Christine Hancock (fd5388)

University information

Title: Assistant Professor
Unit: Teacher Education
Department: College of Education

Contact information


College of Education

Phone: 313-577-9168
Degrees and Certifications:
  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
    • Specialization: Early Childhood Unified
  • M.A., Early Childhood Studies, Boise State University, Boise, ID
  • B.A., English, Phi Beta Kappa, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Responsibilities:

I am a faculty member in Early Childhood Education in the Teacher Education Division, and engage in research, teaching, and service related to inclusive early childhood and early childhood special education. 

Title: Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education
Office Hours:

Office Hours: By Appointment

Biography:

My experiences in and out of the classroom have been framed by my belief in the importance of equity and the role of high-quality, inclusive education in promoting equitable outcomes for children and families from marginalized and multiply-marginalized backgrounds, particularly families of color and families experiencing poverty. These commitments stem from my six years as a preschool teacher in a variety of inclusive settings in Arizona and Idaho.

Office Location:

295 Education Bldg.

Area of Expertise:
  • Inclusive Early Childhood Education
  • Family-Early Educator Partnerships
  • Decision-Making Discourse
Research Interests:

My scholarship focuses on promoting equitable family partnerships in inclusive early childhood contexts, with particular emphasis on families from marginalized and multiply-marginalized backgrounds. I investigate how families and early educators communicate as they make decisions about young children’s learning and development, and how early educators reflect on decision-making. Drawing on sociocultural and discourse theory, I implement a mixed methods approach to qualitatively and quantitatively analyze detailed transcripts of decision-making interactions. I also partner with early educators in video analysis of their practice with families, fostering reflection that can contribute to more equitable decision-making with all families.

Awards:
  • 2023: College of Education Faculty Innovation Award, with A. L. Miller and P. Arya, for the research project CyCLE: Collaboratively Co-Designed Literacy Experiences
  • 2020: American Educational Research Association Family, School, and Community Partnerships Special Interest Group Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2nd place

 

Grants:
  • Hancock, C. L. (2023). CyCLE: Collaboratively Co-Designed Literacy Experiences. Bridge Funding. Office of the Vice President for Research & College of Education, Wayne State University. Co-Principal Investigators A. L. Miller & P. Arya. $8,000.
  • Hancock, C. L. (2022). CyCLE: Collaboratively Co-Designed Literacy Engagement. Social Sciences Research Support Program, Wayne State University. Principal Investigator. Co-Principal Investigators A. L. Miller & P. Arya. $10,000.
  • Hancock, C. L. (2021). Project RED: Reflecting on Equitable Decisions. Early On Center for Higher Education Faculty Grant, Clinton County Regional Educational Services Agency. $7,000. Principal Investigator.
  • Hancock, C. L. (2020). Project DECIDE: Parent and Home Visitor Decision-Making to Enhance Development of Children Experiencing Poverty. University Research Grant Program, Wayne State University. $10,000. Principal Investigator.

 

Community Engagement Activities:

Recent Service to the Field

  • Member, Research Committee, Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2020-present
  • Member, Editorial Board of Young Exceptional Children, 2019-present
  • Guest Reviewer
    • Journal of Early Intervention, 2022-present
    • Equity & Excellence in Education, 2022-present
    • Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 2020-present
    • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019-present
    • International Journal of Inclusive Education, 2017-present

Recent Service to the Community

  • Member, Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Early Childhood General and Special Education (Birth–Kindergarten) Content Advisory Committee, 2022
  • Member, Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Early Childhood General and Special Education (Birth–Kindergarten) Content Advisory Committee, 2021
  • Member, Review Team for the Michigan Department of Education Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Early Childhood General and Special Education (Birth-Kindergarten), 2019
  • Education Advocate, Families Together, Inc. Parent Training and Information Center, 2017-2019
    • Served as legal educational decision-maker for children with disabilities in the custody of the State of Kansas
Presentations:

Recent Refereed National or International Presentations

  • Hancock, C. L. (2023, November). Engaging early interventionists in reflection on decision-making. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Minneapolis, MN. (Refereed)
  • Hancock, C. L. (2023, November). Any questions? Rethinking communication for decision-making with families. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Minneapolis, MN. (Refereed)
  • Hancock, C. L. (2022, September). Power, paperwork, and decision-making with families during home visits. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Chicago, IL.
  • Hancock, C. L. (2022, September). Cultivating early interventionists’ reflection on decision-making with families. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Chicago, IL.
  • Hancock, C. L. (2022, April). Ideologies of poverty and implications for partnerships with families during home visits. Presentation at the International Conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Hancock, C. L., Morgan, C. W., & Holly Jr., J. (2021, September). DisCrit classroom ecology: Re-Envisioning practice in preschool settings. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Online conference.
  • Hancock, C. L. (2021, September). In search of shared decision-making by families and home visitors. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Online conference.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2021, January). Perceptions of poverty and implications for partnerships during home visits. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Online conference.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2021, January). Agree to disagree: Listen for family resistance to foster shared decisions. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Online conference.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2019, October). Decision-making by families and early educators during Early Head Start home visits. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Dallas, TX.
  • Hancock, C. L., & Cheatham, G. A. (2019, October). Beyond open-ended questions: Reflecting on discourse to promote shared decision-making. Presentation at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood, Dallas, TX.

 

Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Hancock, C. L. (2022). Power and partnerships: Families, educators, and implications for school leaders. In C. O’Brien, W. R. Black, A. B. Danzig (Eds.), Who decides? Power, disability, and education administration (pp. 515-542). Information Age.
  • Hancock, C. L., Beneke, M. R., & Cheatham, G. A. (2017). Discourse during IEP decision-making: Saying, doing, and being with families from diverse backgrounds. In C. M. Trivette and B. Keilty (Eds.), Knowing families, tailoring practice, building capacity: DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series 3 (pp. 75-84). Washington, DC: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood.

 

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