College of Education; Research

College of Education announces grant fellows for 2019-2020 academic year


Frady Kris
Kris Frady serves as faculty in both the College of Education and the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

Leadership in Clemson’s College of Education has recognized three faculty members as grant fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year. The College of Education Grant Fellows Program buys out awardees’ teaching responsibilities for one year so that they can pursue major grant funding opportunities.

Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year are Kris Frady, Dani Herro and Shanna Hirsch. According to Jeff Marshall, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the Clemson’s College of Education, all three faculty members were selected as fellows because of their proven track record of research success and the promising work each of them have on the horizon.

“Each of these faculty members has represented our college well through their research, so we want to give them each the opportunity to cement their reputations as experts in their respective research areas,” Marshall says. “This fellowship provides a great opportunity for faculty to demonstrate leadership in grant writing and supporting the development of major collaborative projects.”

Danielle Herro
Herro (right) working with a teacher on professional development.

Applicants for the program were required to furnish a list of past grant submissions as well as a description of grant opportunities they would pursue if they were named fellows. Marshall says Frady, Herro and Hirsch all provided an impressive list of past achievements, but they also made a compelling case for their research portfolios going forward and how they intend to pursue future grant awards. Collectively, the three researchers will pursue over $10 million in grant funding opportunities over the next 15 months.

Marshall says the College of Education will begin taking applications for 2020-2021 grant fellows during the spring 2020 semester. Marshall hopes to continue the program for the foreseeable future so that faculty members can more easily pursue major grant funding and other research collaborations.

Hirsch, Shanna
Shanna Hirsch serves as assistant professor in Clemson’s education and human development department.

Frady serves as assistant professor in the College of Education’s educational and organizational leadership development department and the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences’ engineering and science education department. Her research interests include educational technology innovation and digital learning technical, career and workforce education.

Herro serves as associate professor of digital media and learning in Clemson’s College of Education. Her research interests include game play and game design in classrooms, in-school practices and emerging technologies, and the integration of STEAM in K-12 classrooms.

Hirsch serves as assistant professor in the College of Education’s education and human development department. Her research interests include support for novice special and general education teachers, positive behavioral interventions and supports in classrooms, and school-based interventions to support students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders.


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