Faculty Profile

Pam Nesselrodt

Professor of Education (2000)

Contact Information


57 S College St


Primary research interests are school reform, program development and evaluation, teacher effectiveness, and improving educational opportunities of children placed at risk.


  • B.A., James Madison University, 1973
  • M.A., 1976
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1989

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

EDST 250 Curriculum Theory
An examination of how the curriculum of educational institutions is shaped as well as how curriculum serves as a shaping force for educational institutions. This includes an examination of various conceptions of curriculum and of knowledge as well as curriculum ideologies and structures. Finally, the course examines how diverse student populations may experience the curriculum.Prerequisites: 120 or 130, and 140.

EDST 360 Rural Education
An examination of critical issues in educating students in a rural setting. Particular issues of focus each semester will be selected by the instructor and might include race, poverty, the centrality of schools in rural communities, place-based learning, farm to college initiatives, educating indigenous populations, educational funding and educational policy. Prerequisite: 260 or Social Science Research (AFST 200, AMST 202, ANTH 240, ANTH 241, EASN 310, ECON 228, LAWP 228, PMGT 228, POSC 239, PSYC 201, SOCI 240, SOCI 244, or WGSS 200), or permission of instructor.