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Cathy Smeltzer Erb

POSITION: Professor of Teacher Education; Director - Academic Success Center

School of Social Sciences and Professions
Academic Success Center

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | LB 313

PHONE: (540) 432-4638

EMAIL: cathy.smeltzererb@emu.edu

Cathy Smeltzer Erb is director of the academic success center and professor of teacher education. Previously she served as director of the undergraduate teacher education program and Jesse T. Byler Endowed Chair. Cathy earned a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in curriculum studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), and a B.S. in secondary education from Eastern Mennonite University. Prior to entering teacher education, Dr. Smeltzer Erb spent over 15 years as a middle and high school family studies teacher and guidance counselor in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She has taught undergraduate curriculum and methods courses with an emphasis on engaged and equitable classroom environments. She has provided consultation services to pre-service, in-service, and university faculty in the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, and Vietnam in the areas of teacher development, beginning teacher induction, curriculum development, instructional approaches, and action research. Publications and research presentations at local, national, and international conferences have explored restorative justice pedagogy, equitable instruction, teacher development, the emotional dimension of beginning teaching, the calling to teach, and self-care for teachers. Cathy is an AILACTE Scholar Award recipient.


BS, Eastern Mennonite University (Education)
MED, University of Toronto (Education)
PHD, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (Education)

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