2014 Dean's Sabbatical Presentation Series

Each year, the Teachers College Dean's Sabbatical Presentation Series highlights current faculty research in an interactive and open venue. All presentations take place in the Seminar Room (Teachers College, Room 1008). Light refreshments are served.

Spring 2014

 The next presentation in the series features Eva Zygmunt from the Department of Elementary Education

Join us Thursday, March 27, from 1 -2 p.m. in the seminar room for

Coming Home: The Transformative Impact of Teacher Education Within the Context of Community

The Schools Within the Context of Community model of community-based teacher education incorporates the principles of culturally relevant pedagogy, critical service learning, and participatory community mobilization – all within the context of relationships as a requisite ingredient of any significant teaching and learning. Research on the transformative impact of this paradigm relative to teacher candidates, children’s learning, and faculty development will be shared.

Eva Zygmunt, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Elementary Education. Her research interests relate to education for social justice, culturally relevant pedagogy, family and community relations, and poverty. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in multicultural education, family and community relations, and creativity. Along with colleagues and members of the community, she is currently co-directing an immersion semester for early childhood and elementary education majors, emphasizing community context as a critical cognizance for educators.

Coming in April:

Featured Speaker: Cathy Siebert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Secondary Education Methods/Supervision Department of Educational Studies

Thursday, April 17, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Teachers College, Room 1008

The Interplay of Multiple Reform Initiatives in a Secondary Professional Development School

With the multiple--and sometimes conflicting--demands facing schools today, teachers, administrators, and students frequently experience the simultaneous implementation of numerous reform initiatives. This presentation overviews several major reform initiatives currently occurring at Anderson High School, a Professional Development School and highlights the results of several research projects.

Dr. Cathy Siebert has over twenty years involvement with university/school collaborations, most specifically Professional Development Schools. During her doctoral work at Michigan State University, she served as research assistant and liaison for the Holt High School partnership. Since 1999, she has served as the PDS liaison for the BSU/Anderson High School and Highland Junior High School initiatives and has also chaired several institutional site review panels. With Dr. Siebert's research situated within the PDS context, she has produced several PDS-related peer-reviewed publications, including chapters in the Research in Professional School Development series and given over fifty presentations at national conferences. Highlights: Elected Board Member of the National Association of Professional Development Schools.


On February 19, Michelle Glowacki-Dudka from the Department of Educational Studies presented, A Journey Into Leadership: Oral Histories of the Indiana Women of Achievement Awardees. Her presentation focused on the personal reflections of female leaders in Indiana, and how their stories can be used to develop a model of women's leadership and engagement in social movements and social change.

Glowacki-Dudka plans to share research data through a variety of venues – a quilt exhibit, a leadership model, a book collecting the oral histories of the awardees, and online curriculum, academic presentations, and publications.

Michelle (Shelly) Glowacki-Dudka, Ph.D., has been working in the field of adult education since 1995. She earned a master's degree from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Dudka joined Ball State University in 2003 as an associate professor of Adult, Higher, and Community Education and is active in teaching, research, and service.