Education

Meet the Faculty

Ann T. Ackerman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University at North Texas (formerly North Texas State University)
M.A., University at North Texas (formerly North Texas State University)
B.A., University at North Texas (formerly North Texas State University)

Phone: (603) 897-8252; Email: aackerman@rivier.edu

Specialties

  • Social Studies Methods
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Victorian (British) Cultural and Intellectual History
  • 19th/20th/contemporary US History particularly US in Vietnam
  • Children's Literature
  • Multiculturalism

Background  

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Dr. Ackerman’s professional career includes teaching traditional and nontraditional students in Texas, Hawaii, Georgia, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In addition to her secondary and collegiate classroom experience, she has also worked as an administrator at both levels.   

Dr. Ackerman’s other academic related experiences include serving on numerous state and local committees such as frameworks revision, certification, and postsecondary visitation team as well as selection committees/panels for National History Day and Gilder-Lehrman NH Teacher of the Year. She is currently a member of the NH (DOE) Social Studies Frameworks Committee, State Rehabilitation Council, and Institute Higher Education Network.

Dr. Ackerman was awarded several prestigious education fellowships, including the 2006 Goethe-Institut Transatlantic Outreach Program, a 2008 Fulbright-Hays Scholarship for study in Greece and Bulgaria, and the 2009 Korean Studies Workshop. She regularly presents to professional and community groups on these international-travel studies as well as historical and educational research. Her recent publications on social studies education, globalism and on history of the American Southwest have appeared in Social Education, Hakol, Modern Germany Update, Fulbright Bulgaria and Insight (Rivier University’s Online Academic Journal). Forthcoming publications include a co-authored book chapter “A Time Machine to the Past; Using Primary Sources in the Social Studies Classroom”, Winter 2013; and the co-authored article “Electing the ‘Boss of the United States’ Scaffolding the Concept of Voting in Primary Classrooms”, The Young Child (Sept/Oct 2012).

Her community experiences include: four-term member, Nashua Board of Aldermen; founding member, Nashua Ethnic Awareness Committee and Festival Committee; member, sub chair, Review and Comment Commission; and delegate, National Congressional Conferences and various political conventions.

Dr. Ackerman, widow of former NH State Representative Philip M. Ackerman, is the mother of two adult children.

Academic Philosophy

"Learning is a life-long experience and a formal education is a right. One of the key elements to maintaining a democratic society is a basic education that is strong, free, and public for all citizens. It is the responsibility of citizens and government to insure this. Citizens and government must guard against formal education programs being hijacked from free and broad instruction and opportunities to being the tool of indoctrination of any person(s) and/or groups. I believe in learning for learning sake. The early years should provide liberal arts foundation – style education. It is critical to encourage creativity, imagination, and exploration during these years. This not only values the individual but keeps society from producing “cookie-cutter” children. Since technology changes so rapidly, the ability to think and problem solve will help a person meet the challenges of new developments. Education, knowledge, and self-realization are empowerment. I am a facilitator of learning, trying to provide various learning experiences, promoting analytical explorations, and sharing knowledge of resources. I encourage each student to be the best he/she can be and to think out of the box. I like the classroom and students."

Location
Benoit Education Center

For info, contact:
(603) 897-8282

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