Department of Teacher Education
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
Office: Arts & Sciences Building, G-205
Phone: (678) 466-4825
Fax: (678) 466-4899
Dr. Dennis Attick is is currently serving as the Interim Chair of the Teacher Education Department. He is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education. Prior to beginning a university career at Clayton State in 2010, Dr. Attick worked for 13 years as at The Bridge, an alternative school in Atlanta where he began his career as a teacher, and later served for 8 years as Education Director of the school. At Clayton State he teaches secondary education methods and curriculum classes as well as a Master's level seminar on special education. Attick has published and presented on various topics ranging from the curriculum and standardization to the intersection of youth, popular culture, and public education. His most current publication is a chapter entitled "Orwell's 1984 and Education as Commodity Spectacle," in the forthcoming text, Dystopia and Education. Attick holds a PhD in Education Policy Studies from Georgia State University.
Dr. Erica Dotson received her Ph.D. in French and Educational Studies from Emory University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Clayton State University where she also teaches French. A former market researcher, Erica switched careers to enter a dual-focus doctoral program that allowed her to explore two areas of particular interest in her life: language and education. Erica also holds two Masters degrees, in Applied Linguistics and French, and two Bachelors degrees, in French and Business Administration. Her extensive higher education teaching experience at Clayton, Emory, Georgia State, and Georgia Perimeter includes courses in French, educational foundations, and academic English for English Language Learners. Her research agenda combines her second and foreign language pedagogy, multicultural curriculum, and social justice, and her current work evaluates the effects of guided inductive versus deductive instruction on grammar instruction. In her first year at Clayton, Erica created the ESOL certification program and all of the related coursework. She has been chosen as a member of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Board of Examiners and has won awards for her student service and faculty advisement. Beyond the classroom, her favorite role is that of mom to two beautiful bilingual girls.
Dr. Mary Hollowell received her Ph.D. in social foundations of education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a certified science teacher and former Director of Education at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Mary teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate classes at Clayton State. She is the winner of the 2010 Equity & Social Justice Advocacy Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education and author of the book The Forgotten Room: Inside a Public Alternative School for At-Risk Youth. Her articles have appeared in such diverse journals as American Indian Quarterly, American Secondary Education, The Journal of Negro Education, The Urban Review, and International Journal of Multicultural Education. Mary has won several foundation grants including Toyota Tapestry, NEA Learning and Leadership, Captain Planet, National Dairy Council, and Toshiba grants.
Dr. Mari Ann Roberts has served as an assistant professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Teacher Education at Clayton State University since 2008. Additionally, she currently serves as coordinator of the Masters of Arts in Teaching and Gifted Certification Programs. Roberts, a former high school English teacher, came to Clayton State to build the Master of Arts in Teaching program and fill a need for subject matter expertise in Multicultural Education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate diversity courses as well as Educational Psychology and Action Research. With a Ph.D. From Emory University, Roberts has published and presented in multiple venues, with subject matter ranging from teacher care to critical race theory. She is dedicated to her teaching and has been nominated for Arts and Sciences Teacher of the year in 2011 and Clayton State Teacher of the Year in 2012. Roberts is a recipient of the prestigious Jacqueline Jordan Irvine Award for Scholarship in Urban Education and serves as vice president of the GA Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education.