Dissertation Workshop Faculty

Dr. Glenda Prime
Chair, Advanced Studies and Leadership Policy

Dr.  Glenda Prime holds the Ph.D. in Education from the University of the West Indies, an M.A. in Education, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Science Education, and the B.S. in Chemistry and Biology. She has had almost two decades of teaching experience in the graduate preparation of science teachers. She is a science educator and researcher and has published numerous articles in refereed journals in science and technology education and most recently has published a book chapter on technology education. Her work has received international recognition and she has been an invited speaker at several national and international scholarly meetings. Dr. Prime has had extensive leadership experience and currently leads the Ed. D. programs in science and mathematics education at MSU, and was responsible for the development of the Master's programs in mathematics and science education. At present she is the chair of the Department of Advanced Study, Leadership, and Policy.





Dr. Roni Ellington
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education

Mathematics Education Professor and  STEM education scholar and mentor, Dr. Roni Ellington has authored several scholarly articles on STEM education, parental involvement, and successfully navigating the STEM pipeline, particularly for minority students. Her research has been featured in The Negro Educational Review and CBE-Life Sciences Education, Equity and Quality in Mathematics Education and Progress in Education, Volume II and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem Based Learning. Ellington has presented her research at various national and local conferences including the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She has been one of the facilitators of  the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership  and Policy’s dissertation workshop for the past four years. In this workshop students report  that working with Dr. Ellington has made a tremendous difference in the way they think about their scholarship, their ability to conceptualize research and finish their dissertation more efficiently. She brings a commitment to supporting students in becoming scholars and helping them develop the skills to create thoughtful research.




Dr. Benjamin Welsh
Associate Professor, Higher Education and Urban Educational Leadership

Dr. Welsh joined the faculty of Advanced Studies, Leadership, and Policy in the spring of 2009. Prior to that, he served as associate professor of teacher education at Alfred University and Keuka College and assistant professor of educational foundations at Ball State University. Related positions that he has held include developmental English instructor at the Community College of Philadelphia, English teacher at Bartram High School in Philadelphia, and ACT Coordinator at the Philadelphia Job Corps Center. His dissertation focused on the research methods of the early educational researchers who were part of Stanford University’s founding faculty. Other teaching and research interests include white studies, multicultural education, the history of education, analytic philosophy of education, and the long term impact of social Darwinism on our public schools.