Faculty & Staff


Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1981
M.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1988
Ph.D. University of Texas, 2001

Phone: 325-674-2112
Email: dlp94a@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Children's Ministry and Spiritual Development in Children

Author of numerous articles and two books: 

  • Let All the Children Come to Me: A Practical Guide to Including Children with Disabilities in Your
  • Church Ministries. Co-authored with MaLesa Breeding and Jerry Whitworth. (Cook Communications Ministries), 2006. 
  • I Will Change Your Name: Messages from the Father to a Heart Broken by Divorce. (Leafwood Press), 2009.

Professional memberships:

  • Association for Childhood Education International
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

Mitzi Adams
Instructor, Student Teaching Coordinator

B.S. Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1981
M.A., Western Governors University, 2010

Phone: 325-674-2114
Email: mitzi.adams@acu.edu

Professional memberships:

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Texas Directors of Field Experiences
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Kappa Delta Pi

Dennis Cavitt
Assistant Professor, Special Education

B.A., Pepperdine University, 1980
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1987
M.Ed., Tarleton State University, 2000
Ed.D, Texas Tech University, 2014

Phone: 325-674-2479
Email: dennis.cavitt@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders of school-aged children
  • Autism assessment and treatment
  • Special education programming and legal issues
  • Response to intervention and differentiated instruction

Professional activities:

  • Autism consultation
  • EBD consultation 

Professional memberships:

  • Council of Exceptional Children
  • Teacher Education Division
  • Council of Behavioral Disorders
  • International Special Education Services  

Julie Douthit

B.S., University of North Texas, 1991
M.Ed., University of North Texas, 1991

Phone: 325-674-2121
Email: julie.douthit@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Elementary education
  • Curriculum and instruction methods

Professional presentations:

  • "The Proof is in the Pudding: Using Action Research to Prepare Student Teachers for Evidence Based Practice," Consortium of State Organizations of Teacher Education (CSOTTE), October 2008

Professional memberships:

  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children


Andrew P. Huddleston, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 2000
M.Ed., Texas Tech University, 2002
Ph.D., The University of Georgia, 2012

Phone: 325-674-2125
Email: andrew.huddleston@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Reading assessment and intervention
  • High-stakes testing policies
  • Language and literacy instruction grades 4-8

Professional memberships:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Reading Association
  • Literacy Research Association

Selected Publications

  • Huddleston, A. P., and Lowe, T. N. (accepted for publication). “I skim through and find the answers”: A Bourdieusian analysis of the “search and destroy” method of reading. Reading Teacher.
  • Huddleston, A. P. (2014). Achievement at whose expense? A literature review of test-based grade retention policies in U.S. schools. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 18 (14). Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v22n18.2014
  • Huddleston, A. P. (2012). Understanding responses to high school exit exams in literacy: A Bourdieusian analysis of poetic transcriptions. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 55, 734-744.
  • Alvermann, D. A., Marshall, J. D., McLean, C. A., Huddleston, A. P., Joaquin, J., & Bishop, J. (2012). Adolescents’ web-based literacies, identity construction, and skill development. Literacy Research and Instruction, 51, 179-195.
  • Huddleston, A. P. (2011). Negotiating the demands of high-stakes testing: Graduate students’ experiences as teachers preparing students for standardized assessments in reading and language arts. Georgia Journal of Reading, 34, 36-44.
  • Huddleston, A. P. (2010). Extra! Extra! Read all about it!: Tapping students’ popular culture interests through an elementary school newspaper. Georgia Journal of Reading, 33, 16-24.

Jenn Rogers

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 2004
M.Ed., Hardin-Simmons University, 2009

Phone: 325-674-2120
Email: rogjenn@gmail.com

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Counseling and Human Development
  • Behavior Skills and Modification

Jill Allen Scott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1973
M.S., Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 1977
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Phone: 325-674-2450
Email: jill.scott@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Language and Literacy/Families
  • Teacher Education

Sam Stewart, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Chair

B.A., Harding University, 1977
M.S.E., Arkansas State University, 1985
Ed.D., William Howard Taft University, 2007

Phone: 325-674-2492
Email: sam.stewart@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Secondary Education and Administration
  • Assessment, Grading and Reporting Practices 

Professional activities: 

  • Co-sponsor of study abroad groups to Beijing, China to teach English to ex-patriot students attending international schools.
  • Host book talks each semester that  look at the teaching practices of Jesus in comparison to current best practices in education.
  • "Scenarios in the Public Schools: Did the Teacher Go Too Far?" Teachers of Vision (scheduled for publication Winter 2010).

Professional memberships:

  • Christian Educators Association International
  • Phi Delta Kappan
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

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Stephanie Talley

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1993
M.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 2007
Currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University, pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Phone: 325-674-2116
Email: stephanie.talley@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Literacy Education
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Teacher Identity
  • New Teacher Mentoring

Professional activities/presentations:

  • I Can Write Outside the Box and it Will Still be Research:  Writing Identities Through Arts Based Research,”  9th Annual International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 15-18, 2013. 
  • “Talking about Race, Racism, and Social Justice Education Through Literacy Education:  Fostering Relationships with 21st Century Literate and Cultural Identities of Learners and Teachers,” 62nd Annual Literacy Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA, November 28-December 1, 2012.
  • “Doctoral Students Charting the Pathway to Academic Writing,” 62nd Annual Literacy Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA, November 28-December 1, 2012.
  • “Successful Partnership—The Unique Story of One University and One School Working Together, Association of Teacher Educators 2012 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 11-15,  2012
  • “Mission Possible,” Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), Corpus Christi, TX, October 23-25, 2011
  • "International Partnerships for Teacher Training,” Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE), Corpus Christi, TX, October 23-25, 2011 
  • “Why Are You Here?  Undergraduate Participation at the National Reading Conference”, Literacy Research Association 61st Annual Conference, Jacksonville, FL, November 30-December 3, 2011

Professional memberships:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Delta Kappa Gamma - Zeta Psi Chapter
  • Kappa Delta Pi

Dana Mayhall

B.S., Hardin-Simmons University, 1983
M.Ed., Tarleton State University, 1993

Email: dlm07a@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Middle school education
  • Educational administration



Catherine Ford
Administrative Coordinator

Phone: 325-674-2112
Email: caf04b@acu.edu


Kathy Wilkinson
Certification Officer

Phone: 325-674-2126
Email: kathy.wilkinson@acu.edu

Professional memberships:

  • Texas Association of Certification Officers
  • Texas Coordinators for Teacher Certification Testing

Francille Vesel
Degree Plan Specialist

B.S.W, Harding University
M.S., Abilene Christian University

Phone: 325-674-2128
Email: veself@acu.edu