By Zak Jason
The Lynch School welcomed three new assistant professors this fall: Kristen Bottema-Beutel and Anne Homza joined the Department of Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and David Miele joined the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology.
Bottema-Beutel, whose focus is special education, brings with her scholarly expertise in social interaction dynamics, decision-making processes in peer inclusion, and social interventions among youths with autism spectrum disorders. She has written and coauthored articles for journals including Exceptional Family, Linguistics and Education, and the American Journal of Play.
After earning a Ph.D. in special education from the joint program at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University in 2011, Bottema-Beutel was an Institute for Education Sciences-funded post-doctoral fellow in special education intervention research at Vanderbilt University in 2012–13, working with the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and the project on Peer Support and Peer Network Interventions to Improve Peer Relationships and School Engagement. She holds a master’s degree in special education from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of science in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan.
Homza, an assistant professor of the practice, will focus on bilingual education. She first came to the Lynch School in 2002 as project director of the U.S. Department of Education Title III National Professional Development Project, and served as the school’s coprincipal investigator and project director for the U.S. Department of Education Title III TALCA (Teaching Academic Language in Content Areas) grant from 2007 to 2012. She was a visiting lecturer in the Lynch School last year. Her applied scholarship in bilingual education is widely published in journals and book chapters and presented at conferences and workshops.
Homza holds an Ed.D. in literacy, language, and cultural studies from Boston University, where her dissertation focused on developing biliteracy through bilingual first grade writing experiences. She completed her Ed.M. in teaching, curriculum, and learning environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and a B.A. in psychology and education from Mount Holyoke College.
Miele brings expertise in theories of intelligence, memory, metacognition, and motivation with a focus on self-regulated learning to the programs in applied developmental psychology. One practical focus of his research relates to enhancing student learning through the development of self-regulatory skills. He has published in the journals of Child Development, Psychological Science, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology, among others.
Miele comes to the Lynch School from the University of Maryland’s Department of Human Development, where he spent two years as an assistant professor. He was a post-doctoral research scientist at Columbia University’s cognition lab from 2009 to 2011.
Miele earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in social psychology from Northwestern University, an M.A. in philosophy and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Columbia. Miele was the recipient of a Teagle Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University from 2009–11, a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in 2008–09, and an Institute for Education Sciences Fellowship from 2005 through 2008.