Faculty News

November 5, 2020

Faculty Additions

The School of Education welcomed three new faculty members and two postdoctoral research associates in the Fall of 2020.


Mack Burke, PhD
Educational Psychology
Degrees: University of Oregon (PhD, MA), University of West Florida (BA)
Expertise: Applied behavior analysis, special education
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Kelsey Ragan, PhD, LSSP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology
Degrees: Texas A&M (PhD, BA), Baylor University (EdS)
Expertise: Applied behavior analysis, special education
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Angela Urick, EdD
Associate Professor
Educational Leadership
Degrees: University of Texas San Antonio (EdD), Walden University (MS), St. Mary’s University (BA)
Expertise: Leadership for school improvement
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David Cosottile, PhD, BCBA
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Educational Psychology
Degrees: Western Michigan (PhD, MA), University of Maryland Baltimore (BS)
Expertise: Applied behavior analysis, telehealth
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Kathleen Hine, PhD, BCBA-D
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Educational Psychology
Degrees: University of Kansas (PhD, MA, BGS)
Expertise: Developmental and child psychology

Dr. Rachelle Rogers Elected to National Leadership

RachelleDr. Rachelle Rogers, Associate Clinical Professor of mathematics education, is on a fast track to the top post in the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), a national organization of school and university faculty who provide professional preparation for teacher candidates. ATE promotes quality teacher education through both exemplary clinical practice and research.

Rogers was elected this spring by members in a nationwide ballot as second vice president for 2020-21. That role will transition into first vice president for 2021-22, and Rogers will serve as president of the organization in 2022-23. Rogers also serves as coordinator of Baylor’s middle school certification program in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. She supervises candidates in their field experiences, as well as teaches the middle school mathematics methods courses in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. “I am thrilled to have a voice on a national stage,” Rogers said. “COVID-19 is obviously changing the face of teaching; teachers — and those who educate teachers — are seeing unprecedented challenges. Teachers must have an active voice and a leadership role in what is happening in the field.” READ MORE...

Dr. Phil Nichols Named Editor

PhilDr. Phil Nichols was named editor for the English/Language Arts section of the journal Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE). Nichols is Assistant Professor of literacy education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, and his teaching and research examine how science and technology condition the ways we practice, teach, and talk about literacy — and the implications for equitable education and student flourishing. His work has appeared in Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Research in the Teaching of English, Reading Research Quarterly, and Learning, Media, and Technology, as well as popular media outlets like The Atlantic.

Dr. Kelly Johnston Receives National Dissertation Award

KellyDr. Kelly Johnston, Assistant Professor in the Baylor School of Education, won the 2020 John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in Teaching from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) for her recent dissertation research. Johnston joined the Baylor SOE faculty in 2018 and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

Johnston’s dissertation, (Re)Imagining Possibilities for Youth in Schools: A Rhizomatic Exploration of Youths’ Affective Engagement with Literacy, focuses on youths’ different forms of literacy engagement in the classroom and how these understandings can be used to rethink literacy teaching and learning in and out of schools. Johnston’s dissertation was part of her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching, which she earned in 2018 at Columbia University’s Teachers College. She previously earned her M.Ed. in Reading Education from Texas State University in 2011 and her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Baylor in 2004.

Johnston said the research was “an opportunity to think about how we can explore literacy to create a more humanizing and enjoyable experience for students.” READ MORE...

Faculty and Alumni in Gifted Education Publish Book

BookThe fifth edition of Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted is edited by and features the work of several Baylor faculty members and alumni. Lead editor Dr. Jenny Robins said the new edition is completely revised and updated to provide a comprehensive look at current research and best practices in the field of gifted education. Other topics covered include gifted identification, twice-exceptionality, diverse learners, curriculum design, differentiating instruction, developing critical and creative thinking, and encouraging talent development.

Baylor leaders in gifted education who are featured in the book:

Dr. Jenny Robins, BSEd ’98, MSEd ’00, PhD ’10, Baylor SOE Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Dr. Jennifer Jolly, MSEd ’94, PhD ’04, Associate Professor, University of Alabama

Chapter authors:
Dr. Brittany Anderson, BSEd ’08, Assistant Professor of Urban Education, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Dr. Todd Kettler, BA ’91, MSEd ‘94, PhD 12, Baylor SOE Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Katie K. Brown, Baylor undergraduate who co-authored a chapter with Dr. Kettler
Dr. Krys Goree, BSEd ’78, MSEd ’96, PhD ’11, Baylor SOE Clinical Faculty and Director of Office of Professional Practice 9OPP)
Dr. Susan Johnsen, BA ’64 (Education), Baylor SOE Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology