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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Dennis Attick is is currently serving as the 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.