Cathy Smeltzer Erb

Cathy Smeltzer Erb

Office Phone: (540) 432-4638

Email:

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 209


Cathy Smeltzer Erb in the news:

From touring rock musician to Teacher of the Year in Valley school system

EMU-trained teachers earn high marks in local school systems

Bilingual Grad Enlivens Elementary Spanish Classes

EMU Boasts Teachers of Promise

Former Cairo Educator Keeps Watchful Eye on Egypt

Professor

Education Dept and MA in Education, Harrisonburg

Undergraduate Department Chair

Education Dept

Cathy Smeltzer Erb is chair of the undergraduate teacher education program and professor of teacher education. Cathy earned a Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), a M.Ed. in education from OISE/UT, and a B.S. in vocational home economics education from EMU. Her dissertation explored the emotional dimension of beginning teachers’ work within a secondary school context. Cathy spent over 15 years as a family studies teacher and guidance counselor in middle/secondary schools and adult education prior to research and teaching in higher education. She has presented at national and international conferences. Her published and continued research interests include emotions, beginning teachers, teacher development, equitable instruction, action research, and teacher induction. Cathy received the AILACTE Scholar Award in 2004.

Education
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 2004
  • M.Ed., University of Toronto, 1999
  • B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 1985
Publications
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (Forthcoming). A journey of the self: “Be” who you are. In Andrew Kemp (Ed.), The Dignity of the Calling: Educators Share the Beginnings of Their Journeys.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (2011, Spring). Teacher Training: The Story of Darma Makahube. Mennonite Central Committee Global Family Sponsorship Report. Retrieved from http://globalfamily.mcc.org/system/files/Indonesia_
    Teacher%20Training_Spring%202011%20CA%20US.pdf
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (2010). The power of “we” language in creating equitable learning environments. AILACTE Journal (The Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education). 7(1), 83-91.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (2004). The emotional experiences of beginning teacher learning. Research in Ontario Secondary Schools: A Series of Brief Reports, 9(3). Retrieved August 12, 2004 from http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/field-centres/rossindx.htm
  • Hannay, L., Smeltzer Erb, C., & Ross, J. (2001a). To the barricades: The relationship between secondary school organizational structures and the implementation of policy initiatives. International Journal of Leadership in Education: Theory and Practice, 4(2), 97-113.
  • Hannay, L., Smeltzer Erb, C., & Ross, J. (2001b). Building change capacity within secondary schools through goal driven and living organizations. School Leadership & Management, 21(3), 269-284.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (1998). Improving the motivation of a general level student. Orbit, 29(3), 44-45.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. (2013). Clinical Experiences, Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education/Association of Teacher Educators-VA, Fall Conference, Sweet Briar College, Virginia.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., & Brownscombe, S. (2013). Equitable instruction: Classroom practices that support socially just learning. Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA.
  • Becoming a Teacher: Stages and Emotions of Beginning Teacher Development, Satya Wacana Christian University, Faculty of Education and Teaching (Fakultas Keguruan Dan Ilmu Pendidikan), Salatiga, Indonesia, March 31, 2011.
  • Creating Equitable Classroom Learning Environments Through Teaching Practices. Satya Wacana Christian University, Faculty of Education and Teaching (Fakultas Keguruan Dan Ilmu Pendidikan), Salatiga, Indonesia, March 24, 2011.
  • Planning Teaching and Learning Activities. Satya Wacana Christian University, Faculty of Language and Literature (Fakultas Bahasa dan Sastra), Curriculum & Material Development class, Salatiga, Indonesia, March 22, 2011.
  • Beginning Teacher Development: Living the Emotions of Teaching. Satya Wacana Christian University, Faculty of Language and Literature (Fakultas Bahasa dan Sastra), Salatiga, Indonesia, February 23, 2011.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., & Brownscombe, S. Why are we unique? Examining program components that set apart AILACTE programs. Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, Chicago, February 6, 2009.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., Brownscombe, S., & Flanagan, T. Documentation of Student Learning: The proof’s in the project. Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA, February 7, 2008.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., & Wessner, D. Assessing Inter-Cultural Communicative Competence (IC3) through action research. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 9, 2007.
  • An action research study examines inter-cultural communicative competence. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, New York City, NY, February 26, 2007.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C. Intersecting the emotional, moral, and ethical dimensions of beginning teacher development. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA, January 29, 2006.
  • Smeltzer Erb, C., & Brownscombe, S. L. Attending to the affective domain in teacher education: Placing caring and emotional knowledge at the center. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Washington, D.C., February 22, 2005.
  • The emotions of learning to teach. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, 2004.
  • The emotional whirlpool of beginning teachers’ work. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Toronto, ON, 2002.
  • Realms of beginning teachers’ emotional work in a secondary school. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Student Research Conference, OISE/UT, Toronto, ON, 2002.
  • Hannay, L., Ross, J., & Smeltzer Erb, C. The influence of system alignment on secondary school restructuring and change capacity. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA, 2002.
  • Hannay, L., Seller, W., Ross, J., & Smeltzer Erb, C. Clashing cultures, clashing paradigms: Lessons from district research on secondary school restructuring. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA, 2002.
Church, Community and Professional Service
  • Resource Team Member/Cohort Leader for Values Based Leadership Program, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA, October 8-10, 2013 and February 25-27, 2014.
  • Reader for Keister Elementary School Literacy Night, Harrisonburg, Virginia, November 7, 2013.
  • Resource Team Member/Cohort Leader for Values Based Leadership Program, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA, September 18-20, 2012 and February 26-28, 2013.
  • In-service workshop, Making Triangles Into Stars: Ensuring Equitable Instruction, Your Day At School, Rockingham County Public Schools, Harrisonburg, Virginia, November 6, 2012.
  • Presented Passport to the World: Life in Indonesia, Parent-Teacher Association event, Lacey Spring Elementary School, Harrisonburg, Virginia, March 15, 2012.
  • State representative on NCATE Board of Examiners team, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, February 26-28, 2012.
  • Mennonite Central Committee UKSW (Satya Wacana Christian University) Global Family Education Consultant, MCC Indonesia, January 19-April 18, 2011.
  • Presented How a Teacher’s Life Extends Beyond the Classroom: An Experience From Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia, Future Educators Association Leadership Conference, Bridgewater College, October 27, 2011.
  • Presented A Sabbatical Journey in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia, Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA, May 18, 2011.
  • In-service for K-8 teachers, Curriculum Mapping: Getting Started, Warwick River Christian School, Newport News, Virginia, November 8, 2010.
  • Presented Becoming Superman: What Dispositions Still Hold Up For Beginning Teachers to Become Successful With Students? Future Educators Association Leadership Conference, Bridgewater College, October 14, 2010.
  • In-service for K-8 teachers, Curriculum Mapping: Constructing Maps, Warwick River Christian School, Newport News, Virginia, August 27, 2010.
  • Presented Navigating the Helicopters, Hothouses, Submarines, and Volcanoes: Dealing With Difficult Parents, Mennonite Educators Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 5, 2010.
  • Presented The Richness of Quality Teaching: What Dispositions Still Hold Up for Beginning Teachers to Become Successful in the Workplace? Phi Delta Kappa Future Educators Association Conference, Bridgewater College, November 13, 2009.
  • Presented Living the Emotions of Teaching, Professional Development Conference for Student Teachers, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, October 15, 2009.
  • In-service Scope and Sequence Curriculum Mapping with Eastern Mennonite School faculty, Harrisonburg, VA, February 26, 2009.
  • Presented Curriculum Mapping Workshop, Mennonite Educators Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 1, 2008.
  • Presented Best Practices in Assessment Workshop, Mennonite Educators Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 1, 2008.
  • Presented Living the Emotions of Teaching, Professional Development Conference for Student Teachers, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, October 18, 2007.
  • Presented What Mentor Teachers Should Know About the Emotions of Beginning Teaching, MidValley Consortium Workshop, Mentor Teacher Training, Mary Baldwin College, August 6, 2007.
  • Baccalaureate Message, Reach for the Extraordinary, Eastern Mennonite High School, June 2, 2007.
Honors, Awards and Grants
  • AILACTE (Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education) Scholar Award, Moral emotions of beginning teaching, 2004.
Certifications and Licenses
  • Virginia Postgraduate Professional License: Family and Consumer Sciences.
Professional Memberships
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
    AERA Division B: Curriculum Studies
    AERA Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE)
  • Association of Teacher Educators in Virginia
Professional Conferences Attended
  • American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, April 3-7, 2014.
  • Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education/Association of Teacher Educators-VA, Spring Conference, Sweet Briar College, March 27-28, 2014.
  • Teachers of Promise Institute, Richmond, Virginia, March 21-22, 2014.
  • Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education/Association of Teacher Educators-VA, Fall Conference, Sweet Briar College, October 3-4, 2013.
  • Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education/Association of Teacher Educators-VA, Spring Conference, Sweet Briar College, April 4-5, 2013.
  • The Association of Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA, February 16-19, 2013.
EMU Service
  • Presented “The Emotions of Beginning Teaching,” ED411 Reflective Teaching Seminar, April 14, 2014.
  • Resume Reviewer, Eastern Mennonite University Calling and Career Day, February 19, 2014.
  • Chapel Storyteller, Spiritual Life Week: Remember and Tell, February 12, 2014.
  • Presented “The Emotions of Beginning Teaching,” ED411 Reflective Teaching Seminar, December 2, 2013.
  • NCATE Coordinator
  • Co-Chair Undergraduate Council (Spring 2014)
  • Member of Search Committee for Director of Master of Arts in Education, Harrisonburg and Lancaster (2013-14)
  • Undergraduate Council Executive Committee (2012-present)
  • Undergraduate Enrollment Strategies Committee (2012-present)
  • Chair of Undergraduate Teacher Education (2007-present)
  • Undergraduate Council (2007-present)
  • Committee on Teacher Education (2002-present)