About Kenneth Tobin

I came to the Urban Education doctoral program at the Graduate Center of CUNY in the fall semester of 2003. I will officially retire from the Graduate Center in September, 2019. Prior to the Graduate Center, I had positions as tenured full professor at Florida State University (1987 to 1997) and the University of Pennsylvania (1997 to 2003). Also, I held university appointments at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University), Mount Lawley College and Graylands College (both integrated into Edith Cowan University).

Prior to becoming a university science educator in Australia in 1974, I taught high school physics, chemistry, biology general science, and mathematics for 10 years. I began a program of research in 1973 that continues to the present day— teaching and learning of science and learning to teach science.

I have been major professor/supervisor for 60 completed doctoral dissertations and presently I am supervising 9 doctoral students at the Graduate Center.Initially most of my doctoral students were science educators, but when I commenced my tenure at the University of Pennsylvania this began to change since the PhD in Education was Teaching, Learning and Curriculum. Also, joint degrees were pursued in Education and Sociology--and hence some of my students emphasized cultural sociology. When I assumed my current position at the Graduate Center, the tendency for people to focus on a plethora of urban education issues expanded to an even greater extentto include areas such as critical pedagogy, criticalliteracy, cultural studies, disability studies, and the learning sciences.

Since I began teaching at Northampton Junior High school (Western Australia) in 1964, I have been fortunate toaccrue a large number of colleagues (e.g., students, former students, collaborators, mentors). A photogallery of some of my colleagues, a work in progress, is accessible via this link.

I have arrived, I am home
In the here, in the now
I am solid, I am free
In the ultimate I dwell

(Thich Nhat Hanh (2012).Fear: Essential wisdom for getting through the storm. New York:HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.)

Also consider the following mantra to guide social life:

May I become an island for those seeking dry land,
A lamp for those needing light,
A place to rest for those who desire one,
And a servant for those needing service.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (2002).

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Kenneth Tobin 2015