Meet Kristen Corbell

Kristen Corbell
Kristen Corbell













Kristen Corbell’s presentation on “Evaluation of the Perceptions of Success Inventory for Beginning Teachers and its Connection to Teacher Retention Intentions” won first place in the Education category at the Graduate Research Symposium this spring. Before coming to NC State, Corbell graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Secondary Education.

After graduation, Corbell was a teacher for several years, but her experiences in the classroom led her back to graduate school. She says, “I've been an advocate of supporting beginning teachers since I was a beginning teacher myself in 1997-1998.” During graduate school, Corbell refined her interests: “My first year in my masters program, 2003, I didn't have a research focus developed yet, but was interested in supporting teachers as a career.” In 2004, she became concerned with “creating a psychometrically sound instrument to measure beginning teachers’ perceptions of success and its connection to teacher retention.” For the past four years, she has been interested in developing this project through the “Perceptions of Success Inventory for Beginning Teachers.”

Corbell participated in the Graduate Research Symposium last year as well, so she was familiar with the challenges of transforming and condensing her research. “It was important to be concise and to display only a couple research hypotheses, whereas a paper presentation can have more detail.” She was also concerned with choosing “images to credit the programs that contributed to the research.” However, the final challenge in a poster competition is to “think about a display that was aesthetically pleasing.” This attention to detail conveyed an advantage in the her presentation, and it has also benefited Corbell -- as the poster is now hanging in her office.

Now that Corbell has finished her dissertation, she has been enjoying her newly found free time. “Since completing my dissertation, I have found time to read for enjoyment and not only academic journal and books. I look forward to starting another project of some type this summer.” She also enjoys quilting and scrapbooking. However, during her limited time in graduate school, she was usually only able to work on “specific projects I needed to complete for presents, etc.” Corbell grew up in both South Carolina and North Carolina, so she appreciates the Triangle area’s central location. “I've lived in Durham for 11 years now. I enjoy the proximity of so many things, as well as the fact that I have developed many friends in the area, and family is not too far [away].”