Education Experts

Judson Laughter

Assistant Professor of English Education

Judson Laughter is the advisor for the Track I English Education program. He teaches courses in middle grades English language arts methods.


David Cihak

Associate Professor

Cihak is an associate professor and program coordinator of the Special Education and Educational Technology Program at UT. His work regards remedying classroom-based problems associated with academic and social/behavioral problems of children and adolescents with severe disabilities and autism.


Jo Ann Cady

Associate Professor

Jo Ann Cady specializes in elementary and middle school mathematics education.


Sherry M. Bell

Professor of Special Education, Department Head of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

Sherry M. Bell’s research interests include effective assessment and instructional practices, giftedness and learning disabilities, teacher education, and attribution theory.


David Dupper

Professor of Social Work

David Dupper is a nationally renowned bullying expert and is interested in enhancing the educational success of students who are at-risk of school failure by focusing on factors that contribute to school exclusion.


Ashleigh Huffman

Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, Assistant Director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

Ashleigh Huffman is the founding assistant director of the UT Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. A clinical assistant professor, she specializes in using sport for development and peace, with a focus on sport-based service-learning, local community development, and building global peace through sport-based initiatives. Her work has an emphasis on women’s empowerment.


Sarah J. Hillyer

Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, Director of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society

Sarah Hillyer is the founding director of the UT Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. She is a professor who specializes in sport for development and peace, with a focus on women’s empowerment, local community development, and building global peace through sport-based initiatives.


Jeffrey T. Fairbrother

Director of Motor Behavior Laboratory, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies

Jeff Fairbrother is the director of the university’s Motor Behavior Lab. His research examines factors that influence motor performance and learning, and the nature of skilled movements


Susan Benner

Associate Dean of Professional Licensure, Director of the Graduate School of Education, Professor of Early Childhood Special Education

Susan Benner has been an institutional representative to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education for many years and is the past president of the Tennessee Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.


Brian Barber

Professor of Child and Family Studies, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict

Brian Barber is the founding director of the university’s Center for the International Study of Youth and Political Violence and a professor specializing in the study of adolescent development in the context of political conflict, with a focus on youth from the Gaza Strip, Palestine, and Sarajevo.