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Tonya Huber - TAMIU Faculty

Dr. Tonya Huber

Professor of Education

Globalization has created a complex world that demands critically conscious, global citizen-educators.

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction – Pennsylvania State University, 1990
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction – Pennsylvania State University, 1985
  • B.S. in Secondary Education – Pennsylvania State University, 1982
  • LAS, Letters, Arts & Sciences (Liberal Arts) – Altoona Campus, Pennsylvania State University, 1979

Career Highlights:

Dr. Tonya Huber considered it a tremendous privilege to serve through the College of New Jersey, Trenton, as an invited professor of global graduate studies in Abidjan, Cóte d'Ivoire, West Africa; Larnaca, Limassol and Nicosia, Cyprus; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Caracas and Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela; and Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Dr. Huber has also been on faculty at Wichita State University in Kansas; St. Cloud State University and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota; and Pennsylvania State University where she also earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading, communication & language education. She also has minors and internships in (a) educational theory & policy, fieldwork/data collection: Iroquois Nation, Brantford, Ontario; (b) curriculum & supervision, internship: peer supervision project, Armstrong SD, Pennsylvania; (c) ethnography and anthropology, fieldwork: Cheyenne Outbreak Excavation, Fort Robinson, Nebraska. Her dissertation focused on ethnographic case studies, one in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and three in London, England, including 22 English teachers' classrooms to compare the study of literature.

Dr. Huber served as a K-12 language arts coordinator in Oklahoma City Public Schools and taught as a grade school teacher in Altoona Area Public Schools (AAPS) and as a high school teacher in Hollidaysburg Area Public Schools and AAPS, both in Pennsylvania. Huber has served as Founding Editor of an international education publication, Journal of Critical Inquiry Into Curriculum and Instruction, and of two book series, "Teaching <~> Learning Indigenous, Intercultural Worldviews: International Perspectives on Social Justice and Human Rights" and "International Education Inquiries: People, Places, and Perspectives of Education 2030." Her educational career has included opportunities to research and write in London and South Croydon, England; Gaza Strip and Israel; Costa Rica; Christchurch, New Zealand; Ho Chi Minh City, CaMau, and DaLat, Vietnam; Manila and Oriental Mindoro, The Philippines; Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing, China; Capetown, South Africa; Wollongong, Australia; and the bateyes of the Dominican Republic.

In which online degree program do you teach?

M.S. in C&I in Bilingual Education

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  • Which classes do you teach online?

    Graduate Educational Research; Graduate Social and Cultural Studies in Ed

  • What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?

    To develop professional dispositions of "conscientizaçã" (Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed," 1968) to become more critically reflective and conscious of our interactions and their contribution to liberation, rather than oppression, of others.

  • What types of projects and work do you typically assign for these courses?

    Assignments should immediately be considered as ways to engage self to educate others, including presentations and publications.

  • What advice would you give to those considering this online program?

    Make it count!

  • How can this degree help students prepare for the challenges of the field?

    By engaging themselves in culturally responsible pedagogy in educational and community settings.

  • What is the value of this degree?

    Globalization has created a complex world that demands critically conscious, global citizen-educators.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I want the world's citizens to live up to their potential.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed"

  • Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.

    I was part of the anthropology team that excavated Fort Robinson, Nebraska, the site of the imprisoned Cheyenne outbreak and massacre in 1879.

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