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 182
T. 407.646.2313

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

Professor Brandon's teaching areas include sociology of education, gendered citizenship and education, feminist research methodologies, and qualitative inquiry in education.  Her research addresses the relationships between social class, race, and gender in school success and education, and equality in a global context.

Margot Fadool
Assistant Professor of Education
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 244
T. 407.691.1333

Ed.D., University of Cincinnati

Professor Fadool teaches courses in literacy methods, reading diagnosis, and a senior seminar.  Her research includes work with play-based literacy learning and the use of technology in reading education.

Angela Griner
Coordinator of Reading Education
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 246

M.A. in Reading Education, University of South Florida

Ed.D. Specializing in Urban and Multicultural Education, University of Florida

Professor Griner teaches courses in foundations of reading and differentiated literacy instruction in the content areas.  Her current research interests include literacy, culturally responsive pedagogy, and issues of disproportionality in programs serving children with special needs.

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

Professor Hewit teaches courses in curriculum and instructional strategies, and supervises clinical experiences in elementary and secondary education.  He also provides students with the opportunity to work with a large, poor rural school in Rwanda every other summer, teaching English, working directly with children in the classroom, and developing business plans for sustainable projects in the community.  His current scholarly interests include innovative instructional strategies in Rwanda, emerging technology in developing nations, and educational policy across the globe.

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 current scholarly interests include the education of Latino students in the USA, the history of the education of immigrants in the USA, and teh education of Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands.  He leads field study groups on trips to the Netherlands to learn about the education and socialization of immigrants, and to do photo documentary projects with Dutch school children.  Dr. McLaughlin is currently the Department Chair.

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

Professor Valiante's research interests include motivation and beliefs.  His research has primarily been in the area of writing self-efficacy, achievement goals, and writing self-concept.  He teaches courses in child and adolescent development, educational psychology, and sport psychology.  Dr. Valiante is currently on sabbatical.

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 courses in curriculum theory, multicultural education, elementary math methods, and student teaching.  She also leads a summer field study of Teaching Practicum in China every other year, in which Rollins students teach English across the grades 1-6 in public elementary school.  Her major research interests include curriculum studies, narrative inquiry, phenomenology, 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