Kenneth Tobin

Presidential Professor Emeritus of Urban Education

The Graduate Center of CUNY

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About Kenneth Tobin

I came to the Urban Education doctoral program at the Graduate Center of CUNY in the fall semester of 2003. I officially retired from the Graduate Center in August, 2019. I am now Presidential Professor Emeritus of Urban Education.

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).

Before I became 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; teaching and learning of science and learning to teach science.

I have been major professor/supervisor for 67 completed doctoral dissertations. 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 extent; to include areas such as critical pedagogy, critical literacy, cultural studies, disability studies, and the learning sciences.

Kenneth Tobin teaching

About Kenneth Tobin

I came to the Urban Education doctoral program at the Graduate Center of CUNY in the fall semester of 2003. I officially retired from the Graduate Center in August, 2019. I am now Presidential Professor Emeritus of Urban Education.

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).

Before I became 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; teaching and learning of science and learning to teach science.

I have been major professor/supervisor for 67 completed doctoral dissertations. 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 extent; to include areas such as critical pedagogy, critical literacy, cultural studies, disability studies, and the learning sciences.

Kenneth Tobin teaching

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

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May I become an island for those seeking dry land,

A lamp for those needing light,

A place to rest for those desiring one,

And a servant for those needing service

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

May I become an island for those seeking dry land,

A lamp for those needing light,

A place to rest for those desiring one,

And a servant for those needing service

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Contact Professor Tobin

ktobin0@gmail.com