CoEP New Tenure-Track Faculty
Dr. Joye Anestis, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Joye C. Anestis, a Hattiesburg native, completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University. Her research focuses on externalizing psychopathology in adults, as well as clinical outcomes and improving best practices in psychotherapy. Within these domains, her specific interests lie in assessment, gender, emotion, and evidence-based treatments. Dr. Anestis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology.
Dr. Ann Blankenship, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling
Dr. Ann Elizabeth Blankenship is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee, College of Law in 2004. During her time at UT, Dr. Blankenship served as the Managing Editor of the Tennessee Law Review and worked in the school’s trial advocacy clinic. For nearly four years, Dr. Blankenship was a practicing attorney in Tennessee and Georgia, specializing in civil litigation. In 2013, she received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia in 2013. Her research interests include education law, personnel issues in education, and equality of educational opportunity. Dr. Blankenship has presented research based on these themes at national conferences (AERA and ELA). She currently serves as the Associate Editor-in-Chief on the Education Law and Policy Review.
Dr. Audra Classen, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Audra Classen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. Dr. Classen graduated from the Special Education program at the University of Kansas. Her research interests and expertise lie in supporting young children's emotional literacy development, developing social-emotional curriculum and interventions, and teaching practitioners to utilize assessment techniques. In addition, Dr. Classen is actively engaged in research to develop culturally responsive services for military families and their young children. Currently at USM, Dr. Classen is teaching courses that prepare pre-service teachers to support the language and literacy development of students with mild-moderate disabilities
Dr. Danielle Forest, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Dr. Danielle Forest is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and Literacy in the department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education where she teaches courses in language arts and literacy. She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University in 2014 and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2009. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Dr. Forest was a fourth grade teacher in Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the American Library Association, and her research interests include diversity in children’s literature, critical literacy, and the sociology of school knowledge. Her publications to date can be viewed at http://southernmiss.academia.edu/DanielleForest.
Dr. James Fox, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling
Dr. James Fox comes to USM with many years of executive and administrative leadership experience in the P-12 educational setting. His leadership included accreditation, building expansions, fund-raising, strategic planning, leadership development and many change initiatives. He earned a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Cairn University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Prior to coming to USM he held adjunct positions at both Cairn University (in Pennsylvania as well as their international campus in Kandern Germany) and Delaware State University. Dr. Fox's research interests are authentic leadership, faculty trust, personal and social identification, and servant leadership. Dr. Fox joined the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling as an Assistant Professor in 2014.
Dr. James Howell, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Dr. James “Jay” Howell is an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education where he teaches undergraduate and graduate secondary education courses. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University in 2014. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Howell taught high school social studies for five years near Atlanta, Georgia before working as a staff member for the Persistent Issues in History Network as a graduate student at Auburn. Dr. Howell’s teaching interests center on helping pre-service teachers develop professional teaching knowledge. His research interests include the development of professional teaching knowledge among in-service teachers, the use of lesson study professional development as a means to bring about teacher change, and social studies teachers’ interpretation and adoption of problem-based historical inquiry. Dr. Howell’s work can be found at http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=w8_VYeUAAAAJ&hl=en
Dr. Emily Meadows, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling
Dr. Emily Meadows received her doctorate of education in Counselor Education from The University of Memphis in 2014. Her research focus includes issues related to K-12 school counseling. She is interested both in the education, training, and supervision of school counselors, as well as the development and implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs. Dr. Meadows is also concerned with school counselors’ roles in crisis prevention and intervention strategies within the education system. Dr. Meadows joined the Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling as an Assistant Professor in 2014.
Dr. Jennifer Osborne, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
Dr. Jennifer H. Osborne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. She earned her Doctorate of Education Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Math and Science. Dr. Osborne also holds a Specialist in Education Degree in Educational Leadership, K-12 School Administration and a Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education, Reading and Language Arts all from The University of Mississippi. She earned Bachelor Degrees from Mississippi State University in Educational Psychology as well as Elementary Education.
Dr. Osborne teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Elementary Education programs. Her research interests include: pedagogical impact of pre-service and practicing Elementary and Middle School Mathematics teachers and students, Content Area Literacy instruction, and the effect of Service-Learning instruction. She has provided professional development for numerous school districts throughout the state of Mississippi. Dr. Osborne has taught students on the preschool, elementary, high school, community college, university undergraduate and graduate levels
Dr. Lissa Stapleton, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies and Research
Dr. Lissa Stapleton earned her Ph.D in Higher Education with an emphasis in Social Justice and minor in Women’s Studies from Iowa State University. She earned a M.S.E. in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton, and a B.S. from Wright State University in Social Work with a minor in African and African American Studies. Dr. Stapleton’ scholarship is interdisciplinary and heavily draws from Education, Deaf Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. As a critical scholar-practitioner, she tends to employ qualitative methodology with feminist values. Her research interests include d/Deaf experiences within higher education, and broadly issues of access, race, gender and sexual identity development. Dr. Stapleton hopes that her scholarly work is part of a liberation movement that inspires dialogue and creates change for the populations she serves.
Professionally, Dr. Stapleton has worked in Student Housing, Greek Life and Multicultural Affairs. She has traveled extensively for research, service, and cultural exchanges with students, colleagues, and family. She sailed with Semester at Sea in the summers of 2009 and 2013. She is actively involved with the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and ACPA: College Student Educators International, where she serves on committees and in various leadership roles.