Zumhagen, Patricia (pz2109)

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Zumhagen, Patricia
English Education
Arts & Humanities

334H HMann

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Tuesday: 3:00pm-5:00pm and Wednesday: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Biographical Information

Pat Zumhagen, a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, graduated with a BA in English Literature from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire; an MA in Philosophy of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto; and, a Ph.D, in English Education from Ohio State University. Her Doctoral research, carried out with high school students, involved the study of the representation of women and relationships in classic American literature. Among her professional interests are curriculum development, involving educational drama and the arts in the teaching of literature, and developing ways in which the curriculum design includes a focus on experiential education, as in her former life, she taught in a Dewey-based high school that focused on student empowerment, student-centered and experiential learning. At that high school, she developed a peer-baed and non-hierarchical judicial system that reflected her interested in ethics and justice. On the personal side, she enjoys photography, travel, theatre and music.

Before coming to Teachers College to teach in the Dept. of English Education, she served for fifteen years as an English teacher at the Linworth Program of Worthington High School in Worthington, OH. She also served as the Director of Experiential Education at Linworth. In that capacity and through a program called Walkabout, she placed high school seniors in semester-long internships reflecting their interests in placements in all parts of the U.S. and in South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. She is still in touch with many of her former high school students and is working on the publication of a book about the Walkabout Program, the many students she placed, their mentors and the growth and educational experiences that the students had during those internships.

Pat's lifelong dream has been to live and work in New York City and it has been a dream come true to have moved here and been employed at Teachers College. Pat has two children and four grandchildren.

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture: English Education, The Ohio State University

M.A. in Philosophy of Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

M.A. Communications Program (16 credits), Wayne State University

M.A. English Program (20 credits), Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan

B.A. in English with Minor in Education, Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire

Scholarly Interests

Drama in English Education, Teacher Preparation, Professional Education of Teachers, Experiential Education, Literature and the Arts


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