Ellie Fulmer

Ellie Fulmer

Assistant Professor, Department of Education
Faculty, Graduate Study in Education
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

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Ellie Fitts Fulmer, Ed.D. assistant professor of education, and Jill Bodner, M.S. Childhood Education, '14, recently coauthored an article in i.e.:  Inquiry in Education, the peer-reviewed journal published by the Center for Practitioner Research at National Louis University.  The piece, titled, "Detached and Unsustainable:  Central Tensions in Teacher Research Capstones and the Possibilities for Reimagined Inquiry," explores challenges in the research capstone assignments that are common in teacher education programs.  With three key recommendations rooted in the field of Practitioner Inquiry, the authors present a vision for change that could increase the likelihood of cultivating thoughtful, reflective, life-long teacher researchers.  The article can be read online:  digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol9/iss2/5/

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Education Studies students presented a paper investigating racial comedy in college teaching at the University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography in Education Research Forum in Philadelphia last month. Stephanie Graziano (’17 Speech Language Pathology & Audiology), Alec J. Tucker (’17 History, Theater), Kevin Guevara (’17 English) and Dr. Ellie Fitts Fulmer (Education) presented their work, titled “Laughing at the Truth: Investigating Racial Comedy in Anti-Racist Teacher Education” as part of a data analysis workshop alongside advanced doctoral students and early career faculty members. Their work explores the strengths and drawbacks of using racial comedy media in teacher education. The analysis in this session extended the work of this undergraduate research team’s efforts towards forming an architecture of racial comedy pedagogy for anti-racist education, looking closely at the imperfections and controversies embedded in it. The student research team will present the next iteration of their work at the Whalen Symposium on April 13.

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Dr. Ellie Fitts Fulmer (Ithaca College, Education Department) and Dr. Alesha Gayle (University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education) presented a paper at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia last month. Their paper, titled, “LOL? Humor and Racial Literacy in University Classrooms” explores using racial comedy media in college coursework, drawing on a literacy lens for understanding more about this practice. Specifically, Fulmer and Gayle seek to move towards a theory of racial comedy in teacher education, given that this is currently widely practiced in college classrooms absent of a critical framework undergirding it.

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Dr. Ellie Fitts Fulmer (Ithaca College, Education Department) and Dr. Alesha Gayle (University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education) presented a paper at the Literacy Research Association’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Their paper, titled “LOL? Racial Literacy Through Humor in Teacher Education” explores using racial comedy media in teacher education, using literacy as a lens for understanding more about this practice. Specifically, Fulmer and Gayle focused on students’ hesitation to laugh as an avenue for zeroing in on, and expanding, their racial literacy.

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Ellie Fitts Fulmer, Assistant Professor of Education, and colleagues presented last week at the US Department of Education’s conference for Math Science Partnerships in Baltimore, MD. The presentation, titled, “Partnering for Success: A Unique Museum-District-Higher Education Partnership” discussed the strengths and challenges of the 12-year teacher professional development program, Greater Allentown Math Science Partnership (GAMSP), in Allentown, PA, of which Dr. Fulmer was a faculty member and coordinator for most of the program’s duration (2005-2013).

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