Dr. Bettie Ray Butler is an Associate Professor of Urban Education and the Director of the Student Discipline Joint Task Force at UNC Charlotte. She also serves as the Program Director of the Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Urban Education. She currently teaches both core and specialized courses in the Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. program. She has also taught undergraduate and master's level courses that center on diversity in education and teacher preparation. Dr. Butler's existing publication record consists of several referred journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports that center on critical issues in urban education. Broadly, her research investigates issues of equity, representation, and social justice in education. Her specialized area of interests are school discipline and culturally responsive classroom management. Her current work utilizes a restorative framework to assess racial and gender disproportionality in school punishment and identify and develop alternatives to student suspension.