, PhD Professor View Profile »

Social Justice and Inclusive Education

Equity, access, social justice and civic engagement research transcends both the limits and possibilities of schooling, exploring the ways in which social forces such as race, class, gender, ability and culture shapes educational opportunity and outcomes throughout the life course. Through interdisciplinary research in diverse local and global contexts, research for social justice informs the advancement of equitable and inclusive learning in educational practice and policy.

Social Justice and Inclusive Education Research Faculty

Jennifer Adams - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Global and International Education Jennifer Adams, EdD Associate Professor
Program Director, Global and International Education
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Ayana Allen-Handy - Drexel University Assistant Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD Assistant Professor View Profile »
Alonzo M. Flowers III - Drexel Univeristy Assistant Professor for MS in Higher Education Alonzo M. Flowers, PhD Associate Professor
Program Director of PhD in Education
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Deanna Hill, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor Drexel University School of Education Deanna Hill, JD, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management
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Kristy Kelly, PhD Drexel University School of Education Kristy Kelly, PhD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »
Valerie Klein - Drexel University Assistant Clinical Professor for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching and MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Valerie Klein, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director for Teacher Education programs
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Vera J. Lee - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Vera J. Lee, EdD Associate Clinical Professor
Department Chair, Teaching Learning and Curriculum
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Bruce Levine - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Global and International Education Bruce Levine, JD Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director of Education Policy
Program Director, Educational Improvement and Transformation MS
Director, Drexel Washington, DC Center
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Kristine S. Lewis Grant - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Kristine S. Lewis Grant, PhD Clinical Professor View Profile »
Toni A. Sondergeld - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Toni A. Sondergeld, PhD Associate Professor View Profile »
Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, EdD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »

STEM, STEAM, and Creativity

STEM educational research spans the disciplines of science (physics, biology, chemistry), technology, engineering and mathematics education. STEM teacher professional development, student learning, participation, retention & persistence as well as motivation and identity are signature research areas. Many projects address STEM engagement for students of color, Underrepresented Student Populations (URP) and culturally relevant informal STEM programs. Immersive digital technology applications, and cognitive and non-cognitive assessments in STEM are features of this area. STEAM research includes the role of the arts in STEM and makerspaces. creativity and innovation research centers on creativity belief systems, identity and performance as well as learning in the arts.

STEM, STEAM, and Creativity Research Faculty

Ayana Allen-Handy - Drexel University Assistant Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD Assistant Professor View Profile »
Alonzo M. Flowers III - Drexel Univeristy Assistant Professor for MS in Higher Education Alonzo M. Flowers, PhD Associate Professor
Program Director of PhD in Education
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Penny Hammrich - Drexel University Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management Penny Hammrich, PhD Dean
Distinguished University Professor
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Jennifer Katz Buonincontro, Associate Professor, PhD Drexel Unviersity Jen Katz-Buonincontro, PhD Associate Dean of Research
Associate Professor
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Valerie Klein - Drexel University Assistant Clinical Professor for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching and MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Valerie Klein, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director for Teacher Education programs
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Jason Silverman - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching Jason Silverman, PhD Professor
Program Director for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching, MS in Learning Technologies, and DragonsTeach
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Toni A. Sondergeld - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Toni A. Sondergeld, PhD Associate Professor View Profile »

Teaching, Learning and Development

Teaching, learning, and development are at the center of all faculty research. From early childhood education to preparing pre-service teachers and educational leaders across disciplines, faculty research critically examines the role teaching and learning play to help people solve intractable problems and push boundaries for innovative thinking and solution building. Developmental research identifies and addresses educational issues related to ability and behavior.

Teaching, Learning and Development Research Faculty

Ayana Allen-Handy - Drexel University Assistant Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD Assistant Professor View Profile »
Kristen Betts - Drexel University Clinical Professor for MS in Higher Education Kristen Betts, EdD Clinical Professor
Program Director, Higher Education Leadership
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James Connell James E. Connell, Jr., PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor View Profile »
Alonzo M. Flowers III - Drexel Univeristy Assistant Professor for MS in Higher Education Alonzo M. Flowers, PhD Associate Professor
Program Director of PhD in Education
View Profile »
Jennifer Katz Buonincontro, Associate Professor, PhD Drexel Unviersity Jen Katz-Buonincontro, PhD Associate Dean of Research
Associate Professor
View Profile »
Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD Sport Coaching Leadership at Drexel University Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor View Profile »
Valerie Klein - Drexel University Assistant Clinical Professor for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching and MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Valerie Klein, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director for Teacher Education programs
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Vera J. Lee - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Vera J. Lee, EdD Associate Clinical Professor
Department Chair, Teaching Learning and Curriculum
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Kristine S. Lewis Grant - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Kristine S. Lewis Grant, PhD Clinical Professor View Profile »
Constance Lyttle, PhD Clinical Professor Drexel University School of Education Constance Lyttle, PhD, JD Clinical Professor View Profile »
Joy Phillips - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for Educational Leadership and Management Joy Phillips, PhD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »
Lori Severino - Drexel University Assistant Professor for MS in Special Education Lori Severino, EdD Assistant Professor View Profile »
Jason Silverman - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching Jason Silverman, PhD Professor
Program Director for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching, MS in Learning Technologies, and DragonsTeach
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Toni A. Sondergeld - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Toni A. Sondergeld, PhD Associate Professor View Profile »
Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, EdD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »
Sheila R. Vaidya - Drexel University Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Sheila R. Vaidya, PhD Professor View Profile »

Technology and Digital Learning

Technology and digital learning research use cognitive, pedagogical and experiential approaches to design technology and digital spaces within formal and informal learning contexts. Helping teachers to effectively use technology in the classroom to develop content knowledge in the classroom as well as non-cognitive aspects is an important area of research.

Technology and Digital Learning Research Faculty

Ayana Allen-Handy - Drexel University Assistant Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and Management Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD Assistant Professor View Profile »
Kristen Betts - Drexel University Clinical Professor for MS in Higher Education Kristen Betts, EdD Clinical Professor
Program Director, Higher Education Leadership
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Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD Sport Coaching Leadership at Drexel University Cameron Kiosoglous, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor View Profile »
Jason Silverman - Drexel University Associate Professor for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching Jason Silverman, PhD Professor
Program Director for MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching, MS in Learning Technologies, and DragonsTeach
View Profile »
Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo - Drexel University Associate Clinical Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, EdD Associate Clinical Professor View Profile »