Joan Flynn Fee, Ph.D.

Joan Flynn FeeProfessor of Education and Chair Ed.D. Program
Office Location: Institute for Collaboration, Room 217
Telephone: 630-844-6232
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I find Aurora University an attractive place to work for its collegiality. Not only do faculty support each other, but students and faculty form a true community of learners. In the Ed.D. program, students are mid-career professionals from school districts across Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and from colleges and universities. These professionals learn from each other, and I learn from them as they learn from me. Graduate students tell me that this mutual respect, combined with high standards, helps them grow more that they could have imagined.

Ph.D. Political Science - University of Chicago
M.A.  Political Science - University of Chicago
B.A.  Political Science - College of William and Mary
Exchange Scholar - St. Andrews University, Scotland
Certificate in Expressive Arts - Oasis Center

Areas of Specialization
Research Methods
Evaluation and Assessment
Cross-Cultural Education
Post-Secondary Education

Courses Taught
Introduction to Research
Assessment for Administrators
Advanced Quantitative Research

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Fee, J. (2013). Teachers' perceptions regarding the impact of sustained ESL/Bilingual professional development. Journal of Interdisciplinary Education 13(1), 94-118.
Fee, J. (2012), Quantitative methods in action research. In S. Klein (Ed.), Action Research Methods: Plain and Simple. New York: Palgrave.
"Latino Immigrant and Guest Bilingual Teachers; Overcoming Personal, Professional, and Academic Culture Shock." Urban Education, 2011
Appointed to Research Advisory Board for National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), 2011
"Diversity and Dualism: A Marriage Made in Hell? American Educational Researsh Association (AERA) Conference, 2011 (with Kathleen bradley, Sandra Prolman, and Jay Thomas)
"Forging a diverse research community by marrying an odd couple: Qualitative research and business-oriented project management process." (with Jody Piro, Sandra Prolman, and Jay Thomas), Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education, 2010.
"Internationally-educated bilingual teachers: The challenges of transition." National Association for Bilingual Education, 2010.
"Making the Most of a Small Midwestern University: The Case of Transfer Students," (with Sandra Prolman and Jay Thomas), College Student Journal, 2009
"Educational Partnerships in the 21st Century, Expanding the Circle of Knowledge," American Educational Research Association Conference, 2009, with abstract published in Professions Education Researcher Quarterly, PERQ, 30.
 "Educational Quality among Transfer Students to a Small University: A Partial Reprise of Light," (with Jay Thomas), American Educational Research Association Conference, 2007
"The Experiences of Immigrant and Guest Bi-Lingual Teachers: Overcoming Personal, Professional, and Academic Culture Shock," American Educational Research Association Conference, 2006

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Faculty Personnel Committee, 2011-
Aurora University Institutional Research Board, 2004-, Chair, 2008-12
School of Education, Institutional Research Board, 2007-13, Chair, 2007-13
Council on Licensing of School Professionals, 2008-
University Textbook-Ordering Committee, Chair, 2013-
Spartan Mentor, 2010-2011

Other Interests
Expressive Arts
Book Group