Current Job and Position
Dr. Serota is an eighth-year tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Education. In September 2011, she was also appointed the college's first Director of Online Teaching. Although on sabbatical during spring semester 2012, she is currently teaching 13 faculty members how to create and implement online courses at Westminster College. These new online faculty members will join the 9 returning online faculty members to offer over 25 courses during summer 2012. More than 200 students have taken online courses at Westminster since the program began in summer 2011.
She has earned: Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, from the University of Missouri at Columbia; M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas; and, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Background and Courses Taught
Dr. Serota teaches education courses such as social studies methods, middle school methods and philosophy, adolescent growth and development, and diversity in education. She also supervises both early field pre-service teachers as well as student teachers. She holds graduate school certification in college teaching, women's studies, and graduate course work completion in human development and family studies. Her prior high school teaching experience includes four years at a high school for at-risk students, where she taught social studies, journalism, and leadership courses.
Included in her scholarly achievements are recent presentations and attendance at international conferences relative to pre-teacher socialization as well as online graduate course development and implementation, peer review of manuscripts for Social Studies and the Young Learner, and document review and accreditation visits with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Dr. Serota is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Society in Education, The National Social Science Association, National Network for Educational Renewal, the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and Teaching for Tolerance. Honors and Awards include: Recipient, Remley Women's Center Exceptional Faculty & Staff Award (2010), Summer Research Grant (2009, 2007, 2006), Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity Westminster Employee of the Month (2008), and Dean's Award for Junior Faculty of the Year (2007).
Dr. Serota's publications include the following:
Serota, S.B., & Bennett, L. (2010). Reflections on learners and learning in early field experiences for secondary social studies. In E.E. Heilman (Ed.), Social studies and diversity education: What we do and why we do it (pp. 350-353). New York: Routledge.
Serota, S.B., & Bennett, L. (2008). Can we? Do we? Are we? Socializing future teachers. Journal of Teacher Education,17(1), pp. 63-72.
Serota, S.B., & Bennett, L. (2007-2008). Pre-service teacher socialization in early field experiences. Research in the Schools, 14(2), pp. 64-77.
Bennett, L., & Serota, S.B. (2007). The impact of teaching philosophy on instructional strategies: Reflections of fine tuning an online graduate course. National Social Science Journal, 28(2), 32-41.