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The Organization

The Curriculum and Pedagogy group works to create and foster a democratic space in which diverse individuals seeking academic enrichment and professional engagement commit to educational reform and social change. A decision-making Town Hall is held at the annual conference. All members of the organization are invited to participate in a modified consensus process to determine the work of the organization. A member is any person who has attended a conference in the last three years. Between conferences the work of the organization is directed by the Governance Council.

By-Laws

The Governance Council

The Governance Council consists of 18 members each serving a three-year term and representing the diversity of the membership. Those present at the annual conference elect six new members to the council to replace the six whose term is ending. The Council establishes procedures and guidelines for conducting its business consistent with the philosophy of the organization. However, any policy and procedure is subject to review and revision by the membership at the Annual Meeting, which as a body of the whole, is the sole and final decision-making body of this organization.

Governance Council

GINA ANDERSON

Dr. Gina Anderson is currently the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Professional Education and has served educational settings for over 25 years in a number of roles. She taught several years of elementary and middle school in Oklahoma City, OK and served as a student teacher supervisor and teaching and research assistant at Oklahoma State University, where she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction in 2004. Dr. Anderson has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum, pedagogy, educational foundations, and diversity. She has served as the program coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction in the Department of Teacher Education and as a mentor in the Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy. Culturally-responsive teaching strategies and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning guide her research and scholarly interests, and she has several peer-reviewed publications and presentations in these areas. Her honors and awards include the Academic Exchange Quarterly Journal Editor's Choice Award, College of Professional Education Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Professional Education Outstanding Faculty Award for Academic Mentor/Advisor, Dr. G. Ann Uhlir Fellowship in Higher Education Administration, Academic Affairs Faculty Fellowship, and the Innovation in Academia Award. Dr. Anderson is a member of several professional organizations and serves on the council of the Curriculum and Pedagogy group.

MIRYAM ESPINOSA-DULANTO

Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto's writing as well as her academic research departs from identifying herself as a woman of color, a Mestiza from the Borderlands, and a non-mainstream person in the US. From that perspective, she explores the construction and transmission of knowledge in US schools. Miryam has taught in urban and rural settings, worked in teacher professional development, and had poetry readings in Asia, Europe, Latin America and in the United States. Currently, Miryam is teaching Spanish and Cultural Studies at Valdosta State University in Southern Georgia and, she is also working on a Poetry Collection, "Finding Home in Memory: Stories of Immigration, Diaspora, and Dis/location."

Michael Ndemanu

LAURA JEWETT

Laura Jewett is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum Theory in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the University of Texas at Brownsville where she teaches graduate curriculum courses at the Doctoral and Master level and undergraduate philosophic foundations and pedagogy courses. Dr. Jewett holds a Ph.D. in Education specializing in Curriculum Theory from Louisiana State University. She is the author of one book, A Delicate Dance: Autoethnography, Curriculum, and the Semblance of Intimacy published by Peter Lang as well as book chapters and journal articles focusing primarily on issues of curriculum, culture, epistemology and qualitative research. She serves on the guiding Council of the National Curriculum and Pedagogy Group and as Secretary/Treasurer of the John Dewey Society Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association. She also serves as co-editor of the Vignette section of 'Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education and on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Research interests continue to focus on issues of culture, curriculum, and auto/ethnographic research along with an emerging interest on chaos and complexity influenced models of emergent change

JIM KILBANE

Jim Kilbane is a Clinical Assistant Professor of STEM Education at Cleveland State University. He currently works with secondary science and math pre-service educators in the CSUteach program. He coordinates the Middle Grades program as well as being faculty in residence at MC2, the STEM high school on campus. Jim has been Chair and Registrar for C&P in the past as well as hosting the annual conference for the past three years in New Orleans and the upcoming conferences in Cleveland. His current research is in the interplay between teacher inquiry and student inquiry when both are practiced simultaneously in a classroom.

WILL LETTS

Will Letts is the Provost, CSU Ontario and Head of its Burlington campus. He is also Associate Dean Courses in the Faculty of Education and teaches on the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies program on CSU’s campus in Canada. He is a member of the university’s Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE) and his research interests include the cultural studies of science and science education, especially with respect to sexuality, gender and indigenous knowledges, interrogating subjectivities in ECE/teacher education, and the enactment of pedagogical documentation in tertiary settings. He views educators/teachers as inquirers and thus researchers who are interested in examining their own pedagogies, their work with children, their practices, and the issues that underscore and sustain our field. A former high school science teacher and coach, Will has been with Charles Sturt University for the past fifteen years in a variety of roles.

JUBIN RAHATZAD

Jubin Rahatzad is a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies at Purdue University. He received his M.A. in Political Science from Purdue University in 2007. Research interests include critical theories focused on the context of empire and eco-justice issues. Current activities include teaching a foundational Multiculturalism and Education course and research around teacher education study abroad programs.

Sam Tanner

Sam Tanner is an assistant professor of literacy education in The Pennsylvania State University system at the Altoona campus. He received his PhD in critical literacy and English education from The University of Minnesota in the spring of 2014. Previously, he worked as a high school English and drama teacher in the Twin Cities for twelve years. Sam's teaching and research is committed to democratic education and concerns critical whiteness studies, arts-based pedagogy, and arts-based research. Sam also has a creative writing agenda that is detailed at: www.samjtanner.com

Deb Freedman

Deb Freedman is the Education Manager at the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI). She is responsible for managing the Institute’s educational portfolio. Specifically, she works with researchers to develop new teaching materials, courses, certificate programs, and training guides. She has had many and varied experiences in the field of education. Prior to joining FPDI she was an Online Learning Consultant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada; an sessional instructor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada; and, an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Penn State University.

Vonzell Agosto

Dr. Agosto's research agenda engages theories of social oppression in connection to the concepts of curriculum, leadership, and culture (popular, heritage, material). Her primary line of inquiry explores how educators conceptualize and operationalize curriculum in the contexts of teaching, leading, and learning. This line of inquiry attends to the preparation of educators, administrators, and youth; their experiences within and influence on educational contexts to be (more or less) oppressive especially in regard to race, gender, and dis/ability.

Freyca Calderon

Freyca Calderon finished her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. Linguistic diversity and multiculturalism in education through the lens of critical pedagogy are at the center of her research interests in order to address social equity and justice. Her research work privileges qualitative methods as she advocates for seeking in-depth understandings and meanings of phenomena as people experienced them. Freyca wants to continue exploring possibilities for community building for marginalized and under-theorized groups and contributing to the teacher education field by linking theoretical perspectives with everyday experiences and developing culturally relevant understandings.

Gail Gessert

Jim Jupp

James C. Jupp works in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Southern University.  He worked in rural and inner-city Title I settings for eighteen years before accepting a position working with teachers, administrators, and researchers at the university level.  A public school teacher in diverse rural poor and inner-city Title I schools, his first line of research focuses on White teachers’ understandings of race, class, language, and difference pedagogy in teaching across cultural and racial difference.  Drawing on his experiences as teacher and researcher, he is currently the Lead Editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies on “Second-wave White Teacher Identity Studies,” and he recently published a review of literature on the same theme in Review of Educational Research, the top-ranked journal in education research by impact factor in 2015. Additionally, drawing on his experiences living and studying in Spanish language traditions in Mexico and Texas, his second line of research develops internationalized sensibilities in education with an emphasis on Latino curriculum targeted at informing education in Latin@ serving institutions, teacher education programs, and preservice and professional teacher education. Overall, Jupp has published more than twenty scholarly articles in a variety of journals including the Review of Educational Research, Curriculum Inquiry, Gender and Education, International Journal of Qualitative Research in Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Urban Education, the Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, the English Journal, and Multicultural Review. His second book, Becoming Teachers of Inner-city Students, was published on Sense Publishers in 2013.

Mauren Navarro

Rupert Collister

Dr. Rupert Collister has worked in the post-compulsory education sector for over nineteen years and his experience reflects the diversity of the sector in its broadest sense. His first book, ‘A journey in search of wholeness and meaning’, was published in 2010 by Peter Lang Publishers (Switzerland). A second book, entitled: ‘The Art of Noticing Deeply: Commentaries on Teaching and Learning and Mindfulness’, co-edited with two colleagues from Laurentian University was recently published (fall, 2016) by Cambridge Scholars Press of Great Britain. He is currently working on two new writing projects. The first is an e-book that he is co-editing with colleagues from Mount Saint Vincent University entitled “International Conversations of Teacher educators: Collaborations in Education”. The second is a solo project exploring metaphor, philosophy, and currere in search of holistic approaches teacher education curriculum. He is a member of the Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, a member of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Council at the University of Toronto, Canada for 2016/2017, and he is a member of the Governing Council for the Curriculum and Pedagogy Group for 2017-2020.

Sarah Taylor Cook

Sarah Taylor Cook is an online instructor at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She also collaborates with Juvenile Justice Advocates International, a non-governmental organization that works to impact policy and support detained youth and their families in Mexico. Sarah’s research focuses on transforming educational institutions and their constituencies to extend their reach and impact on under-served populations. She holds a Master’s degree, cum laude, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a second Master’s from SUNY Buffalo in multidisciplinary studies, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Keiser University. She has taught and carried out education research in Mexico City and the U.S. since 1993.

Jeffry King

Jeffry King is a lecturer at Texas State University, department of Curriculum and Instruction, and an adjunct professor for Concordia University Texas’ School of Education.  He teaches courses on pedagogy and instructional methods, middle school philosophy and learning, and child growth and development.  His research and writing focus specifically on the understandings and practices of dialogic tension within pedagogy

Karla O’Donald

Karla is a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies at Texas Christian University. She is also an instructor in the Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies at the same institution. Her research interests include Latino intellectual traditions and its connection to critical pedagogy, foreign language teacher education, and the use of Spanish for specific fields and purposes. Her efforts focus on working with underrepresented students on her campus, service learning projects in the community, and a Spanish academy for faculty and staff.

2017 Officers and Commitee Members

Council Officers

Council Chair

James Kilbane

Council Chair-Elect

Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto

Council Secretary

Freyca Calderon

Council Treasurer

Deb Freedman

Conference Registrar

Rupert Collister

Program Committee

Co-Chairs

Sam Tanner & Deb Freedman

Members

Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto

Freyca Calderon

Jeffry King

Gail Gessert

Publications Committee

Chair

Gina Anderson

Members

Vonzell Agosto

Mauren Navarro

Karla O’Donald

Ex Officio Members

Jenny Sandlin* (Journal Editor)

Will Letts (Journal Editor)

Membership Committee

Chair

Sarah Taylor Cook

Members

Gail Gessert

Altheria Gaston

Fellowship & Awards Committee

Chair

Vonzell Agosto

Members

Altheria Gaston

Laura Jewett

Nominations Committee

Chair

Mauren Navarro

Members

Will Letts

Karla O’Donald

Site Committee

Co-Coordinators

Hannah Dockrill* & Jubin Rahatzad

Members

James Kilbane

Rupert Collister

Finance Committee

Chair

Deb Freedman

Members

Will Letts

Rupert Collister

Legal & Archives Committee

Chair

Freyca Calderon

Members

Jeffry King

Jim Jupp


*Designates members of a committee who are not currently on the Governance Council. Any member is welcome to assist on a standing or ad-hoc committee in addition to the council members.

Council Responsibilities & Tasks

Council Chair

Bylaw charge: "A chair, who shall serve for a single term of two years: in year one, to share duties as chair elect and in year two, to coordinate activities on the Council and assure that the business of the Curriculum & Pedagogy group is handled in a manner consistent with its purposes and the intentions or resolutions expressed at the Annual Meeting."

Specific Duties:

  1. Facilitate ongoing conversation and decision-making among the Council during the year
  2. Monitors wiki
  3. Chairs the Annual Business Meeting of C & P at the Conference
  4. Works closely with the Treasurer, Program Chair, and Registrar to insure smooth and fiscally sound operation of the Annual Conference
  5. Insures that each committee is operating in a manner consistent with its charge and that each Council member is undertaking one specific responsibility during the year
  6. Serve as ex-officio member of each standing committee

Council Treasurer

Bylaw Charge: "A treasurer, who shall serve for a term of two years: the treasurer is responsible for all fiscal matters and in providing an annual written report at the Annual Meeting and at any other time requested by the Council. The election of the secretary and the treasurer are to occur on alternating years, as to prevent them from cycling off of their roles at the same time in order to preserve continuity."

Specific Duties:

  1. Oversees all fiscal matters of Council, including conference expenses
  2. Monitors financial commitments that the Council is considering to insure that there will be/are funds to support these commitments.
  3. Works with the Council Chair, Registrar, Program and Fellowship & Awards committee chairs to insure that the funds to support their activities are/will be available
  4. Submits periodic financial reports to the Council
  5. Provides an annual written report at the Annual C & P business meeting and at any other time requested by the Council.
  6. Submits a financial report to the Council within three weeks of completion of the conference. The financial report consists of an income statement with specific categories listed as well as an expense statement delineating how the money was disbursed.
  7. Once the financial statement is reviewed and approved by the Council, works with the Secretary to see that it is shared with the C & P membership
  8. Works with the registrar to monitor the payment of registration fees/forms. In order to finalize the income statement, the treasurer has to determine that the cash/checks/credit charges noted on the registration forms balances with what was deposited in the money market account that the treasurer maintains for Council business.
  9. Arranges for a CPA to review financial books when budgeted by Council

Council Secretary

Bylaw Charge: "A secretary, who shall serve for a term of two years: the secretary or designee shall record the minutes of each Council meeting and the Annual Meeting and distribute them at or before the next meeting via electronic means. In the absence of the secretary, a temporary secretary may be appointed from among those present at the meeting by the chair. The election of the secretary and the treasurer are to occur on alternating years, as to prevent them from cycling off of their roles at the same time in order to preserve continuity."

Specific Duties:

  1. Keeps minutes of all Council meetings and provides them to the Council for comment and correction
  2. Insures that the conference website has on-line all Council minutes
  3. Works with website coordinator to insure that the site is up-to-date and accurate
  4. Maintains a copy of all Council wiki discussions as provided by the archivist

Conference Registrar

  • Develops conference registration process
  • Tracks submitted registration forms and contacts those individuals for missing money or information
  • Acknowledges receipt of registration and payment to attendees
  • Accepts registrations and processes forms by entering data into spreadsheet
  • Provides receipts as necessary to attendees
  • The registrar works with the treasurer to ensure payments match registrations.
  • Provides updates to Program, Site, and council as to numbers registered
  • Organizes the conference registration table at conference, including scheduling each Council member for table duty and keeping up with paperwork from on-site registrations
  • Works with Fellowship & Awards committee regarding assistance from scholarship candidates

Council Committees

V. b. 4: "The Council shall elect from among themselves, all officers and committee chairs."

VI. a. Committees: There will be the following standing committees: Conference Program Committee, Conference Site Committee, Publications Committee, Membership Committee, Fellowship & Awards Committee, Nominations Committee, Legal & Archives Committee, Finance Committee.

Program Committee

  • The committee develops possible conference themes and organizing structures for discussion and approval of the Council
  • Receives either electronically or via surface mail, all conference proposals.
  • Distributes proposals for external review.
  • Receives reviewed proposals and informs authors of status of proposals.
  • Organizes and creates conference program
  • Distributes completed program electronically
  • Creates a printed copy of program booklet with session abstracts for distribution at conference
  • Coordinates activities such as art exhibitions, evening performance events
  • Coordinates, with Site Committee, audio-visual needs of presenters
  • Appoints any other sub-committees or individuals necessary for the completion of the committee's task
  • Collaborates with Publications Committee in development of program-related materials
  • Organizes Town Hall meetings, with the exception of the annual business meeting

Site Committee

  • Includes a Site Coordinator and works closely with the Program and Membership Committees.
  • Secures site for conference dates approved by the Council
  • Reviews and submits contract with conference facility for review and approval of the Council
  • Contacts restaurants and/or conference facility regarding meals, maintaining contact as conference approaches and predicting numbers
  • Acquires details regarding rooms, equipment, and other conference facilities (e.g., gallery space, theater area), sharing this with the Program Committee
  • Identifies local entertainment for the conference
  • Secures information about airport and local transportation, weekend entertainment
  • Contacts local Visitors' Bureau for conference useful materials and assistance
  • Contacts local colleges and universities with information about the conference and opportunities to participate
  • Contacts local school systems regarding conference, exploring options for participation
  • Organizes the annual book fair at the conference which includes soliciting complementary display books from publishers and encouraging attendees to bring copies of their books and publications for display
  • Coordinates graduate course offerings

Publications Committee

  • Coordinates all C&P publications projects, including but not limited to the edited volume of proceedings, the journal, and book series.
  • Oversees selection of an editing team to produce the annual conference proceedings
  • Selects the annual winner(s) of the Jim Sears Award upon recommendation by the editing team of the conference proceedings; notifies winners; provides a plaque for the winner and a certificate for up to two honorable mentions, to be presented along with a small cash prize at the next annual conference
  • Includes, but is not limited to, the journal co-editors and at least one representative from the editing team of each C&P scholarly publication.

Membership Committee

  • Maintains an accurate and up-to-date database of C & P members working closely with the Registrar
  • Provides demographic summary of participants attending the conference from data provided by the Registrar
  • Oversees all communications related to C & P, including but not limited to the C & P website, the mailbox system, conference brochures, and conference call for papers/presentations
  • Appoints a webmaster to insure that the conference website and mailbox system are maintained
  • Prepares and distributes the annual Call for Papers/Presentations and any other promotional materials for the conference. Dissemination is done not later than early spring including extensive distribution at AERA and related conferences.
  • Insures that the general membership is informed about all C&P projects and opportunities.

Fellowship & Awards Committee

  • Examines current guidelines for the selection of scholarship recipients to determine if these guidelines still express C & P priorities for these awards
  • Works with Council and Treasurer to determine the number of recipients, reporting back to the council
  • Works with Membership Committee to insure that scholarship information is disseminated to the membership via Facebook, email database and Web site
  • Receives application forms and notifies applicants of their receipt
  • Organizes applications and sends to committee members for their review and evaluation
  • Engages committee in discussion about the prioritization of the applications based on previously agreed criteria
  • Notifies the applicants of the decision regarding awards
  • Makes roommate assignments and provides this information to the Registrar
  • Works with Site Committee to assign awardees to work at book fair table or other conference tasks for no more than two hours
  • In even-numbered years, updates application process for outstanding dissertation award, seeking council approval for any substantive changes
  • Updates call for Dissertation Award and works with Membership Chair to ensure dissemination of call
  • Receives dissertations and acknowledges receipt
  • Reviews entries and determines an award recipient and an honorable mention, if appropriate
  • Coordinates with Treasurer to have plaque and award check ready for presentation at the conference

Nominations Committee

  • Solicits nominations for Council vacancies at least four weeks prior to the conference with nominations remaining open until the day before balloting
  • Insures that nominees have representation from full-time practitioners, college professors and graduate students and reflecting diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual identity, but not limited to those categories
  • Contacts nominees to confirm their willingness to serve, explaining duties of office
  • Prepares written ballots which includes a brief description of each nominee
  • Oversees election, tallies ballots, and reports results to the C & P membership
  • Submits a written statement of the results to the Secretary

Legal & Archives Committee

  • (re)assembles records of organizational structure(s) and policies of the C & P and Council providing these to the membership
  • Maintains all Council LISTSERV or wiki communications
  • Recommends policies and procedures for archival access into Council communications
  • Maintains all legal records of C & P
  • Pursues all legal issues as directed by the Council or Council Chairperson
  • Coordinates any proposed changes to the C & P bylaws
  • Insure that photographs and other archival collections are taken at each conference

Finance Committee

  • The treasurer serves as the chair of the committee
  • The treasurer-elect serves as vice-chair of the committee
  • Works with the treasurer and treasurer-elect in the completion of their duties
  • After consultation with the site coordinator, proposes the annual registration fee that will then be discussed and set by the Council no later than February.
  • Works with Site Coordinator to actively seeks out university financial support for the annual conference to meet target goal set by Council
  • Explores activities that can raise money for C & P

Reports

Report Year
Finance Report 2010 2011 2012
Registrar's Report 2010 2011 2012
Council Chair's Report

2010

2011

2012
Minutes of Council Meetings 2010 2011 2012
Program Committee Report

2010

2011 2012
Publications Committee Report

2010

2011

2012
Membership Committee Report 2010

2011

2012

Nominations Committee Report 2010 2011 2012
Fellowship & Awards Committee Report

2010

2011

2012
Site Committee Report

2010

2011

2012