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School welcomes three new faculty members

The School of Education welcomes three new members to its faculty this fall—Janice Anderson and Nick Cabot in science education and Julie Justice in literacy.

Janice L. Anderson is a new assistant professor of science education, having completed a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Science and Technology at Boston College last May. Her research interests include the use of educational games and virtual worlds to teach science content (Quest Atlantis), the impact of gender and race on students’ construction of scientific knowledge, supporting students in scientific inquiry, explanation, and argumentation, and the design and enactment of science curriculum materials. A former high school science teacher in Ohio, she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science Education nine different years and the Hugh Hildebrandt Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science Education in 2003.

Nick Cabot joins us from the University of Washington, where he completed a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies last May. Previously, he was a science teacher at the middle grades and high school levels in Seattle, Washington for 15 years. He was a national semifinalist for the 2001 Science Teacher of the Year, named by the National Science Teachers Association. In 2001-2002, he was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow with the National Science Foundation. As a clinical assistant professor at the School of Education, he will coordinate the NC TEACH and Carolina Online Lateral Entry (COLE) programs, as well as teach in the master’s program for experienced teachers.  

Julie Ellison Justice comes from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, where she completed an Ed.D. in language, literacy and culture last May. As an assistant professor of literacy at the School of Education, she will teach in the Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy strand of the Ph.D. in Education program, as well as the Add-on Licensure programs in Literacy (Reading). Her areas of interest include literacy policy and critical policy analysis, teacher education, new literacies, and critical literacy and pedagogy. She was formerly a middle school reading and language arts teacher for seven years and was named the 1997 Teacher of the Year for South Brunswick Middle School in Southport, N.C.