Professor and Interim Dean
Dr. Renée Jefferson is Professor and Interim Dean for The Zucker Family School of Education. Prior to joining The Citadel, Dr. Jefferson taught in the College of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina and the School of Information at San José State University. A former academic librarian, Dr. Jefferson was Head of Reference Services at California State University, San Bernardino and Senior Assistant Librarian at California State University, Long Beach. She completed a four year internship in the Research and Statistics Division at American College Testing (ACT) in Iowa City, IA.
Dr. Jefferson received her B.S. in Statistics and Masters in Library & Information from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the Iowa Testing Program at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Jefferson teaches graduate courses in applied measurement techniques and data collection and analysis. She spent a semester teaching action research in the School of Information at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Jefferson then developed experiential opportunities for education students to study abroad, taking them to Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the University of London. Her research interests include action research theory and applications, practitioner research, critical thinking, and virtual learning. Dr. Jefferson served as guest editor for the New Review of Academic Librarianship 2014 issue Action Research: Theories and Applications published by Taylor & Francis.
Office: Capers Hall 306B
Ph.D. in Educational Measurement and Statistics, Iowa Testing Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, California State University, Long Beach
M.L.I.S. in Library & Information Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
B.S. in Statistics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Action Research Theory
Teacher as Researcher
K-12/College Partnerships to help students with learning difficulties
Graham, T., Jefferson, R. N., Jocius, R., Lanier, S., & Nosbich, J. (2017, February). Multidimensional Mentoring: College Students Supporting Middle & High School Students with LD. Learning Disabilities Association International Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Wallace, E., & Jefferson, R. N. (2015). Developing critical thinking skills: Assessing the effectiveness of workbook exercises. Journal of Learning and Teaching, 12(2), 101-108.
Jefferson, R. N. (2014). Action research: Theories and applications. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 20(2), 91-116.
Jefferson, R. N. (2009). Parametric statistics. In B. T. Erford (Ed.), The ACA encyclopedia of counseling. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.