October 2018

UD's College of Education and Human Development is developing innovative new programs to meet the changing demands in the fields of education and human development. Meet our new faculty members who are helping us to reimagine the future.
Laura Desimone, Associate Dean for Research
Faculty Appointment in School of Education
As Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Desimone will support faculty in developing research projects, grants, and academic papers, and contributes to graduate student programming across CEHD.

Dr. Desimone studies how state, district, and school-level policy can better promote changes in teaching that lead to improved student achievement and to closing the achievement gap between advantaged & disadvantaged students. Much of her work has focused on school reform initiatives, standards-based reform, and teacher quality initiatives.

Dr. Desimone is co-PI of the $10 million five-year Center for Standards, Assessments, Instruction, and Learning (, awarded by IES.

Christina Barbieri, Assistant Professor
Focus: Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics
Dr. Barbieri's research focuses on the evaluation and application of cognitive learning principles to improve mathematical competencies, especially for students at risk for low mathematics achievement. She is Co-PI on an IES-funded Goal 1 Exploration grant focused on the relationship between improvements in fraction understanding and algebra readiness.

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Zachary Collier, Assistant Professor
Joint appointment, Center for Research in Education & Social Policy
Dr. Collier’s area of expertise is the advancement and application of finite mixture modeling, particularly latent class and profile analyses. He also seeks to develop effective and efficient heuristic optimization data-mining-type search algorithms in structural equation modeling and propensity score analysis for emerging data intensive applications in education. Datasets include non-random attrition, incomplete longitudinal data, and selection bias.

Janine de Novais, Assistant Professor
Focus: Sociocultural Approaches
Dr. de Novais works on the intersection of race, culture, democracy and education, introducing Brave Community, a theory about the relationship between classroom dynamics and meaningful learning about race and culture. In 2016, de Novais was named one of AERA’s “Promising Minority Scholars” and a semi-finalist for the NAEd/ Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.

Stephanie Raible, Assistant Professor
Joint appoi ntment, Horn Entrepreneurship
Prof. Raible will oversee the new social entrepreneurship program in Human Development & Family Sciences. Her teaching experience includes the areas of social entrepreneurship, cultural entrepreneurship, creative problem solving, management, and leadership. She will be working closely with development of our new social entrepreneurship concentration and with our scholars in residence program.

Eric Sisofo, Assistant Professor
Focus: Mathematics Education
Dr. Sisofo earned a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences, a M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on Mathematics Education from the University of Delaware. His ELP investigated the effects of lesson study on student teachers’ use of student thinking when planning and reflecting on their teaching. Dr. Sisofo taught middle school mathematics for 9 years.

Distinguished Professor in Teacher Education
This month, the School of Education (SOE) established a new named professorship, the Distinguished Professor in Teacher Education. This professorship acknowledges a faculty member who is a productive scholar who publishes in top journals, is committed to our students’ success, and is contributing to the College’s teacher education research agenda.

Chrystalla Mouza, director of the School of Education and professor specializing in educational technology has been been named the first Distinguished Professor in Teacher Education .

As we grow, we are looking for innovative leaders to join our team.
Visit our Faculty Search webpage for more details.
Faculty Positions
Mathematics Education
Education Leadership
Administration Positions
Director, Delaware Center for Teacher Education
Program Director, Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism 
Manager, Autism & Postsecondary Transition
Manager, Assistive Technology
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