New Faculty Spotlight

College of Education and Human Development

It is our great pleasure to introduce the following new faculty members, joining the College during the 2020-2021 academic year. Please click their names for more on their professional backgrounds.


Dr. Kevin Bazner

Dr. Kevin Bazner

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Dr. Bazner is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University-College Station. Dr. Bazner's research interests are focused on examining issues at the intersections of equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education organizations, particularly as it pertains to minoritized educational administrators and students. Utilizing qualitative methodologies and critical frameworks, he addresses organizational theory, leadership, and organizational climate as they relate to the experiences of minoritized organizational leaders, organizational structures, and discourses. Prior to the professoriate, Dr. Bazner served the higher education and student affairs profession for 10 years with roles in student activities, new student orientation, leadership programming, and fraternity/sorority life.


Dr. Amber Beisly

Dr. Amber Beisly

Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

Dr. Beisly is an assistant professor at Texas A & M University-Coprus Christi. Amber spent over 13 years as an early childhood classroom teacher, where she developed an interest in inquiry-based instruction. As an early childhood teacher educator, Amber is passionate about ensuring that her students are confident and capable teachers of math and science. Her research examines the role of Approaches to Learning, an umbrella term describing the various ways in which children go about leaning, in supporting children’s adjustment to the classroom environment.  Her research interests also include the role of technology in teacher education, particularly as a way to improve communication with Dual Language Learners, as well as various topics related to math and preservice teacher education.


Dr. James Ikonomopoulos

Dr. James Ikonomopoulos

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Educational Psychology


Dr. Ikonomopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in counselor education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in May 2014 and has taught in counselor preparation programs ever since. He is a licensed professional counselor-supervisor in Texas, and he has been a licensed counselor since 2011. He has a number of counseling experiences working in private practice and community mental health treatment centers providing services primarily to children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Ikonomopoulos has also provided counseling to adults on probation and parole and I’ve conducted psychosocial evaluations for juvenile court. Based on his experiences working with diverse populations, he is passionate about conducting research in the following areas: counseling outcome-based research, program evaluation, treatment effectiveness for diverse and special populations, and instrument validation.


Dr. Ashley Voggt

Dr. Ashley Voggt

Assistant Professor, Special Education  

Dr. Voggt is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. Ashley’s research interests focus on multi-tiered systems as a framework of support for students with extensive support needs including the use of evidence-based practices for academic and behavioral interventions for transition-aged youth to improve postschool outcomes. Past teaching experiences involved working with students at the high school and elementary level who required extensive supports academically and behaviorally. Future goals in research and collaboration include working closely with schools and communities to develop stronger transition programs and conducting research to establish effective practices to improve postschool outcomes for individuals with extensive support needs.