Clemson’s College of Education begins the fall semester with several new faculty members. College leadership is excited to welcome these faculty members, who will enable student learning and contribute to the planned growth of the college. The new faculty members by department are as follows:
Department of Teaching and Learning
Kirsten Abel will serve as a lecturer in elementary education in the teaching and learning department. Abel has previously served as a K-5 classroom teacher and literacy coach in Massachusetts, Florida and North Carolina schools. Her research interests include newcomer education with a specific interest in elementary-aged students. Abel earned an Ed.D. in leadership, curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She earned a master’s degree in literacy and language from Framingham State University and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Westfield State University.
Fun Fact: “I have an identical twin!”
Koti L. Hubbard will serve as a lecturer in early childhood education for the teaching and learning department. Hubbard has worked as a kindergarten teacher and director of a literacy program for children in grades K-3 in upstate South Carolina schools. Hubbard is a three-time Clemson University alumna; she has earned a Ph.D. in literacy, language and culture, a master’s degree in literacy education and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Clemson. Her research interests include early literacy, literary response and discussion, and preservice teacher preparation.
Fun Fact: “I enjoy photography, painting and spending time with family.”
Anna H. Morrison will serve as a lecturer in the teaching and learning department. She has previously served as an instructional coach and science teacher at Mauldin High School and as a science teacher at Osborne High School and Houston County High School in Georgia. Morrison earned an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina. She earned a master’s degree in secondary science from Kennesaw State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mercer University.
Fun Fact: “I enjoy knitting, indoor cycling and spending time with my family.”
Brooke A. Whitworth will serve as associate professor of science education in the teaching and learning department. Whitworth has most recently served as faculty at the University of Mississippi. She previously served as faculty at Northern Arizona University and as a teacher at Punahou School in Hawaii and at the University of North Carolina School of Arts. Whitworth’s research focuses on professional development models, investigating the role of district science coordinators in supporting teachers and how teachers adopt geospatial technology in their classrooms. She is currently working on projects that examine teacher leadership and differentiation in the science classroom.
Fun Fact: “I was born in Missouri, but grew up in Tokyo, Japan between the ages of seven and 18. I enjoy stand up paddling, hiking and I play lots of tennis.”
Department of Education and Human Development
Amanda Bennett will serve as a lecturer in the education and human development department. Bennett has most recently served as an elementary teacher in both Virginia and Pennsylvania. She earned a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include STEAM education and social and emotional development in early childhood education.
Fun Fact: “My fiance and I collect sand from every place we’ve traveled all over the world.”
Todd Kane will serve as a faculty member in the education and human development department. Kane’s experience in higher education and business spans 25 years. He has served as the president and CEO of a national health care recruitment, human resources and outsourcing firm and as the vice president of a publicly traded health care staffing and outsourcing firm. In 2009, Kane decided to share his professional experiences with others through teaching and mentoring. Kane has worked with Clemson University since 2014 in various roles including as a digital learning strategist and instructional designer for both Clemson Online and Clemson’s Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation. Kane is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Maryville University. He earned a graduate certificate in human resources from Purdue University, a master’s degree in information technology from Kaplan University. Kane has also earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in health care administration from Northcentral University.
Fun Fact: “I was born in Charleston, but I currently reside in Bend, Oregon.”
Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development
Sarah Stokowski will serve as assistant professor in the athletic leadership program. Stokowski is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athlete Development and Experience. She earned a doctorate in kinesiology and sport studies from the University of Tennessee. Before joining the athletic leadership program at Clemson, Stokowski spent six years as an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at the University of Arkansas. During her time at Arkansas, Stokowski received teaching awards at both the departmental and college levels and secured more than $40,000 in research grants and gifts, including the NCAA CHOICES grant. Dr. Stokowski studies college athlete development specializing in the personal development literacies. Stokowski has authored or coauthored more than 40 referred publications and is a College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) Research Fellow.
Fun Fact: “I am a registered yoga teacher. Namaste!”
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