Faculty Profile

Sarah Bair

Associate Professor of Education (2004)

Contact Information


57 S College St


She is particularly interested in the history of American education and the lives and work of early twentieth century women educators. Her research has also examined how women's history and African American history have been treated in K-12 curriculum. In addition, professor Bair is interested in orphan education programs in Pennsylvania following the Civil War and in the history of the Scotland School for Veterans' Children.


  • B.A., Albright College, 1987
  • M.A., Shippensburg University, 1992
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2001

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

EDST 130 History of American Education
An examination of the evolution in the purposes, structures, and methodologies of formal and informal education in the United States from the colonial period to the present with particular attention to how marginalized groups have been educated. The course situates educational history within the broader context of social, political, and economic developments in the U.S. and considers ways in which education has been used to meet societal goals.This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and U.S. Diversity graduation requirement.

EDUC 221 Educational Psychology
An examination of physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and moral developmental theories as well as theories of learning and the teaching and assessment practices in middle-school and secondary classrooms derived from those theories. The course also provides an introduction to designing, delivering, and adapting instruction for special needs students with a range of disabilities and for English Language Learners. The course includes an introduction to standardized tests and teacher-made assessments. In this course, students continue to develop their individual philosophies of education begun in EDUC 121 and to reflect on how their beliefs about learning, teaching, and assessment compare with those of major theorists. The course includes a 20-hour field experience in an area secondary school that requires students to obtain PPD tine test, FBI Background Check, Child Abuse Clearance, and Criminal Background Check at the students' expense. Prerequisite: 121. (1 course credit)

EDUC 354 Iss/Trends in Teach Soc St
Permission of Instructor Required.