Associate Professor, Education
Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Associate Provost
Office phone: (716) 375-2379
My current major research interest is focused on quality teacher preparation. Teacher education takes a lot of hits from all sectors of society whenever there are economic, political or social issues. According to the media clamor, the teachers, and teacher educators, must not be doing the job. (I have to point out that the reverse never happens when things are going well.)
Because education is so politicized, outside forces shape what happens in the schools, including the mandating of practices that educators know to be unsound. There is tremendous need for research that documents the complexity of the art and science of both teaching and teacher preparation.
My second research interest lies in the potential value of social entrepreneurship as a way to connect to the original purpose of schools as a socializing medium for our citizens and communities. I am examining the connections between this movement and the early work of John Dewey and the role of education in a democratic society.
My extracurricular interests are many and varied. Reading is at the top of the list – I could quite happily sit around reading books and not do anything else. Balance is a good thing, however. In that vein I also have the following interests:
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