Celebrating faculty excellence

Each year, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College salutes faculty members whose scholarship and teaching embody its mission to create knowledge, mobilize people and take action to improve education. This year, five scholars were recognized for exemplifying excellence and creative intrapreneurship — the impulse to bring people and ideas together to ignite meaningful change.

Excellence in Integrating Scholarship with Teaching

Juliet Hart BarnettAssociate professor and faculty honors advisor Juliet Hart Barnett incorporates experience and results from her research into the classes she teaches, including Orientation to Educating the Exceptional Child and her honors-directed study and honors thesis courses. Students in those courses benefit from Hart Barnett’s explorations of which evidence-based practices best support the academic, social and behavioral development of students with autism spectrum disorders. Hart Barnett also mentors and collaborates with students in Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, helping them become researchers themselves in the field of autism and other areas of special education. Collaborations such as these created eight codeveloped conference presentations and eight co-authored, refereed publications in the last three years. Her own publications include lead authorship (with Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Professor Stanley Zucker) of the 2016 article, “Teachers’ Corner: Strategies to Promote Collaboration Between Occupational Therapists and Teachers Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum” for the Council for Exceptional Children.

Excellence in Research Achievement

Jeanne Wilcox Jeanne Wilcox, the Nadine Mathis Basha Professor of Early Childhood, is a researcher of national prominence in communications disorders and child development. Her recent research focuses on language and early literacy, and on the development of systems for educational support extending through college. Current projects include Innovations for Success @ ASU, which seeks to increase access and success for Hispanic, African-American and Native American students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. A productive and entrepreneurial grant writer, Wilcox submitted $4.8 million in research proposals in the last 12 months and has received $2.5 million in research awards in the past three years. Her publications have been cited nearly 3,000 times with 44 of her publications cited at least 10 times. Wilcox received the 2013 Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Outstanding Promising Research Scholar

Daniel LiouAssistant Professor Daniel D. Liou’s scholarship focuses on the institutional structures of expectations for students. He investigates the support available to educators who adopt a strength-based orientation toward students’ learning, and he examines how schools, families and communities create conditions of higher expectations. Liou presented 12 times at conferences from 2014 to 2016. He published or received acceptance for 13 manuscripts during that time — 10 in refereed publications — and had eight manuscripts under review at the end of 2016. His publications have 262 citations, with five having at least 10 citations each. His journal outlets include Teachers College Record, Journal of Teacher Education, Urban Education, Urban Review, Equity and Excellence in Education, and Educational Studies. Liou received the AERA Leadership and Social Justice Teaching Award in Educational Administration. At the 2016 AERA conference, he was the presenting author of “Teaching for Empowerment and Excellence: The Transformative Potential of Teacher Expectations in an Urban Latina/o Classroom.”

Excellence in Teaching

Mo Walters Molina Walters, clinical associate professor, is known for her dedication to teaching educators about scientific inquiry. “Dr. Mo” teaches elementary and secondary science method courses and is the head advisor for the educator’s science club, STELLAR. Walters teaches 10 or more classes per year, supervises elementary and secondary student teachers, runs Family Science Night events in East Valley schools and is involved in environmental education projects throughout the Valley. She was the first university professor to be named Educator of the Year by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, recognizing her for integrating environmental education into her science methods class and for partnering in field activities. Her primary research interest is environmental education and professional development. Walters is co-chair of the Professional Development and Teaching Group for the North American Association for Environmental Education, and creator and lead teacher consultant for Teaching Inquiry-Based Science, a professional development guide for educators. Walters has ASU’s highest student evaluation ratings for teachers with total class enrollments greater than 200.

Excellence in Community Engagement

Ashleigh King Ashleigh King, assistant clinical professor, is committed to planning and implementing community service projects with tangible benefits for the iTeachAZ Tolleson District Partnership. These projects, above and beyond her role as site coordinator, get MAC students involved in the everyday life of the Tolleson community. In the last five years, Ashley’s cohort has led a team of 30–60 teacher candidates, mentor teachers and administrators in the Autism Speaks Autism Walk; held 10 family events with opportunities for families to “play” with math, science and ELA standards in an informal setting; and led technology integration workshops for mentor teachers and teacher candidates in the district. Her efforts brought King the 2015 Pre-service Faculty of the Year award from the Arizona Technology in Education Association. In addition, King, her teacher candidates, two iTeachAZ mentor teachers and some of their students planned and hosted a community-wide Veterans Day celebration in November 2016, where more than 50 veterans were honored with breakfast and a program provided by the students and teachers at Porfirio H. Gonzales Elementary.