Faculty and Staff
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Director of American Studies
Hollis L. Caswell Professor of Educational Studies
Deborah Appleman received her doctorate in English Education at the University of Minnesota in 1986. At Carleton she is the Hollis L. Caswell professor of educational studies and director of Carleton's Summer Writing Program, a three-week program for high school juniors and seniors). She also teaches the English section of Carleton's summer workshop for teachers, the Summer Teaching Institute. During 2003-2004 she served her second year as mentor for Carleton's second group of Posse students from the Chicago area. Professor Appleman's primary research interests include multicultural literature, adolescent response to literature, teaching literary theory to secondary students, and adolescent response to poetry. She was a high school teacher for nine years. She has written numerous book chapters and articles on adolescent response to literature and she co-edited Braided Lives,a multicultural literature anthology published by the Minnesota Humanities Commission. Her book, Reading for Themselves: How to Transform Adolescents into Lifelong Readers Through Out-of-Class Book Clubs was published by Heinemann. She is also the coauthor of Teaching Literature to Adolescents with Richard Beach, Susan Hynds, and Jeffrey Wilhelm. Her book, Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents, now in its second edition, was published jointly by Teachers College Press and the National Council of Teachers of English and is widely used in methods classes across the country. She recently edited an anthology of her students' work titled From the Inside Out: Letters to Young Men and Other Writings Poetry and Prose from Prison and authored Adolescent Literacy and the Teaching of English published by the National Council of Teachers of English.
Anita Chikkatur received her master's and doctoral degrees from the Education, Culture and Society program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Sociology and Education at Swarthmore College, after which Anita taught English at a junior high school in a small town in Japan for two years. Her dissertation research, conducted at an urban public high school, examined processes of racialization as an integral part of creating American national identity, a project being reconfigured as a result of new immigration patterns. Her research and teaching interests include student and teacher perspectives on race, gender and sexuality and issues of diversity and difference in educational institutions.
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Jeff Snyder, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, is a historian of education who studies the twentieth-century United States. A Carleton alumnus, Professor Snyder majored in Psychology and concentrated in Educational Studies. He holds an EdM in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a PhD in the History of Education from New York University.
Before pursuing graduate studies, Professor Snyder taught English to Speakers of Other Languages to students of all ages and ability levels in the Czech Republic, France, China, India, Nepal and the United States. He teaches the following courses at Carleton: Introduction to Educational Studies (EDUC 110), Multicultural Education (EDUC 238), The History of American School Reform (EDUC 245), Fixing Schools (EDUC 250) and a new Argument & Inquiry seminar called Will This Be On the Test? Standardized Testing and American Education (EDUC 100).
Professor Snyder's work explores the intersections between the history of education and broader trends in U.S. cultural and intellectual history. His research interests include African American education during the Jim Crow era; radical and experimental education in the 1960s and 1970s; and standardized testing, from the turn of the twentieth-century to today. His articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of African American History, History of Education Quarterly and Teachers College Record as well as newspapers and magazines such as Boston Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New Republic. He is completing a book called Making Black History: Race, Culture and the Color Line in the Age of Jim Crow, under contract with the University of Georgia Press.
Cathy Tower Oehmke is a Visiting Assistant Professor. She received her BA from Wellesley College in Psychology and Education, her Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from the University of Maine, and her PhD in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. In addition to her work at Carleton, Cathy teaches fourth and fifth grades at Prairie Creek Community School in Northfield.
Ann Leming obtained a BA in Psychology/Sociology from Westmont College and a MA in Special Education from the University of Utah. She has been teaching at St. Olaf since 1983. At St. Olaf, she teaches The Exceptional Child course and supervises student teachers each fall term, and teaches in Thailand during spring term. Since 2001, she has co-directed the Spring Semester in Thailand program which is affiliated with Chiang Mai University. In this capacity she directs the service-learning internship program for the program. Professor Leming joins the educational studies department at Carleton each spring term for Teaching Exceptional Students.
Lecturer in Educational Studies
Andrea Nixon has a BA in Classics from Colorado College, an MA in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University and a PhD in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as an instructional technologist and then as an administrator for over 20 years. In her current position she conducts educational research at Carleton College and is heavily engaged in institutional-level planning as it relates to curricular and research support. Among other professional activities, Andrea has been heavily involved in EDUCAUSE, a higher education association for IT professionals. She has served on EDUCAUSE's Security Task Force - Policies and Legal Issues Working Group, is a former chair of the Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning, and is currently the CoDirector of EDUCAUSE’s Learning Technologies Leadership Institute. Andrea's research interests range from student engagement to institutional copyright policies. To date her research projects have incorporated interview-based case studies, focus groups, and longitudinal survey-based research that employs logistic regression.
Eric Swan McDonald received his BA in Psychobiology from Luther College and after a decade of working with teenagers ranging from small towns to the streets of Chicago he went on to pursue and receive his secondary science teaching license and MSE at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. After teaching science for six years, mostly in an alternative school setting, he received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education, from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to Carleton Eric was a part of both the education and biology departments at St. Olaf College for six years.
Eric’s research interests focus on the situated learning of emerging science teachers during student teaching, how they work and learn with their cooperating teacher, and how that preparation is integral to the effective teaching of science. He is especially interested in how impactful science teachers engage all students, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, giving all greater opportunity for success in this discipline. In addition, he works closely with many local schools connecting volunteers from Carleton with local science classrooms and enrichment opportunities.
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