St. Bonaventure University

School of Education Faculty


Dombek, Donna M.

Donna Dombek, St. Bonaventure University

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
Childhood Education
ACADEMIC SCHOOL
School of Education

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Assistant Professor, Childhood Education
CONTACT
Office phone: (716) 375-2141
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OFFICE
Plassmann Hall B38
COURSES TAUGHT
  • EDUC 304. Methods, Models, and Management of Instruction
  • EDUC 310. Methods for Teaching Elementary Social Studies and Language Arts
  • EDUC 312x. Developmental Reading
  • EDUC 0499. Senior Seminar: Current Issues, Assessment & Reflection
ACADEMIC DEGREES
  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Marshall University Graduate College, 2007
  • Master of Arts in Leadership Studies - Marshall University Graduate College, 2002
  • Education Specialist in Supervisor of Instruction - Marshall University Graduate College, 2001
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education - West Virginia University, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science in Early/Middle Education - Bluefield State College, 1995
OTHER EDUCATION
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Dr. Dombek began her teaching career in her home state of West Virginia where, over a period of 9 years, she held various teaching and administrative positions including elementary school principal, central office administrator, dean of students, and classroom teacher in both the elementary and middle school settings. 

Dr. Dombek moved into higher education in the fall of 2004 where she worked in an education program for 17 years, helping to prepare teacher candidates. She began her time in the education program at St. Bonaventure in the fall of 2021.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Chitiyo, J., Chitiyo, A., and Dombek, D. (2020). Pre-service teachers' understanding of problem behavior. International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 12(2), 63-74.
  • Dombek, D. M. (2014). What's Wrong with these Students and How Do We Fix Them? (Published in conference proceedings) 21st Century Academic Forum Conference. Vol.1, No.1. ISSN: 2330-1236
  • Armstrong, D. M. (2009). It’s More than Just Working with Students: The Many Advantages of Field Experiences. The Field Experience Journal, Vol. 4, pp. 1-12.
  • Armstrong, D. M. (2008). What Constitutes an Effective Teacher Education Program? A Review of the Literature, Critical Issues in Teacher Education, Vol. XV, pp. 55-64.
  • Armstrong, D. M. (2007) A Case Study of the Effectiveness of a Teacher Education Program (published in conference proceedings). SoTL Commons Conference. Paper 9, http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/sotlcommons/SoTL/2007/9
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Dr. Dombek believes in the philosophy that no two students are the same; therefore, no one teaching approach works for all  students. She also believes that to be a successful teacher one has to concentrate on relationship building with students. That relationship must be built on trust and a sense of mutual respect.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS/PROJECTS
Dr. Dombek’s research interests include the use of therapy dogs in public and higher education settings, the role of emotional intelligence in determining success in teacher candidates, and engagement strategies for students in higher education.
PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Dr. Dombek is  a member of several boards and advising councils in her community. She enjoys gardening and reading. Most of her spare time,  however, is taken up working with her dog, Ellie, who is a certified therapy dog and participates in many types of dog sports.
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