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Thomas Conway, EdD

Chairperson and Associate Professor of Teacher Education 

Thomas R. Conway, EdD is an expert in Instructional Coaching, Curriculum Development, Socio-Cultural Education, Secondary Education, and Educational Leadership. In 2015, he joined Cabrini Faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department.

Prior to working full-time in higher education, he taught high school history and political science classes at a variety of educational settings for 19 years. He teaches methods and content area reading courses for secondary education majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research areas include instructional coaching/mentoring, leadership, educational technology, and socio-cultural issues.

During the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Conway was awarded two major grants from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) that will assist with professional development of the early childhood workforce in Pennsylvania. Since then, he has secured grants from Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) to provide coursework opportunities for Early Childhood workers.

Dr. Conway serves as co-chair for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Taskforce on Addressing the Needs of Cooperating/Mentor/Associate Teachers in their Practices and Roles as Mentors and Supervisors of the Novice Teacher.  In addition to this taskforce, Dr. Conway serves on several conference planning committees for ATE. He was recently appointed to serve on ATE’s Commission on Advocacy and chair ATE’s Public Relations and Communications committee.

Dr. Conway has participated in AACTE’s Leadership Academy, presented at their annual conferences, and has reviewed proposals for their organization. He is an active AERA member. He is an at-large board member for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE). He served as the conference chair for PAC-TE’s Fall 2020 Teacher Education Assembly. He serves as Co-Editor of PAC-TE’s journal – The Pennsylvania Educator.

Finally, he enjoys living in the Philadelphia region because of the variety of cultural experiences the area provides and the ability to travel to locations within the U.S. and around the world.

Conway earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education/Social Studies and a Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies from La Salle University. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.

Areas of Expertise

Instructional coach, curriculum development, socio-cultural issues in education, secondary education and urban education and leadership, and leadership in early childhood.

Publications

  • Bernhardt, P. E., Conway, T., & Richardson, G. (Eds.) (2021). Engaged clinical practice: Preparing mentor teachers and university-based educators to support teacher candidate learning and development. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Bernhardt, P. E., Conway, T., & Richardson, G. (Eds.) (2021). Collaborative models for clinical practice: Reflections from the field. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Conway, T. (2017). Educating pre-service and novice teachers on the best practices for curriculum integration of web 2.0 tools and instructional technology. In D. Polly & O. Dreon (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teacher Education for Ethical Professional Practice in the 21st Century. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publications.
  • Horn, R. A., Conway, T., & Williams, M. (Spring, 2007). Scholar-practitioner reflections on the    urban education contexts of race and social class in the current climate of standards and accountability. ScholarlyPartnershipsEdu, 2(1), 45-58.
  • Conway, T. (2007). Introducing Jerome Bruner. In J. L. Kincheloe, & R. A. Horn (Eds.), The Praeger Handbook of Education and Psychology (52-67). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Conway, T., & Crawford-Fisher, R. (2008). The need for continued research on gay straight alliances. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 4(2). Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press, Inc.
  • Conway, T. (2012). From an “outsider’s” perspective. In J.M. Meloy (Eds.), Twenty-first century learning by doing (7, 11, 23, 60-61, 64, 96, 102-103, 108). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 
  • Conway, T. (2013). Pennsylvania. In J. Ainsworth & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of Education: An A to Z Guide. Sage Publications.
  • Conway, T. (2013). School mobility and education. In J. Ainsworth & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of Education: An A to Z Guide. Sage Publications.

Presentations

  • Bernhardt, P., Conway, T., & Richardson, G. M. (2021). Collaborative Models for Clinical Practice: Reflections from the Field. Symposium at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Conference, online via Whova (originally scheduled for Anaheim, CA).

  • Conway, T., Conway, S., Hernandez, C., O’Neil, V., Tate, P., & West, B. (2021). Virtually Yours: Acquiring Essential Strategies to be a Better Mentor Teacher in Times of Crisis and Change. Symposium at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Conference, online via Whova (originally scheduled for Anaheim, CA).

  • Conway, T., Bernhardt, P., & Richardson, G. M. (2021). The Development of Teacher Candidates for the 21st Century – through Intentional Training of Mentor Teachers and University-Based Teacher Educators. Concurrent session at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), online (originally scheduled for Seattle, WA).

  • Richardson, G. M., Conway, T., Bryne, L., Magagnosc, A., & Mellor, A. (2021). Amplifying Teacher Voice: Leading Early Childhood Professional Learning Communities. Concurrent session at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, online/virtual platform.

  • Conway, T., Richardson, G. M., & Bernhardt, P. E. (2020). Preparing mentor teachers and university-based educators to support teacher candidate development. Concurrent session presented at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.

  • Richardson, G. M., Conway, T., & Bryne, L. (2020). Professional Learning Communities: Building Leadership Capacity Across the PreK-4 Educational Landscape.  Concurrent session presented at the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.

  • Conway, T., Richardson, G. M., & Bernhardt, P. E. (2020). Effective clinical practice: Preparing mentor teachers and university-based educators to support teacher candidate learning and development. Concurrent session at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Atlanta, GA.

  • Ritter, M., Whitaker, R., & Conway, T. (2020). Supporting community engagement in a residency program. Concurrent session at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Atlanta, GA.

  • Bernhardt, P., Conway, T., & Richardson, G. M. (2019). Preparing mentor teachers and university-based educators to support teacher candidate development. Presented at the ATE 2019 Annual Meeting of ATE, Atlanta, GA, February 16-20, 2019.

  • Conway, T.  & Whitaker, R. (2019). Building a sustainable educators' residency program to help teachers be day-one ready. Concurrent session presented at the ATE 2019 Summer Conference, Burlington, VT, July 28, 2019.

  • Conway, T., Ritter, M., Gentile, A., & Whitaker, R. (2019). Listening to the needs of teacher candidates: Leading the way on creating a sustainable model for teacher residency programs in Pennsylvania. Concurrent session presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

  • Howe, M., Conway, T., & Wagner-Deitch, C. (2019). Making the case for the dynamic preparation of teacher leaders: Teacher leaders in action. Concurrent session presented at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2021 Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarship
  • Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), The Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization (ECE PDO) ECE Career Pathway Services Grant –July 2021 – June 2022 Project/Grant Director.
  • Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), The Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization (ECE PDO) ECE Career Pathway Services Grant – July 2020 – June 2021 Project/Grant Director.
  • Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), The Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization (ECE PDO) ECE Career Pathway Services Grant – January 2020 – June 2020 - Project/Grant Director.
  • Office of Early Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Creating Pathways for Beneficial Relationships Between Higher Education and Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Workforce - ESSA Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five (PDG B-5) in the Department of Education - October 2019 – June 2020 - Project/Grant Director.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education, Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program (ELPIC) – Eligible Partnership Grants, December 2016 – September 2018 – Project Manager and Lead Faculty for Cabrini University.

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