Meet the team

Editorial Team


Dr. Kathleen Burriss - Senior Editor

Dr. Kathleen Burriss is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education. Dr. Burriss teaches courses in qualitative research, policy, and frames her instruction in problem-based learning. Dr. Burriss received her B.A. and M.S. in Elementary Education from the SUNY Colleges of Fredonia and Buffalo respectively. After 15 years as a kindergarten teacher, Dr. Burriss graduated from Arizona State University in 1992 with an Ed.D. in Early Childhood. Her research interests explore children’s play and outdoor physical activity.

Dr. James Hoot

James L. Hoot, PhD, is a Professor at the Department of Learning and Instruction at State University of New York at Buffalo. His primary research interest is focused on issues concerning early childhood education globally. Dr Hoot is a member of the Executive Board of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP USA) and has served two terms as President of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).

Dr. Kathleen Fite

Dr. Kathleen Fite is a consultant, researcher, writer, and educator. She serves on the Advisory Council for the prestigious Gesell Institute for Child Development and is a Gesell International Ambassador. She has served on the Board for the Association for Childhood Education International and is also an Ambassador for the Decade for Childhood. Currently a professor at Texas State University-San Marcos, she has worked in preschool through doctoral level education. 

Dr. Patricia Crawford

Patricia A. Crawford is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, with appointments in the Early Childhood Education and Language, Literacy, and Culture programs.  She also serves as the associate chair for the Department of Instruction and Learning.  A former kindergarten and primary grades teacher, Dr. Crawford now works with aspiring and practicing teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her research situates literacy learning as a social practice and focuses on the ways in which social, emotional, and cultural issues intersect with early literacy, children’s literature, and teacher education.  Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education Journal, Childhood Education, Young Children, Language Arts, Reading Horizons, and the Journal of Reading Education.  She currently serves as the co-chair of the Publications Committee of the Association for Childhood Education International.

Dr. Sandra Stone

Dr. Sandra J. Stone, a well-known author and speaker, is Professor Emeritus at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Stone’s publications and research focus on multiage education, play, and literacy. She has worked extensively with schools and teachers internationally. She has been past editor for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education and for columns in the journal Childhood Education. She serves on editorial boards for several international research journals. 

Dr. Christine Chen

Dr. Christine Chen is the Founder President of the Association for Child Care Educators (ACCE) and Founder and current President of the Association for Early Childhood Educators (AECES). Dr. Chen received her BA in Social Work from the University of Singapore, continued with her Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education, New York City and the Doctor of Education from the George Washington University. Inernationally, she is the Director (2014-12016) at Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), President (2015-1017), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and Deputy Chairwoman (2014-2019) of the Asia-Pacific Preschool Education Association. She represents Singapore in the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) and serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Early Childhood Education and the International Journal of Early Childhood Education and Care. She is also a Member of the Advisory Board of IndoCare – Indonesia Centre for Autism Resource and Expertise and has done voluntary work in Vietnam with the National College of Education, Hanoi through the Singapore International Foundation.