Faculty & Staff

Meet the dedicated faculty and staff of the Rollins Department of Education.


Wendy Brandon
Associate Professor of Education
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 244
T. 407.646.2313

Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University

Brandon's teaching areas include social foundations of education and multicultural education research methods. Her research analyzes the role of race, class, and gender in school success. Currently she is completing a manuscript entitled Teaching for Global Consciousness.

Margot Fadool
Assistant Professor of Education
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 246
T. 407.691.1333

Ed.D. University of Cincinnati

Fadool's research interests include reading attitudes, writing workshop and technology in education.

J. Scott Hewit
Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 243
T. 407.646.2300

B.S. SUNY Plattsburgh
M.S. Indiana University
Ed.D. Ball State Univeristy

Dr. Hewit teaches courses in instructional strategies, special needs, and curriculum. His research interests include candidate impact on P-12 student learning, public policy, and education in Rwanda.

H. James McLaughlin
Professor and Richard James Mertz Chair of Education
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 241
T. 407.646.2718

B.A. University of Kansas
Master's Work at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. McLaughlin teaches courses in curriculum development and analysis, social foundations of education, and global perspectives of education. His scholarly interests include the education of Latino students, education in rural schools in Latin America, and the history of the education of immigrants in the U.S.A.

Giovanni Valiante
Professor of Educational Psychology
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 246
T. 407.646.2136

B.S. University of Florida
M.S. University of Florida
Ph.D. Emory University

Dr. Valiante teaches courses in educational psychology, educational statistics, motivation, and sport psychology. His research interests include academic motivation, student and teacher self-efficacy, standardized testing, and developmental psychology.

Jie Yu
Assistant Professor of Education
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 253A
T. 407.646.2702

B.A. East China Normal University
M.A. East China Normal University
Ph.D. Louisana State University

Dr. Yu teaches foundations, math methods, and multicultural courses in education. Her major research interests include curriculum studies, classroom teaching and learning, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and multicultural education.


Cathy Fuller
Administrative Assistant
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 253
T. 407.646.2242

Department of Education
Rollins College
Cornell Social Sciences Building
1000 Holt Ave. – 2726
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2242