Welcome (Back) to Wheelock: Promoted Faculty

We’re kicking off the fall semester with a look at our new, promoted, and awarded faculty members. In this post, you’ll meet the full-time faculty members who have been promoted over the past year. Meet our new full-time faculty members in this post, and our recently-awarded faculty members here.

Leslie Dietiker

Mathematics Education

Dr. Leslie Dietiker was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure. Dr. Dietiker received her BA in Mathematics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and spent many years as a high school teacher before pursuing her PhD in Mathematics Education at Michigan State University. She completed her PhD in 2012 and promptly joined us as a tenure-track assistant professor at that time. Leslie’s research has focused on developing a conceptual framework and methodology for examining mathematics curriculum (Mathematics Story Framework) and examining secondary school teachers’ interactions with mathematics curriculum. She has published 16 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 book chapters, 15 refereed conference proceedings, 7 mathematics textbooks for middle and high schools, and has over 60 conference presentations.

Leslie has received several grants in over the past several years, and is presently serving as PI on an NSF-Career award and Co-PI on an NSF Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program award. She is a STaR (service, teaching and research) Fellow of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Education and serves on the editorial board of the American Educational Research Journal as well as on the advisory board of CPM Educational Program. She teaches courses in Mathematics Education and receives outstanding evaluations from the students in those courses, as well as those who receive advising/mentoring from her. Finally, she has recently been elected chair of our college’s faculty assembly.

Amie E. Grills

Professor, Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development

Dr. Amie Grills was promoted to Full Professor with Tenure. Dr. Grills earned her AB in Psychology from Smith College, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has expertise in the delivery of evidence-based assessments and interventions. Dr. Grills joined the BU Wheelock faculty in 2013 in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development (CPAHD). Since 2017, she has served as the College’s Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. Dr. Grills played an essential role in the development of the PhD and the APA Accreditation of the CPAHD doctoral program, and she has been recognized for her outstanding teaching and advising with the awarding of BU’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 2017. Dr. Grills’ research focuses on anxiety and trauma, with a particular emphasis on developing and evaluating cognitive-behavioral assessments and interventions for youth experiencing these difficulties.

Dr. Grills has received over $4 million in funding for her research, published over 60 peer reviewed manuscripts, and authored two books. She is currently the PI on a 5-year NICHD grant focused on reducing anxiety and improving reading among students with reading difficulties. She is an Associate Editor for two top tier journals, serves on the editorial board for two additional journals, and provides extensive service to national and international professional organizations in her field. Dr. Grills has been recognized by numerous national organizations for her research and contributions to the field with the two most recent examples being her selection as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and her appointment to the Board of Directors for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.