Education Faculty

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

Image April Blakely, Ed. D.

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

Phone: 859-622-2396

Research/Academic Interests:

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


  • 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).
  • Blakely, A. (2013). Making Books by Hand. Kentucky Reading Journal (Fall 2012/Spring 2013), 70-76.
  • 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       


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

Phone: 859-622-1396

Research/Academic Interests:

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


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


  • 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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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)       

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.


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.
  • Currin, E., McCardle, T., & Schroeder, S. (2019). “What about Race: Internalised Dominance in the Opt Out Movement.” Whiteness and Education.
  • 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.

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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

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


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


  • 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.

Eileen Shanahan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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BSEd.    Ohio University
MEd.     Winthrop University
Ph.D.    Ohio State University, Adolescent, Post-Secondary and Community Literacies 
BSEd.    Ohio University
MEd.     Winthrop University
Ph.D.    Ohio State University, Adolescent, Post-Secondary and Community Literacies 

Phone: 859-622-9978

Research/Academic Interests:

Dr. Shanahan’s research interests include:

  • Writing instruction
  • Argumentation
  • Understanding how discourse shapes teacher learning
  • The teaching of English language arts from a social justice perspective


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

  • Action in Teacher Education, The ALAN Review, Voices From the Middle, and Multicultural Education

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

  • Bloome, D., Newell, G., Hirvela, A., Lin, T., with Brady, J. Ha, S. Y., Kwak, S, Seymour, J., Shanahan, E.,Thanos, T., VanDerHeide, J., & Wynhoff Olsen, A. (2019). Dialogic literary argumentation in high school language arts classrooms: A social perspective for teaching, learning, and reading literature. New York: Routledge.
  • Shanahan, E. (2018). “I’m just playing devil’s advocate”: Pre-service teachers’ identity construction through dialogic talk. In A. E. Lopez and E. L. Olan (Eds.), Transformative pedagogies for teacher education: Moving towards critical praxis in an era of change. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Eastern Kentucky University, Graduate Coordinator
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Literacy P-12 M.A.Ed. Program Coordinator
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Assistant Professor of Literacy
  • Worked with high school English language arts teachers on writing instruction in Ohio
  • Served as a clinical supervisor for middle school student teachers in Ohio
  • Eighth grade language arts in North Carolina
  • Served as a middle school curriculum and literacy coordinator in North Carolina


  • ALAN Nilsen-Donelson Award – Best Article of the Year in The ALAN Review   (2018)
  • Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Teaching Award   (2018)

Kwan Yi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Image Kwan Yi, Ph.D.

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

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


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


  • 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.

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

Phone: 859-622-6782

Research/Academic Interests:

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


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


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