Faculty Profiles

Rita Verma

Associate Professor
Education, Ruth S. Ammon School Of

Alumnae Hall Annex I Room 243
516.877.4017
516.877.4097
VERMA@ADELPHI.EDU

General Information

Diplomas/Degrees

Diplomas/Degrees

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004)

M.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1997)

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1995)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

New York State Social Studies 7-12
New York State Spanish 7-12

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Think, understand, reflect, transform. There exists within us the possibility to be agents of change and of social transformation. To awaken this energy in the lives of others is an incredible experience –and becomes the magnificent journey of a teacher. Every so often we are presented with an opportunity to radically change or enhance the understanding of ourselves and the world around us by critically examining our deep-seated assumptions and exploring diverse worldviews and ideas. Too often, we raise little doubt about what is within us. To think and to think critically, to unearth both the positive and negative can become a life long process of engaging with what we know. Just as we need to look at an aged scripture with new perspective it is imperative that we assess and reflect upon the old fabric that we hold within us. Student learning can become a transformative experience as they make the familiar-strange and question how they know. I embrace teaching as an opportunity to cultivate curiosity, inspire and empower. It is in the classroom that an intellectual community can be found and nurtured, where extensive knowledge is shared and created in an effective manner and where positive criticisms are welcomed. There is room for mutual growth for both educator and student, as teaching and learning culminates in the classroom and students corroborate and challenge one another’s thoughts and viewpoints. As students move against and beyond their own boundaries, learners are both transformed and empowered

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