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Fall 2007 Faculty Appointments

The College is proud to announce the appointments of five outstanding faculty members.

By Joe Savrock (September 2007) 



Katerina Bodovski has joined the faculty as assistant professor of education in the Educational Theory & Policy program. She was employed for five years at the Center of Children and Youth at Brookdale Institute of Human Development in Jerusalem, Israel. Her work as a senior research assistant focused on two main areas: the patterns of accommodation of immigrant youth, and formal and informal education. Bodovski received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Penn State. She obtained both her M.A. in Sociology and her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests are sociology of education, stratification and inequality, race and ethnicity, sociology of children, sociology of family, and immigration. 



Gail M. Boldt is associate professor of language & literacy education. She arrives from the University of Iowa, where she served on the faculty for seven years. Boldt received a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa; an M.T.S. in Religion and Culture from Harvard University; and a B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College. She also received her teaching certification from Mills College and taught elementary school for seven years in Honolulu. Working from post-structural and psychoanalytic frameworks, her research interests focus on how students' identities are constructed and experienced in schools and how this interacts with teaching and learning.




Simon R. Hooper, associate professor of instructional systems, has served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota for the past 18 years. He is quite familiar with the Penn State campus, having received all three of his academic degrees here—Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Mathematics, and B.S. in Secondary Education–Mathematics. Previous to that, he obtained a certificate of education from Durham University in England. Hooper's research interests include new media design and development, interface design, and using educational technology to solve educational problems. 




Stephanie C. Serriere is a new assistant professor of social studies education. She recently received her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Indiana University. Previously, she worked on her master’s degree at Northern Arizona University and earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Indiana University. Her research interests are civic identity, young children, classroom deliberations, and social constructions of gender with an international focus.



Deborah C. Smith is assistant professor of science education. She was a teacher for the past six years at Woodcreek Magnet School for Math, Science and Engineering in Lansing, Mich. Previously, she served on the science education faculty at Michigan State University. Smith earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction–Science Education at the University of Delaware; an M.A. T. in Science Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and a B.A. in Biology at Boston University. Her research interests focus on the interactions between elementary teachers’ knowledge for teaching science and their students’ images of, and understanding of, science, especially in grades K–3.




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