Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College scholars descend on D.C.


Jennifer Priest Mitchell

Faculty members, researchers and recent graduates of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College were honored with awards at the annual American Educational Research Association meeting in Washington, D.C., April 8–12. AERA is the leading organization for advancing knowledge about education and promoting the application of educational research. In addition to the individual recognitions, 80 scholars from the college shared their research at the annual meeting. Learn more.


Michelene Chi, Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor at ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeMichelene “Micki” Chi, the Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor, received the Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. The award honors a meritorious contributor to educational research in order to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for educational research at its best. Chi is the author of more than 120 academic publications, and her work has been cited more than 30,000 times. Chi has won many awards and recognition for her research, including being cited in Carnegie-Mellon University’s 2001 Centennial Magazine as one of its most successful undergraduates. Learn more

Eugene Garcia, professor emeritus and research professor, ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeEugene Garcia, professor emeritus, research professor and dean of ASU’s College of Education from 2002–2006, is the latest faculty member of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to be named an AERA fellow. The program honors education researchers with substantial research accomplishments. Fellows are nominated by peers, selected and recommended by a committee and approved by the AERA Council, the group's elected governing body. Garcia has published extensively on language teaching and bilingual development, and is renowned for research in effective schooling for linguistically and culturally diverse student populations. He joins 19 other ASU scholars previously selected as AERA fellows. Learn more

Steven Graham, Mary Emily Warner Professor at ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeSteve Graham and Karen Harris, both Mary Emily Warner professors, have explored the teaching of writing for decades. Their publication, “Practice-based professional development and Self-Regulated Strategy Development for Tier 2, at-risk writers in second grade,” (co-authored with Mary Adkins at Goucher College) was recognized with AERA's Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education.



Karen Harris, Mary Emily Warner Professor at ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeThe publication is part of a body of influential research showing that educators feel inadequately prepared to teach writing. Graham and Harris' latest trial was an investigation of one teaching method, Self-Regulated Strategy Development, in story-writing among students at risk for academic failure. SRSD instruction, which Harris developed in 1980, includes the use of specific interactive learning strategies for each type of writing a student is completing. The method has been replicated and reported on many times and, Harris says, has the largest impact on student outcomes of any evidence-based practice designed to improve writing. When Harris met Graham, who had studied writing, they began to collaborate on implementation of SRSD and measurement of its success. They have been married 33 years and have taught and conducted research in various institutions including Purdue University, the University of Maryland and Vanderbilt. They are each also actively engaged in research separate from the SRSD work in this award-winning publication. Learn more

David Berliner, Regents' Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeDavid Berliner, Regents' Professor of Education, is the first-time winner of a new AERA honor, the Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award. The award was created to recognize scholars for exemplary communication of research findings to the general public. Berliner writes extensively on education, teaching and the education system, and says his latest two books likely contributed to his being considered for the award. In the most recent book he co-authored, "Collateral Damage: How High-stakes Testing Corrupts America’s Schools," he categorizes the many ways in which testing negatively impacts public education. The second of these two books is "50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: the Real Crisis in Education." Berliner says he and co-author Gene Glass, Regents Professor Emeritus at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, used research evidence to disprove myths about public education. Learn more 

Margarita Pivovarova, assistant professor in ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeMargarita Pivovarova, assistant professor, and Jeanne Powers, associate professor, were honored with a 2016 AERA Education Research Service Project award. They will begin their project, "An Analysis of Teachers' Career Paths in Arizona: Retention, Mobility and Attrition" with the Arizona Department of Education later this year. Learn more 



Jeanne Powers, associate professor in ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College






Dissertation awards

Olena AydarovaOlena Aydarova, a Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College postdoctoral scholar, conducts research on issues that include what defines a qualified teacher. Aydarova was one of only two recipients of the 2016 Division K Outstanding Dissertation Award. Her work, “Teacher Education Reform as Political Theatre: Modernization Dramas in the Russian Federation,” is a study of teacher education reform in Russia and behaviors by policymakers there that delay reform. Learn more


Amelia Marcetti TopperAmelia Marcetti Topper (PhD, ’15) authors research concerned with defining student success. Topper’s dissertation was honored with one of only two 2016 Dissertation of the Year Awards in Division J, which comprises dissertations that advance knowledge in the field of higher education by making innovative use of methods and theory. Topper's work, “A Multiplicity of Successes: Capabilities, Refuge, and Pathways in Contemporary Community Colleges,” was completed at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Learn more


Ed Sloat (EdD '15), ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeEd Sloat (EdD, ’15) was awarded the Division H Outstanding Publication Award in Category 4, Outstanding Dissertation, for “Examining the Validity of a State Policy-Directed Framework for Evaluating Teacher Instructional Quality: Informing Policy, Impacting Practice." Sloat analyzed impacts of state requirements for teacher evaluation that went into effect in Arizona in 2011. When the law passed, Sloat was a doctoral student in the Leadership and Innovation Program at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and director of research in a large public school district. He combined his work and research to address whether the new framework districts were required to implement for teacher evaluation was effective and appropriate for rating teacher competency. Learn more