CPED Research Fellows 2011

With a recent award of a Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) grant, CPED has invited a group of talented students and graduates from CPED consortium members to serve as CPED Research Fellows. These Fellows will work with the Program Director to analyze and report on the data that have been collected from Phase I as well as support CPED research teams and analyze of data to be collected in Phase II.

The 2011 CPED Research Fellows are:

Nicole Marsh, University of Central Florida


Nicole Marsh is a doctoral student in the first cohort of the new Educational Leadership Ed.D. Executive program and has over 10 years of leadership experience in higher education administration at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando.  Nicole earned her master’s in Communication from UCF as a Merit Fellow and her MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.  Her areas of expertise include marketing, communications and development, as well as project management and process improvement.  This year, Nicole will transition away from administration to focus on her CPED Fellowship work and has recently accepted an adjunct teaching position with Valencia College.  Ms. Marsh has been involved in CPED research at her institution since the fall 2010 semester and recently passed her research proposal defense with her field project titled “A Study of the Implementation of the Executive Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Central Florida 2010-2013: A Professional Practice Doctorate Aligned with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.”  Nicole will graduate with her Ed.D. in August of 2013 and plans to continue work with the CPED initiative as a full-time faculty member at a CPED member institution!



Lori Katherine Mueller, University of Missouri-Columbia

Lori Katherine Mueller was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Paul and Kay Boyster. She attended public schools in the Mehlville school district, graduating from Mehlville Senior High School in 1990. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 1993, a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in 2007, and completed her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership through the statewide cooperative program at the University of Missouri. She is married to Tim Mueller and currently works at Southeast Missouri State University as the Director of Technology and Communications for the College of Education.

Deidre Reid-Thomas

Originally from St. Andrews, Jamaica obtained her first degree from the University of South Florida in Biomedical Sciences. Aspirations of working with children outside the medical field lead her to pursue a career in education when she began teaching 6th grade mathematics.  Upon entering the Palm Beach County School District she continued teaching at the middle school level , but expanded certification to include Middle Grades Science, Chemistry, and Educational Leadership. In pursuit of a challenging curriculum she took a position at the high school level as a Chemistry teacher.

After completing her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Lynn University, she was able to successfully complete the Florida Educational Leadership Exam and enter the Assistant Principal pool for the Palm Beach County School District. Her leadership roles range from Multicultural Chair, Science Fair Coordinator, FCAT/SAT Tutorial Coordinator, and most recently Learning Team Facilitator where she facilitated small group learning teams for the primary purpose of promoting student achievement. Continuous self improvement led Deidre back to Lynn University where she is currently in  year two of her Education Doctorate with a specialization in K12 Educational Leadership. Her interests lie in curriculum development and as a result her capstone is centered around the SS St. Louis Legacy Project.

A. Michael Riskus. Arizona State University

A. Michael Riskus, Ed.D. teaches seventh grade Reading at Western Sky Middle School located just outside Phoenix, Arizona.  Mike is a 2011 doctoral graduate of the Leadership in Policy and Innovation program at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College of Arizona State University.  His dissertation, entitled The Contribution of Professional Development to a Middle-School Team's Collaboration and Instructional Learning, focuses on teacher collaboration and its use as a vehicle for teacher professional learning.

Mike also has a Master of Science degree in Secondary English Education (2003) from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in English (2002) from the University of Delaware.  Mike hopes to one day teach teachers in a university setting where he can pursue his research interests which include teacher collaboration and the application of situated learning theory to both teacher preparation programs and continuing teacher education. Mike also hopes to maintain a long-term relationship with CPED.

Jaime Ceruti Stacy, Salem Church Middle


Dr. Jaime Ceruti Stacy is an assistant principal at Salem Church Middle, at-risk school in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Her other job obligations include serving on school and county-level committees which include the Mission and Vision Innovation Team, the Learning Council, and the Technology Leadership Cohort. She has also performed evaluations of leadership development programs for Chesterfield County and The University of Virginia’s Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence (SCOPE) program. Dr. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from The University of Virginia and a Doctorate of Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Dr. Stacy currently resides with her husband Richard in Midlothian, Virginia.

Julie R. Thompson, University of Missouri-Columbia


Julie R. Thompson, Ed.D. is the Chief Academic Officer for West Plains Public Schools in West Plains, MO. Julie is a May 2010 doctoral graduate from the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) program at the University of Missouri and has been in public education for 22 years. She currently serves on the Missouri Governor’s broadband taskforce striving for increased broadband availability which will lend to educational and economic opportunity for Missouri Students. Dr. Thompson facilitates online courses through Missouri eLearning for Master level teachers and serves as adjunct faculty for Missouri State University teaching advanced level superintendent preparation courses in curriculum design and research in administrative practices. Julie has several publications including Teaching and Developing Online Classes, School and Community Magazine (Winter 2008) and her most recent white paper, An Examination of Teacher Perceptions of Training Methodology and Matriculation as Related to Systemic Technology Reform:  Case Study of Missouri Veteran EMINTS Teachers,  presented at the 9th International Conference on Education held in Hawaii in January 4-7, 2011.

Regina Zurbano, Hawthorne High School

Dr. Regina Zurbano is a chemistry teacher and the WASC Accreditation Coordinator at Hawthorne High School in Los Angeles County, California.  She has been teaching there for eight years; 10 years overall as a science educator.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UCLA (2000), dual master’s degrees in Secondary Education (2003) and Chemistry Education (2004) from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Doctor of Education from USC (2011).  Her extensive involvement as a teacher leader at HHS focuses mainly on 1) school reform & restructuring and 2) the school accreditation process.  Under the advisement of Dr. David Marsh and Dr. Robert Rueda, Regina's dissertation at USC focused on the use of the Clark & Estes (2002) gap analysis process model to better understand the districtwide reform implementation process of Focus on Results in the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) in an alternative capstone project format.  This alternative capstone format was largely inspired by the working principles established by CPED.

Regina is honored and humbled to be among this fine group of Research Fellows for CPED.