Highlights of Faculty Research

Research highlights

You can find descriptions of our professors' research areas on our program pages, but here are some highlights of the diversely rich scholarship at the college:

George Homsy, assistant professor of public administration, researches sustainability and local government policymaking. He works collaboratively with local government, businesses, non-profits and citizens to explore the drivers of sustainability policy change, and to implement new strategies to help communities thrive.

Matthew McConn, assistant professor of English education, studies the impact of standards on teacher development for the teaching of literary appreciation, the professional development of teaching English in secondary schools, and the processes of change in secondary English teachers' perceptions regarding the purposes of teaching literature.

Nadine Mastroleo, associate professor of the doctoral program, is training social work students to adopt evidence-based practices to reduce substance use among their clients. Specifically, she is studying brief interventions as a means of addressing the problems associated with harmful drinking and alcohol abuse for patients in local emergency rooms. She is also piloting college drinking intervention research, working with psychologists and resident assistants at Binghamton University.

Amber Simpson, assistant professor of mathematics education, is concerned with in the low number of individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups entering and persisting in pathways toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Her research includes understanding the role of STEM-related making and tinkering in formal and informal educational settings with a focus on family engagement. She is also interested in understanding the interplay of voices shaping and embodying individual's STEM identity.

Marguerite Wilson, assistant professor, and Denise Yull, associate professor; both in human development, implement a parent mentoring program in a range of school districts including Binghamton and Whitney Point. This initiative empowers low-income families and families of color and increases family-teacher engagement to support success at home and school.