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 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

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.

Education

Ph.D. (Education, Culture & Society), University of Pennsylvania, 2012. 
M.S.Ed. (Education, Culture & Society), University of Pennsylvania, 2008.
B.Phil. (Education Theory and Policy), Pennsylvania State University, 2001. 

Areas of Expertise

Civic Education, Qualitative Research, Philosophy of Education, Teacher Education, Social Foundations of Education

Selected Publications

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.