CEHD Research In Press: November 2022


Dr. Kristen Votava was chosen as national aRPy Ambassador representing North Dakota partnering with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Region B Parent Technical Assistance Program at Parent to Parent of Georgia. The aim of the aRPy Ambassador Initiative is to bring awareness to the DEC Recommended Practices, support the dissemination and use of the practices by practitioners and families, and promote the associated Practice Improvement Tools.  

Dr. Virginia Clinton-Lisell was lead on an organizational effectiveness grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for Open Education Research fellows. These funds will be used to improve the focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the research conducted by the fellows through consultation and feedback from Jasmine Roberts-Crew. Dr. Clinton-Lisell will also conduct an evaluation on the DEI training which will be disseminated broadly to researchers interested in improving their DEI skills. 

Dr. Diana D’Amico-Pawlewicz, in conjunction with Pen America, has been running a series at the Washinton Post called Freedom to Learn that explores the historical contexts for the current assaults on public education (and democracy). You can find her essay here. The event went so well that C-SPAN 3 (American History TV) picked it up and aired it on their station on October 21 from noon-1 pm ET. 

CEHD PhD student Michael Herbert published his first manuscript as a first author entitled, Faculty Motivation for Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbook Adoption and Future Use. The article was published in the journal Innovative Higher Education with coauthors Drs. Virginia Clinton-Lisell and Rob Stupnisky. Based on a survey of NDUS faculty, autonomous motivation (engagement with OER textbooks based on enjoyment, value) was the strongest positive predictor of current or future OER use. Not surprisingly, OER amotivation (e.g., what’s the point of using OER), was a notable negative predictor of current/future OER use.

Dr. Laura Link was the guest on the podcast Exploring the Core for an episode entitled, The core principles of standards-based grading (Season 3, No. 3).

The CEHD Research webpage received a major update, check it out!  


Dr. Zarrina Talan Azizova (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of Higher Education in the department of Education, Health and Behavior Studies. She is also a program director for M.S. in Higher Education. She taught at Oklahoma State University where she completed her M.S. in Higher Education/ Comparative International Higher Education and Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis/Higher Education with an emphasis on Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theories. She is originally from Uzbekistan where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Roman-German philology.  

Dr. Azizova’s research centers on the issues of postsecondary access and student success to understand and advance equity-conscious educational practices for diverse students. She has published several solo and co-authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She regularly presents papers at the primary scholarly conferences in higher education: the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J (Postsecondary Education). She contributed to the expert report for court proceedings in Smith v. Regents of the University of California (2020) that argued against the use of discriminatory SAT and ACT scores in the UC’s admissions. Currently, she serves as an advisory board member for the NSF Advance Grant and an external evaluator for the NSF S-STEM grant at UND. She also collaborates with several STEM education faculty to secure a grant support for the research project and anti-deficit partnership framework on broadening participation in engineering education and the workforce in North Dakota. Dr. Azizova is a second-term member of the editorial boards of the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. She chaired and organized the Career Success Workshop for International Students and Scholars for ASHE and twice co-chaired the Division J conference program for AERA. Most recently, she was honored with the invitation from Lumina Foundation to join World Council for Intercultural and Global Competency, UNESCO Story Circle methodology, and hundred other selected professionals for the global forum Intercultural Competence and the Future of Work in Washington D.C. This work aims to build stronger global networks across various education-serving sectors and academic disciplines to share DEI expertise, engage in inclusive practice, and advance equity-oriented initiatives domestically and globally.  

Dr. Azizova teaches graduate courses and advises doctoral and master’s students. Her teaching portfolio aligns with her research expertise and practice-oriented goals. She received an honor to be nominated and awarded Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Advising in the College of Education and Human Development in the Spring of 2022.


CEHD faculty are in bold, and CEHD students are underlined


Clinton-Lisell, V. (2022). Open Education Organizational Effectiveness Grant. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation ($49,375)


Herbert, M., Clinton-Lisell, V., & Stupnisky, R. H. (2022). Faculty Motivation for OER Textbook Adoption and Future Use. Innovative Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-022-09625-6 

Zlatkovic, S., Sturges, H., Dahl, E., Hardesty, C., Root-Elledge, S., & Moody, E. J. (2022). A Comparison of Costs of Two Forms of Educator Professional Development in Wyoming: Traditional Conference vs. Project ECHO. Evaluation and Program Planning, 102174. 


Mardani, M. & Stupnisky, R. H. (2023, April). Influence of Workplace Microaggressions on Engineering Female Faculty Motivation to do Research. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Gender Research, April 21-26, Ulster University, NI, UK. 

Votava, K. & Yearwood, J. Supporting culture and counteracting bias in early childhood teacher preparation. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education and Beyond Conference, poster presentation. Grand Forks, ND, October 8, 2022. 

Votava, K., & Johnson, C, Adusumilli, J. & Romanick, R. EI resilient leadership collaborative: Bringing together partners. Division of Early Childhood (DEC) 38th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs Joint Conference with the International Society on Early Intervention, Chicago, IL, September 27, 2022. 

Votava, K., & Johnson, C. Local engagement to enhance leadership capacity. Poster. Division of Early Childhood (DEC) 38th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs Joint Conference with the International Society on Early Intervention, Chicago, IL, September 27, 2022. 

Adusumilli, J., Votava, K. & Johnson, C. Building the bridge: Collaborative resilient leadership project in early intervention. Office of Special Education Programs Leadership and Project Director’s Conference, poster presentation, Washington, DC, July 18, 2022. Virtual conference. 

Johnson, C., & Votava, K. Growing leadership capacity through local leadership. Office of Special Education Programs Leadership and Project Director’s Conference, poster presentation, Washington, DC, July 18, 2022. Virtual conference. 

Mullen, G. (Host). (2016 – present). The core principles of standards-based grading with Dr. Laura Link (Season 3, No. 3). [Audio podcast episode]. Exploring the Core. https://exploring-the-core-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/s3e6 

Link, L. J. (2022, October). Effective classroom assessment and grading. Presented to The Roundtable Group, Grand Forks, ND.   

Link, L. J. (2022, October). What we’ve learned about grading. Presented to Gowanda Central School District, Gowanda, NY.  

Link, L. J. (2022, October). Taking risks: No more nice girl. Presented to The Women’s Fund, Grand Forks, ND.



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