Middle Schools Research Area:

School which educates them after they have finished their first school and before they commence the last

Published Faculty:

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Wolfgang Althof, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Teresa M. Fischer Endowed Professor in Citizenship Education

Wolfgang Althof is the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education and serves as the Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Clearing House (CECH) at the College of Education and the Co-Director (with Marvin W. Berkowitz) of the Center for Character and Citizenship. Prior to coming to UM-St. Louis he was at the Department of Education, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. At UMSL, he teaches courses in Citizenship Education and Qualitative Social Research Methods. Dr. Althof is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Moral Education (AME), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). He ser...
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Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor in Character Education

Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and University of Missouri President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor. He has also served as the inaugural Ambassador H.H. Coors Professor of Character Development at the US Air Force Academy (1999), and Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Ethics Studies at Marquette University (1979-1999). He was also founder and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research in Milwaukee. Since 1999 he has directed the Leadership Academy in Character Education in St. Louis.
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Carole Murphy, Ed.D., Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus

Carole H. Murphy is a 20-year veteran of the Texas public school system and an 18-year veteran of higher education. She is an internationally known educator in the fields of educational leadership and social studies education. She has worked as a teacher and an administrator in higher education and K-12 schools. For several years, she taught and was an administrator in the American International School System, Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, she has been published in numerous international journals in the areas of professional development schools, cultural diversity, technology with students at both the K-12 and university levels, and in helping teachers understand action research.
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James A. Shymansky, Ph.D., Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Science Education

Dr. James A. Shymansky is the holder of the E. Desmond Lee Family Professor of Science Education II endowed professorship. He received his BS in Education from Bloomsburg State College, his MS in Physics from Indiana State University and his Ph.D. in Science Education from the Florida State University.

 Before joining the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1997, he taught for 5 years in elementary, middle and high school in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Indiana and Florida and for 25 years at the University of Iowa.
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Cathy Vatterott, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor

Professor Vatterott received a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1972, a Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Louis University in 1981. Professor Vatterott began working at UM-St. Louis as an adjunct in 1981 and began a full-time position in 1991. She was formerly a junior high school teacher and a middle school principal. She serves on the Board of Directors for DeLaSalle Middle School, a Catholic college-prep middle school that serves disadvantaged students from the Ville neighborhood in North St. Louis.