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Dayna DeFeo

Director of CAEPR, Research Assistant Professor of Education Policy
Work Phone: 907-786-5494

Biography

Research: College and career readiness; Teacher turnover, supply & demand

  • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, New Mexico State University, 2011
  • MA in Education, New Mexico State University, 2005
  • BA in Spanish, Rutgers University, 2002

Dr. Dayna DeFeo joined ISER in 2014 and is currently a research assistant professor and the director of the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research. She holds a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction form New Mexico State University. Dr. DeFeo’s primary research interests include college and postsecondary transitions, particularly in the career and technical fields and for underrepresented populations; teacher turnover, supply, and demand; and representation and hegemony in the curriculum and institutional systems.

Notes

Recent Publications:

  • DeFeo, D. J., & Tran, T. C. (2019). Recruiting, hiring, and training Alaska’s rural teachers: How superintendents practice place-conscious leadership. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 35(2), 1-17.
  • DeFeo, D. J., Berman, M., & Hirshberg, D. (2018). Statute and implementation: How phantom policies affect tenure value and support. Educational Policy, 1-27.
  • DeFeo, D.J., Hirshberg, D., & Hill, L. (2018). It’s more than just dollars: Problematizing salary as the sole mechanism for recruiting and retaining teachers in rural Alaska. Alaska Native Studies Journal 4(1).
  • DeFeo, D. J., Bonin, D. & Ossiander-Gobeille, M. (2017). Waiting and help-seeking in the math lab. Journal of Developmental Education 40(3), 14-22.

Recent ISER Reports:

  • DeFeo, D. J., & Tran, T. (2019). Dual enrollment in Alaska: A 10 year retrospective and outcome analysis (Report No. 1754). Anchorage, AK: Center for Alaska Education Policy Research.
  • DeFeo, D. J. (2017). Early college placement testing: Outcomes and impacts of the Early ACCUPLACER partnership (Report No. 1635). Anchorage, AK: Center for Alaska Education Policy Research.
  • DeFeo, D. J., Tran, T. C., Hirshberg, D., Cope, D., & Cravez, P. (2017). The cost of teacher turnover in Alaska (Report No. 1634). Anchorage, AK: Center for Alaska Education Policy Research.
  • Hirshberg, D., Berman, M., DeFeo, D. J. & Hill, L. (2015). Salary & benefits schedule and teacher tenure study (Report No. 1584). Anchorage, AK: Center for Alaska Education Policy Research.

Current Research Projects:

  • Transforming Introductory Biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage (TIBUAA)
    National Science Foundation – Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE)
    In collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage Biological Sciences Department
    Transform non-majors introductory biology curriculum to active and inquiry-based models, and research how these pedagogical modifications enhance gains in science literacy.
  • Drone Research and Opportunities for Native Elementary Students (DRONES)
    National Science Foundation – Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
    In collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute
    Develop a place-based and culturally relevant science curriculum to engage rural Alaska Native students in STEM, and research the efficacy and transferability of the project.
  • NExT survey of education graduates
    In collaboration with the University of Alaska College of Education
    Survey incoming, graduating, in-service teacher alumni, and employers to assess and support teacher education programs in Alaska.

Current Research Projects:

  • Compete to Complete Title III grant
    US Department of Education Title III
    In collaboration with the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus
    Evaluate grant activities intended to support student success and college transitions of high-need and nontraditional student populations.
  • Central Yu’Pik College & Career Readiness Project
    US Department of Education Native Youth Community Engagement Program
    In collaboration with EXCEL Alaska
    Evaluate grant activities intended to engage communities, industry, and postsecondary institutions to support college and workforce transitions for rural and Native Alaska youth.

Curriculum Vitae: Dayna DeFeo’s Vita (PDF, 311KB)