Meet Our Officers

The Curriculum Theory Graduate Student Collaborative (CTGSC) is a diverse group of students pursuing a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction or Educational Leadership & Research. They travel the world, make connections, and impact their communities—they are the future of education.

Officers in the Graduate Student Collaborative come from various backgrounds and focus their research and studies in a wide range of fields. They love history, music, science, and more. Below are the Collaborative's current officers.

 

JASON BOWERS

Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in music education (B.M.E.) and a master’s degree in music
(M.M.) with an emphasis on choral conducting from Louisiana State University. He is currently
pursuing a PhD in music education from Louisiana State University while serving as Instructor
of Music Education in the department. Prior to his work at LSU, he taught in public schools in
the Houston and Baton Rouge areas for nine years, focusing primarily on secondary choral music education. Other experience includes teaching private voice and piano, directing church choirs, and facilitating workshops.

 

My favorite Quote:
The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.--Robert Swan

 

 

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SHAHID HUSSAIN

I am a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction. I have two Master’s degree in education, one from Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan with a concentration in Teacher Education, and the other one from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a concentration in Curriculum Studies. My general research interests lie in continental philosophy and French Critical Theory. I am particularly interested in Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze & Guattari to better understand Poststructuralism and its critique of humanism. I began my career in Pakistan as a Secondary School Teacher in 2007, and later in 2011, I switched to Teacher Education. I was teaching pedagogy at the Provincial Institute for Teacher Education Quetta, Balochistan before I joined LSU as a graduate student in 2015.

 

My favorite quote:

“It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life had to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear, on the contrary, that it will be lived all better if it has no meaning.”

Albert Camus

 

 

 

JULIE PARRISH

I am doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy Studies. Before moving to Baton Rouge in 2016, I finished my 25th year in public education in Texas with experience as a special education teacher, elementary teacher, reading specialist, and language arts/early childhood coordinator. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas- Austin and master’s degree from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. I am interested in researching how young children and their teachers negotiate the complex task of learning to read and write.

My favorite quote: 

“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” Paulo Freire

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LINDSAY M. STEWART

Lindsay Stewart is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum Theory Project Graduate program at Louisiana State University’s College of Human Science and Education. Lindsay hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in the Arts of Teachers, both from LSU. After teaching fifth grade literacy, Lindsay returned to LSU to explore the role that literacy plays in the development and community growth of adolescents. Specifically, she is interested in examining the positive impact provided by of a physical activity-based positive youth development program (PA-PYD). 

My favorite quote:

 “Nothing determines me from outside, not because nothing acts upon me, but, on the contrary, because I am from the start outside myself and open to the world.” - Maurice Merleau-Ponty

 

 

 

 

CHAU VU
I am a second year doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction, CHSE, LSU. I got my Bachelor’s in English Teacher Education, Vietnam National University (Hanoi, Vietnam) and worked there as a lecturer for a while before starting this journey, literally thousands of miles from Home. My inquiry interest is centered on Critical Theory, and my thought has been shaped by the works of Michael Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jurgen Habermas, Gayatri Spivak, among others. Seeing myself as a dash between two educational systems; Vietnamese and American, I tend to get engaged in studies in the field of Curriculum Theory, Intercultural Studies, and Comparative Research in Education.

My favorite quote:

“I don't feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning.” -Michel Foucault

 

 

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SARAH L. WEBB
I am currently a PhD student in English at Louisiana State University with interests in literacy, digital media, race and gender. I previously taught college composition and high school English, managed online content for local news and TV stations, and done freelance writing and editing for blogs, small businesses, and local magazines. I've also spent significant time as a youth mentor and coach for writers and performers. A number of her poems, stories, and essays have been published in various literary outlets. Sarah most recently started blogging for Teaching Tolerance. She also continues to blog, speak, and offer workshops about colorism.

My favorite Quote:

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

 

 

 

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