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Katherine Evans has been an Assistant Professor of Education at EMU since 2011. She teaches courses in special education and educational theory and is particularly interested in school and classroom climates, school discipline procedures, and the ways in which restorative justice is applied to educational contexts. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where her dissertation research employed phenomenological interviews with middle school students about their experiences with in-school suspension. Prior to graduate school, Evans was a middle and high school special educator for students identified as having learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Her research, teaching, and scholarship focus on ways in which teachers participate in creating more just and equitable educational opportunities for all students, including those with disability labels, those who exhibit challenging behavior, and those who are marginalized for a variety of reasons.
While at EMU, Evans has been active in furthering the field of Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) both through scholarship and teaching and by working collaboratively with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding to develop an interdisciplinary concentration in RJE within the current Masters in Education degree program. Beginning in the Fall of 2014, the EMU Education Department began offering both a concentration and a certificate in RJE. For more information, please refer to the website: http://www.emu.edu/maed/restorative-justice/
Evans has published several articles and book chapters related to zero tolerance policies, restorative justice, and school discipline practices and regularly presents at professional conferences. She is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. In addition, she serves on the board for the Virginia Alliance for Restorative Justice Practitioners.
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research (2011)
Concentration: Applied Educational Psychology/Human Learning and Development
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
B.S. in Secondary Education
Major: Special Education; Minor: Sociology
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Evans, K. R. & Lester, J. N. (2013). Restorative justice in education: What we know so far. Middle School Journal, 44(5), 57-63.
Evans, K. R. (2013). Doing time in ISS: A performance of school discipline. In R. Gabriel & J. N. Lester (Eds.), Performances of research: Critical issues in K-12 education. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Evans, K. R., & Lester, J. N. (2012). Zero tolerance: Moving the conversation forward. Intervention in Schools and Clinics. 48(2), 108-114.
Evans, K. R., & Lester, J. N. (2012). Disturbing distractions: Speaking back to racialized school discipline practices. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies,12(3), 217-221.
Broemmel, A. & Evans, K. R. (2011). Listening to teachers: Experiences of Success for All teachers. Journal of School Connections, 3(1), 63-90.
Evans, K. R., Lester, J., & Broemmel, A. (2010). Talking back to scripted curricula: A critical performance ethnography with teachers’ collective narratives. Power and Education, 2(2), 183-196.
Evans, K. R. & Lester, J. N. (2010). Classroom management and discipline: Responding to the needs of young adolescents. Middle School Journal, 41(3), 54-61.
Lester, J. N. & Evans, K. R. (2009). Instructors’ experiences of collaborative teaching: Building something bigger. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20(3), 373-382.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
Lester, J.N., & Evans, K. R. (April 2014). An historical account of the construction of zero tolerance in print media. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.
Lehman, B.L., & Evans, K. R. (March 2014). Preparing teacher candidates to be advocates for educational justice. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. Indianapolis, IN.
Evans, K. R. & Vogel, H. W. (August 2013). Doing Time in ISS: A Performance of School Discipline. Session presented at The Edge Conference. Memorial University, St. John’s Newfoundland.
Evans, K. R. (April 2013). Doing Time in ISS. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.
Evans, K. R. (August 2012). Can mandated in-school suspension serve as a context for restorative approaches to discipline? Session presented at the 15th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Evans, K. R. (April 2012). Relationships between teachers and suspended students: The students’ perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, BC.
Evans, K. R. (April 2011). Excluded students’ experience with in-school suspension. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
Seeley, J., & Evans, K. R. (January 2011). Using circle processes to sustain a supportive working environment in a human service field. Presented at the 7th Annual International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Hamilton, New Zealand.
Evans, K. R., Broemmel, A., & Lester, J. N. (May 2010). Talking back to scripted curricula: A critical performance ethnography with teachers’ collective narratives. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Denver, CO.
Greenberg, K., Lester, J., Evans, K., & Oreshkina, M. (February 2010). What is the place of qualitative inquiry in cognitive education? Contributions to research and practice. Symposium presented at the regional meeting of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology. San Diego, CA.
Evans, K. R. (October 2009). What makes restorative discipline restorative? An interactive dialogue around the underlying values of restorative education. Session presented at the 12th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Evans, K. R. & Vogel, H. W. (April 2013). A Night of Educational Improv. Workshop with EMU students and faculty to act out and discuss discipline in K-12 schools and the use of theater to address social justice concerns. Eastern Mennonite University.
Evans, K. R. (August 2012). Teacher Professional Development: Classroom Climate and Restorative Justice. Presented with the faculty at El Arca Christian School. Bogota, Columbia.
Mullet, J., & Evans, K. R. (June 2012). Conflict resolution in educational contexts. Workshop presented for the Administrative Leadership Institute of the Content Teaching Academy. James Madison University.
Evans, K. R. & Lester, J. N. (June 2009). Classroom discipline that fosters responsibility: What does the research say? Workshop conducted by Kathy Evans at the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools (TAMS) Summer Conference. Sevierville, TN.
Evans, K. R. & Lester J. N. (October 2008). Using questioning to help students develop self-regulated learning. Workshop conducted at the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools (TAMS) Annual Drive-In Conference, West End Middle School. Nashville, TN.
Church, Community and Professional Service
American Educational Research Association: Conference Session Chair, Reviewer
International Conflict Resolution Education Conference Planning Committee;
Virginia Alliance for Restorative Justice Practitioners: Board Member;
Community Organization to Address Bullying in Schools: Committee Member;
Board Member FairField Center;
Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum: Editorial Board Member and Reviewer
Invited Speaker, Restorative Justice in Education, Washington State University
Invited Speaker, Classroom Assessment, Washington State University
Facilitated Church/Community Workshops on Restorative Practices
Certifications and Licenses
Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Current Texas Teaching License: Grades 4-12 General Special Education
American Educational Research Association
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice
New Courses Taught
ED 232 Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (PreK-6)
ED 251 Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (6-12)
ED 252 Learning, Motivation, and Assessment PFE
ED 301 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
EDS 332 Adapting Curriculum for Exceptional Learners
EDS 371 Evaluation and Planning in Special Education
EDS 401 Supporting Positive Classroom Behavior
EDS 451 Educational Foundations and Special Education Law
EDCC 501Creating Cultures of Change
EDSP699B Constructivism as Transformative Pedagogy
Assessment Coordinator, Department of Education
MLK Day Planning Committee
Committee Chair for discussing MA in Ed/RJE
Co-Sponsor, Safe Space
EMU representative at The Justice Conference, Philadelphia
Assistant Faculty Advisor, Assistive Technology Club
Member, Committee on Teacher Education (COTE)
Panel Member, Bullying in K-12 Education