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Contact Information

Deborah H. McMurtrie
Director, RPSEC Student Programs
Program Director, Center of Excellence in Middle-level, Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching (CE-MIST)

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway, Box 3
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Tel: (803) 641-2834
Fax: (803) 641-3615
e-mail: DeborahMc@usca.edu
http://rpsec.usca.edu


EDUCATION
Ph.D. Foundations of Education, University of South Carolina, August 2015
M.Ed. Elementary Education, University of South Carolina, August 1996
B.A. Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude, USCA, December 1981

SOUTH CAROLINA TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Middle Level Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts
Elementary
Early Childhood (HQ)
Special Education- Emotional Disabilities (HQ)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Director of Student Programs, August 2005 to present
CE-MIST Program Director, August 2008 to present
Student Programs Specialist, August 2004 to August 2005

School of Education, University of South Carolina Aiken
Part-time Faculty, August 2006 to present
Courses taught:
EDPY 330 Lifespan Development
EDPY 334 Adolescent Growth and Development

Aiken Preparatory School, Aiken, South Carolina
Lower School Science Coordinator
Grade 2 Classroom Teacher
Director of Development

Aiken County Public Schools, Aiken, South Carolina
Aiken Elementary School, Grade 4 Classroom Teacher
Aiken Elementary School, Chapter One Teacher

Lexington School District One, Lexington, South Carolina
Oak Grove Elementary School, EH/LD Resource Teacher


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
Council for Social Foundations of Education (CSFE)
International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE)
National Professors of Middle Level Education (NaPoMLE)
Southeastern Regional Professors of Middle Level Education (SeRPoMLE)
South Carolina Professors of Middle Level Education (SCPoMLE)
Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SCAMLE)
South Carolina Science Council (SC2)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
International Reading Association (IRA)
South Carolina International Reading Association (SCIRA)
National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
South Carolina Association for Education of Young Children (SCAEYC)
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Key Women Educators, Beta Delta Chapter
 

SERVICE
School Improvement Council, Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, 2013 to present
Editorial Review Board, Current Issues in Middle Level Education (CIMLE), 2011 to present
Application Review Committee, South Carolina Schools to Watch (STW), 2011 to present
USC Aiken Distance Learning Advisory Sub-Committee, 2015
USC Aiken Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, 2009 to present
USC Aiken Critical Inquiry Learning Community Summer Institute, 2013, 2014, 2015
USC Aiken Alumni Council 2010-2012

AWARDS
USC Aiken Part-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2012
USC Aiken Classified Employee of the Year Award, 2010
Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award, University of South Carolina, 1996
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1981

McMurtrie

Deborah McMurtrie and Dr. Ruth Patrick, October 2006

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS (selected)
McMurtrie, D. H., Coleman, B. K., & Senn, G. J. (2015, March). Lunar design challenge: A model STEM lesson. Session presented at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SC-AMLE), Myrtle Beach, SC.

Senn, G. J., Coleman, B. K. & McMurtrie, D. H. (2015, March). Using interdisciplinary units to encourage grade level team planning. Session presented at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SC-AMLE), Myrtle Beach, SC.

McMurtrie, D. H. (2014, October). Exploring racial literacy in middle level teacher preparation: A pilot study. Session presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE), Toronto, Canada.

Shepherd, C., McMurtrie, D., and Benjamin, S. (2014, September). Culturally responsive practice using critical race methodologies across three fields. Session presented at the annual conference of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA), Chicago, IL.

McMurtrie, D., Benjamin, S., & Shepherd, C. (2014, March). Using a critical race theory lens in education, social work, and tourism. Session presented at the University of South Carolina College of Education’s Third Annual Diversity Forum, Columbia, SC.

McMurtrie, D., Coleman, B., & Senn, G. (2013, November). Rhapsody with raptors: Connecting science to Common Core ELA Standards. Session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Minneapolis, MN.

Senn, G., Coleman, B., & McMurtrie, D. (2013, November). Traveling Interdisciplinary Literacy Trunks (TILTs): Best practice and research from the National Professors of Middle Level Education. Session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Minneapolis, MN.

Black, D., Davis, T., Senn, G. & McMurtrie, D. (2013, March). The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire & the Industrial Revolution: A CE-MIST TILT. Session presented at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Middle School Association (SCMSA), Myrtle Beach, SC.

Black, B., Johnson, T., Saunders, C. & McMurtrie, D. (2013, March). Ancient Egypt: A CE-MIST TILT. Session presented at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Middle School Association (SCMSA), Myrtle Beach, SC.

McMurtrie, D., Senn, G., & Coleman, B. (2012, November). RAFTing with raptors: Using informational text to connect science and Common Core ELA standards. Session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Portland, OR.

Coleman, B., McMurtrie, D., Ruppert, N., & Senn, G. (2012, November). Early field experiences for pre-service teachers. Session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Portland, OR.

Cannon, K., Watts, S., Black, D. & McMurtrie, D. (2012, March). Shake, rattle, & roll: A CE-MIST interdisciplinary unit exploring the Great Charleston Earthquake of 1886. Session presented at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Middle School Association (SCMSA), Myrtle Beach, SC.

McMurtrie, D. & Coleman, B. (2011, November). Early field experiences for pre-service teachers. Session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Louisville, KY.

Coleman, B. & McMurtrie, D. (2011, November). Engaging young mathematicians with digital tools to increase conceptual understanding. Session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Louisville, KY.

Coleman, B., Senn, G., & McMurtrie, D. (2011, May). Guiding middle level teachers in interdisciplinary planning. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Southeastern Regional Professors of Middle Level Education, Milledgeville, GA.

Rhodes, L., McMurtrie, D. & Coleman, B. (2011, January). Integrating writing across the curriculum. Paper presented at the annual meeting of South Carolina Council of Teachers of English (SCCTE), Kiawah Island, SC.

Senn, G., Coleman, B., & McMurtrie, D. (2010, May). Using an interdisciplinary “trunk” to facilitate interdisciplinary planning among teachers. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Southeastern Regional Professors of Middle Level Education, Boone, NC.

PUBLICATIONS (selected)
McMurtrie, D., Coleman, B., Ruppert, N., & Senn, G. (2014). The impact of service learning on middle level pre-service teachers. Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 19(1), 36-42.

McMurtrie, D. & Senn, G. (2013). Building synergy: A successful university-middle school partnership. South Carolina Middle School Association Journal, 1-10. Available: http://www.scmsa.org/files/Journal/2012-2013/McMurtrieSenn-BuildingSynergy.pdf

Senn, G., McMurtrie, D., & Coleman, B. (2013). RAFTing with raptors: Connecting science, English language arts, and the Common Core State Standards. Middle School Journal, 44(3), 52-55.

Senn, G., Coleman, B. & McMurtrie, D. (2010). Using an interdisciplinary trunk to facilitate interdisciplinary planning among teachers. South Carolina Middle School Association Journal, 71-80. Available: http://www.scmsa.org/files/Journal/2010-2011/SennColemanMcMurtrie-UsinganInterdisciplinaryTrunk.pdf

McMurtrie Award

Photo by Scott Webster


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Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway, Box 3
Aiken, SC 29801
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