Department of Career and Information Studies
Rob earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina; and a Masters of Arts degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Rob taught Technology Education at Lobatse Secondary School in Botswana as a Peace Corps Volunteer and later joined the University of Botswana as a lecturer. Rob completed his Doctor of Education Degree at Virginia Tech and then joined the faculty at Syracuse University rising to a tenured Associate Professor. Dr. Branch worked as Fulbright Lecturer/Researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, conducting research on the complexities of intentional learning spaces. Dr. Branch is an editor of the Educational Media and Technology Yearbook, author of the Survey of Instructional Development Models and Instructional Design: The ADDIE Approach. Dr. Branch's published research focuses on diagramming complex conceptual relationships and other complicated flow processes.
Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Program of research focuses on elementary engineering, technology education, and work ethic. Research related to use of robotics and other technologies for elementary STEM instruction supports my assigned course load. My work ethic research informs the affective instruction that is also critical to those classes. The implementation of new technologies, particularly information technologies, has produced a high-discretion workplace in which workers must make good decisions regarding use of time and resources. To be appropriately prepared for this work environment, students must develop technical skills and knowledge, but work ethic and affective work attributes are equally important for success.
Department of Kinesiology
My academic and professional backgrounds include masters' degrees in clinical social work and health education and work experiences in medical and college settings. My primary research focus is promoting exercise adoption and adherence, particularly in women and people who are overweight or obese. I have expertise in theory-based interventions to increase exercise adoption and adherence, with an emphasis on motivation and related psychosocial constructs. I developed an intervention for patients who have had bariatric surgery and are regaining weight, and led a research team on a qualitative study of psychosocial influences and skills to foster weight management after bariatric surgery. Additional projects have included a study of explicit obesity bias and anti-fat attitudes in college students aiming to work in health care and wellness.
Department of Educational Psychology
Dr. Ardoin's research interests include the application of principles of applied behavior analysis within classroom settings. He applies these principles not only to developing classroom and individual student behavioral interventions, but also to developing academic skill interventions and assessment materials. Much of his current research employs eye-tracking procedures in order to observe the reading behaviors engaged in by students when reading and how those behaviors are altered as a function of intervention. In addition to sharing this knowledge base with graduate students in school psychology through classwork and collaborative research, Dr. Ardoin teaches courses that make up the course sequence offered by UGA and approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board towards BACB eligibility requirements.
Department of Language and Literacy Education
My research focused initially on the speech disorder of stuttering, including especially questions about defining, measuring, and treating it in children and adults. That led me to questions about what it means to select a treatment "goal" or to test an "intervention" of any sort, within speech-language pathology and across the health-related disciplines. Most recently, my efforts have been in academic leadership, management, and administration for a busy, multidisciplinary department full of wonderful, thoughtful, hard-working people.