Faculty

The following BSU faculty members are leaders in the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Initiative.



bryan joelJoel A. Bryan
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Joel A. Bryan is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He received a B.S. in physics with secondary teacher certification in both physics and mathematics in 1986 from Angelo State University (San Angelo, Texas) and a M.A.T. in science education from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1994.

He taught all levels of high school physics (Pre-AP, AP, conceptual) and a variety of mathematics courses for 13 years before beginning doctoral work in curriculum and instruction (science education major) at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He completed his Ph.D. in 2003.

From 2001 until 2007, Bryan designed and taught a conceptual physics course for preservice middle school teachers at Texas A&M and was project director of four externally funded professional development grants that served inservice elementary/middle school science teachers and secondary physics teachers.

He left Texas A&M to start his present position as a physics educator at Ball State University in the fall of 2007. He currently teaches a conceptual physics course for preservice K-5 teachers and courses in the department’s graduate programs in science and physics education.

His research interests include all aspects of physics teaching and learning, with particular interest in applications of technology, novice learner problem solving, guided and unguided inquiry techniques, and alternative conceptions.





beilke jayneJayne Beilke
Department of Educational Studies

Jayne R. Beilke received her doctorate in history of education from Indiana University–Bloomington. Her research interests focus on African American educational history and critical multicultural education. She is a recognized authority on the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which is best known for the rural school-building program. She teaches courses in history of education and multicultural education and is currently serving as chairperson of the Department of Educational Studies. She is the recipient of the 2006 Teachers College Outstanding Teacher Award.





Jason DunhamJason Dunham
Department of Chemistry

Jason Dunham is an instructor of chemistry. He earned a M.S. in 2006 from Ball State University.

He received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Thesis Award in 2006-2007 for excellence in the creation of knowledge. The thesis was entitled “Synthesis of 4-Alkyl-3,5-Diamino-1-Phenylpyrazoles.”






Karen FordKaren Ford

Department of Elementary Education

Karen Ford is an associate professor in the Department of Elementary Education. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction/literacy at the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Ball State she taught at the University of North Texas. Previously, she taught in secondary schools for 16 years.

Her research interest is focused on the successful integration of technology for learning in middle, secondary, and college level instruction. Lately, that interest has been coupled with exploring how to address the 21st century teaching and learning skills, especially those for learning in subject matter/discipline-based classes.



Tom McConnell

Department of Biology

Tom McConnell is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. He received a B.S. degree in biology education from Purdue University in 1987, a M.S. in secondary science education from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2000, and a Ph.D. in science education from the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University in 2006.


He has been teaching science, mostly biology, since his first teaching assistant position as an undergraduate in 1986. After teaching at the high school level for 14 years, he moved on to the university level. McConnell was a research associate for two years at Michigan State University before he came to Ball State University in 2008. As a science teacher educator, he is able to share his passion for teaching an interesting mix of pre-service and in-service teachers.

McConnell’s research interests are science teacher professional development, problem-based learning, action research and reflective practice, technology integration in the science classroom.




MucherahWilfridah M. Mucherah
Department of Educational Psychology

Winnie Mucherah is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education, language, and philosophy of religious studies from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, in 1990; M.A. and Ph.D., both in human development, from the University of Maryland in 1995 and 1999, respectively.

Mucherah has been teaching at Ball State University for ten years. She teaches developmental psychology courses (child psychology, adolescent development, and life-span development).

She is interested in classroom climate as a confluence of technology, gender, and ethnicity. She also does program evaluation. Mucherah is also interested in middle school students’ motivation in reading and immigrants’ use and maintenance of their native language. She is currently conducting cross-cultural research in the area of classroom climate, goal orientation, self-concept, and academic achievement.

Two years ago, she co-authored a grant from the provost’s initiative on immersive learning and consequently became a co-principal investigator on a project that has developed a partnership with two Kenyan universities for faculty/student exchanges and research collaboration. As a result this partnership, she will be taking students to Kenya this summer.

Mucherah is a guest reviewer for the Journal of Teacher Educator, Journal of Black Psychology, and the Journal for the Education of the Gifted.


Gilbert Park
Department of Educational Studies

Gilbert Park is an assistant professor of social foundations and multicultural education at the Department of Educational Studies. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned the degrees of Ph.D. & M.A. in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Areas of interests are in the issues regarding school experiences of students of color with a focus on Asian Americans, potential of multicultural education as a tool for advancing social justice, the Americanization process of immigrants, and the role of schooling in these areas. Most recent research is his dissertation that dealt with the Americanization process of recent immigrants from Korea in an urban public high school.





Barbara Pavey
Department of Educational Studies

Barbara Pavey is an instructor of secondary education.

 

 





Kay Roebuck
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Kay Roebuck is a professor of mathematical sciences and mathematics placement advisor. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Tennessee in 1989.

She is past-president of the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has just completed a three-year Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant project with Greenfield Central Community Schools.

Roebuck’s scholarly activities have focused on three main areas of interest: the integration of mathematics with other subject areas, particularly science; the development of algebraic thinking in teachers and students; and the use of technology in teaching mathematics.




Cathy Siebert
Department of Educational Studies

Cathy J. Siebert is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies and the liaison for the Anderson Professional Development School partnership. She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy, a master’s in English education for the secondary teacher and a bachelor’s in English education, all from Michigan State University. She is also certified as an Indiana Department of Education mentor trainer and maintains Michigan Virtual University online teaching certification.

She has been teaching for twenty-three years in high school, community college, and university contexts. Siebert’s primary teaching responsibilities at Ball State University are teaching in the middle/junior high school and high school sequence. She also teaches classroom management, instructional strategies, children’s literature, and graduate-level curriculum mentoring, and guided practice classes. She also frequently serves as the university field instructor for preservice teachers placed in the Anderson secondary schools.

Her research interests include university/school collaborations (specifically professional development schools), preservice teacher education, inservice teacher professional development, and mentoring. Siebert recently completed a three-year elected term on the Board of the National Association of Professional Development Schools. She is currently the director for the master's in secondary education program, as well as the middle levels certificate and is the secondary teacher education coordinator.




Matthew J. Stuve
Department of Educational Psychology

Matthew Stuve is an associate professor of educational technology, the director of the Center for Technology, and co-principal investigator of the EPIC Project funded by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. He received his B.A. in industrial design and M.S. in educational computing from Purdue University in 1988 and 1991, respectively; and Ph.D in educational psychology with emphases in learning, cognition, and technology from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign in 1997.

He previously taught at the University of Northern Iowa and Franklin College (Indiana). Among other software, he developed (with another) the rGrade rubric-based assessment system that has been adopted by the Ball State University teacher education program and other institutions.

From 1999-2003, Stuve was co-principal investigator of a $3M PT3 grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The BSU PT3 project involved campus- and school-based reform efforts to improve teacher education and professional practice of in-services teachers. Some of Stuve’s work in the PT3 project included developing web portals for K-12 collaboration and assessment.

He was the recipient of the 2004-2005 BSU Teachers College Service Award. He holds membership in the American Educational Research Association, International Society for Technology in Education, and the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

His research interests include educational informatics, assessment technologies, digital and representational literacies, and technology in teacher education.





Dennis M. Wible
Department of Educational Studies

Dennis Wible is an instructor of secondary education. He received his bachelor’s degree in business education from Ball State University. He obtained his master’s degree in adult education and leadership from the University of Portland in Portland, OR. Currently, he serves as university supervisor for student teachers, teaches undergraduate courses as well as advisor for the Ball State equestrian club and the BSU chapter of Rotaract. He has been a teacher at both the middle school and high school levels. Mr. Wible was a private college campus director for many years, and serves as a facilitator for the Career College Association in Washington, DC. He is a well-known speaker across the United States. His area of interest is in improving the teaching and learning experiences at all levels for both teachers and students.