MLFTC grants promotions, tenure to 12 faculty members


Meghan Ensell

This fall, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College congratulates new tenured professors, full professors and non-tenure-track faculty who have been promoted.

Promotions and tenure

David Carlson, professor: Carlson was promoted from associate professor. His primary areas of research include qualitative inquiry, curriculum studies, and gender and sexuality studies in education.

Jeanne Powers, professor: Powers was promoted from associate professor. Her research focuses on school segregation, school choice and school finance litigation. She has published in the Review of Research in Education, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Policy, American Journal of Education, Equity and Excellence in Education and Law and Social Inquiry.

Nicole Thompson, professor: Thompson was promoted to professor and vice dean of the division of teacher preparation. With a focus on and commitment to equitable and inclusive practices, Thompson’s work creates, pilots and brings to scale new roles for educators and structures for systems that better serve students, families and communities.  

Katie Bernstein, tenure and associate professor: Bernstein was promoted from assistant professor. Bernstein studies the language and literacy practices of linguistically diverse students in classroom settings. Her work examines the social interactions of young children as contexts for second language learning. 

Katie Farrand, tenure and associate professor: Farrand was promoted from assistant professor. Her areas of research focus on the use of dramatic inquiry in inclusive classrooms found along a continuum of educational placements to support student achievement, collaborative inquiry with classroom teachers and pre-service teachers to examine teacher change over time, and examining how teachers changing awareness of how they position themselves and others connects to student learning and engagement. 

Mi Yeon Lee, tenure and associate professor: Lee was promoted from assistant professor. Her scholarship, teaching and service bridge mathematics education and teacher education to illuminate how teachers' knowledge and their ability to notice, interpret and use students' mathematical reasoning in their teaching can promote meaningful mathematical learning.

Jeongeun Kim, tenure and associate professor: Kim was promoted from assistant professor. Her research focuses on how institutions of higher education use their autonomy to organize admission policies, financial aid, tuition and fees, as well as strategies for revenue generation and resource allocation to remain competitive. 

Margarita Pivovarova, tenure and associate professor: Pivovarova was promoted from assistant professor. She applies her training in economics and quantitative methods to identify trends, predict outcomes and better understand education policy issues. Pivovarova is interested in the design and evaluation of educational policies aimed at raising student achievement in schools.

Non-tenure-track promotions

Laura Atkinson, clinical associate professor: Atkinson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in education.

Christina Flesher, clinical associate professor: Flesher’s research topics include gifted education, differentiated instruction and exposing students to higher levels of cognition.

Ashleigh King, clinical associate professor: King is the ASU site coordinator for students seeking their master’s degree in elementary education and teacher certification through a 15-month accelerated program.  

Carlyn Ludlow, clinical associate professor: Ludlow has been a classroom teacher, an associate professor and program chair, an assistant dean, and a research and curriculum consultant for schools, businesses and government agencies during her tenure in education.