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DCEPS Welcomes 22 New Faculty for Fall 2023

The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies is thrilled to welcome 22 new faculty to our college for the Fall 2023 semester. Representing a wide range of disciplines from across each of our five academic departments, we are looking forward to each of their great contributions.

Department of Counseling & Human Services

Jamie Hartsfield

Jamie has over a decade of experience educating Human Service Professionals at Old Dominion University. A native Texan, Jamie studied Psychology at Texas A&M University and then Marriage & Family Counseling at the College of William and Mary. Her experiences in the field of counseling and human services include providing in-home counseling with struggling families, training and supporting foster parents, and providing therapy in her private practice to individuals and families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), and her areas of interests include families, women's issues, and trauma recovery. She loves teaching and supporting eager students in their pursuit of a meaningful career in Human Services. Jamie is the Internship Coordinator for the Human Services program, and is excited to serve as Assistant Chair in the Department of Counseling & Human Services. Jamie lives in Suffolk with her family, including 3 lively kids and their myriad of pets.

Katie Hughes

Kathryn (Katie) Hughes is excited to join ODU as a HMSV lecturer. She has been teaching as an adjunct instructor in the program since 2015 and has been serving as core faculty in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Pacific Oaks College since 2020. Ms. Hughes is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and has experience working in a variety of clinical settings. Her clinical specialization is in perinatal mental health, and she is passionate about providing clinical services and community education on this topic. Ms. Hughes also loves teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. She lives in Norfolk with her family and when she is not teaching, she can be found playing the flute in various community groups and practicing piano.

Stephanie Smith-Durkin

Dr. Stephanie Smith-Durkin considers herself a quadruple Monarch. She earned her Bachelors, Masters, and PhD at Old Dominion University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at ODU. Here, she works to effectively prepare counselors for culturally affirming and antiracist professional practices and ethical behaviors. Dr. Smith-Durkin is a former school counselor with nearly two decades of experience working with children and their caregivers. She is also a dedicated member of the Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) School Counseling Task Force, secretary for the Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling, and faculty advisor for the ODU chapter of Counselors for Social Justice. Dr. Smith-Durkin's research is centered on topics about PK-12 student mental health, social justice, multiculturalism, antiracism, culturally affirming counseling practices, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Resident in Counseling in Virginia.

Kevin Snow

Kevin C. Snow, Ph.D., M.A., NCC, ACS will be an Assistant Professor of Human Services at Old Dominion University beginning this fall. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health Program Director, and the outgoing Chair in the Department of Psychology & Counseling at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce, near Dallas, TX. A native Pennsylvanian, he is a graduate of Shippensburg University of PA, Indiana University of PA, Penn State Harrisburg, and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA (Ph.D.). Prior to becoming a professor, he worked in a diverse range of community mental health clinical settings for 12 years. His research interests include spirituality and spiritual competence and inclusion, qualitative research design, advocacy in social justice and diversity issues in the helping professions, and international counseling issues. He has served on the editorial review boards of the national journals Counselor Education and Supervision (CE&S) and the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy (JCLA), and the international Canadian Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy, and was co-editor of the Journal of Human Services. He is the author of many published articles, book chapters, reports, and is co-author of The Dictionary of Counseling and Human Services, among other writing and editorial projects. He is active within state, regional, national, and international counseling and human services professional associations including NOHS, ACA, ACES, CSI, IAC, and PCA, and is past-president of the Northeast Pennsylvania Counseling Association (NEPCA).

Brittany Suggs

Brittany G. Suggs, Ph.D., MPH, LPC (VA), is a licensed professional counselor, clinical supervisor, and graduate of the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Regent University. Before joining the Counseling and Human Services (CHS) faculty at Old Dominion University, Dr. Suggs worked as a core team member of a community-based counseling, wellness, consulting, and training center. In addition to her clinical and teaching roles, Dr. Suggs serves as a virtual research associate with intercollegiate colleagues across the United States. Her research emphasizes clinical technology competence, collaborative mental health care, multicultural competence, peer consultation, social determinants of health, race-based traumatic stressors, and emerging adulthood. Global mental health, spiritual integration, and technology in counseling extend into her professional paradigms, coupled with a passionate commitment to sociocultural advocacy and equity promotion. Dr. Suggs's extensive years of service and leadership with private, nonprofit, and community agencies fuel her zeal for mental health consultation and interdisciplinary organization development.

Dr. Suggs's professional roles have included serving as an American Counseling Association (ACA) Human Rights Committee Member, Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Leadership Fellow, and a guest lecturer for graduate counseling courses at Regent University. Further, Dr. Suggs has contributed to the profession as a reviewer for the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision (JCPS) and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) special issue on social justice, liberation, and action. Most recently, Dr. Suggs serves as the President-Elect for the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES) and with the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS) Steering Committee. Dr. Suggs is ecstatic to be a part of the DCEPS College and to support our graduate learners!

Chaniece Winfield

Dr. Chaniece Winfield ACS LPC LSATP RPT-S MAC CAADC CSAC HS-BCP CRP, is an Assistant Professor of Human Services specializing her research in addiction education and clinical competency. She is the current Human Services Online program coordinator and former Addiction Education Coordinator. She has over 16 years of clinical experience in both private and public agencies providing individual, group, and family services within outpatient, community based and educational settings. Dr. Winfield is a community advocate and supports initiatives through community partnerships between ODU, state providers, and the community at large. She is a sought-after speaker and collaborator in our local community and media for her community efforts as it relates to addiction treatment services.

Dr. Winfield was featured on the television show "Face Your Truth", an American syndicated panel talk show hosted by Vivica Fox which focuses on challenges within the human experience. She has partnered as a moderator and guest panelist with WHRO television for a pop-up indie film viewing of "Love in the Time of Fentanyl" and with the Portsmouth Health Department for a documentary viewing on addiction anti-stigmatization. She supports provider education through continuous partnerships with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and participates in the SUD Pregnant and Parenting Women Collaborative, an advisory council for Sentara hospital's "The Pathway Project" in collaboration with EVMS, NSU, ODU and over 30 community partner organizations.

Dr. Winfield serves nationally on national journals and is president of the Virginia chapter board for the International Reciprocity and Recruitment Consortium, an international credentialing board that provides credentialing in the areas of prevention, substance use prevention and oversees recovery professionals globally.

She has received several awards and honors related to her teaching, service and research; most recently she was recognized as one of Inside Business' 2023 Top 40 under 40 honorees.

Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership

James Bartlett

Dr. James E. Bartlett II, Ph.D., graduated from the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University. He is an associate professor in community college leadership specializing in postsecondary education and workforce development. Dr. Bartlett serves as a research affiliate with the Center for Community College Student Engagement and executive director of the Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER). His previous faculty appointments include North Carolina State University and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He played a key role as co-PI on a grant that established the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. He has served as a research associate for the Office of Community College Research and Practice and the National Center for Career and Technical Education Research. Dr. Bartlett has chaired over 75 doctoral dissertations and teaches courses in research methods, community college leadership, and workforce education and training. He has published more than 100 papers in journals, book chapters, and proceedings, with his work appearing in publications such as Career and Technical Education Research, Advances in Human Resource Development, Journal of Agricultural Education, Delta Pi Epsilon Journal, and Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers. He has presented over 300 papers at various conferences, including the American Education Research Association, Council for the Study of Community Colleges, American Association of Community Colleges, Academy of Human Resource Development, International Conference on Doctoral Education, and ACTER. Dr. Bartlett has served as the editor of Career and Technical Education Research, President of ACTER, AERA Workplace Learning SIG chair, and AERA CTE SIG chair. He has contributed as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on more than $15 million in funded research and is presently the PI on a $3.2 million project supported by the ECMC Foundation, focusing on developing postsecondary CTE researchers. His awards include the NC ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award, Academy of Outstanding Mentors, ACTER Meritorious Service Award, and ACTER Distinguished Service Award. Recently his research received the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education Nexus Award, recognizing the connection between Career and Technical Education and Human Resource Development.

Michelle Bartlett

Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. Michelle received her Ph.D. at Clemson University in Higher Education Leadership with a cognate in statistics. Prior to her doctoral work, she received her master's in Human Resource Education at the University of Louisville. Prior to her role at ODU, she worked at North Carolina State University where she led the master's in Training and Development, co-led the doctoral program in community college leadership, served as Coordinator of Competency-Based Education Initiatives for the College of Education, and as faculty scholar at the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. Michelle has taught advanced instructional design, research methods, workforce development, and leadership courses. She has led 28 dissertation committees to completion and continues to work with many of her past students. During her time at NC State, she was selected to be a Digital Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) faculty fellow, an Office of Faculty Development fellow, and a Provost faculty fellow. Michelle has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on grants totaling over $4.2 million. Michelle was the past editor of the Career and Technical Education Research (CTER) Journal. She currently serves as the Professional Development Trustee for the Association for Career and Technical Education Research. When she is not teaching, researching, and serving on grants, Michelle creates and delivers training programs in executive leadership, conflict management, empowering middle management, improving training effectiveness, faculty development, Universal Design for Learning, inclusive design in online environments, and DiSC. Michelle shares her passion for training as the co-founder of the UNITE Design Lab.

Danielle Edwards

Dr. Danielle Edwards is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Workforce Development. In her research, she pairs a variety of quantitative methods, including experimental and quasi-experimental methods, with longitudinal student, teacher, and geographic data to evaluate policies aimed at alleviating geographic inequities in access to effective schools and teachers. To date, Danielle's work has primarily examined three areas of K-12 education policy: teacher labor markets, school transportation, and public school choice. Her current projects include evaluations of "Grow Your Own" teacher programs in Texas and Nashville's district-wide high-impact tutoring program.

Danielle's research has been published in top-tier research journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Education Finance and Policy. She has been funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation, and has received national attention in media outlets such as Chalkbeat and The Detroit Free Press. Her work also has directly informed local policy decisions concerning transportation initiatives, student retention policies, and tutoring programs in Michigan and Tennessee. Danielle is a recipient of the Association for Education Finance and Policy New Scholar Award.

Prior to arriving at ODU, Danielle was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Education Policy with a specialization in Economics of Education from Michigan State University. Before attending graduate school, Danielle taught Algebra II and Pre-Calculus at a high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in history with a mathematics minor from Stetson University. Danielle is originally from Southern California.

Jason Saltmarsh

Jason E. Saltmarsh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. Jason is a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in case study who seeks to generate insight about how policy reforms impact parents, students, and educators and how policymakers can be more responsive to the needs of these constituents. He conducts studies that draw on interdisciplinary lenses and explores problems in PK-12 education pertaining to support structures primarily for families in school choice systems, critical teacher shortages, and sustainable school leadership. His research is informed by his decade of experience as a social studies teacher and principal in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans. Presently, he is investigating questions concerning what makes a "good" school and for whom, how strong partnerships between families and educational entities form, and which policy mechanisms improve equitable access to schools.

Meagan Richard

Dr. Richard is a scholar and researcher in the field of educational policy, specializing in school leadership and social justice. She earned her PhD in 2023 from the University of Illinois-Chicago's Policy Studies Urban Education program, under the guidance of Dr. Shelby Cosner. She has also obtained a Master of Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from University of Illinois-Chicago, a Master of Science in Applied Sociology from Texas State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wellesley College.

Dr. Richard's research interests revolve around social justice and activism within educational environments. She recognizes the interconnectedness of social, economic, and environmental justice, emphasizing the collaborative efforts of school leaders, students, teachers, community members, and researchers within the educational ecosystem. In particular, Dr. Richard has focused her research on equity-oriented forms of school leadership in Chicago and beyond. Her research has led to multiple published articles and book chapters. In her dissertation, she examines the relationship between equity-oriented school leadership and school choice policy in marketized school districts across the United States. Rejecting neoliberal policies rooted in capitalism, competition, individualism, and privatization as solutions, she highlights the ways in which educational actors can resist, contest, and dismantle unjust policies to foster emancipation.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Dr. Richard enjoys exploring new cities and countries, cooking, reading, and engaging in outdoor activities such as running, swimming, hiking, and camping. She cherishes quality time with family and friends and appreciates the diverse experiences that enrich her personal and professional life.

Department of Human Movement Sciences

Rinyka Allison

Dr. Rinyka "Belle" Allison has served as a Dissertation Research Chair and subject-matter expert for Ed. D and Ph.D. students for over eight years and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for 14 years. After several years working in the field of Social Work, Dr. Allison began advocating for children with special needs both as a classroom teacher and as a Special Education Advocate. Dr. Allison received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Austin Peay State University, a Master's in Special Education from The University of Phoenix, a Doctorate in Special Education from Walden University, and her Post-Doctorate in K-12 Assessment and Accountability from Walden University. She serves as a National Site Visitor for the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. Dr. Allison has taught various curriculum and instruction, classroom management, transformational leadership, special education, and early childhood, as well as research and writing courses that have supported students successfully matriculating through their doctoral program.

Dr. Allison's areas of research interest include qualitative research, educational leadership, transformational leadership, classroom management, inclusive education, assessment and accountability of military-connected students with disabilities, resiliency, special education law, and teacher licensure policies.

Lisa Rose Johnson

Lisa Rose Johnson "LRJ" or Dr. Lisa to some is an educator, researcher, athlete, advocate for immigrants and people with disabilities, veteran's supporter (Team Red White and Blue volunteer) and an ocean protector/coastal defender as well as a Division Director and club executive team member within the Toastmasters Organization. Among her many accomplishments, she has taught in K-12 schools in Louisiana and New Jersey, served as a lecturer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and served as an edTPA Special Education Rater with Pearson. She holds membership with numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of the College of Teacher Education (AACTE), the American Education Research Association (AERA), and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Ling Ling

With a Ph.D. in Hospitality Business Analytics, Dr. Ling brings over a decade of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality industry, holding exceptional management skills and expertise in Revenue Management. She strongly focuses on hotel distribution channel management, pricing strategies, and consumer purchasing behavior.

Dr. Ling is passionate about traveling, a lover of spicy food, a mother to twin daughters, and fortunate to have a like-minded partner.

Lisa Morin

Lisa L. Morin received all of her teacher training at Old Dominion University. She was well prepared to enter the classroom and she taught reading and math across a wide range of grade levels as both a special educator and a general educator in inclusive settings. She was initially hired to teach reading/language arts in a self-contained middle school classroom. Soon thereafter, she and a general education teacher formed the first co-teaching partnership in that school division, modeling successful inclusive teaching practices for students with disabilities. After several years in the middle school setting, Lisa moved on to teach a third-grade general education inclusion class for a different school division. She has also taught for several years in a GED/Basic Skills Instruction Adult Education Classroom, developing a reputation in the community for her ability to help adults learn to read when they'd lost all hope of doing so. Lisa returned to ODU once again to receive her Ph.D. in 2014. She is especially interested in learning disabilities and inclusive teaching practices. She is thrilled to now serve as a lecturer for ODU.

Yubing Wang

Dr. Yubing Wang is a researcher and educator with a strong background in the field of physical education and physical activity promotion. Holding a Ph.D. in Pedagogical Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, Dr. Wang has consistently demonstrated a passion for understanding what and how K-12 health and physical education should be taught to help students develop a physically active/healthy lifestyle for a lifetime. With a research focus on education for lifelong physical activity, physical activity behavior change, and learning and motivation in physical education, Dr. Wang's expertise lies in unraveling the complexities of physical activity attitudes, habits, and behavior.

Dr. Wang's commitment to rigorous scholarship is evident through an impressive body of peer-reviewed publications in esteemed journals such as the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, International Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Dr. Wang has actively shared insights with the academic community through presentations at national and international conferences, including the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Health and Physical Educators.

In addition to research, Dr. Wang has a proven track record as an educator, having taught a range of courses in kinesiology and physical education. Dr. Wang's enthusiasm for teaching is grounded in the belief that educational experiences should empower students to lead physically active and healthy lives.

Through an exemplary academic journey and a genuine passion for making a positive impact on individuals' well-being, Dr. Yubing Wang continues to shape the landscape of kinesiology research and education, contributing valuable insights to the fields of health and physical education, physical activity behavior change, and human movement sciences.

Department of STEM Education & Professional Studies

Claire Covington

Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Claire enjoys reading, gardening, and when possible, traveling. She has worked in Libraries and Museums for over 20 years and loves learning! She has an MLIS and CGS in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina.

Jinhee Kim

Dr. Jinhee Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program at the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies. Before joining the faculty of ODU, she worked as a faculty at the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China, a consultant at the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Switzerland, a program specialist at the APEC e-Learning training center in South Korea and Central American Bank for Economic Integration in Honduras.

Dr. Kim has research interests intersecting the field of Learning Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction in Education, Instructional design, and Education for International Development, focusing on how to facilitate meaningful learning with advanced technologies. She is particularly interested in four research areas: (1) AI in Education, (2) Learning and teaching analytics, (3) Student-centered learning, and (4) Technology for Education and Development. Recently, a substantial portion of her work has been involved in Human-AI Interaction and Collaboration in Education, Learning models for future education, and Educational innovation.

As she embraces diverse research agenda, she often works with researchers and practitioners in other domains, including computer sciences, public administration, and communication and information, and applies both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as diverse data mining techniques, to develop a holistic understanding of the learning/teaching process and mechanism.

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is an artist, librarian, and instructor based in Richmond, Virginia. Before joining the faculty at Old Dominion University, he served as the Research and Information Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Academic Support Librarian at Reynolds Community College. Lee has an MLIS from Wayne State University, a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was a visiting artist / instructor at Washington and Lee University, University of Richmond, Roanoke College, and Christopher Newport University. Along with over a decade of experience in academia and libraries, he has an extensive background in the arts. To learn more, visit jleerva.com.

Xinyue Ren

Dr. Xinyue Ren graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Instructional Technology from Ohio University in 2020. She also earned her master's degrees in Educational Research and Evaluation as well as Critical Studies in Education from Ohio University. For the past three years, she worked as an instructional designer in higher education, in which she collaborated with faculty designing and developing online courses, provided faculty professional development workshops, and worked on some initiatives, such as open educational resources (OERs) and Quality Matters (QM). She also had experience working as an instructional designer at non-profit organizations and software company. Her research interests focus on the use of learning technologies and instructional design practices to achieve culturally inclusive online learning environments to promote educational equity.

Department of Teaching & Learning

Seongryeong Yu

Dr. Seongryeong Yu is an assistant professor of the Teaching and Learning Department in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Old Dominion University. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a dual major in Comparative and International Education from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Yu's research focuses on investigating the diverse language-literacy practices of young children in various cultural and geographic contexts, emphasizing their meaning-making, learning, and sense of belonging. Her work explores how children negotiate identities, shape linguistic repertoires, and develop a fluid sense of self through their literacy practices, contributing crucial insights to build an inclusive classroom environment.

Michelle Arnold

Dr. Arnold is an avid learner and educator, serving as a lecturer of elementary methods at Old Dominion University. She also works as a coordinator with the elementary education (preK-6) master's program with initial licensure. She holds a PhD and master's degree from Old Dominion University and a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary. Currently, her research and service center around home literacy practices and creating access to literacy-rich experiences. Prior to joining academia at Old Dominion University, Michelle was a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and reading specialist serving Title I schools in Virginia. Dr. Arnold lives in Chesapeake with her family; she has two young children, Josh and Emily, and a dog named Ellie.

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