Friday, January 08, 2010

Matthew Ronfeldt to join our faculty as a member of Educational Studies

Tags: deans updates, educational studies, ronfeldt, teacher education

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Matthew Ronfeldt will be joining our faculty in September 2010. Specializing in research on teacher education, Matt will be a member of the Educational Studies faculty.  Previously a middle school mathematics and science teacher, Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at Amherst College in 1994, and his PhD at Stanford University in 2008, where he worked with Professor Pam Grossman. His dissertation research investigated how professional education in different fields contributes to the development of novices’ professional identity. While a doctoral student, Ronfeldt worked on two projects—one, a qualitative study that compared preparation for professional practice in teaching, clinical psychology, and the clergy, and the other a large-scale study, conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scholars.  The large-scale study examined how teachers who enter teaching through different programmatic “pathways” compare in their preparation and in their impact on student learning. Since completing his degree, Dr. Ronfeldt has continued working with this second project, and participated in a post-doctoral fellowship program in quantitative data analysis at the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice at Stanford (IREPP).   Matt will teach courses in the teaching and teacher education doctoral area, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and in our teacher certification programs.  Please feel free to write a note of welcome to Matt at

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