Dr. Gordon Erlebacher

Professor, Department of Scientific Computing

Research Interests: Dr. Erlebacher is interested in the data analysis of large scale numerical simulations via visualization and feature extraction. Current work involves algorithm acceleration using CUDA and OpenCL in the area of particle-based physics applications to education.


Dr. Valerie Shute

Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner endowed professor of education, Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

Research interests: Dr. Shute’s general research interests hover around the design, development, and evaluation of advanced systems to support competencies. Towards this end, she’s been involved in (a) exploratory and confirmatory tests of aptitude-treatment interactions using the controlled environments offered by intelligent tutoring systems, (b) student modeling research (currently evangelizing the use of evidence-centered design), and (c) developing automated knowledge elicitation and organization tools.


Dr. Kathy Clark

Associate Professor, School of Teacher Education

Research Interests: Dr. Clark’s primary research interests lie in two fields, mathematics education and history of mathematics. In the former, her research investigates ways in which prospective and in-service mathematics teachers use history of mathematics in teaching and the ways in which the study of history of mathematics impacts mathematical knowledge for teaching. In the latter, her historical research is focused on 17th and 18th century mathematics, with a particular emphasis on the early development of logarithms.

Dr. Russell Almond

Associate professor of measurement & statistics, Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

Research interests: Dr. Almond’s research interests focus around of the question of how to gather, track and monitor evidence of student growth using both traditional sources (e.g., assessments and homework) and non-traditional sources (e.g., simulations and games), especially in situations where multiple dimensions of student proficiency are considered. Together with R. Mislevy and L. Steinberg, he was a part of the effort to create Evidence Centered Design (ECD)—a process for designing assessments based on explicating the underlying evidentiary arguments that support their claims.


Immersive and Adaptive Learning for Students with Autism

Dr. Kelly Whalon

Associate professor in Special Education,

School of Teacher Education

Research interests: Dr. Whalon’s research interests include interventions to enhance the language, literacy, and social communication skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Whalon has published many refereed articles and chapters and presented at numerous conferences on topics related to literacy development and social competence of children with ASD.

Dr. Shayok Chakraborty

Assistant professor in Computer Science

Research interests: Dr. Chakraborty’s research interests include computer vision and machine learning. He is interested in developing intelligent learning algorithms under weak human supervision. His research has been validated on a variety of applications including face and facial expression recognition, object recognition and assistive technology.

Dr. Greg Hajcak

Professor in Psychology

Research interests: Dr. Hajcak’s work utilizes a range of psychophysiological and neurobiological measures (i.e., event-related brain potentials or ERPs, functional magnetic resonance imagining or fMRI, startle reflex, pupillometry, eye tracking, heart rate, and skin conductance) to understand cognition, emotion, and psychopathology. As a clinical psychophysiologist, I leverage these neurobiological and psychophysiological measures to better understand individual differences in anxiety and depression in terms of abnormal affective-cognitive processes.

Inclusive Design of e-Learning

Dr. Xin Yuan

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Research Interests Dr. Yuan’s research interests are in Computer Networks, Computer Systems, and High Performance Computing (HPC). His most recent efforts have concentrated on the design and evaluation of high-performance interconnection networks for extreme-scale high-performance computing systems and data centers.

Dr. Sherry Southerland

The Anne & John Daves Professor of Science Education in the School of Teacher Education

Research Interests Dr. Southerland’s research interests focus on the identification of the factors that influence the development of science proficiency for all students (with a particular emphasis on students traditionally underserved in science classrooms)—with the recognition that proficiency involves the ability to apply knowledge, practices, and patterns of reasoning to allow the learner to make sense of phenomena in their everyday lives.