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Cross-Cultural Studies Research Area:

A specialization in anthropology and sister sciences (sociology, psychology, economics, political science) that uses field data from many societies to examine the scope of human behavior and test hypotheses about human behavior and culture

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Cody Ding, Ph.D.
Professor

Dr. Cody Ding completed his Ph.D. in University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He was trained as a psychologist with emphasis on developmental psychology, methodology, and measurement. Over years, he has been working as a professor at universities, teaching educational and psychological assessment, behavioral analysis, and other methodological related courses. His research interests include statistical learning, big data analysis, multidimensional scaling, and effects of social experiences on cognition.
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Alina Slapac, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

Alina Slapac, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educator Preparation & Leadership (2017-presently) who received The Chancellor's Award of Excellence in Teaching (UMSL, 2020),  Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award (UMSL, 2013), O.L. Davis, Jr. Counselor of Distinction Award (KDP, 2015), to name a few. She has been the Counselor for KDP MU Iota Chapter since 2009.  She has been teaching face-to-face, blended and online graduate and undergraduate courses (e.g., Teacher Action Research I & II Capstone, Action Research for Educational Practitioners, Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings, Student Teaching Abroad (South Korea). She is currently a facul...
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Kim Song, Ed.D.
Professor

Kim H. Song, 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 Instructional 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 Teaching f...