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Cathy Smeltzer Erb

POSITION: Professor; Program Director - Education


LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | LB 313

PHONE: (540) 432-4638


Cathy Smeltzer Erb is director of undergraduate teacher education program, Jesse T. Byler Endowed Chair, and professor of teacher education. 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 teaches 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 the emotional dimension of beginning teaching, teacher development, the calling to teach, equitable instruction, self-care for teachers, and restorative justice in education pedagogy. 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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