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Honors Faculty Profiles

Leticia Alvarez

Leticia Alvarez

Mary Burbank

Mary Burbank

Mary D. Burbank is the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Director of the Urban Institute for Teacher Education in the College of Education at the University of Utah. As a faculty member since 1994 she holds the rank of Clinical Professor. She is a 2014 recipient of a University of Utah Diversity Award, a 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award, a 2002 College of Education Teaching Award, and service awards from the College of Education, University Alumni Association, and the community. Her teaching, research, and service interests examine pathways to higher education for under-represented students and families with collaborations in math and science including co-PI on a 2010 Noyce grant. She is the author/co-author of three books and has written multiple book chapters and peer reviewed research articles. She has secured over $2.3 million dollars in federal and state grants and awards. She oversees accreditation for the university’s teacher education programs.

Kirsten Butcher 

Kirsten Butcher

Dr. Kirsten Butcher is an associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology's Instructional Design and Education Technology program. The goal of Dr. Butcher's research program is to better understand how multimedia and educational technology support meaningful learning and knowledge transfer, with particular attention to the cognitive processes employed by learners and the learning outcomes that they achieve. Dr. Butcher has received several research grants from the National Science Foundation to study issues of cyber learning, teacher learning, and multimedia comprehension. Dr. Butcher regularly works with collaborators from the Natural History Museum of Utah, faculty/researchers in computer science, and education specialists. She also is the Head Judge Advisor to the Utah First Lego League, a science and robotics competition for 9-14 year olds.

Honors Courses Taught: Ed PS 3140 (Using Technology in Diverse Classrooms, K-6)

Past Students' Theses Titles: Parisa Badizadegan (graduated Spring 2015), "Understanding and Evaluating Effective Technology Integration in the Classroom"

Maria Franquiz

María Franquiz

 Doug Hacker

Doug Hacker

Dr. Hacker is a full professor in the College of Education at the University of Utah. prior to receiving his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Washington in 1994, Dr. Hacker worked as a high school science and math teacher and then as a school counselor. From 1994 to 1999, Dr Hacker was an assistant/associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Memphis. During those years, he worked in the areas of reading and writing processes, metacognition, self-regulated learning, teacher education, and school and program evaluation. Dr. Hacker moved to the University of Utah in 1999 and has continued his research in the previous areas and has added to them research in the area of the detection of deception. Also at the University of Utah, he served as chair of the Teaching and Learning Department. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Education Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and Journal of Experimental Education. At both universities, Dr. Hacker has maintained a strong commitment to work in elementary and middles schools, working directly with teachers by providing professional development in reading and writing instruction. Since 1994, Dr. Hacker has been either a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling $1,594,473. He is active as an editorial board member and currently serves as a board member for the Journal of Educational Psychology and Metacognition and Learning. He is a former Associate Editor for the Journal of Educational Psychology. 

 Lauren Liang

Lauren Liang

Lauren Aimonette Liang is an associate professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in children's and young adult literature and reading instruction. Her research and teaching focuses on children's literature. She is especially interested in evaluation, availability, and popularity of children's and adolescent literature; text characteristics as related to student comprehension and response to text; and students' understanding of the specific text that they are reading. 

Dr. Liang's work has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Children's Literature, and The Reading Teacher, as well as in both professional and practitioner books. She is also an author of the widely used children's literature textbook, Literature and the Child. Since 2003, she has helped created the annual "Annotated Bibliography" for Research in the Teaching of English, selecting the best research on children's literature and response published year.

Dr. Liang serves on editorial boards for several journals and committees for the International Reading Association (IRA), the American Library Association (ALA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Literacy Research Association (LRA.) She is a long-time reviewer for The Horn Book Guide and other review publications, and served as the chair of the IRA Children's and Young Adult Book Awards Committee for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Dr. Liang received the College of Education Faculty Teaching Award in 2009 and the University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award in 2010. She was the Advisor for the Elementary Education Honors Program from 2009-2014.

Kelby Macintyre-Martinez

Kelby McIntyre-Martinez

Kelby McIntyre-Martinez is the Assistant Dean of Arts Education and Community Engagement in the College of Fine Arts and the Program Director of Professional Development at the University of Utah for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program where she works in partnership with 125 regional elementary schools to provide professional development support and model best practices in the field of arts education and integration. Mrs. McIntyre-Martinez works collaboratively with University Neighborhood Partners at the Hartland Youth Center to provide a year-round youth theatre and dance education program for young people. She is adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah. 

 

 Claire Seung-Hu Son

Claire Seung-Hee Son

Dr. Seung-Hee Clair Son's research focuses on early childhood learning and development of early literacy, language, numeracy and self-regulation skills, especially for at-risk children in poverty and of ethnic minority. Dr. Son is interested in assessing contexts for early literacy development including home, preschool, and other informal learning contexts, such as community, library, and museum. Early literacy learning and technology is another area of interest.

 

Last Updated: 6/9/17