Internal Advisory Board
Dr. David Allsopp is a Professor of Special Education in USF's Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education where he serves as Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Special Education. He teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels focusing on courses related to instructional methods for students with high incidence disabilities and research methods for developing and validating effective practices for students with disabilities. A central aspect to David's research and writing is effective mathematics instruction for students with mild/moderate learning difficulties including students who are and are not identified with disabilities. Another research and writing focus of David is the preparation (pre-service level) and professional development (in-service level) of teachers to effectively address the needs of students with disabilities. David served on the National Advisory Board for the RTI Action Network, a project sponsored by the National Council for Learning Disabilities focused on the dissemination of validated practices for Response To Intervention/Multi-tiered Systems of Support. Additionally, he is consulting editor for the journal Remedial and Special Education and has served as a consulting editor/reviewer for other journals (e.g., Teacher Education in Special Education, Journal of Special Education).
Dr. William R. Black is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of South Florida. His research interests include critical policy implementation, leadership and disability, leadership and English Language Learners, as well as the preparation of school leaders. He has published chapters in various edited books and peer reviewed journals, including Education Policy, the International Journal of Leadership Education, Journal of Research on Leadership Education, and the Educational Leadership Review. He is currently involved in partnership work with Pasco, Pinellas; Polk County with the principal training collaborative; Gulf Coast Partnership, and with Hillsborough County through the Wallace Principal Pipeline Initiative.
Dr. Rebecca West Burns is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at the University of South Florida. Her research agenda lies at the intersection of supervision, teacher education, and school-university partnerships. Her most recent awards include the 2013 Penn State University Alumni Association Early Career Achievement Award, the 2012 American Education Research Association (AERA) Professional Development School (PDS) Special Interest Group (SIG) Dissertation Scholar, the 2011 Phi Delta Kappa Andrew K. Kozak Fellowship Award for research, leadership, and service, and the 2010 Arthur Blumberg Scholar Award. She currently serves in leadership roles for the National Association for Professional Development Schools, the AERA PDS SIG, and the AERA Supervision and Instructional Leadership SIG.
Dr. Cheryl Ellerbrock is an Associate Professor of Middle Grades and General Secondary Education at the University of South Florida. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida in 2007. Dr. Ellerbrock's Master's degrees in Educational Psychology and Social Studies Education were also earned at the University of Florida. Her Bachelor's degrees in Social Science Education and Psychology were received from Florida Southern College. At USF Dr. Ellerbrock teaches a variety of courses, including Teaching the Adolescent Learner, Teaching the Young Adolescent Learner, Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society, and Middle Level Education. In 2011, she received USF's Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. She currently serves in leadership positions for the Middle Level Education Research SIG and the Florida League of Middle Schools. Dr. Ellerbrock is a co-principal investigator of the Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program, a grant-based collaborative effort between USF and Hillsborough County Public Schools that created a residency-based undergraduate program for middle grades mathematics and science pre-service teachers.
Dr. Stacy Hahn is the Director for Professional Development and Partnerships. Her work revolves around creating strategic partnerships focused on the development of quality and relevant teacher preparation and support programs. In this role, Dr. Hahn works with USF faculty, multiple school districts, community leaders, and other education related agencies to create teacher education pathways and continuing education courses that will increase the responsiveness to the needs of school districts and the University of South Florida. Dr. Hahn earned her PhD in Special Education from the University of Florida. Her career is comprised of a spectrum of roles such as a public school teacher, student advocate, grant facilitator, program coordinator, educational researcher and university professor. She understands the effect quality schools has on our community and she continues to follow a path, which she hopes will have a positive impact on the education system.
Dr. Joyce G Haines is the Coordinator for the M.Ed. program in Educational leadership. In addition to teaching courses and coordinating the Administrative Practicum, Dr. Haines is involved with a number of initiatives with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Pinellas County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Education Foundation. Recently, she participated in the Gulf Coast Partnership (GCP) which was funded by a Race to the Top grant, and provided a job-embedded internship program as part of the M.Ed. program for two cohorts of students from Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Manatee counties. Joyce has served as a consultant for the Council for Educational Change and worked with Title I schools in Osceola County. She has presented at the Council for Great City Schools, the Florida Educational Research Association and the Hillsborough County Reading Council.
Dr. Jennifer Jacobs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She is currently co-coordinator of the Elementary Undergraduate Cohort Program and coordinator of the Elementary Doctoral Program. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on understanding how to facilitate the professional learning of equity-centered pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and teacher educators. Specific areas of her research focus on how the vehicles of teacher inquiry/action research, field experiences/clinically rich teacher education, and teacher education program development promote the professional learning of teachers in terms of equity.
Dr. Sarah Kiefer is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. Her research agenda involves furthering our understanding of, and improving upon, adolescents' motivation, peer relations, and development in school, especially youth from underprivileged backgrounds. Within this agenda Dr. Kiefer has three active and interrelated strands of research: 1) examining social and academic motivation, how it develops over time, and how it relates to adjustment in school; 2) investigating the influence of peer relations on adjustment (i.e., perceptions of peers, academic help-seeking beliefs and behaviors, and aggressive behaviors); and 3) identifying and promoting aspects of developmentally responsive learning environments, (i.e., supportive school transitions, and effective learning environments). Dr. Kiefer's main research goal is to increase researchers' and practitioners' understanding of motivation during early adolescence in order to help all students function well socially, be engaged in school, and perform up to their potential. Dr. Kiefer earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois.
Jennifer Sabo is Executive Director of VSA Florida, Jennifer Sabo provides leadership and management to a statewide arts organization, supervising all functions related to administration, fundraising, and programming. Ms. Sabo also coordinates the dynamic relationship between VSA Florida's private 501c3 Board of Directors and the University of South Florida. Prior to arriving at VSA Florida, Ms. Sabo served as Executive Director at the Children's Museum of Alamance County, was the founding Director of Education at the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples, and coordinated art programs at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Kidspace Children's Museum. Ms. Sabo has also served as a national Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant reviewer. Ms. Sabo has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies with a concentration in Education from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Yiping Lou is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in the Department of Educational
and Psychological Studies, College of Education, University of South Florida. She
teaches courses in development of technology-based instruction, computer-augmented
instructional paradigms, and research on technology-based education. Dr. Lou serves
as the Coordinator of the Instructional Technology Program.
Dr. Sarah van Ingen is an Assistant Professor of mathematics education at the University of South Florida. Prior to her work at the university, she was a successful math and science teacher, and she holds a current Florida professional teaching certificate. Today her work as a mathematics teacher educator and researcher is defined by a commitment to prepare and support teachers to engage in equitable mathematics teaching practices. Her research agenda lies at the intersection of mathematics education and teacher preparation. Currently, studies pre-service teacher engagement in the process of evidence-based practice, assessment in teacher education, and the advancement of equitable STEM education practices at the elementary school level.