Kathy Evans

Kathy Evans

Office Phone: (540) 432-4590

Email:

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 208

Assistant Professor

Education Dept

Katherine Evans is an Assistant Professor of Special Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she taught educational psychology courses and supervised middle school student teachers. She earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with a major in Special Education from Baylor University and was a middle and high school special educator for students identified as having learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Her dissertation research, entitled Excluded Students’ Experiences with In-School Suspension: A Phenomenological Investigation, examined the experiences of middle school students who had spent extensive time in in-school suspension. She has published several articles and regularly presents at conferences on issues related to teacher development, restorative justice, and the intersections of race, disability, and school and classroom discipline practices.

Education

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

Publications

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.

Greenberg, K. H., Lester, J., Evans, K., Williams, M., Hacker, C., & Halic, O. (2009). Student learning with performance-based, in-class and learner-centered, online exams. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20(3), 383-393.

Evans, K. R., Lester, J. N., & Glenn, N. K. (2008). A transformative journey: Theoretical foundations for an integrative approach to teaching. Thinking Classrooms, 9(1), 11-19.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

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.

Lester, J. L. & Evans, K. R. (April 2009). It enriched me as a learner: Experiences of students in a team taught course. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA.

Evans, K. R. (April 2009). Teaching is…A verbal portrait of veteran teachers’ understanding of teaching. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA.

Evans, K. R. & Broemmel, A. (December 2008). Listening to the teachers: Experiences in Success for All classrooms. Paper presented at the National Reading Conference. Orlando, FL.

Evans, K. R. (November 2008). Restorative justice and school discipline: A values-based approach to promoting positive classroom behavior. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association. Knoxville, TN.

Evans, K. R. & Broemmel, A. (April 2008). Is anyone really listening to teachers? Experiences of teachers in Success for All classrooms. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.

Lester, J. N. & Evans, K. R. (April 2008). Building something bigger: Instructors’ experiences with collaborative teaching. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.

Greenberg, K. H., Lester, J. N., Evans, K. R. Williams, M., Hacker, C. H., & Halic, O. (April 2008). Effects of traditional, performance-based and online, learner-based assessments on student learning in educational psychology. Paper presented by Hacker and Halic. American Educational Research Association. New York City, NY.

Evans, K. R. (July 2007). Teachers who thrive: A phenomenological study. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology. Knoxville, TN.

Evans, K. R. (April 2007). Oak trees and marathons: A phenomenological look at teachers who thrive. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.

Other Presentations

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.

Evans, K. R. & Lester, J. N. (October 2007). Helping underachievers experience competence in math. Session led at the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers’ Association. Knoxville, TN.

Cady, J., Hopkins, T., & Evans, K. (October 2007). Place value: You really have to teach that? Session led at the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers’ Association. Knoxville, TN.

Church, Community and Professional Service

Conference Session Chair, American Educational Research Association
Invited speaker, Restorative Justice, Foundations of Education
Committee member: Restorative Justice in VA Schools
Member of Community Organization to address bullying in schools
Editorial Board Member and Reviewer for Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum
Reviewer for Journal for Peace Education
Invited Speaker, Restorative Justice in Education, Washington State University
Invited Speaker, Classroom Assessment, Washington State University
Reviewer for proposals submitted to Lives of Teachers SIG of the American Educational Research Association
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

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

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

EMU Service

Assessment Coordinator, Department of Education
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