Faculty and Staff

Our faculty is comprised of individuals with diverse professional backgrounds and extensive experiences in the field of human development. The common thread they share is their deep commitment to children and families and to the growth of communities.

The childhood education and family studies program is taught by faculty members who have a variety of professional experience working with children and families. They bring to the classroom not only their degrees, but also their professional insights, practical approaches and enthusiasm. They are recognized leaders in the field.

Our faculty gives students a solid understanding of human growth and development that will prepare Missouri State graduates for professional excellence.

Dr. Denise D. Cunningham

Areas of expertise: Early literacy development, home literacy practices, and constructivist education

Mindi McCoy

Mindi McCoy

Academic Administrative Assistant II

Dr. Chloe Bolyard

Areas of expertise: Elementary education, curriculum, cultural studies, educational Leadership, teacher narratives of experience

Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson

Areas of expertise: Social-, emotional-, and moral development of children; diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice, with an emphasis on African American Studies; and culturally responsive literature

Dr. Joanna J. Cemore Brigden

Areas of expertise: Children's make-believe play, creativity, emotional intelligence, service-learning, and teacher perceptions

Tammi R. Davis

Research Interests: Teacher Education, Lives of Teachers, Digital Storytelling, Literacy, Narrative and Self Study Methodology

Dr. Elizabeth K. King

Areas of expertise: Young children's social emotional development, teachers' emotion language in early childhood classrooms, teacher preparation and workplace support.

Dr. Stefanie D. Livers

Areas of expertise: Mathematics education---teacher preparation, teacher support (professional development and coaching), and equitable teaching practices.

Cindy A. McMeley

Professional interests: Cooperative learning and differentiated instruction

Dr. James A. Meyer

Research and service interests: Building stronger families through the development, implementation and evaluation of family life education programs

Dr. Diana L. Piccolo

Dr. Diana L. Piccolo

Associate Professor
ELE Education Coordinator

Teaching: ELE 429; ELE 500; ELE 510; SFR 690; EMS Coordinator.

Kim J. Roam

Professional interest: Academic advisor for the MSU OAEYC student group

Dr. Joan E. Test

Areas of expertise: Infant development, cross-cultural studies of development, young children's development in child care settings, social and communicative development

Dr. Gina M. Wood

Professional interests: Environmental awareness, parental inclusion, technological integration into instruction and character education

Dr. Roberta J. Aram

Areas of expertise: Science and literacy, and program review.

Dr. David W. Brown

Areas of expertise: Elementary education, clinical supervision, school law, history of education, school administration, classroom management.

Dr. Suzanne M. George

Areas of expertise and research interests: Adult learning styles, working with young children with special needs and accreditation issues

Dr. Cynthia K. Hail

Areas of expertise and research interests: Children's writing (process, skills, motivation), literacy and comprehension strategies, and economic education supported by children's literature

Dr. Mary Beth E. Mann

Areas of expertise: Maternal guilt, home visitation, parenthood education for adolescent parents, emotional development and child care