Zbiek to take reins of College's Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Effective July 1, Zbiek will replace Carla Zembal-Saul, who will resume faculty responsibilities.
Zbiek will oversee teacher education programs at the prekindergarten to grade four, grades four through eight and grades seven to 12 levels in addition to K-12 world languages.
The College’s master's and doctoral programs serve classroom teachers as well as educators in other areas such as libraries, museums and science centers. Programs allow for a variety of concurrent majors and minors.
“Our commitment to high-quality teacher education that prepares professionals for tomorrow's classrooms is complemented by our commitment to educators in many other venues and to graduate study that emphasizes synergy between inquiry and practice,’’ Zbiek said.
Zbiek is a professor of mathematics education. She received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with emphasis in mathematics education from Penn State and became an associate professor of education and mathematics at the University of Iowa before returning to Penn State.
“I believe Rose Mary will thrive in her new role as head of Curriculum and Instruction,’’ Dean David H. Monk said. “I’m certain the department’s students will experience the same high level of guidance and direction.’’
Zbiek’s current research and teaching interests lie in mathematical modeling and the mathematical understandings of teachers and are complemented by her commitment to staff and faculty development.
She authored or co-authored empirical, theoretical, curriculum, policy and practical pieces, and received recognition for classroom-based research and integrating research, teaching and service.
She is series editor of Essential Understanding, a 16-book series on mathematical and statistical content for teachers of mathematics in Pre-K to grade 12 published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
“We have a great staff with many talents,’’ said Zbiek, whose first college course was at Penn State Wilkes-Barre as a high school student. “Our commitment to schools as partners has a long history and is important to me, and similarly strong relationships with other institutions and agencies are emerging. And we will be building on the many good things that have happened under Carla Zembal-Saul's leadership.’’
By Jim Carlson (April 2015)