Dr. Carmen S. Dixon

Assistant Professor of Education

Carmen Dixon comes to Asbury University from 14 years of teaching chemistry and physics in central Ohio. Her research interests include gender and science education, online education, and pre-service teacher education. She has multiple publications, conference presentations, and is the founder of Knox County (Ohio) Girls in Science Day. She has taught adjunct for Ohio University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Olivet Nazarene University. She moved to Wilmore with her dog, and is enjoying life in Kentucky taking riding lessons and playing her flute.


B.A. Ohio University 1999

M.A. Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2008

Ph.D. Ohio University, 2015

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Dixon, C.S. (2015). Building Interview Skills with Different Population Groups. The Qualitative Report. Submitted April 7, 2015.

Dixon, C.S. (2014). The three E’s of online discussion. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 15, 1-8.

Dixon, C. S., & Vosler, M .S. (2013). New Directions Journal. Book review.  Zhao, Y., (2012). World class learners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.


Dixon, C. S. (2014). Hosting Girls in Science Day. Presented at National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) STEM Research Forum, New Orleans, LA.


Dixon, C. S. (2014). Girls in Science Day. Presented at the International Women’s Day Festival, Ohio University, Athens, OH.


Dixon, C.S. (2013). Girls in Science Day 2013. Presented at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Mathematics and Science Teaching Research Symposium, Ohio University, Athens, OH.


Ohio University Women’s Center Brown Bag Lunch, Presented: “Opportunities for Women in STEM Careers starting with Middle School.”


Ohio University Teacher Education PhD Seminar, Ohio University, Presented “Writing your Dissertation,” to doctoral students.


Ohio University Teacher Education “Writing to Publish” class, Ohio University. Presented: “Writing to Publish: Tips and Tricks.”


Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Scholars (January 2015) Presented “Science Teaching: Pedagogy and Classroom Management” to Ohio Science Teachers.


2014    "Women Today and Yesterday," hosted by Lois Whealy, Athens public television station. Taped Tuesday, March 25th, 2014.

Current research/scholarship: 

Working with Drs. John Henning and Krisanna Machtmes in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University interviewing pre-service teachers about their experiences in field placement. This is a nationwide project in multiple Education colleges.  Completed 35 interviews with all research participants.  Data will be analyzed and presented at national research conferences.

"What is the Impact of a pre-service science education degree at a faith-based university compared to a secular univeristy?"  A grant based on a mixed-methods study investigating the impact of a faith-based education on a science education student. Science Education students and professors will be surveyed and interviewed at a faith-based university and a seculary university. The results will be analyzed, tracked, and patterned.

Honors chemistry students teaching fifth grade students science: How does cross-age teaching impact BOTH groups of students?


Grant recipient of over $12,000.00 in funding for various projects.

Founded “Girls in Science Day” in Knox County, Ohio. Assessed need for and founded a unique daylong program for middle school girls in Knox County to participate in science-based, hands-on activities to encourage their attitudes and interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields. Obtained support from county school district administrators and procured multiple grants from Ohio state funding agencies for the GIS program. Partnered with several local businesses and organizations to procure donations, expertise, and equipment for the GIS program. Managed resources and developed the program from conception to execution and eventual expansion to other middle schools in Ohio.

Reviewer: School Science and Mathematics Association Journal (SSMA), 2016. Reviewed articles for submission to journal.

Reviewer: National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), 2013.Reviewed proposals for presentation at national conference.

2014    Non-Dissertation research award, $1,000.00 for “Mentoring Girls in Science,” a program where Ohio University STEM education students pair up with middle school girls interested in science careers.

2014    Women’s Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH. $250.00 for traveling to LA to present research on “Girls in Science Day.”

2014    Ohio University Patton College of Education, $500.00 for traveling to LA to present research on “Girls in Science Day.”


NSTA [National Science Teacher's Association]

KSTA [Kentucky Science Teacher's Association]

SSMA [School Science and Mathematics Association]

AERA [American Educational Reserch Association]

Phi Kappa Phi

Golden Key International Honor Society

Dr. Joe Blackbourn

Professor of Special Education

Dr. Joe Blackbourn is a Professor of Special Education with over 35 years experience as an educator and administrator in both P-12 and higher education.  Before coming to Asbury he served on the faculties of Iowa State University, the University of Memphis, & the University of Mississippi.  Dr.


Ph.D.-Mississippi State University

M.S. in Education-University of Central Missouri

B.S.-Mississippi State University

Additional Graduate Study-University of Kansas

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