EII Faculty Affiliates

Education Innovation Institute Faculty Affiliates are UNC scholars whose academic research and interests dovetail with the EII’s core mission to leverage research to improve policy and practice in key areas of education. The Affiliates network is open to faculty from all parts of the university who seek to further UNC’s goals to create a vital, challenging educational experience for students while working to establish the university as a thought leader in the state and the nation in education-related policy. In accepting the position, Affiliates agree to operate as a community of scholars dedicated to high-quality inquiry and student mentoring and to work with each other and the Institute on research projects, mentorship of students, and development of policy positions. 

Current Faculty Affiliates

Trent L. Lalonde

Assistant Professor Trent L. Lalonde
Applied Statistics and Research Methods

Dr. LaLonde’s research interests are generalized linear models, clustered and longitudinal data, binary responses, random effect models, and missing data. He helped found the EII Internships in Education Research Methods and takes an active role in leading internship sessions. He holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in statistics.

Corey Pierce

Associate Professor
Special Education

Corey PierceDr. Pierce’s research areas include Response to Intervention, implementation models for schools and evaluation of effectiveness, identifying efficient methods for teaching reading skills to middle school students with literacy and behavior skill deficits, and identifying differences in cultural awareness issues related to teaching between traditional campus-teaching preparation programs and urban-education programs. He currently is working with a former EII intern on a research project to investigate the effectiveness of Response to Intervention practices in Colorado and Nebraska. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska in Special Education.

Gabriel R. Serna

Gabe SernaAssistant Professor
Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership

Dr. Serna’s research interests include higher education economics and finance, budgeting and planning in higher education, enrollment management, student price responsiveness, college choice, philosophy of economic theory and methodology, and applied econometrics. He helps plan and teach the EII Internships in Education Research Methods. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Indiana University Bloomington.