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School announces four new faculty members for August 2007, one for January 2008

The School of Education has added four new members to its faculty this fall. They are: Jeffrey A. Greene, assistant professor of cognition and learning; Dana C. Griffin, assistant professor of school counseling; Melissa Miller, assistant professor of special education; and Latish Reed, assistant professor of educational leadership. Additionally, Rebecca New will join the School as an associate professor of early childhood education, effective January 1, 2008.    

Jeffrey Greene joins the School from the University of Maryland where he received his Ph.D. in educational psychology in May 2007. During his graduate career, Greene served as assistant director of the College Park Scholars Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Maryland and worked at the Department of Human Development’s Cognition and Technology Lab.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in measurement, statistics and evaluation, and a Master of Education degree in college student personnel, both from the University of Maryland.

Dana Griffin comes to the School from The College of William and Mary, where she received her Ph.D. in family counseling/school-family collaboration in May 2007. Griffin worked as a middle school counselor in the state of Virginia for four years. Additionally, she served as director of the New Horizons Family Counseling Center, which provides free year-round counseling services to families and individuals within six local school systems. Griffin received her master’s degree in school counseling from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. in 2000 and her baccalaureate degree in English from The College of William and Mary in 1995.

Melissa Miller received all three of her higher education degrees from the University of Florida, including her Ph.D. in special education in May 2007. After receiving her baccalaureate degree in 1993, Miller worked as a special education teacher in Ocala, Fla. for eight years.  Her additional professional experience includes teaching several courses – both in-class and online – at the University of Florida, and serving as a research assistant at the Florida Center for Reading Research. 

Latish Reed received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2007. Previously, Reed was a middle school teacher and an assistant principal in Milwaukee Public Schools. In 2006, she was named a Barbara L. Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration. Reed received her master’s degree in middle school teaching from Alverno College and her baccalaureate degree in sociology from Marquette University, both located in Milwaukee, Wis.  

Rebecca New will be joining the School from Tufts University, where she currently serves as an associate professor and director of teacher education. She brings extensive early childhood experience, particularly in the area of cultural impacts upon early childhood teaching and learning.  Prior to her appointment at Tufts, New taught at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth Medical School and Syracuse University. She received her Ed.D. in Comparative Child Development from Harvard University in 1984, her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Florida in 1972, and her baccalaureate degree in elementary education from Florida State University in 1968.

At Carolina, New will serve as an associate professor of early childhood education at the School of Education and as a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). In filling the joint position, she will be responsible for providing leadership in linking FPG’s FirstSchool Initiative with the School of Education’s teacher education programs.  FirstSchool is a new vision for early schooling of three- to eight-year-old children which provides a framework for integrating the best of early childhood and elementary education. FirstSchool is being developed through a partnership among families, schools, the community, FPG and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.