Staff and Graduate Assistants

Gregory RushtonGregory Rushton, Ph.D.


(615) 494-8738 8688 dsb

Kevin Ragland

Kevin Ragland, Ph.D.

Associate Director

(615) 904-8405


Casey Penston

Casey Penston


(615) 898-2269

Sherry Schafer

Sherry Schafer

Support Staff

(615) 898-5762

Adding Steven Berryhill

Steven Berryhill, Ph.D.

Interim Assistant Director

(615) 898-5411

jinYing Jin, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow

(615) 898-2320

Dr.Grant Gardner Grant E. Gardner, Ph.D.

Associate Director

(615) 898-2062

Dr. Sarah K. Bleiler-Baxter Sarah K. Bleiler-Baxter, Ph.D.

Associate Director

(615) 898-2616

Chaney MosleyChaney Mosley, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

(615) 898-8037


Sarah GwinnSarah Gwinn

Grant Writer

(615) 898-8986

Post Doctoral Research Fellows 

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Joshua W. Reid, Ph.D.

(615) 904-8573

Graduate Assistants

shagaShaghayegh Fateh

Shaghayegh is a first year PhD student at Middle Tennessee State University, studying Math and Science Education. Her concentration is on Chemical Education which includes the study of the teaching and learning of chemistry. Her research interests include identifying student misconceptions in chemistry, chemistry instructional strategies, and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in chemistry. Recently, she has joined The Rushton Research Group, working on a project titled “PDConnect: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide.”


Andrea ReederAndrea Reeder

Andrea is a third-year doctoral student in the Mathematics and Science Education Program of Middle Tennessee State University. She has an interdisciplinary concentration that integrates biology and chemistry, and her research interest is STEM teacher leadership. As a part of the Rushton Research Group, she worked on Teacher Leadership (T-Lead): Investigating the Persistence and Trajectories of Noyce Master Teaching Fellows.


















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