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					                                             Curriculum Vitae

                                     MELISSA A. PASQUANTONIO

                                  Clinical Faculty, Social Studies Education
                                             School of Education
                                           University of Pittsburgh
                                        5107 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
                                             Pittsburgh, PA 15260
                                            PHONE: 412-648-7318
                                   EMAIL: mpasquan@education.pitt.edu


EDUCATION

Doctoral Candidate, Instruction and Learning
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA
Concentration: Social Studies Education (Language, Literacy and Culture)
Dissertation Focus: Teacher Attitudes towards Technology Integration in the Social Studies
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David M. Berman

MEd, Instruction and Learning, Social Studies Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002
Concentration: Secondary Social Studies Education
Thesis: The Anxiety of Teaching: An Analysis of Pre-service Anxieties towards Entering the Field of Education
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Trenia L. Walker

Professional Year Certification Program, Social Studies Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001
Concentration: Secondary Social Studies Education

University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
Pittsburgh, PA, 1996
Major Areas: Political Science

University of Pittsburgh, B.A.
Pittsburgh, PA, 1996
Major Areas: History




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TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Areas of research inquiry include pre-service teacher attitudes towards instructional technology,
inquiry-based learning, socio-cultural theory, and teacher education.
Teaching interests include the integration of technology in the social studies classroom as well as the
strategies of literature integration in the social studies curriculum, methods of teaching social studies
in the secondary and elementary classroom, methods of differentiated instruction in the classroom,
cross-curricular collaboration in the content areas, dealing with issues of achievement in the urban
social studies classroom, assessment, and current issues/strategies/trends/pre-service teacher training
in the field of social studies education.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Coordinator of Clinical Practice, 2009-Present
Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Clinical Faculty, 2006-Present
Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Social Studies Education Program
           o Introduction to Social Studies Education
           o Technology Integration in the Social Studies Classroom
           o Teaching Laboratory: Secondary Social Studies Education
    Elementary Education
           o Social Studies and Technology in the Elementary Classroom
    Field Site Supervisor
           o Secondary Social Studies MAT/PY Pre-service Teachers
           o Elementary MAT/PY Pre-service Teachers

Interim Coordinator, Spring 2008
Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Professional Year Certification Social Studies Education Program
    Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies Education Program

University Supervisor, 2003-Present
Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Supervise student teachers and interns during their field site experiences, adhering to the guidelines
      established by the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and best
      practice.
    Advise students in the Social Studies Education Program and Secondary Field Certification area.
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      Advise students in the Elementary Education Program and Elementary Field Certification area.
      Maintained accurate records documenting the student teacher’s progress and development, facilitated
       communication between the University, the intern/student teacher, and the cooperating/mentor
       teachers. Provided honest, effective, and constructive feedback to assist in the growth and
       development of the intern’s/student teacher’s skills.

Teaching Fellow, 2003- 2006
Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Responsibilities included maintaining a full 12-credit course load and the development and teaching of
      two graduate level courses per semester. Courses taught included,
           o Technology in Social Studies Education
           o Social Studies and Technology in the Elementary Classroom
           o Introduction to Social Studies Education

Graduate Student Researcher, 2006
Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. John P. Myers
    Transcription and Data Analysis of work produced by secondary students enrolled at the Pennsylvania
      Governor’s School for International Studies.

Museum Educator, 2002-2006
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    Responsibilities included development of curriculum relating to teacher education programs and
      professional development workshops, developing curriculum for the Camp Earth summer program,
      conducting boy scout and girl scout training programs, designing curriculum for Pennsylvania and
      West Virginia gifted student programs, collaborating with local area environmental educators through
      training in the Thermo Fischer Scientific Biotechnology Lab, and training museum educators to
      conduct student-centered and innovative lessons in the Overnight Education Program.

Social Studies Instructor, 2003-2004
Career Connections Charter High School
    Co-teacher in a career based Charter School setting; 10th & 11th Grade Economics and Career Education
       instructor.

Research Assistant, 2003
Department of Instruction and Learning, School of Education
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Trenia L. Walker

Substitute Teacher, 2002-2003
Pittsburgh Public School District
Career Connections Charter High School
West Mifflin Area School District

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Bethel Park School District

Student Teacher, 2001
West Mifflin Area School District
   Sixth grade geography


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

      “So You Want To Be A Teacher” High School Education Recruitment.
      Five-Year Teacher Preparation Program Design (present)
      University Preparatory High School Collaboration Committee (present)
      Vygotsky in the Classroom, Guest Lecturer, 2008
      English Language Learner Course Development Committee (present)
      Social Justice Across the Curriculum Committee (present)
      University of Pittsburgh Middle School Certification Development, Curriculum Development, 2008
      Doctoral Student Information Session, “Same Roads, Different Pathways,” Presenter, 2007
      Application Review Panel; University of Pittsburgh School of Education Social Studies Education
       Program, 2005-2007
      Application Review Panel; University of Pittsburgh School of Education Elementary Education
       Program, 2005-2007
      Pennsylvania Department of Education PDE 430 Training Workshop (hard copy); In collaboration with
       the Coordinator of Field Placement in the training of MAT, PY, and MEd Students enrolled in
       Elementary and Social Studies Education programs in the utilization of the hard copy PDE 430
       document, 2003-2007
      Pennsylvania Department of Education PDE 430 Training Workshop (Iwebfolio); In collaboration with
       the Coordinator of Field Placement in the training of MAT, PY, and MEd Students enrolled in
       Elementary and Social Studies Education programs in the utilization of the digital Iwebfolio PDE 430
       document, 2005-2007
      Elementary Education Curriculum Development Activities; In collaboration with an interdisciplinary
       committee in the development of a fifth year elementary education program, 2003-2007
      Secondary Social Studies Mentor Teacher Training, 2004-2007
      Secondary Social Studies MAT Orientation, Presenter 2007
      Secondary Social Studies PY Orientation, Presenter 2007
      Council of Graduate Students in Education, Student Recruitment 2007
      13th Annual School of Education Academic Research Conference Article Reviews, 2007
      Career Connections Charter High School Senior Project Committee Member, 2005-2007
      National Issues Forum, 2007
      Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Summit, University of Pittsburgh; In collaboration with United States
       Holocaust Memorial Museum Scholars, 2006
      Council of Graduate Student in Education: Vice President, July/August 2006
      12th Annual School of Education Academic Research Conference Article Reviews, 2006
      Elementary Education Curriculum Development Activities, 2006
      University of Pittsburgh Student Services, Student Recruitment Activities, 2005-2007
      Summer Instructional Development Institute: Developing Critical Thinking Skills, 2005
      Instructional Development Institute (Courseweb/Blackboard Training, 2005)

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   University of Pittsburgh School of Education Professional Development Project, 2002-2003
   University of Pittsburgh Human Subjects Research Module, 2007
   University of Pittsburgh Research Integrity Module, 2007
   University of Pittsburgh Conflict of Interest Module, 2007




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TEACHING & COURSE DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE

IL 2260 Introduction to Social Studies Education
      Developed syllabus, course materials, lectures, discussions, and evaluations for graduate and
       undergraduate students enrolled in this methods course designed to introduce the theories, issues,
       trends, strategies involved in the teaching of Social Studies and all of its components (National and
       state standards; socio-cultural components; multicultural education, mechanics of lesson development).
       The primary focus is upon secondary schools as institutions in contemporary society and the role of
       social studies programs and teachers within this context.

IL 2261 Social Studies and Technology in Elementary Schools
      Developed syllabus, course materials, lectures, discussion, activities, and evaluations for Master of Arts
       in Teaching and Professional Year students enrolled in this methods course designed to study the
       definitions, objectives, evaluations and problems of teaching social studies. This methods course
       explores teaching strategies, materials and academic sources of subject material with an emphasis on
       technology as a resource for both educators and students.

IL 2269 Special Topics: Technology Integration in the Social Studies Classroom
      Developed syllabus, course materials, lectures, discussion, activities, and evaluations for Master of Arts
       in Teaching and Professional Year secondary social studies students in this special topics course
       designed to develop media literacy skills and focus on the integration of technology as a tool to
       enhance concept development in the social studies classroom. This course explores and views
       technology as an instructional tool for integrating supplemental sources in to an already established
       curriculum. It involves introducing the pre-service teacher to current issues involving students
       constructing their own learning through the utilization of both software and hardware tools.

IL 2266 Technology in the Social Studies Classroom
      Co-developed syllabus, course materials, lectures, discussion, activities, and evaluations for Masters of
       Arts in Teaching and Professional Year secondary social studies students in this methods course
       designed to provide an overview of how to use technology in the classroom. This class focuses on how
       to manage, instruct, and communicate using technology. Students are exposed to such topics as using
       the Internet to communicate and as a teaching tool; productivity, presentation, and educational
       software in the classroom; and various forms of technology and their use in the classroom. Students
       are expected to demonstrate correct and innovative use of technology tools for the classroom (scanners,
       digital camera, DVD, VCR, video camera, Smart board).

IL 2728 Teaching Lab: Social Studies Education
     Instructed graduate students on how to design lessons and units for use in secondary Social Studies
       classrooms prior to engaging in the student-teaching experience. Critiqued lesson and unit design and
       delivery, offering students practical feedback and suggestions for improvement of lessons and effective
       implementation.




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PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Pi Lambda Theta: International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education
      Faculty Advisor, 2007
      Treasurer, 2006
National Council for the Social Studies, 2005-2008
College and University Faculty Assembly, 2006-2007
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, 2005-2007
Education and Information Technology Library, 2007
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2007
Journal Subscriptions
      Journal of Technology in Teacher Education
      Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education
      Journal of Interactive Learning Research
      Social Education
      Theory and Research in Social Education
Council of Social Studies Specialists, Pending
International Assembly of Social Educators, Pending
Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies, Pending

AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

CGSE Extra Mile Award, 2008
Graduate School of Education Teaching Fellowship: 2003-Present
Ernst B. Dorow Fellowship, 2006
Alumni Doctoral Fellowship, 2005
Ernst B. Dorow Award, 2005


TEACHING COMPETENCIES

Elementary Social Studies Methods
Secondary Social Studies Methods
Gender and Education
Current Issues in Social Studies Education
Media Literacy in the Social Studies Classroom
Technology in the Elementary School
Technology in the Secondary Social Studies




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