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Portrait of Ann Adkins

Ann Adkins, Ed.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Education
(563) 588-6319
Mary Josita Hall 112
MS 1733 (to send on-campus mail)

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in outdoor education

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska, 1978

Master of Arts in Education, Elementary Education with a concentration in early childhood

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska, 1999

Educational Doctorate in Educational Studies

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska, 2013

Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher educator, it is my goal to support the preservice teachers as they learn to become the competent, inspiring, passionate educators all students in our schools need and deserve. There are three tenets that guide my practice: a belief in the importance of building my students’ pedagogical knowledge through their clinical experiences, a belief in the power a teacher’s passion and love of learning can bring to the profession, and lastly, a belief in my own role as a learner and reflective practitioner.

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Professional Background

The many years I spent in elementary classrooms has given me a unique perspective of teacher preparation and a knowledge of the skills needed to become an effective classroom teacher. I have seen and experienced many changes in the profession. These changes have molded my philosophy and taught me that the most important aspects of teaching are to consider first the needs of the children, address those needs, and to instill in them an enthusiasm for and a love of learning.

Research Interests

Integration of curriculum—especially the integration of the arts and nature education

Children’s literature

Multicultural and global education

Courses Taught

EDUC 230 Children’s Literature

EDGR 500 Introduction to Graduate Research