Associate Professor & Chair
Doctor of Education, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee 38152. Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, August, 1995.
Master of Science in Education, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas 72035. Reading Specialist – Honor Graduate – August, 1991.
Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas 72035. Elementary Education – Honor Graduate, August, 1986.
Teaching Field Specialization
CHED 4400- Integrated Curriculum, Planning, & Assessment of Learning
CHED 3300- Foundations of Early Childhood Education
ECSE 4320- Principles & Practices of Reading & Writing Strategies
ECSE 4400 Integrated Curriculum, Planning and Assessment of Learning
ECSE 4610-Integrated Curriculum, Planning, & Assessment of Learning
ECSE 4330 Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
ECSE 6374-Integrated Curriculum
ECSE 6386-Principles of Child Development & Learning
MAT 6699-Master of Arts in Teaching Internship
ECSE 6338-Advanced Instructional & Assessment Strategies for Young Children
EDUC 1300-Education as a Profession
MAT 6312-Child & Adolescent Development
MAT 6302-Models of Teaching
MSIT 3310-Learning & Development
MSIT 4312 – Strategies for Reading and Writing Assessment and Instruction
Research Interests and Areas
Gallavan, N., and Benson, T. R., (in press). Getting on the same PAGE: Expanding student support services to increase candidate success and educator accountability. In R. Flessner & D. R. Lecklider’s (Eds.) The Power of Clinical Preparation in Teacher Education, Rowman & Littlefield Education in association with the Association of Teacher Educators.
Benson, T. R., & Cotabish, A. (2014-accepted). Virtual bugs: An innovative peer coaching intervention to improve the instructional behaviors of teacher candidates. Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Journal. Fall/Winter.
Benson, T. R. (September, 2012). 10 Things I Never Knew about Being an Academic Chair: Lessons Learned from Year One in Administration. Academic Leader. Magna Publications.
Phelps, P. H.., & Benson, T. R. (2012). Teachers with a passion for the profession. Action in Teaching Education, 34 (1), 65-76.
Reading intervention strategies, specifically dyslexia training; leadership and its impact on quality teacher education programs and K-12 schools, instructional technology, specifically Bug-In-Ear approach to coaching and internship supervision, outreach programs that connect UCA teacher education students and positively benefit K-12 at-risk learners, and excellence in teaching, including service learning.