CREATE Board of Directors
Dr. Sean Owen, President
Sean Owen is an Associate Research Professor and Assessment Manager for Statewide Testing for Career and Technical Education for the Research and Curriculum Unit. Prior to joining the RCU, he was a research professor for Mississippi State University’s Center for Educational and Training Technology (CETT). Much of his CETT work included writing grants and curricula and administering and evaluating programs that integrated technology into core academic and career and technical areas in school districts statewide. Owen received a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with an emphasis in chemistry and psychology from the University of Mississippi. He also holds a Master of Science in biological sciences and a doctorate in education with a minor in teacher technology education. His research focus and experience primarily is in the applied sciences and career and technical education. Frequently presenting at local, state, and national conferences, he is an active member of the ACTE and Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America. Additionally, he is a former president of the Mississippi Educational Computing Association.
Dr. Susan Colby, Past-President
Susan Colby is the Director of Faculty Professional Development in the Center for Academic Excellence and professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. Prior to her work in educational development, she served as chair and assistant chair in the department for twelve years. Susan earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University; her MA in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Colorado, Denver; and her BS in Elementary Education with Distinction from the University of Minnesota. In 2002, she was the recipient of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Morphet Dissertation Award. In the public schools, she served as principal, Title I director, clinical professor, and teacher. Her research interests include assessment of student learning, teacher preparation program effectiveness, and the evaluation of preservice and practicing teachers. Her published articles have appeared in journals such as Studies in Educational Evaluation; Reading Research and Instruction; Action in Teacher Education; Teaching Education; Multicultural Education; and Educational Leadership.
Corrie Rebecca Block, Ph.D., Recording Secretary
Senior Fellow, Pegasus Institute
Corrie Rebecca Block, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Policy Studies, Measurement and Evaluation in the School of Education at Bellarmine University and a Senior Fellow at the Pegasus Institute. She earned her doctorate from the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. And, holds a Master of Arts in Teaching as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Sociology.
Dr. Jacqueline S. Craven
Jacqueline Craven is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Delta State University. Her scholarly interests are multifarious and emanate from the sociology of education as well as the social contexts of education and mixed-research methodologies. She has conducted research with diverse ages and populations in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools throughout Mississippi for more than ten years on a variety of topics and is most interested in researchers’ fidelity to ethical practices and implementation. Dr. Craven regularly reviews articles and abstracts for Taylor & Francis' Action in Teacher Education, Delta State University's Delta Journal of Education, American Educational Research Association (AERA) divisions B, C, D, & G, the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA), and Sage Publications. She has presented work at AERA, International Literacy Association (formerly LRA), CREATE, National Science Foundation Joint Annual Meeting (NSF-JAM), and MSERA among others, and now serves in multiple capacities as the DSU doctoral program coordinator. As such, she advises all doctoral candidates throughout the program, leads & evaluates doctoral curriculum in accordance with CAEP and other professional accrediting bodies, and serves on and chairs DSU doctoral dissertations on an ongoing basis.
Dr. Kevin Eakes
Kevin Eakes is Director of the Office of Student Services and Credentialing for the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Kevin has taught in elementary and secondary public schools in North Carolina and South Carolina and has supervised clinical interns and taught graduate teacher education and human development courses at the College of Charleston. Kevin is a graduate of the Strategic Data Project at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, completed his doctoral degree at Auburn University, earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University. Kevin’s research interests include socio-emotional learning and observation of teaching behaviors.
Danielle Hahn, Administrative Assistant
Carrie Hodge, Graduate Student Representative
Carrie Hodge is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Carrie has over five years of experience teaching English at the community college level and ran the Writing Center at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC, for three years. Currently, she is working as a Senior Associate in Data & Advanced Analytics at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in Frankfort, KY. Her dissertation focuses on how six rural high schools in Western North Carolina create a college-going culture.
Dr. Stacy Leggett
Stacy Leggett is an associate professor in the Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research department at Western Kentucky University. She joined the WKU faculty in 2016. She teaches EDAD 642 School-Community Relations, EDAD 643 Securing and Developing Staff, EDAD 644 Creating Organizational Structures and Operations, EDAD 645 Preparing for the Principalship, EDAD 684 Instructional Leadership, and EDAD 594 Leading Auxiliary Services. Dr. Leggett has 23 years’ experience in P-12 education that includes serving as a high school math and social studies teacher, an instructional coach for the North Carolina Department of Public Administration for turnaround schools, and a North Carolina school and district administrator. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Mississippi College in Political Science and History, respectively (1991, 1997). She earned her M.S.A. in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University (2005) and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The George Washington University (2015). Her research interests include evaluation of teachers and principals, evaluation of program impacts on student outcomes, and leading change. She was the recipient of the Achilles-Harper-Swenson Emerging Research Award at the 2013 CREATE Conference.
Dr. Bronwyn MacFarlane
Dr. Jennifer McGee
Dr. Sheila Wilson
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Sheila Wilson is an educator with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She has served at Regent University as an Adjunct Professor in the Teacher Leader program. Dr. Wilson has 30 years of experience teaching elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. She earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans in Drama and Communications and Curriculum and Instruction, respectively (1990, 2000). Sheila earned her doctorate in K-12 School Leadership from Regent University in 2014. In 2015, an article she co-authored on 21st Century School Leadership was the feature for Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s online publication. Dr. Wilson is a regular contributor to Classroom Q & A, an Education Week Teacher blog, and was featured on BAM! radio in 2019 speaking on the effectiveness of restorative practices in schools. Sheila was nominated Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2019. Dr. Wilson is an avid presenter and her research interests include school leadership, equity in education, amplifying 21st-century instruction, and assessment reform.
Dr. Tara Wilson
Orange County Public Schools
Tara Wilson is a Testing Coordinator with Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Wilson has over nine years of teaching experience in middle school reading, elementary education, and ESOL for K-12 and adult learners. In 2015, she was honored as Teacher of the Year at Odyssey Middle School in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Education in Reading Education from the University of Central Florida. She earned her doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at The George Washington University. Her scholarly interests are focused on the professional development and learning of school leaders, student assessment, and K-12 literacy.
Dr. Abby Woods
Charleston County Schools
Abby Woods is the Director of Internal Consulting in Charleston County School District. Dr. Woods has been a teacher, administrator and consultant in public education in Illinois and South Carolina. Dr. Woods holds a Bachelor of Science from Millikin University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois, Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies: Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University in Chicago and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina.