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.
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.
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.
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
DURING-LEARNING PROCESS DATA
Expertise in researching and evaluating processes and behaviors people engage in while learning a topic or experiencing a space
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
Privilege & oppression
Critical Whiteness & Race Theory
Global perspectives (global south)
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
August 2018 - July 2021
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
Undergraduate Mentoring (2020)
Evaluation (Expect Spring 2021)
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
Research Assistant in Educational Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction
Research Scientist at Trees Atlanta
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2018)
APA Division 34 Science at Sunset Poster Competition Nominee (2018)
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
January 2014 - May 2016
Research Assistant in Educational Psychology, Science Education, and Neuropsychology
Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award in Educational Psychology, GSU (2016)
Outstanding B.I.S.in Human Learning and Development Student Award, GSU (2016)