Educational Studies: Faculty and Staff


Natalie K. Person. 1994. Chair. B.A. University of Mississippi; M.S. and Ph.D. University of Memphis. (Cognitive psychology: learning technologies; educational psychology)

Assistant Professors

Zachary Casey. 2014. B.A.E. and M.A. Arizona State University; Ph.D. University of Minnesota. (Curriculum and Instruction, Multicultural Education, Critical Pedagogy, Teacher Education)

Aixa Marchand. 2019. B.A. and M.A. Ed. University of Miami, M.S. University of Michigan; Ph.D. University of Michigan. (Educational Psychology,Families & Communities, Culturally Responsive Practices)

Cara Djonko-Moore. 2018. B.A. Northwestern University, M.A. University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. Temple University (Early Childhood, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy)

Laura Kelly. 2018. B.S. Freed-Hardeman University; M.Ed. Western Governors University; Ph.D. Arizona State University. (Elementary Literacy, Bilingual Education)

Laura Taylor. 2017. B.S. Cornell University; M.Ed. University of Saint Thomas; Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin. (Elementary Education, Urban Language and Literacies)


Program Committee

Charles McKinney, Associate Professor of History
Elizabeth Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Urban Studies

Additional Affiliated Faculty

Kiren Khan, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Geoff Maddox, Assistant Professor of Psychology 
Marsha Walton, Professor of Psychology 
​Jeanne Wilson, Long-term Adjunct Faculty


Kathy D. Evans. 2016. Director of Teacher Licensure and Field Placements. B.A., Wheaton College (Norton, MA); M.S., Peabody College; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. (Early childhood education, Child development, Curriculum, Developmental Psychology)

Joseph Kelly. 2018. edTPA and Master's Thesis Coordinator. B.A. Freed-Hardeman University; M.Div. Harding School of Theology; Ph.D. Southern Seminary. 

Judy Pierce. Administrative Assistant.