Child Development Faculty
Kathryn Summers Clark, professor of human environmental sciences and coordinator for the child development program, has been on the Meredith faculty since 1992.
Clark completed postgraduate work in Maternal and Child Health in the Division of Physical Therapy at UNC where her work focused on neonatal and premature infant assessment. In addition, she completed an internship in child life at Duke Medical Center (where she currently volunteers) and is certified as a child life specialist (CCLS).
Clark’s varied work experiences include teaching young children in a university-affiliated program, setting up and directing an early intervention program, directing an educational therapy program for an in-patient pediatric rehabilitation program and serving as a developmental specialist at a Developmental Evaluation Center, (now the Children's Developmental Services Agency).
She has held office and been a governing board member for the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and has served as chairperson for the North Carolina Birth through Kindergarten Higher Education Consortium. Clark, along with child development students, has traveled to Sweden and Mongolia to study and to share information about best practice in early childhood.
She was recently appointed by Govenor Easley to the NC Interagency Coordinating Council. In May 2008 she and Ann Noland traveled to Auckland, NZ to present a paper to the World Forum of Teacher Educators.
Degrees Held: B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in human development and family studies, UNC-Greensboro.
Courses Taught: Infant development, curriculum for young children, teaming and collaboration and readings in preschool education and early intervention.
Research Interests: She has published articles on topics of children’s memory and parent-infant assessments.
Contact: Martin 206, (919) 760-8566, email@example.com
Diane Strangis, assistant professor of human environmental sciences, joined the Meredith faculty in 2004.
Strangis was a classroom teacher for 15 years in inclusive programs in Minnesota and Kentucky. Before coming to Meredith, she was a faculty member in the Unified Early Childhood PROTEACH program at the University of Florida for five years. She has published articles in journals such as Childhood Education and Action in Teacher Education. She has served as the secretary-treasurer for the North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten Higher Education Consortium and formerly was the national chair of the Subdivision Committee for the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Degrees Held: B.A. in social work, University of Minnesota, M.S. in individual and family development, Ed.D. in special education with a specialization in early childhood special education, University of Kentucky
Courses Taught: B-K licensure professional and methods courses; B-K field supervisor; courses with service-learning and ethics-intensive threads.
Research Interests: Preservice teacher education, early childhood inclusion, service-learning.
Contact: Martin 208, (919) 760-8568, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Winterhoff, associate professor of human environmental sciences, joined Meredith’s faculty in 1995.
Winterhoff has served as director of general education since 2002. He taught and administered in early childhood settings for fourteen years before pursuing his advanced degrees. He has published as a co-author in the journals Child Development, Social Development, and Human Development, and he has authored a chapter in the Cambridge University Press volume, Comparisons in human development: Understanding time and context (1997).
Degrees Held: B.A. in history and psychology, Duke University, M.S. and Ph.D. in human development and family studies, UNC-Greensboro.
Research Interests: The primary focus of Winterhoff’s current work is undergraduate administration and teaching, while his interests within the discipline include developmental theories, social and cognitive development in the preschool years, and the influence of adults’ organization and structuring of environments on children’s development.
Courses Taught: Preschool administration, observation of young children, the preschool child, and the context of culture.
Contact: Joyner 115B, (919)760-2356, email@example.com
Wayne Matthews, adjunct associate professor of human environmental sciences, joined the Meredith faculty in 2008.
Matthews served as a Human Development and Family Life Specialist for the NC Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University from 1992 to 2008. He served as Family Life Specialist for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service from 1979 to 1992. His areas of program expertise include family dynamics, family strengths, dysfunctional families, family communication, stress management, self-esteem, and other family-related issues. Prior to his career in Extension, Matthews was in full-time ministry for ten years. He has authored numerous publications, has made many presentations at professional conferences at the state, regional, and national levels. He has been active in the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the National Council on Family Relations and their state affiliates. He is credentialed by the National Council on Family Relations as a Certified Family Life Educator.
Degrees Held: Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Harding College, Searcy, Arkansas. Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Family Relations and Child Development from Oklahoma State University.
Courses Taught: Family and Parenting Education (graduate course at NCSU), and CD335, Marriage and Family Relationships.
Contact: Martin 233, (919) 760-8742 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Noland serves as clinical instructor in the child development program. She spent 30 years in a variety of classroom settings, both private and public, serving two year olds to third graders, including 15 years at Raleigh Preschool and 11 years at The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood. Noland has a B.A from Agnes Scott College, a master's in Social Work from the University of Michigan and a master's in Special Education from North Carolina State University. For 15 years she has developed and taught teacher training workshops at Project Enlightenment in Raleigh.
Contact: Martin Hall 233, (919) 760-8743, email@example.com