CEHD Research In Press: January 2022


Dr. Yujin Lee and colleagues received an Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grant with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The project will hold ‘Teach the Teacher’ events in eight locations across the region during the academic school year, preparing teachers to become Part 107 certified, followed by summer professional development workshops for STEM high school educators focused on the implementation of Aviation, UAS, and engineering principles. In addition, direct outreach to bring hands-on learning experiences for the rural high schools in the area will occur. 

Dr. Virginia Clinton-Lisell published a meta-analysis (synthesis of studies) in Review of Educational Research, which many regard as the top journal in education (impact factor = 12.56). In the article, Dr. Clinton-Lisell discusses how audiobooks have become popular, but some worry that it’s not the same as reading in terms of comprehension and learning. Based on analyzing over 4,600 participants from 46 studies, reading and listening were fairly similar overall in terms of comprehension. Reading had a benefit over listening if reading was self-paced, indicating that being able to use tools to relisten and change the pace of listening could be useful. 

Dr. Grant Tomkinson and colleagues published an article in the top-ranked journal Sports Medicine (impact factor = 11.1). Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) — the ability to supply oxygen to the body’s big muscles during continuous physical activities, such as running, biking, or swimming — is important to the health of people of all ages. Using a systematic review strategy, we aimed to identify health-related criterion-referenced cut-points for CRF fitness among youth. Although data remain insufficient to establish universal health-related cut-points for youth, the 20 m shuttle run test — a progressive exercise test involving continuous running between two lines 20 meters (66 feet) apart in time to recorded beeps — emerged as a test with high discriminatory ability. More research, using standardized test protocols and health-risk definitions, is required to better triangulate universal health-related cut-points.   

Dr. Tomkinson was also featured in the UND Today Story “Study: In coaches’ eyes, ‘mental game’ makes standout basketball players stand out”.  

The 2021 Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments have just been published and UND’s Kinesiology and Public Health Programs ranked in the top 51–75 worldwide and top 10 in the US. From 2015 to 2019 the programs were unranked, in 2020 were ranked 51–100, and in 2021 were ranked  51–75. This places UND’s programs ahead of universities like Iowa State, Minnesota, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Northwestern. The two measures where UND excels and are top-ranked in the U.S. are citations per paper (actually top-ranked globally for this measures) and percentage of papers with international co-authors. 

CEHD faculty will hold a seminar on Critical Epistemologies in Teaching and Research on Wednesday, February 2. Panelists include Drs. Ray Mitic, Andjela Kaur, Renuka de Silvaand Zarrina Azizova. The purpose of this seminar is twofold: (1) to invite faculty and doctoral students to reflect and share thoughts about challenges that we all face in designing and implementing inclusive pedagogies and research, and (2) to build our knowledge and devise practical tools that we can use in inclusive syllabi development, new pedagogies, identity-conscious teaching, learner assessment designs, and production of critical quantitative and qualitative research in education, human development, and professional studies. See flyer for session or to register clink HERE 

College-wide, interdisciplinary initiatives I-REEED (led by Dr. Diana D’Amico Pawlewicz) and BEARS (led by Dr. Rob Stupnisky) collaborated to receive UND Vice President of Research and Economic Development and CEHD funding to hire a postdoctoral researcher (PR) from 2022-24 for their proposal Building Capacity to Research Rural Education and Workforce Development. The PR will help build capacity to support I-REEED by contributing to ongoing research initiatives and focused efforts on writing grant proposals. BEARS will provide additional financial support and mentorship for the PR through opportunities for research engagement in the area of rural education and workforce development.

Higher Education PhD student Michael Herbert was selected as a participant in the NCES Data Institute, which is an intensive introduction to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) datasets and research methodologies. Michael will take part in a 5-week online course followed by a 16-week group capstone research project and a three-day face-to-face meeting in Washington D.C. 



Dr. Joshua Hunter

My research is oriented around outdoor experiences and learning in diverse settings and with diverse groups of people employing phenomenology, ethnography and narrative inquiry. A standout example of my work is an ethnographic study of wilderness experiences at Isle Royale National Park, in which students used point of view cameras, video diaries and reflections as part of the data collection. A second example mentoring UND graduate students is a study at the University Children’s Learning Center on UND’s campus exploring the dynamics of play and teacher practice as the center shifted from a traditional playground to an outdoor classroom.

Recent work. My work with place-based education have led to collaborations with faculty in TLPP on grants. I am co-PI on a DOE grant working with Indigenous students in education, acting as an expert on place-based, environmental education. Additionally, I am co-PI on a revised NSF grant dealing with watershed education programs. Fundamental to both of these grants is a recognition of the pressing concerns of environmental justice and immersive, experiential education.

Impact. I apply my expertise working with non-profit organizations such as the International Water Institute. Applying my research and professional expertise to practice is essential to the way I envision the value of my work. The photos included are those taken by participants in the wilderness on Isle Royale National Park. Using photo-ethnographic techniques provides a glimpse of their unique perspective on the phenomenon of the wilds and how they make connections with place.


CEHD faculty are in bold, and CEHD students are underlined


Martin, L., Snyder, P., Lunnie, R., Lee, Y., McHugh, M., & Hall, D. (2022-2023). Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grant Program. Federal Aviation Association ($488,216). 


Clinton-Lisell, V. (in press). Listening ears or reading eyes: A meta-analysis of reading and listening comprehension comparisons. Review of Educational Researchhttps:doi.org/10.3102/00346543211060871 10.3102/00346543211060871 

Klawitter L, Bradley A, Hackney KJ, Tomkinson GR, Christensen BK, Kraemer WJ, McGrath R. The associations between asymmetric handgrip strength and chronic disease status in American adults: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. J Funct Morphol Kinesiol, 202;6(4):79. DOI: 10.3390/jfmk6040079. 

Cho, H., Christ, T., & Liu, Y. (2022). Recognizing emergent bilingual parent-child dyads’ funds of identity through their discussions about culturally relevant text. Journal of Language, Identity & Education. First published online. https://doi.org/10.1080/15348458.2021.2004893 

Clark, C. H. (2022). Ideology, information, and political action surrounding COVID-19. In W. Journell (Ed.) Post-Pandemic Social Studies: How Covid-19 Changed the World and How We Teach. Teachers College Press. 

Sabato, T.M.(2022). Facilitators and Barriers to HIV Testing, Prevention, and Treatment among Asian and Pacific Islander Americans: A Systematic Exploration. Medical Research Archives, 10(1). 

Rollo S, Fraser BJ, Seguin N, Sampson M, Lang JJ, Tomkinson GR, Tremblay MS. Health-related criterion-referenced cut-points for cardiorespiratory fitness among youth: a systematic review. Sports Med. 2022;52(1):101–122. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-021-01537-3. 

Waller, Z. P., & Stupnisky, R. H. (In Press). Medium Altitude Long Endurance RPA Training: Evaluating Blended LearningInternational Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace. 


Robinson, J. & Hammack, R. (2022). Pre-Service Teachers’ Engagement in Collaborative Inquiry Projects During Remote Instruction. Paper presented at the 2022 Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) International Conference, Greenville, SC.   

Sabato, T.M. (2022). A Comprehensive Approach to Risk Reduction for Asian and Pacific Islander Women with HIV/AIDS. Accepted for presentation at European Society for Medicine General Assembly. 

Nelson, K. & Smith, C.  (2022, July 12.) (Accepted). Use data to assess your effectiveness. Presentation Accepted at American School Counseling Association Conference, Austin, TX.   

Nelson, K.Ackerman, S., Grimmett-Tejedor, R., Foley, M., Jones, P., Johnson, J., Lundstrom, S., Reed, A. (2022). Data Driven: What Every Professional School Counselor Can Do! Presentation accepted at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference, Bismarck, ND.   

Holtz, K. E.Nelson, K. L. (2022, Feb.) Queer Identity Development in Relation to Gay-Straight Alliances. Presentation accepted at North Dakota Counseling Association Conference, Bismarck, ND.   

Mitic, R.R. (2022, April). Beyond the bachelor’s: Study abroad’s role in predicting graduate school attendance. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 


According to the 2019 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey and a story by ND DPI, 61.2 percent of high school students reported their mental health was not good on at least one day during the 30 days before the survey. And, the percentage of students who have seriously considered attempting suicide has increased from 12.4 percent in 2009 to 18.8 percent in 2019. CEHD has several research initiatives addressing this very issue, from faculty working in programs emphasizing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to behavioral health training including telehealth.






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