Kathleen Harris Ph.D.

 
 
Assistant Professor, Division of Education
Seton Hill Faculty
 
 

Bio

Kathleen joined the faculty at Seton Hill University as Assistant Professor in the Division of Education fall 2010. Kathleen received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology at Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio, and master's degree in Early Childhood Education and doctoral degree in special education at Kent State University. Kathleen's dissertation research, "The Effects of Peer-Mediated Intervention in Promoting Social Skills for Children with Disabilities," is about peer-mediated intervention, a strategy those working in preschool inclusive environments can use, by creating opportunities for peers to take on an instructional role to promote social behaviors for children with disabilities. Kathleen has taught, directed, and developed curriculums for early childhood programs, toddlers to pre-kindergarten, and also develops professional development trainings for early childhood teachers, parent programs, and early childhood conferences. While at Kent State University, Kathleen supervised graduate early intervention and undergraduate early childhood education students and taught early childhood education classes. Kathleen has published articles in Young Children, Young Exceptional Children, and the International Journal of Children's Spirituality. In addition, she contributed to the creation of Ohio's Early Childhood Core Knowledge and Competencies in 2006 focusing on Family and Community Relations. Kathleen is a member of the American Educational Research Association, Division for Early Chidlhood, Council for Exceptional Children, Pi Lambda Theta International National Honor Society, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has served on the boards of Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society, Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, the Ohio Division for Early Children and is a NCATE reviewer for NAEYC and consulting editor for Young Children and Teaching Young Children. Kathleen's research interests are peer-mediated interventions for young children, children's spirituality, strengths and interests of young children for promoting positive social behaviors, tiered instructions, mobile technology for young children, and the Project approach.

About

Joined Seton Hill: 2010
Hometown: Greensburg, PA
Personal Areas of Interest: Walking, Gardening, and Dancing to the Key of Life
Academic Areas of Interest: Peer-Mediated Interventions; Children's Spirituality; Peers' Role in Supporting Social and Language Development in Early Childhood, Mobile Technology in Early Childhood Education, the Project Approach and Strengths-Based Interventions

Education

  • Ph.D., Kent State University (Kent, Ohio), 2010
  • M.Ed., Kent State University (Kent, Ohio), 2005
  • B.A., Notre Dame College (South Euclid, Ohio), 2003
  • A.A.S., Lakeland Community College (Mentor, Ohio), 1993

Publications

  • Harris, K. (2013). "Teacher, I Have a Dream!" Sharing Moments of Spiritual Transformation with Young Children Using Project-Based Learning. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 18(3), 281-293.
  • Harris, K., & Sholtis, S. (2013). Companion Angels on a Leash: Welcoming Service Dogs into Classroom Communities for Children with Autism. Childhood Education. In review.
  • Harris, K. (2013). Embracing Make Believe Play and Theories of Early Childhood: Understanding Children's Spirituality for Empowering Early Childhood Educators. British Journal of Religious Education, In review
  • Harris, K. (2013). Once Upon A Time: Engaging Young Minds Using Mobile Technology and Storytelling. Young Children, In review
  • Harris, K. (September, 2013). September Highlight: The Citizenship Rubric. Birth-to-Kindergarten Blog; http://www.b2kcentral.com/b2k-blog/citizenship-rubric.
  • Harris, K., Pretti-Frontczak, K., & Brown, T. (2009). Peer-mediated intervention: Implementing research-based practices within developmentally appropriate learning environments. Young Children, 64(2), 43-49.
  • Harris, K., & Gleim, L. (2008). The light fantastic: Making learning visible for all children through the project approach. Young Exceptional Children, 11(3), 1-14.
  • Harris, K. (2007). Reconceptualizing spirituality in light of educating young children. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 12(3), 263-275.

Awards

  • Tri-County Association for the Education of Young Children, "Teacher of Teachers" Award, 2007
  • Outstanding Achievement Leadership and Service Award, Kent State University College of Education, 2006, 2007
  • The Marilyn Riley Parks Memorial Scholarship in Early Childhood Education, 2004
  • Joseph M. & Aldemira Alfonso Education Award, Education Department, Notre Dame College, 2002
  • Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children Early Childhood Award, 1999
  • Excellence in Child Care Award by the General Assembly, State of Ohio Senate, 1997

Organizations

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Association for Childhood Education International
  • National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Division for Early Childhood
  • Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society
  • Seton Hill early childhood education faculty representative to Higher Education Education Committee, Early Childhood Education for Pennsylvania
  • Seton Hill early childhood education faculty representative to the Southwest Regional Key- Leadership Council Focus Group

Presentations

  • Harris, K. (2014, May). "Play Using Projects: Strategies to Facilitate Innovative Play Dates and Promote Peer Social Interactions in Child Life Programs." Presentation at the 32nd Annual Conference on Professional Issues, Child Life Council, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Harris, K. (2014, May). "Creating Spiritually-Rich Environments in Child Life Programs for Uplifting a Child's Spiritual Domain." Presentation at the 32nd Annual Conference on Professional Issues, Child Life Council, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Harris, K. (2014, April). "Peer-Mediated Interventions: Promoting Executive Function Strategies and Peer Social Interactions in Early Childhood Inclusive Settings." Presentation at the 11th Annual Young Child Expo and Conference, New York City, New York.
  • Harris, K. (2014, April). "Nurturing the Hearts and Souls of All Young Children: Using Peer-Mediated Interventions to Support Children's Spirituality as Being Directive and Transformational for Children With Disabilities. Paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Harris, K. (2014, March). "Staying Connected! Promoting Citizenship and Social Skills Using Digital Social Stories for Play, Friendships, and Learning." Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education, Tucson, Arizona.
  • Harris, K., & Ordonez, B. (2014, February). "STEM and the Arts in Early Education." Presentation at the annual Pennsylvania Educational Technology Exposition & Conference (PETE&C), Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • Harris, K., & Monsour, M. (2014, February). "Using Transition Time Books." Presentation at the annual Pennsylvania Educational Technology Exposition & Conference (PETE&C), Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • Harris, K., Stutz, D. J., Schein, D., & Lipshin, I. (2013, November). Honoring Teacher Dispositions in All of Us: Discovering How Teacher's Dispositions Connect to the Spiritual Development of Young Children. Pre-conference, half-day presentation at the Annual National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Harris, K., Schein, D., Davisson, S, & Manfredi-Petitt, L. (2013, November). Children's Literature: Providing an "Open Window" to Spiritual Moments in Early Childhood. Presentation at the Annual National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Harris, K. (2013, October). Read It! Do It! Tell It! Transform It! Using energizing transitions for early literacy and social skill development. Presentation at the Friedberg-Segel Early Literacy Conference, PAEYC, Fred Rogers Center, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
  • Harris, K. (2013, October). Once Upon a Time: Engaging Young Children's Minds Using Mobile Technology and Storytelling. Presentation at the 2013 Early Childhood Education Summit for Young Children, "Igniting the Imagination, Inspiring Action." State College, Pennsylvania.
  • Harris, K. (2013, April). Embracing Peer-Rational Spirituality for Transforming Classrooms: Building Resilience, and Ending Press-Downed Patterns of Poverty. A paper presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference, San Francisco, California.
  • Harris, K. (2013, April). Once Upon a Time: Engaging Young Children's Minds Using Mobile Technology and Storytelling. Presentation at the 2013 Early Education and Technology for Children (EETC) Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Harris, K. (2013, April). Through the Eyes of a Child: A Day in the Life of an IPad. Presentation at the 2013 Early Education and Technology for Children (EETC) Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Harris, K. (2013, March). Infusing Synergy and Technology into Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: Educating and Transforming Early Childhood Education for Future Teachers. Accepted round table proposal for the annual SITE (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference: New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Harris, K. (2013, March). Brain Rules for Adult Learning Styles: Creating the Spark of Energy in Higher Ed. Learning. A presentation at the Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children and Southwest Keys Professional Development Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Harris, K. (2013, February). Transforming STEM Learning With a Touch: Exploring, Connecting, Awakening. Proposal acceptance for the annual STEM conference, North Huntington, Pennsylvania.
  • Harris, K. (2012, September). "Transitions for ALL Young Children: Promoting Play and Social Skills. Mount Pleasant and Greensburg Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
  • Surr, J., Harris, K., Lipshine, I., & Schein, D. (2012, November). "Looking at Spirituality from an Early Childhood Perspective." Presentation for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Harris, K., & Pfeiffer-Fiala, C. (2012, November). Nurturing Peers as Intervention Agents: Using Social Stories to Encourage Participation, Critial Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration Skills for All Young Children. Pre-conference for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Harris, K. (2012, October). "Peer-Mediated Interventions: Evidence-Based Practice Promoting Friendships and Visibility in Early Childhood Inclusive Classrooms." Keynote, one-day conference for Early Learning and School Readiness, State Support Team Region 8, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2012, April). Peer-Mediated Interventions: Participation, Engagement, & Visibility for Children. A full-day presentation at the annual Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2012, April). Techology and Young Children: The very best of both worlds! A presentation at the second annual iTeach Technology Gallery, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA.
  • Harris, K. (2012, March). Lessons from the Sandbox: Promoting Play, Spiritual Friendships, and Peace Education. A presentation at the Annual Global Summit on Childhood, Association for Childhood Education International, Washington, DC.
  • Harris, K. (2012, February). Awakening Early Childhood Wonder with the iPad. Presentation at the annual Pennsylvania Educational Technology Exposition and Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
  • Harris, K., & Pfeiffer-Fiala, C. (2011, November). Play and Relationships: Using Evidence-Based Peer-Interactions, Interventions, Classroom Activities, and Environmental Strategies as Opportunities to Support Learning and Friendships. A pre-conference at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Harris, K. (2011, November). Effects of Peer-Mediated Intervention in Promoting Social Skills for Children with Disabilities. A poster session presented at the annual DEC International Conference on young children with special needs and their families, National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Harris, K., & Pfeiffer-Fiala, C. (2011, November). Constructing and Implementing Social Stories for Young Children with ASD. A presentation at the annual DEC International Conference on young children with special needs and their families, National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Harris, K. (2011, November). The Essence of a Child's Spirit for Creating Supportive Relationships: Play and Peer-Relational Spirituality. Presentation at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Harris, K., Curry, B., & Somerville, B. (2011, November). Play and Relationships: Using evidence-based, peer-interaction interventions, classroom activities, and environmental strategies as opportunities to support peer interactions, learning, and friendships. Pre-conference at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Harris, K., & Pffeiffer-Fiala, C. (2011, June). Implementing Tiered Instruction: Universal, Targeted, and Intentional Strategies. Presentation at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Harris, K. (2011, May). "Success for all young children: Supporting DifferentiatedI instruction within a Curriculum Framework Building Community and Accountability." Presentation at the annual Pennsylvania Early Learning Conference, Building Quality: Education Leadership for a Changing World.
  • Harris, K. (2011, May). Building a Caring and Supportive Learning Community: Peer-Mediated Interventions: An effective inclusive strategy for all young children. Presentation at the annual Pennsylvania Early Learning Conference, Building Quality: Education Leadership for a Changing World.
  • Harris, K. (2011, April). Implications for all young children: A spiritual curriculum embracing peer-relational spirituality. A paper presented at the Annual American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisianna.
  • Harris, K., Grisham-Brown, J., Hawkins, S., Pfeiffer-Fiala, C., & Robbins, S. (2010, October). Implementing Tiered Instruction: Universal, Targeted, and Intentional Strategies. Pre-conference Workshop at the Annual DEC International conference on young children with special needs and their families, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Harris, K., Curry, B., & Somerville, B. (2010, November). Success for all young children: Promoting friendships In early childhood programs through peer buddy systems. Presentation at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Anaheim, California.
  • Harris, K. (1999, April). Play in the Lives of Young Children. A presentation at a parent meeting for the Aurora Co-op Nursery School, Aurora, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2000, February). Positive Guidance for Young Children at Home. A presentation at a parent meeting for the Aurora Co-op Nursery School, Aurora, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2003, August). The Issue of Separation Anxiety and the Transition from Home to Pre-School. A presentation at a parent meeting for the Aurora Co-op Nursery School, Aurora, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2008, October). Using peer-mediated intervention to increase social skills with two children with disabilities. A poster presented at the annual DEC International Conference on young children with special needs and their families, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Harris, K. (2008, September). Nurturing the Inner Passion of Teachers: Becoming a Reflective Teacher. Presentation at the Pi Lambda Theta International Regional Leadership Conference, Toledo, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2005, January). Diving Into Math With Children's Literature. A two-day workshop presentation at Lake Erie College Professional Development Institute, Painesville, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2005, September). Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Education. Keynote for Mini University, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. & Pretti-Frontczak, K. (2006, October). Universal Design of Learning: Reaching All Children. Pre-conference Workshop at the annual DEC International Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Harris, K. (2006, January). Parent Partnerships. A Child Development Associate presentation, Tru-Mah-Col Association for the Education of Young Children and Child Care Connections, Cortland, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2006, March). Redirecting Children's Behavior: Strategies for Early Childhood Professionals. A presentation at the Summit Community Service Bureau & Child Care Connections, Akron, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2006, April). Family Communications. A Child Development Associate presentation, Tru/Mah/Col Association for the Education of Young Children and Child Care Connections, Cortland, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2006, May). Leadership & Empowerment for Early Childhood Teachers. A presentation at the Early Childhood Mental Health Institute, Ravenna, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2006, July). Superhero Play. A presentation at the University of Akron childcare center for staff and student teachers, Akron, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2007, October). Making Content Standards Alive Through the Power of Play. A presentation for St. Paul's Nursery School Parent Forum, Painesville, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2006, July). Superhero Play. A presentation at the University of Akron childcare center for staff and student teachers, Akron, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2007, March). Teaching with Compassion for Early Childhood Professionals. Keynote presentation for the Early Childhood Mental Health Institute, Ravenna, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2008, April). Transitions the Energize Brain Development for Young Children. A Child Development Associate presentation, Tru-Mah-Col Association for the Education of Young Children/Child Care Connections, Cortland, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2010, April). Caring and Educating the Whole Child: Teaching with Passion! Keynote presentation for the Alliance of Summit County Childcaring Providers Breakfast, Summit County Children Services, Akron, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2009, November). Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World. Keynote presentation for Fall Learning Conference, Starting Point for Child Care and Early Education, Chesterland, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2010, August). Using Peer-Mediated Intervention: An Effective, Research-Based and Inclusive Strategy for all Young Children. The State Support Team Region 9 of Ohio for Early Childhood Education, Ravenna, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2001, May). Promoting Phonemic Awareness for Young Children. A paper presented at the Akron Area Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, Akron, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2005, March). Rekindling the Spirit of Early Childhood Professional Development. Keynote presentation for Tri-County Association for the Education of Young Children Membership Meeting, Mentor, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2005, May). Teaching With Compassion. Keynote Presentation for Sandusky-Valley Association for the Education of Young Children annual membership meeting, Bellevue, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2005, December). Awakening the Spirit of Professionalism for Early Childhood Professionals For 2006. Keynote presentation for Akron Area Association for the Education of Young Children membership meeting, Akron, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2007, June). Peer-Mediated Researched-Based Interventions for Young Children & Transitions for Young Children. Kent State University Early Intervention Summer Institute, Kent, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2007, October). Making Time for Your Passions! A workshop presentation at the Annual Tri-County Association for the Education of Young Children fall conference, Painesville, Ohio.
  • Harris, K., Robbins, S., & Hricko, M. (2008, October). Fostering Transformative Learning by Utilizing Online Technology to Support Instruction, Collaboration, and Reflection. A roundtable session at the University College Teaching Conference, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (1995, May). A Change in Every Season - A Year of Parent Workshops for Your Early Childhood Program. A presentation at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (1998, April). Teaching with Compassion. A presentation at the Mid-west Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, Toledo, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (1999, April). Alphabet Soup for the Soul of the Early Childhood Teacher. A presentation at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2000, May). Hickory, Dickory, Dock.Transitions Around the Clock. A pre-conference presentation at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2005, April). Diving into Math with Children's Literature. A presentation at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2005, April). Awakening the Spirit of the Early Childhood Professional. A presentation at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2006, April). Is it OK to have Letter of the Week? Look Inside Yourself and Re-Connect with DAP. A presentation at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2006, April). Voices of Experience- Friendship Across the Ages. Intergenerational Programs. A presentation at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2006, April). The Essence of Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals. A presentation at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K., & Brown, T. (2007, April). Developing and Implementing Individual Education Programs (IEPs) for Children with Moderate to Severe Disabilities. A presentation at the Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2007, April). What Do You Wonder? Nurturing a Spiritual Essence of Nature for Young Children. A presentation at the Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2008, April). Developing Effective & Emerging Leaders in Early Childhood. A presentation at the annual Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2009, May). The Wheels on the Bus Go Round & Round all Through the Town: Social Studies is Everywhere for Young Children! A presentation at the annual Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2009, May). Creating a Spiritual Early Childhood Environment: Five Activities to Nurture, Support, and Sustain All Young Children. A presentation at the annual Ohio Early Care & Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2010, May). Playing, Learning, & Creating New Friendships = Peer-Mediated Intervention. A presentation at the annual Ohio Early Care and Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (1998, November). The Association Development Process (ADP): Perception from States That Participated in this Future Planning Initiative. Presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Harris, K. (2002, November). Let's Celebrate Week of the Young Child in Your Early Childhood Program! Presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, New York City, New York.
  • Harris, K. (2006, November). Let's Learn and Play Together! Promoting positive and supportive Relationships with young children using peer-mediated interventions. Presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Harris, K. (2007, April). Reconceptualizing Spirituality in Light of Educating Young Children. A paper presented at the Annual American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois..
  • Harris, K. (2007, June). Ecopsychology and the Power of Play for Hospitalized Children. Presentation at the 25th Annual Child Life Council National Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Harris, K. (2007, November). How contemporary young children inspire, grow, and transform spirituality: Reconceptualizing spirituality in the light of educating young children. .Presentation at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Harris, K. (2008, November). Can I be your friend? Using children's literature and social stories to develop friendships and acceptance for all children. Presentation at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, Dallas, Texas.
  • Harris, K. (2009, June). Spirituality in Young Children. Presentation at the annual Mennonite Church USA Convention, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Harris, K. (2007, July). Generational Voices Across Student Engagement and Professional Development. Presentation at the Pi Lambda Theta International Leadership Conference, Richmond, Virginia.
  • Harris, K. (1996, November). Why Preschool and What to Look for in a Preschool. A presentation for parents of young children selecting a preschool program, Mentor Public Library Association, Mentor, Ohio.

Certifications

  • Professional Five-Year Teaching License, State of Ohio Teaching: Early Childhood (P-3) 2009-2014

Achievements

  • Treasurer for the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, 2013-present
  • Peer-reviewer for the 2014 Early Education and Technology Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bright Horizons, Pittsburgh: Advisory Board Member for Early Childhood representing Seton Hill University: January 2013 - present
  • Westmoreland County Community College Advisory Board Member for the WCCC Education/Pre-K - Grade 4 Program and WCCC Campus Children's Center: August 2011 - present
  • NAEYC Consulting Editor, for NAEYC Peer-Review Journal, Young Children: September 2012 - August 2015
  • Advisor for the Education Club at Seton Hill University: December 2011 - present
  • Consulting Editor for the Advisory Board for Teaching Young Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children: September 2012 - September 2015.
  • Secretary/Treasurer for the Spiritualty & Education SIG for the American Education Research Association (AERA): April 2012 - April 2014
  • NCATE Reviewer, Early Childhood Professional Education Review Panel Committee for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2004 - present
  • Special Interests Forums: Children's Spirituality, Technology, and Student Interests - National Association for the Education of Young Children: 2012-present
  • Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, Board of Directors: July 2011 - July 2014
  • Faculty Reviewer to pilot NEXT, a publication of Young Children, 2011
  • Division for Early Childhood, Co-chair of Practice Strand for the DEC Conference Committee Board for the Annual DEC International Conference 2011 in National Harbor, Maryland
  • American Educational Research Association, Peer-reviewer for 2012 conference & 2013 conference; Early Childhood Education
  • Higher Faculty Education Committee, Early Childhood Education, Pennsylvania; Faculty representative for Division of Education: September 2010 - present
  • Peer-review for Council for Exceptional Children international conference: 2010-present
  • International Journal of Children's Spirituality, Peer-reviewer: June 2010 - present
  • The Ohio Early Childhood Core Knowledge & Competencies Project, Ohio Department of Education, Family & Community Relations writing team committee member, 2006
  • Pi Lambda Theta Education Honor Society: International Vice President, 2005-2009
  • Reggio Emilia Study Group, Ohio Department of Education, Akron Study Group, 2003 - present
  • Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children: Vice President of Affiliates, 1999-2003; Editor of the Affiliate Action Newsletter, 1999-2003; Co-chair of the Membership Committee, 2004-2008; Chair of the Affiliate Development Process with NAEYC, 1998-2000; Chair, Week of the Young Child, 1997-2000.