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Denise McDonald

Denise McDonald, Ed.D

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction,
College of Education

Contact number: 281- 283-3544
Email: mcdonald@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Areas of Expertise

  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Teacher Education
  • Qualitative Research Methodology: Self-study, Narrative Inquiry, and Critical Ethnography


Publications

Selected Publications

  • McDonald, D. M. (in press). Longstanding lessons of propriety as a leader. In C. Craig, L. Turchi, & D. M. McDonald (Eds.), Cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional collaboration in teacher education: Cases of learning while leading. Palgrave McMillan.
  • McDonald, D. M., Auzenne-Curl, C., Divoll, K., Kiekel, J., Newsum, J., & Williams-Duncan, O. (in press). Involvement in the Faculty Academy research community yields unexpected skills: Stories of leading and learning.  In C. Craig, L. Turchi, & D. M. McDonald (Eds.), Cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional collaboration in teacher education: Cases of learning while leading. Palgrave McMillan.
  • McDonald, D. M. (in press). If I only had a brain: Scholarly identity at oddz in the world of academia. In B. Pohl & C. White (Eds.), Social education voices: A pedagogy for change. Information Age Publishing.
  • McDonald, D. M., Baker, S., & Shulsky, D. (in press). Against the professorial odds: Barriers as building blocks for educational advancement. Journal of Advanced Academics.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2020).Sins of a syndicate: Arresting malicious mob assaults against academics. In C. Crawford (Ed.), Confronting academic mobbing in higher education: Personal accounts and administrative action (pp. 211-240). IGI Global.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2019). Investigating intentionality and mindfulness of storytelling as pedagogy: What student evaluations reveal about my practice. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 21(2), 97-110.
  • McDonald, D. M., & Vines, R. (2019). Flipping advanced organizers into an individualized meaning-making learning process through sketching. Teaching Artist Journal, 17(1-2), 25-35.
  • Davis, A., & McDonald, D. M. (2019). Teachers’ reflections of instructional effectiveness: Self-assessment through a standards-based appraisal process. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 20(1), 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2019.1569508
  • McDonald, D. M. (2018). "I feel like Edith Piaf:" A novice teacher's expression of sorrow and hope.  In D. McDonald (Ed.), Facing challenges and complexities in retention of novice teachers (pp. 23-62).  Information Age Publishing.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2018). A teachable moment worth a million. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 54, 192.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2018). Stimulate higher-level thinking by lining up students.  New Teacher Advocate, 25(4), 14-15.

Selected Presentations 

  • McDonald, D. M. (2020, April). Malice in wonder-how-this-happened land: Falling down the political rabid hole of academia. Paper presented online at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • McDonald, D. M., & Crawford, C., Watson, S., Shulsky, D., Baker, S. & Williams-Duncan, O. (2019, October). Leadership lessons learned: The liminal space between limitations and victory laps. Issues and ideas session presented at the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Birmingham, AL.
  • McDonald, D. M., Crawford, C., & Shulsky, D. (2019, October). My practice, my "self:" Reflections and peer feedback processes for examining ideological influences on pedagogical effectiveness. Issues and ideas session presented at the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Birmingham, AL.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2019, April). If I only had a brain: Scholarly identity at oddz in the world of academia. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Carrington, F., & McDonald, D. M. (2019, April). Evidence of hope through portraitures of marginalized adolescents. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2018, October). Sketching as a note-taking instructional tool. Issues and ideas session presented at the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Dallas, TX.
  • Crawford, C., & McDonald, D. M. (2018, October). Using allegory and satire to explore academic experiences. Issues and ideas session presented at the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Dallas, TX.
  • McDonald, D. M. (2018, October). Traversing the yellow brick road of academia. Paper presented at the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Dallas, TX.
  • McDonald, D. M., Craig, C., Kahn, M., Markello, C., Pohl, R., Han, X., Sack, J., Kiekel, J., Beaudry, C., Gauna, L., Divoll, K., Ribeiro, A., Turchi, L., Stapp, K., Quander, J., Evans, P., & Li, J. (2018, April). Challenges in effective mentoring and retention of novice teachers. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.


Research Projects

  • Through the Sandra Johnson/Barrios Technology Endowed Professorship, developing a Professional Research Community
  • Conducting a collaborative study on the METIS system
  • Conducting a collaborative study on first-generation college students who become academics
  • Conducting a collaborative study on stories about Teachers’ Best-loved Selves


Awards and Accomplishments

  • Sandra Johnson/Barrios Technology Endowed Professorship (2018-2021)
  • Faculty Fellowship for the Center for Faculty Development (2017-2018)
  • UHCL College of Education Spotlight Researcher (2017)
  • UHCL Minnie Stevens Piper Teaching Excellence Award State Nominee (2015)
  • UHCL Alumni Outstanding Professor Award (2010)
  • Carpenter Elementary Teacher of the Year (1992)