International Education/Studies Research Area:

The contemporary and historical understanding of global societies, cultures, languages and systems of government and of the complex relationships between them that shape the world we live in’

Published Faculty:

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Judith A. Cochran, Ph.D., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Tutorial Education

Judith Cochran serves as Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Regional Institute of Tutorial Education (RITE), a collaborative of six universities, Jennings, St. Louis Public and Normandy School Districts and ten youth agencies. Before her selection as an E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor, Dr. Cochran was the Director of Teacher Education at Wright State University, Assistant Dean of Students at Arizona State University and a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Egypt and Turkey. Her recognition as a teacher, administrator and researcher in urban and international education are the basis of her invitations to be a Visiting Scholar and Faculty Research Associate...
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Angela D. Coker, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Angela D. Coker, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy and a Faculty Affiliate in the Gender Studies Program at UMSL. Her areas of scholarship include women’s issues, group work, and the internationalization of counseling.
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William C. Kyle, Jr., Ph.D., 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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Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Lewis-Harris received her M.A. and Ph.D.in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. Her current research explores the role of indigenous culture and arts in the development of adolescent migrant student's identities and learning within education systems and extra-local communities. She is particularly interested in the function of independent "culture  schools" found in urban environments as they often support performance and traditional arts groups while introducing young people to their indigenous cultural history.
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Virginia L. Navarro, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Founders Professor

Virginia Navarro, Associate Professor in the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation & Research at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington University in 1994. A former high school English and journalism teacher in both public and private schools, Dr. Navarro came to St. Louis from Chicago to complete a Masters in Teaching (in English) at Washington University and decided to put down roots in St. Louis raising four children with her husband of 45 years who now serves on the faculty in the College of Business. Her partial retirement plans include spending more time with their six delightful grandchildren.  
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Alina Slapac, Ed.D., 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...