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Cathy Smeltzer Erb

DEPARTMENT: Education Dept

POSITION: Professor and Undergraduate Department Chair

DEPARTMENT: MA in Education, Harrisonburg

POSITION: Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 209

PHONE: (540) 432-4638

EMAIL: cathy.smeltzererb@emu.edu

Cathy Smeltzer Erb is chair of the undergraduate teacher education program, Jesse T. Byler Endowed Chair, and professor of teacher education. Cathy earned a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in curriculum, teaching, and learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), and a B.S. in vocational home economics education from Eastern Mennonite University. Prior to entering teacher education in 2002, Dr. Smeltzer Erb spent over 15 years as a middle and high school family studies teacher and guidance counselor in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She teaches undergraduate and graduate curriculum and methods courses with an emphasis on student-centered pedagogy, constructivism, and equitable classroom environments. She has provided consultation services to pre-service, in-service, and university faculty in the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam in the areas of curriculum development, beginning teacher induction, teacher development, instructional practices, and action research. Her research explores the emotional dimension of beginning teaching, auto-ethnography and personal narrative of the calling to teach, teacher development, equitable instruction, and action research. She has presented at local, national, and international conferences. Cathy received the AILACTE Scholar Award in 2004.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 2004
  • M.Ed., University of Toronto, 1999
  • B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 1985

Publications

  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (submitted). Making Amends: A restorative justice approach to classroom behavior.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (Forthcoming). A journey of the self: “Be” who you are. In Andrew Kemp (Ed.), The Dignity of the Calling: Educators Share the Beginnings of Their Journeys.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (2011, Spring). Teacher Training: The Story of Darma Makahube. Mennonite Central Committee Global Family Sponsorship Report. Retrieved from http://globalfamily.mcc.org/system/files/Indonesia_
    Teacher%20Training_Spring%202011%20CA%20US.pdf
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (2010). The power of “we” language in creating equitable learning environments. AILACTE Journal (The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education). _7_(1), 83-91.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (2004). The emotional experiences of beginning teacher learning. Research in Ontario Secondary Schools: A Series of Brief Reports, _9_(3). Retrieved August 12, 2004 from http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/field-centres/rossindx.htm
  • Hannay, L., Smeltzer Erb, C., & Ross, J. (2001). To the barricades: The relationship between secondary school organizational structures and the implementation of policy initiatives. International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice, _4_(2), 97-113.
  • Hannay, L., Smeltzer Erb, C., & Ross, J. (2001). Building change capacity within secondary schools through goal driven and living organizations. School Leadership & Management, _21_(3), 269-284.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (1998). Improving the motivation of a general level student. Orbit, _29_(3), 44-45.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • A journey of the self: “Be” who you are. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 19, 2015.
  • Dignity of the calling: Teacher educators share the beginnings of the journeys. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Phoenix, AZ, February 15, 2015.
  • Clinical Experiences, Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education/Association of Teacher Educators-VA, Fall Conference, Sweet Briar College, VA, October, 2013.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., & Brownscombe, S. Equitable instruction: Classroom practices that support socially just learning. Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA, February, 2013.
  • Becoming a Teacher: Stages and Emotions of Beginning Teacher Development, Satya Wacana Christian University, Faculty of Education and Teaching (Fakultas Keguruan Dan Ilmu Pendidikan), Salatiga, Indonesia, March 31, 2011.
  • Creating Equitable Classroom Learning Environments Through Teaching Practices. Satya Wacana Christian University, Faculty of Education and Teaching (Fakultas Keguruan Dan Ilmu Pendidikan), Salatiga, Indonesia, March 24, 2011.
  • Planning Teaching and Learning Activities. Satya Wacana Christian University, Faculty of Language and Literature (Fakultas Bahasa dan Sastra), Curriculum & Material Development class, Salatiga, Indonesia, March 22, 2011.
  • Beginning Teacher Development: Living the Emotions of Teaching. Satya Wacana Christian University, Faculty of Language and Literature (Fakultas Bahasa dan Sastra), Salatiga, Indonesia, February 23, 2011.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., & Brownscombe, S. Why are we unique? Examining program components that set apart AILACTE programs. Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, Chicago, February 6, 2009.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., Brownscombe, S., & Flanagan, T. Documentation of Student Learning: The proof’s in the project. Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA, February 7, 2008.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., & Wessner, D. Assessing Inter-Cultural Communicative Competence (IC3) through action research. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 9, 2007.
  • An action research study examines inter-cultural communicative competence. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, New York City, NY, February 26, 2007.
  • Intersecting the emotional, moral, and ethical dimensions of beginning teacher development. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA, January 29, 2006.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., & Brownscombe, S. L. Attending to the affective domain in teacher education: Placing caring and emotional knowledge at the center. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, D.C., February 22, 2005.
  • The emotions of learning to teach. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, 2004.