New Faculty Spotlight: Tanya Wiggins

We extend a warm welcome to the School of Education's newest full-time faculty member, Dr. Tanya Wiggins.

“Tanya brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to the School of Education,” Acting Dean Xiao-lei Wang said. “She will be an invaluable resource for our students and I am happy to welcome her to the SOE community.” 

Wiggins has 20 years of experience as an educator, during which she has supported youth through middle school instruction, professional development, nonprofit leadership, and higher education. Prior to joining Pace, Tanya served as Substitute Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at CUNY's York College. Her research interests seek to bridge the worlds of research and practice by exploring the ways in which young people create their own forms of social capital in support of educational achievement, as well as examining the role of community-based youth organizations as educational spaces.

Tell me about your research interests and what are you working on now?

My current research interests break into two themes. One is peer-generated social capital among youth. To that end, I am currently working on an article for publication that explores the concept of critical friendship among young people.

The second theme involves examining community-based youth organizations that serve as educational spaces, in order to identify lessons that can be carried over to  schools for better engaging students. I’m looking forward to also learning more about these kinds of organizations that exist in the Pleasantville area.

What courses are you teaching right now?

I am teaching three grad-level courses: EDG 601 (Social Foundations), EDG 606 (Learning Environments) and EDG 616 (Cross-Disciplinary Instruction &  Assessment in Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms).

What about Pace/SOE are you most looking forward to? 

I am looking forward to spending time with my students, and engaging with them as future educators. Although I am not teaching undergraduates right now, I will have the opportunity to engage with those undergrads who are participating in the Future Educators Club as their faculty advisor. Finally, I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to help our students think about learning and education beyond the traditional classroom.

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