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Reinert Center Fellows
Currently, the Reinert Center has three Faculty Fellows:
Lauren Arend, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education
Lauren Arend earned her B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University. Before pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University, Lauren worked with young children and teachers of young children at the International Child Resource Institute in Berkeley, California. Beyond young children, Lauren's teaching interests include research methods and school and community relations. Lauren's research focuses on early childhood leadership, summer learning, community partnerships, and program evaluation. She has worked as an independent program evaluator for non-profit programs including summer reading programs, arts integration programs, and youth leadership programs.
Elena Bray Speth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology
Mary L. Stephen Faculty Fellow for Scholarly Teaching
Dr. Bray Speth is Assistant Professor of Biology at Saint Louis University. Before coming to SLU in August 2009, she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the DOE-Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University, where she studied the cellular and molecular bases of the interaction between plants and bacterial pathogens. Toward the end of her doctorate, she became interested in biology education research and pursued this interest as a postdoc, sponsored by the Michigan State University Center for Research on College Science Teaching and Learning. At SLU, Elena was hired in the Biology Department to conduct Discipline-Based Education Research. She teaches one large section of Introductory Biology for science majors and a graduate-level course in Scientific Communication. In spring 2013, she will begin teaching biology for education majors. Her work includes undergraduate and graduate students conducting research on college biology teaching and learning. Current work focuses on (a) distributing and scaffolding active and meaningful learning of biology in and out of class; (b) analyzing students' models of complex biological systems; and (c) characterizing students' causal reasoning about biological mechanisms that span multiple levels of organization.
Ken Parker, Ph.D.
Steber Professor in Theological Studies, Theological Studies
Kenneth Parker is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Saint Louis University (1992-present), with a PhD in Divinity from the University of Cambridge (1984) and post-doctoral studies at the University of Fribourg (1987-1990). In recent years his publications have focused on the rise of historical consciousness among the Christian churches (2012), unresolved historiographical tensions in Roman Catholic theological discourse (2013), the influence of Johann Adam Möhler on John Henry Newman's theory of development (2013), and the role of history in Newman's spirituality (2014). He and his dissertation students have seven essays appearing in three Oxford University Press volumes in 2014 and 2015. His current book project, on Archbishops Francis and Peter Kenrick, explores their roles in the debates over papal authority in the nineteenth century Roman Catholic Church. Four students have finished dissertations under his direction since 2009, and he currently directs eight dissertation students on topics in Newman studies, as well as projects on Angelique Arnauld, Jean Danielou, Urs von Balthasar, Vincent Lebbe, and Catherine Doherty. He received the 2013 Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring.