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New COED Faculty: Regina Moro

Regina Moro
Meet Regina Moro, an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

My two main interest areas for scholarly inquiry relate to addictions counseling/interventions and counselor education and supervision. These areas are informed by my clinical work as an addictions counselor and through my own process of learning how to be a counselor. I hope to learn about best practices related to counselor education so we can continue to produce a strong workforce of multiculturally competent counselors.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

Two things come to mind- the supportive community and the school spirit. I love going to the local grocery store and seeing almost everyone wearing Boise State t-shirts or buying one in the Bronco shop! I also love that the campus environment has a sense of community and support. I feel supported to grow in my own role as an educator and a scholar! There is a wealth of resources available for that growth.

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

Since I am new to Boise and to Idaho, I have been exploring the local city and also the surrounding area. I love that I can hop on my bicycle and be any where in the city very easily. My partner and I, along with our dog, are usually out hiking on the weekends, finding some remote places and taking in the beauty of the area!

 

New COED Staff: Hannah Calvert

Hannah Calvert
Meet Hannah Calvert, an post-doctoral fellow for the Initiative for Healthy Schools, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

I do research on physical activity and nutrition to help improve health for children in schools.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

I love that the campus is set up so well to encourage physical activity not only for the students, but also the staff. I see standing desks everywhere, walking meetings, and people who walk and bike commute. It’s a great active culture!

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

I am on a bike ride, trying out a new restaurant, at the farmers market, checking out a weekend event, or on a hike with my partner and our dogs.

 

New COED Faculty: Raissa Miller

Raissa Miller
Meet Raissa Miller, an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

Integrating neuroscience principles into counseling, lifespan development, evidenced-based treatments in addiction counseling

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

Dynamic energy, friendly and supportive people, and access to outdoor recreation

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

Is there such a thing as not working? :) Spending time with my husband, daughter, and new puppy. We like to walk in the foothills or on the Greenbelt. We love skiing in the winter and kayaking on the Boise River in the summer.

Click here to learn more about Raissa’s research and publications.

New COED Faculty: Wanchen Chang

Wanchen Chang
Meet Wanchen Chang, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

I teach masters and doctoral level introductory and intermediate statistics. I also teach quantitative research methods. My primary area of research is the application and evaluation of multilevel models.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

I like Boise State’s proximity to the river, the greenbelt, and downtown. I also like all the faculty and students I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

When I am not working, I am riding my bike, trying out new restaurants, fostering kittens, relaxing on the couch, kayaking, and camping.

Click here to learn more about Wanchen’s research and publications.

Boise State alumnus featured on national news for ‘Education Effect’

Boise State alumnus, Donnie Hale ’01 and ’12, was featured on NBC Nightly News for his work as director of the Education Effect. Established in 2011 by Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Education Effect is a university supported community school partnership to improve educational outcomes in schools across the county.

The partnership includes embedding FIU faculty into local high schools to help increase access to university experiences for students. In one high school, the ‘Education Effect’ is credited with increasing the graduation rate by 18.5%.

Hale completed a Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction in 2001, and a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012.

Click here to learn more about the ‘Education Effect’ featured on NBC Nightly News.

College of Education Faculty Focus on Research

Boise State Research

Boise State University’s College of Education faculty are committed to comprehensive research agendas, including a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) award to increase access to computer science for after-school elementary program sites, a $2 million Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) award to serve English Learners in rural communities, and a $214,000 Health and Human Service (HHS) award to support underserved populations at risk for behavioral health disorders.

 

New COED Faculty: Julianne Wenner

Julianne Wenner
Meet Julianne Wenner, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

Teacher leadership, preservice teacher science education, elementary science education, qualitative research

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

There are so many opportunities to collaborate with people inside your department, but also outside of your department and college. I also feel like people are really open to trying new things, making new partnerships, and meeting the needs of the community.

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

I’m at home with my family. :-)

New COED Faculty: Esther Enright

Esther Enright
Meet Esther Enright, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

Teacher education; Instructional core practices; Access, equity and excellence in STEM education for underserved communities; Building capacity to serve students with refugee status; Teaching across identity difference

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

My colleagues. They are the most thoughtful, supportive, and energized faculty and staff I could ask for and they are commitment to improving not only access to but the experience of schooling for all students.

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

I’m enjoying the fantastic outdoor culture of Boise. Everything from how nearly all the local coffee shops, pubs, and restaurants spill out onto patios and sidewalks to the hiking paths in the foothills. The music, art, and other cultural festivals are fun. The sunshine and incredible weather make all that accessible nearly year round.

Boise State and Boise (the city) are two wonderfully surprising places. I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to work, live and play here.

New COED Faculty: Jeremy Ford

Jeremy Ford portraitMeet Jeremy Ford, an assistant professor in the Department of Early and Special Education, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

My primary teaching interests are in assessment and evaluation as well as in the introduction, or foundations, of special education. My research interests include: Curriculum-based measurement, explicit instruction, postsecondary transition and education for students with disabilities, program evaluation, and Response to Intervention / Multi-Tiered System of Support.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

My favorite thing about Boise State has been the helpful and friendly people I’ve worked and collaborated with. I also enjoy the view of the river and foothills from the College of Education (and the warm weather).

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and our four boys. During the week we’re busy trying to get everyone where they need to be, but most weekends we try to find some time to enjoy being outside. There’s so much to do in Boise!

Click here to learn more about Jeremy’s research and publications.

New COED Faculty: Katherine Wright

Katherine Wright

Meet Katherine Wright, an assistant professor in the Department of Literacy, Language and Culture, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

I teach literacy assessment and foundations. My research interests include writing development, disciplinary literacy, and writing-to-learn.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

I love the friendly, supportive environment!

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

I enjoy hiking and skiing, so this is a great place to be! I’m really enjoying exploring Boise and finding all that it has to offer!