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Early Childhood Bachelor of Science Degree Faculty


Dr. David Dees

David Dees, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

Area: FLA

vita [pdf]


My path to the study of education has been an interesting expedition. Having earned a B.S. in Communications and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Kentucky, I began a journey of "self-discovery" which included coaching college football, working as a rock-n-roll disc jockey, and teaching theatre. I came to Kent State to earn a Ph.D. in Theatre History. It was during this experience I realized the focus of my journey had always centered on the question "What is quality teaching?" As a way to answer this question, I found a home in educational foundations. My Ph.D. is in Cultural Foundations from Kent State University. My research and publications have centered on the aesthetic dimensions of teaching and the development of quality teaching through transactional/aesthetic awareness. Recently, I have been exploring rural/Appalachian issues in higher education as a way to study both my students' experience at the Salem Campus and my own voyage through higher education as a "country" person from Kentucky. I have been recognized for my own teaching through two student-nominated teaching awards (Outstanding Teaching Award, Kent State University and Teacher of the Year, Gannon University), but have yet to answer my life's question.

 Dr. Ramona Freeman

Ramona Freeman, Ph.D
Assistant Professor

Area: TLC

vita [pdf]

Dr. Freeman received her Ph.D. from the University of Akron in Curricular and Instructional Studies. After having taught at the elementary level in Florida and Ohio, she owned and operated an academically focused child care program while serving as editor of a family child care newsletter for the Northeast Ohio Provider's network. She has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and co-authored a grant from The Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children. She has been appointed to the editorial review committee for ScholarlyPartnershipsEdu, and has presented at state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Freeman has contributed to several journals, including: The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, The International Journal of Learning, Early Childhood Education Journal, Young Children, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, and Early Childhood News. She is currently co-chair of the research network for IFDCO (International Family Day Care Organization). Topics of research and interest: quality in informal educare programs; professional development in family child care; socio-cultural practices in preschool and the primary years; authentic classroom pedagogy; Reggio Emilia Approach.

 Dr. Larry Froehlich

Larry Froehlich, Ed.D
Associate Professor

Area: LDES

vita [pdf]

I graduated from Kent State University with a BS degree in Secondary Ed and MEd in Instructional Technology. Upon graduation I accepted the position as Director of a resource center for the West Virginia Department of Education, serving Adult and Technical Education teachers. The Center developed and in-serviced instructional material that was disseminated statewide. I attended West Virginia University as a full-time doctoral student and completed an EdD with a major in Education Administration and a minor in Educational Psychology. After the completion of my doctorate, I became a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia. I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Adult and Technical Education and Instructional Technology. After being promoted and tenured, I became the Associate Dean for Academic Services in the College of Education and Human Services at Marshall, and then served as Dean of the School of Education at the West Virginia Graduate College. I went back to Marshall as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and then to Kent as Dean of the East Liverpool Campus. Now after 15 years of serving in administration, I am pleased to return to the classroom as a full-time faculty member on the Regional Campuses.

 Dr. Tsunghui Tu

Tsung-Hui Tu, Ph.D
Associate Professor

Ares: TLC

vita [pdf]

I joined the Kent State University faculty at Salem campus in January 2002. I earned a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and concentration in Child Development from University of Alabama. I received my M.S. and Ph. D. from Iowa State University in Human Development and Family Studies with specialization in Early Childhood Education. I am the Director of Early Childhood Education Technology Program at Salem Campus. The courses that I have taught include introduction to early childhood services, infant/toddler curriculum and services, preschool curriculum, program organization and parent involvement, and student teaching seminar. I also supervise student teachers in various field placements. I strongly value teacher reflection as a critical means of teacher preparation and my research and teaching interests focus on preschool science, preschool teacher-child verbal interactions, teacher preparation, and student teaching.