Crim Center Affiliated Faculty

Associate Dean (Community and International Partnerships)
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8103
Email: gbenson@gsu.edu

In 1973, Dr. Benson received her B.A. in English before going on and earning her M.Ed. in Mental retardation from Auburn University in 1976. In 1977 she graduated from the University of Alabama where she received a Department of Special Education Certification in the area of Multiple Disabilities and/or Hospital and Homebound. In 1983 Dr. Gwendolyn Benson earned her Ph.D. in Severe Disabilities form the University of Kansas.

Dr. Gwendolyn T. Benson serves as the associate dean for school, community and international partnerships in the College of Education at Georgia State University. She currently serves as the principal investigator for the Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NET-Q), a collection of projects funded by a $13.5 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education designed to prepare teachers for the demands of teaching high-need subjects in high-need schools. Dr. Benson has contributed to at least 18 scholarly journals pertaining to her area of study.

Georgia State University Department of Psychology
140 Decatur Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-6228
Email: wchan1@gsu.edu

In 2005, Dr. Wing Yi Chan graduated Magna Cum Laude earning her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. Later, she earned her M.A., and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Wing “Winnie” Yi Chan is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on promoting positive youth development among adolescents and young adults from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Chan’s most recent research examines how civic and political participation can prevent problem behaviors and promote successful transition to adulthood. For example, her recent projects investigate how to encourage immigrant adolescents and college students to engage in civic and political activities. Her work also addresses the development, implementation, and evaluation of school-based interventions (e.g., mentoring, service-learning) designed to promote academic success. Dr. Chan has over 12 peer-reviewed articles in publication, over 19 conference presentations, and she currently has 5 manuscripts under review. Dr. Chan is also involved with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, which is the first non-profit law center dedicated to promoting the rights of Asian immigrants and refugees in the Southeast.

Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8316
E-mail: echilungu@gsu.edu

In 2001, Dr. Chilungu earned her B.A. in English and Psychology at the University New York at Buffalo. In 2004 she earned her M.A in Educational Psychology from the University of New York at Buffalo and in 2006 she earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Chilungu is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders. Her research examines issues related to access including: race/ethnicity bi/multiracial identity and school experiences and engaging students in empowering experiences (e.g., problem-solution projects).  Chilungu is interested in partnerships and community-based work that can enhance teacher preparation and PK-12 students’ learning experiences. In addition, she has extensive experience working on various grants (ranging from university-level to federal grants), and with several education nonprofit organizations. Dr. Chilngu is currently treasurer of the Georgia National Association for Multicultural Education. A professional in her field, she has published and contributed to multiple articles and journals in the area of education.

Educational Policy Studies Department
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8281
Email: jesposito@gsu.edu

In 1994, Dr. Esposito earned her Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Women’s Studies and Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 1998, she earned her M.Ed. in Education at Elms College. In 2002, Dr. Esposito earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations in Education with a concentration in Qualitative Methodology from Syracuse University. She also earned an Advanced Certificate in Women’s Studies from Syracuse.

Dr. Jennifer Esposito is an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies. She teaches qualitative research in the Research, Measurement, and Statistics program.

Dr. Esposito’s research interests include the ways race, class, gender, and sexual orientation shape one’s access to and experience within all levels of education with a particular focus on urban education sites. As a methodologist, she explores various qualitative methods and methodologies. Her research and teaching also include attention to critical media literacies, interrogating how the media shapes our understandings of marginalized peoples.  Dr. Esposito has published and/or contributed to over 20 journal articles, three book chapters, and two encyclopedia entries.

Department of Early Childhood Education
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8020
Email: tfisher4@gsu.edu

In 1999, Dr. Fisher-Ari received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Vocal Performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College. In 2004 she earned her M.Ed. in Reading, Language and Literacy Education, and later in 2009, Dr. Fisher-Ari received her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning, Language and Literacy from Georgia State University.

Teresa R. Fisher-Ari is a clinical assistant professor at Georgia State University, coordinating the early childhood education M.A.T. program. Fisher-Ari’s research focuses on urban teacher development as a means for social justice, both locally situated and broadly constructed. More specifically, she works to facilitate and examine teacher preparation and development opportunities that nurture beginning teachers committed to educational equity.

Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8308
Email: iam@gsu.edu

In 1996, Dr. Miles Irving graduated (Summa Cum Laude), earning a B.A., in African-American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000 he received his M.Ed., and later in 2002 the esteemed Dr. Miles A. Irving earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Human Development from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Dr. Miles Anthony Irving is an associate professor at Georgia State University in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders.

Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Irving taught high school and worked in various educational and community programs in Oakland, California. Dr. Irving maintains an active line of research investigating the impact of cultural and social variables on human agency and cognition. Understanding the link between cultural identity, motivation and school success is at the heart of his research and scholarship. Dr. Irving has contributed to at least 5 scholarly publications

Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational ExcellenceEducational Policy Studies
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8265
Email: jking@gsu.edu

Dr. Joyce King earned her certificate from the Harvard Institute in Educational Management before going on to receive her B.A. in sociology and later her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from Stanford University.

Since 2004, Dr. Joyce Elaine King has served as the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership and Professor of Educational Policy Studies. Widely respected in the fields of urban education and the sociology of education, Dr. King’s research has contributed to the knowledge-base on preparing teachers for diversity and curriculum theorizing through her scholarship, teaching practice and leadership. Previously, King held senior academic affairs positions as Provost at Spelman College, Associate Provost at Medgar Evers College, CUNY and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs at the University of New Orleans. She was director of teacher education for twelve years at Santa Clara University and the first head of the Ethnic Studies Department at Mills College. Having authored 5 highly acclaimed books and contributing to at least 8 scholarly journals in her field, Dr. Joyce E. King is one of the nations premiere experts on Urban Education and the sociology of education.

Department of Early Childhood Education
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8240
Email: slemonmssmith@gsu.edu

In 1991 and 1992, Dr. Lemons-Smith earned her B.S and M.S. in Middle Grades Education from Fort Valley State University. In 2002 she received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Indiana University.

Dr. Shonda Lemons-Smith has over 20 years of experience in the field of mathematics education at the K-12 and college/university level. Her teaching and research focuses on mathematics education in urban elementary contexts – specifically, teacher development, socio-cultural issues, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Dr. Lemons-Smith has contributed to at least 5 scholarly publications.

Middle & Secondary Education Department
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8424

Email: gmuhammad@gsu.edu

In 2003, Dr. Muhammad earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She earned her M.A. in Education Administration from Lindenwood University in 2006. Later, in 2013 the esteemed Dr. Muhammad earned her Ph.D. in Literacy, Language & Culture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Gholnecsar “Gholdy” Muhammad began her career as a reading, language arts, and history middle school teacher. After teaching in the classroom, she served as a school district curriculum supervisor and was responsible for K-12 literacy instruction, assessments, and professional development. Dr. Muhammad received her PhD in Literacy, Language and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests are situated in the social and historical foundations of literacy development among African Americans and writing representations among African American adolescent girls. She also explores literacy collaboratives to understand how writing pedagogy and the roles of writing can be advanced and reconceptualized in secondary classrooms. She became interested in this line of research when she led a summer writing institute with African American girls (Black Girls Write!) and examined literacy enactments from nineteenth century literary societies. She continues to explore how historical practices can be used with adolescent learners today. Some of the journals she has published articles in include, Research in the Teaching of English, Urban Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and Written Communication. Dr. Muhammad is an assistant professor at Georgia State University teaching literacy and language in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. She strives to shape the national conversation for educating youth who have been historically underserved and support the next generation of undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking practical and intellectual pathways to meet some of the most pressing challenges encountered in urban schools. Concurrently, she works with teachers and youth across the United States in best practices in writing instruction. Dr. Muhammad was the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English, Promising New Researcher Award.

Dean’s office
Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8091
Email: Sogletree1@gsu.edu

Dr. Ogletree received her Bachelor of Music Ed., Masters of Elementary Education and Specialist in Educational Leadership from West Georgia College – Carrollton, GA. At Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA, she received her Masters of Professional Counseling and her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics where she received the Educational Policy Studies Dissertation of the Year Award.

Dr. Susan L. Ogletree is currently Director of the newly established Center for Evaluation and Research Services in the College of Education and Human Services at Georgia State University. In her job as Director of the Center for Evaluation and Research Services, her office provides quantitative and qualitative research services on large Federal grants and to state local and international school systems. She also works with faculty to provide internships for students in the college interested in evaluation. Her primary research interests include Professional Development Schools, both nationally and internationally, and their impact on academic achievement in high needs urban schools.

Department of Early Childhood Education
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8207
Email: njs@gsu.edu

In 1989, Dr. Shafer received her B.A. in Marketing from the University of Michigan-Flint and a few years later in 1992 she graduated from University of Michigan-Flint where she received her certificate in Elementary Education. In 2000 and in 2006 Dr. Nancy Shafer earned her M.S., and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University.

Dr. Nancy Jo Shafer is the UACM Program Coordinator. Her research interests are in sociocultural approaches to teacher preparation and the development of communal reflection within a “Community of Learners” to improve teachers’ pedagogy and student learning within urban settings. Additionally, her research focuses on culturally responsive classroom management practices. Along with her tireless efforts to improve teacher pedagogy, Dr. Shafer has been able to contribute to at least 4 scholarly publications relating to her field.

Middle & Secondary Education Department
Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development
30 Pryor Street, Suite 600, Atlanta, 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8409
Email: dstinson@gsu.edu

In 1985, Dr. Stinson received his B.A. in Marketing, and later in 1999 he received his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education from Georgia State University. In 2004, Dr. Stinson earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Stinson’s research interests, broadly speaking, are twofold: critical postmodern theory and identity. More specifically, he explores how mathematics teachers, educators, and researchers (might) incorporate the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of critical postmodern theory into their education philosophies, pedagogical practices, and/or research methods. Additionally, he examines (and theorizes) how students who are constructed outside the White, Christian, heterosexual male of bourgeois privilege successfully accommodate, reconfigure, or resist (i.e., negotiate) the hegemonic discourses of society generally and schooling specifically, including those found in the mathematics classroom. 

Dr. Stinson has authored and co-authored research published in the leading education and mathematics education journals. He also has authored and co-authored book chapters for several edited volumes, and was co-editor of Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice: Conversations with Educators, an edited volume published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Stinson currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education and as a former member of the Editorial Panel of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.

Professor and Department Chair
Georgia State University
Department of African-American Studies
1 Park Place South, Suite 962 Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone:  404-413-5133
Email: aadaku@gsu.edu

In 1986, Dr. Akinyele Umoja earned his B.A. in Afro-American studies from California State University Los Angeles. Later in 1986 he achieved his secondary teaching credential through courses at Morris Brown College and finally Georgia State University in 1987. In 1990 and 1996 Dr. Umoja graduated from Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts earning both an M.A. and a PhD in American Studies with a concentration in African-American Studies.

Dr. Akinyele “Baba AK” Umoja is a Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies. His primary research interests include the history of African-American Social Movements, particularly the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Dr. Umoja is heralded as one of the leading experts and scholars in his field because of his tireless work for Social Justice in education and the world for all peoples. His amazing journey has taken him all over the world where he has passionately spoken and written about human rights and resistance to oppression. A renaissance man in his own right, Dr. Umoja has contributed over 1520 scholarly publications and books including the bestselling and highly talked about masterpiece, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement (2013). Umoja has presented his research at over 140 conferences and he’s been an expert guest making multiple television appearances

Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8340
Email: jwashington@gsu.edu

In 1982, Dr. Washington received her B.A. in English from Spelman College. In 1984 she graduated, earning her M.S., and later in 1989 her Ph.D., in Speech and Language Pathology from he University of Michigan.

Dr. Julie A. Washington is a professor with the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Her work focuses on understanding cultural dialect use in African American children with a specific emphasis on the impact of dialect on language assessment, literacy attainment and academic performance. Her work with preschoolers has focused on understanding and improving the emergent literacy skills necessary to support later reading proficiency in high-risk groups, with a special focus on the needs of children growing up in poverty in urban contexts. Currently, Washington is a principal investigator on the Georgia Language Disabilities Research Innovation Hub, funded by the National Institutes of Health – Eunice Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.

Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
Phone: 404-413-8255
Email: rfwilliams@gsu.edu

In 1992, Dr. Rhina Fernandes Williams earned her B.A. in Psychology from Agnes Scott College. In 2000 she earned a Master’s of Education in Elementary Education from Mercer University and Later, in 2005, Dr. Williams earned her PhD in Urban and Multicultural Education.

Dr. Rhina Fernandes Williams is a faculty member in the Department of Early and Elementary Education. After several years as an elementary school teacher, she completed her doctorate in Educational Studies at Emory University then joined the faculty in the Georgia State University College of Education. She specializes in critical pedagogy and multicultural education and she works with inservice and preservice teachers in various graduate and undergraduate programs at Georgia State University. Dr. Williams also serves as an education consultant. She offers professional development in community building and culturally responsive pedagogy to schools. She serves on the school board for International Community School, a charter school in Dekalb County whose commitment is to provide a quality, social justice-oriented education to refugee, immigrant and U.S. children. Her work with the school allows her the opportunity to remain connected to the global community through the staff and families at the school.

Department of Early Childhood Education
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
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Department of Early Childhood Education
Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
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Georgia State University College of Education
30 Pryor Street, Atlanta, 30303-3978
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