Research Overview


Research Overview

Our faculty’s research spans the globe, impacting the lives of children at both the local and the international level. In 2015, faculty grant proposal totaled $5.8 million.

Some areas of focus for our faculty include:

  • Conflict and education in Africa, Ane Turner Johnson, Ph.D.
  • Integrating literacy to students in Guatemala, Susan Browne, Ed.D.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, S. Jay Kuder, Ed.D.
  • Counseling, Hector Rios, Ph.D.
  • Transnational literacy practices, Stephanie Abraham, Ph.D.
  • Project-based learning, Zeynep Isik-Ercan Ph.D.

Through a new initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the College partnered with Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). “Health care professionals are well prepared in their specializations but generally have less training in the area of teaching, promoting learning and curriculum development,” said Dr. Burton Sisco, professor and coordinator/advisor of the M.A. in Higher Education program. College of Education faculty examined models combining education and the health professions and developed a 12-credit certificate of graduate study (COGS) for CMSRU and RowanSOM faculty.

It’s no secret that quality education requires quality teachers. However, it is less clear why some teachers remain committed to urban districts whereas others move on to other positions. To find answers, faculty from Rowan University’s College of Education have partnered with Kean University and William Paterson University for research funded by a $30,000 American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education fellowship. “The goal is to better understand the pathways that contribute to persistence in urban schools to look at the reasons for persistence,” said Dean Monika Williams Shealey.