2021 Annual Conference Program

Society of Professors of Education

2021 Virtual Conference

Saturday, April 10, 2021

8am-5pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)

Daylong Live Synchronous Meeting

Reimagining Democracy in the Biden-Harris Administration and Beyond: 

A Tribute to Bernardo P. Gallegos and his Legacy

Carol A. Mullen, President

Emily T. Boyles, Conference Program Coordinator

Kate Shively, SPE Webmaster & Web Conference Moderator

Robert C. Morris, Secretary-Treasurer

M. Francyne Huckaby, Immediate Past-President

Ball State University, Conference Host

~ Online Conference Registration ~

Please follow the directions below to gain access to the online conference. Once participants have completed registration, they can enter the site at any time during the day starting at 7:30am. 

Participants/presenters may register in advance for this conference by clicking on this



After registering, a confirmation email will be sent to the email provided during registration prompting your first and last name and email address. Then you’ll see the launch window for Zoom. Click on it to enter the conference meeting. “Click here to join” is the message you should receive via email that begins “Thank you for registering for ‘Society of Professors of Education.’ (Check your junk folder if you do not see the message in your email inbox.) This confirmation email has a unique web address that is linked to your name/email address. Participants will use the link to enter conference sessions.

Kate Shively, Ball State University, SPE Webmaster & Web Conference Moderator, will send out a reminder about how to gain access a few days before the conference. Look out for that information.

Presenters, you’ll share your PPT slides or handouts for your session via Zoom, with Kate’s assistance.

The chat box will be monitored by Kate. She’ll bring forward any comments once presenters or facilitators are finished speaking and before the next scheduled session begins.

If you’re a presenter and/or facilitator, please arrive to your session as indicated in the program via the link sent to your email after registering for the online conference. All presentations will be recorded and transcribed. LIVE transcription will also be provided.

Any questions or issues during the conference, please contact Kate Shively at klshively@bsu.edu and/or cell phone: 812-361-1057 (texting is available, if preferred).

~ Preparation for the Conference ~

Attention presenters: Please upload your PPT (PDF saved) file, Google slides, or handout for your presentation to this folder by Monday, April 5, 2021. Name your file by your last name and session # (e.g., Rieborn Session 1).

You’ll share your screen and advance your slides/handout at your own pace. But, if you’d like SPE to handle this, just ask Kate Shively—who will already have access to your materials. At your request, she’ll share your slides/pages and advance them as you speak. Presenters and attendees, pre-register for the conference via this LINK. An email will be sent with access to the conference after you register. The registration information needed: (a) presenter’s first and last name and (b) email address. 

Additional tips for preparing for the conference are shared HERE.


8:00-8:10 am

SPE PRESIDENT’S WELCOME: Acknowledgements, Program Overview, and Dedication

Carol A. Mullen, Virginia Tech

Today we gather to reimagine democracy in the Biden–Harris Administration and beyond, and to think, write, teach, and lead educationally in social movements, civil organizations, and institutions. We meet as a force for justice against the national swell of anti-Blackness, insurrection, and conspiracy theory. Advocating for a critical, socially, and racially just democracy, we pay tribute, in memoriam, to our good friend, mentor, and esteemed colleague Bernardo P. Gallegos and his legacy. A president of the SPE, he was a scholar of Indigenous narratives and identities, history, and colonial legacies. As engaged scholars, we honor his larger-than-life presence with this conference program and other work.

Our conference host is Ball State University and dedicated SPE Webmaster & Web Conference Moderator is Kate Shively of BSU. She can be reached using the contact information provided on the program. Emily Boyles is our Conference Program Coordinator. Many others have helped in vital ways to bring together this topical, enlivening program in which we all have a part to play. A special welcome to Mario Gallegos, Bernardo Gallegos’s son, who is an afternoon presenter.

Session 1


Paper Session 1—Facilitator: Emily T. Boyles, Grayson County Public Schools

(12 minutes per presentation; discussion at end)

Perspectives of Educators, Parents and Learners Regarding Covid-19 and Vaccine Communications in South Africa

King Costa, Global Centre for Academic Research

A Snapshot of the Successes and Challenges of Teaching and Learning in Multi-age Classrooms Across Global Communities

Barbara Cozza &  Rong (Amy) Hur, St. John’s University

Teacher Resistance Within and Beyond the Classroom

Mehtap Kirmaci & Martha Allexsaht-Snider, University of Georgia

Strategies to Support a Marginalized Group: Students with Disabilities and the Teachers Who Strive to Bring Equity to the Classroom

Cindy C. Klimaitis, Roanoke County Public Schools

Jennifer Fleming, Wise County Public Schools

Session 2


Paper Session 2—Facilitator: Ming Fang He, Georgia Southern University

(12 minutes per presentation; discussion at end)

The Role of Education Amidst an Epistemological Crisis

Sonja Varbelow, Angelo State University

Equity, Effectiveness and Control: The Every Student Succeeds Act and State Approaches to School Turnaround

William R. Black & Adam C. Rea, University of South Florida-Tampa

Briane L. Reck, University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee

School District Pandemic Policies and Procedures: The Conversations School Districts Must Have in the Post-COVID-19 World

Jerry R. Burkett, University of North Texas at Dallas

Unity from Difference: Discord, Neoliberal Education Policy, and Bernardo Gallegos

Deron Boyles, Georgia State University

Session 3


Paper Session 3—Facilitator: M. Francyne Huckaby, Texas Christian University

(15 minutes per presentation; discussion at end)

Cultivating New Narratives by Centering Black Women’s Ecostories in Education for Sustainable Development

Christina Hylton, University of Georgia

Desegregation and the Student Perspective: Oral Histories of Desegregation from an All-Black Rural Virginian School 1963 to 1970

Star Norton, Franklin County Public Schools

Outcomes of First-Generation African American Postsecondary Students with Completion of Early College Access

Angelica W. Witcher, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Carol A. Mullen, Virginia Tech


11:30 am-12:15 pm

Introducer: William Schubert, University of Illinois at Chicago


FEATURED TALK ~ Remembering Bernardo Gallegos

Larger than life: The legacy of Bernardo Gallegos and the Ideas and People He Nurtured

Facilitators— Mónica G. García, Cal State Northridge & Jason Lukasik, Augsburg University

Glenda Aleman, School Nutrition Partners

Elizabeth Alvarez, Chief of Schools, Network 8, Chicago Public Schools

Gary Anderson, New York University

Susan J. Berger, National University; Chicago Public Schools

Mario Gallegos, Son of Bernardo Gallegos

Enrique Murillo, Cal State San Bernardino

Peter McLaren, Chapman University

Isabel Nuñez, Purdue University Fort Wayne

William Schubert, University of Illinois at Chicago

Luis Urrieta, University of Texas at Austin

Sophia Villenas, Cornell University

Discussants—Mónica G. García & Jason Lukasik

Session 4


Facilitator: Vicki Trinder, University of Illinois at Chicago

(15 minutes per presentation; discussion at end)

The Use of Case Study Method to Develop Equity-Driven Decision Making in Educator Preparation Programs

Stacy Leggett & Kandy Smith, Western Kentucky University

Collaborative Learning in Teacher Education: Possibilities for Teacher Educators

Tugba Boz & Martha Allexaht-Snider, University of Georgia

Disabling Injustice in the Higher Education Classroom

Danielle M. Eadens & Daniel W. Eadens, University of Central Florida

& Christopher S. Lanterman, Northern Arizona University

Session 5


Facilitator: Angelica W. Witcher, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

(12 minutes per presentation; discussion at end)

John Dewey on the University-Based Study of Education

Leonard J. Waks, Temple University

Ritual, Con-sensus, and Democracy

Adam Martinez, The University of Texas at Austin

From Post-truth to Post-Trump: How Public Education Could Address Polarization and Fake News

Rouhollah Aghasaleh, Humboldt State University

Sanitized Apartheid: Confronting the Post-Racial Hoax During the Biden-Harris Administration

Arnold Dodge, Long Island University


3:25–4:25 pm

Facilitators: Pamela Konkol, Concordia University Chicago & Carol A. Mullen, Virginia Tech


Recipients to be Announced


Dr. Theodorea Regina Berry, Professor, University of Central Florida

Vice Provost, Student Learning and Academic Success; Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies; Professor of Curriculum Studies, Department of Learning Sciences and Educational Research, College of Community Innovation and Education

Committee Chair: Carol A. Mullen, Virginia Tech

Members: William Schubert, University of Illinois at Chicago; Angelica Witcher, VTC School of Medicine


Amita Jyoti Hanagud Kaneria, Georgia State University
PhD candidate specializing in language education, focusing on identity and culturally and linguistically relevant education for multilingual language learners (MLLs). She is also the Project Coordinator for the ESCUELA Project, a USDOE National Professional Development Project. She has 23 years of experience working with MLLs and transnational communities as an ESOL teacher in the Atlanta area, NC universities, and community colleges, and as a human rights immigration paralegal.

Committee Chair: Rouhollah Aghasaleh, Humboldt State University

Members: Cory Buxton, Oregon State University; Elif Karsli-Calamak, University of South Carolina; Max Vazquez Dominguez, University of North Georgia; Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso, Mississippi State University; Amanda Latimer, Barrow County School District; Christina Patricia Hylton, Clark County School District; Cristina Valencia Mazzanti, University of Georgia


(No award was given in 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.)

Committee Co-chairs: Candace Schlein, University of Missouri-Kansas City & Vicki Trinder, University of Illinois at Chicago


Dr. Denise Taliaferro Baszile, Professor, Miami UniversitY
Associate Dean for Student Services and Diversity for the College of Education, Health, and Society, and faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University. Her research focuses on understanding curriculum as racial/gendered text, with an emphasis on disrupting traditional modes of knowledge production, validation, and representation. Her scholarship draws on curriculum theory, critical race theory, and Black feminist theory. Her PhD is from Louisiana State University.

Committee Chair: Ming Fang He, Georgia Southern University

Members: Isabel Nuñez, Purdue University Fort Wayne ; M. Francyne Huckaby, Texas Christian University; William Schubert, University of Illinois at Chicago – (No award was given in 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.)


Dr. ISABEL NUÑEZ, Professor, Purdue Fort Wayne
Director of the School of Education
and Professor, Purdue Fort Wayne

No award was given in 2021 due to the pandemic

THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING! Business meeting commences (60 min. EDT)

Society of Professors of Education’s 2021-2022 Governance Structure

Society Officers

President: Carol A. Mullen, Virginia Tech (2021-2022)

President-Elect: (To be Elected) (2021-2022)

Immediate Past-President: M. Francyne Huckaby, Texas Christian University (2021-2022)

 Secretary-Treasurer: Robert C. Morris, University of West Georgia (2021-2022)

Board of Directors


Liz Chase, St. John’s University

Jeanne Marie Iorio, Victoria University

Aaron Zimmerman, Texas Tech University


Sherick Hughes, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hannah Spector, Penn State University-Harrisburg

Victoria Trinder, University of Illinois at Chicago


 (To be Elected)

Society Committee Positions


Kate Shively, Ball State University

Professing Education Editors

Mary Kay Delaney, Meredith College

Gretchen Givens Generett, Duquense University

Paula Groves Price, Washington State University

Joseph Rayle, Cortland State University

Sophist Bane Editors


Nominations Committee

Chair: William Schubert, University of Illinois at Chicago

Raywid Award

Chair: Ming Fang He, Georgia Southern University

DeGarmo Lecture and Award

Chair: William Schubert, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Book Awards

Chair: Pamela Konkol, Concordia University Chicago