Meridian Editorial Board

Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2011

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Preference Evans is a doctoral student in the Instructional Technology program (Curriculum and Instruction). She received her M.A. in Art Education at The Ohio State University (Columbus) and her B.A. in Art/Education at North Carolina Central University. She has worked with students ranging from Kindergarten to undergraduate and enjoys platforms that allow her to expand others' perceptions of the relationship between Art Education and education in general.

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Daniel S. Stanhope is a research assistant at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, an associate consultant at SWA Consulting Inc., and a doctoral student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at North Carolina State University. He received a BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas. His many research interests and professional endeavors include, but are not limited to, test/survey development and validation, job analysis, performance measurement and management, executive coaching, leadership, psychometrics, training, learning and skill acquisition, self-concept, and individual differences.

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Jennifer Tingen is a research assistant at The William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University. She is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She received her BA in Communication and her MA in English from NC State University. Jennifer has taught English at NC State University, Wake Technical Community College, and ECPI College of Technology. Her research interests include Web 2.0 and its impact on learning, online education, and online social networking utilities.


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Jennifer Albert is a full time doctoral student at NC State, working toward a degree in Science Education with a focus on chemistry education. She received her BS in chemistry from NC State and her MA in Education from Austin Peay State University. She taught high school chemistry in Tennessee and has worked on several grants through NC State's College of Education and the Friday Institute to help integrate technology in science and mathematics classrooms in rural northeast NC.  She now works as the Fayetteville Office Outreach Coordinator with NC State's Science House.

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Brandy Bowling is currently a doctoral student in science education at NC State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2000 and her Master of Science degree in Biology from UNC-Greensboro in 2002. Previously, she has worked on medical genetics research projects in the ophthalmology and nephrology departments at Duke University Medical Center. She recently completed a teaching assistantship in the biology department at NC State University and is currently a research assistant in the science education department working on distance education research projects related to science, technology, engineering, and math education.

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Charity Cayton taught high school mathematics in North Carolina Public Schools for 12 years. During that time she obtained National Board Certification in Adolescent/Young Adult Mathematics and a MAEd in Mathematics Education. She left the classroom to pursue a PhD in Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University. She served as a teaching assistant for three semesters, and she currently works as a graduate research assistant with Scaling up STEM learning with the VCL. Her research interests include: discourse and interactions in mathematics classrooms; students’ use of technology while learning mathematics; and teachers’ use and implementation of technology while teaching mathematics.

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Amy Duvernet is a doctoral student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at North Carolina State University and an undergraduate academic advisor for the North Carolina State University Psychology Department. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.S in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University. She is currently working on her dissertation which investigates sources of inaccuracy in job analysis using meta-analytic techniques. Her predominant research interests center around methodological and statistical issues affecting organizational research.

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Jennifer Forrester is a doctoral candidate in science education at NC State University. She received her B.S. in Biology from Western Carolina University and her M.A.T in middle grades education from UNC Charlotte. Prior to attending NC State, Jennifer taught middle grades science for three years at Sun Valley Middle School in Union County, NC and Biology, Environmental Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science for one year at the Fletcher School in Charlotte, NC. Her research interests include the impact of competitive science events (such as science olympiad and science fairs) on students’ science self-efficacy, interest in science, and attitudes toward science. She is also interested in investigating such informal education experiences on female and minority students’ views of science, scientists, and science careers.

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Pam Gilchrist is co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Photonics Leaders II program and coordinator of Imhotep Academy at The Science House, North Carolina State University.  She has thirteen years of experience teaching science, collaborating with teachers, and managing science and technology programs in the United States and United Kingdom. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Research and Policy Analysis. 

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Dawn Henderson received a Bachelors of Science degree from Saint Augustine's College in 1998, and Masters of Education from North Carolina State University in 2003. Ms. Henderson is currently pursuing a doctorate in Psychology from North Carolina State University with a concentration in Community Psychology. Her professional experience includes teaching (both k-12 and college populations), work in precollege and student retention programs, and program development for the non-profit sector. She has worked as an administrator at Saint Augustine’s College, Temple University, and North Carolina State University and served on planning and grant writing teams on numerous grants.

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Lisa Hervey is a research assistant at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and a Curriculum and Instruction doctoral student at NC State University. Her research focuses on K-12 technology integration and developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) for in-service teachers. She holds a B.S. in Special and Elementary Education from Central Michigan University and a M.Ed. in Reading from NCSU. She achieved her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification while teaching middle grades language arts for ten years at a public separate school. She currently teaches Learning and Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools, an online workshop for in-service teachers. Along with her husband, she enjoys hiking and camping. Running and reading keep her sane.

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Matthew Kruger-Ross is a graduate assistant in instructional technology at NC State University.  Prior to pursuing his graduate studies, Matthew was a teacher, advisor, and technology coach at Carolina Friends School in Durham, North Carolina.  His research interests include educational technology, web-based tools and learning, transformative learning theory, and critical studies.  Matthew lives in Cary with his husband, Frederik, and when not reading, writing, and studying he can be found on one of the four parks within Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  

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Richard Lamb is a graduate student in science education at North Carolina State University. His research interests have revolved around the measurement of student outcomes in science, mediated through various technologically based instructional strategies. Working with Len Annetta he has focused on assisting his research into synchronous interactions in virtual environments through statistical support and instrument development.  Upon completion of his degree he would like to continue the development of his research into technology mediated science education and move into a professorship at a research institution.

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Amanda Lambertus is a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at NC State University. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from Indiana University. After teaching high school mathematics in Indiana and Carteret County, Amanda earned a M.S. in Mathematics Education with a Minor in Mathematics from NC State University. Currently, she is a research assistant for MOSS.


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Catherine LePrevost is a doctoral student in science education at NC State University. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Wake Forest University in 2006 and her master's degree in toxicology from NC State in 2007. She is the project coordinator for the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Project.


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Kenny Nguyen is a doctoral student in mathematics education and is a research assistant for Generating Increased Science & Mathematics Opportunities (GISMO). He obtained his B.S. from the University of Chicago in mathematics in 2001 and M.A. from the University of Michigan in Learning Technologies in 2005. Prior to returning to graduate school, he served as network administrator for the Chicago based Joyce Foundation and taught summer school in the Chicago Public Schools. His research interests include the learning sciences, rational number reasoning, urban education, and assessment design.

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Linda Pigott Robinson is Director of CONNECTIONS-NC, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in gifted education and differentiation. For the last 23 years, she has conducted professional development and program evaluation for gifted and Title I programs across North Carolina. In addition, Linda has served as Coordinator of Gifted Programs for multiple school systems, taught gifted learners K-12, presented at state and national conferences, and conducted courses for NCDPI, UVA and ECU. Linda is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at NCSU.

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Jonathan Rowe is a doctoral student in Computer Science at NC State University. He came to NCSU immediately after completing his B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Currently, he is a research assistant in the IntelliMedia Center for Intelligent Systems at NC State. Jon's research focuses on the the use of artificial intelligence to enhance student interactions with narrative-centered learning environments and other game-based learning technologies.

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Brandon Simmons graduated from Methodist College in December 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Teaching Licensure and moved on to East Carolina University to pursue graduates degrees in Health Education, (graduated in 2007) and Instructional Technology (graduated in 2009).  During his time at East Carolina, Mr. Simmons also earned a graduate certificate in Distance Learning and Administration. Mr. Simmons is now pursuing a PhD at North Carolina State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Instructional Technology and a EdD in Educational Leadership at University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His research interests include: best practices for online delivery in the K-12 setting and higher education, Educational Leadership's impact on technology integration, minimum physical education classes in the elementary school setting and its impact on childhood obesity.

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Crystal Simmons is a first year doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on social studies education. She received her Bachelors from UNC-Chapel Hill with a double major in History and International Studies.  She also received her Masters of Education with a concentration in Social Studies Education from there as well.  She was previously an 8th grade social studies teacher who taught for a total of 6.5 years.  She taught in both the Asheboro City and Durham Public Schools districts. During her years at Githens Middle school in Durham, she served as the social studies department chair, team leader, and after school manager.  Her research interest is minority student achievement and their perceptions of the social studies.

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Jason Swan is a second year Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction department of the College of Education. He is a full-time student and a senior instructional designer for a Department of Defense contractor in Havelock, NC. Jason holds a B.S. in history and a M.S. in Instructional Design from Utah State University. His research interests include informal learning and technology.

When not working and studying, Jason spends his free time with his wife and four children. He also enjoys fencing once a week and tinkering with an old motorcycle that never seems to work.

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Tina Starling is a second year doctoral student in mathematics education. Her responsibilities at NCSU have included supervising student teachers, serving as an instructor for EMS 480/580 (Teaching Mathematics with Technology), and assisting professors in the PTMT research project. Before entering the math ed doctoral program full-time, Tina taught at Wake Technical Community College and Athens Drive High School in Raleigh for a combined nine years. Her research interests include teaching mathematics with technology, teaching and learning mathematics education online, and professional development.

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Steven Toaddy is a doctoral student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program and an instructor of undergraduate courses in Psychology at North Carolina State. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2008 and an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NC State in 2010. His research interests include the exploration of the internalization of externalities in I/O psychology (EIEIO Psych), justice in organizations, work motivation, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment.

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Tom Warren is a second year doctoral student in the Educational Research and Policy Analysis Program at NCSU.

Tom's work experience includes private sector multinational operations management; K-12 public English, Language Arts, Spanish, and ESL instruction; and adult education at the technical school level. Tom's thesis work (M.S. Ed., NCSU, 2006) focused on the intersection of technology and middle school Language Arts instruction via a descriptive, qualitative research method.

Tom is currently researching Early College High Schools in NC for his dissertation work, actively pursuing research publications, and works as an EdIT Computer Support Specialist for the CED/School of Psychology.

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TJ Wolfe is a PhD student and teaching assistant in the Curriculum & Instruction-Instructional Technology program at NC State. His research interests include Digital Learning and Productivity in the middle grades classroom. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an MAEd in Middle Grades Education. TJ was awarded Teacher of the Month, Teacher of the Year and finalist for a national teacher award during time as a 6th Grade Science teacher.

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Zeynep Yurtseven was born in 1980, in Turkey. She has completed her early education in Turkey. She was graduated from Ankara University, Mathematics Department, in 2002. She has completed Master of Science in Ankara University Graduate School of Natural and Applied Science, and Master of education in Gazi University Institute of Educational Sciences in 2005. She taught Mathematics to students from different grade levels for three years in Turkey. She is currently a graduate student in NC Carolina State University, Instructional Technology Program.

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Sinky Zheng is a doctoral student in Literacy/Language and Technology Education in department of Curriculum & Instruction at North Carolina State University. She is currently working as a graduate research assistant in the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NCSU. Correspondence can be sent to The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, 1890 Main Campus Drive, Campus Box 249, Raleigh, NC, 27606.

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Faculty Editorial Advisor


Edwin R. Gerler Professor, Department of Educational Research, Leadership, and Counselor Education

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Faculty Technical Advisor


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Lori Holcomb is an assistant professor of Instructional Technology at NC State. Dr. Holcomb’s research is in the integration and evaluation of instructional technologies into an educational setting and distance education. More specifically, her current research is focused on the design, integration, and evaluation of emerging technologies into teaching and learning practices.

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Managing Editor


Beckey Reed Consultant for School Services
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Media Editor


Anne Akers, a public school teacher for 20 years, has a Ph.D. from NCSU in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on literacy and technology. Currently, she is the Director of the Media Center in the College of Education at NC State University. She also teaches courses for C&I and the MAT program at State.


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Technology Editor


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Bethany V. Smith is the Assistant Director of Learning Technologies for the College of Education at NC State University. She has worked in Middle School & High Schools, as well as Industry, before coming to work at the College of Education. Bethany conducts technology integration training both at the university and state-wide level.


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