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.

Department Administration

Dr. Denise D. Cunningham

Early Childhood Education--Program Coordinator for Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education accelerated Master's program--Research: Early Literacy, Constructive Teaching & Learning, Teacher Preparation.

Austin J. Davis

Austin J. Davis

Academic Administrative Assistant I

Christine L. Combs

Christine L. Combs

Education Coordinator - West Plains

Elementary Education

A. M. Baker

Elementary Education--Areas of Expertise: Supervision, community and school integration, leadership, Fatherhood and schools--Research Interests: School, home, and community development; supervision; non-traditional teachers.

Dr. Amanda Benedict-Chambers

Elementary Education--Areas of Expertise: Elementary teacher education, science teacher education, teacher action research, Practice-based Teacher Education, teacher noticing, culturally responsive teaching.

Rhonda L. Bishop

Elementary Education--Areas of Expertise: Elementary education, curriculum, family engagement, educational leadership, teacher preparation--Research interests: Building relationships, student engagement, cultural diversity, women in leadership.

Dr. Chloe Bolyard

Elementary Education--Areas of Expertise: Elementary education, curriculum, cultural studies, educational leadership, teacher narratives of experience--Research: Elementary teacher narratives, curriculum, culturally responsive teaching.

Dr. Tammi R. Davis

Elementary Education--Research interests: Teacher Education, Lives of Teachers, Digital Storytelling, Literacy, Narrative and Self Study Methodology.

Dr. Stefanie D. Livers

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

Cindy A. McMeley

Elementary Education--Professional Interests: Cooperative learning and differentiated instruction.

Dr. Diana L. Piccolo

Elementary Education--ELE Education Coordinator & ELE Mathematics Specialist Graduate Program Coordinator--Research: Mathematics Educational Development for pre-service and in-service teacher (K-12); building and connecting mathematical concepts.

Michelle A. Satterfield

Elementary Education--ELE Gifted Certification Program Coordinator, ELE Communication Arts Instructor, Early Childhood Student Teacher Supervisor--Research: Gifted Education Educator Preparation & Identification in Under Represented Groups.

Sara Tipton

Elementary Education--Clinical Instructor at the Internship Academy

Dr. Gina M. Wood

Elementary Education--Graduate Program Director for Conservative Education Certificate Program--Research & Presentation at the Interface Conference for Missouri Educators with focus on using nature to teach all content areas in ELE grades.

Dr. Jennice M. Wright

Elementary Education--Research Interests: Teaching for civic engagement and global understanding, culturally sustaining pedagogies, social studies education in public diplomacy and countering violent extremisim.

Dr. Roberta J. Aram

Faculty Emeritus--Areas of expertise: Science and literacy, and program review.

David W. Brown

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

Dr. Cynthia K. Hail

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

Vickie L. Haynes

Faculty Emeritus--Research and Professional Interests: Brain-based Learning, Cooperative Learning, Multiple Intelligences.

Mary Lou L. Toth

Faculty Emeritus--Elementary Education

Myrna L. Walker

Faculty Emeritus--Elementary Education

Joretta L. Wilcox

Faculty Emeritus--Elementary Education

Child & Family Development

Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson

Child & Family Development--Professional platforms and research focus on diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice; culturally responsive literature; and social, emotional, and moral development.

Dr. Joanna J. Cemore Brigden

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

Dr. Elizabeth K. King

Child & Family Development--Research interests: Young children's social emotional development, teachers' emotion language in early childhood classrooms, teacher preparation, anti-bias curriculum, and workplace support.

Dr. James A. Meyer

Child & Family Development--Research and service interests: Building stronger families through the development, implementation and evaluation of family life education programs.

Lindsey M. Murphy

Child & Family Development

Kim J. Roam

Child & Family Development--Professional interest: Academic advisor for the MSU OAEYC student group.

Melissa J. Schotthofer

Child & Family Development (Child Life Option)--Research: Utilization of Trans-formative Learning Theory by First-Year College Students--Currently pursuing PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in cognition and instruction in higher education.

Cara L. Smith

Child & Family Development--Child Life

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. Mary Beth Mann

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

Early Childhood Education

Dr. Sarah Jean Baker

Early Childhood Education--Research & Service Interests: Women's issues in schools-specifically the intersection of mothering, leading, and teaching; early childhood teacher preparation and development.

Dr. Joanna J. Cemore Brigden

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

Dr. Denise D. Cunningham

Early Childhood Education--Program Coordinator for Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education accelerated Master's program--Research: Early Literacy, Constructive Teaching & Learning, Teacher Preparation.

Robin L. Koerber

Early Childhood Education--Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Internship Academy, Population Education Facilitator.

Dr. Sascha C. Mowrey

Early Childhood Education--Professional culture in schools; social networks in early childhood education; roles of lead teachers and teaching assistants in early childhood education; P-3 perspectives on early childhood education.

Dr. Suzanne M. George

Faculty Emeritus--Areas of expertise an research interests: Adult learning styles, working with young children with special needs and accreditation issues.