Christopher Pupik Dean

Director & Lecturer, Independent School Teaching Residency

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-898-9350

Email: cpu@gse.upenn.edu

Professional Biography

Christopher G. Pupik Dean has been focused on issues in education since his undergraduate studies when he created a self-defined major that combined philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to examine theories of learning and their implications for schools. After graduating from Penn State, Dr. Pupik Dean joined Teach for America and taught high school science in North Carolina for 5 years before returning to Pennsylvania to begin his graduate studies. During his time in North Carolina, Dr. Pupik Dean also worked for Teach for America as a Corps Member Advisor in the Atlanta Summer Institute. At PennGSE, Dr. Pupik Dean teaches social foundations and field seminar courses in the Urban Teacher Education Program. Dr. Pupik Dean also serves as the Associate Director of the Independent School Teaching Residency program coordinating the design and implementation of this innovative residency teacher education program.

Research Interests and Current Projects

Dr. Pupik Dean's primary research is grounded in theories of citizenship and seeks to examine how schools cultivate civic capacities. Dr. Pupik Dean is particularly interested in working to address the civic empowerment gap - the fact that citizens from less advantaged groups have less voice in public policy than members of privileged groups. Dr. Pupik Dean's work examines how the construction of civic capacities among members of privileged groups maintains this civic empowerment gap. As a part of this effort, Dr. Pupik Dean's dissertation research focused on a class of students in a selective, independent high school. These students were engaged in a service-learning class where they tutored 1st grade students in an under-resourced public school. The study illustrates how the high school students' ideas about the 1st graders, parents, and teachers then encountered in service changed over time. A second area of research interest centers on teacher education and the cultivation of teachers prepared to educate students for active citizenship.

Currently, Dr. Pupik Dean is part of a team led by Dr. Danielle Allen working on the Democratic Knowledge Project through the Institute for Advanced Study. This project seeks to analyze the role of the humanities in the development of civic knowledge and political participation.

Selected Publications

Pupik Dean, C. (Forthcoming). Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success. [Review of the book Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success., by S. Seider]. Perspectives on Urban Education .

Kumar, R., Pupik Dean, C., & Bergey, N.-L. (2012). Knowledge of community and technology as parallel tools of agency in teacher preparation. In R. Flessner, G. Miller, K. Patrizo, & J. Horwitz (Eds.), Agency in Teacher Education. Association of Teacher Educators.

Pupik Dean, C. (2012, September). Stories from service: A sociocultural analysis of how stories are used and transformed in cognitively challenging reflection. Research Paper presented at the 2012 International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference: Connected Knowing, Baltimore, MD.

Pupik Dean, C. (2012, September). Service as activity: A cultural historical approach to service learning. Academic Paper presented at the 2012 International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference: Connected Knowing, Baltimore, MD.

Pupik Dean, C. (2012, April). Communities of Practice and Cultural Historical Activity Theory as Theoretical Frameworks for the Analysis of Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Roundtable presented at the American Educational Research Association: Annual Meeting 2012, Vancouver, CA.

Nelson, J., Pupik Dean, C., Miller, B. (2011, April). Schools and Universities Conducting Participatory Action Research Together: Lessons from Public and Private Schools. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Pupik Dean, C., Allison, V., Brinbaum, H., Liston, C., Michalow, M., Morris, J., Piccerilli, C. (2011, February). Discovering Funds of Knowledge: Studies by Pre-service Teachers of the Neighborhoods in Which They Will Teach. Presented at the Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.

Pupik Dean, C. (2010). Learning in School-University Partnerships: A Sociocultural Perspective. [Review of the book Learning in School-University Partnerships: A Sociocultural Perspective., by A. Tsui, G. Edwards, and F. Lopez-Real]. Perspectives on Urban Education. 7(1), pp. 134-135.