Assistant Professor, Education & Leadership
Why I chose WOUI was attracted to WOU's commitment to serving diverse students through culturally responsive & relationship-based teaching practices.
At WOU since06/25/2018
Hobbiesinternational travel, yoga, baking, and hiking
Fun factI have a lot of toys in my office to support my play based research.
Course scheduleSummer 2022
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2018 Ph.D. Clemson University Eugene T. Moore College of Education Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education
2014 M.S. Auburn University College of Human Sciences: Human Development & Family Studies
2007 B.S. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa College of Human Environmental Sciences: Department of Human Development & Family Studies: Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Home-School Partnerships
Father Engagement in Early Education & Care
Play-Based Family Engagment Interventions
Social-Emotional Development in the Early Years
Undergraduate Student Perceptions of the Utility of Play for Learning
Grants and funding
Early Childhood Education Impact Study Grant (Awarded Spring 2019)
Faculty Development Travel Grant (Awarded Fall 2018)
2015-2018 Instructor of Record, Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University
2016 Consultant, Professional Development, Preschool Academy, Jasper County, SC 4K Enhancement Grant
2016-2018 Co-Director of Italian Study Abroad, University of Kansas & Victoria Language and Culture, Carpi, Italy
2015 Lead Teacher, Summer Company (4 to 6 year olds), Furman University Child Development Center
2015, 2016 Substitute Teacher, Oconee County Public Schools, SC
2014 Applied Behavior Analysis Lead Therapist, South Carolina Early Autism Project, Greenville, SC
2012-2013 Assistant Director, KinderCare, Johnson City, TN
2011-2012 Toddler Teacher, KinderCare, Johnson City, TN
2010-2011 Substitute Teacher/Counselor, Holston Home for Children, Greeneville, TN
2007- 2008 Assistant Teacher, Children’s Program (2 year olds), University of Alabama
Undergraduate courses taught
Western Oregon University, 2018-
ED 380: Infant & Toddler Development
ED 345 Designing Early Childhood Environments X
ED 348 DAP: Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Literacy, & Play X
ED 443 Language, Literacy, & Culture
ED 242 Applied Children's Development
ED 343 Purposes of Play
ED 448 Early Childhood Curriculum
ED 324 Creative Arts in Early Childhood Settings
ED 464 Family and Community Involvement in Early Childhood Education
Clemson University, 2015- 2018
EDF 3340: Child Development
EDEC 3000: Foundations of Early Childhood Education
EDEC 3360: Concepts of Play and Social Development of Infants and Young Children
EDEC 3040: Practicum in Early Childhood Settings IV
EDEC 3030: Practicum in Early Childhood Settings III
EDEC 3020: Practicum in Early Childhood Settings II
Interviewing Fathers about Engagement in Early Learning Settings
Social-Emotional Play Bag supports for Infant/Toddler Home Visitors
Early Childhood Impact Study
Publications and Presentations
Hernandez, J., Ittner, A., Emerson, A.M., & Cáceda, C. (in prep). Pursuing accreditation in the post-truth era: The Line between meeting diversity standards and practicing culturally responsive pedagogies in teacher education. In M. Jimenez-Silva, J. Bempechat, & L.Gomez (Eds.), Latinx’ Experiences in U.S. Schools: Voices of Students, Teachers, and Education Allies in the Post-Truth Era.
Linder, S.M. & Emerson, A.M. (2019). Increasing Family Mathematics Play Interactions through a Take-Home Math Bag Intervention. Journal of Research in Childhood Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02568543.2019.1608335
Emerson, A.M. & Linder, S.M. (2019). A review of research of the Reggio Inspired approach: an integrative re-framing, Early Years, DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2019.1591350
Bradley, B.A., Emerson, A.M., & Silva, A. (2019). Enhancing cultural and linguistic awareness through an international teaching experience. In Handbook of Research on Field-Based Teacher Education (pp. 280-299). IGI Global.
Emerson, A.M. & Hall, A. (2018). Supporting preschoolers’ writing identities in the scribbling phase. The Reading Teacher. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1699
Emerson, A.M. (2019). Social-Emotional leave-in-home play bag supports for home visitors. Poster presented in June at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, Long Beach, CA.
Emerson, A.M. & Hemingway, J. (2019). Which adults feel welcomed in preschool? Engaging fathers in early learning settings. Presentation lead in June at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, Long Beach, CA.
Emerson, A.M. (2019). Unexpected paths towards culturally relevant early learning experiences. Presentation will be given in August at the Early Childhood Inclusions Summer Institute, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.
Emerson, A.M. (2019). A Play workshop: Open-ended making. Workshop will be lead in August at the Early Childhood Inclusions Summer Institute, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.
Emerson, A.M. (2019). Pre-Service teachers’ perceptions of playful learning. Paper session presented in March at the Oregon Association for Teacher Educators (ORATE), Portland, Oregon.
Emerson, A.M., Linder, S.M., *Gerland, T., & *Clay, K. (2017). Promoting preschooler's approaches to learning through play: Intentional toy and task selection for early childhood classrooms. Paper presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Emerson, A.M. & *Templeton, C. (2017). Play under pressure: Pre-service early childhood education teachers’ experiences and beliefs about play after hands-on play workshops. Paper presented at the U.S. Play Coalition Annual Conference, Clemson, SC.
2019- Oregon Early Childhood Association, an official NAEYC affiliate (OAEYC)
2017- Latinos for Education
2015- Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE)
2015- National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
2014- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
2014- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
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