Education Faculty

April Blakely, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Director of COE Online Learning

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Education:
B.S.        East Tennessee State University
MAT       East Tennessee State University
Ed.D.     East Tennessee State University

Email: April.Blakely@eku.edu
Phone: 859-622-2396

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Educational technology
  • Disciplinary literacy
  • Leadership change theory and practice

Chapters

  • Shepperson, T., & Blakely, A. (2015).  Mapping problems to solutions: Logic modeling in a graduate teacher leadership course. In S. Wisdom (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Advanced     Critical Thinking.  Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Journal Articles

  • Blakely, A. (2016). The new face of professional development. The Clearing House: A journal of educational strategies, issues, and ideas. 
  • Blakely, A., & Deters, F. (2013). Teaching to transference: Technology application for P-12   student learning in teacher preparation programs. National Social Science Technology Journal, 3 (2).  http://www.nssa.us/tech_journal/volume_3-2/vol3-2_article2.htm
  • Blakely, A. (2013). Making Books by Hand. Kentucky Reading Journal (Fall 2012/Spring 2013), 70-76. http://bit.ly/URzUPh
  • Blakely, A. (2012). Rethinking Your Middle Grades Word Walls. Kentucky Literacy Links, 3 (1), 5.

Book - Scholarly

  • Blakely, A. (2011). Preventing the extinction of university laboratory schools:  Surviving and thriving. Germany: VDM.

Handbook/Monograph/Pamphlet/User Guide

  • Blakely, A. (2012). Curriculum Guides - Elem. & Middle Grades Teacher Education. Richmond, KY: Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Blakely, A. (2012). Teacher Education Career Paths. Richmond, KY: Eastern Kentucky University.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Association of Literacy Researchers and Educators (ALER), Business Manager/Treasurer
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE)
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Associate Professor
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Assistant Professor                       
  • University Laboratory School at East Tennessee State University, Instructor/Lead Faculty
  • Aiken County, South Carolina Public Schools, Middle Grades Teacher       

Awards/Accolades:

  • Blackboard World Catalyst Award for Teaching (2019)
  • University Laboratory School Teacher of the Year (2007)
  • East Tennessee State University Collaboration Award (2006)
  • Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in EA/ELA (1999)

Nicola F. Mason, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Education:
BMus.  Stellenbosch University, South Africa
MMus.  Morehead State University
Ph.D.   University of Kentucky

Email:  Nicola.Mason@eku.edu
Phone: 859-622-1396

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Music in the general elementary classroom
  • Traditional African songs and games
  • Orff Schulwerk in beginning band

Publications:

Dr. Mason’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Mason, N. (2019). Music education advocacy: What Kentucky teachers should know.

Bluegrass Music News. 70:3.

  • Mason, N. & Carucci, C. (2018). The Effect of a Clinical Field Experience Model on Pre-Service

Music Teacher’s Occupational Identity. Kentucky Journal of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 15.

  • Mason, N. (2015). Content Analysis of The Orff Echo, 1968-2015. The Orff Echo, 48(1), 4.
  • Mason, N. (2014). The diversity of African musics: Zulu kings, Xhosa clicks, and gumboot

dancing in South Africa. General Music Today, 27(2), 30-35.

  • Mason, N. (2013). A content analysis study of the Bluegrass Music News 1952-2012. Bluegrass Music News, 65(1), 4.
  • Mason, N. (2012). Proudly South African in my American classroom. Orff Beat, 41, 4.

She has also co-authored book chapters including: 

  • Mason, N., & Lewis, K. M. (2013). Orff in Band: Research and implementation. (Ed.), Orff

Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions (pp. 138-145). GIA.

  • Mason, N. (2013). South Africa: Developing identity in a pluralistic community. In Dr. Cecilia

Wang and Dr. D Gregory Springer (Ed.), Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions (pp. 69-75). GIA.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Editorial board member of The Orff Echo, peer reviewed journal
  • of American Orff-Schulwerk Association
  • Kentucky Orff-Schulwerk Association, past president
  • International Society for Music Education, member
  • National Association for Music Education, member
  • Kentucky Music Educators Association, member
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • American Association of University Professors

Awards/Accolades:

  • 2019       American Orff-Schulwerk Association Research Grant Recipient
  • 2019       EKU Inclusive Excellence Award
  • 2018       EKU Distinguished Equity Award

Todd McCardle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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Education: 
B.S.        McNeese State University, Secondary English Education
M.Ed.    University of Houston, Curriculum & Instruction
Ph.D.     University of Florida, Curriculum & Instruction
              (Schools, Society, & Culture)       

Email: Todd.McCardle@eku.edu
Phone: 859-622-9949

Research/Academic Interests:

Interests include the roles of diversity and issues of social justice in public schools and teacher education programs.

Publications:

Dr. McCardle’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • McCardle, T. (2019). “Race Tracks: Career Aspirations and Feelings of Isolation in the Mainstream Classroom.” Education and Urban Society. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0013124519846277
  • Currin, E., McCardle, T., & Schroeder, S. (2019). “What about Race: Internalised Dominance in the Opt Out Movement.” Whiteness and Education. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23793406.2019.1631712
  • Schroeder, S., Currin, E., & McCardle, T. (2018). “‘We’re Kind of at a Pivotal Point’”: Opt Out’s Vision for (Re)creating an Ethic of Care in Post-Neoliberal Public Schools.” Policy Futures in Education. doi: 10.1177/1478210318758813
  • McCardle, T. (2017). “A Promise Deferred: Veterans’ Access to Higher Education Through the GI Bill at the University of Florida, 1944-1962.” Educational Studies, 53(2), 122-134. doi: 10.1080/00131946.2017.1283504

He has also co-authored books and book chapters including: 

  • McCardle, T., Currin, E., & Schroeder, S. (2018). “From the Pick-Up Line to the Picket Line: Opt Out’s Love-Hate Relationship with Public Schools.” In S. P. Jones & E. C. Sheffield (Eds.), Why Kids Love (and Hate) School: Perspectives on Practice. Meyers Education Press: Gorham, ME.
  • Currin, E., McCardle, T., & Schroeder, S. (2018). “Class is in Session: Why Now is the Time for a Marxist Approach to the Canon.” In M. Macaluso and K. Macaluso (Eds.), Teaching the Canon in 21st Century Classrooms.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association of Teacher Educators
  • History of Education Society
  • Kentucky Reading Association
  • Eastern Kentucky Literacy Council
  • National Association for Multicultural Education
  • National Council for Teachers of English
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education

A. William Place, Ph.D.
Professor

Image A. William Place, Ph.D.

Education: 
B.S.        The University of Dayton
M.S.       The University of Dayton, Educational Leadership
Ph.D.     The Ohio State University, Educational Administration    

Ohio 5 Year Professional Teaching License with the following endorsements:

  • Secondary Education: High School (7-12) History
    and Physical Education
  • Superintendent
  • High School Principal (7-12)
  • Supervisor

Email: Will.Place@eku.edu
Phone: 859-622-8522

Research/Academic Interests:

Dr. Place’s research interest’s include social justice as it pertains to:

  • The principalship 
  • Bias in selection or recruitment of employees, specifically:
  • The selection and recruitment of teachers
  • Arbitration awards in the educational sector
  • The relationship between age and teaching performance

Publications:

Dr. Place’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Educational Administration Quarterly,
  • [EAQ]
  • Journal of School Leadership

He has also co-authored books and book chapters including:

  • Acker-Hocevar, M., Ballenger, J., Place, A.W., & Ivory, G. (Eds.). (2012). Snapshots of school leadership in the 21st century: Perils and promises of leading for social justice, school improvement, and democratic community (The UCEA voices from the field project). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Place, A.W.  (2011). Principals Who Dare to Care.  Larchmont, NY: Eye On Education.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • National Council of Professors of Educational Administration/International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership
  • Mid-Western Educational Research Association
  • National Association of Secondary School Administrators
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Department Chair, 2017—present.
  • Saint Joseph's University, 2012-2017
  • The University of Dayton, 1994-2012
  • Principal of Jefferson Township High School in Ohio, 2000-2002
  • Ball State University, 1990-1994

Awards/Accolades:

  • Elected to be one of three members to serve on the Executive Board of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) for a three year term (2009-2012).
  • Selected to serve on the Ohio Board of Regents Principal Clinical Practice Blue Ribbon Panel 2010-2012.
  • Appointed the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) Barbara Jackson Scholars Advisory Board. November, 2009 to 2014.

Kwan Yi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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Education:
B.A.        Korea University, Seoul, Rep. of Korea, Mass Communications
B.S.        Korea University, Seoul, Rep. of Korea, Computer Science
M.S.       University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Applied Mathematics
M.S.       McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Computer Science
Ph.D.     McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Information Science

Email: Kwan.Yi@eku.edu
Phone:  859-622-2164

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Automated information organization and classification
  • Text Categorization
  • Informetrics – study of quantitative aspects of information
  • Social Network Analysis in research productivity and collaboration
  • Technology-integration practices

Publications:

Dr. Yi’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Yi, K., Turner, R., & Turner, S. (2019) Investigating Technology-Integration Practices and
  • Competencies of School Librarians. School Library Worldwide, 25(1), 35-56.
  • Yi, K., Choi, N. J., and Kim, Y. S. (2016). A Content Analysis of Twitter Hyperlinks and
  • Their Application in Web Resource Indexing. Journal of the Association for Information
  • Science and Technology, 67(8), 1808-1821.
  • Yi, K. (2016). Collaborative Tagging for Collective Intelligence. In I. Lee (Ed.),
  • Encyclopedia of E-Commerce Development, Implementation, and Management. (pp. 1957-
  • 1969). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Choi, N. J. and Yi, K. (2015). Raising the General Public’s Awareness and Adoption of
  • Open Source Software through Social Q&A Interactions. Online Information Review,
  • 39(1), 119-139.
  • Yi, K. and Turner, R. (2014). The Current Landscape of the School Librarianship Curricula
  • in USA. Journal of Education in Library and Information Science, 55(4), 303-321.4
  • Yi, K. (2012). Harnessing the Collective Intelligence in Social Tagging with Delicious.
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(12), 2488-2502.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Eastern Kentucky University, School Librarianship Program, Associate/Assistant Professor
  • University of Kentucky, School of Library and Information Science, Assistant Professor
  • McGill University, School of Information Studies, Instructor
  • Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal (CRIM), Research Associate
  • Korea Securities Dealers Association, Application Programmer

Awards/Accolades:

  • University Fellows, Eastern Kentucky University (2016)
  • University Funded Scholarship, Eastern Kentucky University (2012)
  • Nomination for Faculty Research Award, College of Communications and Information Studies,    
  • University of Kentucky (2010)
  • Nomination for Faculty Teaching Award, College of Communications and Information Studies,
  • University of Kentucky (2010)
  • Best Conference Paper Award, the 6th International Conference on Knowledge Management,
  • Hong Kong, December 3-4, 2009. “A Study of Evaluating the Value of Social Tags as Indexing Terms.”
  • College Research Activity Award for International Travel, College of Communications and Information
  • Studies, University of Kentucky (8/2009; 10/2008; 2/2008; 4/2006)
  • College Research Activity Award for Research, College of Communications and Information Studies,  
  • University of Kentucky (April 2006)
  • Regular Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, University of Kentucky (2005)
  • Tuition Waiver Fellowship, Government of Quebec, Canada (1994-1995; 1995-1996)
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship, Korea University, Seoul, Rep. of Korea (1983)

Emily Zuccaro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Image Emily Zuccaro, Ph.D.
 

Education:
B.A.        University of Iowa
M.A.      Sam Houston State University
Ph.D.     University of Louisville, Curriculum and Instruction

Email: Emily.Zuccaro@eku.edu
Phone: 859-622-6782

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Literacy education
  • Elementary education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Culturally responsive teaching

Publications:

Dr. Zuccaro’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Mid-South Literacy Journal
  • Language Arts

She has also co-authored books and book chapters including: 

  • Positioning students as writers: A discourse analysis in teacher educationin Clinical Partnerships in Urban Elementary Settings: An Honest Celebration of the Messy Realities of Doing This Work
  • Digital observers, explorers and teachers in preschool in Reclaiming Early Childhood Literacies: Narratives of Hope, Power, and Vision.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • National Council of Teachers of English, member
  • Kentucky Reading Association, member
  • TESOL International Association, member
  • Literacy Research Association, member
  • Third grade teacher, Houston, Texas
  • Second grade teacher, Monterrey, Mexico

Awards/Accolades:

  • Diane Kyle Award for Outstanding Community Engagement
  • Research and Faculty Development Grant