Faculty and Staff Profiles

Nicole L. Thompson
Asst Professor, Instruction Curriculum Leadership
Email: nlthmpsn@memphis.edu
Office Location:
Office Hours: Spring 2012: Thursdays, 1-5pm and other times by appointment
Education
  • PhD Elementary Education, Emphasis in Middle School Education - University of Georgia - 2004
  • MA Elementary Education - East Carolina University - 2001
  • BS Elementary Edcuation - East Carolina University - 1997
  • B. S. Minor Child Development and Family Studies - East Carolina University - 1997

Work Experience

  • Title One Reading Specialist, Grades 1, 3, & 5, James W. Smith Elementary School - Craven County Schools (NC) - December 1997 - May 1998
  • Teacher, Grade 2, Richlands Elementary School - Onslow County Schools (NC) - August 1998-May 2000
  • Teacher, Grades 4/5 Multi-age, DeLalio Elementary School - Camp LeJeune Dependent Schools (NC) - August 2000-May 2001
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Elementary and Middle School Education - University of Georgia - August 2001-July 2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Education - Piedmont College - May2004-July 2004
  • Coordinator of American Indian and Alaska Native Research Initiatives , Early Childhood Institute - Mississippi State University - 2004- 2010
  • Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education - Mississippi State University - 2004- 2010
  • Associate Professor, Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education - Mississippi State University - 2010-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership - The University of Memphis - August 2011-present
Honors/Awards
  • Golden Key National Honor Society (Inducted) - East Carolina University - 1997
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Inducted) - East Carolina University - 1997
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (Inducted) - East Carolina University - 2003
  • Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society (Inducted) - East Carolina University - 2003
  • USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship - The University of Georgia - 2003
  • Outstanding Teacher Assistant Award - The University of Georgia - 2004
  • IMAGE (Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education) Faculty Award - Mississippi State University - 2005
  • Research Fellowship - National American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver - Fall 2006 - Spring 2010
  • Clyde MuseĒ Service Award - Mississippi State University - 2009
  • "StatePride Award", The H. Devon Graham, Jr. Faculty Award - Mississippi State University - 2010
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Deanís Travel Grant - The University of Memphis - 2012
  • Bobby Wright Early Career Award - American Educational Research Association's Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group - 2012
  • Excellence in Research Award - Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences - 2012-2013
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Deanís Travel Grant - The University of Memphis - 2013
  • Kindness Lunch - The University of Memphis - 2013
  • Engaged Scholarship Travel Award - University of Memphis - 2014
  • University of Georgiaís Alumni Association 40 under Forty Class of 2014 Nominee - University of Georgia - 2014
  • Emerging Engagement Scholars Fellow Recipient - Engagement Scholarship Consortium - 2014

Teaching Experience

  • Middle Level Education (U) - Mississippi State University
  • Seminar in Elementary Education (G) - Mississippi State University
  • Exploring Diversity Through Writing (U) - Mississippi State University
  • Advanced Planning/Managing Learning (G) - Mississippi State University
  • Readingís and Research in Childrenís Literature (G) - Mississippi State University
  • Problems of Secondary Education (G) - Mississippi State University
  • Educating Adolescents (G) - Mississippi State University
  • Teaching Middle Grades/Socail Science (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Social Studies Methods (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Methods for Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Grades (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Social Studies Methods for Middle Grades (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Urban Learning Environment (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Student Assessment and Instructional Decision Making (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Residency I Practicum (U) - The University of Memphis
  • Residency II Professional Seminar (U) - The University of Memphis

Support

  • Research Fellowship - American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center, University of Colorado Denver - $140,000 - Fall 2006-Spring 2010
  • ďVoices and Visions from Michiganís American Indian Head Start Programs: A Photovoice ProjectĒ - Michigan State Universityís Office of University Outreach and Engagement - $15,000 - 2007-2008
  • ďVoices and Visions from Michiganís American Indian Head Start Programs: A Photovoice Project.Ē - American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center, University of Colorado Denver - $41,608 - 2007-2008
  • ďGa-Du-Gi Revealed Through Voices and Visions from the Cherokee Nation Head Start and Early Head Start Programs: A PhotoVoice Research Project.Ē - American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center, University of Colorado Denver - $56,168 - 2009-2011
Service
  • Mississippi State University - Faculty Mentor, Athletic Mentoring Program - 2004-2005
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Search Committee for Tenure-Track Faculty - 2004-2008
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Diversity Committee - 2005-2009
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Recruitment Committee (CHAIR) - 2005-2009
  • Mississippi State University - Member, President Fogelsongís Task Force to Improve Relations with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians - 2006-2008
  • Mississippi State University - Native American Student Association (NAmSA), Faculty Advisor - 2006-2011
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Sabbatical Leave Committee - 2007-2008
  • Mississippi State University - Faculty Mentor to Native American Students - 2007-2008
  • Mississippi State University - College of Education, Diversity and Globalization Committee (CHAIR) - 2008-2009
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Graduate Coordinator for Elementary Education Program - 2008-2009
  • Mississippi State University - College of Education, Elected Member of the Faculty Council - 2008-2010
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Sabbatical Leave Committee - 2008-2011
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Search Committee (CHAIR) - 2009
  • Mississippi State University - Co-Graduate Coordinator for Elementary Education Program - 2009-2010
  • Mississippi State University - College of Education, Diversity and Globalization Committee - 2009-2010
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Scholarship Committee - 2010-2011
  • Mississippi State University - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Library Committee - 2011-2012
  • The University of Memphis - Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Search Committee (CHAIR) - 2011-2012
  • The University of Memphis - College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, NCATE Committee - 2011-present
  • The University of Memphis - , Instruction and Curriculum LeadersDepartment, Teacher Education Admissions Interviews - 2011-present
  • The University of Memphis - Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department, Scholarship Committee (CO-CHAIR) - 2012-2014
  • The University of Memphis - Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department, Diversity - 2012-present
  • The University of Memphis - Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department, Elementary Education Program Coordinator - 2012-present
  • The University of Memphis - Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department, Teacher Education Advisory Coordinator - 2012-present
  • The University of Memphis - Engaged Scholarship Committee - 2012-present
  • The University of Memphis - Graduate Student Research Fair Judge - 2013
  • The University of Memphis - Warm Welcome - 2013-2014
  • The University of Memphis - Engaged Scholarship Travel Award Development Committee - 2013-2014
  • The University of Memphis - Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department, Middle Level Education Program Coordinator - 2013-present
  • The University of Memphis - Engaged Scholarship Outreach Action Team - 2013-present
  • The University of Memphis - Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award Selection Committee - 2014
  • The University of Memphis - Graduate Student Research Fair Judge - 2014
  • The University of Memphis - Engaged Scholarship Committee (CO-CHAIR) - 2014
  • The University of Memphis - Warm Welcome - 2014-2015
  • The University of Memphis - Elected Faculty Senator, Representing the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department - 2014-2016
  • Comparative and International Education Society, 46th Annual Conference - Session Chair - 2002
  • American Educational Research Association, Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) - Reviewer of Research Proposals - 2004
  • American Educational Research Associationís Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group - Secretary and Treasurer-Elect - 2005
  • American Educational Research Association, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Groups - Reviewer of Reseach Proposals - 2005-2006
  • American Educational Research Associationís Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group - Secretary and Treasurer - 2006-2007
  • Paul D. Armstrong Middle Schoolís ACT, Armstrong Curriculum Team - Member - 2006-2008
  • American Educational Research Association, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group and Division G-Social Context of Education - Reviewer of Research Proposals - 2007-2008
  • American Education Research Associationís Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group - Chair-Elect - 2008
  • American Education Research Associationís Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group - Program Chair - 2008
  • American Educational Research Association, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Groups and Division G-Social Context of Education - Reviewer of Research Proposals - 2008
  • American Education Research Associationís Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group - Chair - 2009
  • American Educational Research Association, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Special Interest Group - Reviewer of Reseach Proposals - 2010
  • American Educational Research Association, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Groups - Reviewer of Research Proposals - 2011-2012
  • American Educational Research Associationís Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group - Elected Council Member - 2011-2014
  • American Educational Research Association, 2014 Annual Meeting, Current Issues in Middle-Level Education, SIG-Middle-Level Education Research - Chair - 2014
  • American Educational Research Associationís Service Learning and Experimental Education Special Interest Group, Reviewer of Research Proposals - Reviewer of Research Proposals - 2014
  • American Educational Research Associationís Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group - Secretary - 2014-2016
  • REVIEWER OF JOURNALS -   -  
  • Early Childhood Education Journal - Reviewer - 2007-present
  • Middle Grades Research Journal - Member - 2008-present
  • Journal of Research in Rural Education - Reviewer - 2010
  • Middle School Journal - Reviewer - 2010-present
  • Research in Middle Level Education Online - Member - 2010-present
  • Delta Journal of Education - Reviewer - 2012-present
  • REVIEWER OF BOOKS -   -  
  • Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education (Vol. 7: An International Look at Educating Young Adolescents) - Reviewer - 2008
  • Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education (Vol. 8: Voices from the Middle: Narratives By, For and About the Middle Level Community) - Reviewer - 2009
  • Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education (Vol. 10: Research on Teaching and Learning with Literacies of Young Adolescents) - Reviewer - 2013
  • STATE -   -  
  • National American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center at the University of Colorado, Denver - Steering Committee Member - 2005-2006
  • Wiba Anung ďEarly StarĒ Collaborative: Partnerships with Michigan American Indian Communities. University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University - Research Team Member - 2007-2013
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistanceís Rural Communities Initiative - Rural Specialist - 2008
  • Tennessee Professors of Middle Level Education Association Symposium - Planning Committee - 2011-2012
  • Tennessee Professors of Middle Level Education Association Symposium - Proposal Reviewer - 2012
  • Tennessee Council for Social Studies - Board Member - 2013-present
Books Published/Reviewed
  • Peer Reviewed Chapters
  • Thompson, N. L. (2005). Teachers: Pre-service preparation. In G. Andrews, V. Anfara, & S. Mertens (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Middle Level Education (pp. 358-359). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing
  • Thompson, N. L. (2005). Growing up forgotten: A review of research and programs concerning early adolescence. In G. Andrews, V. Anfara, & S. Mertens (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Middle Level Education (pp. 221). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2005). G. Stanley Hall: A biography. In G. Andrews, V. Anfara, & S. Mertens (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of  Middle Level Education (pp. 223-224). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  •  Franz, D. P., Thompson, N. L., & Miller, N. C. (2013). A comparison of teacher's perceptions of perceived barriers regarding the implementation of common planning time at two middle schools. In S. Mertens, V. Anfara, Jr., M. Caskey, & N. Flowers (Eds.), The Handbook for Research in Middle Level Education (Vol. 9: Common Planning Time). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Invited Chapters
  • *Torrence, N. L. (2003). The sun will come out tomorrow: A case response. In T. Koballa, & J. Tippins (Eds.), Cases in middle and secondary science education: The promise
    and dilemmas (pp. 20-21). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
  • Faircloth, S. C., & Thompson, N. L. (2012). Meeting the needs of Native American families. In B. H. Wasik (Eds.), Handbook of Family Literacy (pp. 225-269). New York, NY: Routledge Publishing.
  • Fitzgerald, H. E., Farrell, P., Barnes, J. V., Belleau, A., Gerde, H., Thompson, N. L., Lee, K. S., Calcatera, M., & Parrish, A. (2013). Wiba Anung: Co-creating a sustainable partnership with Michigan's American Indian Head Start Programs. In H. E. Fitzgerald, & J. Primavera (Eds.), Going public: Community engagement and the scholarship of practice. East Lansing, MI: MSU Press.
Journal Articles
  • Refereed Journal Publications
  •  Bickmore, D. L., Fiske, A. G., Lowe, C. L. A., Mullen, T. M., Paisley, W. L., Parker, A. K., Pate, P. E., Pinnow, R. J., Robinson, D. M., Rogan, R. P., Stoner, D. A., Stratton, P. W.,*Torrence, N. L., & Walter, D. B. (2003). Changes in Middle School Journal content over 30 years. Middle School Journal, 35(2), 23-30.
  • Thompson, N. L., Hare, R. D., Sempier, T. A., & Grace, C. (2008). The development of a curriculum toolkit with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Early  Childhood Education Journal, 35(5), 397-404.
  • **Miller, N. C., Thompson, N. L., & Franz, D. P. (2009). Being proactive in the cyberage: Strategies to safeguard young adolescents. Middle School Journal, 41(1), 28-35. /Looping/tabid/2090/Default.aspx
  •  Thompson, N. L., Franz, D. P., & Miller, N. (2009). Looping: Research summary. National Middle School Association. http://www.nmsa.org/Research/ResearchSummaries
  • ** Dycus, B. E., Thompson, N. L., & Brenner, D. G. (2010). Reading in Brooke's classroom: Strategy instruction that makes a difference for rural primary grade students. National  Forum of Teacher Education Journal Online, 20(1), 1-11. 
  • **Anderson, A. M., Thompson, N. L., & Franz, D. P. (2010). Learning to understand: One teacher's journey toward the development of effective classroom management practices. Schooling, 1(1), 1-7.
  • Franz, D. P., Thompson, N. L., Fuller, B. D., Hare, R. D., Miller, N. C., & Walker, J. T. (2010). Evaluating mathematics achievement of middle school students in a looping environment. School Science and Mathematics, 110(6), 298-308.
  • **Carlyle, G. A., Thompson, N. L., Hare, R. D., Miller, N. C., & Purvis, L. R. (2011). Postsecondary transitions of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians tribal scholarship program students. Journal of American Indian Education, 50(3), 42-60.
  •  Thompson, N. L., Whitesell, N. R., Galliher, R. V., & Gfellner, B. M. (2012). Unique challenges of child development research in sovereign nations in the United States and Canada. Child Development Perspectives (Special Edition on Research with American Indians), 6(1), 61-65.
  • **Miller, N. C., Thompson, N. L., Xu, J. (2013). In the middle: Elementary education preservice teacher's experiences, efficacy, and interest in the education of young adolescents. Middle Grades Research Journal.
  • Thompson, N. L., Miller, N. C., & Franz, D. P. (2013). Comparing online and face-to-face learning experiences for nontraditional students: A case study of three online teacher education candidates. Quarterly Review of Distance Education.
  • Thompson, N. L., Owens, D. G., Seed, A. H., & Key, S. (2014). One University's middle school program in transition: Where we've been and where we're going. Current Issues in Middle Level Education.
  • Invited Journals
  • Thompson, N. L., & Hare, R. D. (2006). Reaching native children and families: Early education for American Indian and Alaska Native children in rural America. Zero to Three, 25(4), 43-45.
  • Invited Proceedings
  • Schafft, K. A., Faircloth, S. C., & Thompson, N. L. (2006). Assessing the state of knowledge: American Indian and Alaska Native rural early childhood education. In E. F. Shores    (Ed.), Proceedings of the Rural Early Childhood Forum on American Indian and Alaska Native Early Learning, July 28-29, 2005, Little Rock, AR. (Rural Early Childhood Report No. 2) (pp. 1-11). Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute.
  • Thompson, N. L., Pope, M., & Holland, J. (2006). American Indian and Alaska Native school readiness. In E. F. Shores (Ed.), Proceedings of the Rural Early Childhood Forum on American Indian and Alaska Native Early Learning, July 28-29, 2005, Little Rock, AR. (Rural Early Childhood Report No. 2) (pp.  100-113). Mississippi State, MS: Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute. 
  • Engaged Scholarship
  • Thompson, N. L., & The Inter-tribal Council of Michigan Head Start-Early Head Start Programs. (2008). Voices and visions from Michigan‚'s American Indian head start programs: A photovoice research project. Based in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
  • Thompson, N. L., & The Cherokee Nation Early Childhood Unit (Head Start-Early Head Start Programs. (2011). Ga-Du-Gi revealed through voices and visions from the Cherokee Nation head start and early head start programs: A photovoice research project. Based in Tahlequah, OK.
  • *= Maiden name
  • ** = Publication with Dr. Thompson's graduate student
Presentations
  • Refereed Conference Presentations INTERNATIONAL
  • Thompson, N. L. (October, 2014). Fostering or Forcing: Implementing Service Learning in Preservice Teacher Education. Paper to be presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

  • Thompson, N. L. (October, 2014). Ready to EngageóNowhere to Go: Organizational Changes Ending Research. Poster  to be presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Refereed Conference Presentations NATIONAL
  • *Torrence, N. L. (2002, March). Marginalization through policy: The termination and restoration of the Menominee Indian Nation. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society, Orlando, FL.
  • *Torrence, N. L. (2002, November). The Menominee case: Preserving and maintaining American Indian identity while acquiring attributes of European society. Paper  presented at the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA. 
  • *Torrence, N. L. (2003, November). Undergraduate middle school pre-service teachers and their preparation for community and classroom difference. Paper presented at the National Middle School Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Thompson, N. L., Big Crow, P., Banks, S., Wilson, C., Faircloth, S., Bowman, N., & Yazzie-Mintz, T. (2005, October). Prekindegarten-twelfth grade American Indian and Alaska Native issues across multiple contexts. Presented at the National Indian Education Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.  
  • Grace, C., Shores, E. F., & Thompson, N. L. (2005, November). Rural gaps in early care and education. Paper presented at the Zero to Three Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Grace, C., Thompson, N. L., Todd, L., Shores, E. F., & Thornburg, K. (2005, December). Rural disparities: New initiatives for early childhood professional development in rural America. Paper presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Pope, M. (2006, January). An examination of the cultural factors that influence American Indian and Alaska Native childrenís readiness for school.  Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Hare, R. D. (2006, June). Weaving external funds into Head Start programs. Presented at the National Indian Head Start Directors Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. 
  • Thompson, N. L., Grace, C., & Sempier, T. (2006, December). Early childhood Native American curriculum toolkit. Presented at the Zero to Three National Training Institute, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Thompson, N. L., Yazzie-Mintz, T. J., & Faircloth, S. (2007, April). Mapping Ďcommon groundí through interactive dialogue: Fostering cross-cultural research  collaborations between Native educational research and research in the larger field of education. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Grace, C. (2007, May). Early childhood Native American curriculum toolkit. Presented at the National Association Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies Professional Development Institute, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Thompson, N. L., Hare, R. D., & Fuller, B. D. (2008, March). Looping in the middle grades and the usefulness of disaggregating test scores. Poster presented at the AmericanEducational Research Association, New York, NY.
  •  Thompson, N. L., Miller, N. C., & Franz, D. P. (2008, March). National middle grades research project on common planning time: Discussion of the use of protocols and preliminary findings. The American Educational Research Association, New York, NY Invited presentation, Presented as part of: Mertens, S. B., Roney, K., Anfara, V. A., Jr., & Caskey, M. M. (2008). National Middle Grades Research Project: Common planning time training manual. Washington, DC: Middle Level Education Research, a Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Sempier, T. T., Walker, S. H., Thompson, N. L., & Hare, R. D. (2008, March). Teacher perceptions of the Centers for Ocean Science and Education Excellence: Central Gulf of Mexico Program. Paper presented at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Fehringer, K., Sarche, M., Romero-Little, M. E., Spicer, P., & Thompson, N. L. (2008, June). Bi-directional longitudinal influences between parent-toddler engagement and young childrenís development in a Northern Plains American Indian Tribe. Presented as part of: Barreuco, S., Lopez, M., Spicer, P., Fehringer, K., Sarche, M., & Boyce, L. (June 2008). Parent-child interactions and development with American Indian, migrant, and seasonal farm worker families: Lessons learned for Head Start and Early Early Head Start. Head Start Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Miller, N. C., Thompson, N. L., & Franz, D. P. (2008, October). Evaluating the effects of looping on mathematics achievement of middle level students. Paper presented at the National Middle School Association, Denver, CO.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Miller, N. C. (2009, April). Voices and visions from Michiganís American Indian Head Start Programs: A photovoice project. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Thompson, N. L., Franz, D. P., & Miller, N. C. (2009, April). A comparison of teachersí perceptions of perceived barriers regarding the implementation of common planning time at two middle schools. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  •  Carlyle, G., Hare, R. D., & Thompson, N. L. (2009, April). Postsecondary transitions of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians tribal scholarship program students. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2009, April). Understanding the importance of Head Start in Michigan's nine American Indian communities: A photovoice project. Presented as part of: Spicer, P. G. & Sarche, M. C. (2009, April). Advancing Research on Early Childhood Education in Indian Country. Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Belleau, A. (2009, June). Viewing and applying voices and visions from Michiganís American Indian Head Start programs: A photovoice research project to document program needs. Presented at the National Indian Head Start Directors Association 19th Management Training Conference, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Miller, N., Thompson, N. L., & Xu, J. (2010, April). In the middle: Elementary education majorsí experience in middle level education and associated field experience. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Thompson, N. L., Franz, D. P., Walker, J. T., Hare, R. D., & Fuller, B. D. (2010, April). Unintended consequences of middle school organization: Curricula, classroom, and community influences on student achievement. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Belleau, A. (2010, June). Understanding the role Head Start and Early Head Start programs in American Indian communities: A photovoice Project. Presented as part of: Sarche, M. C. (2010, June). The American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center: Showcasing the Work of University-Tribal Partnerships in Research. National Head Start Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  •  Faircloth, S. C., Lee, T., Jaime, A., & Thompson, N. L. (2011, April). Indigenizing the academy: Experiences of the past chairs of the indigenous peoples of the Americas special interest group. The American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. Invited Presentation, Presented as part of The Indigenous Peoples of Americas Special Interest Groupís Annual Business Meeting, a Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Belleau, A. (2011, October). Methodological engagement: Using photovoice to empower American Indian communities. Presented at the 12th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Miller, N. C. (2011, November). Repeaters: Lessons learned from three non-traditional middle level education students. Paper presented at the Association for Middle Level Education, Louisville, KY.
  • Thompson, N. L., & Miller, N. C. (2012, April). Empowerment, engagement and outreach: Evidence from a photovoice project in an American Indian community. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Miller, N. C., Thompson, N. L., Xu, J. Xie, K., Franz, D. P., & Hare, R. D. (2013, April). Multi-User Virtual Environments for Middle Level Teacher Preparation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education, San Fransisco, CA.
  • Seed, A., Thompson, N. L.,& Miller, N. C. (2013, November). Classroom Client Change for the Common Core. Annual meeting of Association of Middle Level Education, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Howell, P., Faulkner, S., Cook, C., Thompson, N. T., Miller, N. C. (2013, November). The Status of Middle Level Teacher Preparation: A Review of Programs in the Southeast US. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education - Symposium on Excellence in Teacher Preparation, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Thompson, N. T.,Miller, N. C., & Seed, A. (2013, November). Field Experience for Middle Level Preservice Teachers: What Has Been and What Will Be? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education - Symposium on Excellence in Teacher Preparation, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Thompson, N. L.& Miller, N. C. (2013, November). Engage, Empower, Motivate: Using Photovoice to Cultivate School and Community Environments. Annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Burrow, L. S., & Thompson, N. L. (2014, March). Transforming Service/Learning into Engaged Scholarship: The Need for Rigorous Research when Investigating and Reporting Experiential Education in Teacher Education Programs. Paper to be presented at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Lucey, T., Giannagelo, D. M., Thompson, N. L., & Byford, J. M. (2014, August). Oh! The Things that You See When You Have Your Cell Phone! Teachersí and Teacher Candidatesí Views of Social Injustices. Paper presented at the Summer Association of Teacher Educatorís Conference, Niagra Falls, NY.
  • Seed, A. H. & Thompson, N. L. (2014, November).  Active Learning Leads to Engaged Neurons (ALLEN). Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education, Nashville, TN.
  • Giannangelo, D. M., Byford, J. M., & Thompson, N. L. (2014, November).  Money Management Fundamentals for Middle School Students. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education, Nashville, TN.
  • Byford, J. M., Giannangelo, D. M., & Thompson, N. L.  (2014, November).  Letís Make a Tool: Using Inquiry to Promote Group Interaction and Discovery in the Social Studies Classroom. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education, Nashville, TN.
  • Gilewski, C. D., & Thompson, N. L.  (2014, November).  The Lack of Reading Fluency Assessments in Middle School. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education, Nashville, TN. Presented as part of The Research Roundtable: Connecting Theory with Practice Session sponsored by the Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.  
  • Thompson, N. L.  (2014, November).  Engaged Learning Among Middle Level Teacher Candidates in a Social Studies Methods Course: Fostering or Forcing Knowledge Development? Paper to be presented at the  Annual Meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education, Nashville, TN. Presented as part of The Research Roundtable: Connecting Theory with Practice Session sponsored by the Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. 
  • Thompson, N. L. & Miller, N. C. (2014, November). Teaching Online: Challenges Associated with Teaching Controversial Issues in an Online Middle Level Education Course at a Rural, Southern University. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education, Nashville, TN. Presented as part of Best Practices and Research from the National Professors of Middle Level Education Association.
  • Cook, C. M., Howell, P., Thompson, N. L., Faulkner, S., & Miller, N. C. (February, 2015). Middle Grades Teacher Preparation: Review of Program Requirements of Colleges and Universities in the United States. Paper to be presented at the Association of Teacher Educators  Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Lucey, T., Giannangelo, D. M., Thompson, N.L., & Byford, J. M. (February, 2015). Teacher and Teacher Candidatesí Images of Social Injustice: A Comparison of Images from Two Institutions. Paper to be presented at the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Invited Presentations-NATIONAL
  • Thompson, N. L. (2005, April). Tribal child care research: Current efforts and future directions: The early childhood Native American curriculum project and the assessment of American Indian and Alaska Native early care and education. Invited presentation at the National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2005, April). Ages and stages of child development. Invited presentation at the National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Thompson, N. L., Pope, M., & Holland, J. (2005, July). American Indian/Alaska Native  school readiness. Invited presentation at the Rural Early Childhood Forum on American Indian and Alaska Native Early Learning, William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, AR.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2006, July). Cultural competence: What is it? How do we get it? Invited presentation at the Office of Child Care: Region IV State and Tribal Administrators Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Tadros-Connors, L., Farbe, B., & Thompson, N. L. (2007, May). High quality, culturally relevant curriculum development for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Invited presentation at the National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Tadros-Connors, L., & Thompson, N. L. (2007, May). Research to practice: What does research on American Indian and Alaska Native children tell us about curriculum development, family involvement, and effective practices to support healthy development? Invited presentation at the National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2007, August). Understanding and implementing growing and learning with young Native children (The Curriculum Toolkit). Invited presentation at the National Indian Child Care Association Conference, Uncasville, CN.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2008, May). Child development basics. Invited presentation at the National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2008, May). Developing a high quality, culturally relevant curriculum. Invited presentation at the National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care Conference, Portland, OR.  
  • Thompson, N. L. (2008, October). Examining Michiganís Native American Head Start programs from a Native staff perspective: A photovoice project. Invited presentation at the Native Childrenís Research Exchange, Denver, CO.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2011, April). Whatís new in tribal early childhood research? Invited presentation at the 17th National American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Invited Presentations STATE and LOCAL
  • *Torrence, N. L. (2002, February). Let all that is Indian within you die: Native American education from the 1800s-1930s. Presented to undergraduate students enrolled in EFND 2030, Foundations of Education at The University of Georgia.
  •  Thompson, N. L. (2005, July). Social interaction and games with infants and toddlers. Invited presentation at Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indiansí Division of Early Childhood Professional Development Conference, Choctaw, MS.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2008, September). Voices and visions from Michiganís American Indian Head Start programs: A photovoice project. Exhibit and invited presentation at Michigan Indian Days 2008. Michigan State University
  • Thompson, N. L. (2008, December). Overview of the proceedings from rural early childhood forum on American Indian and Alaska Native early learning & understanding the context of American Indian children and families. Invited presentation and meeting facilitator at the 2nd tribal gathering: Partnering for Success (Great Lakes Intertribal Council), Mole Lake, WI.
  • Thompson, N. L. (2010, February). Creating the early childhood tribal coalition: Using appreciative inquiry. Invited presentation and meeting facilitator at the 3rd Tribal Gathering: Partnering for Success (Great Lakes Intertribal Council), Wabeno, WI.
  • Professional Workshops
  • Salzman, L. J., & *Torrence, N. L. (1999, September). Thinking Maps, Part 1. Workshop for faculty and staff at Richlands Elementary School, Richlands, NC.
  • Salzman, L. J., & *Torrence, N. L. (2000, January). Thinking Maps, Part 2. Workshop for faculty and staff at Richlands Elementary School, Richlands, NC.
  • Salzman, L. J., & *Torrence, N. L. (2000, March). Thinking Maps, Part 3. Workshop for faculty and staff at Richlands Elementary School, Richlands, NC.
  • *Torrence, N. L. (2002, November). School law. Presented to undergraduate students enrolled in EDMS 5030, The Middle School Curriculum at The University of Georgia.
  • *Torrence, N. L. (2003, September). School law. Presented to undergraduate students enrolled in EDMS 5030, The Middle School Curriculum at The University of Georgia.
  • * = maiden name