Title: Associate Professor
I am half Texan and half Scot. I spent my spectacular childhood living and going to school in Gilmer, Texas, and Ayr, Scotland, my mother’s home country. I have taught in Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, England, and Japan and traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. My daughter, Abbie, is my star.
- The arts in education, race, class, social issues and all matters concerning teacher education.
- Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
- M.Ed., Stephen F. Austin State University
- B.S., Stephen F. Austin State University
- Ph.D. Indiana University Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Dissertation: Laura Zirbes (1884-1967): An American Progressive In An Era of Education Conservativism (Dec. 2000)
- “Critical Multiculturalism and Democracy” invited article, The Missouri State ASCD Journal 7, (1), pp.28-36. (Fall, 1996).
- "Interconnections: Toward Ecological Understanding” The Journal of Curriculum Discourse and Dialogue, Vol. #2 (1-2), Fall/Spring 1994-1995, 97-109.
- Chapters in Books:
- Invited chapter entitled “The Passion of the Possible: Maxine Greene, Democratic Community and Education,” (co-authored with Jesse Goodman), (1998). In William F. Pinar (Ed.) The Passionate Mind of Maxine Greene “I Am...Not Yet.” Bristol, PA: Falmer Press.
- Nobody’s Cog: Laura Zirbes, Progressive Educator. Susan Semel and Alan Sadovnik (Eds.) History of Schooling. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publisher. Forthcoming.
Awards and Grants
- Academic Excellence Award: The University of Texas at Tyler, 2003-04
- Outstanding Dissertation Nomination: Department of Curriculum and Instruction School of Education, Indiana University (based on faculty nomination) 2001-2002
- Young Scientists Director: For minority students in grades 6-10 in Tyler ISD Mathematics and Science Middle School Program; Dogan, Boulter, Hubbard, Moore & Hogg, Grades 7-8. The University of Texas at Tyler. 2000-2002
- Outstanding Associate Instructor: Indiana University, Bloomington, 1997-98
- Environmental Science Summer Academy Grant: For minority high school students throughout Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University. 1993-1994
- International, National, and State Conferences:
- Presenter at the American Educational Research Association Conference, San Diego, California, Historical Narratives and Perspectives of Teacher Education, April 2004
- Presenter at the Consortium of State Organizations of Texas Teacher Educators Conference, Galveston, Texas, Paper Entitled, “Teachers’ Perspectives of the Mentoring Process.” October, 2003
- Presenter at the 2nd Annual Conference on Curriculum and Pedagogy, Victoria, British Columbia, Paper entitled, “Out of the Box: Is This Democratic Pedagogy?” October, 2001
- Presenter at the 18th Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, Bloomington, Indiana, Paper entitled, “Maxine Greene: Democracy and Education.” October, 1997
- Presenter at the 1997 American Educational Research Association Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. Paper entitled, “Perspectives of a Graduate Student in Curriculum Studies Programs.” March, 1997
- Presenter at the 17th Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, Monteagle, Tennessee. Panel entitled, “Uttering the A(pplication) Word: A Working Group Session on the Concretization of Contemporary Theories.” October, 1996
- Presenter at the 17th Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, Monteagle, Tennessee. Paper entitled, “Laura Zirbes and Curriculum Theory: A Silenced Voice.” October, 1996
- Presenter at the 16th Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, Monteagle, Tennessee. Paper entitled, "Life is a Dance: Reenchanting the Curriculum." September, 1995
- Presenter at the Annual Conference on Art, Culture, Nature, Salisbury, Maryland. Paper entitled, "The Re-enchantment of Curriculum: A Postmodern Perspective." April, 1995.
- Workshop Presentations:
- Presenter: Visual Images Across Content Areas. Northeast Back to School Conference, August 2006
- Presenter: Intentional Classroom Management Strategies. Northeast Back to School Conference, August 2006
- Presenter: “I Wanna Take Me a Picture”: Using Photography with Early Learners. Early Childhood Conference., April 2006
- Presenter: Activating a Positive Mentor/Mentee Relationship. Longview Independent School District, January 2006.
- Presenter: “Junk to Jewels”: Creativity and Problem Solving. Northeast Texas Back to School Conference. LeTourneau University, August 2005.
Service (Community Involvement):
- Asbury House
- Newgate Missions
- Highway 80 Rescue Mission
- Puppet Ministry
- As Jane Goodall says, “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”