Barb Stengel

Ed.D. Program

Professor of the Practice

Dr. Stengel is a philosopher of education. She employs philosophy as a verb (the pursuit of wisdom through disciplined thinking-in-community) as well as a noun (competing systems of belief instantiated in action) in the study and practice of teaching and teacher education. In her position as Professor of the Practice of Education, she teaches courses that examine the social, philosophical, history, political and economic aspects of schooling specifically and educational efforts generally. In her role as Director of Secondary Education, she brings a philosophical temper to practical questions about teacher education programs and policies, raising prior questions, uncovering assumptions (including her own!), clarifying language, and generally deconstructing the stories we tell ourselves about what we are doing and why. All three roles involve cross-cultural dialogue among the various constituencies in schools and universities: students, teachers, school leaders, parents, policy makers, teacher educators, educational researchers, arts and sciences faculty and university administrators. Dr. Stengel earned her B.A. from Bucknell University, and M.A. from Catholic University of America, and an M.A., M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.