DEPARTMENT: Education Dept
POSITION: Chair/Professor of Teacher Ed and Professor
DEPARTMENT: MA in Education, Harrisonburg
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 209
PHONE: (540) 432-4638
Cathy Smeltzer Erb is chair of the undergraduate teacher education program, Jesse T. Byler Endowed Chair, and professor of teacher education. Cathy earned a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in curriculum, teaching, and learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), and a B.S. in vocational home economics education from Eastern Mennonite University. Prior to entering teacher education in 2002, 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 teaches undergraduate and graduate curriculum and methods courses with an emphasis on student-centered pedagogy, constructivism, 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 curriculum development, beginning teacher induction, teacher development, instructional practices, and action research. Her research explores the emotional dimension of beginning teaching, auto-ethnography and personal narrative of the calling to teach, teacher development, equitable instruction, and action research. She has presented at local, national, and international conferences. Cathy received the AILACTE Scholar Award in 2004.
BS, Eastern Mennonite University
MED, University of Toronto
PHD, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Smeltzer Erb, C. (2018). 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., & Erb, P. (2018). Making Amends: A restorative justice approach to classroom behavior. The Teacher Educators Journal, 11, 91-104.
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_
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. (2001). 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. (2001). 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.