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Sonja Darlington (website), professor of education, received a B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College, and an M.A. in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Iowa State University.  Her initial focus was on reader-response theory and visual and verbal presentations of literature.  She directed the ACM Tanzania program in 2004, and has presented at numerous international conferences on education, gender studies, literature, and curriculum in the US, Germany, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,  and Egypt.  Her scholarship includes books (e.g.,Tell Me, The Tales of Tanzania), chapters (e.g., The Life and Work of Bessie Head) and articles in Research in African Literatures, Journal of the Association of African Literatures, African Studies Quarterly, ALAN Review,  Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Middle School Journal, and Journal of International Literacy.  Her most recent research activity was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she volunteered for Projects Abroad and interviewed visual artists teaching at the School of Fine Arts, University of Addis Ababa.  The courses she has taught range from alternative education and secondary education to African literature and education and comparative and international education., 608-363-2344

Jingjing Lou*, Department and Certifying Chair, obtained a B.A. from the Peking University (People's Republic of China) in Russian Language and Literature, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Russian and East European Studies, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from Indiana University at Bloomington.  Her dissertation is entitled "The School Wall Crumbles: Pollution, Townization, and the Changing Ecology of Rural Schooling in Northwest China".  She has been awarded a Spencer Fellowship (2007-2008), a Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad (2007-2008), a 1990 Institute/OYCF Research Fellowship (2009-10), Chancellor's Fellowship (Indiana University, 2003-2007), and a few other research and travel grants. Jingjing is interested in international and comparative education research. She also has research interests in international education and the internationalization of US public schools and higher education. Jingjing has done research and published on the financing and privatization of higher education in Russia, US and China. She has also researched on girls’ education, migrant children’s education, and rural youth’s education and identity development in China. Currently, she is particularly interested in townization and migration and its impact on rural Chinese youth and their education.  In addition to teaching and research, Jingjing has also served as a research consultant for a few international and domestic NGOs. , 608-363-2078. Her CV can be accessed from the following site:

Kathleen Greene, professor of education and chemistry, obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in curriculum and instruction, with a focus on science education, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research and teaching interests span areas of higher education, science education, gender and schooling, and educational policy and practice for public democracy and social justice. , 608-363-2340.

William New, Professor of Education and Youth Studies, received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in history, and an M.A. (Reading), an M.Ed. (Neuroscience & Education), and a Ph.D. (Educational and Applied Developmental Psychology) from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to becoming a college professor, he was a special education teacher and therapist in New York City for more than a decade. Professor New was on the faculty of DePauw University from 1993-1997, visiting professor at the ACM Urban Studies Program in Chicago in 2000, and led the ACM Central Europe Program in the Czech Republic in 2002.  He served as Senior Fulbright Fellow in Greece in 2003, and in Slovakia in 2010, where he taught university courses and conducted research on Roma (Gypsy) education. Professor New has published and presented widely in the field of minority education policy and law, focusing on immigrant issues in the United States, and Roma education in Greece and Central Europe. His current research concerns the history of school choice in Wisconsin, and charter school politics in a local school district. Professor New is the founder and president of the Governing Board of a local charter school. He teaches courses in educational psychology, adolescence, literacy development, and education policy and law.

Elizabeth E. Blair, visiting assistant professor of education, received a B.A. Elizabeth Blair Pic2from Swarthmore College in psychology and education, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in human development and education. She was awarded an AAUW American Fellowship and the Selma Greenberg Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Research on Women and Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association for her dissertation, entitled “Prioritizing achievement: How undergraduate women negotiate academic performance and intimate relationships.” Liz’s research interests focus on the ways social identities such as gender and race intersect in educational settings, inform relationships, and influence teaching and learning. She also has conducted research on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, early childhood education, and higher education. Liz holds expertise in current and emerging qualitative research methodologies. Her research will soon be published in Gender and Education and the Journal of Engineering Education, and she has authored chapters, reviews, and edited a volume entitled Education and War. Liz’s current research explores 1) how preservice teachers understand and approach the support of trans* and gender creative youth and 2) how public schools in Wisconsin negotiate opportunities to promote racial equity through practice and policy., 608-363-2813.  

TomWarrenThomas F. Warren, professor emeritus of education, earned his B.A. degree from Augustana College, a M.Ed. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Beloit, he taught in middle and high schools and was a school counselor. At Beloit his teaching interests centered around Educational Psychology, Comparative Education, and Human Relations in Education. He is especially interested in creativity as it affects education and in the education systems of Britain, Australia, Japan, and South Africa. He is past-president of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE). In his spare time, Warren is an avid golfer and believes in painting his house himself. Tom retired in Spring 2001 and recently won an award for his labor of love in getting local area youth involved in golf.