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Katherine Evans has been an Assistant Professor of Education at EMU since 2011. She teaches courses in special education and educational theory and is particularly interested in school and classroom climates, school discipline procedures, and the ways in which restorative justice is applied to educational contexts. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where her dissertation research employed phenomenological interviews with middle school students about their experiences with in-school suspension. Prior to graduate school, Evans was a middle and high school special educator for students identified as having learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Her research, teaching, and scholarship focus on ways in which teachers participate in creating more just and equitable educational opportunities for all students, including those with disability labels, those who exhibit challenging behavior, and those who are marginalized for a variety of reasons.
While at EMU, Evans has been active in furthering the field of Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) both through scholarship and teaching and by working collaboratively with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding to develop an interdisciplinary concentration in RJE within the current Masters in Education degree program. Beginning in the Fall of 2014, the EMU Education Department began offering both a concentration and a certificate in RJE. For more information, please refer to the website: http://www.emu.edu/maed/restorative-justice/
Evans has published several articles and book chapters related to zero tolerance policies, restorative justice, and school discipline practices and regularly presents at professional conferences. Most recently, she and Dr. Dorothy Vaandering published The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education through Skyhorse Publishing. She is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. In addition, she is involved in local organizations that are promoting restorative justice in Harrisonburg and in Virginia.
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research (2011)
Concentration: Applied Educational Psychology/Human Learning and Development
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
B.S. in Secondary Education
Major: Special Education; Minor: Sociology
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Evans, K. R., & Vaandering, D. (September 2016). The little book of restorative justice in education. New York: Skyhorse Publishing.
Evans, K. R. & Lester, J. N. (2013). Restorative justice in education: What we know so far. Middle School Journal, 44(5), 57-63.
Evans, K. R. (2013). Doing time in ISS: A performance of school discipline. In R. Gabriel & J. N. Lester (Eds.), Performances of research: Critical issues in K-12 education. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Evans, K. R., & Lester, J. N. (2012). Zero tolerance: Moving the conversation forward. Intervention in Schools and Clinics. 48(2), 108-114.
Evans, K. R., & Lester, J. N. (2012). Disturbing distractions: Speaking back to racialized school discipline practices. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies,12(3), 217-221.
Broemmel, A. & Evans, K. R. (2011). Listening to teachers: Experiences of Success for All teachers. Journal of School Connections, 3(1), 63-90.
Evans, K. R., Lester, J., & Broemmel, A. (2010). Talking back to scripted curricula: A critical performance ethnography with teachers’ collective narratives. Power and Education, 2(2), 183-196.
Evans, K. R. & Lester, J. N. (2010). Classroom management and discipline: Responding to the needs of young adolescents. Middle School Journal, 41(3), 54-61.
Lester, J. N. & Evans, K. R. (2009). Instructors’ experiences of collaborative teaching: Building something bigger. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20(3), 373-382.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
Evans, K. R. (March 2017). Plugging the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Panelist at the annual spring symposium of the University of Miami School of Law Race and Social Justice Law Review. Miami, Florida.
Haraway, D., & Evans, K. R. (February 2017). Restorative Justice Comes of Age. Presentated at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association. Richmond, Virginia.
Evans, K. R. (July 2016). Promoting Access, Equity, and Engagement through Restorative Justice in Education. Keynote presentation at the NYCASE Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Evans, K. R. (July 2016). Promoting Access, Equity, and Engagement through Restorative Justice in Education: Continuing the Conversation. Breakout session at the NYCASE Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY.
Stutzman-Amstutz, L., & Evans, K. R. (June 2016). Restorative Justice and LGBTQ Exclusion: Can We Make it Right? Presented at the Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference. Conrad Grebel University, Waterloo, Ontario.
Evans, K. R., Vaandering, D., Wadhwa, A., & Morrison, B. (June 2016). Restorative justice in education: Beyond practice to a critical praxis. Presented at the Zehr Institute Restorative Justice in Motion Conference. Harrisonburg, VA.
Praill, S., Bacon, J., Evans, K.R., & Boshart, K. (June 2016). Restorative justice in Harrisonburg: Creating a citywide collaboration with police, universities, attorneys and a local non‐profit. Presented at the Zehr Institute Restorative Justice in Motion Conference. Harrisonburg, VA.
Evans, K. R. (May 2016). The transformative potential of restorative justice in education. Presented at the 23rd Annual IU13 Education Conference. Lancaster, PA.
Lehman, B., Evans, K. R., & Hill, C. J. (February 2016). Writing ourselves: Teaching and learning to a more social justice stance. Presented at the Penn Graduate School of Education Ethnography in Education Research Forum. Philadelphia, PA.
Evans, K. R. (February 2016). Practicing reconciliation in the classroom through restorative justice practices. Presentation at the Mennonite Educators Conference. Leesburg, VA.
Evans, K. R., & Armstrong, S. A. (February 2016). Differentiating in the classroom: Celebrating the Imago Dei in all of our students. Presentation at the Mennonite Educators Conference. Leesburg, VA.
Evans, K. R., & Myers, K. (August 2015). Restorative justice and vulnerable youth. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the State Operated Programs of Virginia. Roanoke, VA.
Evans, K. R. (February 2015). Cultural awareness and responsiveness: An open discussion through literature. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators. Phoenix, AZ.
Evans, K. R. (May 2014). Research presentations as opportunities to promote Anabaptist ideals. Paper presented at the Marpeck-Mennonite Education Association Annual Conference. Conrad-Grable College.
Brown, M. A., & Evans, K. R. (June 2014). Incorporating restorative justice and relational pedagogy into teacher education programs: Strategies for building peaceful classroom communities. Paper presented at the International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Lester, J.N., & Evans, K. R. (April 2014). An historical account of the construction of zero tolerance in print media. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.
Lehman, B.L., & Evans, K. R. (March 2014). Preparing teacher candidates to be advocates for educational justice. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. Indianapolis, IN.
Evans, K. R. & Vogel, H. W. (August 2013). Doing Time in ISS: A Performance of School Discipline. Session presented at The Edge Conference. Memorial University, St. John’s Newfoundland.
Evans, K. R. (April 2013). Doing Time in ISS. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.
Evans, K. R. (August 2012). Can mandated in-school suspension serve as a context for restorative approaches to discipline? Session presented at the 15th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Evans, K. R. (April 2012). Relationships between teachers and suspended students: The students’ perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, BC.
Evans, K. R. (April 2011). Excluded students’ experience with in-school suspension. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
Seeley, J., & Evans, K. R. (January 2011). Using circle processes to sustain a supportive working environment in a human service field. Presented at the 7th Annual International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Hamilton, New Zealand.
Evans, K. R., Broemmel, A., & Lester, J. N. (May 2010). Talking back to scripted curricula: A critical performance ethnography with teachers’ collective narratives. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Denver, CO.
Greenberg, K., Lester, J., Evans, K., & Oreshkina, M. (February 2010). What is the place of qualitative inquiry in cognitive education? Contributions to research and practice. Symposium presented at the regional meeting of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology. San Diego, CA.
Evans, K. R. (October 2009). What makes restorative discipline restorative? An interactive dialogue around the underlying values of restorative education. Session presented at the 12th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Evans, K. R. (June 2016). Principles and practices of restorative justice in education. Presented at the EMU RJE Academy. Harrisonburg, VA.
Rhodes, G., & Evans, K. R. (June 2015). Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience Two-Day workshop at the International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Evans, K. R. & Vogel, H. W. (April 2013). A Night of Educational Improv. Workshop with EMU students and faculty to act out and discuss discipline in K-12 schools and the use of theater to address social justice concerns. Eastern Mennonite University.
Evans, K. R. (August 2012). Teacher Professional Development: Classroom Climate and Restorative Justice. Presented with the faculty at El Arca Christian School. Bogota, Columbia.
Mullet, J., & Evans, K. R. (June 2012). Conflict resolution in educational contexts. Workshop presented for the Administrative Leadership Institute of the Content Teaching Academy. James Madison University.
Evans, K. R. & Lester, J. N. (June 2009). Classroom discipline that fosters responsibility: What does the research say? Workshop conducted by Kathy Evans at the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools (TAMS) Summer Conference. Sevierville, TN.
Evans, K. R. & Lester J. N. (October 2008). Using questioning to help students develop self-regulated learning. Workshop conducted at the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools (TAMS) Annual Drive-In Conference, West End Middle School. Nashville, TN.
Church, Community and Professional Service
Harrisonburg RJ Coalition, Steering Committee
American Educational Research Association: Conference Session Chair, Reviewer
International Conflict Resolution Education Conference, Planning Committee
Virginia Alliance for Restorative Justice Practitioners, Board Member
Community Organization to Address Bullying in Schools, Committee Member
FairField Center, Board Member
Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum, Editorial Board Member and Reviewer
Invited Speaker, Restorative Justice in Education, Washington State University
Invited Speaker, Classroom Assessment, Washington State University
Honors, Awards and Grants
2016 (Funded). Release time for completing The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education. Evans, K. R., Principle Investigator. Eastern Mennonite University: 3 semester hours release time.
2015 (Funded). Introducing Restorative Justice in Schools and Communities: Taking Steps to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline. Kellogg Foundation grant. D. Byler and J. Turner Co-PIs. $60,623.
2015 (Funded). Restorative justice in education: Beyond practice to a critical praxis. Bowen Island Retreat. SSHRC Funded, Memorial University. Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison Co-Principle Investigators. $14,992.
2013-2014 (Funded). Partnership with Rockingham County Schools to promote the use of Assistive Technology. Leaman, L. H. & Evans, K. R., Co-Principle Investigators. $500.
2012-2013 (Funded). Release time for research and writing of a book on Restorative Justice in Educational Contexts. Evans, K. R., Principle Investigator. Eastern Mennonite University: 6 semester hours release time.
Certifications and Licenses
Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Current Texas Teaching License: Grades 4-12 General Special Education
Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ)
Virginia Association of Community and Restorative Justice (VACRJ)
New Courses Taught
EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education
EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes in Education
EDDS 511 Foundations and Procedural Issues in Special Education
ED 401 Foundations of Education
ED 232 Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (PreK-6)
ED 251 Learning, Motivation, and Assessment (6-12)
ED 252 Learning, Motivation, and Assessment PFE
ED 301 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
ED 361 Special Methods PFE
EDS 332 Adapting Curriculum for Exceptional Learners
EDS 371 Evaluation and Planning in Special Education
EDS 401 Supporting Positive Classroom Behavior
EDS 451 Educational Foundations and Special Education Law
EDCI 541 Supporting Positive Classroom Behaviors
EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change
EDSP699B Constructivism as Transformative Pedagogy
Assessment Coordinator, Department of Education
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Member
MLK Day Planning Committee
Committee Chair for discussing MA in Ed/RJE
Co-Sponsor, Safe Space
EMU representative at The Justice Conference, Philadelphia
Assistant Faculty Advisor, Assistive Technology Club
Member, Committee on Teacher Education (COTE)
Panel Member, Bullying in K-12 Education