Dr. Kimberly McAlister


Ed.D., University of Louisiana-Monroe, 2003
Major: Curriculum and Instruction

M.Ed., Northwestern State University, 1997
Major: Supervision

Teacher Certification, State of Louisiana, 1992
Supervisor of student teaching, Secondary general science, mathematics, computer literacy, Type B

Teacher Certification, State of Louisiana, 1989
Secondary Mathematics, general science and computer literacy, Type C

B.S., Northeast Louisiana University, 1989
Major: Mathematics Education

Biographical Sketch

As an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD), Kimberly McAlister serves as the chair for the Department of Teaching and Learning.  In addition, Dr. McAlister serves as the Assessment Coordinator for the COEHD. Dr. McAlister's teaching philosophy is rooted in establishing an environment where learning flourishes. She is passionate concerning the teaching profession and strives to infuse that enthusiasm to teacher candidates.

McAlister serves as a national team evaluator for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  She has served on multiple review teams as well as consulting to work with colleges within the state of Louisiana. Dr. McAlister is also a program reviewer for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Additionally, within the university, she serves in multiple capacities including the curriculum review committee (CRC) and the university assessment committee.

As the representative from Northwestern on the Value Added State Research Team, Dr. McAlister has worked with education faculty across the state in critically analyzing teacher education and ways for it to improve. 

Prior to joining NSU in 1999, Dr. McAlister taught mathematics for nine years in public schools across Louisiana.  Her research interests include teacher efficacy, alternate teacher preparation, value added teacher evaluation and mathematics education.