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San Diego State University

Faculty-Student Mentoring Program

Luke Duesbery, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Teacher Education

As a faculty mentor, my objective is to give interested students exposure to meaningful and real research experiences in public schools. These experiences allow students to learn research methodologies in practical settings, and at the same time make a difference in people’s lives. Different than in traditional university learning, growth comes from experience in the field, not lectures in a classroom. Many students who complete experiences go on to graduate school in the human services – most often in psychology or education.

About the Lab
In the lab our work interweaves school-based interventions in math and reading with educational measurement and technology. We work across the grade levels – from kindergarten through high-school, with students who struggle, with students with disabilities, and with students who demonstrate intellectual gifts. Our focus rests on identifying research-based interventions that work, and further, revealing under what circumstances they work best or may not work at all. We work closely with students, teachers, and school administrators to respond to their needs.

Students in the lab can choose from research opportunities to match their interests. Whether it is data collection and analysis, instrument development, literature review and manuscript preparation, or simply instructional intervention, students work in teams toward the completion of a single project. Experiences can occur within a single semester, although it is more common for them to last one to two years. Most often students join the lab in their junior or senior year, although serious sophomores are welcome. Flexibility in our lab structure allows for students to arrange their own schedules, to accommodate the demands of other classes.

At the conclusion of the experience, students may choose to share their research experience to one another individually or in their teams, as well as be provided with opportunities to present at local conferences.

About Me
I was born in England, grew up in Canada, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1986. I finished my B.A. in economics and history at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, my M.Sc. in Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Assessment at the University of Oregon in Eugene. I have taught grades four through seven, general, special, and gifted education. I have held teaching licenses in Virginia and Oregon, and an administrator license in Oregon. I have been teaching at San Diego State University in the Department of Special Education for five years. I have taught courses that have included Introduction to Special Education, Assessment, Research Methods, Instructional Methods in Math, Program Evaluation, Information Management, and Characteristics and Instruction for Gifted and Talented Students.


Dr. Duesbery

Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Office: EBA 209A
p. 619-594-8964