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Education

  • PhD, Educational Psychology and Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, 2001
  • MS, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, 1996
  • BA, Psychology, University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan, 1994
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Publications

Yamagata-Lynch, L. C., Garty, E, Hostetter, S. T., Lunga, M. (in press). Grappling with professional ethics in instructional technology by participating an online service-learning course. Journal of Computing in Higher Education. 

Brawner, S., Stephens, C. A., Yamagata-Lynch, L., & Donaldson, J., & (2020). Leadership attainment of 14 women in agriculture: A qualitative study. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics 17(1), 62-86. doi:10.33423/jlae.v17i1.2791 

Medley, R. A., Nolley, C., Labriola, T., Brown, Y., Polowy, M., Lloyd, V., York, C. S., & Yamagata-Lynch, L., C. (2020). Evolutional and technological influences in design: A longitudinal examination of PRIDE design case. In M. J. Bishop et al. (Eds.). Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology. (pp. 799-818). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-36119-8_39 

Yamagata-Lynch, L. C., Chang, H. -H., Hayakawa, T., Mastrogiovanni, J., Shipley, L., Miller, C., & Terrica, D. (2020). Ahah, I’m a designer?!: Becoming empowered designers through course experiences. In Hokanson et al. (Eds). Educational Technology Beyond Content: A New Focus for Learning. (pp. 11-26). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-37254-5 

Do, J., & Yamagata-Lynch, L. C. (2017). Designing and developing cell phone applications for qualitative research. Qualitative Inquiry 23(10), 757-767. doi: 10.1177/1077800417731085 

Presentations

Yamagata-Lynch, L. C. (2021). Making the ombuds office accessible with data visualization: What data to collect, how to analyze, how to visualize, how to create ombuds service data dashboards, and engaging in a data showcase. International Ombuds Association Annual Conference, Virtual. 

Yamagata-Lynch, L. C., Lunga, M. L., Shipley, L., Mastrogiovanni, J. M., Chang, H. (2019). Be inspired in a collaborative research team! Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association of Educational Communication and Technology, Las Vegas, NV. 

Yamagata-Lynch, L. C., Garty, E., & Teague, S, J. (2018). Qualitative comparative study of instructional design and technology student perception of ethical responsibilities to AECT Standards and Code of Ethics. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association of Educational Communication and Technology, Kansas City, KS. 

Lisa Yamagata-Lynch

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Associate Professor, Program Co-Coordinator, Associate Department Head, Director of Graduate Studies

Biography

Much of Misawa’s scholarly work examines the positionality of agents (faculty, students, and administrative staff) alongside policies in adult and higher education using learning theories and sociocultural concepts such as Critical Theory, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, and Queer Theory to understand how agents influence each other’s educational experiences and determine the ways in which adult and higher education institutions can more effectively serve diverse populations in contemporary society.

Prior to working at UT Knoxville, Misawa was a graduate faculty member and the director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Memphis. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Georgia where he taught a doctoral qualitative research methods course. Misawa also worked as a training director and a policy researcher at Central State Hospital where he trained medical doctors, nurses, and administrators on state and federal policies and developed and conducted a couple of the quantitative and mixed methods policy research studies.


Research

  • Adult bullying & incivility
  • Intersectionality of race, gender & sexual orientation
  • Learners in adult, higher & continuing professional education
  • Positionality in social justice research & practice
  • Professionalism

Education

  • PhD, Adult Education, University of Georgia, 2009
  • Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Georgia, 2009
  • MEd, Adult Education, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004
  • BA, Economics, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2002

 


Publications

Misawa, M. (Ed.). (2016). The meaning of citizenship and violation of social justice due to bullying, incivility, and the violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. Proceedings from the first bullying, incivility, and violence in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education pre-conference. Charlotte, NC.

Fought, R., & Misawa, M. (2016). Effective leadership in academic health sciences libraries: A qualitative phenomenological study. Journal of Library Administration, 56(8). [Digital Editions version].

Misawa, M., & Chang, B. (Eds.). (2016). The 9th AERC Asian Diaspora Pre-Conference Proceedings.

Misawa, M. (2015). The color of the rainbow path: An examination of the intersection of racist and homophobic bullying in U.S. higher education. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 173, 93-112.

Misawa, M. (2015). Cuts and bruises caused by arrows, sticks, and stones in academia: Theorizing three types of racist and homophobic bullying in adult and higher education. Adult Learning, 26(1), 6-13.

Misawa, M., & Rowland, M. L. (Eds.). (2015). Academic bullying and incivility in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. Adult Learning, 26(1).

Misawa, M., & Rowland, M. L. (2015). Academic bullying and incivility in adult, higher, continuing, and professional education. Adult Learning, 26(1), 3-5.

Misawa, M., & Chang, B. (Eds.). (2015). The 8th AERC Asian Diaspora Pre-Conference Proceedings.


Presentations

Misawa, M. (2016, November). Developing constructionist positionalogical policy research on anti-bullying in adult, higher, continuing and professional education. Accepted for presentation at the 65th Annual Conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Albuquerque, NM.

Misawa, M. (2016, November). Investigating cyberbullying in higher education: A pilot study Accepted for presentation at the 65th Annual Conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Albuquerque, NM

Misawa, M., & Walker, A. (2016, November). A new era: Financial implications of Division I intercollegiate athletics on an institution. Accepted for presentation at the 2016 North American Association of Sports Economists Conference. Washington, DC.

Misawa, M. (2016, October). Examining the critical intersectionality of racism, heterosexism, and homophobia in academia: A queer-crit perspective of anti-bullyism to promote social justice for queer people of color in higher education. Accepted for presentation at the OUTstanding 2016 Seminar. Knoxville, TN.

Misawa, M. (2016, June). Psychosocial and positional terrorism on cyber campus environments: A pilot study on cyberbullying in higher education. Paper presented at the First Bullying, Incivility, and Violence in Adult, Higher, Continuing, and Professional Education Pre-Conference. Charlotte, NC.

Misawa, M. (2016, June). Positionalogy for social justice research: Theorizing a way to analyze sociocultural identities and power structures in adult and higher education. Paper presented at the 57th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. Charlotte, NC.

Misawa, M. (2016, May). Positionalogy for sociocultural power analysis in qualitative research. Paper presented at the 12th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Misawa, M., & Walker, A. (2015, November). Who “greens” the field? An examination of donor characteristics and motivations at a Division I athletics institution. Paper presented at the 2015 North American Association of Sports Economists Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Misawa, M. (2015, November). Implementing constructionist positionalogical policy research on anti-bullying in adult higher education: A queer crit perspective. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Oklahoma City, OK.

Hughes, E. S., & Misawa, M. (2015, November). Faculty accreditation standards: A review of CAPTE’s standard for core physical therapy faculty. Paper presented at the 64th Annual Conference of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Oklahoma City, OK.

Misawa, M. (2015, May). Positionalogy: Theorizing a way to analyze sociocultural power dynamics in social context in adult, higher, and continuing education. Paper presented at the 56th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. Manhattan, KS.

Misawa, M. (2015, May). Paving the rainbow path in academia: The Asian-Queer-Crit perspectives on professional journeys in adult and higher education. Paper presented at the 8th Asian Diaspora Pre-Conference. Manhattan, KS.

Misawa, M. (2015, May). Positionalogy: A constructionist sociocultural power analysis. Paper presented at the 11th Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Champaign, IL.

 

Mitsunori Misawa

Contact Information

  • 521 Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Phone: 865-974-5440
  • E-mail: mmisawa@utk.edu

Professor, Program Coordinator

Biography

Merilee McCurdy began at the University of Tennessee in 2014 and serves as the Coordinator of the School Psychology program. For 14 years, she was on the faculty at the University of Nebraska in the School Psychology program. McCurdy’s research is focused on helping students become better writers and she develops and evaluates classroom interventions that can be used by teachers. McCurdy enjoys spending time with family, reading, and cheering on her college sports teams (of which there are many).


Research

  • Interventions to Improve Student Writing Performance
  • Assessment of Student Writing
  • Student Motivation for Writing

Education

  • PhD, School Psychology, Mississippi State University, 2002
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Publications

Cazzell, S., Skinner, C., Ciancio, D., Aspiranti, K., Watson, T., McCurdy, M., & Skinner, A. (2017). Evaluating a computer flashcard reading intervention with self-determined response intervals in elementary school students with intellectual disability. School Psychology Review.  

Cazzell, S., Taylor, K., McCurdy, M., Skinner, A., Beeson, T. Skinner, C., Ciancio, D., & Cihak, D. (2017).  Evaluating a computer flashcard reading intervention with self-determined response intervals in a post-secondary student with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research and Intellectual Disability.

Cazzell, S. S., Browarnik, B. L., Skinner, A. L., Cihak, D. F., Skinner, C. H., Coleman, M. B., McCurdy, M., & Forbes, B. E. (2016). Extending research on a computer-based flashcard reading intervention to post-secondary students with intellectual disabilities. Submitted to School Psychology Forum.

Black, M. P., Skinner, C. H., Forbes, B. E., McCurdy, M., Coleman, M. B., Davis, K., & Gettelfinger, M. (2016). Cumulative instructional time and relative effectiveness conclusions: Extending research on response intervals, learning, and measurement scale. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9, 58-62.

McCurdy, M., Clure, L., Bleck, A., & Schmitz, S. (2016). Identifying effective spelling intervention using a brief experimental analysis and extended analysis. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 32, 46-65.

McCurdy, M., Holtz, J., & Roehling, J. (2016). Evidence-based Interventions for Written Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents. In L. Theodore (Ed.), Handbook of applied interventions for children and adolescents.

Holtz, J. W., McCurdy, M., & Roehling, J. V. (2015). Examining core curricula in writing for grades 3-5. Research in the Schools.


Presentations

Hart, L. A., Chwat, C., Krider, S., Igancio, P., VanMaaren, V., & McCurdy, M. (2016, August). Performance feedback as a single-subject intervention to improve writing production in students. Poster session to be presented at the APA Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Turnbull, S., Taylor, K., Skinner, C., McCurdy, M., Skinner, A., Ciancio, D., Beeson, T., Cihak, D. (2016, May). Evaluating a computer flashcard reading intervention with self- determined response intervals in a post-secondary student with intellectual disability. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Applied Behavioral Analysis International, Chicago.

Cazzell, S., Taylor, K., Skinner, C., McCurdy, M., Skinner, A., Ciancio, D., Beeson, T., & Cihak, D. (2016, February). Evaluating a computer flashcard reading intervention with self-determined response intervals in a post-secondary student with Intellectual Disability. Poster presented at the University of Tennessee Gallery of Excellence, Knoxville TN.

Hart, L. A., Chwat, C., Igancio, P., VanMaaren, V., & McCurdy, M. (2016, February). Computer-mediated performance feedback in student writing. Poster session presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

White, A.S., McCurdy, M., Clure, L.F., & Holtz, J. (2015, February). Writing CBM: Psychometric Properties of an Accurate-Production Variable. Poster to be presented at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.

Holtz, J., McCurdy, M., & White, D. (2015, February). Administering a Second Prompt in Curriculum-Based Measurements in Writing. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Orlando, FL.

Merliee McCurdy

Contact Information

  • 520 Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Phone: 865-974-8144
  • E-mail: mccurdy2@utk.edu

Professor, Department Head

Biography

Jeff has over 20 years’ experience as a counselor educator, following 10 years as a counselor in schools and agencies in the US and overseas. Jeff and Nancy Cochran often work together, developing service-research projects to meet community needs, such as the REACH Project which provided child-centered play therapy in high-poverty schools. Jeff has served as department head for five years and is returning to faculty August 2022, where he looks forward to more time with students and exciting new research projects.


Research

  • Child-centered play therapy
  • The needs of at-risk children, youth, and families
  • The needs of impoverished schools and communities
  • Person-centered and humanistic approaches to counseling
  • Elements of person-centered or humanistic qualities in teaching

Education

  • PhD, Counseling, Virginia Tech, 1996
  • MA, Human Development and Psychological Counseling, Appalachian State University, 1991
  • BS, History and Secondary Education, Appalachian State University, 1986
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Publications

Most recent book editions:

Cochran, N. H., Nordling, W., & Cochran, J.L. (in-press for June 2022). Child-centered play therapy: A practical guide to therapeutic relationships with children(2nd ed). Routledge.


Cochran, J. L., & Cochran, N. H. (2021). The heart of counseling: Practical counseling skills through therapeutic relationships (3rd ed). Routledge.

 

Headshot of Jeff Cochran, PhD, EPC Department Head & Professor

Contact Information

  • 526 Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Phone: 865-974-4178
  • E-mail: jcochr11@utk.edu