Elizabeth H. Brinkerhoff, Ph.D.Elizabeth H. Brinkerhoff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator
Department of Education
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC  29909
Hilton Head Gateway Campus
843-208-8378
ebrinker@uscb.edu


Elizabeth H. Brinkerhoff, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator in the Department of Education at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Her research addresses teachers’ use of academic language, family language development, and differentiation of instruction through the use of student formative and summative data.

More specifically, her research involves vocabulary development, in particular how primary teachers perceive their role in the language development of their students and the language model they provide for their students. Also, improved teacher practice, which involves monitoring current research that indicates students in high-poverty schools make the greatest gains in learning when their teachers use identifiable skills and strategies in their instruction. Additionally, she continues to explore family language and literacy development. And, finally, her work involves formative assessment to facilitate learning and self-regulation. This includes the use of information from formative assessments that enable teachers to tailor their instruction to the needs of students while keeping each student informed of personal strengths and learning needs.

Dr. Brinkerhoff received a B.S. in Elementary Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education and Specific Learning Disabilities (K-12), at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, in 1986. She earned an M.A. in Teaching and Learning: Reading at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2009, and then received a certificate for completing the Program for Instructional Excellence at Florida State University, Tallahassee, in 2011. Dr. Brinkerhoff earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Learning and Cognition at Florida State in 2014.

She devoted 28 years to teaching pre-K or elementary school children in Florida’s Lee and Volusia county school districts. In 2011, she joined the faculty of Florida State University as an Instructor of Classroom Assessment. Dr. Brinkerhoff was appointed Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator in the Education Department at USCB in 2015.

She has contributed to two scholarly publications and nine conference presentations throughout the United States. She has three presentations and three scholarly articles under review. She is also a reviewer for two refereed journals and two professional conferences. She is a coauthor of No More Sharpening Pencils During Work Time and Other Time Wasters, part of the Not This, But That series.

Dr. Brinkerhoff received a RISE grant during the summer of 2016. The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE) is a developmental initiative intended to increase the capacity of students who are traditionally under-represented in the biomedical sciences to complete doctoral degrees in these fields. RISE grants support educational institutions with well-integrated developmental activities that serve to strengthen students’ academic preparation, research training and professional skills.

She teaches Educational Psychology, Education of the Young Child, and Curriculum Planning and Development in Early Childhood Education. She also monitors Practicum students during their field experiences.

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