The College of Education welcomes new professors in 2022


Front row (left to right): Sheliah Durham, Tina Randall, Lindsey W. Rowe and Sonja Ardoin. Back row (left to right): Richard D. Yeargin III, Julie Lorah, Kelli R. Seawell and Brandi Nicole Hinnant-Crawford. Absent from photo: Rachel Kaminski Sanders and Otis Pickett.

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by Clemson College of Education begins the fall semester with several new faculty members. The College leadership is delighted to welcome these faculty members, who will provide opportunities for students to learn and contribute to the anticipated growth of the College. The new faculty members by department are as follows:

Department of Education and Human Development

Julie Lorah
Julie Lorah

Julie Lorah will be an assistant professor in the Department of Education and Human Development. She recently served as an assistant professor at Indiana University. She obtained a doctorate. in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington. His research focuses on the study and application of advanced statistical models, including the multilevel model and the moderation model, and methods for interpreting these models. In addition to this focus, Lorah investigates and engages with diversity issues in the field of statistics and statistics education.

Fun fact: “One of my hobbies is rock climbing and my favorite place to climb is the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. However, I can’t wait to experience all the local climbing the Carolinas has to offer!

Tina Randall
Tina Randall

Tina Randall will serve as a clinical assistant professor in the Clemson LIFE program. She recently served as an assistant professor at USC Upstate and was a graduate assistant in the Clemson LIFE program. She was also an elementary and special education teacher for 14 years in public education. Randall earned a Ph.D. from Clemson University, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn, and a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. Randall’s research interests include improving life outcomes for people with developmental disabilities and, in particular, examining the role of assistive technology in increasing independent living and employment outcomes.

Fun fact: “I love reading sci-fi and fantasy genres and hate realistic fiction.

Lindsey W. Rowe
Lindsey W. Rowe

Lindsey W. Rowe will serve as an assistant literacy teacher (ESOL orientation). She most recently served as a teacher for Elementary Education Literacy Methods courses at The Ohio State University, and previously served as a second-grade teacher in Nashville, Tennessee and a Fulbright Teaching Assistant for Fulbright España in Madrid, Spain. . Rowe earned a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning: Language, Education, and Society from The Ohio State University; a master’s degree in teaching practice from Lipscomb University; and a BA in Cognitive Studies, Child Development, Spanish, Second Language Studies from Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on the language and literacy practices of emerging bilingual primary school students.

Fun fact: “I like to play football in my free time.”

Rachel Kaminski Sanders
Rachel Kaminski Sanders

Rachel Kaminski Sanders will be a lecturer in the Department of Education and Human Development. She most recently served as Assistant Professor of Literacy and Director of the San Antonio Writing Project at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She obtained a doctorate. in Language and Literacy Education from the University of Georgia, an M.Ed. in Mid-Level Education from Clemson University, and a B.S. in Apparel Design and Technology from Florida State University. His research interests include new and critical literacy studies. She examines the history of cultural practices to understand the origins, privileges and problematic consequences of taking them for granted.

fun fact: “Before San Antonio, my husband and I lived full time in a 34-foot trailer to explore the country.”

Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development

Sonja Ardoin
Sonja Ardoin

Sonja Ardoin will be an Associate Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs programs. Most recently, she served as Associate Professor and Program Director for the Student Affairs Administration Program at Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education. She obtained a doctorate. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis (Higher Education) from NC State University, a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Florida State University, and a BS in Secondary Education from Louisiana State University. His research focuses on social class identity in higher education; university access and success, especially for first-generation students and students from rural areas; leadership development and practice among female students and women; and preparation and career paths in higher education and student affairs.

Fun fact: “My rural Cajun hometown in southern Louisiana is famous for its Courir de Mardi Gras and was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” series.”

Brandi Hinnan-Crawford
Brandi Hinnan-Crawford

Brandi Nicole Hinnant-Crawford will be an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership. She most recently served as Associate Professor of Educational Research at Western Carolina University. She obtained a doctorate. in Educational Studies from Emory University; a master’s degree in urban education policy from Brown University; and Bachelor’s degrees in Communication English (Teaching Permit) from NC State University. His research interests include equity pedagogy, improvement science, QauntCrit, and culturally sensitive school leadership.

Fun fact: “I am the mother of 10 year old twins, Elizabeth Freedom and Elijah Justice Crawford.”

Kelli Seawell
Kelli Seawell

Kelli R. Seawell will serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor responsible for coordinating the College of Education’s new Human Capital Education and Development program. She most recently worked in career services with the Clemson MBA program, and prior to that worked 15 years in aquatic facility and program management. She is currently pursuing a doctorate. in Educational Leadership from Clemson University. She earned a master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson University, a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership with a specialization in human resources from Colorado State University Global Campus, and an associate’s degree in communications from Greenville Technical College. His research interests include non-traditional student experience and academic success; student career and professional development; effective mentorship programs; virtual and remote university student experience; and instructional design/online course development.

Fun fact: “I love everything about Harry Potter!”

Richard D. Yeargin III
Richard D. Yeargin III

Richard D. Yeargin III will serve as a speaker in the sports leadership program. Most recently, he served as a football coach and student-athlete development coordinator at McDougle Technical Institute and as a sixth-grade football coach and science teacher at NSU University School. Yeargin earned a master’s degree in sports leadership and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Clemson University. His research interests include name, image and likeness and retention and the correlation between the two as they relate to student and student-athlete engagement with university policies and academic status.

Fun fact: “I am the ‘III;’ my brother is ‘Jr.’ and my father is ‘Sr’.

Department of Teaching and Learning

Sheliah Durham
Sheliah Durham

Sheliah Durham will serve as a lecturer in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Most recently, she served as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Secondary Education Department at Anderson University. She obtained a doctorate. in the curriculum and teaching from Clemson University, a master’s degree from Southern Wesleyan University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Charleston Southern University. His research interests include global citizenship education; information literacy and skills to navigate bias and prejudice in digital media; social justice and equity in education; and teacher preparation and diversity in education.

Fun fact: “I’m obsessed with British crime shows and all things Jane Austen! My dog, a mixed breed terrier, is named Sherlock. I prefer trains to planes.

Otis W. Pickett Sr.
Otis W. Pickett Sr.

Otis W. Pickett Sr. will serve as Academic Historian and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Most recently, he served as associate professor of history and director of social studies programs at the Mississippi College School of Humanities and Social Studies. Pickett earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Mississippi at Oxford, an MA in History from the College of Charleston and the Citadel, an MA in Divinity from Covenant Seminary, and a BA in History from Clemson University. His research interests include the history of education, the history of higher education in the southern United States, the history of 19th-century mission schools for enslaved Native Americans and Africans, the higher education in prisons, mass incarceration, race and the South, and the history of civil religion and the lost cause.

Fun fact: “I love dogs and I have a Border doodle (border collie/poodle mix) named Marcel Ledbetter Pickett.”

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