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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

Bill Kyle 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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Virginia L. Navarro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus

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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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 ...