Associate Professor & Director

Biography

Dr. Mary Alice Varga is an Associate Professor of Educational Research in the Department of Leadership, Research, and School Improvement in the College of Education. She is also the Director of the School Improvement Doctoral Program. Dr. Varga teaches graduate-level courses on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methodology as well as school and classroom assessment. She also serves on doctoral dissertation committees throughout the College of Education. Her primary research focuses on student grief and bereavement. Dr. Varga is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs and serves as an Associate Editor for their College Student Affairs Journal.

Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Biology, Shenandoah University, 2005
  • M.Ed., College Student Personnel, Western Carolina University, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate, Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012
  • Graduate Certificate, Qualitative Research Methods in Education, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012
  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Research, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E01
    • CEPD-8184 (Research Quantitative Analysis) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E19

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • EDSI-9960 (Research Design) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9964 (Advanced Research Seminar) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E19

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • CEPD-8194 (Resch: Mixed Methods Analysis) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E21

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E01
    • CEPD-8184 (Research Quantitative Analysis) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E19

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • EDSI-9960 (Research Design) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9964 (Advanced Research Seminar) Section: E03
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E19

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E01
    • CEPD-8194 (Resch: Mixed Methods Analysis) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E20

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E01
    • CEPD-7185 (Research: Quant. Analysis) Section: E03
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E26

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9960 (Research Design) Section: E01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E26

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E01
    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: E02
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: E25

    Fall 2014 Sections

    • UWG-1101 (First Year Univ. Experience) Section: 23
    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: N01
    • SLPA-6784 (Resrch Meth in Spch-Lang Path) Section: N01
    • CEPD-8184 (Research Seminar I) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation) Section: N25

    Summer 2014 Sections

    • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9960 (Research Design) Section: N01
    • EDSI-9962 (Qualitative Research Methods) Section: N01

    Spring 2014 Sections

    Fall 2013 Sections

    Summer 2013 Sections

    Spring 2013 Sections

  • Publication List

    Varga, M. A. (2017). Grief interactions among emerging adults on college campuses. In A. Copone & V. Parvaresh (Eds.), The pragmeme of accommodation in connection with interaction around the event of death ˆ(pp. 83-94). Springer Publications. [View Publication]

    Pollard, B. L., Varga, M. A., Wheat, L. S., Balentyne, P., & McClam, T. (2017). A quantitative study of graduate counseling student grief experiences. Illness, Crisis, and Loss. Available online at http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/TaybSGsenVHVek4QAfxc/fu

    Balentyne, P. & Varga, M. A. (2017). Attitudes and achievement in a self-paced blended learning mathematics course. Journal of Online Learning Research, ) 3(1), 55-72. [View Publication]

    Whisenhunt, J. L. & Varga, M. A. (2017). Methodological issues. In C. J. Sheperis, J. S. Young, & M. H. Daniels (Eds.), Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (2nd Ed., pp. 58-75). Boston, Ma: Pearson.

    Balentyne, P. & Varga, M. A. (2016). The effects of self-paced blended learning of mathematics. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 35(3), 201-223.

    Varga, M. A. (2015). A quantitative study of graduate student grief experiences. Illness, Crisis, & Loss. doi: 10.1177/1054137315589700 [View Publication]

    Varga, M. D. & Varga, M. A. (2015). Prescription stimulant use by graduate students. Journal of College Student Affairs, 33(1), 124-145. [View Publication]

    Paulus, T. M. & Varga, M. A. (2015). Please know that you are not alone with your pain: Responses to newcomer posts in an online grief support forum. Death Studies, 39(10), 633-640. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2015.1047060 [View Publication]

    Varga, M. A. (2015). Death and dying, Psychology of. In: James D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 5. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 860-864. [View Publication]

    Varga, M. A., McClam, T. M., & Hassane, S. H. (2015). Grief experiences among female American and Arab college students. OMEGA Journal of Death and Dying. doi: 10.1177/0030222815574834 [View Publication]

    McClam, T. & Varga, M.A. (2014). Grieving students in helping professions. Journal of Human Services, 34(1), 94-99. [View Publication]

    Davis, C. A. & Varga, M. A. (2014). Performing professor. Polymath: Special Issue, On Being a Professor, 1(14). [View Publication]

    Varga, M. A. & Paulus, T. P. (2014). Grieving online: Newcomers' constructions of grief in an online support group. Death Studies, 38(7), 443-449.. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2013.780112 [View Publication]

    Varga, M. A. & Paletti, R. (2013). Life span issues and dying. In D. K. Meagher & D. E. Balk (Eds.), Handbook of Thanatology: The essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying, and bereavement (2nd Ed, pp. 25-31). New York, NY: Routledge. [View Publication]

    Paulus, T., Phipps, G., Harrison, J., & Varga, M. A. (2012). Re-envisioning instructional technology research in higher education environments: A content analysis of a grant program. Journal of Computing in Higher Education 24(3), 164-181. doi: 10.1007/s1 [View Publication]

    Woodside, M., McClam, T., Diambra, J., & Varga, M. A. (2012). The meaning of time for human service professionals. Human Service Education, 32(1), 4-20. [View Publication]

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