Monday, December 3, 2018

Dr. Phyllis Esposito Joins Edgewood College as the New Director of the Center for Multicultural Education

Center for Multicultural Education

Dr. Phyllis Esposito brings 10 years of experience as a K-12 public school teacher and 8 years experience as a teacher educator serving and preparing candidates to teach in culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse schools and communities. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and an Integrated Master's degree in Humanities and Education from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, and received her PhD  with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction and Sociocultural Foundations of Education from the University of Kansas. 

Prior to coming to Edgewood College, Dr. Esposito was a member of the faculty at Evergreen State College. In this capacity, she taught in the Master in Teaching program, preparing graduate students seeking initial certification and a master's degree in teaching. "The program’s themes of social justice and transformative education afforded many opportunities for me to design experiences and learning opportunities drawing on the attributes of critical multicultural education. At the core of my work is my interest in teacher identity development and teacher multicultural self-efficacy, one's confidence in their belief to enact multicultural educational practices."

Dr. Esposito's interest in multicultural self-efficacy has led her to working with colleges and universities both nationally and internationally as a resource faculty member for the Washington Center's national summer institute on Teaching and Learning. More recently, this included working with higher education faculty, staff, and administrators to develop their capacity to see the interrelationship between the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SotL) with an Equity Mindset. 

"In all, my experiences as an educator and now faculty developer centers on one primary question: To what end?  At the core of this question is my quest for understanding more fully the role and responsibilities of educators in educating our students --honoring their aspirations and the acknowledging the community cultural wealth--they bring to our campus and into our classrooms."