Sharon Hayes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Office: 602E Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-4204
E-mail: sharon.hayes@mail.wvu.edu


ACADEMIC DEGREES

Ph.D, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Florida, 2008.

M.Ed, Elementary Education
University of South Alabama, 1999

B.A.,English/Elementary Education
SUNY College at Brockport, 1975


PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

My ongoing research interests include teacher identity, mentoring, professional learning communities, teacher leadership, equity literacy, the purposes and possibilities for collaborative partnerships, practitioner inquiry as a space for the transformation of personal, local, and global views of teaching, learning, and the ways we do school, and the ways in which prospective and practicing teachers engage in learning and professional development.


BIOGRAPHY

I am an associate professor in elementary education and program coordinator for the C&I Ed. D. at West Virginia University. I work with students in WVU’s five year teacher education program, teaching courses in literacy, teacher leadership, practitioner inquiry, and qualitative research. Before beginning my work in higher education, I taught in elementary and middle schools in Tennessee, Ohio, New Jersey, and Alabama. I hold a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida, which is where I began my work in professional development schools. My early PDS work focused on the mentoring relationships that developed between pre- and in-service teachers and how these relationships provided opportunities for educative mentoring that benefitted the learning and practices of both. Currently I work with a partner school in the WVU Collaborative PDS Network and am exploring how school-university partnerships develop and can be used to support simultaneous renewal, as well as to provide opportunities for both practicing and prospective teachers to cultivate an inquiry stance and leadership skills. I have published articles in professional journals focused on mentoring and qualitative research. My ongoing research interests include teacher identity, mentoring, professional learning communities, teacher leadership, equity literacy, the purposes and possibilities for collaborative partnerships, practitioner inquiry as a space for the transformation of personal, local, and global views of teaching, learning, and the ways we do school, and the ways in which prospective and practicing teachers engage in learning and professional development.


Courses Taught

  • EDUC 400 – Instructional Design/Evaluation
  • EDUC 460 – Foundations-Language/Literacy
  • EDUC 461 – Promoting Literacy Connections
  • EDUC 600 – Teacher As Researcher
  • EDUC 602 – Prof. Ident: Teacher As Leader
  • EDUC 311 – Practicum 1/Technology Applications
  • C&I 693V – SPTP: Learning Teaching from Studying Teaching