Areas of Expertise

Teacher Education, with an emphasis on Secondary Education. 

Education

PhD , University of Texas at Austin 1992
Masters in Secondary Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa 1982
Bachelors of Journalism, Bachelors of Arts, Unviersity of Texas at Austin 1976

Positions

Associate Professor
Southwestern University
August 01, 2006 - present
Teach courses in teacher certification program, including Educational Foundations, Elementary and Middle School Social Studies Methods, Reading in the Content Area, Teaching Secondary Students, The Secondary Teacher, and supervision of secondary Student T

Associate Professor
University of Hawaii at Manoa
January 01, 2003 - June 01, 2006
I coordinated the Master of Education in Teaching program, taught Elementary Science Education methods for undergraduate teacher certification, and graduate science education curriculum courses.

Senior Trainer/Program Manager/Vice President
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
January 01, 1991 - December 01, 2003
I worked as a Senior Trainer with this federally funded private non-profit, designing and delivering professional development in mathematics and science education across five states in the Southwest. Major responsibilities included working with science-ri

High School Teacher
Lower Kuskokwim School District
August 01, 1978 - May 01, 1987
I taught all subjects in a one room high school in Rural Alaska and then became the science teacher when additional staff were added in subsequent years. I taught in two villages in the Lower Kuskokwim district, Kasigluk (Akula) and the Oscarville.

Previous Courses

Educational Technology Curriculum and Foundations of American Schooling Case Studies in Comparative Education: Jamaica from the Inside Out

Research

My research follows three intertwined threads.


The first thread has evolved from my experience teaching high school in rural Alaska and working in Hawaii’s highly diverse public schools. The focus of this thread is the cultural contexts that surround the teaching/learning relationship.


A second thread involves the use of Japanese Lesson Study in teacher education and professional development settings.


The third thread explores the educational implications of Gilles Deleuze and his search for responses to the dogma of orthodox thinking. Teachers face constantly changing situations every moment they are in the classroom.