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Faculty/Staff Directory

Action Research Research Area:

Research initiated to solve an immediate problem or a reflective process of progressive problem solving led by individuals working with others in teams or as part of a community of practice to improve the way they address issues and solve problems

Published Faculty:

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William C. Kyle, Jr., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education

William C. Kyle, Jr. is the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education I. He received a BS in Biology from LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY) and a MS and PhD in Science Education from The University of Iowa. Prior to joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1996, Professor Kyle taught middle and high school science in New York and Iowa and between 1982 and 1996 he served as a faculty member at the University of Texas – Arlington, University of Connecticut, and Purdue University.
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Jennifer Mishra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Jennifer Mishra is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado where she worked at Associate Director of the UNC String Project. She holds a Masters of Music Education degree and a PhD from Kent State University. Before coming to UMSL, Dr. Mishra was Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Houston and the Associate Director of the School of Music and Assistant Professor of Graduate Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to this, she was an orchestra director in Alton, Illinois and Denver, Colorado specializing in elementary and midd...
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Ruth Schumacher-Martinez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Schumacher-Martinez earned a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Women's Studies from Drake University.  She has an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, an APA-accredited and NASP approved program.
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Nancy Robb Singer, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

Nancy Robb Singer holds B.S. Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At UMSL, Dr. Singer directs the Gateway Writing Project (GWP) and is a faculty lead in the English Education program.
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Alina Slapac, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Alina Slapac is an Associate Professor and received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Northern Iowa in 2006. She also has an M.A. in British Cultural Studies and a B.A. in Romanian and Teaching English as a Second Language minor. She is also an International Studies Fellow (2012-2016), a recipient of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award (UMSL, 2013-2014) and the Counselor of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (since 2010). She has been teaching graduate (master’s and doctoral level) and undergraduate courses such as Teacher Action Research I & II Capstone, Action Research for Educational Practitioners, TESOL Practicum, Classroom Mana...
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Kim Song, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Kim H. Song, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, received her Ed.D in Instructional Processes from Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville in 1991. Kim is a bilingual in Korean and English, and  her main research interests include:
  • Backward Instructiona Design and Assessment
  • Immigrant Family Literacy Development, and Their Identity within School Community
  • Rededefining Creativity in Technology-Mediated Online Courses
  • Intersectionality of Racism and Linguicism for Immigrant and Refugee Learners
  • Technology-Mediated Online Teaching and Learning 
  • Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Content/Math ...