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ANDREA KUNZE

M.S., Ph.D. Candidate

I am an educational psychologist with particular interests in how multimedia and hypermedia can help motivate pro-social attitudes and behavior change, such as antiracism and environmental sustainability. My research is often framed in a social justice and interdisciplinary psychology lens (e.g., education, cognitive, and social) using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation approaches. I'm particularly interested in evaluating and designing informal learning environments and activities, such as games, that can promote sustained engagement with emotionally evocative topics.

 

ABOUT

Personal Statement

We spend most of our lives outside of the traditional classroom and our time in the formal classroom is rarely (if at all) allocated to real world issues such as racism, climate change, and mass incarceration. So, when do we teach about critical social issues? What pedagogical approaches and learning environments are most effective for promoting pro-social attitudes and behaviors? What attitudes are necessary to foster a more sustainable and inclusive future?
My research and evaluations often consider these broad questions and are driven from my passion to engage lifelong learners in education about critical social issues.

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PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed Academic Journals

 
  • Kunze, A. J. & Rutherford, T. (Accepted). Students’ discipline-specific perceptions of learning practices. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

  • Cromley, J. G. & Kunze, A. J. (Accepted) Motivational resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic among underrepresented minority and first-generation undergraduates. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

  • Kunze, A. J. & Cromley, J. G. (2021). Deciding on drawing: The topic matters when using drawing as a science learning strategy. International Journal of Science Education. doi: 10.1080/09500693.2021.1876957

  • Cromley, J. G., Kunze, A. J., & Dane, A. (2021). Multi-text multi-modal reading processes and comprehension. Learning and Instruction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2020.101413

  • Kunze, A. J. (2020). Supporting eco-character development through community-based inquiry learning. Journal of Sustainability Education.

  • Kunze, A. J. & Seals, C. (2020). Fourth Year Students’ Perceptions of the Hidden Curriculum of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program. Education in the Health Professions.

  • Cromley, J. G. & Kunze, A. J. (2020). Metacognition in Education: Translational Research. Translational Issues in Psychological Science. doi: 10.1037/tps0000218

  • Kunze, A. & Rutherford, T. (2018). Blood from a stone: Where teachers report finding time for computer-based instruction. Computers & Education. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2018.08.022

MIXED-METHOD RESEARCH & EVALUATION DESIGN

Expertise in integrating qualitative and quantitative methods for social science research & evaluations

  • Thematic Analysis

  • Video Analysis

  • Grounded Theory

  • Discourse Analysis

  • PhotoVoice

  • Ethnographic Methods

  • Interview/Focus Groups

  • Survey Research

  • Regression/ANOVA

  • Statistical Measurement

  • In-lab/Online Experiments

DURING-LEARNING PROCESS DATA

Expertise in researching and evaluating processes and behaviors people engage in while learning a topic or experiencing a space

  • Cognitive processes

  • Affective/Emotional processes

  • Motivational processes

  • ​Think-emote-aloud protocols

  • Behavioral engagement in online and face-to-face environments

  • How processes relate to academic achievement and/or attitude change

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

Expertise in teaching, researching, and evaluating issues of DEI within educational and workplace settings

  • Broadening participating in STEM

  • Antiracist attitudes

  • Cultural diversity

  • Social identities

  • Privilege & oppression

  • Critical Whiteness & Race Theory

  • Global perspectives (global south)

 
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MY TRAINING

Summarized Education Background, Prior Research & Evaluation Positions, and Awards

 

PH.D.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

August 2018 - July 2021

Positions

  • Research Assistant in Educational Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, & Bioengineering

  • External Evaluator at Krannert Art Museum, Oklahoma State University, & AGEP

  • Teaching Assistant in Educational Psychology, Global Studies, and Liberal Arts & Sciences

Certificates

  • Undergraduate Mentoring (2020)

  • Evaluation (Expect Spring 2021)

Awards

  • UIUC College of Education Seed Grant: Re-Purposing Proctorio to Collect Data on Racial Microaggressions on a Serious Educational Game (Awarded: $10,000) (2020)

  • NAGAP Graduate Student Research Grant: Understanding STEM Graduate Students’ Racial Climate Perceptions: A Perspective-Taking Intervention (Awarded: $1,000) (2019)

MASTER OF SCIENCE

NC STATE UNIVERSITY

August 2016 - May 2018

Positions

  • ​Research Assistant in Educational Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction

  • Research Scientist at Trees Atlanta

Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2018)

  • APA Division 34 Science at Sunset Poster Competition Nominee (2018)

BACHELORS

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

January 2014 - May 2016

Positions

  • ​Research Assistant in Educational Psychology, Science Education, and Neuropsychology

Awards

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award in Educational Psychology, GSU (2016)

  • Outstanding B.I.S.in Human Learning and Development Student Award, GSU (2016)

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