EKU Online: Faculty

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Dr. Robert Biggin has a B.S. in Education from Edinboro (PA) State University, an M.S. in Physical Science from Pittsburg (KS) State University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision.

Dr. Biggin has served in the public schools of Pennsylvania and Kentucky as a chemistry teacher, Assistant Principal, Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, High School Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and Superintendent. He has an extensive background in budget and finances, curriculum, supervision, the hiring and placement process, and professional development.


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Dr. Jennifer E. Christensen is an Assistant Professor of Special Education. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Special Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. She earned her teaching certification from Southwest Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas.

Prior to coming to EKU, Jennifer taught for the University of Wisconsin and for Benedictine College. Prior to higher education, Jennifer taught middle school and high school students who were diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders. She taught in alternative education settings, including the Texas and Minnesota juvenile justice systems.

Jennifer is an avid reader and hopes to become an avid runner like her colleague Dusty! She has a boxer dog named Daisy who accompanies her on her walks and is helping push her to do some running. Jennifer’s research interests include building culturally competent teachers, relational aggression and adolescent females, and teacher efficacy.


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Dr. Roger Cleveland is known for his educational insight in areas such as; diversity, instructional equity, cultural competency and transforming school culture.

He received his bachelor’s degree at Morehead State University, his Masters Degree at Union College and completed his doctoral work at The University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cleveland was the Director of the Division of Federal Programs & Instructional Equity at Kentucky Department of Education, prior to joining the faculty at Morehead State University.

In 2010 Dr. Cleveland was nominated for the Kentucky Human Rights Commission Hall of Fame and also nominated for The Golden Apple Award at EKU. In the Spring of 2012, Cleveland received the Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education and was recognized as “Teachers Making A Difference at EKU.” Governor Beshear recently appointed Dr. Cleveland to the State School Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability Council. Roger is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. He resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife Audra, and children, Maya, Taylor and Dorian.


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Dr. Delinda Dent is an Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. Her interest in how to facilitate change within the literacy classroom using service learning as a methodology is a focus of her research interest. She also has experience in field-based literacy instruction. Dr. Dent’s other areas of focus are pre service teacher preparation in the field of literacy and parental involvement as well as reading in the content area, critical literacy and why struggling readers slip through the cracks in the educational system. Dr. Dent teaches Children’s Literature both at the undergraduate and graduate level, Reading in the Middle School, and is the EKU Director of the Kentucky Reading Project.


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Dr. Faye Deters is a Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She also serves as the Director for the Masters of Teacher Leader Programs in the College of Education and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She holds an Ed.D. in Administration and Instruction with a Specialty in Reading and Language Arts from the University of Kentucky, as well as an MAEd. in Curriculum from Morehead State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Alice Lloyd College. Dr. Deters formerly taught courses in Elementary, Middle Grades, and Literacy Education at East Carolina University, Morehead State University, and Alice Lloyd College where she also served as the Director of the Division of Teacher Education. Prior to transitioning to academia, she served as a classroom teacher for Floyd County Public Schools. Dr. Deters’ research has focused on literacy education and instruction, working with children in poverty, and technology education. Her passion is in helping teachers provide high quality literacy instruction for all students, particularly those in poverty in the Appalachian region.


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Ron Dotson is currently a professor of Occupational Safety and Health at Eastern Kentucky University. He has a M.S. in Loss Prevention and Safety from EKU and a B.A. from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Safety and Health Network, an OSHA Training Institute Construction Trainer, and operates a personal excavation business. He is a Certified Safety and Health Manager with ISHM, a Construction Health and Safety Technologist through BCSP, an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, ISHM, and the National Association of Safety Professionals. His current research interests include playground safety and occupational injuries of educational service employees. His safety background includes a variety of technical skills and management environments to include military construction project operations with the USMC Reserve, several small excavation contractors, and for his personal excavation business. Most recently he has been providing safety training to residential contractors in Kentucky. His career also includes working as an instructor and head football coach for a public school district in Kentucky, various security and personal protection projects, heavy equipment operations training, commercial vehicle driving, diesel mechanics, and law enforcement. He was a highly decorated officer serving in Ashland, Kentucky earning several awards to include a Medal of Honor. After performing patrol and investigation duties he became an Instructor at the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, Kentucky. He performed duties as an instructor in Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness for basic recruits as well as veteran officers. Shortly before leaving DOCJT, he developed training for the Homeland Security Department of DOCJT for chemical awareness and readiness, personal protective equipment, and suspicious packages handling procedures. While working as a safety manager with KI USA Corporation he led the company to reduce injuries by 46%, become an inaugural member of Kentucky EXCEL, and KI saw its lowest worker’s compensation expenditure in its history. He has served on a curriculum advisory committee for heavy equipment operations for Kentucky Community and Technical College in Maysville, several committees for Eastern Kentucky University, and sat on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Safety and Health Network.


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Dr. Scotty Dunlap holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Memphis and an MS in Loss Prevention and Safety from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and is a board certified safety professional (CSP).

Scotty began his career in safety as a Safety Specialist at a state psychiatric hospital in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. He then moved to Zanesville, Ohio where he served as the Safety Manager at an AutoZone distribution center. After three years with AutoZone, Scotty went on to spend six years in the grain industry working for Cargill in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in Decatur, Illinois. He served as corporate health and safety director for both organizations in their respective grain divisions. He then led Environment Safety and Health initiatives for Nike in Memphis where the majority of equipment, footwear and apparel are distributed in the U.S. and Nike’s dot-com business is operated. He led a team of nurses and health and safety professionals to ensure Nike’s 1,600 Memphis employees were provided with a safe and healthy work environment. In his most recent role, Scotty is an Associate Professor in EKU’s graduate Safety Security and Emergency Management program. He is also the Program Coordinator for the undergraduate bachelor degree program in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

In addition to his work responsibilities, Scotty served in a number of leadership roles in two grain industry trade organizations, the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA). He was a featured speaker at numerous national and regional conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Scotty has also been a speaker at ASSE national Professional Development Conferences and the National Safety Congress.

Scotty is a published writer on such topics as OSHA compliance, DOT compliance, behavior-based safety and organizational safety culture. His work has appeared in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Grain Journal and World Grain Magazine. His most substantial work was publishing a textbook on motor carrier safety and a textbook on fire, safety, and security auditing. His current research is in the area of industry leader development and involvement in workplace safety leadership.


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Dr. Dusty Columbia Embury is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education. She holds a doctorate in special education from the University of Cincinnati, Go Bearcats! Dusty is also proud an alumna of Eastern Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor of Arts.

Dusty has taught special education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as elementary reading in inner-city schools in Ohio. Prior to beginning her career, Dusty coordinated programs in supported living and therapeutic recreation for adults and children with significant disabilities. Areas of interest for research include professional collaboration, inclusion, and increasing student engagement for students with moderate and severe disabilities.

Dusty is an avid runner and also enjoys making pottery in her home studio.


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Dr. Debbie Haydon is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education. She holds an Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master’s in the Education of the Deaf from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a B. A. in Psychology and Education of the Deaf from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Dr. Haydon has worked in a variety of educational settings as a teacher, an early intervention provider, a supervisor of instruction, a curriculum coordinator, and an elementary school principal prior to teaching in higher education. She is active in national organizations focused on the education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Her areas of interest are language and literacy instruction.

Dr. Haydon has published in national and international journals and co-edited a book, Putting It Into Practice, with Dr. Paula Jones that focuses on incorporating critical thinking into teacher education classes.


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Dr. Samuel Hinton is Professor of Educational Studies, and Comparative Education at Eastern Kentucky University. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a doctorate in comparative and international education. He has participated in Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad in Brazil, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and the People’s Republic of China respectively. Dr. Hinton has written scholarly books, including - Comparing Problems in International Education: Street Children, Citizenship, and Cultural Heritage 2006. He has written several journal articles including, Ethnic Diversity, National Unity, and Multicultural Education in China. U-S China Education Review 2011. His publications in ERIC include - Teaching about Money, Cultural Heritage, and Citizenship in Slovakia: A Fulbright-Hays Report. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED490359) 2006. He has made several presentations in academic and professional conferences in the United States and overseas. Dr. Hinton is Editor of the Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning. His teaching assignments include multicultural education, classroom discipline and management, comparative education, and research for teacher leaders.


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Dr. MaryAnn Kolloff is an Assistant Professor within the College of Education’s Graduate Library Science Program. She holds an Ed.D. from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology, MAED in Special Education from National Louis University located in Evanston Illinois, and a BS from Northern Illinois University in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Kolloff is active in presenting workshops focusing on distance education for university faculty and in-service teachers at national and state conferences. She teaches technology courses as well as adolescent and young adult literature courses in online learning environments. She has successfully published in many different academic journals and has presented at national conferences including Sloan C, E-Learn World Conference, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE/AACE), Wisconsin Distance Education Conference, Association of Educational Communications and Technology and the Lily Conferences. Dr. Kolloff received Quality Matters certification for reviewing online courses in December, 2011.


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Dr. Angie Madden is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. She has her Doctorate in Literacy Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Transylvania University. Dr. Madden began her career as an elementary teacher in the Frankfort Independent and Fayette County Public School Systems. Her current interests include pre-service teacher education, literacy education, and content area literacy. In the fall and spring, she teaches undergraduate Language Arts Methods Courses in the Elementary Education Program and she teaches Linguistics in the Curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students in the summer.


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Dr. Karen Maloley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction where she teaches elementary social studies methods courses. She holds a Ph. D. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University. In addition, she earned an M.A. in Teaching in Middle School from Western Michigan University with an emphasis in history and a B.S. from Grand Valley State University with a Group Major in Social Studies and an emphasis in History. Prior to pursuing a doctorate, Dr. Maloley was an elementary classroom teacher. She also supervised student teachers in their field placements through both Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University. In addition to teaching social studies methods courses, she has previously taught emergent literacy and elementary science methods. She has conducted research focusing on issues of accountability and assessment in schools, particularly as these issues impact the teaching of social studies.


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Dr. Jan Moore is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a Doctorate and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor’s in Science Education. Dr. Moore currently teaches multiple sections of an undergraduate Human Growth and Development course and a graduate Teacher Leader Curriculum course. While at Eastern Kentucky University, she has taught a vast number of courses at all levels. Her expertise ranges from teaching science methods for elementary teachers and chemistry for health majors to educational psychology. Dr. Moore formerly taught Secondary Physics, Chemistry, and Earth Science.


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Dr. Margaret Moore is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. She holds an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as well as a M.A. in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education and a B.S. in Health Education from EKU. Moore previously served as Associate Director of Teacher Education Services and currently has released time as Data Management Coordinator for the College of Education at EKU. Additional interests include research, data management, program evaluation, college readiness, and placed-based education.


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Peggy C. Petrilli is a Lecturer at Eastern Kentucky University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas and Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She is currently completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Ms. Petrilli is currently serving as Director of Professional Lab Experiences at Eastern Kentucky University. She teaches in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as well as the MAED Teacher Leader Program at EKU. Prior to joining the faculty at EKU, Ms. Petrilli served as a school principal in Fayette County, Lexington Kentucky. She specialized in turning around low achieving public schools by incorporating ongoing formative and summative assessment, creating a safe and orderly environment, ensuring engaging lessons with connections to student life and working in a collaborative setting to improve student achievement. Ms. Petrilli was named Kentucky Principal of the Year as well as recipient of National Distinguished Principal award in Washington, D.C.


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Dr. Megan Purcell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Kentucky University. She holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education and Family Studies from the University of Kansas; a Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from the University of South Carolina; and, a B.A. in Child Development & Learning from Maryville College.

In her current position, Dr. Purcell prepares pre-service and in-service early interventionists and early childhood educators. Additionally, Dr. Purcell serves on a number of state and national committees for early childhood education and early intervention, most importantly, serving as the current Past President of the Kentucky Division for Early Childhood Executive Board and is a Member at Large on the national Division for Early Childhood Executive Board. She also has a long training record of working with practicing teachers and early interventionists on implementing evidence based practices in homes and various early childhood settings.

Personally and professionally, she plans to continue what she is currently doing until she can do it no more. That is, to work with and prepare current and future early childhood educators and early interventionists to provide highly effective, inclusive services for ALL children to achieve the best possible outcomes.


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Dr. Tara Shepperson currently teaches qualitative research, assessment, and field experience in the doctoral program at Eastern Kentucky University. Her research interests focus on alternative education programs, evaluation in education, and qualitative and mixed methods research. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and an undergraduate degree in History. She most recently served as chair of Education and Organizational Leadership graduate programs for Argosy University in Honolulu, Hawaii. Previously, she worked in several capacities at the University of Nevada, Reno; organized a cybercrime unit for the Nevada Attorney General; and ran an educational evaluation consulting firm. Whenever possible, Dr. Shepperson takes to the outdoors for hiking, kayaking, and exploring the small towns of the beautiful Kentucky countryside.


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Dr. Scott Townsend is an associate professor in the EKU College of Education. He received his Ph.D. in Science and Environmental Education with minors in Chemistry and Environmental Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. He received his B.S. in Chemistry Teaching and M.A.Ed. in Secondary Education (Physical Science emphasis) from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining EKU, Dr. Townsend was an associate instructor and graduate student at Indiana University. Previously he taught high school chemistry, physics, and physical science at Powell County High School in Stanton, KY. Dr. Townsend’s teaching interests include several areas of science education including various issues in K-12 classrooms and graduate level professional development for inservice teachers. He has published in several journals including the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Educator, Science & Children, and The Science Teacher. He also has chapters in two books from NSTA Press and one chapter in e-Learning—Theories, Designs, Software and Applications. His research focuses on teachers’ understanding and implementation of inquiry and the nature of science, development and results of hybrid (online/onsite) pedagogical content knowledge-based science courses for inservice teachers, student understanding of the particulate nature of matter, and the use of Rasch analysis and multi-facet Rasch measurement as assessment models in science education.


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Dr. Ralph Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the area of Library Science. He holds an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University, an M. Ed. in Library Media and Educational Technology from East Tennessee State University, an M. A. in Exercise Physiology from East Tennessee State University, an M. A. in Comparative Religions and Philosophy from Eastern Mennonite University, and a B. A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (English, Biology, Health and Physical Education) from Emory & Henry College. Previously, Dr. Turner was the coordinator of the Library Science program at Southern Utah University and an adjunct faculty member of East Tennessee State University’s School Library Media and Educational Technology program, as well as serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Tennessee. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Istanbul University (Cultural Studies- 2006) and a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Department of Sport Wissenschaft (Sports Science) at the Technishe Universitat München (University of Munich--Munich, Germany) from 2002-2003. Eclectic in nature and in interests, Dr. Turner has authored articles in journals as diverse as the Journal of Kinesiology and International Journal on Sport and Society to the Reference Librarian. His books include The cowboy way: The western leader in film, 1945-1995 (Greenwood Press), Football as a war game: The notebooks of General R. R. Neyland (Falcon Press), a chapter on “Sports” in the Handbook of American Popular Culture (Greenwood Press) and a contributor to the work God in the Stadium. His research interests include librarianship, cultural and film studies, education, National Socialism and leadership studies. He has worked on advisory boards addressing issues pertaining to both K-12 and higher educational issues in Utah but now looks forward to the challenges and rewards Kentucky will bring.


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Dr. Teresa Wallace is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department. She holds an Ed.D. in Instruction and Administration, with an outside focus in Public Administration, from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Wallace earned a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from EKU, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Campbellsville University.

Prior to joining the faculty at EKU, Dr. Wallace retired from P-12 education. During her career in P-12, she served as an elementary teacher, principal, central office administrator, and twelve years as superintendent of schools. Dr. Wallace has experience directing a variety of district level programs, including professional development, state programs, federal programs, and curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Dr. Wallace lives in Pulaski County, Kentucky, where she and her husband operate Mallard Trace Farms, a beef cattle production venture.


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Dr. Kwan Yi is an assistant professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Library Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from McGill University, Master degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from McGill University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, respectively, and BS in Computer Science and BA in Mass Communications, both from Korea University. At EKU, he is primarily teaching courses in the areas of information classification and information technology. His broad research interests lies in the representation, organization and classification, and access of digital information resources. For the last six years, he published about 20 articles at scholarly journals and conference proceedings in library and information science field. Prior to joining the faculty at EKU, he taught in the library and information science at the University of Kentucky. He had also worked in a number of different information technology fields as computer programmer and research staff, at the Information Research Center at Montreal (CRIM - Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal), Montreal in Canada, the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Illinois, and Korea Securities Dealers Association, Seoul, Korea.