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Cheyney-Collante, Kristi



Kristi Cheyney-Collante HeadshotClinical Assistant Professor
School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

College of Education
University of Florida
1403 Norman Hall
P.O. Box 117050
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone Number: 352-294-6970
cheyneyk@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Kristi Cheyney-Collante, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Florida. Dr. Cheyney-Collante’s research focuses on teaching and learning in high poverty communities, early language and literacy development, and beginning reading instruction/remediation, with an emphasis on intersectional qualitative research, and the use of participant driven research methodologies, photovoice, and visual ethnographic inquiry. Prior to her appointment at UF, she served as Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Santa Fe College. Dr. Cheyney-Collante is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national conferences. In addition to journal articles and book chapters, she has exhibited multiple photographic installations, photo essays, and other creative projects that highlight the experiences of children and families placed at risk and the teachers committed to serving them.

Degrees

Ph.D. in Special Education, Minor in Research and Evaluation Methodology2015
University of Florida

Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology (Online Teaching and Learning), 2009
University of Florida

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (with Honors), 2007
University of Phoenix

B.A. in Music, 1996
University of Miami

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Florida: School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, 2018 – present

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, Santa Fe College, 2015 – 2018

Research/ Teaching Assistant, Project RELATE, University of Florida: School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, 2011 – 2015

Research Assistant, Participant Driven Research (PDR) Project:  University of Florida, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, Research and Evaluation Methodology Program, 2014

Research Assistant, Early Learning Florida: University of Florida, College of Education, Lastinger Center for Learning, 2014

Instructor/Coordinator of the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) and Training and Education Coordinator, Florida Gateway College, 2008 – 2011

Activities and Honors

North Central Florida– Association for the Education of Young Children:

  • Vice President for Professional Development, 2013 – present
  • Vice President for Public Policy, 2012-2013
  • Vice President for Professional Development, 2010 – 2012

Faculty Mentor: Santa Fe College Research in Undergraduate Education, 2016

Santa Fe College Senate: Salary and Benefits Committee, 2015 – 2018

Guest Reviewer: Exceptionality, 2013

Tutor and Trainer: University of Florida Literacy Initiative, 2011 – 2015

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications

Cheyney-Collante, K., & Cheyney, M. (In Press). Early Childhood Leadership: A Photovoice Exploration. The Qualitative Report, XX(X).

Gonsalves, V., Cheyney, K., Bader, J., & Duggins, S.E. (2018) The Power to Roar! Reaching Out to All Readers: Using Shared Storybook Reading to Cultivate Self-Efficacy and Social-Emotional Growth. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 46 (1), 25 -31.

Theurer, J., Jean-Paul, N., Cheyney, K., Koro-Ljungberg, & M. Stevens, B. (January, 2015). Wearing the Label of Mental Illness. The Qualitative Report, 20 (2). 

Bettini, E., Cheyney, K., Wang, J., and Leko, C. (September, 2014). An Administrator’s Guide to Retaining and Supporting Special Educators: Applying Job Design Research to Personnel Problems in Special Education. Intervention in School and Clinic, (50)1.

Wang, J., Bettini, L., & Cheyney, K. (Fall, 2013). A Valued Role as Effective Peer Tutors for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD). Beyond Behavior, (23) 1, p. 12 – 22.

Cheyney, K., Bettini, E., and Wang, J. (2013). Make Every Word Count: Using Language as a Bridge to Self-Regulation. Dimensions of Early Childhood, (41) 2, p. 11 – 17.

Book Chapters

Koro-Ljungberg, M., Cheyney, K., & Bowden, C. (April 2015). Productive paradoxes in participant driven research (communities and audiences matter). In Reconceptualizing Qualitative Research: Methodologies without Method. Koro-Ljungberg, M. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Creative Publications and Exhibits

Cheyney, K. (December 2015). Attuned: Transformative Language Interactions in Play. Photographic exhibit presented at the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County: Gainesville, FL.

Cheyney, K. (July – October 2015). Behind the Fence: Disrupting Narratives of Early Childhood in High Poverty Communities. Photographic Installation presented at The Little Gallery at Oregon State University: Corvallis, OR.

Cheyney, K. (April 2015). Behind the Fence: A Photographic Exploration of High Quality Preschool Beating the Odds. Photographic Installation presented at Children’s Week in the Rotunda of the Florida State Capitol: Tallahassee, FL.

Cheyney, K. (September 2014). “To Give the Best of Me”: Photovoice and Literacy Praxis in Subsidized Childcare. A short film.

Cheyney, K. (April 2013). “The Best of Me”: A Photographic Installation of Voice, Diversity, and Literacy Leadership from the Women of Subsidized Childcare. Photographic Installation presented at WARPhaus Gallery: Gainesville, FL.

Cheyney, K., Gonsalves, V., and Schipper, J. (February, 2013). The Power to Roar! A Photo Essay of (em)Powerful Literacy in Preschool. Photographic Installation presented at the Alachua County Library District, Headquarters, Youth Services Department.

Cheyney, K., Gonsalves, V., and Schipper, J. (April, 2012). Roar! A Photo Essay of (em)Powerful Literacy in Subsidized Preschool. Photographic Installation presented at Norman Hall: University of Florida, College of Education, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies.