Christine R. Havens-Hafer, Assistant Professor of Education, received her Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Pennsylvania State University. She initially worked as an editor in the publishing industry in Washington, D.C. and then returned to upstate New York to complete her Masters of Arts in Teaching degree and PhD at Binghamton University. She spent several years teaching secondary English in the public school system before embarking on a career in the Teacher Education program at Ithaca College.
Her research interests center on exploring comparative indicators of education in different countries and examining which policies and institutions are most conducive to student performance. In particular, she has focused on Finland's rigorous Teacher Training program and the comprehensive school system that provides basic services to all students in addition to a balanced curriculum.
She is also an involved community leader who served for several years on the Board of Directors for local arts councils such as Ti-Ahwaga Community Players and is the originator and current Race Director for the annual Owego Strawberry 5K. She is the liaison to various local youth wellness groups and with over 1000 participants in this race, has successfully raised funds to benefit many programs.