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Educational Foundations and Leadership
Department of Foundations of Education
Judith Herb College of Education
Lynne Hamer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Social Foundations of Education with a joint appointment in Educational Research and Measurement. She received her B.A. in English and Education from Hamline University in 1985, and her Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University in 1994. She has long been active in school-based professional development and local school restructuring and reform efforts. Most recently she has been Site Co-Coordinator for a 5-year federal GEARUP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Grant, providing professional development at Toledo Public Schools’ East Toledo Junior High (now East Broadway Middle School) as teachers restructured their school to discourage dropping out and encourage postsecondary readiness. Currently she is Co-director of the Padua Alliance and Peace Education Coordinator for Padua Possibilities, an Alternative to Suspension Program in collaboration with Toledo Public Schools, Pickett Academy, and the Padua Center. She has applied what she has learned through these collaborations toward work in restructuring department and college practices at the university, providing leadership in graduate and undergraduate curriculum revision and interdisciplinary collaboration, and having served several years as the TSOC 3000 “Schooling and Democratic Society” course coordinator.
Dr. Hamer's research interests include continuities and discontinuities between traditional and institutional education, and the use of folkloristic theories, methods, and materials in promoting democratic and social reconstructionist education.
Most of Dr. Hamer's courses involve students in Service Learning, much of which she facilitates through the Padua Alliance, a collaboration between the department and a local community center.
Graduate level: Anthropology of Education, Educational Sociology, and Folklore & Education, as well as Qualitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Design, and Qualitative Data Analysis
Undergraduate level: Schooling and Democratic Society, and Introduction to Education
Hamer, L., Chen, W., Plasman, K., Sheth, S., & Yamazaki, K. (2013). Kwanzaa Park: Discerning principles of Kwanzaa as a basis for culturally relevant teaching through participatory action research. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 7(4), 188-203.