The third Faculty Pub Night of the 2021-2022 season features Rebecca Stephenson and Karen Huchting discussing their recent publication, "Teaching in Troubling Times: The Effects of Political Climate in Classrooms." Rebecca Stephenson is a clinical associate professor in LMU's School of Education and serves as interim academic program director of the SOE's doctoral program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. Karen Huchting is a professor of educational leadership in LMU's School of Education.

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About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2021-2022 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.

About the Authors' Work:

As professors in the School of Education, our students are educators in a variety of K-12 and higher education contexts. This research project was born when, during our class meetings following the 2016 presidential election, our students described theirstudents’ reactions to the outcome. We heard about children showing up to school with packed suitcases for fear they would not be able to return home again and parents afraid to walk their children to school in case they encountered immigration police on the way. In this context, our students—many of whom were also experiencing concerns related to their own safety and security—reported feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and unsure of the best way to help the children and families in their school communities.  This research aimed to capture that moment using quantitative and qualitative methods to understand teachers’ beliefs, teacher and student behaviors, and teachers’ needs in the “troubling times” following Trump’s election.

About the Authors: 

Karie Huchting, Ph.D., is a professor of educational leadership and former associate director of the LMU doctoral program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice. She has been an LMU faculty member since 2005 and is well known as a champion for graduate students, including a strong commitment to research mentorship. Karie steps into the role of CTE director in June 2021 and plans to provide a robust set of programs and resources that will appeal to full-and part-time faculty across the disciplines. Karie co-authored a textbook on classroom assessment practices for educators and she has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters focusing on the preparation of socially just educational leaders. She has been awarded grants from a Family Foundation and the Hilton Foundation, and she is a recent recipient of LMU’s Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative grant to support her co-authorship of an open-access research methods textbook for graduate students. In 2018, she was a Fulbright Specialist, working with faculty to develop research capacity and publication skills at an Islamic university in Indonesia.Karie earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from LMU, a master’s degree in education from LMU, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Rebecca Stephenson, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor in the School of Education. She will assume the role of director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice in June 2021. She is an active faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration, where she teaches research and writing in the doctoral program and advises students in completing their Ed.D. dissertation research. She is the proud recipient of the 2021 LMU Term Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award. From 2013-2021, Rebecca was also the Managing Editor for the online open-access Journal of Catholic Education, where she worked with researchers worldwide to develop and publish research on PK-20 Catholic Education. Rebecca is co-author oftwo books, Teaching Harry Potter: The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms (2011, Palgrave MacMillan) and Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (2009, MIT Press). Recently, she was awarded (with Karie Huchting) a grant through LMU’s Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative (OATI) to author an open-access research methods book for Ed.D. students. She earned her bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from Emerson College, a master’s degree in teaching from LMU, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC.

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