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Mathews, Hannah Morris



Assistant Professor
School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

College of Education
University of Florida
2 160-N Norman Hall
PO Box 117050
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4275
Fax: 352-392-2655
hmmathews@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Dr. Morris Mathews is an Assistant Professor in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida. She has a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Virginia. Following her doctoral studies, Dr. Morris Mathews was a post-doctoral research associate at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. Her research focuses on special educators’ experiences of professional socialization—the process by which individuals integrate the knowledge, norms, and values of a profession into their identity—and how this process influences their professional practice. Using multiple methods, she examines professional socialization across settings including teacher preparation, induction, and the formal and informal interactions that take place in schools as organizations. In these contexts, her research considers how organizational factors are associated with special educators’ understanding of their role, relationships with colleagues, and the quality of the instruction provided to students with disabilities.

Degrees

Ph. D. – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, Special Education, 2018

M. A. Ed. – The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, Special Education, 2004

B. A. – Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, History, English, Secondary Education, 2000

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, University of Florida (2020 – Present)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Special Education, Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development (2018 – 2020)

Activities and Honors

Editorial Boards

Teacher Education and Special Education (2019 – present)

Awards 

2019 Division of Research Council for Exceptional Children Student Research Award Mixed Methods, Vision as professional socialization in special education teacher preparation

2018 Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Dissertation Award, Examining opportunities to learn in special education teacher preparation

2017 Council for Learning Disabilities “Must Read” Award, Becoming critical consumers of research: Understanding replication (Mathews, Hirsch, & Therrien; October, 2017)

Service Positions

Assistant Chair, Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Diversity Caucus (Fall 2019 – present)

Grants

University of Virginia Curry Doctoral Student Dissertation Innovative, Developmental, Exploratory Awards (2017)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Mathews, H. M. & Cohen, J. (2019). Explicit instruction: A brief review of what we know and next directions for research. In T. L. Good & M. McCaslin (Eds.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Education. London: Routledge.

Stark, K., Morris Mathews, H., Bettini, E., & Jones, N.D. (in press). The urgent need for special education instructional leadership. Invited chapter for P. Youngs & J. Kim (Eds.), Developing Principal Leadership in a Changing Policy Landscape.

Journal Articles

Morris Mathews, H., Stark, K. R., Jones, N. D., Brownell, M. T., & Bell, C. A. (2020). Danielson’s Framework for Teaching: Convergence and divergence with conceptions of effectiveness in special education. Journal of Learning Disabilities.

Billingsley, B., Bettini, E., Mathews, H. M., & McLeskey, J. (2020). Improving working conditions to support special educators’ effectiveness: A call for leadership. Invited submission to special issue of Teacher Education and Special Education.

Cohen, J., Hutt, E., Berlin, R., Mathews, H. M., McGraw, J., & Gottlieb, J. (2020). Sense making and professional identity in the implementation of edTPA. Journal of Teacher Education, 71, 9–23.

Hirsch, S. E., MacSuga-Gage, A. S., Ennis, R. P., Mathews, H. M., Rice, K., & Marcus, K. (2020). Using videos to promote positive behavioral interventions and supports: A qualitative study. Journal of Special Education Technology, 35, 76–86.

Kennedy, M. J., Rodgers, W. J., Romig, J. E., Mathews, H. M., & Peeples, K., (2018). Introducing the content acquisition podcast professional development (CAP-PD) process: Supporting vocabulary instruction for inclusive middle school science teachers.  Teacher Education and Special Education, 41, 140–157.

Mathews, H. M., Hirsch, S. E., & Therrien, W. J. (2018). Becoming a critical consumer of research: Understanding replication. Intervention in School and Clinic, 53, 267–275. Featured cover article.

Romig, J. E., Sundeen, T., Thomas, C. N., Kennedy, M. J., Philips, J., Peeples, K., Rodgers, W. J., & Mathews, H. M. (2018). Using multimedia to teach self-regulated strategy development to pre-service teachers. Journal of Special Education Technology, 33, 124–137.

Mathews, H. M., Rodgers, W., & Youngs, P. (2017). Sense-making for beginning special educators: A systematic mixed studies review. Teaching and Teacher Education, 67, 23–36.

Kennedy, M. J., Alves, K. D., Miciak, J., Romig, J., Mathews, H. M., & Thomas, C. N. (2016). Evaluating the relationship between naturalistic content acquisition podcast views and course performance. Teacher Education and Special Education, 39, 293–307.

Therrien, W. J., Mathews, H. M., Hirsch, S. E., & Solis, M. (2016). Progeny review: An alternative approach for examining the replication of intervention studies in special education. Remedial and Special Education, 37, 235–243.