Dr. Teresa Crawford joined the faculty of the Department of Elementary & Bilingual Education in 1999 after earning her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her past experience as an educator includes ten years of teaching at the elementary level. Since joining the faculty Dr. Crawford has served in a variety of positions. Dr. Crawford currently serves the College of Education as the Director of Accreditation and Assessment and as the Director of the Center for Creativity for Critical Thinking. Prior to her appointment in these roles, she worked in the Department of Elementary & Bilingual Education as the Program Coordinator, a Block Leader, and a professor of multiple courses in both the Credential and Master’s programs. Her fields of expertise include foundations of education, science education, research methods, and assessment. Dr. Crawford’s scholarly research focuses on investigating the role of discourse processes in teaching and learning. Much of her research has been published both nationally and internationally in journals such as Teachers College Record, The Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Linguistics and Education, Science Education, The Journal of Classroom Interaction, Action in Teacher Education and Teacher Education Quarterly.