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The Center for Postsecondary Success is pleased to announce the addition of two new Senior Research Associates: Dr. Fengfeng Ke and Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner.

Dr. Fengfeng Ke is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University. Her research examines game-based learning, immersive learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, and inclusive design of e-learning. Dr. Ke’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Ke has authored and co-authored many articles that have been published in academic journals such as Computers and Education, Educational Technology Research & Development, International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, The Journal of Educational Research, British Journal of Educational Technology, American Educational Research Journal, and The Internet and Higher Education. She teaches courses including Introduction to Instructional Systems, Introduction to Systematic Instructional Design, Design of Learning Games, and Instructional Multimedia Design and Development. Dr. Ke earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University in 2006.

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. Her research examines how young people’s social contexts influence their college and career outcomes. She focuses on the mechanisms that shape entry into and persistence in fields in which they have traditionally been underrepresented. In particular, she investigates racial-ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic disparities in post-secondary educational attainment and entry to scientific career fields, such as the STEM fields. Dr. Perez-Felkner is a co-investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to examine gendered differences in U.S. students’ persistence in engineering and computer science majors and has received an AERA Research Grant to extend her dissertation research. Her recent work includes several solo- and lead-authored articles in academic journals such as Developmental Psychology and Teachers College Record as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes. She teaches graduate courses in Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education, and Outcomes of Higher Education, and Applied Regression. Dr. Perez-Felkner earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago in 2009.

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