The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) is excited to welcome five nationally and internationally recognized scholars beginning in the fall 2020 semester.
"Individually and collectively, our new faculty bring diverse backgrounds and unique expertise that enhance the academic and research profile of the College, further advancing our efforts to provide the highest quality scholarship and inclusive excellence in education," said CESS Dean Scott Thomas.
Here is an introduction to each of our new full-time faculty members.
Dr. Cris Mayo joins UVM as professor and director of the self-designed Interdisciplinary Studies Master's Degree Program in Education. Previously, Mayo served as Professor and Director of the LGBTQ+ Center and in Women's and Gender Studies at West Virginia University.
Mayo’s publications include Gay Straight Alliances and Associations Among Youth in Schools, LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices, and Disputing the Subject of Sex: Sexuality and Public School Controversies. Mayo's extensive body of work can also be found in a variety of leading journals. In addition, Mayo co-edited two collections and is currently the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia on Gender and Sexuality in Education, and also serves as associate editor of Educational Theory.
Joining the Department of Education as a visiting lecturer in Special Education is Dr. Marcus Fuller. Fuller's research focuses on empowering families, educators, and researchers by helping them increase their implementation skills during interventions through the utilization of coaching and performance feedback with children with behavior disorders, autism, and complex communication needs.
His work includes featured presentations on the effectiveness of implementing coaching at a variety of national venues. In addition, he assisted in the facilitation of workshops and data collection in school districts within Texas and Louisiana. Currently, his research focuses on using coaching and performance feedback to increase the use of social, academic and culturally appropriate evidence-based practices with stakeholders involved in special education.
Dr. Katie Revelle joins UVM as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Education. Recently earning her Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan, Revelle has experence teaching undergraduate and master’s level methods courses in elementary literacy and social studies, and a field instructor for preservice teachers.
In her community-engaged research, Revelle explores how to support elementary school teachers’ integration of literacy and social studies instruction in ways that provide equitable, engaging, and humanizing learning opportunities to all students. To study teachers’ professional development, she draws on her work as an elementary school teacher in Vermont and North Carolina, a service-learning coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, and a curriculum developer. Her most recent research focuses on teachers’ writing instruction in project-based learning.
Siddhesh’s past social work practice focused on providing psychotherapeutic care to adolescents in residential settings. Siddhesh's previous work also includes collaborations in India and the former Soviet Union.
Currently, Siddhesh’s interests as a practitioner and scholar occupy two spheres – socially engaged Buddhism and environmental social work. In addition, Siddhesh's ongoing research and writing focus on how Buddhist thinkers and activists have conceptualized and responded to problems that concern social work, but from a worldview that often challenges the field’s basic assumptions. Siddhesh is committed to studying and teaching methods with which social workers may expand their role in responding to the global ecological crisis.
Following more than 20 years of teaching experience in higher education, Camelia Măianu joins the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Program as a lecturer.
Emigrating from Romania in 1979, Camelia returned as a Fulbright Research Scholar in 1999-2000 and remained for another two years to work with institutionalized and HIV+ children. Her experience includes service as a caseworker for mentally ill children and adolescents, a mental health counselor, and a GED Instructor at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. She is deeply committed to making attachment-based early interventions available to diverse, underserved caregivers and families through her teaching, advocacy, and workshops.
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