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Grossman, Pam

Pam Grossman, Dean, Penn GSE
Pam Grossman, Dean, Penn GSE
Academic Title 
Emeritus Professor
Other Titles 

Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information
Research Interests 
English Education
Professional / Staff Development
Teacher Community
Teacher Education and Certification

Study of classroom practice in middle school English Language Arts (with Susanna Loeb), funded by the Carnegie Corporation;

Study of pathways into teaching in New York City Schools (with Don Boyd, Hamilton Lankford, Susanna Loeb, and Jim Wyckoff).

Cross-professional study of the teaching of practice in programs to prepare teachers, clergy, and clinical psychologists (funded by the Spencer Foundation).

  • PhD (Curriculum and Teacher Education) Stanford University, 1988
  • EdS (Evaluation) Stanford University, 1988
  • MA (Instructional Research and Curriculum Design) University of California, Berkeley, 1981
  • BA (English), Yale University, 1975

Since 2000

Professor of Education (2000 - 2014)

Basic Skills Teacher, CETA Youth Program Skills Center, New Haven, CT (1975-1976)

English Teacher, Thacher School, Ojai, CA (1976-1977)

Career Education and Counseling, Adult Learning Programs of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK (1979-1980)

Life Skills Teacher, Upward Bound Program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK (1980)

English Teacher, University High School, San Francisco, CA (1977-1983)

Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington (1988-1992)

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington (1992-2000)

Full Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington (1999-2000)

Boeing Professor of Teacher Education, University of Washington (1996-2000)

  • ED 262: Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary English (STEP)
  • ED 465: Pedagogy of Teacher Education
  • ED 424: Intro to Research in Curriculum & Teacher Education
  • ED 466: Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum & Teacher Education
  • ED 232a: Teaching: Questions for Research, Practice, & Policy
  • ED 111: The Young Adult Novel: A Literature for and about Adolescents

Grossman, P., Compton, C., Igra, D., Ronfeldt, M., Shahan, E., Williamson, P. (2009). Teaching practice; A cross-professional perspective. Teachers College Record. 111 (9).

Boyd, D., Grossman, P., Hammerness, K., Lankford, H., Loeb, S., McDonald, M., Reininger, M., Ronfeldt, M., & Wyckoff, J. (in press). Surveying the landscape of teacher education in New York City: Constrained variation and the challenges of innovation. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Grossman, P., Hammerness, K., McDonald, M., & Ronfeldt, M. (2008). Constructing coherence: Structural predictors of perceptions of coherence in NYC teacher education programs. Journal of Teacher Education.

Grossman, P. & Thompson, C. (2008). Learning from curriculum materials: Scaffolds for new teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education, 24(8), 2014-2026.

Ronfeldt, M. & Grossman, P. (in press). Becoming a professional: Experimenting with possible selves in professional preparation. Teacher Education Quarterly.

Grossman, P & McDonald, M. (2008). Back to the future: Directions for research in teaching and teacher education. American Educational Research Journal. 45 (1), 184-205.

Grossman, P. (2008). Responding to our critics: From crisis to opportunity in research on teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education, 59(1), 10-23.

Grossman, P., McDonald, M., Hammerness, K., & Ronfeldt, M. (2008). Dismantling dichotomies in teacher education. In M. Cochran-Smith & S. Feiman-Nemser, McIntyre J., and Demers, K. (Eds.), The handbook of teacher education: A project of the Association of Teacher Educators (3rd Edition), pp. 243-248. New York, NY Macmillan.

Boyd, D., Grossman, P., Lankford, H., Loeb, S., & Wyckoff, J. (2006). How changes in entry requirements alter the teacher workforce and affect student achievement. Education Finance and Policy 1(2), 176-216.

Boyd, D., Grossman, P., Lankford, H., Loeb, S., Michelli, N. & Wyckoff, J. (2006). Complex by design: Investigating pathways into teaching in New York City Schools. Journal of Teacher Education, 57(2), 155-166.

Grossman, P. L. (2005). Research on pedagogical approaches in teacher education. In M. Cochran-Smith & K. Zeichner (Eds.), Review of research in teacher education. Washington D. C.: American Educational Research Association.

Grossman, P. L., Schoenfeld, A., with Lee, C. D. (2005). Teaching subject matter: In L. Darling-Hammond, J. Bransford, P. LePage, K. Hammerness, & H. Duffy (Eds.), Preparing teachers for a changing world: What teachers should learn and be able to do. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Principal Investigator, Teachers for a New Era, 2007-present

Faculty Director, Center to Support Excellence in Teaching

Member, Steering Committee, K-12 Initiative

Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2006-2007)