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Mini Moments With Big Thinkers

Mini Moments With Big Thinkers

Matthew Pittinsky

Matthew Pittinsky (Ph.D. '08) is Chief Executive Officer of Parchment Inc., a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company that markets, a web-based, password-protected transcript exchange network  that allows participating high schools, higher-education institutions and employers to securely share electronic transcripts. is the company’s free, web-based service that helps transcript owners (students) to establish a secure credential account and to put their data to work in the college admissions process—for example, by identifying institutions where they are most likely to be accepted and to thrive. 

Pittinsky received his  doctorate from TC's Sociology and Education program, which was then in the College's Department of Human Development and is now in its Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis. Peviously, in 1997, he co-founded Blackboard Inc., serving first as Chief Executive Officer and then Executive Chairman. Millions of students across the world use Blackboard technologies. He left Blackboard in 2008 to teach and conduct research as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Social and Family Dynamics, but remained Chairman of Blackboard’s Board of Directors until 2011, when the company was sold to Providence Equity for $1.7 billion and taken private. Pittinsky serves on the Board of Trustees of The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In 2012 he received President’s Medal of Excellence to recognize his impact and innovation in the field of education technology and entrepreneurship. 

Learn about TC's Department of Math, Science & Technology, which also produces many technology entrepreneurs.


Premiered on 10/20/2013


In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

More Big Thinkers

Nahas Angula

Ed.M., 1979; M.A., 1978

Leonard Blackman

Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

George Bonanno

Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Clinical Psychology

Warner Burke

Professor of Psychology & Education

George Bond

Professor of Anthropology and Education

Margaret Crocco

former TC Professor of Social Studies and Education

Morton Deutsch

E.L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

Christopher Emdin

Assistant Professor of Science Education

Alumnus William Epps

Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Los Angeles

Celia Genishi

Professor of Education

Antoinette Gentile

Professor Emeritus, Movement Sciences

A. Lin Goodwin

Vice Dean and Professor of Education

Edmund Gordon

Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education

Maxine Greene

William F. Russell Professor Emeritus in Foundations of Education

R. Douglas Greer

Professor of Psychology and Education

Jeffrey Henig

Professor of Political Science & Education, Department Chair, EPSA

Sharon Lynn Kagan

Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy

John B. King, Jr.

Ed.D. '08, New York State Commissioner of Education

Henry Levin

Professor of Economics & Education

Eric Nadelstern

Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership

Sandra Okita

Assistant Professor of Technology and Education

Michael Rebell

Professor of Law and Education

William Dodge Rueckert

Co-Chair, Teachers College Board of Trustees

Donna Shalala

President of the University of Miami, former TC faculty member

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Professor of Education

Derald Wing Sue

Professor of Psychology and Education

Ruth Vinz

Program Coordinator, English Education

Cally L. Waite

Associate Professor of History and Education

Barbara Wallace

Professor of Health Education

Vivian Ota Wang

M. Phil. '94, Ph.D. '95

Howell Wechsler

Ed.D. '95 and 2012-2013 Tisch Lecturer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Sex Therapist, Author and Media Personality