Cathy Smeltzer Erb

Cathy Smeltzer Erb

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Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 209


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Bilingual Grad Enlivens Elementary Spanish Classes

EMU Boasts Teachers of Promise

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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. As recipient of the AILACTE Scholar Award 2004, Cathy continues to research the emotional and pedagogical contexts of teaching.

Education
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2004
  • M.Ed., University of Toronto, 1999
  • B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 1985
Publications
  • 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., & 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, 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.
  • Discussion Group Leader, Enhancing Collegiality in the Department, The Council of Independent Colleges 2007 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs: Essential Tools for Leading the Academic Department, Philadelphia, PA, May 30-June 1, 2007.
  • Presented Emotional Care of Teachers at the Future Educators Association Leadership Conference for Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties, Bridgewater College, March 30, 2007.
  • National Honor Society Induction Speaker, Eastern Mennonite High School, March 27, 2006.
  • Presented Teacher Self-Care and Emotional Lives of Teachers workshop to Broadway High School Future Educators Association, February 23, 2006.
  • Facilitated Bridge Building Activity, Future Educators Association 2005 Leadership Conference, November 9, 2005.
  • Reviewed Phi Delta Kappa scholarship applications, 2005.
  • State Accreditation Review Team Member, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, November 7-10, 2004.
  • Facilitated Curriculum Mapping In-service to Eastern Mennonite High School faculty, Harrisonburg, VA, February 26, 2004.
  • Blind, peer-reviewed 23 paper proposals for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, 2003.
Honors, Awards and Grants
  • EMU Scholarship/Practice Research, Assessing Inter-Cultural Communicative Competence (IC3) Through Action Research, 2006-2007.
  • EMU Scholarship/Practice Research, Exploring the emotions of student teaching, Phase II, 2005-2006.
  • EMU Scholarship/Practice Research, Exploring the emotions of student teaching, 2004-2005.
  • EMU Scholarship/Practice Research, Exploring the emotional experiences of beginning teacher development, 2003-2004.
  • AILACTE (Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education) Scholar Award, Moral emotions of beginning teaching. 2004.
  • EMU Quality Service Award, 2004.
  • Lilly Faculty Pilot Project Grant, Eastern Mennonite University, Teaching as Vocational Call, 2003.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Ontario, 2001-2003.
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
  • Kairos Place Writing Conference, Eastern Mennonite University, May 16-24, 2013.
  • VACTE/ATE-VA (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.
  • VACTE/ATE-VA (Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education/Association of Teacher Educators-VA) Fall Conference, Sweet Briar College, October 4-5, 2012.
  • Kairos Place Writing Conference, Eastern Mennonite University, May 21-25, 2012.
  • VACTE/ATE-VA (Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education/Association of Teacher Educators-VA) Spring Conference, Sweet Briar College, March 29-30, 2012.
  • Teachers of Promise Institute with EMU’s six nominees. Richmond, Virginia, March 23-24, 2012.
  • Values Based Leadership Program, Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, PA, September 20-22, 2011 and February 21-23, 2012.
  • Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Chicago, IL, February 18-20, 2012.
  • Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, Chicago, IL, February 17-18, 2012.
  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) Symposium, “Virginia’s Response to
    Intervention (RtI) Initiative: Making the Connections with Higher Education,” James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, October 28, 2011.
  • VACTE/ATE-VA (Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education/Association of Teacher Educators-VA) Fall Conference, Sweet Briar College, October 20-21, 2011.
  • Attended the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation conference, Arlington, VA, September 8-10, 2011.
  • Virginia/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Joint Training Session, Richmond, VA, July 18, 2011.
EMU Service
  • 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)
  • Mentor for EMU Honors students (2006-present)
  • Presented The Emotions of Beginning Teaching, ED411 Reflective Teaching Seminar, April 16, 2013 and December 4, 2012.
  • Presented Developmental and Emotional Stages of Beginning Teachers, ED411 Reflective Teaching Seminar, April 18, 2012.
  • Presented A Sabbatical in Indonesia: From Nescafe to Kopi Luwak, Tuesday Faculty/Staff Luncheon, Eastern Mennonite University, January 24, 2012.
  • Presented Developmental and Emotional Stages of Beginning Teachers, ED411 Reflective Teaching Seminar, November 29, 2011.